#RainbowSnippets #novellines Forty-Six 5/12: Gardening

I’m up to my eyeballs, perhaps over my head, with learning how to format and submit to ebook markets and the printer for distribution. Trial by fire, if you will.  Someone help me. (Said tongue-in-cheek. I am managing.) It’s a maddening process the first time around, but I’m learning. Again, when you are working with a small publisher this is part of the job description… really, it is for me. I’ll be better at it next time around, but it feels as if I’m learning everything not to do in one fell sweep  – or so it feels. *grins and cackles* Yeah, I might lose my mind.

Welcome to this week’s installment of 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.

I’m sharing from Cleaning House, one of my current WIPs, again. Cleaning House is nearing the end of the WIP status. It’s set for an August 1st release, I’m actively looking for ARC reviewers too. Cleaning House is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure most everything.

The Setup: The messenger has left, and Cent’s already reliving the moment. The first paragraph comes from last week, and the rest comes immediately after.

….Was that a man or a woman or…? Hell, she didn’t care. They were hot, and they’d flirted with her. That was enough.

     She looked out her peephole and sighed, securing every lock and chain before she turned to stare at the envelope. The messenger had left soft-dirt fingerprints along its edge. They must work in a plant nursery or something, too.

     Maybe I should take up gardening.

     Being close and sweaty, their hands touching as they worked side-by-side. Cent shivered as she scrutinized the envelope. “It’s too thin to be a summons.”

Gardening can be fun with the right person by your side, can’t it?

Want to read more from Cleaning House? You can do so HERE.

*RainbowSnippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in!

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  1. I don’t have much of a green thumb, I’m afraid. I can manage to kill a cactus houseplant, and not even by overwatering it. Sigh.

    And…otherwise, I’m sitting on my hands because this scene reads quite differently to me after seeing the rest.

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    • I have varying success, but I can generally keep things alive – emphasis on generally. I’ve had prolific veggie gardens in the past, but this year we’re doing only an herb garden. In a word – raccoons. Okay, that and my system says tilt every time I lean forward more than a few seconds.

      And, yes, given what you now know this scene should read very differently. 😊 Foreshadowing? Why, yes!


  2. Nice! My gardening partner managed to conk me on the head with a shovel handle this morning. Then I got swarmed by tiny ants! I’m inside for the rest of the day. ~nods~ Best wishes to you, and Happy Writing!

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  3. That last sentence! Omg… not what would come to most of our minds, I’m sure.
    Good luck with the publishing. I did my first one 10 months ago and I loved learning how it all hangs together. And yes, it gets faster with each one you do. 🙂


    • Ah, what I haven’t shown in the snippet: Cent lost her job last year and has been working two part-time jobs at crap wages just to keep a roof over her head. A debt spiral has ensued. Her car was the first to go.


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