Third, in my blog post series about the characters in Cleaning House – An Appalachian Fantasy, comes Dane. She’s a complex individual, and her character arrives late in the story, but she’ll be a major character in the sequel, Keeping House, so pay close attention to her.
1) Name/Nickname – Dane Gow, King Dane, Boss
2) Occupation/ Title/ Purpose – She-King of the Hunter Fae, Metal Binder and Creator of Needed Objects, Ruler and Reprimander of her Subjects’ Unruly Ways
3) Associated Song: “A Little Wicked” by Valerie Broussard
4) Descriptive Sentence, Phrase, or Excerpt – Dane was a hard-faced, plaster-pale woman wearing black work boots, a faded, black denim kilt, and a black, long-sleeved, snap-front Carhart work shirt pocked with welding burn holes. The rainbow print welding cap on her head was turned backward and pulled low to cover her ears, and a gold circlet rested at a tilt on top of that. Her black wings, which were spread behind her, shimmered with blues and purples in the firelight. They were not a thing of beauty but one of power, veined, bony, stretched skin that highlighted her broad shoulders. She stood Cent’s height and was oddly attractive, an alabaster Joan Jett with sharper features and long blue-black hair pulled back in a single, tight braid.
5) Quotable – “You best recollect the order of things, ’cause there’re a lotta deep hollers in these here mountains where no one’ll ever find your parts.”
Release Date: 8/1/18
Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.
Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. 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 piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.
Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.
It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?
Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.