#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Two 6/23: Junk Outta Treasure

Forgive me if I’m a bit quick about things this week. You see, the current political environment here in the U.S. has me beyond disgusted. This is not who we are, and I’m frightened for where we’re headed, but I promised myself that politics will not find a voice on this blog because it’s one of my safe havens.

It’s becoming difficult to separate the two.

Anywho, 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.

Do you realize that this is my fifty-second straight Rainbowsnippet? I don’t think I’ve missed one during the last year, a fact that astounds me.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel 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 what ails you.

The Setup: Cent’s still on the phone with Tess, and it’s not going so well.

     “Call me back by this weekend.” Aunt Tess sighed. “If you don’t come, I’ll be hirin’ outside help. One of those junk companies, I reckon.”

     “There’re two-hundred-year-old antiques in that house!”

     “I lived in that house for four decades.” Aunt Tess huffed into the phone. “So I know what’s in there and what ain’t.” She said something to Aubrey that Cent couldn’t make out. “Well, Aubrey can help some, but that ain’t enough to get it done in time.” Tess sighed. “All right. Call me Friday and let me know.” The call ended so abruptly that Cent stared at her cell phone.

     “I know you need me, Aunt Tess, but I don’t think I have it in me to go back there again.” Cent placed her phone on the coffee table and lay back on the couch. She had a lot to think about, but she was tired and barely remembered to set her alarm for her early shift at the bodega before she drifted to sleep.

Family heirlooms lost. Junk outta treasure. Would you go back knowing what’s at stake?

Ready to read more from Cleaning House? You can do so HERE and/or pre-order the ebook version HERE or at other online book retailers. There’s a link to the print version on the same page if you’d druther.

And here’s a link to my Meet the Characters blog series. It’s a multimedia approach on my part, a song, a collage, a description, and a quote… combined to introduce each character in Cleaning House. One post for each character. Right now, I’m on number Six – Nida Rhodes, Cent’s mother.

*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!




    • I think she’s more disappointed in herself and her life than anything else. Two crap jobs that barely make ends meet and a seedy apartment on the bad end of town weren’t exactly where she planned to be after college.


  1. Kind of reminds me of cleaning out my grandmother’s house. It took all of us cousins to do it, and my grandparents were far from being hoarders or even sentimentally hanging onto junk.

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    • I am not looking forward to that time with a very close family member. She’s a functional hoarder, but still a hoarder of what she calls memories – every little thing my sister and I have had over the decades – toys, broken things. We’ve a stuffed house, a garage, and a storage unit. Sigh. Not fun.


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