Cleaning House has arrived! It’s finally release day! And I’ve loads to share. Here are a few quotes from the early reviews:
“While this story is full of beautiful, wonderful queerness in all its glory, it isn’t limited to that. It’s also about taking care of each other and the earth; it’s about coming home; it’s about family of origin and chosen family; and it’s about standing up against the forces of destruction all around us. This is a book for anyone who is looking for love and beauty amidst all the ugliness and cruelty our modern world so often displays”. – Author A. M. Leibowitz (The entire review will appear on 8/2 – see below for more info)
“If you love a well-written book with diverse characters and themes that will thrill this is the book for you.” – Anna K. (Goodreads)
“Centenary Rhodes (the heroine) is an interesting female lead who is dealing with the duality of her spirit/mind and past lives.” – Self-Professed Book Hoarders
Thanks to A.M., Anna, and Self-Professed Book Hoarders for their kind words.
And here’s a slew of posts, character info, and other material for Cleaning House including #Rainbowsnippets, #WIPpet Wednesdays, Character Profiles, and #1LineWednesday posts.
And here’s Cleaning House Chapter One in PDF format.
Oh, and here’s the Cleaning House YouTube Playlist – a chapter-by-chapter musical journey through the novel.
The launch party last night was great fun. Here are a few pictures.
Hanging in the venue. Sweet.
Because every good bookstore needs a literary quote or three
Me (left) and my spouse immediately before the launch started.
Pro TIp: people are more likely to pick up your books if you have copies marked for handling.
(Paranormal & The Supernatural & Little Green Men)
Author at work… or is that having fun?
The tabletop complete with “we take credit cards.” (grin)
Blog Tour Information
Here are the online places I’ll be at the rest of this week.
- The Novel Approach (“I’m too fond of reading books to care to write them.”) – I’ll be sharing a unique post here.
- Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews (FYI, this site says it contains adult content) – I’ll be sharing a unique post here.
- dream, love, imagine (Author Amy Aislin)
- A.M. Leibowitz (Breathing Life and Love into My Stories and Yours) – I’ll be sharing a unique post here, and A.M. Leibowitz will be sharing their review of Cleaning House) This is not a part of the official blog tour, but A.M. volunteered to host me, so please give them some love.
- Love Bytes (LGBTQIA Book Reviews) – I’ll be sharing a unique post here.
- Drops of Ink (Author Anne Barwell)
- Jackie Keswick’s Author Chat (Jackie’s a great author in her own right) This is not a part of the official blog tour, but Jackie volunteered to host me, so please give her some love.
- Stories that Make you Smile (Author Addison Albright) – I’ll be sharing a unique post here.
- Queer Sci Fi (Sci Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Horror With a Bent Attitude)
I’ll share more of my Cleaning House Blog Tour stops this Sunday, 8/5, so come back to see where I’ll be next.
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.