#writeLGBTQ #StrikingBalanceNovel This week’s theme is catch. Catch up. Catch cold.  Ben, yes, Ben’s catching someone’s hand in his. This week I’m sharing from my current #WIP Striking Balance, which is set in the late 18th century. This explains some of the archaic language that’s in use.




“’Tisn’t a church.” My skin prickles when he runs his hand up my side. “’Tis called the Great Hall. We’ll eat there most nights now that I’m not under Ceardach’s care.” I catch his hand with mine. “I suspect that’s what King Dane meant by court.”

   “Court? Like back in the old country? Kings, crowns, and all that?” Conall narrows his eyes. “Surely not.”


Striking Balance is a side tale in the #AppalachianElementals series, the backstory of two characters you meet in Keeping House. This is their story, their romance, how they came to be together, and, yes, it’s most certainly a queer tale no matter how it looks on the surface. Striking Balance is set in the late 18th century in Northeast Tennessee along the Nolichucky River.

The entire Appalachian Elementals series, both the main series and side tales, focus on Appalachian traditions and culture, family of making, family of choice, fey, and contain a healthy dose of elemental folk magic, witchcraft, and magic realism. It’s an interweaving series that takes place over the course of 3000 years, though I’ve only seriously explored just over 400 years thus far.

I have a heap of story fodder to pick from, so you can expect new stories for the foreseeable future.

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