Thursday, August 22, 2013

Presenting: Jean DeSanto

Church basement. Circle of chairs, people with coffee and cigarettes. There is a middle-aged woman with dark salt and pepper hair at a podium. Her glasses are down the bridge of her nose, and her brown eyes crinkle at the corners as she looks up at her audience. She twists her lips into a wry smile and speaks:
“Hello. My Name is Jean Michelle, and I am a writer.”
“Hello, Jean,” they all chorus back at her.
Audience smiles encouragingly. They are all writers here. There is no shame in admitting it.
Jean looks at the papers in her hand, resting on the podium, and begins to read her poetry. It is the first of the 9 steps of making amends. Every writer in the program must follow it…
Sometimes, the addiction of writing is uncomfortable is it not?
J. Trav has given me this opportunity to be a guest on his blog. So here I am. Did I say opportunity? What I meant was, -- he harassed me. Ah, I said that out loud. Oops. (she smiles.)
Okay, enough with being clever. Please see following this nonsense, two poems I share with you, followed by a slight author bio.
Once you came to visit, my thoughts
wandered down the hall to
where you were.
My soup burned on the stove,
and so did I, blue hot at the core—
I kept my distance from you
because the heat you gave off
scorched deep,
black marks in my heart—
I can’t imagine the inferno
If we ever really touched.


In 1st grade,
It’s the good boys who
throw things at you from across the room.
In 3rd grade,
The good boys punch your arm
and steal your science book from your desk.
In 5th grade,
The good boys have those feelings they can’t
explain and can’t contain.

Then in high school,
The bad boys are the ones
who whisper obscenities you don’t understand, but
make you faint and thrill with threatening promises.
The bad boys open their car doors for you,
invite you in
and never let on
all the handles have been removed
and there is no escape from your fate.
So here is who I am today: I write and breathe in Southern Indiana for the moment. I fell in with a group of writers. We have recently discovered we are a ‘pod’.
I write poetry and short stories, and I attempted a novel during last November’s NaNoWriMo, but it turned out I was writing three different things disguised as one. I haven’t sorted them out yet.

My latest publication was a short story in Quixotic: Not EverydayLove Stories, available from Amazon.
One may access my blogs at:
Currently, I am working on a book of my poetry. 
I Twitter @jean_desanto.
You may contact me at if so inclined.
Thank you for letting me share your space, J. Trav!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Party Time!

Everything is set for the Mr. Bad Example book release party. There will be food, drinks, and door prizes. I'm really proud of this book and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my readers.

The Mr. Bad Example Release Party
Sept. 7th,  3:00 pm in CDT
@ The Open Gallery
329 Main Street
Vincennes, IN. 47591

My special guest for this release party will be Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories Author/ Poet 
Jean DeSanto Campbell

You can find more information about the event on the Facebook event page.

 WARNING: I should stress that there will be a reading and that this event is not for all ages.

Readers are calling Mr. Bad Example "Relatable" and Sexy!"

One Amazon review had this to say about Mr. Bad Example:

"As an avid reader and fan of his work, Mr. Bad Example does not disappoint. I read this book in one day and plan to read it again several more times. Harlow Kingston is a very unforgettable character and his shenanigans are well worth the read..." 

Sunday, August 11, 2013


 Mr. Bad Example is here! 

People who have already read or previewed this book are calling it "Relatable" and "Sexy!"

The wait is finally over. Mr. Bad Example is finally available on Amazon.  You can get your copy here.

Don't forget to leave a review online and spread the word. Most books find their audience through word of mouth. If you like the book make sure to tell everyone who will listen!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quixotic Release & Mr. Bad Example Update

Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories 

UPDATE: Sadly, Mr. Bad Example was pushed back due to the need for additional edits. Insomnious Press. also decided not to release Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories and Mr. Bad Example simultaneously, in an effort to give both books the attention they deserve. This book is worth the wait and it will be available very soon!

Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories is available now. It features my story, Mercy. This is a great collection and I encourage everyone to pick it up. This is the perfect foreplay to Mr. Bad Example! 

You can get your copy of Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories here.

If that doesn't get you wet enough, you need to make sure you have a copy of Happy Hour Blues. These stories and drink recipes are worth it. The cool kids already have their copy. 

If you don't have a copy of Happy Hour Blues, you can get it here.

It's time to get excited about reading. Mr. Bad Example will be here before you know it. I'll keep everyone posted on the release. I plan to make sure nobody will be able to avoid hearing about this book!

J. Travis Grundon