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I am still having formatting issues. In fact, it's getting worse! Please hang in there with me. I have someone working on it. Meanwhile, a picture of my new novel is somewhere below--if I'm lucky!

I write in several genres, and I am not a formula writer. To help you find the book you'll enjoy the most, I'm breaking my books into categories: Short stories, novels, novellas, my Turtle Trilogy, romances, and children's. Hope this helps! Almost all my books are in paperback and Kindle. I am honored that my books have been chosen by Worldreader* (Books for all!)to be shared with readers the world over. Thanks for stopping by! Janelle

*Worldreader is a world-wide literacy project sponsored by Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and others.

Coming soon on Amazon Kindle.
A New Adult book. Suspense/romance

Booking video and info for Geronimo, Life on the Reservation.

Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, a one-man live show that I wrote, is going to be at the Western Legends Roundup in Kanab, Utah August 25 & 26th, 2017. Note:THE SHOW'S PERFORMANCES WERE A GREAT SUCCESS! We both love Kanab, Utah!

Santa Monica Playhouse
April 6 & 7
Hello! Santa Monica!
Geronimo, Life on the Reservation
is coming your way. Don't miss it!
TICKETS for Rudy's Geronimo, Life 0n the Reservation shows: Box Office: 310-394-9779 ext. 1
2 shows: APRIL 6 & 7. 8:00 P. M. $20.00
Discount tickets 4 students, teachers, seniors, military, & groups of 8 or more: $15.00
Santa Monica area friends, please share!
Geronimo: "All of this could have been avoided if
the white man had just stayed home..."
Humor/Historical Entertainment

Coming up, hopefully for Christmas: A One-way Cruise to Africa. A NA (New Adult) novel about danger on the Internet. Suspense/Romance. Kindle. Note: New Adult is a designation of literature suitable for age groups who have outgrown Young Adult (YA). Cruise is finished and is awaiting a cover design!


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Reviews & Comments

There's something strange about Henry...


2013 Honorable Mention at the Great Northwest Book Festival!

"In sparkling prose, author Janelle Meraz Hooper relates the tale of a plucky group of seniors who endure poverty with humor and aplomb. " Raul Ramos y Sanchez

The Slum Resort
Janelle Meraz Hooper
Back cover

Maggie, close to retirement, has lost her home and almost everything else because of an alcoholic husband and a reckless son. She lands in Mountain High Resort, the only place she can afford. She quickly dubs the collection of old campers and trailers that nestle next to a pristine lake The Slum Resort. She finds lots of company in others who have also worked hard all of their lives and have lost everything due to a fatal financial misstep at the last minute. Her list of friends is short: Stella, a former librarian; E-Z, who lost everything when he and his fellow employees tried to save their failing airline; Henry, a mysterious tenant who showed up in the middle of the night; and Breaking News, an Indian from a coastal reservation who works with urban Indians and makes jewelry on the side. Until the very end the isolated group thinks their main enemy is Rodella, the cigar-smoking resort manager, who sells stale-dated hamburger at the little store. They have no idea their troubles are just beginning. A big-hearted novella about senior poverty
on Kindle, $2.99 USD. New Adult & up, humor/suspense. Kindle only.
Note: The Coastal Native American named Breaking News was the original name of the character. It is not related to the Breaking News banners on television news lately!

Note: The Coastal Native American named Breaking News was named when the book first came out. It is not related to the Breaking News banners on the television news lately!


My first romance book



I loved the book. I will read it again!" H.B. Tacoma, WA.

Bears in the Hibiscus- a humorous romance. Paperback, CreateSpace, 153 pages, $9.99 USD, Kindle,$2.99 USD. Some sexual content.


After her divorce, all Mary wants is a vacation so she can relax. Too late, she discovers her attractive ex-brother-in-law, a Montana Park Ranger, will be there at the same time for a conference on state parks. He leaves a note for her at her hotel desk warning her to watch out for bears. He hasn't seen any, but he thinks there might be Bears in the Hibiscus...


Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie

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The first book in my Turtle Trilogy
Set in the 50's


A Cool Book Review ( )-Janelle Hooper has brought a story of domestic violence into fine focus with this book. It is a tragic tale but one reflecting the persistence of the human spirit which eventually brings a final relief from the agonies of pain, fear, and violence. The demeaning treatment of the heroine of this tale by her husband and her resourcefulness to secretly battle him could only be told by someone who has been very close to similar actual events as either a participant or observer.

Libros en"Janelle Meraz Hooper gives us more than a story. She gives us a cast of hilarious and memorable characters in a vividly drawn scene..."

A Three-Turtle Summer- Fictional autobiography, 2002 Bold Media 1st place fiction winner. Paperback, iUniverse, 323 pages, $17.95 USD, Kindle $3.99 USD. The first book in my Turtle Trilogy. Adult content.


It’s A Three-Turtle Summer—hot—and Grace has to dump a man who’s meaner than a rattlesnake and dumber than adobe…a story about sisterhood and family. 


The second book in my Turtle Trilogy
Set in the 50's



Janelle Meraz Hooper has hit a homerun with her second book, AS BROWN AS I WANT, The Indianhead Diaries." Even better than her much acclaimed first book, A THREE-TURTLE SUMMER, Janelle's new book propels the reader through a series of unique situations as experienced by eight-year-old Glory, who always seems just a few steps ahead of her scheming father. Kelly Creso, Bold Media Corporation, 

"I finished reading As Brown as I Want, and really enjoyed it.  I could not put it down!" Nancy Dorsey, Puyallup, WA

 As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries- Fictional autobiography,comic/suspense. 2004 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist. Paperback, iUniverse, 166 pages, $13.95 USD.  Kindle $3.99 USD. The second book in my Turtle Trilogy. Suitable for all ages.


Eight-year-old Glory’s father has taken out a $50,000 accidental-death insurance policy on her. Now he’s spending the summer trying to collect. A very funny book. Although this is the second book in my turtle Trilogy, it stands alone.

YouTube trailer for As Brown As I Want

The 3rd book in my Turtle Trilogy
Although this is the third book in my Turtle Trilogy, it stands alone.


Janelle Meraz Hooper has done it again! Custer and His Naked Ladies is filled with quirky and likable characters in a richly detailed setting. Humor, family and love come shining through. There is a poignant line in the book that has stayed with me: "Old age had crept in and stolen their bodies while they were dancing through life." These women have danced! VF Gibson, Seattle, WA    

" are excellent at spinning a yarn and at painting a verbal picture of people and places." P. R., Tacoma 

Custer and His Naked Ladies- women's fiction. Paperback, iUniverse, 206 pages, $15.95 USD, Kindle, Nook, iBookstore $3.99 USD. The third book in my Turtle Trilogy. Some sexual content.


 Newly divorced, Glory’s biological clock is pounding like a powwow drum. She heads back home to Oklahoma, where she meets Soap, a sexy Comanche lawyer who wants to do something about that powwow drum pounding in her head…


YouTube book trailer for Custer and His Naked Ladies


I post excerpts from my short stories on my blog site, I get a lot of readers from all over the world who enjoy the content and easy writing style of my shorts.


A new short story!

Escape to Laredo
a Western suitable for all ages.

It was Gregoria Marteen's first day on the job as a pastry chef in wasn't going well.

Rafael and Gregoria Marteen decided that her escaping to Laredo with the children during his funeral was the only hope they had of escaping Rafael's brother's violence and greed. Their daring plan for their family's survival is made even more daring because nave Gregoria has never traveled outside her hometown, certainly she has never been on a train! Bravely, Gregoria sets out to begin a new life in America, overcoming her fears and meeting disaster after disaster head on.


Harpy & Julianne's Tomato War
A short story
Last summer, Harpy & Julianne were fussing over cats and roses. This year, the two senior gardeners are having a tomato war. Harpy has a new secret to growing big tomatoes and he won't share it with Julianne. She is sure he's still mad over her putting salt in his prize rose bed the year before, but she keeps plying him with homemade lemon cake, hoping to soften him up before canning season. Little does he know Julianne's friend, Joe, is about to spill the tomatoes; er...beans. Harpy and Julianne's War of the Roses, the first gardening war was published in Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories (Available on Amazon ).

short story

Suitable for all ages


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Old Joe’s Pink Cadillac, a short story

Janelle Meraz Hooper


   Before Old Joe’s best friend left for Vietnam he dropped his pink 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville off at Joe’s for safekeeping. The old car was in bad shape and, when his friend didn’t come back, Joe made it his mission to restore her.

