Keeping House Character Gallery: The Elementals #4 Rayne

In two days, I’ll be celebrating Keeping House’s release into the world, but today, I’m still sharing the Character Gallery.

Counting down the days, counting down the characters. The elementals 5-1.

We’re closing in on July 8th, Keeping House release day, and as such we’ve reached the last bit of the Character gallery, the elementals. Yesterday, you met Gan, and today you’ll meet Rayne, the primary water elemental on Embreeville Mountain. Traditionally, the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) each have a representative color. Water’s color is a pretty easy guess, especially if you look at Rayne’s image below.



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 elementals like Rayne, well, read below.

On to the gallery.

Prereading notes: Elementals have no gender, and all elementals are capable of shapeshifting into whatever form they wish, but they often take human-like forms when their lovers/ companions are Humans. This is the form represented in the gallery.

Name: Rayne

Age: 310 million

Element: Water

True form: water pillar

Tendencies: the morning dew, an angry flash flood, summer showers, driving snow. A tainted soup or sustainer of life depending on man’s influence

Pronouns: they/them

Married to: Aubrey Rhodes

Quote: “You’re all overly dependent on caffeine.”

Note: Water, like all elements, can be as life-giving as it is destructive, but you’ll seldom see Rayne in the latter capacity unless they’re provoked.


What’s next? Tomorrow, you’ll meet Exan and Pyre, Death and Fire respectively.

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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