Seeking Submissions

Mountain Gap Books is Currently Accepting Submissions
for its 2020-2021 Publishing Calendar.

We’re looking for: 

  • Appalachian Holiday Stories for a 2020 anthology
  • Appalachian Ghost Tales for Haints and Hollers II (2021)
  • Adult Fiction include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres
  • YA and New Adult fiction to include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi,  Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres (no Dystopian novels, please)
  • Children’s fiction/ nonfiction– must include both interior illustrations and text (see expectations under submission guidelines)
  • We will consider works by Appalachian authors that have come out of/ been released from contract.

Please read our submission guidelines, tabbed above, before submitting. Thanks!

 

 

 

Brews and Boos Appearance!

Mountain Gap Books along with three Haints and Hollers authors will b e sharing stories at Brews and Boos in Jonesborough, Tennessee, on October 26th. Come see us and purchase your copy of Haints and Hollers at festival pricing!

This is a ticketed event.

Information is available HERE.

Humanity’s Need for Stories

Mountain Gap Books is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the home of the International Storytelling Center and the International Storytelling Festival, which takes place this weekend (October 4th-6th). As such, and especially since some of our staff will be attending the festival, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on humanity’s need for stories.

If you ask one-hundred people why humans need stories you’ll receive one-hundred different answers: comfort, educate, ensure morals, traditions, culture, escapism, occupy the mind… Insert your own answer here. Continue reading “Humanity’s Need for Stories”

Haints and Hollers Official Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jonesborough Area Authors Featured in

Haints and Hollers: New Ghost Tales of Appalachia Anthology

Jonesborough, TN, 9/17/2019 – Mountain Gap Books, a Jonesborough, Tennessee, publisher, is proud to announce the upcoming release of its sixth title, Haints and Hollers: New Ghost Tales of Appalachia, an anthology featuring nine Appalachian authors, six of whom are from the Northeast Tennessee region. The authors include: Jeanne G’Fellers (Jonesborough, TN), Deborah Marshall (Greeneville, SC), Brenda M. G’Fellers (Jonesborough, TN), Rebecca Lynn (Apalachin, NY), Sarah Elizabeth (Johnson City, TN), Jules Corriere (Jonesborough, TN), Anne G’Fellers-Mason (Jonesborough, TN), Kristin Pearson (Afton, TN), and Edward Karshner (Oberlin, OH).

Haints and Hollers is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers (links below). Mountain Gap Books and six of the anthology’s authors will be appearing at The Corner Cup in Jonesborough, Tennessee, from 2-4 p.m. on September 21st to celebrate the anthology’s September 23rd release, and prerelease copies of Haints and Hollers will be available at special pricing. The authors will sign books, talk with readers, and will gladly answer questions about their stories.

Buy Links:    Amazon    Barnes and Noble   Mountain Gap Books

SHORT BLURB: Thirteen plus one short tales by nine different Appalachian authors, an uprooting of tradition with another just for fun. A strong mix of history, speculation, and, perhaps, a wee bit of fear. These hills are listenin’, child, so come sit a spell. You’ll hear tales you ain’t before; dark yahoos, wishes gone wrong, veil walkers, and someone’s head might well roll. Ain’t nothin’ really, just a few new stories you can take back to the holler and share with you and yours. Maybe they’ll shiver. Maybe you will too. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll hug someone tight when things get scary enough.

This is an anthology of nontraditional Appalachian ghost tales (not horror stories). It’s not that we don’t like the classics. Rather, we’re ready for something new.

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New Release: Keeping House (Appalachian Elementals #2)

Release days are always exciting here at MGB, but they’re more so when the new title we’re sharing is in itself, magical.

Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series, is available starting today. If you like folklore, magic, ghosts, history, and a touch of dark fantasy – all set in Appalachia, then this series is definitely for you.

Keeping House picks up three months after the first novel in the series, Cleaning House, leaves off.

Continue reading “New Release: Keeping House (Appalachian Elementals #2)”

Mountain Gap Books Keeping House Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Northeast Tennessee Author Releasing Second Title in Series with Regional Focus

Keeping House: An Appalachian Paranormal Fantasy set for 7/8/19 Release

Jonesborough, TN, 7/2/2019 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the upcoming release of their fifth title, Keeping House: An Appalachian Paranormal, by award-winning, nine-time novelist Jeanne G’Fellers.

Keeping House continues where the first novel in the series, Cleaning House, left off, and it’s everything locals know best about Northeast Tennessee. Familiar shops like Atlantis, restaurants like Pal’s Sudden Service and the Willow Tree Coffee House, and locations like Jonesborough, Johnson City, and Embreeville appear alongside Appalachian traditions and fantastic elements like haints, fey, and mountain spirits.

Keeping House is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers (links below). Jeanne G’Fellers will be appearing at Mr. K’s Con on July 27, 2019, from 12-4 pm. Jeanne will signing books, talking with readers, and will gladly answer any questions about her body of work, especially the Appalachian Elementals series.

