New Release: Striking Balance by Jeanne G’Fellers


Northeast Tennessee Author Releasing Third Title in Series with Regional Focus

Striking Balance: A Historical Appalachian Dark Fantasy released on 7/21/19

Jonesborough, TN, 7/21/2019 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the release of their eighth title, Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow, by award-winning, ten-time novelist Jeanne G’Fellers.

Striking Balance is an 18th-century set historical standalone tale and the fourth title in the Appalachian Elementals series. Southern Appalachian readers will find familiar landmarks such as the Nolichucky river but will easily become immersed in both the history and magic within the pages of this carefully-researched and well-crafted Revolutionary-War era novel.

Striking Balance is available for order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.


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SHORT BLURB: Benjamin Schnell is the possessor of secrets he wishes he could bury beneath the rich Nolichucky river flat dirt he farms alongside his dear friend, Conall. But secrets lead to lies, lead to more secrets that will lead them deep into the mountains to where a haunted fey king reigns and Fire balances Water in a careful eternal friendship that is complicated by the American Revolution.

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.


Shelved Anthology Submission Deadline Extended

COVID19. It’s still a thing (like we expected it to somehow magically disappear) so while we’ve received a lovely stack of submissions for the Shelved anthology, we know that many of you are running behind with all that’s been going on. So take a moment and dig up that old poem, short story, or grab a cup of coffee and sit a spell to write us a new piece during this strange moment in time then send it our way be the end of June for consideration. You can read the anthology’s guidelines under our submissions tab above including the posted pay rates. Lacking ideas but want to write something timely? Here are a few hashtag prompts to help you along. #BlackLivesMatter #NoHateInMyHoller #loveislove

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.

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


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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