The problem with writing a series where the protagonist has lived multiple lives is that you’ve so much material to draw from. I’ve started a brand new story within the Appalachian Elementals series, this one a side tale, but it’s set in the Revolutionary War era so I’m doing lots, repeat, lots of research. Still, it’s great fun even if it’s slow going. I won’t be sharing any of that tale in my weekly Rainbowsnippets for the foreseeable future, but you can check out the first #WIPpet Wednesday post from it HERE. Yes, it’s still Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy. Appalachia, if you remember from history class, was the American frontier during the mid-to-late 18th century, a lawless area of often questionable people, which is making this new story all the more enjoyable to write.
Welcome to #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 Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. It’s set for a July release, and I couldn’t be happier.
I’m picking up where I left off last week. One of Dane’s men is sizing up Cent’s cousin, Aubrey, and Rayne, Aubrey’s water elemental spouse, is taking it personally.
Note: the first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s snippet.
“He’s mine.” Rayne rose as a water pillar that blocked Aubrey from the Hunters’ view. “We’ve danced together before our land spirit so we’re wed. He’s beyond your touch!”
“Rayne, you watery lil’ shit. I’d done forgot you’re as damn possessive as Cent’s beau.” Dane raised her hand again when her third guard, a heavy-set man with his blue-black ponytail stuffed beneath his Freightliner ballcap, stepped forward. “He ain’t worth the time and effort, Kenzie. Save it for your boyfriend.”
“But I was gonna share him with Balgair, King Dane.” Kenzie retreated only when Dane snapped her fingers at him. “Damn shame. We could use another healer. Ceardach’s got to be an ol’ fart.”
“Hush, boy.” Dane scowled at him. “Ceardach ain’t old, you’re just a youngin’ and ain’t nothin’ worth Rayne floodin’ us out for the next century.”
So Dane knows Rayne’s abilities, that’s for certain. I wonder how she came to know them? Lots of room for speculation there. That might be a story for future days.
And, BTW, if anyone’s reprehensible here, I think it’s Kenzie. Sure, Dane’s no prize in this scene, but at least she’s got the starch to stop Kenzie from attempting something really stupid.
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