😳 I just made a list of all the things I need to get done within the writing and publishing realm over the next seventy days. The list, in landscape format, is a little over six pages long, meaning it spills four lines onto page seven. Am I feeling overwhelmed? Not as much as I was because now that I’ve assigned a date to everything, I’ve found I can get it all done and have some wiggle room for real-life situations.
I’m definitely one for getting organized beforehand.
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This week I’m sharing from Keeping House, the second novel in the Appalachian Elementals series. If you like folklore, magic, ghosts, history, and a tiny touch of romance wrapped in a lovely rainbow wrapper, this series is definitely for you.
Keeping House blurb:
Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey, serving their king, Dane Gow.
As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse, the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.
It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.
Another rich Contemporary Appalachian tale about fantastic people and the magic they possess, including LGBTQIA+ characters Human and otherwise.
Appalachian Elementals Series Blurb:
Come dance with the Appalachian fey and drink a little moonshine under the full moon while you hear Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Death share tales about families of our blood, families of our making, and magic both long ago and flowing through us now.
On to this week’s snippet! Cent’s leaving Stowne’s side only because she has to, because a deal, as they say, is a deal.
Note: The section in orange comes from last week’s snippet. This is Weed’s Gow talking. He’s one of King Dane’s guards, and he’s doubting Cent’s ability to reach their destination.
“She’s not going to get there without help.”
“Manners, boys.” Dane pulled a pair of leather Steampunk-style goggles over her eyes. “Best not judge until we see what she’s got under the hood. Come on. We’re late for a helluva shindig.” She laughed as she took to the air, hovering above the circle until Cent, Pyre, and Exan joined her. Her men took to the air behind them, Weeds pressing ahead while Conall brought up the rear.
We’re sandwiched in. Cent flew as hard as she could, hoping to lessen the distance between her and Dane, but it kept growing.
“Problem?” Conall flew up behind Cent as she struggled to keep speed. “Get movin’.”
In all reality, it isn’t logical for Cent to be able to keep up when she’s only been flying for a few months as opposed to her Hunter flying companions, and I use that term loosely, who’ve been on the wing for decades if not centuries. Do you think she’ll defy the odds? Wanna make a bet on it, a deal? No? Then I guess we’ll find out over the next few weeks.
Before you go, take a minute to celebrate with me. Cleaning House, book one in the Appalachian Elementals series, is a Bi Book Awards finalist. The winners are announced on June 1st, that’s just a week away, and my fingers are crossed!
And audiobook? Did someone say audiobook? Cleaning House is also being produced in audiobook format! Look for it on Audible a few weeks before the release of Keeping House in print and ebook formats.
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