Keeping House Character Gallery: The Homestead #1 Tess, Mama, and Ivan

Now that you’ve met the Hunters, the Memory Haints, and the Medicaments, it’s time to take a look at who lives on the Homestead with Cent. Meet Tess Rhodes, Cent’s Great Aunt, Nida Rhodes-Ruleman (Mama) Cent’s mother, and Ivan Ruleman, Cent’s stepfather.

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 her family, some are queer, but just as many are allies.

On to the gallery.

Name: Tess Rhodes

Age: 75 (B: 1943)

Point of Origin: Jonesborough, Tennessee

Sexuality: heterosexual

Gender Identity: cis

Pronouns: she/her

Love interest: Ganolesgi (Air)

Quote: “This is some serious group magic so stand still and think on somethin’ that makes you happy.”


Name: Nida Rhodes-Ruleman (Mama)

Age: 46 (B: 1972)

Point of Origin: Jonesborough, Tennessee

Sexuality: heterosexual

Gender Identity: cis

Pronouns: she/her

Married to: Ivan Ruleman

Quote: “Black nails again? Good grief.”


Name: Ivan Ruleman

Age: 43 (B: 1975)

Point of Origin: Bristol, Virginia

Sexuality: heterosexual

Gender Identity: cis

Pronouns: he/him

Profession: lay minister, handyman

Married to: Nida Rhodes-Ruleman

Quote: “Did you pack your Bible?”


What’s next? Well, hold on tight because tomorrow you’ll meet Aubrey Rhodes, Cent’s cousin, and Betty Holub, Cent’s best friend.

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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