King critical or king positive? The choice will save or end your immortal life. Character gallery: Hunters 17-18, Meet King Dane Gow and Centenary Rhodes, the last two living Hunters in Keeping House. Does this mean the Character Gallery is finished? Oh, no. We’ve only just started, my dears.
I’ve recently redesigned my website in somewhat coordination with the upcoming release of Keeping House and want to share my first post in a highly-visual series of character designs, beginning with a few of the Hunter fey. Ignore their expressions or lack thereof and try to read what’s beneath that, if you’re able. Or, if you think you understand fey, you know they hide beneath expressions: disdain, neutrality, or distant amusement might cloak happiness, ill intent, or something even more sinister. The rest… well, read their bios and try to discern if they’re King Critical or King Positive, but choose carefully. Your life might be at stake.
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 2-6. 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.
Beside each character image, 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 the gallery.
Name: Dane Gow
Age: 432 (B:1587)
Point of Origin: Coastal Lands, North Carolina
Gender Identity: queer
Married to: Sissy Gow and Bonnie Gow
Occupation: King of the Hunter Fey, ironworker, welder
Quote: “I swear, I’m gonna open a can of whup-ass so big someone’s gonna wish they was dead.”
Name: Centenary Rhodes
Age: 30 (B:1989)
Point of Origin: Johnson City, Tennessee
Gender Identity: nonbinary
Pronouns: she/her they/them
Married to: Stowne
Occupation: CPA, bookkeeper, apprentice ironworker
Quote: “Bitch, witch. There ain’t no difference. I can be neither, one, the other, or both, depending.”
What’s next? Well, hold on tight because Friday, June 28th, you’re going to meet the Hunter Memories, and three of those memories are ghosts you’ll love to hate.
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.
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