Here’s a little about Cleaning House, the new LGBT+ paranormal speculative novel I’m currently drafting. It’s wildly different from my other works, and I’m very excited by how it’s taking shape.
Growing up queer in Appalachia wasn’t easy for Centenary Rhodes, so she left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she expected in Chicago has never materialized. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone, and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are mounting, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is becoming dangerous to navigate.
Returning home to Horse Creek never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess, the only family member who accepts Cent as-is, contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The old family homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to help ready the property and house. Cent will be paid for her efforts, will have access to Aunt Tess’ pantry, garden, smoke house, and truck, and can live on the homestead rent-free until a sale is finalized.
It’s a chance to solve Cent’s financial woes but going home, she soon finds, means discovering a past she can’t remember and a future she never could have predicted.