Island Life Sentence by Carrie Jo Howe

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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.




She put the flashlight in her armpit and squeezed the dog tightly. More sounds of destruction echoed down the hallway from the living room, reactivating her shivers. The booze and chips from yesterday gurgled in her stomach. Nipper cowered, squinting his eyes, ears flat to his head.

Do not throw up. Get a grip.

Snuggling him close, she yelled over the din, “Oh, my friend, you’ll be okay.” The dog’s loving brown eyes made her heart constrict. She tightened the straps of his life jacket.

“I’ll see you in the afterlife.” She kissed his forehead.


Carrie Jo Howe

What are your plans for the future?

Thank you for hosting me on your blog today.  I’m thrilled to be able to answer that question.  My future plans are to:

  • Put off walking the dog by giving him treats
  • Return to the couch and pray the dog will stop staring at me
  • Avoid direct eye contact with dog
  • Throw a dog toy in the hopes the dog will be tricked into thinking that was his walk
  • Call him over and encourage him to sit on my lounging lap
  • Scratch his ears
  • Ignore the paw he placed on my shoulder
  • Try not to think about how old he is and how much he still likes to walk
  • Try not to think about how old I am and how much I still don’t like to walk
  • Yell at myself for being fat and lazy
  • Yell at myself for breaking my vow of positivity
  • Re-pledge my vow of positivity
  • Ignore the dog’s heavy sigh
  • Ignore imperceptible whine
  • Ignore dog owner guilt
  • Sing him a lullaby
  • Discuss the value of rest and relaxation with him
  • Make eye contact to get the message across
  • Realize that making eye contact was a horrible mistake
  • Drown in love when his dreamy brown eyes suck out my soul
  • Roll my fat ass off of the couch and put on my sneakers
  • Leash up the happiest dog in the world
  • Vow to continue writing the second book of the Island Life Sentence series after walking the dog
  • Vow not to break any more vows.


dog stare



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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