Before Keeping House, there was Cleaning House, novel one in the Appalachian Elementals series. Cleaning House is now available in audiobook format from Audible, and it’s a sight to behold or to listen to as the case may be. The novel is narrated by Alex Riley, a true storyteller who brings the story to life in a storyteller’s fashion, complete with character voices.
Here’s the blurb to get you started:
Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.
Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.
Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.
It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?
Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.
Contains LGBTQ+ characters across the spectrum and a non-binary/enby protagonist.
You can find the Prologue and Chapter One HERE, and listen to the official five-minute audio sample from Audible HERE. Both links open in a new tab and audio sample button is located in gray just under the cover.
And right now, if you’re interested, you can contact me a jeannegfellersauthor @ gmail .com (strung together, of course) and I might have a few free review codes left to share. I’ve only a limited number, mind you, but I’m willing to trade one for an honest review. Cleaning House’s audiobook is over twelve hours long, rather a commitment, so please inquire only if you’re sincerely interested.