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About Jeanne G'Fellers
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, author and artist 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.
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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 nonbinary protagonist.
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.
A note about the caution words (CW) and keywords (KW) at the beginning of each story: The caution words are in place because all readers have different experiences and some might be emotionally triggered by situations that might not trigger others. They are included out of respect for our readers. The keywords are a search mechanism. If you wish to read a story on family within the anthology, such stories are easy to locate, so are ones on dogs, spirits, etc. It's as simple as that.
Stories by order of appearance:
Part One: Short doesn’t mean necessarily sweet.
"Messages" by Deborah Marshall
"Miss Vera" by Brenda M. G’Fellers
"Can Johnny Come Home with Us?" by Rebecca Lynn
"Strays" by Brenda M. G’Fellers
"A Visit from a Peculiar Entity" by Jeanne G’Fellers
Part Two: Here’s to sad songs, rabid beasts, and things best left unseen.
"Singin’ Sally" by Sarah Elizabeth
"Survival" by Brenda M. G’Fellers
"Born with a Veil" by Jules Corriere
"The Neighbors are Fantastic" by Jeanne G’Fellers
"Pieces and Parts" by Anne G’Fellers-Mason
"As Light Fades" by Kristin Pearson
Part Three: Pull up a chair… if you ain’t too scared.
"Great Uncle’s Rocking Chair" by Jeanne G’Fellers
"Causing a Scene" by Anne G’Fellers-Mason
"The Salt Creek Valley Monkey Dog" by Edward Karshner
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.
Join Cent and her Mother for a heart-warming, magic-filled holiday tale of acceptance, family of choice, family of blood, love, magic, and patience all served with a queer Appalachian twist.
Questions equate to disobedience and Etain is now a liability worthy of disposal via a collapsing wormhole. She awakens a survivor of the impossible and determined to free her fellow workers, but there are rules on both sides of the wormhole she must learn if she is to succeed. Some are for the greater good while others are poisonous.
And it’s up to Etain to decide which is which before it’s too late.
Originally published as Surrogate in 2017.
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, and all eventually come home to roost in a bed of distrust, even on the 1779 Appalachian frontier.
After Ben is injured, he realizes there are odd things happening around him that others cannot see. Corner shadows take human shapes, lightning bugs dance in broad daylight, and the farm’s strange owner, Master Gow, returns with an offer Conall cannot refuse if Ben is to live. But making a deal with Master Gow will take them deep into the mountains to where a haunted king reigns and Fire balances Water in a delicate natural friendship.
Ben must learn self-acceptance and trust if he and Conall are going to survive because there can be no secrets in the mountains, only truth.
Another rich tale from the Appalachian Elementals world focusing on complex families containing rich LGBTQIA+ characters.
As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse, the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.
It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.
Another rich Contemporary Appalachian tale about fantastic people and the magic they possess, including LGBTQIA+ characters Human and otherwise.
Seeing Cance through a serious injury, Chandrey follows her to the Cleave, a sharply fundamental group being eroded from within by those who welcome the servitude of thralls. Cance’s increasingly vicious treatment of Chandrey raises eyebrows, but no more. Only her family can liberate her, unless she finds allies within the Cleave.
There may be one Taelach who can help her: the mysterious Belsas Exzal.
Bravery, resilience and stoic resistance are the hallmarks of this prequel to the award-winning No Sister of Mine.
Join Rankil on her journey to find a home where she is welcomed and where love is at least a possibility in this long – awaited sequel to No Sister of Mine.
"No Sister of Mine" is the first entry in a series of lesbian Science Fiction novels set in a world where humans are nothing more than a genetic trace. But that trace has left its mark-- namely a race of telepathic women who must fight to coexist with a patriarchal humanoid society who wishes nothing more than the eradication of its "white witch" cousins.