Early reviews? Did someone say early reviews? Yes, there are already reviews for Keeping House available on Goodreads and Amazon. Here is a smattering of early ones, widely good ones at that, and I’m happy to share excerpts from them.
“I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I really appreciate the glimpse into a culture that is at once distinct from my own and yet eerily familiar. My heritage is English with a hefty dose of Scots and Irish, and so much of the language, customs – right down to particular slang words – have carried over the centuries in both British English and Appalachian culture. The author’s use of old Scots’ dialect is both entertaining and used very effectively as a narrative device – a visible tracker for subtle changes in characters. At one point, I spotted the shift in language and found I was muttering oh god, oh god at my screen because the other characters were still in the dark. I do so love being in the know as a reader. :)” – Author Debbie McGowan
“I read the first book in this series and loved it. But this installment surpassed all my expectations. The author has written her characters in a way that it makes you feel as if you know them, that they even could be family. As such, some you love and some you love to hate.”
“I read and enjoyed the first one and had definite feelings about characters I did and did not like. This book upends some of those feelings, to my surprise. Cent is suffering true pain from events that are hundreds of years old. The pain surfaces with the memories. Oh, those memories! Whoever thought that memories might return as a type of ghost, generally unpleasant, at that! I so do not want to give to much away but Cent is bedeviled by numerous spirits(?) and as a baby among the Hunters, she must be protected.”
“Even better than the first, I was spellbound until the very last page.” Author H. M. Gooden
You can read more from these reviews and others on Goodreads.
And here are tidbits from the reviews on Amazon.
“Past lives, folk tales, herbal healing and the supernatural all combine into a wonderful story.”
“I love the supernatural tale taking place in the Appalachian mountains. Cent and sloan [sic] are great characters. I love this book on reincarnation. As good as the first book. Hoping for a third book”
And here’s a lovely judge’s commentary I received on Saturday evening for Cleaning House, the first novel in the Appalachian Elementals series:
“I’ve never seen a book Quite Like This, either in the bi space or out of it. The combination of such a classic story (reincarnation/soulmates) with both bi romance and the Appalachian setting results in an experience that is utterly magic (pun not entirely intended). The overall writing quality is high, the characters are rich, the setting is lovely, and the interplay of magical realism with the Appalachian folkways is gorgeous. I especially loved the really deft weaving of the bi-ness of the elementals into the contemporary world’s evolving relationship with bi-ness and other queerness. I also learned something about the experience of being bi (and also generally queer) in Appalachia, and for that, the author has my gratitude.”
You can read this commentary and one on other Bi-Book Awards finalists HERE.
So what’s next? In a few hours, you’ll get a close look at Centenary (Cent) Rhodes, the protagonist in the Appalachian Elementals series.
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.