What to Read Wednesday

25 Jul

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Can you believe it’s the last Wednesday in the month of July?  Time sure is moving fast.

Today we have another fun author joining us.  Join me in welcoming PJ Jones who is here to share her latest release DRIVING ME NUTS!  So sit down and settle in because not only are you going to learn more about PJ and her book, but she has brought along a prize.

That’s right…a PRIZE!

All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address and one lucky commenter will win a signed copy of DRIVING ME NUTS!  Can’t beat that.

Hi PJ…I’m excited to have you here.  Tell us a little about yourself 🙂

I write parody and dark comedy under the name of PJ Jones. I also have another penname and keeping the two afloat and separate is a bit of a challenge at the moment. I wrote my first parody, Romance Novel, which pokes fun of all romance novels plus Twilight, a few years ago when I was very ill. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of romance, but the laughs were cathartic at the time. Now that I’m feeling much better, I still enjoy making myself and others laugh.

I love that…there’s nothing better than getting a giggle or an outright laugh from a book. If we looked in your refrigerator now, what would we find?

Lots of organic, whole foods and chocolate. 🙂

Mmm…chocolate!  Okay, stop trying to sidetrack me!  Lol What makes you love a book?

I used to say that I needed to escape the mundane drama of life, but I actually love my life. I have a wonderful family and much better control of my health. I love books because depending on the genre, they can inspire me and broaden my views of the world and life in general. But a really great book will make me laugh.  

You said it perfectly! What genre (s) do you write?

I write dark comedy and paranormal parody.

How did you get started writing?

I was writing ever since I was a child. I’ve never stopped.

Share a blurb from DRIVING ME NUTS!

Driving Me Nuts! Three mental patients, two loaded guns, one stolen car…and a whole lot of trouble.

Every Friday night Ruckus and Fred sneak out of Shady Grove Home for the Mentally Insane for a ride in their orderly’s convertible. A trip to the used book store and Dairy Queen is Ruckus’s one little routine among the chaos of pissing all over the lunch trays.

There is nothing routine about Apple, another Shady Grove resident who wants to go joyriding with the boys. It quickly becomes obvious she has bigger plans than getting an ice cream cone— plans that could land them in jail or even worse.

When their lives are threatened by three angry ex-cons and a crooked cop, it’s up to Ruckus to get his friends back to Shady Grove in one piece. First, they all need to face reality and confront their tragic pasts. Soon Ruckus realizes that if Apple doesn’t drive him totally nuts, she just may help restore his sanity.

Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.

Funny, tragic, heartfelt, redeeming, quirky, romantic, southern

Share the first sentence from your book.

It was a nice day to go for a drive in the Texas hill country, especially if the car you were driving belonged to Mr. Otis. 

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

Emotional scenes are always hardest for me. I’m drained after writing one. There are several moving scenes in this book where the characters have to come to terms with their tragic pasts.

The easiest?

The funny scenes, especially with Fred. He’s my favorite character in the book and he was a joy to write. Think of a thirty-seven-year-old man with the attitude of a five-year-old child.

Where do you come up with your story ideas?

Driving Me Nuts!, like most of my story ideas, came to me in a dream.

How interesting. I’ve heard other authors say that but I never get ideas in a dream because I can’t remember any of them.  LOL Please share an excerpt from DRIVE ME NUTS!

“Where to now?” Apple asked.

Fred clapped his hands together and jumped up and down. “I want donuts!”

“The donut shop isn’t open yet.” Apple smiled at Fred and patted his forearm. Not the way Maureen stroked him. This touch looked different. Almost as if she cared for him.

Ruckus felt a brief stab of jealousy. He didn’t understand why. She was just another nut case. Just a scuffed shoe.

Seemingly just as unfazed by her touch as he was with Maureen’s, Fred leaned forward, a hopeful expression in his wide eyes. “We can go wait in the donut parking lot.”

Angling her torso, she pointed toward the faintly illuminated tower clock. “If that clock is correct, we still have another six hours before they open.”

Eleven o’clock. One and one half hours after ‘lights out’. Eight hours away from ‘rise and shine’. The latest Ruckus and Fred had stayed awake in a very long time.

Ruckus sank back into his seat, heaving a grateful sigh. He was tired anyway. He got to piss in a mailbox, something he hadn’t done since before he checked into Shady Grove.

“I guess it’s time to head back and get some shuteye.” Ruckus tried his best to sound disappointed. He could always put in a request for donuts with Shady Grove food service.

