#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Glass

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The theme is glass. Raise your glass. Those in glass houses… There are many different phrases using the word, but I’m focusing on wavy glass or the view out a wavy glass window.

 

 

 

The Brigid sabbat meant the beginning of Spring, new life, new… Cent looked through the homestead’s wavy-glass windows at the snow-covered hillside. Far more than a skift, the snow had been half-way up her calves when she’d gone to the trailer for a shower early that afternoon. She didn’t care what her Wheel of the Year calendar said. This was the dead of winter.

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Fantasy

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is fantasy, not difficult for a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author but, wait, I have to find it within the text of my novel? Hmm. There were only three in a 127K story, and   here’s one of them.

 

 

 

   “Walmart towel.” Cent held it out to inspect it, disappointed because it was exactly like the one she used at home. Why had she expected something better inside Dane’s kingdom? Because it was a kingdom, that’s why. There should be something romantic and mystical about living in a fairy kingdom, but there obviously wasn’t. I’m in a tunnel and living among fey. That’s something, I guess.

   But she was fey now too, which sliced the edge off the fantasy, and Dane was no Prince, King, or anything else Charming.

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Eight: Dressed for the Weather

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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in 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.

This picks up from last week’s snippet. It’s Dane’s initial description, and she warrants a closer look. Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Seven: Meet Dane

I took a week off from #RainbowSnippets, my first in over a year, and it felt good. This isn’t the only thing I took time away from and, while a little of me feels guilty because I have a great posting track record, something had to give with all the holiday stress I was dealing with.

That said, I’m back. You’re warned. And today I begin sharing snippets from my upcoming release Keeping House. It won’t be out until August, but it’s a long work, so I have lots and lots to share.  Keeping House is Appalachian Contemporary Paranormal Fantasy set in modern-day Northeast Tennessee, in the Southern Appalachian mountains.  (It’s App-a-latch-un, BTW. Say it any other way and we know you’re an outsider, a jasper.)

Here’s the working blurb for Keeping House to get you started.

Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey. She’ll work for their ruler, King Dane, and merge the Hunter’s illegal income into their ironworking business so the profits look legitimate.

As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse,  the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.

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#WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 12/05/18: Book and Blade

It’s snowing here, and it looks like there’ll be more than a skift on the ground by morning. A skift is a dusting, in case you don’t know. Skifts are regular things here in Northeast Tennesse, but we get measurable snow a few times most years. I remember snows of up to three feet and years with only one or two skifts.

Like everything else, it all depends, but I didn’t find a wooly worm this year to know what that traditional form of weather prediction had to say.

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

I shared the prologue for Keeping House a while back (you can find it under #WIPpetWednesday under Topics to your right), so I’m currently sharing from Chapter One.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 12/5/2018: 5+1= 6 paragraphs from Keeping House, book two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

The Setup: I’m skipping ahead a bit. Cent and Stowne have spent some, er, quality time together, and now Stowne has two gifts for Cent before she leaves.

     “This is how we will share while you are away.” Stowne set a fat, handmade book by her head.

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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/21/18: Favorite Books

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., a time to celebrate family and generally overindulge in favorite food traditions.  I’ll be making deviled eggs, my elder son will be making an Under the Sea gelatin salad, and my younger son will be sharing a new recipe he discovered away at college. My mother, bless her, will be handling the bulk of the meal.  And Black Friday… y’all can have all of it you want. I’m staying home and waiting for Cyber Monday and the sales after to do my shopping aside from select local shops.

As for #NaNoWriMo… it’s going. I think I’ll actually finish Keeping House, but I won’t get to work on the novella I was wanting to and that’s okay. My mind has switched gears to another novella, one in the Appalachian Elementals series, this one about the characters Conall and Bea. Conall’s the strong, silent type and Bea’s dynamite in a small package. Those are both cliche’ archetypes, but it’s all I can really say about them at present. They’re talking to me as characters do to authors. Well, Conall is. Bea’s giving me the stink eye most of the time, but I think she’ll slowly open up. This novella might actually be a Romance, but if it is, it’ll be a really topsy-turvy one, mainly Bea’s doing, I think. This novella will be set in the Revolutionary War period. Historical Fantasy… that’ll be a new one for me, and it might be the first work I’ve written from a male perspective.

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Betray

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is betray. This excerpt comes from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

Cent knew those voices as well as she knew the lights. How could you? She watched because she couldn’t look away, because she had to make certain the betrayal was real.

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#AppalachianElementals #FictionFri The Rhodes Family Tree

One of the major themes in the Appalachian Elementals series is family. It was central to  Cleaning House, to Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, and is central to Keeping House, my current work in progress. Family is also, like in many cultures, central to Appalachia. We’re traditionally close-knit, though that has somewhat changed over the last few generations. That said, I might, at a later date, take a closer look at Tess and Roslyn Rhodes’ generation (meaning write a story where they’re the MCs, but that’s for another day since I’m currently neck deep in #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

When Cleaning House was a rough draft, I scrawled out the Rhodes’ family tree as it relates to Cent and her cousin, Aubrey, adding details like birth/death dates, where the magic derives from in each family member, if there’s any magic at all, and ended up with four-five generations (depending on your take), going back to Cent and Aubrey’s great-great-grandmother Amadahy, a fictional member of the North Carolina Cherokee tribal rolls (one of my own ancestors, six generations back, is listed on those same rolls, I’ve been told).

Anyway, that initial scrawl to set down a lineage has become the graphic below, an actual family tree.

Creating the family tree helped bring the characters to life, to give them roots. It helped me determine how they might have thought, their experiences,  how things developed between generations and, more specifically, where things have gone wrong. Continue reading

#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Trust

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is trust. This excerpt comes from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

Betty folded her hands in her lap. “Sissy’s almost cloyingly sweet if she isn’t passed-out drunk, Bonnie still hasn’t, as Dane puts it, ‘landed,’ and the rest of them, spirit or fey, breathing or not, can’t be trusted.”

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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/7/18: Leave Taking

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m sharing again from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

 

 

I shared the prologue for Keeping House a while back (you can find it by clicking #WIPpetWednesday under the Topics dropbox to your right), and now I’m sharing from Chapter One.

But first, here’s the blurb for Keeping House as it stands now.

Appalachian Elementals #2

Coming in 2019 from Mountain Gap Books  

Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey. She’ll work for their ruler, King Dane, and merge the Hunter’s illegal income into their ironworking business so the profits look legitimate.

As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse,  the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 11/7/18: 7-1-1-1=4 paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series Continue reading