Keep Watch #Rainbowsnippets 133

Striking Balance is now with my beta readers so I took a week off to reboot and ponder what comes next. A short story, I believe, and then the next tale in the main Appalachian Elementals series, but more on that later.

Welcome to my 133rd #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.

Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is a queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, and the story takes place during the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century. This explains the narrator’s voice. If you’ve read the letters and journals of the period, you’ll recognize it as reflective of those.

This week I’m picking up where I left off in Chapter One. The part in orange comes from last week’s post, “Patriots Not Tories,” and it’s Ben speaking.

“Are you certain I can’t eat in the kitchen?”

     “You’re nineteen, high time you act a man.” He turns to face me. “Was your father this short?”

     “Almost.” Conall has asked this very question at least a dozen times over the years. I have not grown a speck since we met so he feels the need to keep watch over me. “Mutti was even more so.”

History/ Word-Nerd Moment: Mutti is informal German for mom. Yes, Ben’s parents are German, his father from the North Carolina German-speaking Moravian Protestant colony that settled in what’s now the Raleigh-Durham area and his mother, a German Palatine through England like my own family though via a different route. As you might guess, you’ll come across bits of German via Ben throughout the novel since we’re in his POV.

*RainbowSnippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in.



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