King critical or king positive? The choice will save or end your immortal life. Keeping House Character Gallery: Hunters 10-12; Meet Conall, Bea, and Brinn.
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 my characters gallery, my rogues’ gallery of sorts (seriously, many of them warrant the title of rogue) in groups of 2-5. 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 continues 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, but they’ve fully incorporated into modern life and run a successful welding and ironworks business.
Today, you’ll meet Conall, Bea, and Brinn, beside each of their images you’ll learn a bit about them, including their ages, occupations, gender identity and sexuality. Why are the last two important? 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: Conall Gow
Age: 265 (B: 1754)
Point of Origin: Southwest Virginia
Gender Identity: Cis
Relationship Status: married to Bea Gow
Occupation: ironworker, shop manager, King Dane’s lead man
Quote: “Stowne ain’t a knight in shinin’ armor any more than Dane is, and they’re both capable of lyin’ if they think it’ll sway your thinkin’.”
Name: Bea Gow
Age: 264 (B: 1755)
Point of Origin: Salisbury, North Carolina
Gender Identity: intersex
Pronouns: she/her they/them
Occupation: mechanic, ironworker
Married to: Conall Gow
Quote: “Worse than priggers of prancers.”
Name: Brinn Gow
Age: 18 (B: 2001)
Point of Origin: Erwin, Tennessee
Gender Identity: nonbinary
Relationship Status: —
Occupation: ironworker, parts cutter
Quote: “Hunter, my ass. She’s a wash-out.”
Want to read more about the characters in Keeping House? Next, I’ll be sharing two more Hunters: Queen Bonnie and Queen Sissy. Yes, the Hunter she-King has two wives.
The ebook version of Cleaning House, the first installment in the Appalachian Elementals series, is available for only $.99, so get your copy now.
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