Rainbow Snippets – Pattern for an Angel and News
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News: A lot has happened since my last snippet. I’m no longer associated with Dreamspinner Press and I expect all my titles to be out of print very shortly. I’m planning to re-release them next year. I’ll soon have a newsletter if you want to keep up with my release dates. Check back soon for the link.
My last Rainbow Snippet was from my new holiday short, Pattern for an Angel. I will now be self-publishing it on Kindle Unlimited in November. Today I bring you the cover, revised blurb, and a snippet. The cover is by the fabulous L.C. Chase, one of my favorite cover artists.
Can an angel gown for a little boy let a single dad and a drag queen stitch together a new pattern for love?
Hospice nurse Gabe Martin is bisexual but doesn’t have time for love—his main priority is raising Ian, his adopted five-year-old son. Ian loves wearing dresses at home and wants an angel gown for his kindergarten holiday pageant. When Gabe visits a sewing store to get help with Ian’s costume, he’s assisted by a bewitching employee named Loren who opens up Gabe’s focused world.
Drag queen Loren Schuster likes playing with gender norms and wearing skirts and dresses in everyday life. A bad breakup killed his interest in serious relationships, but he reconsiders that stance when gorgeous single dad Gabe walks into the shop. Loren helps young Ian see it’s okay to be himself, and together, Loren and Gabe create a new pattern for a family full of love.
“We get my angel dress today,” Ian announced happily as they approached the shop. “Yay!”
Gabe smiled at Ian’s enthusiasm. “Not today. Loren has to measure you first. But soon.” He opened the door, and Ian ran in. “Slow down, kiddo.”
Loren stood in the rear of the shop, a woman with his same hair color and features beside him. He stepped out from behind the counter with a big smile. “Hi there, Gabe. And this must be Ian.” Loren had kept his promise to wear feminine clothes. He glowed like a traffic light in a bright red-and-green outfit, and Ian made a beeline for him.
“I love your dress,” Ian blurted, then stopped short.
“Why, thank you.” Loren knelt down so he was Ian’s height. “Come on over. I don’t bite.”
Ian went to him and asked, “Can I feel it?” He pointed to Loren’s green top.
“Of course. That’s the best part, isn’t it? This material is called velveteen.”
“Velvet… een,” Ian repeated, stroking Loren’s arm.
“What do you think of my pockets?” Loren asked, holding out his skirt.
“They’re hearts! Look, Daddy.”
Gabe swallowed over an unexpected tightness in his throat. “Nice.”
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