This is my third 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* 21-30 on the list, adding a quick note about each choice while not giving any spoilers.
21) “Money Changes Everything” Cyndi Lauper Featuring Adam Lazzara – because it certainly does
22) “Backfire” by Aimee Mann – junk food in all its glory
23) “Cancer” by My Chemical Romance – a truly sad way to go
24) “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera – we all are in our own unique way
25) “Breathing Fire” by Tyminski – no one is perfect, but evil makes us lesser beings
26) “Good Corn Liquor” by The Steeldrivers – a stiff drink for your nerves
27) “Marry Me” by Train – what’s a good story without a little romance?
28) “Daughter of the Elements” by Lisa Theil – earth, air, fire, and water is in all of us
29) “Devil’s Dance Floor” by Flogging Molly – a battle of devilish words
30) “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones – trickery, enough said
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.
Check out post two in this series HERE.
*I take no credit or make no claims concerning the songs. I simply appreciate 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 borrowed them for their associated songs.