#1lineWed #PromoLGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy: Myth

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is myth, but I’m running with the idea, not the specific word. A myth is a traditional story, so I’m showing a bit of a Hunter Fey myth as told by their king, Dane.





   Dane emptied her moonshine jar and tossed it into the air, where it disappeared. “We come from Scotland, lads, lasses, and those who claim neither, both, or somewheres betwixt. Hunters are the third fey court, the one no one speaks about, the one written outta history.” She shushed the boos and hisses rising around her. “Yeah, I know. It’s a cryin’ shame too because we’re the best of them all.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 4/10/2019 Johnnycakes

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 4/10/2019: 4+2= 6 paragraphs from my still untitled side story set within the Appalachian Elementals series.

Note: The first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     Widow Alcott’s looking at Conall as a future son-in-law, and I pray he doesn’t fall for her trap, Mary’s chicken or not.

     I glance up at him as we walk, content with my current lot. Conall Baldwin is a good boss and Master Gow, while strange, leaves us mostly to ourselves aside from the spring plantings, summer trimmings, and harvest time. This is the ninth summer Conall and I have worked this land, our ninth year of tobacco and corn. We’ve got a sufficient garden too, so Conall knows I’m joking when I said I’d rather have beans and eggs. I’d rather have eggs and greens and maybe some new potatoes with just enough salt pork for taste.

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Absolute

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The theme is absolute. Absolute joy. Absolute evil. Absolute power. Absolute fact. How about absolute celebration. That’s what Cent’s doing here, and it means she’s about to get into trouble.




   “Hey, sugar? Cent?” Dane called to her from miles away. “You need a break?”

   “I’m good.” Cent raised her arms in absolute celebration. Did someone… What was I thinking about?

   A commotion rose from the other end of the circle and Conall was supporting Bea’s weight when Dane pulled Cent along behind her to see what was happening.

   “One too many, I reckon.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 3/13/2019 Something Brand New

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

Since Keeping House is off to the proofreader, I’m sharing a little of my latest WIP this week. It’s Historical Appalachian Fantasy set in the Revolutionary War era and the years thereafter and, yes, it’s going to be part of the #AppalachianElementals series. It’s out of sequence so it’ll definitely be a side tale, and I don’t yet know when it’ll be finished, but I already love the main character’s voice. You might not know the characters involved, yet, but they’re in Keeping House, including Cent, who’ll be appearing as a secondary character in their 19th-century male form. (Cent has been reincarnated over a hundred times, if you don’t know, so these stories tie together through her/him/them and through Embreeville Mountain, a real place near where I live in Northeast Tennessee.)

I’m striving for historical accuracy inside this story so I’m doing a lot of research on the colonial era, especially what was then the frontier, but there’s not a whole lot of written history concerning the area and this is Fantasy genre so I’m allowing myself to leave holes that require more research. But there are no holes in this #WIPpet.

Here’s my math for 3/13/2019: 3+3-2-1= the first 3 paragraphs from my new unnamed story.

     “Whatcha doin’ up that tree, Nub?” Conall scratches his head as he looks up at me. I could dot his eye with a half-rotten crab apple if I wished, but I don’t. I drop a handful of leaves in his face instead, and he swats at them like they’re swarming bees, making me laugh.

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#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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#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.

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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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