#1lineWed #PromoLGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy: Sick

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is sick or illness. I chose the first. Sick at heart. Sick in the head. Sick abed. There are a whole lot of ways to show this word, and here’s mine.





   “Was this made in… a radiator?” Cent doubled over, holding her gut to still the burn. “How do you drink that rotgut?”

   “If it’ll peel paint, I like it.” Dane smacked her knee and rocked with laughter. “And if it were radiator-made, it’d make even one of us sick so we got proper stills. You want some grape juice to make a Purple Jesus?”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 2/27/2019 A Strong Message

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

We’ve had a hard week. Our eldest fur baby, a sixteen-year-old half Maine Coon named Sam, who’d been chronically ill for a while, died over the weekend. We chose a home setting over putting him to sleep because he was absolutely terrified of riding in a car.  It was difficult to watch, but we were with him all the way to the end. We buried him on Monday, and today, Tuesday, saw this at his grave in the back yard.

Deer mean different things to different paths and cultures. The Chinese believe they are good luck. Some say they represent authority and kingship. But these three were does, so I believe they were a signal of comfort, that Sam is being taken care of, that he’s okay on his journey away from us.  (I might be crying a bit here because Sampson was my special baby, my big orange boy from the moment he placed his head to my shoulder at the animal shelter over fifteen years ago.) We’re really going to miss him around here.


On to my WIPpet. This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two of Keeping House.  Cent’s getting to ready to leave, and the family’s gathering to say their goodbyes. Betty’s covering Cent’s nails in sigils as well and one, in particular, catches Cent’s attention.

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 2/27/2019: I’m rearranging the 019 for 109 words from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

     “You already know them spells, I’m sure.” Mama lifted one side of her mouth in a half-smile.

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#writerslife #selfcare Writerly ways to Sever Toxic Relationships in Your Life

NOTE: I am disabling comments on this post for a whole lot of reasons, but you can still like and share at will.

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We all have someone in our life who, even from a distance, is fully capable of sucking the life out of us. It’s more than a matter of keeping distance or holding your relationship at arm’s length. Rather, it’s your shoulders creep to your ears at their mere mention. You can’t deal with this relationship for whatever reason. It’s triggering, it’s hurtful, and you need to cut all the ties that bind you.

For me, it’s someone who, at my core, I love, but I simply can’t deal with them or get beyond their past behaviors. The trust is forever gone, and I refuse to give them the opportunity to do even more damage to me or to my relationships with others. (Note: I am using gender-neutral they here not because this person is nonbinary but because I’m keeping their identity unknown.) I will not be accused of dragging someone through dirt I’ve already slogged through, of doing harm in the name of my own healing. I will not trigger them or provoke conflict. It’s a waste of my limited energy and, sometimes, giving someone credit for their damage (this is especially true for someone w/ Borderline Personality Disorder) fuels them to continue their ways. It empowers them and gives them the attention they seek.

Those who know me will easily realize who I am talking about.

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Color

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The theme is color. All the colors. A rainbow of colors. A coloring book. A well colored… tattoo. Yep. I’m going there.





  “Oh, that.” Dane wiped her hand on the blanket then moved around Cent to sit cross-legged before her. Her sigil tattoos not only extended up her arms but onto her shoulders and across her chest, some blue and faded, others colorful with new ink. “I didn’t know he was still hangin’ ’round.”

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#1lineWed #amwriting #Paranormal #Fantasy: Clothing

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is clothes or clothing. I chose the latter because being unexpectantly caught without your clothing makes for some interesting fiction.





