True Love is never easy.

Rose is the Witch of the Woods, and all she wants is a True Love of her own. Lilith is a demon accidentally released from an ancient prison and all she wants is the world. The Ladies are an ancient power and all they want is to stuff Lilith back in her prison. And who knows what Coyotie the Trickster wants? Their fates are woven together in a world of myth and magic.

The Weaving

The Weaving
by Gerald Costlow

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Several new stories published!

It's been a great start to 2015, with two of my stories being published back to back.

First off, we have a new episode of the Appalachia Series, titled "Ring for a Lady", in the VTP romantic anthology "Fated to be Yours".  This story takes Seth and Jolene, two sweethearts from opposite sides of the track, into their next adventure as Seth (now a local Deputy) enlists Jolene's aid to solve the mystery of a stabbing and kidnapping on the mountain.  Having the Sherritt witches and Crazy Jack involved, there's magic and myth and a touch of mountain humor.  Oh, and Jolene's father also hatches plans to split them up for good.

  Just follow the like to to read the beginning of the story.  Oh, and these other tales are also great!

And the next announcement is that my story from a previous anthology has been published by Rebecca as a stand alone short!  This one is "Taking Liberty" and for less than a dollar, you can download an exciting adventure with twists and turns sure to keep you satisfied.

"Taking Liberty" is the story of Libby "Liberty" Bell, a waitress at a local diner, hiding out from an abusive former lover who won't leave her alone.  She strikes up a steamy romance with a local hunky fireman, but wouldn't you know it, that old boyfriend tracks her down.  Will she have to run away to hide again, or risk a confrontation?  Oh, and turns out there is a serial killer hanging around town at the same time.

So pop on over and give this one a sample.  And if you like these stories, you can click on the author's name and see about a dozen more stories to enjoy. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm Back!

I must apologize.

I pretty much abandoned this blog over the past few years, as my life got very complicated and I focused on my writing.

So what's been happening the past few years?  Pill Hill Press, the original publisher of my novel "The Weaving" and assorted short stories and novellas went out of business, for one thing.  They did it right, announcing it was going to happen and why, paying due royalties, and assigning back rights to all our books so I can eventually republish.  These small press publishers tend to be labors of love by one person or couple, and this sort of thing happens.

And I've really gotten busy writing a series of stories for a new publisher, Victory Tales Press.  I call it my Appalachia Supernatural series and people like them enough for me to continue the adventures of the Sherritt witches as they battle evil and fall in love, usually at the same time.

So here's what I promise.  As soon as I figure out how to do it, I'll completely update this blog.  Right now I can't remember or figure out how to change a darned thing so it will take me a few days.  And I will post on a regular (maybe weekly) basis on what's happening.

See you on the flip side.    

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Introducing Crazy Jack, a new novel!

I’m proud to present Crazy Jack, the first book-length story in the Appalachia supernatural romance series.

This time we are introduced to Crazy Jack, a local character who is…well, crazy. He hears voices in his head that he claims are animal spirits that can even take over his body. He’s in love with Elizabeth, a young Sherritt witch living way back on the ridge, struggling to make ends meet while trying to raise her orphaned nephew. She loves him in return, but has real doubts about the wisdom of marrying someone like Jack.

Then Crazy Jack is accused of murder and becomes a hunted man, both by the sheriff who wants him in jail and the murdered man’s kin who just want him dead. Elizabeth believes he is innocent and must call upon the powers of her Sherritt blood and get help from her own kin before the mountain erupts into a clan feud. And of course, Crazy Jack is not going to take being framed for murder lying down.

Set in the world of A Distant Call and Deal with the Devil, this new book-length story explores the Appalachia world of our lovers and heroes, revisits old friends and introduces new ones while giving you an exciting love story full of action and adventure. Secrets hinted at in the previous stories are revealed, some questions answered (such as how the Sherritt witches came to be living in that mountain holler in the first place) and new secrets hinted at. While part of a larger tapestry with much still to be written, Crazy Jack stands on its own with no problem following the story and characters.

Now available in eBook or paperback at a low price from your favorite bookstores.

Crazy Jack at Smashworlds Crazy Jack at Amazon Crazy Jack at Lulu Crazy Jack (paperback) at Createspace

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

VTP Fall Anthology now available!

With stories by such well respected authors as Karen Michelle Nutt, Kit Prate, Stephanie Burkhart, Sarah J McNeal and of course yours truly, this collection has an Autumn/Halloween theme and boy did the writers outdo themselves.

The print version is at Create Space already and will start popping up at Amazon and elsewhere within a week.  Will link to more info about the book and stories in it when we get them going.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Crazy Jack" coming soon!

Set in the 1920s, Elizabeth Sherritt is a young single woman living in a shack far back on the ridge, struggling to make ends meet while raising her orphaned nephew. Crazy Jack is a mountain man who loves Elizabeth and has asked her to marry him. It should be the answer to her prayers, except for one problem: he's crazy.

Crazy Jack claims there are animal spirits in his head that guide and sometimes take over his actions. It's enough to make a woman pause before accepting a proposal. Still, she's one of the Sherritt witches that live in the holler and most men wouldn't have anything to do with her, so maybe she can't afford to be too picky.

But now there is a much bigger problem. Crazy Jack ends up accused of a robbery and murder. The sheriff wants him in jail if the murdered man's kin don't track him down and lynch him first. Elizabeth is the only person around who believes him when he claims he's innocent.

Now Elizabeth must call upon kinfolk and friends to help her prove Jack's innocence and keep the entire mountain from erupting into a clan feud.

Coming soon from Victory Tales Press, available in ebook or paperback. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Deal with the Devil now released!

In this exciting sequel to A Distant Call, it's a hot summer in 1920s Appalachia and love is blooming along with the wildflowers. Jolene and Seth are in love. Unfortunately, she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman and he is the penniless son of a local moonshiner. Their romance across the social gulf is forbidden and must remain secret.

But there are far older and darker secrets in the mountains, and our young sweethearts become caught up in a violent world of past debts and broken deals. When the Devil himself shows up to collect, someone is going to pay a terrible price. Jolene and Seth must have faith in each other to save both their families.
This is the second in what is going to be an Appalachia supernatural-romance series.  Like the previous story, A Distant Call, this one is a novella offered cheap (99 cents) in ebook format to get you hooked on the world and characters.  Sneaky, isn't it?  Read all about it at
and download it from Amazon or Smashworld, or most ebook venues.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Distant Call now free from Smashworlds!

Promo is now over! But lots of people downloaded so thanks for checking it out. If you liked the story, or want to plunk down less than a dollar for it at the normal price now, remember there is an exciting sequel due out this summer called Deal With the Devil.

Smashworlds is having a promo, where the authors can select a publication to download for free during 4 through 10 March. I've chosen my novella A Distant Call and if you go there, you can download it for free to any platform you want, including to read on your computer if you don't have an ebook device yet.

Just go to Smashworlds A Distant Call and check out the upper right corner for information. While you're there, check out other books with prices slashed or free during this special week.

In my case, this will be a kickoff for a sequel to A Distant Call that VTP will be publishing this summer, titled Deal with the Devil. More information to come.