A Fine Scottish Gentleman: Writing Wednesday

Book tour, sales rankings, general chaos and mayhem. Ah, the thrill of a new release. Keeping House hit the sales floor on Monday and the reviews thus far have been generally good to awesome!

Happy Wednesday! My Wednesday shares have become shorter and serialized, and for now, they’re coming from my current WIP (work in progress), Striking Balance. You’ll be able to find all the ones that pertain to Striking Balance under the Categories drop down to your right.

Striking Balance is an M/Queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy story set within my Appalachian Elementals series. It’s a freestanding tale, so you don’t need to have read the other stories within the series to delve into this one.

This is installment seventeen “A Fine Scottish Gentleman” and it picks up directly where the last installment, “Too Much Merriment,” ended. The main character in Striking Balance is Benjamin (Nub) Schnell, the possessor of secrets twice his size and seeming age. He’s been working for nearly a decade on the same small farm as his friend, Conall Baldwin, who acts as the farm’s manager. This story begins during the American Revolutionary War years, 1779 to be precise, in the Nolichucky river basin of Northeast Tennessee.

The first portion, in orange, comes from last week’s installment, and it’s someone new and yet unnamed speaking.


     “Too much merriment last night?”

     I open my eyes to see someone in the open doorway. Dear… Oh, no. Oh… “Conall.” I shove him off my leg so hard he rolls onto his back, smacking his head on the floor.

     “Why, Nub? What…”

     “’Twas it merriment, despair, or ire that brought this on?” Master Gow shoos out the chickens pecking beneath the table then turns a chair to sit facing us. He pulls his tobacco pouch from his coat and packs his pipe, smiling down at our confusion. He’s a tall man, though not nearly as tall as Conall, his black beard is always neatly trimmed, and his clothing never looks rumpled from his journey. He’s a fine Scottish gentleman, but not a delicate one since he’s not afraid of doing the work he pays others for. “Sit up, gents. Mah farm requires yer attention.”

Who might Master Gow be? If you’ve read both Cleaning House and Keeping House, you probably have an idea. Either way, the character’s great fun to write.

Oh, and you can check out the other stories within the Appalachian Elementals world by clicking one of the covers to your right. Cleaning House: A Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy, is #1, Keeping House: a Paranormal Appalachian Fantasy, is #2 and was released July 10th, 2019, and Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is a sweet little novella that tackles holidays and family relationships between two characters within the series.



  1. Happy release day!

    Now I’m wishing I’d read Cleaning House already so I could hazard a guess at who Master Gow is. But it is on my plane reading list for our trip to America at the end of the month.


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