Sunday, 13 April 2014


It's my honor to host Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author of the Week:



The year was nineteen seventy-five. Barren couple, Pearl and Edward Riley 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. 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, as they became affectionately known, 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?

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. She embarks on a journey.

Jumping Ship is an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series. There are 7 planned books - representing each of the islands that Sakkara will visit along the way.


Sakkara’s grin was a double-edged sword as she kissed each parent on the cheeks, refusing to say goodbye. They were already too warped for her to introduce something so final as goodbye; instead she said, “I'll see you later” and left.
The airport shuttle had already pulled off, when her mother purposed to make an irrational attempt to stop her child―her Sakkara that Pearl nursed from the time she was just days old. The wailing woman considered her offer. She badly wanted to utilize the services of a private investigator. She was willing to pay someone else, anyone else, to handle the dirty work. Sakkara refused over and over and over again. The child was too tenacious to be convinced otherwise, and so she had to wait it out until just before the turn of the millennium for her daughter to complete this exploration. The Rileys worried for her lonesome travel. Sure, the youngster was headstrong and clever. They didn’t believe that those traits could always protect her, and instead feared that someone would take advantage. Though they voiced these concerns from time to time, she didn’t take heed and assured them otherwise.
Sakkara couldn’t let fear control her life. Too often, she would look at herself in the mirror, imaging what features she’d inherited from her mother. She wondered if her tan complexion was a key to anything.
She tried to imagine what her real parents looked like as the plane set for take off. And wondered if her blue-gray eyes were a combination of theirs. She’d reach up and caress the thin bridge of her nose, imaging the same on her mother or father. She traced a middle finger over the outline of her mouth.
Where did they all come from?
Thoughts of abandonment rush in, emptiness suddenly flooded her mind. By the time the plane reached full altitude, Sakkara was in tears. She’d gone from imagining the greatness of her parents to despising them. For the first time in her life she wondered if they really had let her go. Wondered if they didn’t want to be found.
Who does that to a baby?
Who leaves a baby in a pile of trash?
Who abandons a child in a disgusting alleyway?
Who walks away from a crying infant?
As anxiety filled her insides and escaped through her pores, she took deep gushes of metallic breezes from the vents and willed peace to control her mind. I need to know the truth; she stated aloud, and wiped away unruly tears. Facing bright clouds and skies, Sakkara got lost in the emptiness. A peaceful sleep claimed her mind, and she drew closer to truth.


Janice Ross 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, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next 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. As of present, she is also a contributor to a short story collection – Just Between Us, Inspiring Stories by Women. And lastly, Loving Nate is a novella about the realities of losing one’s self to love.
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. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and 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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  1. Janice, as always, great post! Ninja, you are just the best! Thanks for supporting and hosting!

  2. Thanks for the feature, Kindle Ninja! I love being a part of RaveReviewsBookClub!

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  4. Congratulations, Janice, on your time in the spotlight! Thanks, Ninja, for hosting! You ROCK!

  5. Congratulations Janice. Enjoy your time in the Spotlight! Thank you Ninja for hosting our beloved Janice.

  6. Janice we love you and congratulate you on being in the Spotlight. Its your time. Have a successful tour.

  7. Congratulations, Janice. I'm having fun following your SPOTLIGHT Tour and learning more about you and your great books! Thanks, Ninja for hosting Janice on our blog. :)

  8. Another great post, Janice. Congrats.

  9. Such a wonderful post!!! Thank you, Ninja, for hosting Janice during her Spotlight!!

  10. Congratulations Janice! Thanks Kindle Ninja!