Hi, and welcome to my 100th contribution to #Rainbowsnippets*! This one, as always, 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 again 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.
After you read this post, if you’ll click the blog link above, it’ll take you back to the site’s start page where you can see links leading to character art I’ve designed for Keeping House. These are labors of love and have been great tools as I’ve written, so go check them out after you read. (Not the characters are available yet since I’m sharing them as part of a series, but they will be before Keeping House is released on July 8th.)
But before we get to the snippet, check out our Solstice fire last night. Look at the almost perfectly divided flames. There must have been some built up potassium salt in the pit (potash) due to the heavy rains we’ve been having, but the violet certainly shows beautifully, even with my shaky picture-taking.
And here’s another shot from earlier in the evening. In my Appalachian Elementals series, elementals spirits show up as lens flares in photos, so I wonder who was dancing around the Solstice fire last night. Pyre? Perhaps, and it’s certainly fun to speculate as an author.
It was a beautiful night, but I suppose we should get to the task at hand.
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. Cent’s in the air now, struggling to keep up, but what she wanted not to happen has and now she’s ticked off Weeds too.
“I’m fine.” She blinked away the frost that’d collected on her eyelashes. “Let her do the work if she wants.”
“I got stuff to get done, or you’d be suckin’ up the rear, that’s all.” Dane motioned to Weeds. “Give her your goggles.”
“But— yes ma’am.” His dismay spread across his face as he pulled a scarf from his pocket, wrapping it around his head until only his eyes showed.
I’m making a great impression on him.
“Put them on, and let’s get movin’. Much longer up here and our wings’ll start freezin’.” Dane pulled Cent’s coveralls and long johns to her chest and opened her own coat to wrap her in it. “Damn rookie-ass flyer. Next time, wear a hat too.” Dane jerked her welding cap from her pocket, pulling it over Cent’s head as they gained speed.
Cent might feel inclined to elbow Dane right about now, but that’d be rather suicidal IMHO. And Weeds… sigh. Cent’s making friends all around, isn’t she?
Before you go, take a minute to celebrate with me. Cleaning House is being released in audiobook form by the end of June! Look for it on Audible and on iBooks very soon and before the release of Keeping House in print and ebook formats.
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