Fourth, in my post series about the characters in Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, comes fire elemental Pyre. They’re full of chaotic, mischevious energy, but Pyre, at their core, is good — a heart-warming spirit, if you’ll excuse the pun.
1) Name/Nickname – Pyre, Lightnin’ Bug, Jack Fire
2) Occupation/ Title/ Purpose – Creator of Heated Conversation, Warmth on a Cold Night, A Hot Love Affair Waiting to Happen (AKA Primary Fire Elemental of Embreeville Mountain)
3) Associated Song – “Firestarter” by The Prodigy (what else?)
4) Descriptive Sentence, Phrase, or Excerpt –
Pyre flashed Cent a white-hot grin as they moved closer to the bonfire. The only other dancing pair, a scantily-leaved dryad and a water elemental whose preferred form was overtly masculine, moved aside as soon as they touched the white sand, and the music became more upbeat. “Here we go!” Pyre laughed as they twisted around Cent’s ankles, turning her as they snaked around her body, shooting up so their face hovered before hers when they stopped spinning. “I must say, your form this life is very enticing.”
“You’re a flirt.” Cent blew out to make Pyre’s white-flame smile move back a little. “I should’ve known.”
“My kind enjoys mischief-making.” They wrapped entirely around Cent, creating a cyclone of warmth that turned her, lifting her from the ground to dip her. “And flirting. We’re dancing, after all.” Their fingers twirled into smoke that wrapped Cent’s waist.
5) Quotable – “I’m capable of many heated things, hot, pleasurable things, especially with Humans. Shall I show you?”
Read more Cleaning House Meet The Characters Posts HERE.
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.