#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Five 9/22: Smoke Rings

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one 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.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure what ails you. This time next month, I’ll begin sharing tidbits from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, a novella-length story that will be available in both ebook and print formats in early November. This story will concentrate on Cent’s relationship with her mentally-ill mother but, of course, Betty will be in there too.

This Week’s Snippet Setup: Cent fell asleep while watching a movie with her friend and wakes to find Betty in a mood.

     Cent woke late in the afternoon to find Betty sitting in her dining nook, leaning forward in her chair as she blew smoke rings out the open window. Cent’s cell phone sat on the sill.

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#LGBTQBooks #TBT Throwback Thursday – No Sister of Mine #2

Welcome to my version of Throwback Thursday where I take a peek at some of my earlier titles. For the rest of September, I’ll be sharing from my first novel, No Sister of Mine, 2005, Bella Books. No Sister of Mine won a GCLS Goldie award for excellence in speculative fiction, was a Lambda Literary Foundation finalist, and it’s still my bestselling novel, though my current novel, Cleaning House, is giving it a run for its money.

No Sister of Mine Cover

No Sister of Mine

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Taelach Sisters Novel #1

LaRenna Belsas had always dreamed of the Kimshee lifestyle. These silent serving sisters of the Taelach military were known as much for their reckless mannerisms as they were honored for the dangers they faced bringing Taelach daughters to their raisers. LaRenna looked forward to taking her place among them, even though it meant an apprenticeship under an experienced Kimshee. Or would it?

No Sister of Mine is the first entry in a series of lesbian Science Fiction novels set in a world where humans are nothing more than a genetic trace. But that trace has left its mark—namely a race of telepathic women who must fight to coexist with a patriarchal humanoid society who wishes nothing more than the eradication of its “white witch” cousins.

Here’s a link to #TBT POST #1 from No Sister of Mine.

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#1lineWed #amwriting #WIP Dirty

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is dirty. This comes from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

“It’s ugly & messy & dirty. It ain’t necessarily right, but we gotta acknowledge it.” Dane shuddered as she looked at the haints creeping along the Great Hall’s curved ceiling. “It’s we can’t get no further along ‘til we sort this shit out.” 

And the typo in the image (get sort) is a prime example of why this is still a WIP.

#amwriting #WIP #1lineWed

 

#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 9/19/18 The Perfect Tree

I’m five days post my last event, and I’m still glowing. We had our very first large-scale Pride festival here in NE TN, and it was fun, wonderous, successful… add any word you want as long as it’s positive. I not only met a lot of people and sold both my latest release and from my back catalog, I also talked to a lot of wonderful young people that made me remember how much I miss teaching. Sigh. That part of my life is over, but it was still nice to talk to young writers in such an uplifting setting.

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*, by the way. This week I’m sharing from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half, or, for the purposes of the upcoming release day tour, 1.5.

WIPpet Math: for 9/19/18 – 9+9-1-1= 16 sentences from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, which is scheduled for a November 1, 2018 release in ebook novella format.

NOTE: The first paragraph, in yellow, comes from last week’s WIPpet, and Cent is speaking.

You can read last week’s WIPpet HERE.

   “Two days. I know. Thanks, honey, but can we do something about the mess?”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Four 9/15: Critters and Confetti

 

Welcome to Saturday and #Rainbowsnippets!* I’m at a local pride event today, hawking my books, hoping for the best. The weather is supposed to be good (I’m writing this on Wednesday) and, Florence willing, the rain will hold off here in East Tennessee until Sunday or Monday.

My thoughts and energy are with those in Florence’s watery path. After things clear, I’ll be looking for an appropriate charity to send support through.

Here’s this week’s #Rainbowsnippet. I’m sharing from Cleaning House again, finishing out the chapter I’ve been sharing for a while. Things are about to start changing for Cent, and I’m going to share from the next chapter for a few weeks before I begin sharing tidbits from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, a novella-length story that will be available in ebook format in early November. This story will concentrate on Cent’s relationship with her mentally-ill mother but, of course, Betty will be in there too.

