Take a dead marriage; an unwanted body part; Rose, a woman who would rather be anywhere on earth than with her husband; and Cooley, a man with a great appetite for anything alive, and you have a harrowing yet hilarious horror story of the living.
Imagine David’s surprise and my own when we learned his blog would feature Cooley & Rose, a quirky yet touching novel about the fickleness of love during Goodreads All Authors Blog Blitz. I wish we could have seen each other’s reactions. “Jay-sus. What the. . .?. “ from me. Or “ Naaaaaargh!” from him.
But for a few days, he is stuck with me, Terry Perrel, a former journalist turned short story and novelist who lives near Virginia coast of the Chesapeake Bay, and Cooley & Rose, the novel that I’m hawking on this page.
What follows is the bit that appears on the back cover of my novel.
“One morning in May 1948, prudish Rose Godwin wakes, suffocating, believing mistakenly that someone is trying to kill her. She quickly realizes it is her husband up to his dirty tricks.
Cooley has not meant to scare her. His wife of nineteen years had looked so beautiful lying in bed, gently snoring, her lovely lips parted, that he couldn’t help himself.
Fed up with her husband, Rose once again leaves her home in South Norfolk, Virginia, and Cooley is glad. Now, he can spend more hours with his girl, LaBelle, an aspiring singer.
This time, however, Rose surprises him and herself as she heads by way of Route 66 to Hollywood, home to movie stars and the killer of The Black Dahlia, and farther. That is when the real trouble begins as Cooley and Rose, both keepers of secrets, reluctantly confront their own shortcomings and foolish expectations of love.
A gem of comic literature, Cooley & Rose is an imaginative work that explores the vagaries of the human heart. Beautifully crafted and peopled by unforgettable characters, it is a story that readers will long remember.”
As of this writing Cooley & Rose is available as a paperback from Amazon.com and as an e-book for all readers, computers and smart phones from your favorite online store. By the end of the summer, it will also be available in brick stores, both big and little.
So far the reviews are great — ten 5-star reviews and three 4-star reviews at Amazon.com; three 5-stars at ITunes; and three 5-stars at Goodreads. If you would like to read some reviews and the first chapter of Cooley & Rose, go to
www.amazon.com. This novel is also available in the UK and Europe.
Find more information about Terry Perrel on her blog: terryperrel.wordpress.com/