Finally, a quiet week, but I’m still trying to catch up on my rest and spit-shine the anthology I just finished editing. Haints and Hollers: New Ghost Tales from Appalachia will be released on September 23rd, so I’ll start sharing snippets in two weeks from my own contributions to the anthology.
Haints and Hollers has been a labor of love. I edited, I formatted, I contributed three stories, and I designed the cover. There are eight other authors so this is certainly not all me, but I’ve been involved with this work since day one.
Welcome to my 109th #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 has put himself in position for a world of hurt at the hands of King Dane. Let’s see what happens next. Remember that the part in orange comes from last week’s snippet.
“My mama!” Kenzie winced when she placed her finger on the trigger.
“And you never disrespect your mama. Right, McKenzie Gow?” Dane released the safety on her gun and pressed the hot barrel against his temple.
“No, ma’am, I mean, Mama.” Kenzie gulped as the other Hunters laughed. “I’m sorry, Mama. I shoulda done what you taught me.”
“That’s right, boy. You shoulda. But you will next time, won’t you?” Dane removed her finger from the trigger but kept the gun pressed to his head as the shadows began to recede.
“Yes, Mama. I’ll use my smarts just like you taught me.”
Well, at least Kenzie is intelligent enough not to stand his ground when Dane’s voice becomes heavy with brogue. Maybe he has a few smarts after all.
Oh, and about my top image… Yes, that’s Dane in the middle. She’s surrounded by a few of the twenty-nine old kings who have an unfortunate influence on her at the worst times. She’s in a constant battle with them, especially the one in the lower right, Duff Gow, who Dane calls Daddy.
One more snippet from Keeping House and then I’m moving along to new material so if you want to know about Dane’s struggle you’ll have to read the book (though I strongly suggest you read Cleaning House first).
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