Ninth, in my post series about the characters in Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, comes The Wee Faeries. No, that’s not a single character. The Wee Fae are a group, a magical part of the novel. They’re tiny, persnickety, and innocently mischevious unless you tick them off, then they bite hard, sometimes in groups. Tinkerbell, they are not.
1) Name/Nickname – Wee Faeries, Wee Fae
2) Occupation/ Title/ Purpose – Forest Watchers, Small-Important Magic, Balance-Helpers
3) Associated Song – “The King of the Fairies” – various artists, but this one’s by Innisfree Ceoil
4) Descriptive Sentence, Phrase, or Excerpt –
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.
5) Quotable – “I was.” Their voice was small and cheerful. “You Centenary. You come back. You stay home now?”
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.
Read more Cleaning House Meet The Characters Posts HERE.