I’m working on promo for the upcoming release of Cleaning House. The first box I checked off? A book launch party/ book signing event at a local venue. Yay! I’ll post more on that as the release date approaches, but it looks like it’s going to be loads of fun regardless of the turnout. (crosses her fingers for a good turnout)
It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for #WIPpet Wednesday** and #QueerBlogWed*! While WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by the gracious Emily Wrayburn, features a diverse mix of authors, #QueerBlogWed is geared for, well, queer blogs, which this site certainly is.
This week I’m sharing another sample from Cleaning House, an Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, and the first installment in my Appalachian Elementals series.
Here’s my WIPpet math: 5/2/2018: 8+5+2+2-1= 16 paragraphs from Cleaning House (a longer WIPpet, but it’s all good, until the Hunters arrive).
“Ready to learn a bit more?” Tess indicated the lights flickering around them. “Thems not lightning bugs.”
“Then what are they?” Cent watched in wonder as Tess chanted under her breath and held up her open palm, smiling when one of the little lights flitted over to settle in her hand. “Look closer.” She lifted her arm so Cent could see.
The little light dimmed a bit when Cent bent in. Inside, was a winged creature, a small, Human-shaped form clad in leaves, vine, and pieces of cast-off string and fabric. “What is it?”
“A Wee Fairy. You know the honey and biscuits I sometimes leave out at dusk?”
“Those were for them?” Cent laughed when the fairy flitted from Tess’ hand to twirl around her head, slipping beneath the longer side of her hair and out to hover in front of her, its small, dark face curious. “Hello there.”
The fairy chirped then flitted away, returning seconds later with a dozen of its friends, all of whom flitted around her head, picking up her hair, landing on her shoulder, hovering before her face to chirp at her.
“They’re talking,” said Cent.
“They’re deciding whether or not they like you.” Tess made a small, whistling sound and held out her finger again, encouraging two fairies to light there. “They bite, so be careful.”
Cent stiffened when she recalled one of the lights biting her as a child. “They’re persnickety.”
“It’s always best to take care of them, or they’ll cause you trouble. That’s why I put fairy houses around the garden and along the edge of the woods.”
“I helped you make some of them.”
“Yeah, you did.” Tess’ face crinkled with a joy that quickly subsided. “But do you remember the big fairies?”
“Big fairies? Nope, I don’t recollect ever seeing one.”
“They’re called Hunters, and they’re as tall as you, sometimes taller, and they’ll be here at Samhain. That’s generally the only time they show during the year, which suits me fine.”
“What, are they mean?”
“Mean enough to poach deer, commit crimes, and eat Wee Fairies, but they’re also tricky, so be careful with what you say to them.” Tess patted Cent’s leg as her smile returned. “They’re a strange mix of magic and conman and as backwoods as they come anymore.”
Want to read more #WIPpet Wednesday posts from Cleaning House? You can do so by clicking HERE.
*#QueerBlogWed is still to share posts with LGBTQIA+ content & RT others. New rules: Wed only + promo widely to engage readers! Writing is a business & also art so promo your work with flair & find new readers!
** WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.