Fred was not about to let Apple off so easily. “You said we’d get donuts in a few hours!” He made a loud grunting sound and stomped his foot.

“Six is a few,” she said.

Suddenly, Ruckus was worried. Would she really keep them out another six hours? Two hours before ‘rise and shine’? There was no rising or shining with only two hours of sleep.

Ruckus shook his head, keeping his voice firm, unbending, just the way Miguel, the staff nurse, treated him when he refused to comb his hair. “I think we need to get back.”

Turning her gaze to the road, Apple started the ignition and put the car in drive. “I need to run an errand.”

Ruckus shivered as he felt a slight tickle at the nape of his neck. This was not good. Ruckus only got ‘the tickle’ when something bad was going to happen. Like the time they ran out of tater tot casserole just as it was his turn in the lunch line. He knew they were going to run out. He’d had ‘the tickle’. Or the time Caroline had convinced him to downgrade their insurance plan. He’d had ‘the tickle’ that day, but she’d wanted so badly to save money for a cruise.

Swallowing hard, Ruckus leveled Apple with a hard stare, just as he felt every nerve ending in his body go numb. “What kind of errand?”

Keeping her gaze on the road, she shrugged. “I need to stop off at my dad’s house.”

“Yippee!” Fred yelped behind them. “I get to meet your dad! This is so exciting.

Does he like fishing? Will there be presents?”

Ruckus couldn’t tear his gaze from Apple’s face—the slight twitch in her jaw when Fred asked for presents. Somehow, he thought this visit entailed more than just presents.

“Do you think he’s gonna like you leavin’ Shady Grove?” he asked in a not-so-subtle accusatory tone, despite the heavy knot which had settled in his chest, making breathing, much less speaking, difficult.

She clenched the wheel until her knuckles whitened and punched the accelerator. Their necks jerked back as they raced out of town, in the opposite direction of Shady Grove.

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what he likes,” she growled between clenched teeth.

“So why we goin’ there?” The knot in his chest had dropped to his gut, settling there like a plateful of liver and onions with creamed spinach on the side. The only foods that soured his stomach worse than putrid liver were leafy vegetables.

“I’ve got some business to take care of.” Her tone sounded like an echo of the Apple he’d known just moments ago.

She drove not in the left or in the right lanes, but right down the middle, as if she was being pulled by the center line, called to it like dry soil thirsts for rain. Her mind was definitely preoccupied on something. And that something was not good.

What type of scenes are your favorite to write?

Funny scenes are always my favorite. Laughter energizes me and motivates me to write more.

What one piece of advice would you share with a newbie author just getting started on the road to publication?

Don’t go at it alone. Don’t fall in love with your first draft. Find a critique group. Join writers’ groups. Learn the craft. And when you think you’ve learned everything about writing, there’s always more.

Terrific advice PJ.  Care to give us a little hint on what you’re working on now? 🙂

I am working on a book for my other penname and I’m working on two short parodies for PJ Jones. If you love Jane Austen, you will either love or hate my upcoming parody. 🙂

Oooh, that sounds interesting.  You’re very talented to be able to write comedy/parody. And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Amazon Link to Driving Me Nuts!

It’s also on other ebook sites and in print.

And here’s my Amazon author’s page:

Thank you for joining me today PJ…I had a great time and am so glad you visited!

Thanks so much for hosting me. 🙂

Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address to be entered in a signed copy of DRIVE ME NUTS!


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48 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Nikki Barrett

    July 25, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Oh my goodness, Driving Me Nuts sounds AMAZING and funny! Thanks for featuring a great new book, Christine. You’re on the list to blame for my ever growing TBR pile 🙂 LOL

    PJ, congratulations on the release of Driving Me Nuts!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

      LMBO…I don’t even feel bad Nikki because you’re on my list for the same thing!

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you found a new book to add to your pile!

  2. Cera duBois

    July 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

    This sound fantastic! Just what I need another book on my TBR pile…. Best of luck!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Glad you came by Cera…hope you enjoy the book…sounds like a fun read for sure 🙂

  3. Tereasa Bellew

    July 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I love the excerpt and can definitely tell Driving Me Nuts is going to be fun! And that’s the best of book. Thanks PJ and Christine! Happy Sales!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thanks for coming by Tere…..I agree, DRIVING ME NUT! sounds like a good one 🙂

  4. Tereasa Bellew

    July 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Without my glasses…meant to say – that’s the best kind of book.
    : )

  5. pjjoneswrites

    July 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for hosting me today, Christine. I forgot to mention that Nuts! is also available on Nook. Good luck everyone!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks for being her PJ….I loved interviewing you!

