#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Five 12/1: Denial

We’re pushing full-throttle into the holiday season, which is always stressful for those with auto-immune and/or neurological issues. Lucky for me (read the last with decided sarcasm) I have both and they’re interlinked.

Most of my holiday shopping takes place online for good reason.


That said, I want to share a review for Cleaning House (released 8/1/18) that comes from a regional library publication. Local review for a local work by a local author. That means a whole bunch to me. Best of all, she liked it, which means even more, and I’ve been told the book is in steady rotation. ❤️❤️😊😊❤️❤️

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 week I’m sharing from my new holiday 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 has a question that no one wants to answer.


“We’re all going to make ornaments.” Aubrey nods when I grimace at him. “But you and your mama are makin’ the first set.”

“Joy.” I try to turn everyone’s attention back to the blueprints spread across the table, commenting on the kitchen addition, on the small improvements Ivan’s already done to keep the winter air out and the heat in, but I can’t stand it. I have to… “She still won’t admit it, will she?”





Mama still won’t admit what? Ah, now that’d be a spoiler, wouldn’t it?


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, but this is the last day (12/1/18) for that price. On December 2nd, the price goes up.

AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE    and elsewhere

*RainbowSnippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in!


  1. Congratulations on the review, that’s fab news 🙂 And solidarity for the winter months – I have auto-immune plus the trimmings too and you’re right it’s worse in winter, hope you’re able to keep rested and warm throughout. Great snippet and very intriguing glimpse of their family life… can’t wait to find out what Mama won’t admit!

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