Cleaning House

Cleaning House Final

Cleaning House (8/1/18)

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7323277-0-2

eBook ISBN: 978-1-7323277-1-9

Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

 Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a side of fries and a quart of peach moonshine.

Read the Prologue and Chapter One of Cleaning House (PDF in a new tab)

Available from:  Mountain Gap Books   Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Kobo

Reviews

“While this story is full of beautiful, wonderful queerness in all its glory, it isn’t limited to that. It’s also about taking care of each other and the earth; it’s about coming home; it’s about family of origin and chosen family; and it’s about standing up against the forces of destruction all around us. This is a book for anyone who is looking for love and beauty amidst all the ugliness and cruelty our modern world so often displays”. – Author A. M. Leibowitz

“I’d recommend Cleaning House to readers who enjoy an interesting story of elemental and other magic that has complex characters and explores sexuality, gender, and a person’s sense of self.” – Author Anne Barwell

“Honestly, it was nothing like I expected but I was completely drawn into the world the author created and felt as if she (the author) had the secrets of the world trapped within the pages. The use of pronouns was masterful, the glorious understanding that sexuality and life are to be accepted the way people are- everything about this story screamed of love and home and acceptance and magic. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading” – Author H. M. Gooden

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, and honestly, after reading it, I’m still not sure how I’d classify it. Yes, it falls somewhere on the paranormal romance spectrum, but that really feels trite for the deep, detailed, and wonderfully unconventional tale that this book tells. The gender pronouns really didn’t bother me at all – the notion of calling a being that is literally made of earth, or of air, or of water anything other than “They” I guess seems kind of silly. If you’re made of the Earth itself, you’re genderless, duh. 🙂 Cent and Stowne’s story is deep and loving and powerful, and the side characters are detailed and quirky and wonderful. I wanted to scoop Aunt Tess up and give her a big hug :)” – Amazon Review  
“I received this free for an honest review. I loved the story. Growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country I could identify with much in this book. It was reminiscent of Silver Ravenwolf’s mystery and of Kate Mosse’s books. Community, caring for each other and the earth and the blending of cultures to create a very unique identity are all here. Not a book for all but well written and engrossing and I will be looking to read more of her works.”  – Amazon Review
“I liked it a lot. I had a hard time to put it down long enough to get some sleep. Cent’s story drew me in and I liked the overall feeling of family that was so much a part of the story. The magic, elementals and battle between good and evil just added to the story. The way Cent was reincarnated time after time until Stowne used the opportunity to allow Cent to stay all the time. The freedom to love who you love was a welcome message with the book. I was glad that Stowne and Cent were able to save their son and Cent’s mother while vanishing for good the greedy Demis. The upgrades that Cent got are not bad either.” – Goodreads Review