#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Eight: Dressed for the Weather

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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in Keeping House, but I’m currently introducing you to a character who was a minor, but important, player in both stories. Dane’s a major player now, she-king of the Hunter Fey, so you’d best pay attention to the king.

This picks up from last week’s snippet. It’s Dane’s initial description, and she warrants a closer look.

    Dane was as tall as Cent and attractive in a scowling, backwoods sort of way. She was porcelain-skinned and black haired like every other Hunter and almost always in work attire aside from a circlet she wore perched above her welding cap, but tonight she wore a black toboggan and a pair of goggles atop her head instead. She also wore leggings under her black utility kilt, insulated lineman boots that came to her knees, and a winter camouflage coat, the back cut so her wings could unfurl or roll for warmth like they were now. Dane was dressed for the weather above the trees, something Cent hadn’t considered when she’d planned for the trip. But more than anything, Dane was a perpetually bitter, gruff, and all-around hateful woman, which made the fact that she smiled at Cent—

     That’s totally unsettling. Cent couldn’t bring herself to smile back.

Later in the novel, another character describes Dane as “attractive in a soul-eating sort of way.”  That description is probably apt, but Dane might make the pain worth it.  (chuckles) Dane’s not a vampire, BTW, but she has this way about her… it’s called compelling, and it’s a Hunter fey thing.

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    • Thanks! Dane’s a breathing anachronism in a lot of ways. Something about her is always out of time or place. It’s a lot like living where I do. It often feels like a slip in time and place, like something’s off but I can’t quite put my finger on it, especially the people at times.

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  1. Absolutely incredible description I love everything about Dan already! And the smile at the end is like a little twisted kick in the pants too – desperately want to read more about how her storyline continues and and how hers Cent’s intertwine.

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