Keeping House Character Gallery: The Gaines Family

Now that you’ve met the Hunters, the Memory Haints, and the Medicaments, it’s time to take a look at one more group of Humans in Keeping House. Meet the Gaines family – Crystal, Adam, and their daughters Eva and Francie.

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. These characters, well… those darling girls are innocent of worries as children should be, their mother is trying, and their father… The affectionate nickname for him among my closest readers is Asshat. Sorry, but there it is.

On to the gallery.

Name: Crystal Gaines

Age: 25 (B: 1993)

Point of Origin: Erwin, Tennessee

Sexuality: heterosexual

Gender Identity: cis

Pronouns: she/her

Profession: fast food worker

Quote: “Why ain’t you in school?”



Name: Adam Gaines

Age: 24 (B: 1994)

Point of Origin: Erwin, Tennessee

Sexuality: heterosexual

Pronouns: he/him

Occupation: truck driver

Married to: Crystal Gaines

Quote: “I ain’t goin’ nowhere without my wife!”



Name: Eva Gaines

Age: 3 (B: 2015)

Point of Origin: Erwin, Tennessee

Child of: Crystal and Adam Gaines

Quote: “Him a fairy. Her a fairy.”

Name: Francine (Francie) Gaines

Age: 4 (B: 2014)

Point of Origin: Erwin, Tennessee

Child of: Crystal and Adam Gaines

Quote: “Lots of fairies.”


What’s next? Later today you’ll get to meet the first primary elementals on Embreeville Mountain, Ganolesgi.


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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