#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Five 9/22: Smoke Rings

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. This time next month, I’ll begin sharing tidbits from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, a novella-length story that will be available in both ebook and print formats in early November. This story will concentrate on Cent’s relationship with her mentally-ill mother but, of course, Betty will be in there too.

This Week’s Snippet Setup: Cent fell asleep while watching a movie with her friend and wakes to find Betty in a mood.

     Cent woke late in the afternoon to find Betty sitting in her dining nook, leaning forward in her chair as she blew smoke rings out the open window. Cent’s cell phone sat on the sill.

     “Why do you have my phone?” Cent rubbed her eyes as Betty turned to face her.

     “I asked you to leave it at home.” Betty blew another smoke ring, ground the cigarette butt against the radiator, and flicked it out the window, straddling the chair as she peered at Cent through sad eyes.

     “I forgot.”

*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!

Cigarette photo by Sunrise on Unsplash


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