Jungle Rock – A romantic comedy novella
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
Life was quieter in camp as contestants were eliminated and, with the competition ending, only four celebrities were left. Zach, Lenny, Rod and Cleo sat around the fire eating breakfast and contemplated their last evening together; they all knew that the winner would soon be announced.
“There’s bound to be another trial and it’s gonna be the hardest,” Lenny said. Despite getting through to the final, he wasn’t looking forward to being put to the test yet again, having failed miserably at everything he’d attempted.
“I think we’ll get a slap-up meal and booze if we complete it.” Cleo arched her back, and smoothed a tiny vest top over her enormous chest.
“Well, I’m up for the challenge; the jungle has made a new man of me.” Rod sucked in his stomach and flexed the muscles in his arms. “What do you think, Zach?”
“Like a racing snake.” Zach smiled.
Zach had become very fond of his camp mates over the last few days. They all had idiosyncrasies but were fundamentally decent people. Even Lenny, who’d driven everyone mad with his moaning. Lenny had pretended to be a celebrity chef years ago but in the jungle, they’d discovered that he couldn’t so much as boil an egg. Cleo needed constant reassurance and at times isolated herself but she was very sweet. Rod, on the other hand, was an open book. When the camp had been tired and hungry, he entertained with tales of life on the rock star road and soon had everyone laughing as they rounded off each day with a camp-fire sing-song medley of his famous hits.
Amazed that he’d reached the final, Zach wondered how his own image looked to the outside world. In the day-to-day boredom, it wasn’t difficult to be yourself in the jungle and he’d forgotten that the cameras were there.
A bell rang and Rod leapt up. “I think we’ve been summoned!” He ran to a box nailed to a tree and thrust his hand into the opening. Pulling out a letter, he began to read.
Celebrities, good news! There are no more trials! Prepare yourselves for a jungle feast in celebration of reaching the final, when the winner will be announced!
“Not more testicles,” Cleo said.
“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry.” Lenny rubbed his belly.
“Do you think there’ll be any booze?” Rod tossed the letter in the fire.
“So, we’re about to know who the winner is,” Zach said. He was thoughtful as he looked around at the other contestants. Running his fingers through his hair he decided that it might be an idea to wash it – he wanted to look his best.
“Let’s have a swim and smarten ourselves up.” Cleo stood and sauntered past. Three pairs of eyes followed the contours of her rolling behind.
The men grabbed their towels.
“Last in washes my socks!” shouted Lenny as he raced ahead, and in moments the jungle contestants were enjoying their final dip in the lagoon.
“If you’re looking for a highly entertaining story, look no further.”
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If you are looking for a funny, quick read with quirky characters, then look no further than Jungle Rock by Caroline James.
Sexy chef, Zach, has somehow found himself on a reality TV show, Jungle Survival. He agrees…what does he have to lose? He lost the only thing that mattered to him, his fiancée, Poppy, after he was featured in a magazine in a very compromising position with another woman. He tried pleading with Poppy, telling her he doesn’t remember anything except getting really drunk that night. As he finds himself faced with all sorts of things in the jungle, especially model Cleo, will he ever find his way back to his true love, Poppy?
This was a very funny, romantic comedy told from several characters POVs. The way in which James did it was unique. Not each chapter was about one specific character. It was written into the storyline as it unfolds which made the book and characters mesh perfectly.
As I wrote earlier, this is a quick, funny read with charming, loveable characters. It was a great way to spend the afternoon getting to know Zach, Poppy, Bob, Jo, and Hattie!
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Author Bio –
Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…
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Q&A’s – Caroline James (re Jungle Rock Birthday Blitz)
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I love the TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and I thought it would be fun to write a story that featured a game show loosely based on a format that has contestants living together in difficult circumstances. I wanted to write about a younger character and Zach, a celebrity chef in my books, seemed the perfect candidate.
What was your favourite thing about each character?
It was fun to dream up some new characters without having to expand too deeply on their background or reason for being in the story. They are in the game show for a limited period. It was great to bring back Hattie and Jo from my previous books too. My readers seem to love these two women, who get up to all sorts of mischief and I enjoyed wrapping them into the plot. I love writing about chefs and anything to do with cookery, so placed a chef at a food festival in Orlando into the tale. I’ve experienced a press trip to this event (in my working life) and met some amazing chefs at Disneyland. Using this as research helped with the writing.
Do you have a playlist to listen when writing?
Sorry, no. I need complete quiet when I am writing and am horribly boring about noise because I get distracted easily. But before and after a writing session I will always have music on and am currently listening to the new album by Bobby Bazini, I love his soulful voice.
Any favourite foods/drinks you like when writing?
Biscuits. Anything I can ‘dunk’. Ideally a chocolate hobnob which, as comedian Peter Kay says, are the soldiers of dunking. I enjoy a ginger and lemon tea too.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was very young I used to draw pictures, and make up stories for a pretend magazine and dream of writing books. It was only in recent years that this became reality and I managed to glue my rear to a chair and force myself to write to see if I had what it took. I am so glad that I did. Making a dream become a reality is an incredible feeling.
What are some of your favourite reads?
Arnold Bennett is a favourite, especially The Old Wives’ Tale, which has me in awe. He writes from a woman’s perspective at the turn of the century and his characterisation is flawless. I recently enjoyed The Secret Wife by Gill Paul – so clever to bring history into a modern-day tale and a debut novel, Seeking Eden by Beverley Harvey, was a lovely duvet-day read that kept me turning the pages right to the end.