Cent looked up, horrified when she realized where she was. Guns hung from a half-dozen racks, deer antlers were being used as clothing hooks, and welding caps were scattered everywhere. “This is Dane’s room!” She pulled the straw from the mug and downed most of the water, gagging as she pulled her blankets to her chin. “I’m awake. I don’t need bitters. Let’s go.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 2/20/2019 Utilitarian Magic

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

This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two of Keeping House.  Cent’s getting to ready to leave, and the family’s gathering to say their goodbyes. Betty’s covering Cent’s nails in sigils as well. Oh, and this week you’ll get more of what makes Mama (Cent’s mother) who she is. Continue reading

Review: Power Surge by Sara Codair

Title: Power Surge (The Evanstar Chronicles Book 1)

Author: Sara Codair

Publication Date: October 2018

Publisher: Ninestar Press

ISBN13: 9781949340921

Length: 293 pgs

Genre: Urban Fantasy, NA

Note: I was provided an ebook copy of this novel by the author for review, and I thank them for the opportunity. This is also an #ownvoices novel, which I highly appreciate.

Amazon Blurb: Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.

While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.

Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.

Spoiler-Free Review:  It’s been a while since I’ve done a review, so let’s get to it.

(Takes a slow breath) Honestly, I didn’t write this until three weeks after I finished Power Surge for several reasons, the primary one being the main character, Erin. In fact, Power Surge was almost a DNF read, but hold on, I want to tell you the things I enjoyed about the novel first.

What I liked: The concept of a part-elf demon hunter isn’t a new one, but Codair does an excellent job of creating a world hidden in plain-ish sight. I liked many of the characters, especially Erin’s grandfather and many of the side characters too (I specifically discuss one below). Erin has a lot to deal with both in their real and their magical lives, and the side characters are all there to help them. The sneaky demons were a treat too, but I like qualities like wordplay and compelling in my antagonists.

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty-Three: A Mason Jar of Moonshine

It’s Saturday, time for #Rainbowsnippets, and I’m running behind for numerous reasons. Getting my life together before my first knee replacement surgery (probably within the next month). Because our house is/was disorganized. Because we’re trying to reduce food waste around here. Because I found empty soap containers in the bathroom cabinet that should’ve gone to recycling two years ago.


But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get my writerly duties accomplished. Better late than never, right?

This #Rainbowsnippets* 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 my current #WIP, Keeping House,  and she’s butting head with another character, Dane Gow,  she-king of the Hunter Fey,  so you’d best pay attention to the king or you might get hurt. Things had taken a dangerous turn last week when Cent brought up weapons so let’s see how it’s going now.

This first sentence comes from last week’s snippet, and it’s Cent talking.

 …“This goes only if you and your men disarm too.”

 “Just checkin’.” Dane raised the edge of her kilt to show the Glock nine-millimeter strapped to her thigh. “I’m already grinnin’ like a possum about the next three months.”

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#writeLGBTQ #LGBTWIP #ValentinesDay2019 #Paranormal Tidbits of Love

A just for fun, in honor of Valentine’s Day, bonus snippet from Keeping House, which is set for an August 2019 release. tidbits of love

 Cent slowed for a skunk meandering across the road ahead. “Mating season. Wrong time of year to be searching for love if you ask me.”

     “It’s their time.” Dane’s hand remained on her shoulder. “All things have their happy season.”

     And you’re remembering one of ours just like I am. “I’m not certain where I’m at on the road anymore.”

     “Well, it’s February. Valentine’s Day was last week and—”

     “Get your head back on the drive.

Do something nice for a loved one, for yourself, or for the universe because love, as they say, is love.  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Sweet

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The theme is sweet. How very sweet it is. Sweetie pie. Sweet nothings. Sometimes, something is just sweet, like this sweet little sample from Keeping House, which is set for an August 2019 release.



  “Dane’s brought me here a couple of times.” Cent peered at the artwork on the wall behind Sissy. “It didn’t seem her kind of place at first, but now I think it is.”

  “She don’t bring just anyone here.” Sissy smiled softly. “And she proposed to me right at this table. It was sweet and romantic.”

  “Is that why you wanted to sit here?”

  “Kinda.” Sissy leaned forward to wipe sandwich sauce from Cent’s lip. “Sitting here still gives me the warm fuzzies.”

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