When in Another’s Circle #Rainbowsnippets 107

We’re off to a concert this weekend and I might be a mess when I get back, but it’s going to be worth it, five-hour drive each direction or not. Who am I seeing? Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Elle King… swoon x3. Happy Birthday to me!

Welcome to my 106th #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 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.

The setup: Kenzie just keeps digging that hole he’s made for himself, and now he’s resisting correction. We’re picking up where we left off last week and the section in orange is from last week.

“You said I could have at him if I wanted. You gave me permission.”

     “I allowed Weeds he could, not you.” Dane snapped her fingers and Kenzie turned, his toes leaving drag marks in the dirt as he surged forward to hang before her again. “You keep it together until they’re in your clutches, dumbass. And you never let your intent show when you’re in another’s sacred circle. You let slip you wanted a primary water elemental’s Human lover, and their lessers pushed you outta the circle.”

     “I, I’m sorry. I’m—”

     “You embarrassed your kin, boy, and I thought I’d told you to shut up!” Dane pulled her Glock from beneath her kilt and brought it above her head to point at a downward angle, shooting three holes into the thinnest part of his wings. “You’re workin’ nights in the Boneyard ’til you heal up. Got it?”


Well, Kenzie, you can’t say you weren’t warned. And you don’t, no matter how good the pickings might be, embarrass your family.

More next week.



  1. Ouch! Poor Kenzie.. though not really as he totally had that coming! Love Dane so much – and love how her ‘cards on the table’ bit here brings depth to all her previous behaviour so far! (heart)


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