#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Three 11/17: Stuck

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.

This past week has been interesting. I’ve been triggered and experienced passive-aggressive not-submissions to the publisher I do acquisitions for (If I can’t talk on the phone then, oh well, I just don’t have the time). Okay. And?

I’m going holiday shopping with my mother today. Let’s hope that helps because my current view of humanity rather stinks.

I’m sharing from my recently-released novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s just been berated by the homestead’s aggravating house spirit.

The first sentence, in yellow, comes from last week’s snippet.

  “Be nice to your mama.” A self-lit orb shoots across the kitchen and into the living room, trilling laughter as it goes.

“She would.” I sigh and lean against Stowne, who’s sitting on my other side. “I can’t get away with anything around here.” I admit it. I tried to change my work schedule so I had to be there tomorrow. I’m a manager, so I’ve got the power, but everyone had something important already scheduled. Doctor’s appointments, kids on holiday break, second jobs. I’m stuck with Mama-time arts and crafts tomorrow, like it or not. “Birdie hates me.”


I think Cent’s going to need more than construction paper and a glue stick to get through tomorrow, don’t you?

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 in both print and ebook formats.

Best of all, the ebook version is only $.99!

AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE    and elsewhere

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