Special Call for Submissions: Shelved

We’re working from home, meeting online, and homeschooling. Our shopping trips take place almost exclusively online, we’re planning and planting victory gardens… Covid19 has turned our lives upside down like it or not. Plans have changed, our routines have been disrupted, so much has been, well, shelved. Shelved. Yes, shelved. This is the theme of Mountain Gap Books’ first pandemic anthology. Shelved stories revived and completed, essays written because everything else was shelved, poetry crafted to stave off the Covid stress demons. Show us your Appalachian resilience and adaptability. Show us how you’ve used being shelved to your advantage. However your submission might be directly or indirectly related to this pandemic, we want to see it.

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Tough Times Call for Cheap Books

Two Mountain Gap titles, Anne G’Fellers-Mason’s The Summer Between (YA), and Jeanne G’Fellers’ award-winning Cleaning House (Appalachian Fantasy) are both available in ebook format for free on Smashwords and $.99 on Amazon. We also have a limited number of Audible promo codes available for Cleaning House for Audible listeners who would like to listen to the novel at no cost. Please contact via email publisher @mountaingapbooks. com (pushed together, of course) to receive a code. These are on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Summer Between – Smashwords    Amazon

Cleaning House – Smashwords   Amazon



Cleaning House – MGB’s First Award-Winning Title

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.


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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)


Seeking Submissions

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

We’re looking for: 

  • 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.

Haints and Hollers Official Press 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.


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.

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Mountain Gap Books Keeping House Press 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.


Press Release: Northeast Tennessee Publisher to Release Locally-Set Holiday Novella


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Northeast Tennessee Publisher to Release Locally-Set Holiday Novella

Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree set for November 5, 2018, Release

Jonesborough, TN, 11/23 /2018 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the upcoming release of their fourth title, the Contemporary Fantasy novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree by multi-award-winning local author Jeanne G’Fellers.

 Blurb: A dozen handmade holiday ornaments, that’s all, but it might be an impossible task.

Centenary Rhodes and her mother are at constant odds. It’s one of the many reasons Cent left home when she was eighteen. Mama’s difficult for anyone to manage, but now that Cent’s back home, she has to try. Mama, however, won’t acknowledge who Cent’s become, even though she’s repeatedly been shown the truth.

It’ll take more than popcorn strings and paper snowflakes to heal the rift that’s formed between Cent and Mama. It’s going to take bushels of patience, heaps of magic, and assistance from everyone on both sides of Embreeville Mountain to reset the Balance between them.

But with Yule and Christmas just around the corner, it might already be too late.

Barnes & Noble    Amazon.com    Apple Books

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 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.

Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with her spouse and their 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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MGB will be at Art in the Park!

The tenth annual Art in the Park, Jonesborough, Tennessee, will be held at the International Storytelling Center, Saturday, October 20th, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, October 21st, noon-5pm.
This is a rain or shine event and is FREE and open to the public and is the premier indoor/outdoor art festival in the Tri-Cities.
As in previous years, visitors to the 2018 event can look forward to a rich tapestry of mediums, ranging from painting to photography, glasswork, mosaics, woodworking, jewelry, knife making, pottery and more. A stringent selection policy focusing on quality assures the event to have the highest caliber of regional artwork on display and for sale.
This event also awards prizes to the best artist vendors, and visitors are welcome to attend the awards ceremony. Awards are determined by a panel of judges and awarded to artists by Jonesborough Major Chuck Vest on Saturday at 10am. Best in Show honor will receive $1,000, while second place will be awarded $500, and third place $300. A new prize of $150 will be given to the best new artists. Honorable mentions and Best in Tasting ribbons will also be given out. Ribbons will be displayed on the artist’s tents or tables which will be viewable through the weekend.
Visitors to Art in the Park will also enjoy free music on both days starting with the acoustic selections of the Sweetwater Troubadours on Saturday from 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. and then from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. guitarist Jonathan Edens will entertain with his smooth melodies. On Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m. the Green Rumors, will perform to viewers delight.
Also on Sunday, visitors can participate in a creative writing “Type-In” led by Langley “Casual Word” Shazor. from Noon to 5p.m. Participants will use typewriters located on the grounds to create short poems with the help of Shazor who is a writer, poet, teacher, and typewriter collector. This event is free and open to the public. Shazor encourages people of all ages to participate.
A favorite destination at Art in the Park is the Best in Tasting Area. Chocolate Elegance and Olive Oil Divine will be present both days providing free samples and selling their delicious products. On Saturday Depot Street Brewing and Tennessee Hills Distillery will also be providing samples.
Artist vendors this year include, Peter Koenig: glass, Barbara Powell: collage, Beverly Thomas Jenkins: Mosaics, Carolyn Tomko: clay, Karen Hitchcock: glass, Teresa Tilley: photography, Donna Bird: painting, Wendy Ritchey: painting, Linda McCulley: jewelry, Richie Hayward: photography, Robert Scaffe: woodworking, Suzanne McKinney: jewelry, Calvin Bennett: photography, Fredda Roberts: jewelry, Kerry Porche: clay, Allison Parker: painting, William Minya: soup carvings, Mark Phillips: painting, David Hale: photography, Lance Ellis: blacksmithing, Brenden Bohannon: woodworking, Sandra Breeding: photography, and Roy Nichols: painting.
Art vendor applications are still being accepted for lawn space, however, all indoor booths are full. To apply, visit mckinneycenter.com or call 423.753.0562 for more information.