Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Adventures Of Black Jack Pepper

I have a friend (yes, I have friends) who has decided to take the plunge in self publishing this year with her very first MG book.

Before I get into that, let me give you a little background on my friend and how I came to be writing about my friend today.

I'd first met my friend way back in the spring of my discontent, in 2009, while I was performing one of my many, many sojourns of blog surfing. Back in the day, one way that I used to blog surf was to peruse the comment section of a blog that I was reading, find an interesting profile and click on it.

Naturally, when I came across my friend's profile, it was so outlandishly bizarre that I had to click on her profile. I soon fond her blog and after perusing the front page, which included a unique quote that remained unchanged for a few years, I said to myself, "Yup, gonna follow this 'un."

Eventually she reciprocated, and soon thereafter, a friendship blossomed in the cyberworld. We got to be good buddies and because our sense of humor was very similar (warped to the nth degree), we egged each other on to new heights of silliness.

Soon the cyber friendship moved into the realm of the real world friendship and even though we lived on opposite coasts (mine normal, her's lunatic fringe), we managed to make it work.

And when it came time for me to get serious about my writing, she became the go-to person that answered all my weird questions and because of her journalism background, became a great beta reader for my novel.

I guess the success that I had with my book proved to be the nudge that was needed for her to get back into the swing of things with her writing. I returned the favor of being a beta reader the best I could and offered advice when needed.

So here we are in 2013, where there are a myriad of options to pursue while on your journey to becoming a published somebody. My good friend chose to pursue the option of self publishing, specifically through Amazon.

Which brings us to the topic of today's post.

Antonia Elizabeth Jones "aka Black Jack Pepper" is a precocious 6 year old who has a series of (mis)adventures that can bring an absolute smile to your face, a chuckle to your surroundings and a much improved outlook to your day.

I've had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book and I can truthfully say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself in reading it, and I can also say that my 12 year old daughter Jenelle also enjoy a few of the stories in the book as well.

Exclusively as an e-book, this is a truly a book for all ages. So please check out "The Adventures of Black Jack Pepper", written by my very good friend Riot Kitty's alter ego, M.L. Madison. You won't be disappointed.


  1. Aww! Thanks G! I can't believe it has been four years - and your determination and encouragement really made me jump in and do it. Thank you :)

  2. This was such a fun read. I loved reading it, and I'm not just saying that because RK's a good blogging pal. I hope it does well for her!

  3. Great review!! And RK is a good friend to many of us. :)

  4. M: Yup, four long and very twisted years we have been friends. And, I might add, have been very fruitful as well.

    Aww shucks!

    shuffles his feet and blushes

    ABFtS: I'm normally not an avid reader of that genre, but I found it to be very funny indeed. A cool blend of young and adult humor.

    Joe: Thanks, and she most definitely is. :D

  5. Now I should just hire you guys as my entourage... Thanks!

  6. Yes, Riot Kitty is a real . . . well . . . RIOT! I hope she has lots of success with her first book!

  7. Talk about a RIOT! Delightful tales and illustrations.

  8. Riot Kitty is a most loyal friend. I am so proud of her for getting back into writing like this.

  9. M: We are relatively cheap, as a 30 pack of beer would do the trick. :D

    Debra: Anyone who has an avatar like here is definitely a RIOT. :D

    G.A.: Absolutely! I thought the artwork is very cool.

    Lynn: She is at that, and I'm glad she got back into the swing of writing as well.

  10. I got this. Now I just need some reading time. Maybe as soon as school is out.

  11. Charles: You won't be disappointed. "The Adventures of Black Jack Pepper" remains the only MG book that I wholeheartedly like and endorse.


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