Skinned Alive #Rainbowsnippets 104

Life is good, until you flare. And, good grief, have I ever flared over the last month. I can’t blame it on the weather, a new release, or anything other than my body revolting.

Meh. That said, I’m finally turning the corner, starting to feel better. My fingers are crossed that it continues.

Welcome to my 104th #Rainbowsnippets. This one, as always, is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

This week I’m sharing again from Keeping House, the second novel in the Appalachian Elementals series, which was released less than two weeks ago,  If you like folklore, magic, ghosts, history, and a tiny touch of romance wrapped in a lovely rainbow wrapper, this series is definitely for you.

Keeping House blurb:

Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey, serving their king, Dane Gow.

As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse, the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.

Another rich Contemporary Appalachian tale about fantastic people and the magic they possess, including LGBTQIA+ characters Human and otherwise.

Appalachian Elementals Series Blurb:

Come dance with the Appalachian fey and drink a little moonshine under the full moon while you hear Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Death share tales about families of our blood, families of our making, and magic both long ago and flowing through us now.


On to this week’s snippet! I’m skipping ahead to late in Chapter Four. Cent’s met both of Dane’s wives, one who’s severely mentally ill, the other who’s, to quote Dane, “a drunkard,” and now Cent’s a rather unwilling guest at the Hunter’s Brigid fire, but she’s being kept safe, at least thus far, by Pyre and Exan. However, they’re not the problem right now. Remember Kenzie, the one who was shoved out of Stowne’s Brigid’s circle? You do? Good, because Dane’s just remembered him too. And if anyone is in trouble at present, it’s Kenzie.

Remember that we’re seeing things through Cent’s eyes as you read.

We’re picking off where we left off last week, and the part in orange is Kenzie speaking, bless his heart. (If you’re southern, you know what this means.)

     “I do apologize, King Dane.”

     “Hush up.” Dane beckoned him with her dog finger, and he rose, his boot toes skimming the ground as he surged forward to dangle before her. “You’re gonna tell everybody how you messed up at Stowne’s Brigid circle.” Her tone said it was neither a suggestion nor a request.

     A hand jutted out of the crowd to grab Kenzie’s jar as he looked around for help that obviously wasn’t coming. “I, I don’t want to, and—”

     “Do it, Kenzie! Or so help me, I’ll skin you alive.”

I strongly suggest that Kenzie obeys his king, don’t you?

The mountains are alive because she’s returned.

Cleaning House: A Queer Appalachian Fantasy

By Jeanne G’Fellers

Published by Mountain Gap Books

Available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats.



*RainbowSnippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in


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