You never know what you’ve been missing until you get what you didn’t have all along. Does my statement make sense? I hope so. Think about it; think about love for example. Some women go through like settling for what appears to be acceptable. Not love, but simple companionship. Until, love walks right into their paths and they are no longer clueless.
Petrina Dugal was married to a brute. He owned and controlled her every step of the way. Her connection to him had absolutely nothing to do with love or anything remotely close, for that matter. She was promised to him, before she ever understood what the commitment meant. Never even understood what love meant; instead choosing to go along with what was surely acceptable and honorable for her family. This was Pet’s life for about ten years.
And then one day… one day Pet crashed into irrational, dangerous love. But love nonetheless. Without a clear blueprint to recognize the taste, touch, smell, feel, and sound love, this twenty-seven year old woman allowed it to carry her away. While still married to Roger Dugal, Pet gave herself away to Michael Chen. Something inside of her soul became alert to the energy being extended from his. The pair fell passionately in love. No one told Pet that this was unacceptable but of course, by then it was too late. Her abusive husband no longer mattered. Whatever ties she once felt to family and country became quickly tossed aside.
The illegitimate pair’s relationship satisfied a thirst that was deeper than anything they’ve ever craved before. And when Pet learns that she is most likely pregnant by her lover, the logical step to make is to flee from her obligations. Their thirst for love and the promises held led them on a journey far away.
The year was nineteen seventy-five. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American home in Georgetown, Guyana; at the heart of her rebellion – an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. Pet and Mikey allowed love to blossom in front of her police officer husband and an intrusive community. Were they not aware of the dangers? Or did the pursuit of love trump obligations?
Pet and Mikey’s journey to their new life took them through a multitude of the Caribbean’s treasure trove of islands – Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Saint Lucia. More than a month later their voyage landed them at JFK airport, in New York USA. And they disappeared, as though their existence was a myth. During this time, barren couple, Pearl and Edward Bailey stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara.
Sakkara Riley grew up with two loving parents – adoptive parents to be exact. She never knew the circumstances surrounding her discovery, until the age of sixteen. The personal artifacts that were handed over had haunted her from that point on. After eight more years, including much research and probing, she was given the opportunity to begin her journey of self-discovery.
“Jumping Ship” provides the introduction to Sakkara’s attempts to commune with her true heritage.
Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.
Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Her latest release, Jumping Ship is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series – due out in 2014. It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family.
Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate - characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction - whether present day or in the past. Janice love to be taken off guard by clever language or settings.
Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.
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