I’ve had a busy week thus far, and today looks to be even more so. Tuesday, my recliner broke. For most people, this would be an inconvenience, but nothing major. For me, however, it’s a major problem. As a disabled person, I rely heavily on my recliner. It’s my lounge space as well as my office and often nap space. I’m in a lot, so for it to break, and this one really broke, as in it was carried to the curb in pieces broke, was a major problem. Thankfully, we found, purchased, and a brought home a new one on Friday, with some outside help on that last point, but I’m now well equipped again.
Today, however, I’m at a local mini-con, appearing as only one of two local authors. It’s also, however, tax free weekend here in TN, meaning everyone heads will be on purchasing school supplies. We’ll see how it goes. Updates next week, I promise.
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This week I’m sharing again from Keeping House, the second novel in the Appalachian Elementals series, which was released less than three 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 seriously 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 from then.
“Do it, Kenzie! Or so help me, I’ll skin you alive.” She whipped him around to face the others. “Boy, ye will listen, or Ah will—” A sulfurous, sweet-fetid smell rose around the bonfire.
Exan could carry a hint of old decomp on a bad day, but this was so bad even they wrinkled their nose.
“Yes’m. All right!” Kenzie gulped. “There was this Human at Stowne’s circle. A cute queer boy. Curly dark hair and brown eyes, brown-butter skin— a healer, and…” He ventured a glance back at Dane. “Do I gotta?”
If you’ve read many paranormal tales, you well know what a sulfur smell can signify. Yeah, Cent’s in deep.
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.
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