#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Nine 8/11: New Worries

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 six weeks. Oh, and I’ll also be appearing on the BiCast later this month.  More details on that soon, 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 and Betty are at the bodega now, and Cent’s seen something wedged into the gate above the lock. (Note: The section in yellow comes from last week’s snippet.)

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

     “What’s wrong?” Betty took the paper, holding it in her nail tips as she read. “What a jerk. The bastard could have at least told you in person.” She crushed the paper in her hand.

     “Yeah, you’d think.” Cent ran her hand over her face. “Shit! Now what am I going to do?”

     “You can’t blame Omar for taking care of his family first, but his means of letting you know…” Betty grabbed Cent’s hand to bring it to her chest. “You’re going to be okay, baby doll.”

     “Not if I can’t pay my rent.”

Cent’s in trouble, and she knows it. But having a good friend like Betty makes things easier to bear.


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.

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!


    • Yeah, it is. I’ve heard of businesses with multiple employees notifying them of closure by a note taped to the locked employee entrance. And, yes, it’s getting hard for Cent not to accept Aunt Tess’ offer.

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