#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Five 7/14: A Pack of Smokes

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. It’s a little more than two weeks until the release, and I’m stoked!

The Setup: It’s early, and Cent’s run into her friend Betty on the front stoop of their apartment.

     “What is it, six months now?” Cent stood on the bottom step and peered down the street.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Four 7/7: Limits

Three weeks until the release. Three weeks… crap, three weeks? Wait, I have so much to do!

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.

The Setup:  Cent’s having an early-morning conversation with Betty, who she’s met during the last year and someone who’s become very important to her.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Three 6/30: Bargain Smokes in the Doorway

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.

The apartment building image above? Yep, that’s Cent’s home – third floor, and it’s also the building I lived in when I lived in North Chicago nearly three decades ago. I was surprised to discover that it’s still standing, more so to learn it’s still being used as apartments. (the image is dated 2017  – Google Maps) Here’s hoping it’s not as sad inside as it was in 1989.

The Setup:  It’s morning, and Cent’s on her way to work but, along the way, she runs into someone she knows.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Two 6/23: Junk Outta Treasure

Forgive me if I’m a bit quick about things this week. You see, the current political environment here in the U.S. has me beyond disgusted. This is not who we are, and I’m frightened for where we’re headed, but I promised myself that politics will not find a voice on this blog because it’s one of my safe havens.

It’s becoming difficult to separate the two.

Anywho, 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.

Do you realize that this is my fifty-second straight Rainbowsnippet? I don’t think I’ve missed one during the last year, a fact that astounds me.

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.

The Setup: Cent’s still on the phone with Tess, and it’s not going so well.

     “Call me back by this weekend.” Aunt Tess sighed. “If you don’t come, I’ll be hirin’ outside help. One of those junk companies, I reckon.”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-One 6/16: Tough Choices

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 blog tour is full (YAY!) and I’m creating tour posts for the stops while I work on the sequel and do some editing for someone else. My dance card’s filled for the next few months, and I like it. But I work better with music, so, at the moment, I’m listening to Shinedown’s “Human Radio.” I’m thrilled by the new song and plan to purchase their newest release Attention Attention later this week.

On to this week’s snippet…

The setup: Cent’s still talking things over with Aunt Tess. Leaving what was supposed to be your dream is never easy, so Cent’s struggling with the idea.

     [Tess] “We all know you ain’t got it easy up there so why not come home for a spell? I won’t charge you no rent. You can eat from my pantry and garden and drive my pickup. Everyone says I shouldn’t be driving anyway. And Mister Jones said he’ll give you some work— cash money paid weekly that you won’t have to use for that dump you’re living in.”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty 6/9: When you Comin’ Home?

Ah, the smell of a fresh proof. There’s nothing like it, is there? Yep, that’s the print proof of Cleaning House, and it’s gorgeous if I do say so… 304 pages worth of gorgeous to be exact.  Yeah, the picture I took isn’t the best. I have both a crap camera and shakey hands, but the fact remains… I love this cover and the matching interior art. There are besoms (brooms) at the head of each chapter and coordinating scene breaks. That, along with some classic fonts, sets the tone for the content – a mix of old and new, of the standard and the magical.

Here’s an example of the besom I used throughout the print version of the novel (the white background is added so it will show against this page’s gray). Simple but beautiful. You won’t find this detail in the ebook version (if you’ve ever formatted an ebook, you know exactly why).

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Forty-Nine 6/2: Reasons

Blog tour chosen, and setup started ✔

Print formatting ✔

Plan posts leading up to the release ✔

One million small tasks I’ve already forgotten ✔

I’ve still got a list of things to do before Cleaning House is released, but I got a few things checked off this week, and that’s definitely something.

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 from Cleaning House again. 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 most everything.

The Setup: Cent’s talking to her cousin Aubrey on the phone, getting an update on what’s been happening with the family.

Note: K-Town is local slang for Knoxville, which is located about 90 miles away from where Aunt Tess lives.

     [Cent] “So how are you, Aub?”

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