  6. Ally Broadfield

    July 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Driving Me Nuts sounds fabulous. How fun to add a different sort of book to my TBR list. Best of luck with it.

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Hope you enjoy the book Ally…nothing better than a good book that can make you laugh 🙂

  7. Neecy Kelly

    July 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Nice to meet you, P.J.
    You mean men are not supposed to act like a five year old child after they turn thirty-seven? LOL
    Your book sounds like a truly great read!

  8. Calisa Rhose

    July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

    It’s so nice to meet you PJ! Oh Pick me! This cracked me up- the interview, not this excerpt…well, ok, the excerpt too. Your writing is fun, light and I want to read this book!

    Thanks Christine. 😡 I want you to know when hubby divorces me for spending all our money on books you get the bill. 😆

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

      LOL….I take no blame for where your fingers click on the keyboard!

  9. kristinaknightauthor

    July 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    this sounds like such a fun read!! Good luck, PJ!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Totally agreed Kristi…thanks for stopping in 🙂

  10. Natasha Deen

    July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This book sounds like a perfect weekend read! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  11. Sharon Cullen

    July 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Your excerpt is AMAZING! This books looks AMAZING! LOL.

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

      And her cover really catches your eye doesn’t it! I think overall this is going to be a good read 🙂 Glad you stopping in Sharon.

  12. Maddy

    July 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I love parody – always hits my funny bone – but I was just wondering, when you say “a thirty-seven-year-old man with the attitude of a five-year-old child,” – what percentage of the a male population is that do you think?

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 11:04 am


      Just teasing….thanks for coming by Maddy 🙂

  13. Sheri Fredricks

    July 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

    This sounds like a fabulous beach read. Thanks!
    sherifredricks at

  14. janetmichelson

    July 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This looks like a great read on a hot summer day or a cold winter night. I love the concept of inmates escaping their home and having adventures.

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Me too Janet….sounds like it’ll be a lot of laughs 🙂 Appreciate you coming by 🙂

  15. chitsuen

    July 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Ha, I really loved the blurb and excerpt for this book. Yet another I’ll be adding to me TBR list. Nice interview, ladies. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for coming by Melissa….glad I could help you find more reading material 🙂 lol

  16. aliciadean1835

    July 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Love the interview, and the blurb and excerpt. I love that you’ve combined comedy with emotion and tragedy. Looking forward to checking it out. Best of luck.

  17. pjjoneswrites

    July 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Oh, wow! What an overwhelming response. I might have to give away two books today. Maybe a copy of my romance parody as well. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      That’d be wonderful….who doesn’t like a giveaway! I’m so glad we are having a lot of visitors today PJ…it’s great to help the word spread 🙂

  18. norasnowdon

    July 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    this looks like a really fun book. i love humorous books, too. if you can make me laugh and cry, you’ve got me hooked for life.

  19. Jerri Drennen

    July 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    The books sounds so fun!

  20. Brenda

    July 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    LOL, this book sounds awesome!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I knew you’d see it like I do Brenda…we are sometimes so alike it’s scary! lol

  21. pjjoneswrites

    July 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you all! Nora, I did laugh and cry while writing it. Driving Me Nuts! is a fun book, but there are some intense emotional scenes as well. My characters ended up in a mental facility for a reason.

  22. myrahmcilvainMy

    July 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    You’ve hooked me. Can’t wait to begin the read.

    • ChristineWarner

      July 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Hey Myra, wonderful to see you…thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

  23. ChristineWarner

    July 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    PJ, I’ve had a blast with you on What to Read Wednesday…thank you so much for visiting! As soon as a winner is chosen, I’ll post it here in the comments and PJ will be in touch to exchange info!

    Thanks everyone for coming by!

  24. pjjoneswrites

    July 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome! I sent you a FB message Christine. Thanks again for hosting my book!

  25. D'Ann Lindun

    July 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Sounds fab! I’ll have to read this one!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thanks D’Ann…it does sound like it’ll be a good read 🙂

  26. ChristineWarner

    July 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

    OKAY…drum roll please!

    We have the 2 winners and I will be sending you each an email …NEECY KELLY & SHERI FREDRICKS……….

    Congrats ladies!!!!

  27. Calisa Rhose

    July 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    WOOT Congrats to the winners!!!!!


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