#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 2/20/2019 Utilitarian Magic

#WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs).

This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two of Keeping House.  Cent’s getting to ready to leave, and the family’s gathering to say their goodbyes. Betty’s covering Cent’s nails in sigils as well. Oh, and this week you’ll get more of what makes Mama (Cent’s mother) who she is. Continue reading

#writeLGBTQ #LGBTWIP #ValentinesDay2019 #Paranormal Tidbits of Love

A just for fun, in honor of Valentine’s Day, bonus snippet from Keeping House, which is set for an August 2019 release. tidbits of love

 Cent slowed for a skunk meandering across the road ahead. “Mating season. Wrong time of year to be searching for love if you ask me.”

     “It’s their time.” Dane’s hand remained on her shoulder. “All things have their happy season.”

     And you’re remembering one of ours just like I am. “I’m not certain where I’m at on the road anymore.”

     “Well, it’s February. Valentine’s Day was last week and—”

     “Get your head back on the drive.

Do something nice for a loved one, for yourself, or for the universe because love, as they say, is love.  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Sweet

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel
The theme is sweet. How very sweet it is. Sweetie pie. Sweet nothings. Sometimes, something is just sweet, like this sweet little sample from Keeping House, which is set for an August 2019 release.

 

 

  “Dane’s brought me here a couple of times.” Cent peered at the artwork on the wall behind Sissy. “It didn’t seem her kind of place at first, but now I think it is.”

  “She don’t bring just anyone here.” Sissy smiled softly. “And she proposed to me right at this table. It was sweet and romantic.”

  “Is that why you wanted to sit here?”

  “Kinda.” Sissy leaned forward to wipe sandwich sauce from Cent’s lip. “Sitting here still gives me the warm fuzzies.”

#writeLGBTQ #AppalachianElementals #KeepingHouseNovel

 

#QueerLit #LGBTQbooks #WritingTip Ten Things to Know Before Adding a Non-Binary Character to Your Story

Note: This post has grown significantly in the past few days, so there are more than ten. If you want the short and sweet version, read the orange and bold-italic sections. That’ll give you the gist. However, if you’ve never written a non-binary character I strongly suggest you read the entire post. 

So I’ve been reading, a dangerous thing these days, I know, especially for an author. But really, I have been reading, and beta-reading too, and I’ve come across several problems that I believe need to be addressed concerning non-binary characters.

Authors, if you add a non-binary character into your story, please take the following into consideration:

  1. Non-binary characters shouldn’t have their assigned at birth gender revealed early in a story, if at all, and only if it’s totally necessary. If the character still goes by their assigned-at-birth pronouns, fine, but if the character goes by they/them or any other non-binary pronoun choice then an author should respect this. Negating the non-binary by revealing the birth gender is unacceptable unless it is a situation like a courtroom (most states in the U.S. don’t recognize the non-binary) or the bedroom (where there should be frank discussion IMO before anything happens) and then the author should tread lightly, more so if the author isn’t non-binary (#ownvoices).

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Web

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is web. Slim pickings again this week where the theme is concerned, even in a 124K manuscript. Here’s my choice. It’s a bit of a variation, but I think it’ll work.

 

 

 

“But I, we… Crystal, please.” Brinn placed their hands on the driver’s side glass. “Come on!” They smacked the glass with their palm and it spiderwebbed, Brinn reeling back as Crystal screamed and crawled into the passenger seat.

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals

#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Six 12/15: Caffeinated Mediation

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.

 

 

This week I’m sharing from my new holiday novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s struggling to relate to her mother, but that’s nothing new.

 

I set my star on the table and stare at it, tracing its top with my finger, following the evoking points. Fire. Air. Water. Earth. I push energy into the star so it vibrates under my hand. “Spirit.”

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Five 12/8: Counting Points

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.

 

Here comes the snow, or at least that’s what local and national meteorologists are saying: winter storm watch that’ll probably be a warning by the time this post goes live. We’re as ready as we can be, I suppose. We’ve secondary heat, water, and a good supply of ready-to-eat foods for emergencies.

The problem with living in NE TN is that we’re either on the side of or in the foothills of several mountains; we’re part of the Smokies, so the weather either 1) passes around us because of the mountains to our north and south or 2) settles in to stay a while. If it does the latter and brings heavy moisture with it, we’re done for. It’ll snow until it peters out or finds the oomph to pass over the mountains, usually the former.  They’re saying up to eight inches with ice. I know that sounds like nothing to some of you, but this is the Southern U.S., not deep south, mind you, but still south and people here have no idea how to drive in deep snow, so it’s best to stay in if at all possible.

This one’s supposed to bring the moisture, so it’s all a matter of timing and oomph.

On to this week’s writing. I’m sharing from my new holiday novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Poor Cent’s trying hard but…

“No, the Star of David has six points.” I’m trying. Gods help me, I’m trying, but Mama… Continue reading

#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Five 12/1: Denial

We’re pushing full-throttle into the holiday season, which is always stressful for those with auto-immune and/or neurological issues. Lucky for me (read the last with decided sarcasm) I have both and they’re interlinked.

Most of my holiday shopping takes place online for good reason.

 

That said, I want to share a review for Cleaning House (released 8/1/18) that comes from a regional library publication. Local review for a local work by a local author. That means a whole bunch to me. Best of all, she liked it, which means even more, and I’ve been told the book is in steady rotation. ❤️❤️😊😊❤️❤️

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#TBT #CleaningHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals No. 5

Yes, I’m well aware that it’s only been a few months since the release of Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, but I’m spending the month of November featuring it in my #TBT (Throwback Thursday) series because of the recent release of the second title in the series, the novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree. It’s generally good to relive the past, even the recent past, so I’ll be sharing Chapter One from Cleaning House throughout the month.

The section in orange comes from last week’s #TBT post.

  Maybe I should take up gardening.

     Being close and sweaty, their hands touching as they worked side-by-side. Cent shivered as she scrutinized the envelope. “It’s too thin to be a summons.” She went to the kitchen for the scissors but couldn’t find them, so she opted for a paring knife, sliding it beneath the taped flap to open the envelope, pulling out a single, handwritten page.

 Dear Centenary,

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#WriteLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits. The official theme is precious but in 122K words, I haven’t use the word precious once, so I went with a valuable, dare I say precious, commodity where I’m from – biscuits. (we had them at dinner last night 😊)

 

 

 

   “No, sugar, it wasn’t me. “Cause if I’d kissed you like that I’d be smilin’, and you’d be meltin’ like butter across a hot biscuit.” Dane thrust her jaw forward and turned her mouth at the same time, an odd look Cent remembered meant she was deep in thought. “Go ahead. Check me for intent.”

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