Call of the Jaguar by mystery and suspense author Pamela Beason. Don’t let the cheesy cover discourage you from taking this novella for a spin. The humor and adventure inside is first-rate stuff, and if you pop over to Pamela’s website, you’ll see that her other covers are simply lovely.
On Rachel’s 40th birthday, her husband stands her up–for the coworker he’s having an affair with. Ugh. Painful. But Pamela makes me laugh because Rachel doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for herself. Oh no. She gives her husband and the homebreaking ho a surprise they’ll never forget (and ends up on the front page of The Seattle Times as a result) then buys a one-way ticket to Guatemala to recapture a dream and a lost love she let slip through her fingers twenty years before. Unfortunately for the pilot she hires to fly her to an archeological dig, she unwittingly drags him into her midlife crisis, and it’s very possible nither of them will survive it.
Please enjoy these lines from Pamela’s wacky, heartwarming adventure, and pick up a copy for your ereader for $2.99 (Kindle):
The next morning, Rachel boarded flight 927 to Antigua, Guatemala. She plopped into her seat and unfolded the Seattle Times. Her jaw dropped. On the front page, just above the fold, was a headline that read Midlife Crisis? Beneath that was a color photo of her, knife in hand, standing between Brad and Claudia. All three of them looked stunned.
The business man next to her buckled his seatbelt, looked at the photo, then at her, then at the photo, then back–
“What?” she barked.–Kindle Location 1228
What the hell had happened to her in the last couple of days? Was it the champagne that had unhinged her? Surely one bottle couldn’t kill that many brain cells. Turning forty? Brad? No, she decided, it was seeing the photo of Patrick.–Kindle Location 1441
She knew how to deal with this bargaining tactic. She turned to leave. “I’ll find someone else.”
Sure enough, he grabbed her arm. “Wait! Wait–let’s talk this out. Does this archaeological site have an airstrip, or will I have to fly low and toss you out the door?”
She smiled.–Kindle Location 1574.
She pointed to the headphones that dangled beneath the instrument panel. “Aren’t you going to clear for takeoff?”
Alex laughed. “Lady, this is Guatemala. We’re on our own!”–Kindle Location 1702.