#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Ninety: Get Goin’

I’ve ten million things to do, and not enough time to get it all accomplished, but isn’t that life? Actually, I’ll be offline quite a bit for the next few weeks, recouping from knee replacement surgery. Surely, I’ll be around some, but I’ve created a number of posts ahead of time to make things easier. Next week will be the first of four such posts.

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This week I’m jumping ahead a few paragraphs in Chapter Three of Keeping House. Cent and Stowne have enjoyed a final dance together, but now it’s time for them to part ways.

Note: The portion in orange comes from last week’s snippet.

     Yes, it is time. Stowne pulled Cent into a lingering kiss then set her beside them, turning to Dane. “Three months. No more. She returns—”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Nine: One Last Dance

DARKER KEEPING HOUSE COVER FINAL (2)And here it is, the final cover for Keeping House: An Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy. The novel is slated for a July 8th release, and I can hardly wait! If you thought Cleaning House was good, buckle up. This one’s going to turn you upside down and wring you out like a damp dishrag before it’s all over.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve ten million things to do, and not enough time to get it all accomplished, but isn’t that life?

Hi, and welcome to #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 picking up where I left off last week in Keeping House. Kenzie’s heading home, and Dane’s not at all thrilled.

Note: The portion in orange comes from last week’s snippet.

     “Yes’m, I’m goin’.” Kenzie flew off in a soggy-winged snit, leaving the circle attendees staring after him.

     “Apologies for disruptin’ the proceedin’s, Stowne. Please continue.” Dane took another draw from her jar. Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Eight: Soggy-Winged Snit

Status update for Keeping House:

  • Ebook and print covers completed 🗸
  • Proofreading (in progress)
  • Ebook formatted
  • Print version formatted
  • Character artwork (in negotiations)
  • Ebook ready for preorder
  • Print version ready for preorder

When you’re a part of the company you publish with, you know what happens to your novel every step of the way. Right now, I’m trying to get as much done on Keeping House and two more works, not mine, as I can before I have knee surgery. Yes, it’s actually scheduled for April 15th, tax day here in the U.S.

That said, I’ll probably schedule some #Rainbowsnippets ahead of time, but they might or might not make the FB page thread depending on how I’m feeling. My guess is that I’ll feel lousy enough to miss sharing one if not two weekly posts, but you’ll know where to find them.

Welcome to #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 Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. It’s set for a July release, and I couldn’t be happier, save for my knee, which has been swollen for so long I’ve forgotten what normal looks like.

This week I’m picking up where I left off in Keeping House. Everyone’s at the Brigid’s circle, including the much beloved (tongue in cheek) Hunter Fey, and King Dane’s furious at Kenzie, who’s just embarrassed her by letting his ill intent be known.

The first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s #Rainbowsnippet.

… “We’re gonna talk ’bout your impulsivities.” She drew the last word out in a slow Southern Appalachian drawl, putting heavy emphasis on the second syllable.

     “Yes’m.” Kenzie shook off the water, spread his wings, and rose, hovering over the circle as he glared at both Aubrey and Cent.

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Six Flooded Out

The problem with writing a series where the protagonist has lived multiple lives is that you’ve so much material to draw from. I’ve started a brand new story within the Appalachian Elementals series, this one a side tale, but it’s set in the Revolutionary War era so I’m doing lots, repeat, lots of research. Still, it’s great fun even if it’s slow going. I won’t be sharing any of that tale in my weekly Rainbowsnippets for the foreseeable future, but you can check out the first #WIPpet Wednesday post from it HERE. Yes, it’s still Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy. Appalachia, if you remember from history class, was the American frontier during the mid-to-late 18th century, a lawless area of often questionable people, which is making this new story all the more enjoyable to write.

Welcome to #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 Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. It’s set for a July release, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m picking up where I left off last week. One of Dane’s men is sizing up Cent’s cousin, Aubrey, and Rayne, Aubrey’s water elemental spouse, is taking it personally.

Note: the first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s snippet.

     “He’s mine.” Rayne rose as a water pillar that blocked Aubrey from the Hunters’ view. “We’ve danced together before our land spirit so we’re wed. He’s beyond your touch!”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets #PromoLGBTQ Eighty-Five Go For It

It’s been a quiet week here, I suppose, at least quiet for how things have been lately. Son the younger and his new bride are in for spring break, and I’m still waiting clearance for my first knee replacement.

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The release date for Keeping House has been moved to July 8th. I’m excited, but I’m also a bit nervous. No more than I’ve ever been before a new release, I suppose, but something about this novel has me tense. Content-wise, Keeping House isn’t the darkest novel I’ve ever released. No Sister’s Keeper (Taelach Sister’s series #4, 2013) takes that prize by far. Perhaps my nervousness derives from the personal nature of Keeping House. There’re more bits of myself inside the story than most of my novels. Cent has my thought processes and shares both my gender identity and sexual orientation. Dane, I’ve been told, shares my rather sharp sense of humor and tendency for one-liners (you don’t see this side of Dane until later in the novel). Stowne shares some of my insecurities. Every character in this series contains a bit of me, more than in my other series. Perhaps this is why I enjoy writing it so much, and it’s probably why the release already stresses me.

