A Simple Job A Simple Job Series Book 1 by Kelly Kenyon Genre: Literary Fiction
A Simple Job is a story about a family man struggling to get back on his feet financially after COVID 19. After stumbling across a secret society that may be able to help, he has to decide to continue to struggle or take a leap of faith.
Eli Asher is in hot water. He's not sure which one is adding up faster, the lies he's told his wife or the past due notices they are getting. He needs a job, a good job with benefits so he can take care of his family.
He thinks he has one, but loses it to a member of some secret society that he wants no part of, until his hot water starts to boil and he has no choice but to take a leap of faith. That leap takes him away from his family and on a cross country adventure where he does a series of simple jobs, working with some incredible people. He learns more about what really matters every step of the way adding depth and breadth to his understanding of himself and the world, transforming his very life.
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As the day wears on, Terrance is working steadily when Eli interrupts, “How do you breathe here without scuba gear?”
Eli wipes the sweat from his face for the hundredth time in the last hour. Terrance carefully lifts the tarp, looks around the cooler and slowly pulls it out. He opens the lid and reveals it’s full of partially melted ice, bottled water and Gatorade.
“I guess they make them fragile up there in the Northwest. Help yourself, if you need more, we can go get some later on.” Eli grabs one of each, opens both, then alternates between the water and Gatorade taking deep gulps of both trying to quench his thirst and replace all the fluids he has lost.
“Talk about making them fragile. You look like a kid scared of a monster under their bed moving that tarp.” Eli looked pretty pleased with himself holding his own with the big man’s ribbing.
“That’s because you reach under things without looking and you’re liable to get bit by a rattlesnake. I should’ve warned you of that from the start. We’ve got a couple different types but the one you especially do not want to cuddle with is the Eastern Diamondback. They’re much less common than they used to be but they do enjoy a nice place to catch some shade, and since humanity hit pause for a while, they’ve been around more in areas that they normally wouldn’t.”
“I’d think a guy your size could just say boo and the snake would slither off crying.” Terrance smiles at him.
“I thought you said there were great schools out there in the Northwest.” His smile turns into a Cheshire grin.
“There are, I never said I went to one.” Eli parlays back, “Can I ask you something?”
“We’ve been through this.”
“Fine, fine, what did you mean when you said you think life is challenge by choice? It’s been challenging for me lately and I sure didn’t feel like it was a choice.”
“There are always going to be challenges. A lot of times you can choose your challenge.”
“How so?” Eli interjects.
Terrance slowly ambles back over towards the work area bringing a Gatorade that he sets by his feet. “Look at how most people eat these days; they eat a bunch of stuff that’s easy. Fast food, processed food, a quick fix. Then they don’t feel good or their kids get sick all the time. Or another example school; that’s not easy paying for college and doing all the work to graduate but it’s not easy to work low-paying jobs and struggle your whole life. It seems to me like a lot of folks would be better off choosing a little more challenge up front for a lot more easy down the road.”
Eli sets an empty water bottle next to the cooler and reaches inside for another water and takes that and his half-full Gatorade back to the work area. Deep in thought, he almost trips on his hammer he had left on the ground.
Hi, I’m Kelly. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest. I’m a life coach and author. When I’m not writing I love to travel anywhere, but especially around the U.S. with Reyna my blind wiener dog and travel companion.
I recently partnered up with my friend Kirtideva Peruman (and a third private partner) in a fledgling publishing company, Eboundbooks.com. I have loved to read my entire life and after reading thousands of books I have to say the author that inspired me the most was Richard Bach. His work has had such a huge impact on my life starting in my teens. One, Bridge Across Forever, Illusions and the Ferret Chronicles are my favorites. I also love stories like Pay It Forward. I think fiction can and should do more than entertain and these are some books that did that for me.
It is my deepest desire that my stories impact readers in the same way the aforementioned stories impacted me. My goal always is to write about a diverse range of characters and challenge the reader’s views of what is possible, through quality stories that are uplifting and entertaining.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I would love to give you a cool solitary creature as a spirit animal or some sort of peaceful warrior superhero avatar, but since I have a mascot, I’ll give her the credit she is due. She is my constant companion, including a ton of travel, my blind mini wiener dog Reyna. I have always loved her and truthfully, she used to be a real pain in the butt. I had two Rottweilers over the course of twenty years and neither one ever killed or injured anything. One of them even saved an injured squirrel from another dog. Not Reyna, she was a murdering mayhem monster. She would even hurl her eight pounds against the chain link fence to try to get at the coyotes that passed by. All guts, no sense, a real pain in the butt!
She went blind in August of 2019 at the beginning of a month-long road trip. Which if you don’t know, is the most perfect example of what not to do with a blind dog let alone a newly blind dog when neither the dog nor her seeing-eye person have had time to adapt. It was a challenging, but fun trip, and by the end, it was me and not home that became her safe place. She travels with me all the time (or did pre-Covid). Reyna was on fourteen flights and spent more than one hundred and fifty nights in hotels (thanks La Quinta) and Airbnb places in 2019 and early 2020.
That never would have been possible if she hadn’t gone blind. She is still as stubborn as ever, but now that she is blind, she isn’t yapping her head off and trying to kill anything that moves. That makes me happy and also makes it possible for her to be in hotels, airports, and on planes. In going blind her world got bigger, much bigger. She’s been to I think twenty-two states so far and we’re nowhere close to finished with our adventures. I love how what some perceived as a tragedy was a real gift.
For me it’s been a blessing too. I get to have the comfort of a loving presence when I travel. It’s forced me to be more present in the moment so that I see the obstacles in front of her early enough to tell her how to avoid them. It’s improved my self-care; she is always willing to remind me when it’s time to eat. Finally, it forces me to step away from the screen and step outside in the sun or the rain or even the snow for at least a few minutes throughout the day and that is always a good thing.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My stories are like any family road trip. You have the plan, the keys, the reservations, and everything else you could think of or possibly need. Then you pull out of the driveway and head for the highway, where inevitably the plan meets reality. A tire blows, something got left behind, there is an argument or somebody won’t stop touching somebody. Five hundred miles down the road the new family dog throws up and doesn’t stop for the rest of the trip. It’s harder to get the dog back in the car after each stop and the meds from, not one, but two vets aren’t helping at all. You prepaid for tickets to all kinds of stuff in advance. If you don’t stay on schedule not only will you lose the money, but you won’t be able to go to the show, event, amusement park or whatever because they sell out well in advance Or something else too ridiculous to make up comes, except in the story the character is insisting that it has to happen exactly that way. Then allowances are made or arguments are had and compromises are struck. Once back on the road we keep following the plan to the fullest extent possible, but what can you say? Life happens.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
This might seem cliché to you, but I was surprised by my answer. The people in my life that matter to me know without a doubt that I love them. And sure there are things I want to do, but I hope there are always things I want to do. Then it came to me that I would spend the day writing as much as I possibly could. I’m fine with death when the time comes, but it was gut-wrenching to think of all the characters and their stories that I would be taking with me. My goal is to write a hundred books or more, which does include novellas and non-fiction as well. I have five or six screenplays that I want to convert to novels. I have four new fiction books that I am super excited about, planned for 2021. I could easily write for another ten years to catch up on the ideas, outlines, or incomplete projects I already have. It was an inspiring question and made it clear to me, I can’t die tomorrow I’m too busy
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