#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Seven: Intent

Welcome to #Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works. This week I’m sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. It’s set for a July release, and I couldn’t be happier. Right now, the manuscript is with the proofreader, but when it’ll available for preorder pretty dang quickly or so I’m told.

I’ll update you when I know more.

This week I’m skipping a few paragraphs ahead in Chapter Three of Keeping House so we can see exactly what’s to become of Kenzie and his wandering eye.


  • Yes, this is over the six sentence limit, but this content needs to remain together to make sense.
  • Remember that we’re seeing this through Cent’s POV.
  • Stowne, an Earth elemental, is Cent’s spouse, and they’re leading the Brigid’s circle.
  • Brigid (also called Imbolc) is a Celtic pagan holiday that occurs on February 1st. It marks the midpoint in the dark half of the year. That said, In the Appalachian Elementals series, Brigid is also a celebration of… well, read.

     Stowne rose from their stack-stone throne to face the crowd. “This is a celebration to welcome the upcoming spring, of renewal, and of possibilities. Brigid is the virgin form of our Blessed Mother Earth and often referred to in modern times as Saint Brigid. This is a celebration of her, of the practical arts, of healing.” Continue reading

#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Absolute

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The theme is absolute. Absolute joy. Absolute evil. Absolute power. Absolute fact. How about absolute celebration. That’s what Cent’s doing here, and it means she’s about to get into trouble.




   “Hey, sugar? Cent?” Dane called to her from miles away. “You need a break?”

   “I’m good.” Cent raised her arms in absolute celebration. Did someone… What was I thinking about?

   A commotion rose from the other end of the circle and Conall was supporting Bea’s weight when Dane pulled Cent along behind her to see what was happening.

   “One too many, I reckon.”

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#1lineWed #PromoLGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy Green

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is green, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day last weekend, I’m certain. Greenbacks. Green around the gills. Green as pond scum.  Mint green… maybe wintergreen? Yes, I’m going with wintergreen here.




     “Your breath stinks like nasty-ass snuff.” Cent pulled her hand back only after Dane did.

     “It’s wintergreen, and you’ll get used to it.” Dane ran her tongue over her teeth before her smile returned. “I like buttin’ heads with you. I always have.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 3/20/2019 Like a Civilized Adult

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)! This week I’m picking up where I left off in my newest, yet untitled, WIP. I think it’s going to be a short novel, but we’ll see. The overall story is still assembling in my head. I’m clearly a panster, and I’m fine with that. Stories lead me where they will, and I seldom say no to their direction.

This new work is set in the Revolutionary War era and the years thereafter, specifically in Northeast Tennessee where the rest of the Appalachian Elementals series is set. Yes, this will be a work of Historical Paranormal Fantasy… just when I thought my sub-genre could get no smaller. This, however, looks to be an interesting romp through history even with all the research I’m having to do. (Note: Having a sibling who’s well versed in local history as part of her job helps a whole lot!)

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 3/20/2019: 3+2=5 paragraphs from something I’ve yet to title.

Note: The first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

Note: This WIPpet mentions neighboring farms where there are enslaved people. This was a sad fact of the Revolutionary War era, even along the frontier, which Northeast Tennessee was during that time. I’m in no way reflecting on it in a positive light.

     “We’re going to be late for dinner if we don’t hurry.” Conall pulls back his tricorn to smooth his hair, which has been slicked back and tied with a blue satin ribbon. He looks foppish, but I don’t dare tell him.

     “I don’t want to go to Widow Alcott’s again.” Her farm’s just down the road, but I loathe going there. It isn’t the food. Widow Alcott, or rather, Mary, is a wonderful cook, but Mary doesn’t cook out of the goodness of her heart. She and her son, Davy, are Widow Alcott’s slaves, and I don’t cotton one bit to someone owning someone else no matter what color their skin is. “I’d druther eat boiled eggs and beans.” Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Six Flooded Out

The problem with writing a series where the protagonist has lived multiple lives is that you’ve so much material to draw from. I’ve started a brand new story within the Appalachian Elementals series, this one a side tale, but it’s set in the Revolutionary War era so I’m doing lots, repeat, lots of research. Still, it’s great fun even if it’s slow going. I won’t be sharing any of that tale in my weekly Rainbowsnippets for the foreseeable future, but you can check out the first #WIPpet Wednesday post from it HERE. Yes, it’s still Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy. Appalachia, if you remember from history class, was the American frontier during the mid-to-late 18th century, a lawless area of often questionable people, which is making this new story all the more enjoyable to write.

Welcome to #Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works. This week I’m sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. It’s set for a July release, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m picking up where I left off last week. One of Dane’s men is sizing up Cent’s cousin, Aubrey, and Rayne, Aubrey’s water elemental spouse, is taking it personally.

Note: the first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s snippet.

     “He’s mine.” Rayne rose as a water pillar that blocked Aubrey from the Hunters’ view. “We’ve danced together before our land spirit so we’re wed. He’s beyond your touch!”

