Rainbow Snippets April 9, 10 – Sandy and Dare

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Hi, Rainbow Snippeteers! Sand-Man’s Family is finally on the Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon Page and I’m excited to share the beautiful cover along with my snippet today!

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AngstyG has done all the covers for the Wild and Precious series and I just love them.

For today’s snippet, I chose a scene from when Sandy is getting to know Dare Tyler, the skater kid he befriends (and falls for) when he first arrives in Portland to live with Uncle Phineas. Dare has invited him to go to Voodoo Doughnuts, a Portland landmark so popular it usually has lines out the door and down the sidewalk.


Sandy’s eyes widened as they approached a display case filled with a huge variety of frosted doughnuts, crullers, and bars. “Wow. There’s… I’ve never seen so many kinds of doughnuts.”

“Right? I can never decide what to get.”

Sandy peered more closely at a frosted doughnut in the shape of a dick. “Um, dude, is that what I think it is?”

Dare laughed. “Yep. They call it their Cock-N-Balls doughnut. We should get a few of those, for sure.”

“Um, totally.” So Dare wasn’t afraid of the D, it seemed, at least when it was in doughnut form.


When Sandy Nixon’s conservative Catholic parents discover he’s had sex before marriage, they are furious. But when he blurts out he’s bisexual, they go ballistic. After they threaten him with conversion therapy, Sandy does what many queer kids long to do—leaves his homophobic parents in the dust. He moves in with his Uncle Phineas and Phineas’s partner Cody in Portland, Oregon, and is finally safe to be himself. Sandy misses his siblings, though, and decides to visit his former home in Rockford for Thanksgiving. On the train, he runs into Jade Byrne.

As the only out gay kid in their Catholic high school, Jade had stared down homophobes while being fabulous in the school musicals. He’s crushed on Sandy for years. But he’s made sure never to show it, even after they had a one-time hookup, because Sandy’s the good Catholic kid, the altar boy, and the apparently straight athlete—all the things Jade isn’t. Traveling back to Rockford together sees the start of a month of adventures, a blossoming attraction, and a chance for Sandy to learn what it means to have a family that hurts and to choose a family that heals.





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  1. Okay now I want to see a cock n balls donut.

  2. LOL! I’m with Jana…I want to see that too. I can’t wait to read the whole thing.

  3. Is the donut creme filled? 🙂

  4. I’ve been to that donut shop. 🙂

  5. After reading Addison’s comment I’m just not even going to try. LOL!

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