Okay, so I changed my mind about sharing more snippets from Cleaning House. I’ll be sharing two more. These are darker, creepier, much more paranormal than you’ve read thus far, and both are in honor of the season.
Today and tomorrow I’ll be appearing at Art in the Park, a fall celebration of local and regional artists in Jonesborough, TN. My publisher, Mountain Gap Books, was asked to attend, so we are… all weekend. The event is happening less than two miles from where I live, so I’m happy to be able to contribute my presence.
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.
The setup: Cent’s finally back home and on her way, with Aubrey, to see Aunt Tess. They’ve stopped at a local McDonald’s because Cent’s feeling sick. This snippet shows her in the restroom after she’s become nauseous. She thinks it’s nerves, but things are suddenly coming off the rails.
Cent rinsed her face and checked herself in the mirror, startling when she saw an old woman with long, frizzy, white hair standing behind her.
“They know you’re here.” The old woman shook her head until her hair covered her face.
“Who?” When Cent spun around to confront the woman, she wasn’t there. “What the…” She tore from the bathroom, running straight into Aubrey. “Where’d she go?”
“Where’d who go?” He caught Cent by the arm when she tried to pass him.
“The old woman!” Cent pushed him aside and rushed across the restaurant, turning the corner to stand in front of the counter. “Where’s she at?”
“Who’re you talking about?” Aubrey spun her around. “No one came out of the bathroom before you.”
I’ve one more #Rainbowsnippet from Cleaning House and then I’ll begin sharing snippets from Appalachian Elementals #1.5 – Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, my upcoming holiday novella. Cent and Betty are there, along with the rest of the crew from Cleaning House. You’ll find even more magic, haints, fey, and wonderful Appalachian queerness inside the pages and a huge helping of holiday cheer.
A dozen handmade holiday ornaments, that’s all, but it might be an impossible task.
Centenary Rhodes and her mother are at constant odds. It’s one of the many reasons Cent left home when she was eighteen. Mama’s difficult for anyone to manage, but now that Cent’s back home, she has to try. Mama, however, won’t acknowledge who Cent’s become, even though she’s repeatedly been shown the truth.
It’ll take more than popcorn strings and paper snowflakes to heal the rift that’s formed between Cent and Mama. It’s going to take bushels of patience, heaps of magic, and assistance from everyone on both sides of Embreeville Mountain to reset the Balance between them.
But with Yule and Christmas just around the corner, it might already be too late.
Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is available for preorder in both print and ebook formats.
You can read a lot more #Rainbowsnippets and #WIPpet Wednesday posts from Cleaning House HERE.
*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!