A One-way Cruise to Africa

Janelle Meraz Hooper

Maku, a rebel leader somewhere in the middle of Nigeria, has just placed an order for a young woman, Anney Oaks, who lives in the United States. It was easy. He did it all with his i-Pad. He orders and pays for all his women he buys and sells that way...over the Internet...without ever having to leave his Hummer. 

Over on the other side of the world, Anney has left her small coastal town and has her first job in the big city. Shy, she's having trouble making friends. When she's not working, she fills her lonely hours with her new laptop. When she tells Jeremy, her friend at work, that her new website already has fifty-six views, he tells her, "Anney, you need to find some real  friends!" 

That night, a man visits her website...he's real,but he's not her friend. His friends are all over the world. One of them is outside her bedroom window. New Adult (18-30 years) & up. Suspense/romance. Kindle $2.99 USD.

Other books, short stories, & plays

My Turtle Trilogy: 

A Three-Turtle Summer, paperback & Kindle

As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries, paperback & Kindle

Custer & His Naked Ladies, paperback & Kindle

My romances:

Bears in the Hibiscus, paperback & Kindle

Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie, paperback & Kindle

A novella, The Slum Resort. novella, Kindle.

My short story collections:

Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories, paperback & Kindle

There's a Mouse in the House! Children's, paperback & Kindle

Harpy & Julianne's Tomato War, Kindle short.

Old Joe's Pink Cadillac, Kindle short.

Escape to Laredo, Kindle short.

My play (now on tour):

Geronimo, Life on the Reservation

(Starring Rudy Ramos) More info:


For : A Three-Turtle Summer
 The 2002 Bold Media Award for fiction, 1st place.

For: As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries
 1999 1st place fiction, Surrey (Canada)
 2004 Oklahoma Book Award finalist.

For: The Slum Resort
 2013 Great Northwest Book Festival, honorable mention

For: There’s a Mouse in the House!
 2013 1st. place (City Animals category) Animals! Animals! Animals! Book Festival

For: Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie, 2014 Animals, Animals, Animals! Book contest, Wild Card Division, honorable mention.

Author bio:


   I’m an indie-writer who writes in several genres: novels, romances, and plays although most of my work is in literary genre.
   It’s no accident that many of my pieces have a Western flavor. I grew up in Southwest Oklahoma close to the Fort Sill Indian Reservation, and my writing is colored with my experiences growing up so close to Native American cultures. A lot of my books and short stories reflect this environment. 

   Whether the book or story is Western or contemporary, it is character-driven. I don’t do terror, bombs, or vampires. Also, you’ll notice I’m not a formula writer; I write each story in the style that’s best for that particular story, so each one is different. It’s one of the perks of being an indie writer!    

   Most of my awards are listed at the bottom of this page.

   Most of my books are available in paperback and on Kindle (most easily found on Amazon and other Internet bookstores) and all are available on Kindle. 

   My A Three-Turtle Summer novel is suitable for adults only (it’s one of my best-sellers and deals with divorce), but the others are suitable for all ages.

   I love to read; what I love about writing is that I can explore my interests in marine biology, anthropology, and archaeology and call it research. Then, I can weave bits of the science and history into my stories and call it work! I call the whole process my Briar Patch, and I think Uncle Remus would approve.

   I’m honored that WorldReader, Books for All!, a literacy project sponsored by Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and others, has chosen some of my books to be a part of their project to provide books through electronic devices to children in poorer countries. It really tickles me to think about one of my books about Native Americans being read by a child in Africa! India! Or China!

   Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband. Thanks for stopping by! Janelle