7: #HolidayTreeNovella #AppalachianElementals The Mama Me and the Holiday Tree Playlist

10, 9, 8, 7…This marks day four of my ten-day countdown to the release of Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree. Today we’re taking a look at the #HolidayTreeNovella playlist, which is anything but standard holiday musical fare.



So does a novella deserve its own playlist?

(Steps back to carefully consider warily side-eye you.) Why wouldn’t it? Every work within the Appalachian Elementals series is getting its own playlist, including the shorter ones. If anything, the smaller ones get lists because they need a friend, something warm to hold on to just like their big siblings get.

🤔 Yes, Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has its own playlist, but it’s not your typical holiday song playlist, and I’ve done this for a particular reason. Faith. Simple enough, right? No, not really. Nothing about faith is simple. And there are two paths/faiths/whatever you wish to call them in Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, namely paganism (in its broadest meaning) and Christianity. With that in mind, I made careful selections for the playlist. Each song is reflective of the chapter’s content but doesn’t focus on any one religion. Sure, at least one song focuses on both, but that’s okay. It was either both or neither where I was concerned.

Each song image is also a clickable link to that song within the playlist, but here’s a direct link to the Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree Playlist.

1) Bon Jovi “Who Says You Can’t go Home?” – Because home is where the heart is and where family is often waiting (I loathed this band back in the 80s, but their newer works have grown on me a little.)



2) Take That “Patience” – Cent needs some about now where Mama’s concerned.




3) Yellowcard “For you and Your Denial” – open eyes often see only what they wish and not what’s really there




4) Mumford and Sons “The Ghosts That we Knew” – an early morning discussion between eternal Life and Death



5) Depeche Mode “Precious” – Old wounds are easily reopened. (This is one of my longstanding favorite songs, and it perfectly fits the chapter.)




6) Delta Rae “Dance in the Graveyards” – The past is behind us, and it waits for our return. (Delta Rae is a wonderful Southern Gothic/ equality activist band BTW.)


7) Sia “Snowflake” – Delicate needs nurture and care. (This is not my usual musical taste, but this song is very sweet.)




8) Nat King Cole “Love Nest” – a welcomed distraction is sometimes in order




9) Tom Petty “It’s Good to be King” – royalty in a lesser couth form (This is far from one of my favorite songs, but it really fits here.)



10) Mary Chapin Carpenter “ – The Longest Night of the Year” A Solstice celebration needs appropriate music, and this is totally fitting.


11) Dar Williams “The Christians and the Pagans” – Listen to the lyrics, and you’ll learn something that’s applicable to the chapter and life in general.



12) Fleet Foxes “What Winter Hymnal” – the turning of time, the repetition, the joy of rediscovery




13) Dolly Parton “If I had Wings” – because sometimes the power to soothe old hurts lies within us all along (Yeah, and wings. When you read, you’ll understand the significance.)



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.

AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE    and elsewhere

P.S. Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree will be released in exactly one week, on November 5, 2018.

P.S.x2 Here’s a link to the Cleaning House (Appalachian Elementals #1) Playlist.

Credit where it’s due.

The number seven is brought to you by… Pixabay (LOL)

Cover for Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree by Jeanne G’Fellers

Images associated with the playlist choices and the songs all belong to their artists/bands.


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