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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 up where we left off last week, and the part in orange is Kenzie speaking, bless him, and he’s below too. Make good choices, Kenzie, make… sigh.
“Do I gotta?”
“Say it and don’t leave one bit out.” Dane wagged her finger, and he shook in time, a rag in her breeze.
Do it so her voice doesn’t change again. The change was subtle, but it brought Cent fear she couldn’t quite place.
“Yes’m.” Kenzie hung his head as he continued to speak. “I made a move on him, let my want show, and…” He raised his head and rolled his shoulders, flipping out his wings to demonstrate his resistance. “You said I could have at him if I wanted. You gave me permission.”
Kenzie, honey, I don’t think Dane gave you permission to do anything and believe you heard what you wanted to hear, much to your own detriment.
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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