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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Did you know in Florida, SINGLE GIRLS CAN'T JUMP? #Giveaway

Character Interview: Shelley Clark
Star of
Single Girls Can't Jump

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For my debut post, I've interviewed Shelley Clark, star of the short story, Single Girls Can't Jump, set a thousand years in the future.  It's a wild, romantic adventure and hey, there are bounty hunters!

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Activist Shelley Clark parachutes out of a plane to protest a silly Florida law prohibiting single women from skydiving on Sundays, and makes a hard landing a thousand years into the future. In jail!  Can she trust the sexy rebel, Kael Gibson, who busts her out?  And how about Kael's mom, who's decided Shelley would make the perfect daughter-in-law.  Kael agrees, and now wants to trap Shelley in another form of imprisonment--marriage!

Jacquie: How long have you been skydiving, and what got you started?

Shelley: I've been jumping since I was sixteen, every weekend, and then I got a job with a skydiving company where I trained people for their first jump, so even though I'm not that old, I have a lot of experience under my belt.

What got me started?  Well, I was sixteen and my boyfriend wanted to give skydiving a try, so I went with him.  He chickened out but I jumped--and was it ever exhilarating!  We broke up that same day, and I went back to the airstrip and begged for another go.

Jacquie: About your boyfriends--seems like you've been unlucky in love.

Shelley:  Most of them want my undivided attention but I have other things to do, and to be honest, I wouldn't want a man who didn't have convictions himself.  If he has no passion for anything else, how can he have passion for me?  At any rate, I wasn't at all surprised when my boyfriend (at the time of the accident), slurped up as much attention as he could.  We wouldn't have been dating much longer anyway.

Jacquie:  What was it like waking up a thousand years in the future?

Shelley:  Whoa, talk about trippy.  It took me a while to figure out what the deal is.  Things were the same but very different, too.

Jacquie:  Do you prefer the future? or contemporary?

Shelley:  The world doesn't make any more sense in the future than it did in my own time, so the answer to that is wherever Kael is, the scenery is better. [big grin]

Jacquie:  Are you planning to star in any more stories?

Shelley:  I have no plans at this time, but if Hollywood calls...

Shelley's off getting into more trouble so let's take a look at what others are saying about Single Girls Can't Jump.


FIVE STARS! Every state has old laws that have been almost forgotten because they are outdated. Yet, legally, they are still laws. (For example, in Florida it is illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.) This story is based on one of Florida’s inane laws and at times I could not resist shaking my head in wonder. This tale was originally published in an anthology (No Law Against Love); however, this version has been edited for even more fun. 

Jacquie Rogers is an author with eclectic taste and showcases this variety in her writings. Packed with romance, excitement, and sass, this adventure has something for everyone. 
~~ Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

Have you heard ridiculous laws that leave you wondering not only why they were ever passed, but also why they are still on the books? Obviously Jacquie Rogers has in her tongue-in-cheek comedy SINGLE GIRLS CAN'T JUMP. This delightful short story will leave you laughing. Shelly is determined to protest a law preventing single women from parachuting on Sundays. Unfortunately, her plan sends her a thousand years into the future. Well, not so unfortunately, because she meets a truly heroic hunk who shares her ideals. His mother is a corker and totally fun. This short story is a fast-paced fun read that is sure to please. I'm so glad I read it. I will undoubtedly reread it when I need a smile. 
~~ Caroline Clemmons, author of the Men of Stone Mountain series

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  1. Jacquie, just seeing the cover or the title makes me smile. I love that story. Not surprising, because I love ALL of your stories.

  2. Fun interview and cover

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  3. I love reading character interviews, they're always so funny!

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    -Susan E

  4. Sounds like fun, can't wait to read it!

  5. Oh, Jacquie, this sounds like the most fun book. Love the interview and meeting Shelley. This will soon be on my TBR list. Thanks for posting today!

  6. Thanks to Carline, bn100, Susan, yakketywax, and Carra for stopping by!

  7. That sounds like a fun story. It would be interesting to see what things change and what things remain the same. As a kid, I was told man would fly to the moon, but I never imagined it would happen before I was old, or that I would watch it on TV. Neither did I imagine the Encyclopedia Brittanica my grandmother gave me would become obsolete because I could look it up on the Internet faster. Carolyn Rae Author - facebook.

    1. I know, Carolyn. When I was in college, we had to use the card catalog to research our papers. I doubt the kids now even know what that is.

    2. I showed my daughters a picture of a card catalog they are 13 years and 16 years old they had no idea what it was

  8. Jacquie,

    I love your character interview. Very enlightening and fun!
    I am not single, so I'm not certain why I can't jump? I must've not gotten in line when they were giving out springs for legs!!!

    I look forward to reading the entire story.


    1. Same here, but I think it has more to do with the hard bounce at the end. :)

  9. Fun interview! Shelley sounds like the kind of take-charge heroine I love to read about. :)

  10. Jacquie, such a great interview. Enjoyed it very much!

    Geri Foster

  11. Such a cute story. Nothing I've ever heard of so it has to be interesting. I would love to read it. Looks fun and exciting and adventurous!. ;)

  12. Single girls cannot jump is a riot.... The winner of this short story is a lucky trader

  13. Character interviews are fun, and this one was no exception. Enjoyed it very much!

  14. I was gone for a week so I drew two names--Susan and Jess. Congratulations! I'll email you. Enjoy Single Girls Can't Jump! It's a fast, fun read. :)

  15. Sadly, that Florida law is just an urban myth, repeated all over the internet but with no presence in any Florida Statute.


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