I hope you’re all well and, if at all possible, that you’re socially isolating. This is a good time to read a good book or twelve and right now the ebook version of my award-winning Paranormal Fantasy novel Cleaning House is free on Smashwords and only $.99 on Amazon. You can find them at the links below.
Yes, I took a very much needed week off, but I’m back, so welcome to my 140th #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 Two. Remember that we’re in Ben’s POV, and his thoughts are focused on Charity who is being anything but charitable at present. The portion in orange comes from last week’s snippet.
Conall has told me more than once and believes my ginger beer, when we have the means to make it, is far superior. “He needs learnin’ in proper manners for when he goes sparkin’.” He clears his throat, Charity giggles again, and I wish to crawl beneath the table.
Sparking? No, not me.
Emeline sighs beside me, in clear agreement. She is sixteen years of age, and Widow Alcott strives to marry her off soon but certainly not to me. I am nothing of importance to Widow Alcott and appreciative of the fact. Moreover, Emeline would rather have her nose in a book so she uses her pock scars to her advantage whenever she can.
Tiny History Lesson: What are pock marks? Generally speaking, they’re Small Pox scars. While Small Pox, AKA the Variola virus, is said only to exist only in the lab in modern times, in 1779, it was still a real threat. But wait wasn’t… Yes, a vaccine, developed from Cow Pox was soon to come, but not until 1796, and thanks to Edward Jenner and the much milder infection and Small Pox’s weaker cousin, Cow Pox. I have a Small Pox vaccine scar on my upper arm thanks to the United States Navy, so I can’t fathom being covered with them. But many people were during the time period, meaning Emeline having them wasn’t uncommon and probably wasn’t wouldn’t make someone unmarriable unless they were disfiguring.
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