Spotlight: Fresh News Straight from Heaven by Gregg Sapp

Fresh News Straight from Heaven by Gregg SAPP.

Evolved Publishing: December, 2017

Format: Paperback, eBook

Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Publication Year: 2017

Format: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Length: 382 pages

Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Scribd, and Smashwords.



“Fresh News Straight from Heaven” is based upon the history and folklore of John Chapman (1774-1845) – aka, Johnny Appleseed.

Almost everybody has heard of Johnny Appleseed. Whether from a children’s book or a history course from long ago, or just from images and stories embedded in folk culture, the character of Johnny Appleseed is an enduring piece of Americana. Wherever he went, strolling barefoot through the frontier of Ohio and Indiana, with a mush pot on his head, a pack of seeds on his back, and a Bible in his hand, he declared that he was bringing with him “Fresh News Straight from Heaven.” Today, he is remembered as gentle and loving as he was eccentric.

“Fresh News Straight from Heaven” takes place in the brutal and lawless Ohio and the Indiana territory between 1801 and 1812.  This land teems with soldiers, scoundrels, freebooters, runaway slaves, circuit riders, and religious cultists. Meanwhile, a reformed drunkard emerges among the Shawnee as a Prophet. Along with his brother, the war chief Tecumseh, the Prophet begins building an Indian coalition to take back their land. As the tensions mount, Johnny skates blithely through the crossfire and turmoil, spreading his message, impervious to the mockery and derision being heaped upon him. When the War of 1812 breaks out, Johnny, in a desperate act of faith, promises the people he can save them. Thus, he dashes off on a midnight run, seeking to spread peace across a land on the brink of war. With so many lives at stake, Johnny must confront the ultimate test of his convictions.

“Fresh News Straight from Heaven” is the first adult novel with Johnny Appleseed as its main character published in decades. Based on many hours of research, it depicts actual historical events and characters, along with plot twists consistent with the rich oral traditions associated with him.



About the Author

Gregg Sapp, a native Ohioan, is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, librarian, college teacher and academic administrator who has worked at colleges and universities in Idaho, Montana, Florida, New York, and Washington.  The author of over 60 academic articles and some 300 reviews, his first novel, “Dollarapalooza” or “The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus,” was published in 2011 by Switchgrass Books of Northern Illinois University Press. Since then, he has published humor, poetry, and short stories in Defenestration, Waypoints, Semaphore, Kestrel, Zodiac Review, Marathon Review, and been a frequent contributor to Midwestern Gothic, and others.

His new “Fresh News Straight from Heaven,” based upon the life and folklore of Johnny Appleseed, was released by Evolved Publications in January, 2018. For more information, see

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