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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mountain Gap Books

Jonesborough, TN 37659

publisher@mountaingapbooks.com

https://mountaingapbooks.com

 

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.

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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.

Introducing First-Time Novelist Anne G’Fellers-Mason, Author of The Summer Between

Hello! My name is Anne G’Fellers-Mason, and I am proud to be a new author with Mountain Gap Books. My first novel The Summer Between will be released on October 1st! The word surreal doesn’t begin to cover the feeling. The book is contemporary, young adult fiction, which really means it can be enjoyed by anyone roughly 13 years of age or older. I love young adult fiction. It’s probably what I read the most of, when I’m not reading history books or 19th century newspapers for my day job.

I wrote my first novel when I was 12 years old. It’s still on my hard drive, but it’s time is coming. I wrote The Summer Between several years later during the summer months of 2009. The book follows Brendon Murphy on his adventures, or misadventures during those few months between high school graduation and college orientation. His plans include camping, spending time with his friends, winning a local singer/songwriter competition, and winning the heart of the girl of his dreams. His plans do not include a dead end job, and they especially do not include spending the summer with his older brother Derrick.

The Summer Between is a coming of age story, a snapshot of a time when nothing is certain in life, except change. How Brendon survives the summer will determine what kind of person he is.

Elephant in the room, I was never an eighteen-year-old boy, but I was eighteen years old once. I can remember the fear, the anticipation, and the uncertainty. Part of my experiences influenced Brendon and his summer, but it is ultimately his story, and he asked me to tell it for him.

My writing influences are many, and I’m always looking for my next favorite book. I highly enjoy the works of F Scott Fitzgerald, Gary Paulsen, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Natalie Babbitt, John Green, Neil Gaiman, and many more! I love it when the humor is mixed in with the serious, because that is 100% life, and I tried to capture that in my words in The Summer Between.

To quote Brendon, “I’m terrified and nauseous but overjoyed all at the same time, and I think that’s how living is supposed to feel.”

I hope you enjoy The Summer Between. Once you read it, please leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads! I look forward to sharing more of my work with the world through Mountain Gap Books.

The Summer Between by Anne G’Fellers-Mason Official Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mountain Gap Books

107 East Courthouse Square #220

Jonesborough, TN 37659

publisher@mountaingapbooks.com

https://mountaingapbooks.com/

 

Northeast Tennessee Author to Publish YA Novel

The Summer Between set for 10/1/18 Release

 

Jonesborough, TN, 9/20/2018 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the upcoming release of their third title, a YA novel, The Summer Between, by local playwright and author Anne G’Fellers-Mason.

 

About the Book Brendon Murphy is poised to have the greatest summer of his life. He is a recent high school graduate and his summer plans include having the most fun possible with the people who mean the most to him. This includes an extreme camping adventure and the chance to win the heart of the girl of his dreams.

Plans derail quickly and soon Brendon is faced with the worst summer of his life. He’s stuck working a dead end job, and to make matters worse, he has to share the summer with his older brother Derrick. The two of them are far from friends. Could life get any worse?

As he tries to survive the summer, Brendon will discover great truths about his brother, his friends, the girl of his dreams, and most importantly himself. How he survives the summer will determine the kind of person he really is.

 

The Summer Between is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers (links below). Anne G’Fellers-Mason and Mountain Gap Books will be celebrating the release on October 1st, 2018, from 2-4 pm at the Corner Cup in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.

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SHORT BLURB: When I was eighteen, I knew everything about the history of the entire world. Thank God for summer break, for those ten weeks between high school and college when life took me roughly by the collar, shook me hard, and said with a deep, guttural laugh, “Buckle up, kid, ‘cause I’m drivin’, and you don’t know squat.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne G’Fellers-Mason lives in the oldest town in Tennessee. By day, she works for the local historical society in Jonesborough. She has a BA in Theatre/History from Mars Hill University, an MA in History from East Tennessee State University, and an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University. She gets to put all her studies to use at the Heritage Alliance where she writes local history-based plays. Her first novel, The Summer Between, is a work of contemporary, young adult fiction. Anne lives with the love of her life and their rambunctious cats in a family compound.

 

Author website: https://annegfellersmasonauthor.com/

Author Twitter: @anne_fellers

Author Facebook: annegfellersmason

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MGB September News, Information, and Upcoming Releases

It’s September, and Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the east coast of the United States, bringing possible heavy rain and tropical storm level winds to us here in Tennessee. One of our authors will be a vendor at a local festival this weekend, so our fingers are crossed that Florence has a change of heart and stays out to sea.

Our third title, a wonderful contemporary YA work by new novelist Anne G’Fellers-Mason titled The Summer Between will be available in both print and ebook formats on October 1st, 2018. You can read the blurb on the MGB home page.

 

 

 

 

Our first title, Rhea Wells Boy of Jonesborough, will be changing distribution points later this year from CreateSpace to Ingram, and the ebook version will become available through both Amazon and other retailers. Look for more on that later. Right now, the print distribution remains through the MGB online store, the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center, and Amazon.

 

 

On a similar but different note, our second title, Cleaning House – Appalachian Elementals #1, is receiving some wonderful reviews. You can read a smattering of these in the graphic below. We’re also happy to announce that Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals #1 ½ , a novella-length ebook, will be available November 5th.

 

And, last but not least, we’re assembling the 2019 publishing calendar here at MGB, and we’re looking for a few good titles that fit our guidelines. We’ll also be posting a call for submission for an anthology very soon, so be on the lookout for it.

Check back soon for the date and time for Anne G’Fellers-Mason’s first book signing event for The Summer Between.

New Release: Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers

It’s finally release day for Cleaning House – A Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy by Jeanne G’Fellers!

Here are a few excerpts from the ARC reviews.

Cleaning House is available online in both print and ebook form and through the Our Books tab above.

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.

 

The Elevator Pitch

Today we’re sharing a post written by one of our authors, Jeanne G’Fellers, concerning her take on the dreaded elevator pitch.

Note: This post first appeared 7/15/2018 on Jeanne’s website.

Writing an elevator pitch should be easy, right? It’s just one sentence, maybe two, the gist, the… For me, it’s the process of condensing 115,000 words into a handful of meaningful, plot-hinging terms. Eek!

But wait, let’s back up. What’s an elevator pitch, you ask? It’s a marketing term used to relay an idea in less than sixty seconds, generally spoken. It’s for when you’re stuck with an agent or publisher in an elevator and have about sixty seconds to sell yourself and your work. That’s the generic reason to have a good pitch, anyway, the reason they told me to have one in grad school. But here’s the thing: I don’t live in New York, L.A,, or London, or anywhere else impressive, and the only elevator I ride in with any regularity is the one going up to the third floor of a medical office building to see my rheumatologist. I won’t be running into a publisher or agent there. So why do I need an elevator pitch? Well, here’s a list.

Someone might ask you…

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