Friday, 15 November 2013

PRE RELEASE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Jumping Ship by Janice Ross - Novella

A pre-release novella to the Island Hopping Series
66 pages

The year was nineteen seventy-five. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American home in Georgetown, Guyana; at the heart of her rebellion – an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. Pet and Mikey allowed love to blossom in front of her police officer husband and an intrusive community. Were they not aware of the dangers? Or did the pursuit of love trump obligations?

Pet and Mikey’s journey to their new life took them through a multitude of the Caribbean’s treasure trove of islands – Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Saint Lucia. More than a month later their voyage landed them at JFK airport, in New York USA. And they disappeared, as though their existence was a myth. During this time, barren couple, Pearl and Edward Bailey stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara.
Sakkara Riley grew up with two loving parents – adoptive parents to be exact. She never knew the circumstances surrounding her discovery, until the age of sixteen. The personal artifacts that were handed over had haunted her from that point on. After eight more years, including much research and probing, she was given the opportunity to begin her journey of self-discovery.

“Jumping Ship” provides the introduction to Sakkara’s attempts to commune with her true heritage.


I was given this book to read by the promoter in exchange for my honest review.

From the synopsis, I thought this book was full of promise, and I was looking forward to reading it. I was however left feeling a little disappointed. I expected that with it being a novella, it would be like other novella's I had read; a short story that had a start, a middle and an end. This was not the case however as it just came to an abrupt end and I felt very let down.  This was obviously left so that you have to buy the next book as it is part of a series, but I found it frustrating.  I could have learnt all I needed about this book just from the synopsis.

I did however like the authors descriptive narrative of Guyana and I would like to have heard more. 

I do think that it shows promise though for turning it into a series, but I hope that the author doesn't end each book so abruptly.

Personally, if they don't have a start, middle and end, I would prefer to pay more and read it as one book, as I do think that the author has a nice fluid style of writing I enjoy and I would love to read the story from start to end. 


Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Her latest release, Jumping Ship is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series – due out in 2014. It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family.

Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate - characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction - whether present day or in the past. Janice love to be taken off guard by clever language or settings.

Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.

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