#RainbowSnippets #novellines Forty-Three 4/21 Interesting

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! I’ve been doing a lot of research for the Appalachian Elementals series this week, including reading a thesis from my alma mater, East Tennessee State University, that deals with the history and geography of Embreeville Mountain where the series is set. Interesting stuff. Seriously, it is. Over seventy mines in a small area during the span of two hundred years. Cherokee people. Revolutionary War. Confederacy. Quakers. Iron furnaces. WWII. Flash floods. Illegal dumping of toxic waste. My plot bunnies are multiplying like, well, bunnies. (Hoppity hop, sproing! Look, another bunny!) Continue reading

 #RainbowSnippets #novellines Forty-Two 4/14 Forget That

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! I’m coming in late and running hot with this #RainbowSnippets but better late than never, right? I spent much of the morning in a meeting for the small publisher I’m working with: all the monthly general stuff, calendar updates, upcoming expenses. We’ll be taking submissions come August, so I’ll be sharing more on that in the future.

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#RainbowSnippets #novellines Forty-One 4/7 Size Twelves

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 has been a busy week for me. My word count for the second novel in the Appalachian Elementals series is nearing 40K, I finished the cover art for Cleaning House, and I’m working on tweaking and some initial formatting before it journeys out for edits later this month. The protagonist, Cent, is, by her own admission, nearing but not quite enbie, so I had a hard time finding anyone even remotely resembling her, but the image below is about as close as I’m going to get. It comes from Unsplash, and the info attached to the image file names says anton-darius-thesollers-398397-unsplash, but I can’t get onto Unsplash tonight to get a proper credit link. (it keeps giving me an error page) I used this image, in a modified state, for an alternative cover for Cleaning House, but you won’t be seeing it here because the cover I am using was wildly more popular when I shared the two on FB and asked for a vote. That said, here’s about as close as I’m going to get to Cent. Continue reading

#RainbowSnippets #novellines Forty 3/31 Beans and Rice

 

It’s time for #Rainbowsnippets*, and I’m changing gears in a major way. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I do it chiefly for myself, but the fact I can make a little money at it thrills me. I simply can’t go a day without “tinkering.” That’s what I call my writing, revision, and editing process. Tinkering… I do a lot of it anymore because there’s so much I can’t do. You see, I’m physically disabled but my mind… it and a laptop are all I need to build and destroy entire worlds. *insert wicked grin here*

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#RainbowSnippets #novelines Thirty-Nine 3/24

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 snippeting one last time from Surrogate: Hunted, my 3/1/18 release. Next week I’ll be moving to another of my works, but I haven’t quite decided which one I’ll choose. Right now, I’ve got three WIPs, one in the Surrogate Series, and two in the Appalachian Elementals series. The AE series is new with the first release scheduled for 8/1/18. I’ve labeled it Queer Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, it but toys with some Southern Gothic themes minus the Spanish moss and with a more northern and mountainous setting. The series’ protagonist, Centenary Rhodes, defines herself as pansexual and genderqueer, but there’s a host of queer characters, along with a frank look at queer Appalachian life, faith, magic, and family. Continue reading

#RainbowSnippets #novelines Thirty-Eight 3/17 I Smell Smoke

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.

Last week, I celebrated a wonderful review of my sixth novel, Surrogate: Hunted. This week I’m snippeting from Surrogate: Hunted, my 3/1/18 release once again, but I’ll be moving on before long to my upcoming novel Cleaning House. This does not mean, however, that this is the end of the Surrogate Series. There’s at least one more novel to come, if not two because Etain’s adventures are far from over.

Surrogate: Hunted is the second novel in the Surrogate Series. It’s epic Bi-Poly Sci-Fi with extensive world building, multiple alien species, and a good dose of family in its many forms.

The setup: Etain and Brigit have backed their way into the escape tunnel beneath the house because searchers have found the cubby they’d been hiding inside. These Cycalks have searched the space and have now retreated, leaving the house silent, which Etain knows isn’t good.

     The vehicles moved away, and it was quiet, far too quiet for anywhere to be after such chaos.

     Brigit touched Etain’s sleeve twice.

     “Soon.”

     “I smell smoke.” Brigit retreated deeper into the tunnel.

     The house above them exploded, collapsing the tunnel in front of them.

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#RainbowSnippets #novelines Thirty-Seven 3/10 Listening

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.

Last week, I celebrated the release of my sixth novel, Surrogate: Hunted, and this week I’m snippeting from it once again.

Surrogate: Hunted is the second novel in the Surrogate Series. It’s epic Bi Sci-Fi with extensive world building, multiple alien species, and a good dose of family in its many forms.

And, wow, just wow! The first review for Surrogate: Hunted has dropped. A. M. Leibowitz says the novel possesses “phenomenal writing, a compelling story, and characters who feel real.” I can’t ask for anything more than that.  😊 You can read their full review HERE.

The Setup: Stra has hidden Etain and Brigit in a cubby below the house, and there’s an attached escape tunnel, but that might not be enough when a vehicle filled with searchers arrives.

     The voices separated, and one spoke from above the hiding spot. Someone sat in the big chair. Someone yelled. There were sounds of cabinets being opened and furniture being moved. They’re looking for us. Etain opened the small door to the tunnel and slid in their packs. The sounds stopped then, and she knew they were listening.

     Brigit tapped Etain’s hand twice, which meant she didn’t know what to do.


*Rainbow Snippets 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!