Rainbow Snippets Mar 5 – Serpentine Walls

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Hello Snippeteers and sundry! I am currently at the Dreamspinner Press Authors Conference and having a ball. But I wanted to play with Rainbow Snippets so I snuck out and am currently sitting in front of a koi pond with a waterfall (all INSIDE the hotel complex) to do this blog post!

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Today I thought I’d do a throwback snippet from my novel Serpentine Walls, which is one of the three stand-alone books in the Serpentine Series, a contemporary gay romance series set at the University of Virginia.


Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Although his new openness to one-night stands does wonders for his sex life, fighting his romantic nature proves harder than he’d anticipated. He soon finds himself pining for a glamorous senior, Aidan, who doesn’t mind taking Pete to bed but shows no interest in commitment—at least not with Pete. And Pete’s attempt at a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed leaves Pete feeling empty.

One bright spot in Pete’s year is Matthew, an easygoing graduate student who assists Pete in making his first film. Matthew has some baggage too, and has sworn off relationships and sex altogether, so Pete feels safe to enjoy their friendship. But he falls for Matthew anyway, not able to fight his growing conviction that Matthew is the perfect guy for him. Even if Pete can accept that he made a mistake when he turned his back on relationships, that doesn’t mean Matthew will feel the same. With a few life lessons under his belt, Pete’s ready to take a chance on love. As he finds the courage to bare his heart to Matthew, he can only hope that Matthew will take a chance with him.


This snippet is a real tease, but it made me laugh when I wrote the last line. Matthew and Pete are finally beginning to sort out their misunderstandings (after Pete had to chase and catch up to Matthew at Beta Bridge, a University of Virginia landmark) and … THIS IS IT. Almost!


Their eyes held, and everything became quiet inside of Pete. It felt like being on a precipice. Screw it, he thought, and before he could lose his nerve, he reached out and took Matthew’s hand.

“What are you doing?”

“Um, holding your hand?” Pete winced as the suave line he could have said if his life were a movie ran through his head: What I should have done long ago….


Ooo it feels evil to stop it there, but I’m trying to keep within the spirit of the six-line snippets! If you want to learn more about Pete and Matthew (and Aidan and Jed and… ), here are the links to the Serpentine Series books.


Serpentine Walls DSP              Aidan’s Journey DSP               Sex, Love, and Videogames DSP

Serpentine Walls AMZ             Aidan’s Journey AMZ              Sex, Love, and Videogames AMZ



  1. I hope Matthew will give him a chance.

  2. Ha! That line is great. I definitely feel him on the “Darn it! Should’ve said THIS instead” thing. Story of my life, sadly. LOL

  3. Right? Ha ha, mine too.

  4. I think the chances are great that he will… 😀

  5. Don’t we all think of the suave line just a hair too late? (now going to ask my friend who taught at UofV about that bridge.)

  6. Yes! UVa has a beautiful campus but the bridge is something that gets painted over every year by the students.

  7. We always think of the cool line too late!! 🙂

  8. So true! 🙂

  9. Say it, Pete! Something tells me Matthew wouldn’t mind. 🙂

  10. Aw, his awkwardness is very sweet, even if he wishes he had been a little more smooth.

  11. At least I’m not the only one who comes up with the perfect line after it’s too late.

  12. If he’d been any smoother, Matthew might have laughed…this way it was perfect.

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