   Most nights, after work, Joe could be found with his head stuck under the hood of the collectible car, murmuring loving, encouraging sounds to the eye-catching lady who once ruled the highway.  When he finished, she was a beaut. Old Joe didn’t have much, never did. But at least he had Elizabeth, his pink Cadillac, for a while. Kindle,


Author's note: Although the main story mentions the Vietnam era, this story also touches on the history of a small town caught up in Fort Sill's preparation for World War II.



YouTube-Old Joe's Pink Cadillac trailer



This book has the first Harpy and Julianne story,
 Harpy and Julianne's War of the Roses.

"First of all let me congratulate you on your wonderful stories. I find them to be very funny and entertaining." B. M., Texas

Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories- mixed genre. Teacher favorite, the short pieces are also good for English-as-a-second-language classes. Paperback, iUniverse, 132 pages, $12.95 USD, Kindle $2.99 USD. Contains my Mercedes story. Suitable for all ages.


What’s a chick story? It’s a story with no drugs, bombs, or spies who have numbers instead of names. And clean. It has to be clean. A collection of short stories and humorous newspaper commentaries on holidays, sports, and writing. Also includes Thanksgiving and Christmas shorts. Mixed genre.


YouTube book trailers for Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories

My Christmas List

Bear Bait

It All Started With That Darn Shoebox! (Valentine's Day)


$1.99 USD

and READS...

#7 in the 2016 Worldreader Top Ten list!

2013 Winner! City Animals Category-Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival!

8-1-13 The title poem of this book has just been chosen an  i-Pad favorite for kids!

There's a Mouse in the House!

Janelle M. Hooper & Jacob N. Studebaker 

illustrations by Sherri Bails

Excerpt: Jamaica and Jupiter

Chapter 1. A pretty good life

This is a story about birds. Three birds to be exact: a little green parrot named Jamaica, a yellow cockatiel named KoKoMo, and a big black crow named Jupiter. Little Jamaica and KoKoMo lived in a nice warm home, with lights, a color TV, and lots of music. Their gourmet birdseed came from a nearby pet shop, and they regularly received treats from the kitchen. Jamaica and KoKoMo loved the treats! They especially liked the bites of brussels sprouts, baked potato and bread. Sometimes, they even got a bite of pizza! In short, life was good. Even the house cat, Okra, was nice to them. Actually, Okra was nice to them partly because he was terrified of the sound that the bird’s wings made when they flew. Flap! Flap! Flap! He couldn’t figure out why it was necessary for them to do that. They didn’t see him flying all over the place, did they? No. He kept all four of his paws on the ground. Like a cat should. And a bird should. At least inside birds. Okra was surprised to learn that the new bird could talk. Many a good nap had been spoiled by Jamaica calling, “Okra, Okra, I love you, Okra!” The first time he heard Jamaica say that, he almost wet Sally’s carpet. Never before had the cockatiel said anything to Okra, although he had heard her whistle that “shave and a haircut, two bits” tune she’d learned from Sally’s husband…

 Pull a toddler onto your lap—or tuck it into bed—and share a tale about a house that has a mouse problem (There’s a Mouse in the House!), a gooseberry-gobbling pheasant (George, the Great Green Gooseberry Gobbler), and a cat named Ribbons who gets into trouble with a Christmas tree (Ribbons at Christmas). I’ve broken up the story about Jamaica and Jupiter (Jamaica and Jupiter) into shorter chapter stories so that the friendship between the “outside” bird and the “inside bird” can develop over time.  $1.99 USD


"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." Frederick Douglas 


YouTube trailer, There's a Mouse in the House!

YouTube trailer, Jamaica and Jupiter

YouTube trailer, Ribbons at Christmas

Playwright with star Rudy Ramos, Geronimo, Life on the Reservation.

An old photo but it makes me happy...
Some of my family visiting me at the Oklahoma Book Awards 2004


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