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.
“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.