The setup: Cent’s just told Betty something about creepy crawlies, paper bags, and glue. Ewww.

     “You serious?” Betty dropped the bag back onto the floor.

     “Yeah, and keep yours here. I got enough critters of my own.”

     Betty laughed at this. “I love how your accent comes out when you drink.” She kissed Cent on her forehead, dropped the confetti bag into her lap, and wrapped her arm around her shoulders again, pulling her even closer. “Remote’s on your side.”

     “Okay.” Cent passed Betty the remote and settled back, more than ready for the comfort of being her total self with someone who was doing the same.

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Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.

Ready to read more from Cleaning House? You can do so HERE and/or order the ebook version HERE or at other online book retailers. There’s a link to the print version on the same page if you’d druther.


*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!

Rainbow Shoes photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

#LGBTQBooks #TBT Throwback Thursday – No Sister of Mine #1

Welcome to my very first Throwback Thursday post where I take a peek at some of my earlier titles. For the rest of September, I’ll be sharing from my first novel, No Sister of Mine, 2005, Bella Books. No Sister of Mine won a GCLS Goldie award for excellence in speculative fiction, was a Lambda Literary Foundation finalist, and it’s still my bestselling novel, though my current novel, Cleaning House, is giving it a run for its money.

No Sister of Mine Cover

No Sister of Mine

Amazon  Bella Books  Barnes & Noble

Taelach Sisters Novel #1

LaRenna Belsas had always dreamed of the Kimshee lifestyle. These silent serving sisters of the Taelach military were known as much for their reckless mannerisms as they were honored for the dangers they faced bringing Taelach daughters to their raisers. LaRenna looked forward to taking her place among them, even though it meant an apprenticeship under an experienced Kimshee. Or would it?

No Sister of Mine is the first entry in a series of lesbian Science Fiction novels set in a world where humans are nothing more than a genetic trace. But that trace has left its mark—namely a race of telepathic women who must fight to coexist with a patriarchal humanoid society who wishes nothing more than the eradication of its “white witch” cousins.


Here’s #TBT #1 for No Sister of Mine. Enjoy.

   Fizzelle tried to focus on the troubled face that lingered above her own. The pains in her abdomen had subsided, leaving her feeling quite empty inside. “Where’s the child,” she muttered. “I want my baby.”

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#1lineWed #amwriting #WIP Remember

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is remember. This comes from Mama, Me and the Holiday Tree, an upcoming novella in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

1791–1863. I had Stowne carve those dates on that tombstone during my last life because I wanted to make it easier to remember, but I never expected Mama to find any sort of attachment to the graves here.

#amwriting #WIP #1lineWed

#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 9/12/18 A Cedar in the Corner

Well, my holiday novella is off for edits, and now I’m thinking about what’s next. I believe I’ll dive back into the Surrogate series, return to Etain’s world. Traditions is in the rewrite stage of its existence, and I have a new tool in my arsenal, an audio reader that’s inside my word processor, which is ever-so-helpful where flow’s concerned.

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday* by the way. This week I’m sharing from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half.

It’s scheduled for a November release.

Here’s the blurb to get you started.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Three 9/8: Popcorn and a Movie

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one 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.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure what ails you.

My ARC reviews are pretty much over, and they’re mainly favorable, but I had one reviewer contact me, via the ARC facilitator, so he could “educate” me on the proper use of they/them, saying that the novel would have been great if hadn’t been for that problem.

Pffft. My novel. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. But don’t try to educate this author, or any other for that matter, concerning proper usages. I have advanced degrees in English, Language Arts teaching licensure in several states, have educated students between the ages of six and seventy, and the book was well edited by a professional editor. That said, I’m not an amateur, so… Just. Don’t. (shoos away the idea and carries on)

I’ll be releasing an ebook holiday novella set in the same world as Cleaning House in November, so look for it. Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree will be a quick read centered around my protagonist, Cent’s, relationship with her mentally ill mother. It’s geared for those who haven’t read the first novel in the series, a side-door in, if you will.

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