5: #HolidayTreeNovella #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/31/18 Uncontrolled Magic

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5…This marks day five day of my ten-day countdown until the release of my novella Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.  This post, above the others thus-far, relates directly to the novella because it comes directly from the novella.

Keep reading to see what I mean.


First off, Happy Halloween! Wonderful Samhain! Happy day! It’s a new year if you follow certain pagan paths. So blessings for you and yours as the wheel begins another turn.

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.

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”

WIPpet SEVEN “Refresher”

Here’s my WIPpet math for 10/31/18: 8-1-1=6 paragraphs from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.

The Setup: Quarter-magic Cent and her half-magic mother, Nida, are making holiday decorations together when Nida insists that she should be able to use her own magic. Cent reluctantly agrees to guide her through simple energy manipulation when this happens.

FYI: Half-magic brings mental instability with it, meaning Nida is a diagnosed Schizophrenic whose magic the family controls through spells, lots and lots of spells that dampen Nida’s power.

Most people don’t have magic flowing through them. And usually, those that do aren’t aware it’s there. So Mama not using her magic isn’t weird, it’s normal. I’m one of the few that both know and understand their own power but… “All right.” I sit beside her at the table. “Put your hand over your star.” I lay my hand on hers, pushing back the spells so she can feel a little of her own power, her own— “Ow!” Her energy flings me from the bench and across the room so I land by the back door.

“Enough!” I push Mama’s magic-dousing spells back in place, but her energy’s bouncing through me, looking for an exit, and I need a place to discharge before— Stowne, help! I’ll soar to the ceiling if I don’t get rid of this, if I… “Stowne!” I’m shaking inside and out, filled with energy my body can barely contain. I dash into the living room, leaving Mama behind as Stowne manifests beside the fireplace.

“What is…” They pull me into their arms, shaking with me, absorbing the chaotic energy I can’t manage alone. “Breathe deep. Calm.” They wrap me until my heart rate returns to normal.

“Coffee’s boilin’,” Mama calls from the kitchen.

“Let me.” Stowne places me in their big rocker and goes to the kitchen, moving the percolator as they try to explain things to Mama.

“Oh, bull.” Mama laughs as she comes to stand in the kitchen door. “That weren’t nothin’ but static. I barely felt anything at all.”

This is the very last WIPpet Wednesday post I’ll be sharing for Holiday Tree. Look for something totally new next week. Possibly more from Keeping House, possibly more from the final novel in the Surrogate series. We’ll see.

*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. Denial… or possibly numb to the force of her power… either way, Mama looks to be a handful, and it sounds like Cent has had more than enough of those lately to deal with (just went back and read the other entries. Definitely enough things on Cent’s mind…)

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    • Yeah, Cent’s had a tough few years, but now she’s back home and living next door to Mama. She’s trying hard to make things better, only there’s so much to get past before things are right again.

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