Eleventh, in my post series about the characters in Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, comes Aubrey Rhodes– Cent’s favorite cousin and one of her best friends.
1) Name/Nickname – Aubrey James Rhodes, Aub, Mr. Aubrey to his little patients
2) Occupation/ Title/ Purpose – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Gentle Soul, Healer, Herbalist
3) Associated Song – “One More Day” by The Woods Brothers
4) Descriptive Sentence, Phrase, or Excerpt –
Aubrey was darker skinned than her because his mother had been mixed Filipino and African-American, the daughter of a Korean War soldier and the love he’d found overseas. Aubrey’s eyes were warm brown and slightly slanted, more so when he raised his brows.
5) Quotable –
“You’ve found someone, haven’t you? Less than a month back home and— damn, girl. Tell me all about him or her or them. Come on. Let me live vicariously.”
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.