#CleaningHouseNovel Past and Present: Playlist Songs 11-20

Find post one in this series, songs 1-10 HERE.

This is my second post in a short series highlighting the playlist for my upcoming novel, Cleaning House – A Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy. Why a playlist for a novel? Why not? Music is important. It helps set the mood. It’s… okay, I’m a music fiend. I love it, used to play several instruments, have written a few songs (long gone, so don’t ask), and briefly considered a career in the music industry. Needless to say, I love music. Different genres, unconventional arrangements. You’ll see both of these on my playlist.

Today I’m highlighting songs* 11-20 on the list, adding a quick note about each choice while not giving any spoilers.

11) “Day After Day” by Badfinger – because sometimes we get lost in our memories




12) “Baby’s nap in a Field” Lullaby Tribe, Jessita Reyes – shh, listen and feel the vibe this sets for the chapter




13) “Old Wounds” by John Moreland – some memories hurt more than others



14) “Awake and Alive” by Skillet – remembering helps us understand who we are now.



15) “The Ghost of You” by My Chemical Romance – past and present collide




16) “Drink the Water” from the Pickin’ on Series (A Tribute to Jack Johnson) – the chapter is titled “Wee Fairies in the Honey” so use your imagination




17) “If I had Possession over Judgement Day” by Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson (the latter posthumously, of course) – because you can’t change your past, but you might be able to change your future if you really, really try



18) “Remember When” by Alan Jackson – a sweet song for a romantic chapter filled with the past



19) “Green Man Blues” by Omnia – Listen for the chainsaws then apply them to the chapter. Ouch!




20) “Where Rainbows Never Die” by The Steeldrivers –  A trip back to the Civil War and all its dangers



One song per chapter. A glimpse into an author’s brain as she writes. This is a contemporary Appalachian Fantasy so expect Rock, Bluegrass, Christianity, and Paganism to intermingle. Scheduled novel release date: 8/1/18 by Mountain Gap Books.


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.

Check out post one in this series HERE.

Want to read more about the characters in Cleaning House? Check out my #WIPpet Wednesdays and #Rainbowsnippets posts.


*I take no credit/ make no claims concerning the songs. I simply like them and believe they fit the chapter I’ve associated them with.

All images, aside from those of my own creation, belong to their creators. I simply used them for their associated songs.


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