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Pie

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The theme is supposed to be rational or irrational but I have neither in Keeping House so I’m going with the date. It’s Pi Day! Okay, so I’m technically using pie, but pi is still in there, right?




   “Lift that spell, Dane.” Cent’s hand wrapped her Seelie dagger.

   “You’re gonna stay for dessert because you didn’t eat much dinner, and Lexy’s chocolate pie is an orgasm in a flakey crust. It shouldn’t be missed. Hell, I’m even gonna take a slice to Bonnie if she’s in her head again.”

   “You’re gonna risk my leaving over pie?” Cent pressed her energy against the spell, but it draped over her like a weighted blanket, keeping her in her seat.

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#1lineWed #PromoLGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy March

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is March. March right in. Ides of March. March in time. I’m dealing with the date here, which might not be exactly as intended, but I’m running (or is that marching?) with it.




Afternoon, March 6th

Venti. Ten creams, five sugars. Perfect. Conall had called to ask if she wanted some coffee, and she’d said yes. I wonder what he wants. She curled her hand around her cup, thankful for the warmth.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 3/13/2019 Something Brand New

Welcome to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!

Since Keeping House is off to the proofreader, I’m sharing a little of my latest WIP this week. It’s Historical Appalachian Fantasy set in the Revolutionary War era and the years thereafter and, yes, it’s going to be part of the #AppalachianElementals series. It’s out of sequence so it’ll definitely be a side tale, and I don’t yet know when it’ll be finished, but I already love the main character’s voice. You might not know the characters involved, yet, but they’re in Keeping House, including Cent, who’ll be appearing as a secondary character in their 19th-century male form. (Cent has been reincarnated over a hundred times, if you don’t know, so these stories tie together through her/him/them and through Embreeville Mountain, a real place near where I live in Northeast Tennessee.)

I’m striving for historical accuracy inside this story so I’m doing a lot of research on the colonial era, especially what was then the frontier, but there’s not a whole lot of written history concerning the area and this is Fantasy genre so I’m allowing myself to leave holes that require more research. But there are no holes in this #WIPpet.

Here’s my math for 3/13/2019: 3+3-2-1= the first 3 paragraphs from my new unnamed story.

     “Whatcha doin’ up that tree, Nub?” Conall scratches his head as he looks up at me. I could dot his eye with a half-rotten crab apple if I wished, but I don’t. I drop a handful of leaves in his face instead, and he swats at them like they’re swarming bees, making me laugh.

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Five Go For It

It’s been a quiet week here, I suppose, at least quiet for how things have been lately. Son the younger and his new bride are in for spring break, and I’m still waiting clearance for my first knee replacement.

Welcome to #Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

The release date for Keeping House has been moved to July 8th. I’m excited, but I’m also a bit nervous. No more than I’ve ever been before a new release, I suppose, but something about this novel has me tense. Content-wise, Keeping House isn’t the darkest novel I’ve ever released. No Sister’s Keeper (Taelach Sister’s series #4, 2013) takes that prize by far. Perhaps my nervousness derives from the personal nature of Keeping House. There’re more bits of myself inside the story than most of my novels. Cent has my thought processes and shares both my gender identity and sexual orientation. Dane, I’ve been told, shares my rather sharp sense of humor and tendency for one-liners (you don’t see this side of Dane until later in the novel). Stowne shares some of my insecurities. Every character in this series contains a bit of me, more than in my other series. Perhaps this is why I enjoy writing it so much, and it’s probably why the release already stresses me.

Keeping House is with the proofreader and will be available for preorder by mid-April.  (squeals in late-night, caffeinated glee) 

The Setup: I’m moving a bit forward in the chapter. Others are arriving at Stowne’s Brigid celebration circle, and Dane has spotted Betty, who’s just arrived on Pyre’s arm. And do you remember Cent’s cousin Aubrey? Well, he’s there too and Dane’s noticed him, much to Rayne’s chagrin. If you remember, Rayne and Aubrey found each other in Cleaning House. Again, if you want to know the hows and whys… Well, the cover image to your right will take you to the novel’s Amazon page. The ebook is priced at only $3.99.

Remember, Keeping House is written in third-person limited POV but a very close version, so we’re seeing everything through Cent’s eyes.

Betty Holub

     “Who the…well, what’ve we got here?” Dane raised her hand to stop one of her guards, a lean, ashen-skinned man with his dreadlocks pulled back and tucked into his coveralls, from approaching Betty. “That tall one’s a medium. She’ll see right through whatever you try, but the short, curly-haired, tan healer boy…” Dane indicated Aubrey. “Go for it if’n you want.”

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The theme is flash. A flash in the pan. In a flash. Flash a look. Flash a smile. Here, it’s Mr. Jones, one of Cent’s employers, flashing an amused smile.





“Well, Dane and Conall ain’t so bad, I guess. And Sissy’s an absolute darlin’. I think Dane’s sweet on her.” Mild amusement flashed across his face. “Ain’t none of my business, but Weeds? He’s been seein’ Ina Sue and…” His smile disappeared. “I’m pretty sure he’s dealin’ outta her trailer.”

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