Keeping House Character Gallery: Hunters 1-5

Keeping House: An Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series will be released on July 8th, 2019, and in preparation for the release, I’m sharing  the first installment in my characters gallery, my rogues’ gallery of sorts (seriously, many of them warrant the title of rogue) in groups of 2-6. The overall gallery is very much a labor of love. It’s where I’ve gone when I didn’t know what came next, what one my of my characters might be thinking, how they might react. It’s where I’ve been honing my design skills for the past year.

Today’s group is the first in the gallery and my first in the Hunters’ series. There are eighteen living Hunter characters in Keeping House and four haint memories, meaning they’re dead. If you’ve read Cleaning House, the first novel in the series, you know the Hunter’s are immortal… kinda sorta. They have the ability to kill other immortal beings, including each other, if their bullet, blade, arrow, candlestick, rope, etc. has been blessed by the king. This isn’t something King Dane Gow takes lightly, but Hunters do die for various reasons.

So who are the Hunters? They’re Scottish fey driven out of their homeland by both the Seelie and Unseelie because they were so despicable. They were allowed to settle in Appalachia only if they followed a very tight set of rules, which they generally do, and their heinous reputation has mollified over the years. No, they’re by no means nice or even friendly; in fact, they have a reputation for being cruel if not flat-out criminals. They’ve fully incorporated into modern life and run a welding and ironworks business.

Today, you’ll meet Maidie, Dotty, Tucker, Lizzy Beth, and Davy, beside each of their images you’ll learn a bit about them, including their ages, occupations, gender identity and sexuality. Why the last two? Well, Keeping House is queer fantasy as much as it’s Appalachian Fantasy, meaning the main character, Cent Rhodes is queer and many but certainly not all of her friends identify somewhere along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. As for the Hunters… Yes, a lot of them identify as queer if only because King Dane is drawn to those like herself, meaning queer people.

On to today’s portion of the gallery.

 


 

Name: Maidie Gow

Age: 148 (B: 1871)

Point of Origin: Philadelphia

Sexuality: Bisexual

Gender Identity: Cis

Pronouns: she/her

Partnered with/ Married to:  –

Occupation: Boneyard worker, jewelry maker

Sighting: At the 2018 Brigid’s Night and Morning celebration, Maidie wore hot pink tennis shoes under her ceremonial gown.

 

Name: Dotty Gow

Age: 118 (B: 1901)

Point of Origin: Bristol, Tennessee

Sexuality: Bisexual

Gender Identity: Cis

Pronouns: she/her

Married to: Weeds Gow since 2001, involved w/ Tucker Gow

Occupation: Boneyard worker

Quote: “You were set to run off without me. You good for-nothin’…”

 

Name: Tucker Gow

Age: 113 (B: 1906)

Point of Origin: Sam’s Gap, North Carolina

Sexuality: Bisexual

Gender Identity: Genderfluid

Pronouns: he/him

Partnered with/ Married to: involved w/ Dotty Gow and Weeds Gow

Occupation: ironworker, welder, Boneyard worker

Quote: “You’re all leg this time. How ’bout wrappin’ them ’round me?”

 

Name: Lizzy Beth Gow

Age: 258 (B: 1761)

Point of Origin: Virginia Highlands

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Gender Identity: Cis

Pronouns: she/her

Occupation: household assistant, ironworker (small piece), seamstress

Partnered with: Davy Gow

Sighting: Spooning with Davy Gow when things get rough.

 

Name: Davy Gow

Age: 260 (B: 1759)

Point of Origin: Northern Georgia

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Gender Identity: Cis

Pronouns: he/him

Occupation: household assistant, ironworker, farrier

Partnered with: Lizzy Beth Gow

Sighting: Catching Brinn Gow as the kingdom burns around them.

 

Want to read more about the characters in Keeping House? Tomorrow I’ll be sharing four more Hunters: Tsula, Kenzie, Eddie, and Weeds.

 


Right now, the ebook version of Cleaning House, the first installment in the Appalachian Elementals series, is available for only $.99, so get your copy now.

Cleaning House is available at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and most other ebook retailers.

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