RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ The Contingency Plan ~ July 31-Aug 1

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Change of Plans is OUT NOW at JMS Books (and all the usual distributors). It’s a novella (~32k words), and completes a series/trilogy, following The Contingency Plan and The Best-Laid Plans.

This week I’m snipping from a BONUS SCENE I wrote for The Contingency Plan, in which I rewrote the opening scene to be told from Efren’s POV. In the published story, the entire first book is from Marcelo’s POV.

THIS WEEK’S SNIPPET:

The Contingency Plan - Bonus Scene - Opening Scene retold from Efren's POV

Behold my attempt at making my snippet image from stickers rather than drawing the thing myself. Prince Efren does look a bit young, though, and the people stickers seem to be a bit limited, so I might revert back in the future. Maybe a combo? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For context:

I started the snippet a little bit into the overall scene, but basically, Efren and his fellow travelers have just arrived in Sheberat for his wedding to Princess Marcela. They are still approaching the castle, but have learned that the princess died in a tragic riding accident just days earlier. In this snippet, he’s processing that information.

The Snippet:

[Efren] had no doubt, knowing what he did of Queen Giselle’s nature, that she would also prefer to finalize the peace treaty on schedule. He’d traveled a great distance over several weeks to be here for his wedding tomorrow. Once his choice under the contingency plan was announced, there would be no sensible reason not to proceed with the wedding, albeit with a considerable role change.

He also had no doubt that the announcement of his choice would shock the Sheburat nobles to their core. The Zioneven court had submitted the wording for the marriage portion of the treaty’s contingency plan. One word in particular had been pointedly slipped in to allow them flexibility, all the while knowing the Sheburat nobles would never suspect the purpose behind that innocuous word.

Efren’s one worry was in regard to the reaction of Prince Marcelo, Princess Marcela’s younger twin brother. Efren had no doubt Marcelo’s astonishment would eclipse that of pretty much everyone else in Sheburat. But would that jolt morph into revulsion or interest?


About the series…

Although I always try to write sequels so random readers won’t be completely lost, this series will be best appreciated if all the stories are read in order. Change of Plans is now available at JMS Books (and all the usual distributors).

All my books are 40% off at JMS Books through August 1.

All my books are 50% off (using coupon code SSW50 during checkout) at Smashwords through July 31 (and my super-short story, Okay Then (prequel in my Vows series), is FREE).

Note: The Contingency Plan is also included in JMS Books’ 2018 Top Ten Gay Romance:
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Note: The Contingency Plan and The Best-Laid Plans are both in Kindle Unlimited (the Books2Read links will get you there ).


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6 thoughts on “RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ The Contingency Plan ~ July 31-Aug 1

    1. Something about learning he’s going to marry Efren (or later rediscover that he’s already married to him) brings that out in Marcelo. 😁

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