#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Nine 10/20: Face in the Mirror

Okay, so I changed my mind about sharing more snippets from Cleaning House. I’ll be sharing two more. These are darker, creepier, much more paranormal than you’ve read thus far, and both are in honor of the season.

Today and tomorrow I’ll be appearing at Art in the Park, a fall celebration of local and regional artists in Jonesborough, TN. My publisher, Mountain Gap Books, was asked to attend, so we are… all weekend.  The event is happening less than two miles from where I live, so I’m happy to be able to contribute my presence.

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.

The setup: Cent’s finally back home and on her way, with Aubrey, to see Aunt Tess. They’ve stopped at a local McDonald’s because Cent’s feeling sick. This snippet shows her in the restroom after she’s become nauseous. She thinks it’s nerves, but things are suddenly coming off the rails.

     Cent rinsed her face and checked herself in the mirror, startling when she saw an old woman with long, frizzy, white hair standing behind her.

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#LGBTWIP September, 2018, Roundup

I participated in a month-long series on Twitter labeled #LGBTWIP hosted by @AJWhiteAuthor  Here’s the recap giving all the prompts and my responses. This was great fun, and I hope to participate again.

Day 1: This sounds fun! I’m Jeanne G’Fellers, seven-time author of diverse Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I’m a differently-abled, pan, witchy, Appalachian queer. I’m also running a day behind because I just found this.

Day 2: Current WIP #1 Keeping House, novel two in my Appalachian Elementals series, due out 2019. it’s queer contemporary Appalachian Fantasy. The first tale is Cleaning House, released 8/1. Third series, seventh novel.

 

 

 

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Eight 10/13: Festering Nothing

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. Next week, 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 snippet is longer than it should be, but since it’s the last from the novel I’m running with it.

The Setup: Betty’s using tough love, but is Cent buying it?

The first line, in yellow, comes from last week’s snippet and it’s Betty speaking.

“Go home, country cuttah. This isn’t the place for you, and I’m not your friend.”

     “But I’ve lived in Chicago for almost a decade. You know this.” Cent sat tall when Betty drew her mouth into a snarl. “I’ve been to five continents. I—”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Seven: Driving a Wedge

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.

The Setup: I’ve skipped ahead in the scene, but Cent’s awakened to find Betty upset. Cent’s Aunt Tess wants her home, and now Betty’s words are cutting Cent deep.

Betty speaks first in this snippet

     “They need your help.”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Six 9/29: Emergency

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’s awakened to find Betty with what I called “sad eyes.” The question is, why is Betty upset?

Cent speaks first here, and that’s in yellow since it comes from last week.

     “I forgot.”

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#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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#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!

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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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They came. They saw. They Conquered. – Concerning the Singular They/Them in Cleaning House

Pardon my mess yet again. I’m cleaning up from the, um, initial reviews for Cleaning House – A Queer Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy.

I’m an adult, a seven-time author so I can take reviews be they positive or negative because they’re simply one person’s opinion. That said, far too many reviewers seemed to have problems if not completely visceral reactions to my use of they/them singular pronouns with one set of spirits within Cleaning House, leading them to lower their ratings for what they called an otherwise good novel. In short, I used they/them for my elemental spirits and some readers simply couldn’t wrap their heads around the concept.

Hang on to your hats, this might get a bit complicated if you think you’ve never run across singular they/them usage before now. Hint: you have.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Two 9/1: Familiar Comforts

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 still rolling in and they’re generally good, but a few readers are tripping over my usage of they/them pronouns for my elemental spirits. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Death don’t have gender, so my placing binary terms on them seems ridiculous. Most of those same readers, however, do say they enjoyed the book once they got past the pronouns, but there are still a few… sigh.

I’m not going to please everyone, but that’s never really been my aim. That said, I think there’s something deeper going on with a few of those reviews, but the issue has nothing at all to do with me.

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