Buy Links: Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Mountain Gap Books

SHORT BLURB: 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 three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey, serving their king, Dane Gow.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent must unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life comes undone.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers’ early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with their father and reading the books their librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s writing influences include Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert. Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with their spouse and five crazy felines. Their home is tucked against a small woodland where they regularly see deer, turkeys, raccoons, and experience the magic of the natural world.

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Folklore, Magic, and More for your Listening Pleasure: Cleaning House is now Available in Audiobook Format

Mountain Gap is proud to announce that the first title in Jeanne G’Fellers’ Appalachian Elementals series, Cleaning House, is now available in audiobook format via Audible and iBooks! This is Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy told in a storyteller style by the phenomenal Alex Riley. It’s like an old-style radio show, complete with Alex’s vast array of character voices, and it isn’t something you’ll easily be able to step away from once you begin listening.

Click the image below, listen to the five-minute audio sample, and hear for yourself. Alex does a marvelous job of bringing Cleaning House to life.

About Cleaning House: Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has 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 her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.


Reviews:

“While this story is full of beautiful, it isn’t limited to that. It’s also about taking care of each other and the earth; it’s about coming home; it’s about family of origin and chosen family; and it’s about standing up against the forces of destruction all around us. This is a book for anyone who is looking for love and beauty amidst all the ugliness and cruelty our modern world so often displays”. – A. M. Leibowitz

“A stand-out book. An imaginative tale of identity steeped in Appalachian folklore.” – BookLife Prize

“Honestly, it was nothing like I expected but I was completely drawn into the world the author created and felt as if she (the author) had the secrets of the world trapped within the pages. The use of pronouns was masterful, the glorious understanding that sexuality and life are to be accepted the way people are- everything about this story screamed of love and home and acceptance and magic. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading” – H. M. Gooden

“I’d recommend Cleaning House to readers who enjoy an interesting story of elemental and other magic that has complex characters and explores sexuality, gender, and a person’s sense of self.” – Anne Barwell

“The Appalachian setting just zings off the page, from the descriptions of the land to the Tennessee dialect of some of the characters. More than that, when Jeanne writes characters who are queer or nonbinary, they’re writing from the heart.”  – Siri, QSF


The next title in the Appalachian Elementals series, Keeping House, will be released in print and ebook formats on July 8th, so why not jump into the series via book or audiobook while the getting is good? You’ll be happy you did so.

 

Upcoming Releases from MGB

MGB’s 2019 schedule has been set since early in the year, but we’ve been relatively quiet about it until now. We’ve three new titles plus a bonus that we’ll reveal first. While this might not sound like much, it is for an up-and-coming publisher, and we’re more than ready to share.

First, the bonus, and this doesn’t count toward this year’s new titles. Our second release of 2018, Cleaning House, the initial title in Jeanne G’Fellers’ Appalachian Elementals Series, will be released as an audiobook in late June or early July. It will be available on both Audible and iBooks. We’ll share the exact date as soon as we know.

 

Now to this year’s new titles. Release one, July 8th, will be Keeping House, the second novel in Jeanne G’Fellers’ Appalachian Elementals series. Cent Rhodes is back, and she’s diving deep into her past to save herself and the future of everyone on Embreeville Mountain.

Here’s the official blurb: 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, serving their king, Dane Gow.

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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Release two, in early September, will be Haints and Hollers: New Ghost Tales from Appalachia. This will be an anthology of short stories and paranormal encounters as told by Appalachia natives and residents. Look for more details soon!

 

 

 

 

Release three, in November, will be a mid-grades dragon fantasy tale by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, the author of The Summer Between. We’ll have more on that very soon, including the title!

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. Mountain Gap Books’ 2019 publishing schedule. Might there be more? Anything, as they say, is possible.

 

 

 

 

Cleaning House is a BWA Speculative Fiction Award Finalist

Mountain Gap Books is proud to announce that their second title, Cleaning House: An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, by award-winning local author Jeanne G’Fellers, is a Bi Writers Association finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.

Cleaning House is everything locals know best about Northeast Tennessee. Familiar shops like Atlantis, restaurants like Pal’s Sudden Service and the Willow Tree Coffee House, and locations like Jonesborough, Johnson City, and Embreeville appear alongside Appalachian traditions and fantastic elements like haints, fey, and ancient mountain spirits.

Cleaning House is currently available for order in both print and e-book formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers (links below).

Amazon.com https://goo.gl/16S9Fq

Barnes & Noble https://goo.gl/nt8dZT

Apple Books: https://tinyurl.com/yyrrltmz

SHORT BLURB: Centenary Rhodes is a well-traveled name for an old mountain soul, but she doesn’t know this yet. Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a side of fries and a quart of peach moonshine.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers’ early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with her father and reading the books her librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s influences include author Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert.

Author website: https://jeannegfellersauthor.com/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlgfellers

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jeannegfellersauthor/