Pete KJ Titles
TITLES
Released January 19th, 2017

The Rooster's Hindquarters
Humor/Suspense

Irving can’t function socially, so he spies on people and posts the results on the internet in a gamified gambit that results in a cult-like following. Normally careful to preserve his anonymity, he breaks his own rules when he falls in love with pretty plus-sized Veronica, a naughty-Bingo caller. Whereupon she promptly disappears. Should Irving pursue, even as Veronica delves deeper into international drug couriering? When it turns out she’s packing something different than dope in her suitcase, and needs Irving’s help to close the deal, he’s drawn to play an active role in her underworld.

© 2017; 298 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon. E-book on
Kindle.
Roaming Around: A Daughter and Father World Journey
Travel/Memoir


Where do we want to go?

That's what Nia and I asked ourselves as she worked her way through elementary school. We tacked a big laminated map of the world up in our front room, kept a supply of dry erase markers and a footstool handy, and created a legend (blue dot = destination; green = overland; red = air). Over the years we went through many iterations.

And then we went out and did it. Of course our plan kept on changing, as did we. This book is the final snapshot.

© 2016; 609 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon.
The Maple Leaf
Second Novel

"An often engaging saga of personal mistakes and shared redemption."
--Kirkus Reviews
as published at: www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/pete-kj/maple-leaf:

"KJ’s novel follows two men across six decades—and across America’s racial divide. Troy Dove and Vincent Taylor first meet as students at the Maple Leaf Elementary School in Northeast Seattle in 1972. Vincent is a white student from the neighborhood, while Troy is one of a few African-American students bussed in as part of a desegregation program. Vincent quickly admires Troy and befriends him. They briefly share such childhood moments as kickball games, discussions of first crushes, and after-school fishing trips—before their racist environment separates them. As the years go by, their lives take very different directions. Vincent finishes his time at Maple Leaf, then goes on to high school, college, an internship in London, and—for a time—a successful marriage and career. Troy, on the other hand, begins to suffer as soon as he’s transferred to an elementary school in his own impoverished neighborhood. He becomes addicted to drugs in his teenage years and cycles deeper and deeper into a life of violence and incarceration. Interwoven throughout the two men’s narratives are stories of Vincent’s aunt, Shirley, and of a compassionate woman named Dolores Moffat, who struggles to find a meaningful place for herself in the world. The novel’s scope is impressive, following multiple life stories from the racially charged 1970s, through the crack epidemic of the late ’80s, to the present day, and beyond. Following these characters through the years can sometimes be disorienting; KJ skips from one to another in quick succession, often before readers have a chance to become fully engaged with a particular person’s plight. The connections between the various narratives can also be tangential or rely too heavily on coincidence or sentimentality. That said, highly detailed portraits of Vincent and Troy emerge over the course of the novel as the author walks through their crimes, transgressions, and regrets. He fully immerses readers in the characters’ memories, as well as their healing processes."


Indie Reader, on Jan 7, 2015, wrote:

"Featuring a diverse cast of well-written characters, THE MAPLE LEAF provides a thought-provoking look at recent history through the lens of a changing friendship."

Finalist, Best Second Novel, 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

© 2014; 407 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon. E-book on
Kindle.
The Year we Roamed: A Father-and-Son Trip Around the World
Travel/Memoir

In 2008, Pete and Baraka decided to homeschool. Except they didn't stay home.

Thirteen months later they completed their circumnavigation of the globe, learning many great lessons along the way.

The absorbing internet serial, revised and indexed.

"Adventure never gets old!"
--Toni Burton

"Funny, engaging, thoughtful."
--Cynthia Burns

"Fun for the viewers because we get to learn so many things about the beautiful unexplored mesmerizing world around us."
--Preena Rajoria

Finalist, Travel/Travel Guide, 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

© 2013; 590 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon.
The Coins
Debut Novel

How much is "nothing" worth?

Is it worth a Lincoln penny? How about four 50-pesewa coins from Ghana?

Jude received the coins as a child. Now an adult, he has made it to Singapore as a candidate for a prestigious PhD. He fervently believes academia can save him from his past growing up in Africa, a past of poverty and pain. But far from saving him, his new life seems to be leading him deeper and deeper into conflict. Across the world in Chile, Noemi struggles with depression and loss, and finds redemption through healing other people. Despite her newfound power and purpose, she lives on the edge of an invisible precipice.

Against all odds, an uncanny connection forms between these two unlikely friends and changes the course of both their lives.

What have the coins got to do with it? "Nothing," it turns out, may not be what it seems.

© 2012; 410 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon. E-book on Kindle.
Mermelada
A Novella

A drag queen taco waitress.
A man painted in silver.
A Haitian priest.
An old lady who dances.
What's their connection in the streets of Mexico City?




© 2012; 130 pages. Paperback available at CreateSpace and Amazon. E-book on Kindle.