#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/24/18 Refresher

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.


I spent much of last weekend with Mountain Gap Books at a local arts event, selling books and doing that thing called “exposure.” I met a lot of nice people and, yes, the exposure was excellent. I also sold quite a few early release copies of Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which made things extra nice.




Here’s my WIPpet math for 10/24/18: 118 for 118 words from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.

WIPpet ONE “A Cedar in the Corner”

WIPpet TWO “The Perfect Tree”

WIPpet THREE “Yuletide Memories”

WIPpet FOUR “Follow Your Heart”

WIPpet FIVE “Rebirth”

WIPpet SIX “Winter Evergreen”

The section in yellow comes from last week’s WIPpet.

“It’s like Christmas, isn’t it? I mean they’re similar, right?”

   “In some ways, yes. But others…” Rayne shakes their head, this time slinging water from their deep blue locks. “Drains and dribbles. I’ll call it back.” They chant low, drawing the water to their form, smiling as it disappears into their bare, puddling feet. “I think you need a holiday refresher.”

   “A refresher?” The house smells like cedar so I breathe deep. It’s not a bad smell. In fact, it’s fresh, clean, and familiar. Yes, I remember having a tree in this house before and Stowne’s joy each time. “Are you going to tell me about all those holidays?”

     “You’ll do best to remember for yourself.” Rayne smiles as they glide toward the living room. “That tree needs water.”

So Rayne’s going to force Cent to remember for herself? It seems that way, but that’s exactly what Cent needs to do, IMO.

Next week I’ll be sharing one more WIPpet from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree before the release. It’s from a bit further into the novella, and it’ll give you a taste of what’s really going on between Cent and her mother.

*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


  1. I think in a case like Cent’s, waiting and remembering for oneself is the best way. Incidentally, I love the cover for this one! It looks so cozy!

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    • Cent’s impatient, I think, and everyone, especially Stowne, is becoming anxious. And I love the cover too. It’s very representative of home and the season, IMO. Thanks!


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