Keeping House is with the proofreader and will be available for preorder by mid-April.  (squeals in late-night, caffeinated glee) 

The Setup: I’m moving a bit forward in the chapter. Others are arriving at Stowne’s Brigid celebration circle, and Dane has spotted Betty, who’s just arrived on Pyre’s arm. And do you remember Cent’s cousin Aubrey? Well, he’s there too and Dane’s noticed him, much to Rayne’s chagrin. If you remember, Rayne and Aubrey found each other in Cleaning House. Again, if you want to know the hows and whys… Well, the cover image to your right will take you to the novel’s Amazon page. The ebook is priced at only $3.99.

Remember, Keeping House is written in third-person limited POV but a very close version, so we’re seeing everything through Cent’s eyes.

Betty Holub

     “Who the…well, what’ve we got here?” Dane raised her hand to stop one of her guards, a lean, ashen-skinned man with his dreadlocks pulled back and tucked into his coveralls, from approaching Betty. “That tall one’s a medium. She’ll see right through whatever you try, but the short, curly-haired, tan healer boy…” Dane indicated Aubrey. “Go for it if’n you want.”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty-Four: You Wanna Pull?

It’s #Rainbowsnippets Saturday, and I’m back! But first, a bit of good news: Keeping House will be released July 8th. Yes, that’s a full month ahead of schedule, but my publisher and I want it in readers’ hands ASAP. Yay!

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks, from making plans for upcoming knee surgery, to losing a beloved four-legged family member of over fifteen years, it’s simply been tough.  So difficult that I skipped last week’s Rainbowsnippet, something I seldom do.

But that’s okay, or it will be. My spouse and I are former military so we, as the saying goes, we soldier on.

This #Rainbowsnippets* 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House,  and she’s butting head with another character, Dane Gow,  she-king of the Hunter Fey,  so you’d best pay attention to the king or you might get hurt. The Wee Fey have flown into the circle now, and they’re not one bit happy that Dane’s there.

This picks up right where things left off two weeks ago, and the first line, in orange, is Dane being her wonderful self. She’s referring to the Wee Fey and, yes, this is more than six sentences, but I’m running behind so bear with me, please.

     “Lemme drink this, and we’ll bag ’em up for the trip home.” Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty-Three: A Mason Jar of Moonshine

It’s Saturday, time for #Rainbowsnippets, and I’m running behind for numerous reasons. Getting my life together before my first knee replacement surgery (probably within the next month). Because our house is/was disorganized. Because we’re trying to reduce food waste around here. Because I found empty soap containers in the bathroom cabinet that should’ve gone to recycling two years ago.

Reasons.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get my writerly duties accomplished. Better late than never, right?

This #Rainbowsnippets* 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House,  and she’s butting head with another character, Dane Gow,  she-king of the Hunter Fey,  so you’d best pay attention to the king or you might get hurt. Things had taken a dangerous turn last week when Cent brought up weapons so let’s see how it’s going now.

This first sentence comes from last week’s snippet, and it’s Cent talking.

 …“This goes only if you and your men disarm too.”

 “Just checkin’.” Dane raised the edge of her kilt to show the Glock nine-millimeter strapped to her thigh. “I’m already grinnin’ like a possum about the next three months.”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty-Two: Going Armed

Ah, winter in Northeast Tennessee. Freeze one day, burn the next. Last night at midnight it was 66 F, but twenty-three hours later? It’s 11 p.m. and 33 F. This is why everyone is getting sick… Okay, that and flu season is peeking here.

It’s Saturday, so it’s time for 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House,  and she’s currently butting head with another character, Dane Gow,  she-king of the Hunter Fey,  so you’d best pay attention to the king…. or you might get hurt.

The first sentence, in orange, is Cent’s and she’s swiftly losing her patience with Dane.

     “What now?”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty-One: Get to it

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House, but I’m currently introducing you to a character who was a minor, but important, player in both stories. Dane’s a major player now, she-king of the Hunter Fey, so you’d best pay attention to the king.

At this point, Cent’s still unimpressed. Dane’s being a general pain in the arse, and she’s trying Cent’s patience. 

The two sentences in orange come from last week’s snippet.

     Oh, please do something so stupid. But Cent knew Dane wouldn’t. She was testing Cent’s boundaries, and such magical jabs were part of Hunter rhetoric. If they couldn’t get under your skin one way, they’d try another. Stowne had attempted to steel her against such things, but she hadn’t taken to it well, and they’d argued each time before she’d realized it was a trap. “The sooner you sit, the sooner the circle begins and ends.” Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty: Wicked Anticipation

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House, but I’m currently introducing you to a character who was a minor, but important, player in both stories. Dane’s a major player now, she-king of the Hunter Fey, so you’d best pay attention to the king.

At this point, Cent’s unimpressed, to say the least. Dane’s rudely pointed at her and is now trash-talking to get under Cent’s skin, which is exactly what Dane wants. Continue reading