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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’s struggling to relate to her mother, but that’s nothing new.
I set my star on the table and stare at it, tracing its top with my finger, following the evoking points. Fire. Air. Water. Earth. I push energy into the star so it vibrates under my hand. “Spirit.”
Mama sighs and holds up her ornament. “Star of David.”
I stare at the Christmas tree on her sweater. There’s a silver metallic star on the top, and if you look close, the stitching makes it a pentagram. “No, Mama, that— you want some coffee?”
That’s it, Cent. It’s time to do what you need to, to do your duty so other’s get a break, even if it means spending the day with Mama.
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.
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