Well, then something happened. It always does. Something always gets in the way. What this time? In short form, bad planning on someone else’s part. I’m exhausted from last week and it’s only going to get worse this weekend. That’s the crux of chronic illness, you see. I’m easily tired, and life complications can make regular fatigue into a massive problem.
Ah well, after this weekend I’ve three weeks to my next major outing, our regional Pride festival, so I’m hoping to feel better by then.
One step at a time, Jeanne. One step at a time.
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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.
The setup: Kenzie, Kenzie, Kenzie… what’s wrong with you? Just shut up already because you’re going to need an elevator to get out of this hole you keep digging. We’re picking up where we left off last week and the section come from then, and it’s Dane speaking.
“You’re workin’ nights in the Boneyard ’til you heal up. Got it?”
“But—” Kenzie tried to roll his wings against his back to protect them, but she fired again, this time hitting the outer edge of one and piercing through the other with a single shot. Her next round went into the top of his right foot. “Yes’m!” He gritted his teeth and squeezed his eyes shut.
“Ain’t enough, boy.” She grabbed him by the collar, her Glock now to his temple as the shadows grew over her face again. “Ah made ye, an’ Ah can unmake ye jist as goddam fast. Tell me whit ’at makes me tae ye.”
“My mama!” Kenzie winced when she placed her finger on the trigger.
Damn, Kenzie. Now see what you’ve done? Dane’s back to the brogue and dark shadows, which, if you’ve followed along, you know is a dangerous warning that all the Hunters recognize as they’ve gone one step too far.
Are Kenzie resistance and Dane’s violent correction a sign of problems within the Hunter kingdom?
(laughs) Therein lies part of the story, doesn’t it?
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