One Small Victory

What do you do when grief slams into you and threatens to bring you to your knees?
Jenny Jasik answers that question in an unusual and terrifying way.

This is the first book of mine that Five Star Cengage Gale published in hardback, and I will forever be grateful to them for giving my career a huge boost. After the rights reverted back to me, I released it as an e-book and paperback. More recently, I updated the story again and submitted it to an independent publisher, Creativia, that grew to become  Next Chapter Publishing.  They’ve made the book available worldwide for all of the wonderful ways books are now read, and you can find links to major outlets HERE. It’s an e-book, as well as paperback and hardback, and there’s a Largeprint edition.

Available, too, at BookBeatUK, a subscription service with outlets across Europe.

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The story was inspired by the courage of one incredibly strong woman.

One day while reading the newspaper, I happened across a small, four-inch item about a woman who infiltrated a drug ring and helped bring down a major distributor in a small town in Michigan.

She was a single mother with several children, had no background in law enforcement, and had just lost her oldest son in a car accident. The news story didn’t give many details about the woman, or how she managed to get on the drug task force. It only said that she did so at great personal risk.

I started thinking about the kind of courage it takes to bully one’s way onto a task force, then actually go out and meet with drug dealers and earn their trust.

Not much about parenting can prepare someone for that.

Then there was the fact that she did all that while enduring the most significant loss a woman can experience. Pretty ballsy, I thought, and I just knew I had to write about this incredible woman.

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BLURB:  Life can change in just an instant. That’s the harsh reality that Jenny Jasik faces when her son is killed in an automobile accident, but never in her wildest dreams did she ever expect to be working undercover as a member of a drug task force. She is, after all, just a mom.

But don’t discount what a mom can do when the safety of her children is at stake.

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REVIEWS:   One Small Victory is well written, emotionally intense, and hopefully will find a wide audience.  While the subject matter for the book might seem a real downer for some, the way you handled it moved it to a different level from a lot of the books that come our way..” Jayne for Dear Author Book Reviews

One Small Victory is great Romantic Suspense and a read you won’t want to miss.” Victoria Kennedy, Midwest Book Reviews

“There were many aspects that I loved about this book, but I think my favorite part was how the author depicted the emotions of all the people involved. I have been very fortunate not to have lost a close family member (yet) but I can only imagine what it must feel like, especially if it is your child. Maryann does an excellent job of portraying the range of emotions this family has to go through.” From The Revolving Bookstore

“The plot is complimented by the constant pace and smooth flow of narration. But Jenny is a character that actually holds everything together. Her strength, her will, her attitude and even her self-doubting moments make her a character who is easy to warm up to.” A reader from India

“I love your book. You are such a good writer.” Kate Hearne, singer/songwriter, musician. Visit her on MY SPACE

“I finished reading your new book today. It was wonderful! Congratulations! I loved the suspense, the hint of romance &, especially, the real-life family relationships. I mentioned it to a group of women and they said they had heard about it. I was proud to be able to say that I know the author!” Irene Roche, Plano, TX

I finished One Small Victory last week and loved it. I had to read a bit at a time because of my work schedule, but I found it hard to put down each time. I think that you are one of the best that I have read.” Your friend and fan, Norma (Norma Wilkinson is the owner of Oaklea Mansion a wonderful B&B in East Texas and a very discriminating reader.)

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