#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Eight 8/4: Now Opening at 8 AM

Cleaning House is now available in print and ebook formats at numerous retailers.

😄😄 Yay! 😄 😄 

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.

I’m in the midst of a two-week blog tour and will be dropping in at other sites during the next month. Oh, and I’ll also be appearing on the BiCast late this month.  More details on that next week, but I’m looking forward to it! Make certain you listen in because the BiCast is awesome on its own, but you’ll also get my quirky Appalachian dialect, the one that even well-educated Appalachian natives are capable of, like it or not.

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. Betty’s now walking Cent to work both for companionship and for safety. Their neighborhood isn’t exactly the best. (Note: The section in yellow comes from last week’s snippet.)

     Betty’s nicotine breath fanned across Cent’s neck. “You off this afternoon?”

     “I think. Why?” They stopped under a street light near the bodega. “Got something in mind?”

     “Want to decompress?” Betty grinned down hopefully. “The electric’s back on, so how about a movie, popcorn, and a glass or twelve of bubbly?”

     “Sounds fun.”

     “Only the best for my Cent.” They’d stopped outside Omar’s bodega. “Got your keys?”

     “Yeah, hold on.” Cent dug in her pocket for the ring of keys Omar had entrusted her with. “Okay, here we… wait. Did he change the opening time without telling me?” Cent scrutinized the “now opening at eight AM” sign hanging on the gate then grabbed the paper wedged above the lock.

     “What’s it say?”

     “Let me read it first.” She swatted Betty’s hand away and held the paper up to see it in the streetlight. “Damn.”

So what has Cent read that’s set her to cursing? Nothing good, that’s for certain, but you’ll have to wait for next week to know the exact cause. I’ll be sharing from Cleaning House for another month, maybe two on #Rainbowsnippets but then I’ll be moving to something new.

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.


The Meet the Characters series post for Cent was published last week, and there’s one from Betty on the same page from 7/9. Both posts go a long way toward creating a full picture of each character. 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. 

Ready to read more from Cleaning House? You can do so HERE and/or 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!


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