Three weeks until the release. Three weeks… crap, three weeks? Wait, I have so much to do!
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 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 having an early-morning conversation with Betty, who she’s met during the last year and someone who’s become very important to her.
“Shit for business last night.” Betty took a drag from her smoke. “I’ll do a lot, but there’re some things I won’t do for anyone.” She curled her crimson lips into a snarl. “I’m tryin’ to stay clean, you know?” Betty’s accent was everything Cent’s wasn’t— deep and New England. Her ending R sounds were more like an H, and her word choices…they’d all but needed dictionaries to understand each other when they’d met the year before.
Dialect is a particular love of mine. Do you appreciate it in writing, or do you think it drags writing down? IMO, a well-done dialect can enrich a story, but a poorly or overdone one drags a story down… fast. All things in moderation.
I’ll have a Meet the Characters blog post concerning Betty on Monday, 7/9, if you want to know more about her.
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 Seven – Ivan Ruleman.
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.
*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!