#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 9/26/18 Yuletide Memories

Sweet little novella cover, isn’t it? I don’t generally share both the front and back of my cover designs like this, at least not widely, but I really like this one.  Yes, Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is going to be available in both ebook and print formats. It was a simple choice, actually.  A happy, well-priced, holiday story always sells well at autumn events, and my publisher has such an event coming in late October.  We’re thinking it’ll get some sales. (crosses fingers)

Welcome to another WIPpet Wednesday*. This week I’m sharing again from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half. Or, for the purposes of the release day tour, #1.5. (Update – we’re running with 1.5 across the board to prevent any confusion.)

Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is scheduled for a November 5th release.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 9/26/18: 9-6=3 paragraphs from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree. The brief sentence in yellow comes from last week’s WIPpet.

And here’s the earlier WIPpets from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree

WIPpet ONE “A Cedar in the Corner”

WIPpet TWO “The Perfect Tree”

“They have?” Who knew there was so much to Yule? Certainly not me, at least that I can remember. See, I’ve got this whole multiple-lives thing I’m sorting through. Most of those lives, I’ve been with Stowne, and I remember a lot, but some issues, like their excitement over holidays, have eluded me. I’ve been reading about different Yule traditions online and in the stack of magical books I left behind, but I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface, and I’ve been asking Stowne questions every night while we cuddle in bed. “They’ve gotten excited every sabbat and esbat since we’ve been together, but they seem even more excited about Yule. Why is that?”

“You don’t remember?” Rayne shifts the lower portion of their form to what resembles flowing blue pants, making it easier for them to sit. “You’ve celebrated Yule with Stowne for centuries and, during your last two lives, you actually let them bring in a tree every year as long as it could be replanted afterward.”

“Yeah, Stowne told me.” I sip my coffee then rise from the table in search of the quart of cream we keep in the homestead’s old Kelvinator fridge. “But that doesn’t explain why they’re so happy.”

Cent’s got a lot to remember, doesn’t she?

Sabbats = major holidays (there are eight on the majority of pagan calendars, but there are any number of variations)

Esbats = full moon celebrations, the monthly gathering or circle, depending on your tradition (if you follow one) or path if you work alone.

Yes, sometimes sabbats fall on esbat dates and those are really special events.

More next week, I promise.

*WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.

Book cover design by Jeanne G’Fellers

Snowy Evergreens photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


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