Cleaning House: In Edits (release date 8/1/18)
Growing up queer in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy for Centenary Rhodes, so she left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected in Chicago 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 Great Aunt Tess, one of only two people in Cent’s family who accept her as-is, contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden, smokehouse, and truck, and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job at a local store is waiting for her as well.
It’s a chance to solve Cent’s financial woes, but going home, she soon finds, will mean discovering a past she can’t remember and a future she never expected.
Surrogate: Mamatan – in rough draft status
Etain Ixtii. Queen Etain. Mother ‘Tan. Mamatan. No name is more respected on Takran, because no one, especially a once-ridiculed alien outsider like Mamatan, has fought harder to preserve the Takla home world. To mess with Mamatan, her family, her circle, or her nest, means facing down the five species sworn to protect Takran.
But the Resellers hiding in Takran’s dense jungles have plans to overturn everything Mamatan’s worked so hard to accomplish, and they’re targeting the weakest and most vulnerable of Takran’s populous– the elderly Takla already on the verge of extinction.
Stardust Connections: Tales from the Surrogate and Taelach Sisters Series (tentative title)
Join the characters from the Surrogate and Taelach Sisters series in stories with themes concerning motherhood, acceptance, love, family, and growing old.