Rainbow Snippets 18/9/20 – Shadowboxing

Rainbow Snippets is a group who post 6 sentences each week from LTBTQ+ fiction or a book rec. Check out the FB page for more. #RainbowSnippets

I’ve added making a graphic for these posts to my to do list, as I’ll be getting into territory where I don’t have covers in a few months.

This week’s snippet is from the upcoming repub of Shadowboxing, which I’m aiming to re-release in November. I’ll be sharing from this book for the next few weeks as it’s one I’m currently editing.

He yanked at one of his restraints, hiding a gasp of pain when the added strain on his arm sent a barb of fire through it. Damn it. This must be why the heavy and well-crafted chair was at odds with the simple lines of the desk. Its position in the center of the room was also well-thought-out to leave no object within range that could be used as leverage.

Matt turned his head to the other side, glanced downward, and froze.

The crimson stain ingrained into the carpet pooled outward like the ripples caused by the stones he and Elise used to enjoy throwing into the clear waters of their favourite swimming hole at home in Pennsylvania.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to Rainbow Snippets 18/9/20 – Shadowboxing

  1. Vivid, intense description!


  2. Anne Barwell says:

    Thank you!


  3. janadenardo says:

    Well that was nice dark and a wee bit scary. Loved it


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