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This week I’m sharing from my new 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 lover, Stowne, has joined the conversation and helped convince her that she needs to spend time with her difficult mother.
“So what ornaments are we making?” I’ve grudgingly accepted the idea of spending the day with Mama.
“I will have a list for you come morning.” Stowne wraps their arm around my shoulders. “Play nice, Centenary. Remember that your mother is a complex individual.”
“That’s one way of putting it.”
“She’s unique, just like you.” Betty grins when Pyre rises from the old pine floorboards behind her. “Heya, hot stuff. Whatcha doin’?”
Yeah, Betty and Pyre (a fire elemental) have a thing for each other, or at least something is, um, smoldering between them.
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 through the end of November.
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