#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 1/16/2019: Singer or Howe

It is done (for now). I’m through with Keeping House and it’s off to my betas. Whew! What a relief, kinda sorta. Actually, I’m nervous to the point of nail-biting, more so than I generally am when a book goes off to my betas (probably not because I think I say this every time LOL). I know Keeping House has some great content, but I’m unsure about the whole. The one person I’ve read it to, my alpha, loves it, but we’ll see about the betas.


So where am I going next? Another novella, I think. It’ll be about a character I first introduced in Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree who’s a secondary character in Keeping House, Bea Gow. Bea is short for Beatrice. I was going to write the story from her husband, Conall’s, POV, but I don’t think I can pull off a believable cis man’s perspective. He was the only one speaking to me about the story until recently, so I was leaning toward him, but now Bea’s finally piping in, and I believe her take will be the more interesting of the two. Hmm, I might switch between the two, I dunno yet, but I’ll let you know soon enough.

Bea and Conall’s friendship and eventual love story is a very different one, but everything I tend to write is somewhat twisted and different, so that’s nothing new (insert cocky smile here).

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

This week we’re picking up where we left off in Chapter Two.  Cent and Betty are talking about one of the homestead’s two house spirits when, low and behold, look who appears.

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 1/16/2019: 1+6=7 for seven paragraphs from Keeping House, Appalachian Elementals book 2. The first paragraph is in orange because it comes from last week’s #WIPpet.

     (Betty speaking) “Gotta watch out for Birdie. She’ll rearrange your room if she can.”

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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.

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Reason

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The theme is reason. Everybody has their reasons, but sometimes the reasons aren’t what we’ve been told or led to believe.





Stowne has said Conall was King Dane’s right-hand man. He was her relative voice of reason, the only one of her men she at least somewhat trusted. He was dangerous because he could get away with treacheries most Hunters couldn’t. Cent should be particularly careful around him.

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Travel

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is fun, travel, and adventure.  I’m plucking the travel out and applying it something practical, a mug.  Hey, that’s sticking to the theme, perhaps not as intended, but there it is.




    “Cent’s in here.” Aubrey reentered the kitchen with Conall behind him. “He’s come in search of coffee.”

     “Lexy’s got her drawers in a wad this mornin’.” Conall pulled off his ballcap and held out a Gow Welding travel mug. “You mind?”

     “How can we say no to that handsome face?” Tess took his mug and went to the live room.

FYI: live room refers to the homestead’s kitchen addition where the appliances are located. Live as in electricity.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 1/9/2019: Birdie on the Move

I’m this close to having Keeping House ready for my beta readers, one more read-through close if that makes it easier to understand. So close I can see the end, and it’s rather frightening. What do I do next? Write something new, yes, I know that, but I’ve so many ideas (AKA plot bunnies) hopping through my head that I’m not certain which one to choose. Interestingly enough, all my current ideas apply to the Appalachian Elementals series.

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

We finished Chapter One last week so this week we’re delving into Chapter Two. Remember Cent’s friend Betty? She’s back, and she’s been working hard to help Cent get ready for her time with the Hunters.



My #WIPpet math is as follows: 1/9/2019  9-1=8, meaning eight paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

ONE NOTE: If you haven’t read Cleaning House, there’s a spoiler in here regarding Betty.

     “Thanks for altering my clothes.” Cent sat beside Betty on the sofa.

     “Anything for you, baby doll.” Betty smoothed her blue fleece sweater over the front of her denim maxi skirt. Tall and super feminine, she moved with grace no matter what she did, but that was Betty. “Since I’ve got a sewing machine again, I’m going to make us lots of stuff.” She pointed to the collapsible sewing table setting in the corner. “Best Christmas present I ever got.”

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#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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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Plan

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The theme is plan. Plan? We need a plan! What’s the plan? I didn’t plan on that happening!






Dane was dressed for the weather above the trees, something Cent hadn’t considered when she’d planned for the trip. But more than anything, Dane was a perpetually bitter, gruff, and all-around hateful woman, which made the fact that she smiled at Cent—

That’s totally unsettling.

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Beginning

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is beginnings. This is the very first sentence of an epic-level Contemporary Paranormal Fantasy set in modern-day Southern Appalachia.





“Well, hell.” Centenary Rhodes sat on the bed with her legs crossed, staring at the bag she’d be taking with her.

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#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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