#CleaningHouseNovel Taking Flight: Playlist Songs 31-41

The previous posts in order:

This is my fourth and final 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* 31-41 on the list, ending the novel, adding a quick note about each choice while not giving any spoilers.

31) “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars – because facing evil sometimes means facing yourself




32) “Head Like a Hole” by Nine Inch Nails – the pain that comes with realizing your own mortality



33) “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae – dark depths, no further explanation is needed




34) “Blood in the Water” by Shamans Harvest –  some things never wash off




35) “Psycho” Puddle of Mudd – dealing with family can drive you crazy




36) “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police – haints and haunts and spirits our pasts lives return, and it ain’t all good



37) “Ain’t Gonna Drown” by Elle King – some events required a cleansing afterward




38) “Me and Mine” The Brothers Bright – gather the family



39) “Night of the Hunter” by Thirty Seconds to Mars – emphasis placed on Hunter(s)




40) “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac – what ties us all together



41) “House of Memories” by Panic! at the Disco – a home is more than where you sleep and keep your stuff


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.

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


*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.


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