Pre-order World on Fire

As promised, World on Fire released the last day of February 2016 for pre=order.  Be one of the first to own this young adult, quasi-apocalyptic book.  Order now and it will be delivered directly to your kindle on it’s release date, May 30, 2016.

WORLD ON FIRE

In a world knocked off grid by massive solar flares and Earth’s thinning atmosphere, people on the ground are forced underground in a desperate fight for life.

“The smell stops me near the water’s edge. I tug the neck of my shirt up over my nose as I look around. Carcasses litter the shoreline. Animals tried to escape the fire, driven by instinct to plunge blindly into the shallow waters of the parched river. Deer. Rabbits. Raccoons. So many others unrecognizable in death. The heat was too much and they had nowhere to go. Their salvation had become their cemetery.”

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Welcome October

I feel October stealthily creeping up, disguised in a shawl of brisk,  cool temperatures. A harbinger of rain, sleet, snow and ice, of evenings spent cocooned in blankets warming toes by the  fireplace.  I see through October’s guise and recognize it as a portender of death, the final nail in the coffin for fireplacesummer, but only a prelude to winter’s icy embrace which hankers up ahead.

Fall is my favorite time to write, when life has less  distractions and the heaviness of autumn lays a sound barrier blanket over the static noise, muffling the sounds of the outside world. It’s a quiet, cozy time for me. I can immerse myself more fully into my characters and their lives and be more attentive to the stories they tell.  It’s a time for creating, for breathing life into the fancies of my imagination.

Welcome October.

fall leaves

Life in a Nutshell – Author’s take

I write romantic comedy, but  comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events.   In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.

Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…

Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.

If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story.  That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.

She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.

When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.

A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again.  Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced,  with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.

What are some of the qualities you think a good book should  have?  Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.

Outrun the night

I wrap myself in a tshirt worn by him, his fragrance tickling my senses as I curl up on the bed.  This shirt that’s cut for man’s’ body is too large for me and the fabric folds itself between my legs, caressing my thighs like a warm hand. I roll over, reaching an arm across the sheets, feeling cold where the warmth of his body should be.

Nights are the hardest. Sometimes I wonder if he’s ever coming home though I know he is. It’s just that he’s been gone so very, very long.  I scrunch a pillow up under my head and lay staring at the ceiling, wishing the night away.

I can hear the wind rattling the outside of the house and  objects thud against the exterior.  I rarely question living this far from town but then the solidarity creeps up and the emptiness I feel inside makes me restless.  I try to outrun the night but I can’t hide from it’s inky chill.

I toss and turn watching shadows dance across the wall, a beam of light reflected from somewhere outside.  The t.v. screen flashes a DishTV message at me.  I turn my face away, ignoring it.

I press his shirt against my nose, close my eyes and breathe deeply.  It’s the nearest thing I have to his touch and I revel in it…for the moment. I can almost hear the soft thudding of his heart, his slow, steady breathing, feel the heat from his flesh.  I swim in a sea of warm memories.

Jeannie Palmer 2012

Voting has started at the World’s Best Story

Entries are beginning to show and voting has begun over at the World’s Best Story Contest.  This year I opted to submit my YA title, Shattered.  It’s a “novel” approach for me since I write Romantic Comedy.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for my YA book to get a little exposure.  Shattered is #125 in kindle ebooks foSHATTERED COVERr children.  Not a bad representation, if I do say so myself.

If you’ve hesitated submitting your own story, why wait?  The prize packages are impressive and there’s a line up of noteworthy judges.  The best part is, submission is FREE. While you’re checking out the site make sure you register to vote, and take a peek at the wonderfully talented submissions.  This is your chance to make your voice heard.  There are prizes for readers as well (hint, hint).

Meanwhile, I’ve got my nose to the grindstone determined to finish Life Bites (a Romantic Comedy) by deadline.  This is the sequel to my best selling title, Life in a Nutshell, a Riley Jones novel.

James Kahn reviews Life in a Nutshell

I was over the moon delighted for my book, Life in a Nutshell, to receive a review from a man of James Kahn’s caliber.  If you’re a fan of Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Goonies, Melrose Place or Poltergeist, then you’re a fan of James.  Right now, I’m fan girling him hard!

“Life in a Nutshell” is “Bridget Jones” meets “Bright Lights, Big City.” It starts breathless and keeps you running to the finish. Funny, sexy and smart – this is your next must-read romance novel.”

– James Kahn, writer-producer, Melrose Place

James Kahn’s newest feature film, Wrongside Bob, is shooting next year.  If you’re looking for more GREAT entertainment, follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/wrongsidebob (like and follow the page for updates)  and check out his website at http://thatjameskahn.com/  .

The CD , Man Walks Into a Bar, that his new feature film is based on can be heard and purchased there. I’d encourage you to take a listen.  While you’re there, hop on over and check out his newest book releases.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Sacred Mountain – a post apocalyptic novel

An avid reader, I have an eclectic collection of books on my shelf.  Romance, comedy, thrillers, young adult books…there aren’t many genres I won’t read.

Sacred Mountain, the first in a series of books (Book 1 in the Moreno Series) by Paige Robbins is an action packed post apocalyptic romance that will keep you guessing.  It addresses the issue of life in an “off grid” situation.  Imagine for yourself the complete collapse of a nation.  No means of communication.  Life as you know it no longer exists.  How would you survive?  Who would be in your innermost “circle”?

In a pSacred Mountainost war climate in a nation torn by war, Sissy Moreno fights another battle, with an old flame. Paige Robbins does an excellent job fleshing out her characters and developing an intriguing storyline. From the first page, the reader is drawn into a world of survival and preparation, with cops who aren’t always good, and heroes in unexpected places.

Paige Robbins shows a keen eye toward potential social situations with an awareness of off grid living. It’s evident she’s done her research well as she draws a picture of self-sufficiency and sustainability where each of her characters has a position to fill. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and have saved her as a favorite so I will know when the sequel to this book is released.

If you’d like to read more, or purchase the book, simply click on the book cover. Amazon offers a free “look inside” feature so be sure to enjoy a glimpse inside this book.