#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Six 7/21: First Lucky Customah

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.

It’s a little more than one week until the release, and I’m stoked! I have a two-week blog tour scheduled, several other sites I’ll be featured on, a podcast I’m visiting… the list keeps growing.

The Setup: Cent’s on her way to work at a local bodega when she runs into her friend Betty sitting on their apartment building’s stoop. (Note: The section in yellow comes from last week’s snippet)

     “No charge for a cute cuttah like you, and I need some smokes anyways.” Betty flicked her cigarette butt onto the step below her, pulled her legs together, and pushed down her skirt to a more presentable length. “Omar hates me waltzing in there in work clothes anyhows. Always thinks I’m gonna kife something.” Betty’s hand landed on Cent’s shoulder as they turned toward the bodega. “I’ll wait outside while you open up. First lucky customah of the day.”

     They chatted as they walked. Betty’s only customer, a sailor new out of Great Lakes Recruit Training, had been more interested in looking at her package than any delivery of goods.

It’s interesting how we make snap decisions about someone based on their appearance alone. Omar believes Betty’s going to steal because of her occupation. Seriously, we shouldn’t do such things. I’ve had people say I couldn’t be a good teacher because I have tattoos. My teaching years are over now (health reasons) but it’s funny… those tattoos never-ever got in the way of my teaching. Nope. Not once.  Still have those tattoos too.

I have a Meet the Characters blog post concerning Betty from 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 Thirteen– Rayne.

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!


  1. Nice snippet. ♡ Yes, it’s terrible that people are judged by their appearances. Even those not specifically raised with overt bigotry receive a barrage of stereotyping on television and movies affecting their subconscious. It can take a conscious effort to overcome it, often with missteps along the say.

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  2. I like to think I’m less judgmental than my parents. ~shakes head~ Thanks for teaching me a new word (kife). That’s good writing to inform me of the meaning with your prose. Well done. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Writing!

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    • I first heard kife when I was living in New England oh, so many moons ago. The word kinda stuck with me, but I’ve not really used it until now. It’s not part of my regular vocab, but I suppose it’s part of Betty’s. And I have very liberal parents so it’s hard for me to be less judgmental, but I try.


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