#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 1/2/2019: Something Bad

New Year, new you? Not so much, or at least I hope not. I ended 2018 with the below. It’s not as bad as it looks, but there it is. A bad cut to my middle finger right in the middle of getting a manuscript ready for my betas.

So goes life.

And, yes, I took two weeks off from #WIPpet Wednesday, but I’m obviously back, holiday weary and nearing done with Keeping House, at least to the beta stage of things. Oh, and welcome to #WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs).

Here’s my WIPpet math for 1/2/2019: 9-1=8 paragraphs from the end of Chapter One of Keeping House (I’m counting the verse as one paragraph).

Note: Gan, if you don’t know, is an air elemental, and Aunt Tess’ S.O. Gan appears later in Cleaning House.

     “Where’s my marker?” asked Gan.

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Home

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The theme is home, a place Cent longs for in much of Keeping House.

 

 

 

 

 

“Told you to cool it,” said Dane. “Go home, Kenzie, & wait ‘til I get there. We’re gonna talk ‘bout your impulsivities.” She drew the last word out in a slow Southern Appalachian drawl, putting heavy emphasis on the first es sound.

 

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Light Bulb Moment

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is light bulb moment. Cent has plenty of those in Keeping House because she has so much to remember. Here’s one of them.

 

 

 

I think I’m figuring this out. The unknowns and Dane’s brogue served as a gauge. She was angry with Weeds, but she wasn’t nearly as enraged as she’d been with some of the other Hunters tonight.

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Six 12/15: I’ve Lost Mama

So Jeanne, how did you spend your Solstice? Fighting off an allergic reaction to shrimp. That’s how. (grumbles) A local grocery store was cooking it, and I’m sensitive enough for the proteins in the air to bother me. Yes, I’m that reactive.

 

 

 

To think, I used to love shrimp and even worked at Red Lobster as a teen. (sighs) That said, I can still eat mollusks scallops (at least at this point), which takes away some of the love-seafood but can’t eat it sting.

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.

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Comfort

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The theme is comfort, a rare commodity at some points in Keeping House.

 

 

 

 

“Let the salve soak in.” Ceardach’s comforting words became a chant to invoke the warrior queen Scatach, the Shadowy One, trainer of champions, & Dane held Cent’s hand tighter.

Scatach’s Might

Scatach’s Wisdom

Scatach’s Bravery

 

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Web

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is web. Slim pickings again this week where the theme is concerned, even in a 124K manuscript. Here’s my choice. It’s a bit of a variation, but I think it’ll work.

 

 

 

“But I, we… Crystal, please.” Brinn placed their hands on the driver’s side glass. “Come on!” They smacked the glass with their palm and it spiderwebbed, Brinn reeling back as Crystal screamed and crawled into the passenger seat.

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Six 12/15: Caffeinated Mediation

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 sharing from my new holiday novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s struggling to relate to her mother, but that’s nothing new.

 

I set my star on the table and stare at it, tracing its top with my finger, following the evoking points. Fire. Air. Water. Earth. I push energy into the star so it vibrates under my hand. “Spirit.”

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Glare

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The theme is glare, something my characters might be doing a bit too often. Thank goodness for revisions. And, yes, Dane Gow has a definite attitude problem. She’d tell you it comes with being king, but it’s probably her abrasive personality more than anything else. (Pyre is a fire elemental, BTW.)

 

     “I’ll give you a pass on that one, you flamin’ turd, but don’t ever roll your eyes at me again.” Dane thinned her lips as she turned from Pyre. “I’m in a good mood tonight.”

     “Don’t threaten my family.” Cent glared at her.

     “But you ain’t doin’ a damn thing to keep it that way.” Dane returned her gaze, adding a tiny smirk.

 

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Weather

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is weather. Slim pickings when it comes to that word. I’ve used it all of five times. Here’s the best of them IMO.

 

 

 

     A proper landin’ is everything. Those words echoed in Cent’s head. “I’m over today.”

     “Eh, you’re right. The weather stinks, and those wings of yours look like a dog’s been chewin’ on them.” Dane glanced over to Pyre, who sat on the branch of a nearby tree. “What’s she been puttin’ on them, Lightnin’ Bug?”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 12/12/18: A Flick of the Magical Hand

So it dumped snow here over the weekend, a southern storm, the perfect setup to pretty much stop things in their tracks, but it’s already hit the ugly, crusty stage of melting, and most of it will be gone in the next forty-eight hours, with possible flooding because of the quick melt.

Welcome life in Southern Appalachia. We’re not built for snow except at the highest elevations and quick thaws make for flash floods.

Welcome to #WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs).

This week I’m picking up from where I left off in Chapter One of my WIP Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. This chapter is titled “Leave Taking” because that’s what the MC Centenary Rhodes is doing, leaving home and her new life to honor a deal that her lover, Stowne, struck in order to save her life. Sure, Cent’s happy to be alive, but the rest… She’s currently wondering about the dagger Stowne has just given her.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 12/12/18:  8+2+2+1 = 13 short paragraphs from Keeping House, Chapter One.

I’m also sharing one of my preliminary covers for Keeping House. I take great care in my covers, so if I’m sharing it’s because it’s nearly complete and has received the spousal seal of approval.

 

(Note: The section in orange comes from last week’s WIPpet.)

…“You didn’t deal for this…” Cent’s mouth tightened. “Did you?”

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