Running around trying to get ready for the holidays and traveling home which has been delayed because of home repairs.
Here’s more of Ghosts, Gangsters and Garland (which somehow isn’t on Goodreads. Sigh)
Zia sat upright, glancing around the darkened room. Next to her, Dolores slept soundly. Dolores was a champion sleeper, liking ten hours or more, and it was hard to rouse her. Kane, on the other side, stirred, hitching himself up. Like Zia, he slept too lightly.
“Problem?” he whispered.
She shook her head. “Not sure. Feel that?”
He knit up his brow. “Don’t think we’re alone.”
Zia scanned the room and then jutted her chin toward the corner. A small boy stood there next to the antique dresser. The boy didn’t move, making Zia’s skin creep. Well used to ghosts, she never liked it when they stared. She did not sense anything malevolent coming from him. Was he curious? Was he more residual energy with no consciousness behind him? She’d have to investigate to know.
“He’s creeping me out,” Kane said, reaching across Zia to tap Dolores’s shoulder. She didn’t stir.
Zia shook Dolores until she batted at Zia’s hand. “Go ‘way,” she muttered into the pillow.
“We have a visitor,” Zia replied, which woke Dolores up.
Zia, Dolores and Kane all possess the magic to fight monsters but all they want now is a nice Christmas break. Partners in life and at work as monster-slayers for a group known as the Clipeum, they’ve been risking life and limb keeping humanity safe. They’ve won their hard-earned vacation their boss has set up for them: a week in a small hotel in upper Wisconsin. Their boss mentioned in passing it used to be a gangster retreat in the heyday of prohibition.
Married for some time, Zia and Dolores were surprised to have Kane in their life, first at work and now in their hearts. They’re looking forward to their first holiday today as a threesome and the ladies can’t wait to see their first pagan Yule celebration with Kane. All they want is some quiet relaxation. What they get is something entirely different.
Gangster ghosts, would-be witches, over-enthusiastic children, animated snowmen and a century old former gangster moll who has a little spark still in her add up to a not-so-restful Christmas. Zia, Dolores and Kane trade comfy clothing and relaxation for spellcasting and ghost wrangling. Still they might just be able to rescue themselves a Merry Yule from all the chaos.
If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!