Mountain Gap’s second title, Cleaning House, the first book in the Appalachian Elementals series is our first award-winning work! Jeanne G’Fellers’ Contemporary Fantasy title set in Northeast Tennesse won a 2018-2019 Rainbow Award. With 450 entries, the 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards brought in an impressive total of $12.313,92 for charities. You can read the complete list of charities HERE.
Award Review: “Jeanne G’Fellers writing is a refreshing bit of storytelling, able to weave magic into the storyline and give life to wonderfully robust queer characters. I can’t wait to read the next in the series. Thank you for allowing me to read this piece.”
Cleaning House Blurb: 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.
Contains LGBTQ+ characters across the spectrum and a non-binary/enby protagonist.
Other Books in the Appalachian Elementals Series:
#2 Keeping House
#3 Wandering House (coming 2021)
Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree (Novella)
Appalachian Elementals Side Tales
#1 Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow (July 2020)