Sad JingoSad Jingo by Ron Dionne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Sad Jingo, Ron Dionne takes the reader on a journey through the dark secrets of two lost souls, through the valleys of their depression as they search for something that is just out of their reach. He explores the psychology of desire for success and the fear of that success.

Jingo and Diane don’t know each other; their lives are worlds apart. But Jingo and Diane share a secret, one that Diane desperately wishes to remain so and one that Jingo is unaware he has.

Jingo wants to be a great musician, like his idol Thelonious Monk, but he is impatient and prone to rash decisions. In some ways, Jingo’s mind never really left age 13, with all its fears and uncertainties about life, and now he struggles to live in a ‘grown-up’ world, unaware that the consequences of his actions are like ripples on a pond and others will suffer as he struggles for something his mind refuses to accept he can’t have.

For Diane, a published writer with a very successful novel, that isn’t enough. She is all too aware that her success is like a house of cards built on shifting sand, waiting for a wind to come and blow it down.

Jingo is that wind.

Can two broken people find healing in each other? Or, will they only inflict more damage on themselves and, catching those closest to them in the maelstrom of their deceits, hurt those they care about the most?

I’m going to stop there because I don’t want any spoilers. Sad Jingo is a well-written story, with a building suspense that keeps the reader engaged. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Thank you.

Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
4 February 2013
Cannon Beach, Oregon

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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