Can I Blog From Prison?

so over my head

First of all, stick around for new giveaway details. But that's later.

Right now, you need to know that this is going to be one of those stories that would go much better with pictures.
But I don't have them.

Friday night I decided it had been a long time since I had gotten in the car and gone on a one woman road trip (and that last one went SO successfully), that I would just hop in Blackie and take off for the border. The Arkansas-Oklahoma border, that is.  Fab-o author Susan May Warren was going to be speaking to the Tulsa branch of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and I decided at the last minute I would go. I have been hearing raves about Susan May Warren's teaching forever, but had yet to be able to catch one of her writing classes. Plus Tulsa has a Whole Foods, something my corner of Arkansas does not. (But Whole Foods does not have Snickers, so it all evens out I guess.)

Susie's class was awesome. I took seven pages of notes. Madam Warren and awesome author Rachel Hauck have writing retreats throughout the year. If you can swing it, I highly recommend it. Or you can catch these two authors and more teaching at the ACFW conference in September, which I also highly recommend. You know what I DON'T recommend? Typing with a cat on your keyboard. Because I just typed one of those sentences five times.

The session ended at about 9:45, and I set out for the long trek home. I am happy to report my GPS unit worked a lot better than it did on my last solo voyage out in the middle of nowhere, where it kept telling me to make a left turn off a side of a mountain and repeatedly trying to kill me. (I'm still a little bitter over this, but I think the GPS and I worked out our differences this weekend.)  I had JUST the right amount of change left for the turnpike toll. So I pull up to the turnpike at the dark hour of 10:45, throw my coins in…and drop one. Crap! It's dark. A car is coming. I can't find the dang nickle. I dig in my purse and find one solitary dime. Throw it in. Nothing. The green light doesn't turn on, signaling I can go. I dig for more change. I got nothing. NOTHING! Cars…lining up. I'm getting stressed. I can't get out of the car, because I've seen enough Nightmare on Elm Streets to know that just as soon as I do, a murderer will appear out of nowhere and rip out my soul then take off with my '02 Black Wonder. So I throw in a buck…

…and run it.

Tripping an alarm. Sirens blared. Lights flashed. And I just gunned it. As I said on Facebook, it was like the spirit of Burt Reynolds took over my body, and I quoted Smokey and the Bandit all the way home.   “My handle is Smokey Bear and I'm tail grabbin' your tail right now!”  “Cowboys love fat calves!”

So I hope each of you is prepared to be my one phone call when they hunt me down. I'll probably have to retreat into the woods and go all Unibomber on them. Because they're not taking me alive. Also like the Unibomber, this will involve wearing hoodies. And giving up shaving. (You know, now that I think about it, this won't be too different from any other day…)  I figured the state of Oklahoma made money off this deal, so I'm not too worried about it. But if you see my face on America's Most Wanted, do let me know. I've got some family members I've been wanting to one-up. . .

So Over My Head is available on Amazon, which means it could be on the shelves any moment now. Let's start this week by giving one away. To get in the running, all you have to do is tell me when the last time you broke the law. Wait, no. That's not it. The question of the week is: What is a book you're wanting to read next. (not mine.) I just finished reading a few YA books and am on a teen lit kick. Next up is a book recommended by super author Natalie Lloyd, called  100 Cupboards. A book I WANT to read is Crescendo, the follow-up to Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush. It doesn't release 'til November. Hopefully by then they'll have a new cover. The one for Hush Hush was so acclaimed that this one disappointed me.  I did a book talk on Hush Hush last week in my classes, and my kids have been speed-reading it and passing it around. Gives me a total librarian high. But…what book are you waiting to read? Let me know by Thursday evening. Preferably before I report to my parole officer. I'll randomly draw a name to announce Friday.

Have a great week!

JEN

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Haley - April 21, 2010

I want to read The Help. I just picked it up from the library, but I haven’t gotten a second since then to get on it. 🙁

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Kelley - April 21, 2010

I want to read the new GG4: Only the good spy young by Ally Carter. Love your books 🙂

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Marissa - April 21, 2010

The book that I am about dying to read is the 3rd book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins called Mockingjay. It doesn’t come out until August 24th. Thankfully I found your books, which I love. You are so witty. Please keep writing.

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Stephanie - April 21, 2010

I really want to find the time to read Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

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Courtney - April 22, 2010

Robin Jones Gunn’s Katie Weldon series has left me hanging and I can’t wait to read the next one 🙂

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Moriah - April 22, 2010

I want to read ‘Waiting for Prince Charming’ by Sarah Mally. I’ve been waiting, and waiting… to buy it!

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Elizabeth - April 22, 2010

Hi Jenny B. Jones

This is my first time hearing about you. I was looking around on facebook and found you come to find out you are friends with a friend of mine Michelle R Kidwell. I’m also a writer but anyway on to the question if it’s still evening enough for me to enter. (It’s 6pm here. Not sure where you are though.) I want to read a book that isn’t a textbook or a source for anything school related. I would like to read something by Lurlene McDaniel or My Sister’s Keeper By Jody Picoult (again). I may even read both.

Check back soon
Elizabeth

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Jourdyn - April 29, 2010

I’ve been waiting to read the second book in the series dreamhouse kings. It about this family that moves into a house that is “evil” it’s by Robert Liparulo. It’s really, really good. I also want to read SO Over My Head, but i think you know what that books about 🙂 and I bet it’s really great! 🙂

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Jourdyn - April 29, 2010

I’ve been waiting to read the second book in the series dreamhouse kings. It about this family that moves into a house that is “evil” it’s by Robert Liparulo. It’s really, really good. I also want to read SO Over My Head, but i think you know what that books about 🙂 I also want to read Extras by Scott Westerfeld, I’ve read the rest of the Uglies Series, and they were really good too. 🙂

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Abbigail - March 8, 2011

Moriah (#56 comment) – I know that its nearly a year later, but in case anyone is reading through this just now (like I am :)), I’d like to mention that the book by Sarah Mally is called Before You Meet Prince Charming. I’m reading it right now!:)
-<3-Abbigail

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