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Friday, November 16, 2018

Island Life Sentence by Carrie Jo Howe - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Carrie Jo Howe and her new book, “Island Life Sentence”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Carrie Jo and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Island Life Sentence
by Carrie Jo Howe


GENRE: Adult Fiction, Humorous, Romantic Comedy



Peg Savage has contractually agreed to move to Key West, Florida. The smudged signatures on the damp cocktail napkin are irrefutable proof.

“An adventure…” her husband Clark says.

Peg can’t swim; she’s afraid of bridges (there are 42 of them); and she doesn’t want to leave her friends. However, after a bottle of Cabernet, a move from Chicago to the southernmost city in the United States seems like the best decision ever.

But now Clark has taken a long term job in Cuba and she’s on her own.

Neither her dog Nipper, nor the ghosts in the attic, offer up any good advice. But how hard can it be living in paradise?

Peg dives into island life but the more effort she makes, the wider her wake of catastrophes. She is tortured by a paddle board, a giant poisonous toad, the local Conservation group, and the patron saint of hurricanes. Not to mention the persistent sweat rash under her left breast.

A tropical depression descends on the island – one that can’t be cured with medication. Peg must gather her strength if she has any hope of surviving the storm.



The next day, when Clark greeted Peg in the kitchen, his face lit up with hungover happiness. Peg held up the still-damp paper towel contract – black ink sticking to her index finger and thumb.

“Yes, here’s the proof.” She dropped the drunken pact into the desk drawer on top of the crusty remains of past contracts that refused to lie flat. She could just make out the blotchy inked words company, job and dog on the corners of the stacked agreements.

“It’ll be fun, an adventure.” Clark kissed her lips, his breath a mixture of mouthwash and sour bar towel. “I’ll make the arrangements. We can get away at the end of the week.”

Peg wished that he would stop saying the word adventure.



My goal in writing this book was to produce a light, fun, entertaining read. The protagonist Peg moves from Chicago to Key West, Florida. She is extraordinarily inept at dealing with change, so she’s forced to accelerate her learning curve.  Peg’s adventures stem from real events. I am from Chicago and when my husband took a job transfer to Florida, we moved to Key West.  Yes, my dog was almost poisoned by a Bufo Toad (they’re giant--the size of bowling balls), yes I had a drunk bum nesting in my shrubbery, and yes I lived through a category five hurricane named Irma. My house is haunted by Key West ghosts called haints (there are more ghosts per capita than any other city). My haints seem friendly enough though, and not surprisingly, have a party-like spirit.

 In the spring/summer/fall months it’s hotter than Hades down here. However, in the winter, the daily sun and 75  degree temperatures makes it easy to gloat to friends in the frozen north.  Key West loves their festivals. The biggest draw is Fantasy Fest at  the end of October every year. Lots of body paint and glitter make up the majority of the costumes. Some people decide not to wear costumes, in like, zero clothing. Most of those folks are long in the tooth and saggy in the everywhere-else. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I can’t unsee those images.  It’s a seven day celebration that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The tropical breeze blows a sparkly wind that week. Oh and, like Peg, I’m married, but unlike Peg’s husband Clark - my husband is not an a**hole.

This book is also about friendship. I treasure my women friends and, even though my geographic location is challenging, we are closer than ever.  I’m writing the second book in this series now. Peg and her friend Trudy are stirring up more trouble in Key West.

Here’s a mini photo journey to entice you to read Island Life Sentence and also to visit Key West!

Jimmy Buffett land - like it or not.

White Street Pier - just a regular Wednesday.

Well read dog.

Welcome to Paradise!



After raising three boys in the suburbs of Chicago, Carrie Jo Howe now lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and her dog. Her latest novel, Island Life Sentence, is a fictional account of an American Midwestern woman who feels like an alien in the “one human family” of Key West. Carrie Jo’s first book, Motherhood is NOT for Babies, received a rave review (thanks Mom), and works wonderfully as a form of contraception. Her blog Florida Keys Crime Report, tells of all the goings on in the Keys, where bank robbers get away on bicycles, and perps caught with undersized, pinched, out-of-season lobsters get more jail time than drug runners. She is currently working on the sequels to Island Life Sentence.



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  1. How long did it take you to write your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  2. Which author had the biggest influence on your career as a writer? Best wishes on your books release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com