Jeanne Owens, author

Blog about author Jeanne Owens and her writing


Depressed – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He came home from a rough day at work and curled up on the couch in a depressed funk. Within moments, his Pomeranian dog jumped up next to him, licked his face, and curled up next to him. Then his tabby cat curled up next to him as well and began purring. Slowly, his funk dissipated.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “depressed”:


Captive – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She stepped out on the stage, nervous to be in front of such a large crowd. She was determined to do her best, though, and took a deep breath as she faced the audience. Then she sang, putting all she could into the song. The audience watched raptly, held captive by her voice and her poignant song. As she finished, the audience rose to their feet and gave her a standing ovation.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “captive”:


What a Difference A Day Makes – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


“What a day,” Jimmy grumbled as he plopped down on his couch and leaned back.

Nothing had seemed to go right all day. He was late getting to work, thanks to horrible traffic. Things just seemed to go wrong at work, too, and he wound up getting in trouble with the boss, even though it wasn’t his fault. Then he wound up arguing with his girlfriend after work and he’d just stormed off. To top it off, he got a speeding ticket on his way home. As he sat there on the couch, reliving all the bad things that’d happened, he didn’t think it could get any worse. Then a thunderstorm started up outside and his power went out, and he thought it was just the perfect way to end his day.

He was in such a bad mood, he didn’t even feel like eating dinner. Instead, Jimmy just decided to go to bed early. Even then, he was afraid he wouldn’t sleep good, that he’d be plagued by nightmares. As the thunderstorm continued outside, mirroring the turmoil he felt from his bad day, Jimmy managed to drift off to sleep.

He woke up the next morning, feeling refreshed. He was also surprised to realize he hadn’t had any nightmares. He was still a little hesitant to get up, though, afraid of having another bad day. But as he looked out the window, he saw it was a bright, shiny day. He smiled and found himself in a better mood already. He checked his phone, and found a message from his girlfriend apologizing for the fight they’d had an offering to make it up to him. He also found messages of apology from his work, and a message from an old friend he hadn’t seen in a long time who wanted to meet up.

Jimmy got up from bed and got ready for work, humming a happy little tune as he did so. He felt so much better than he had he day before. “What a difference a day makes,” he thought.

And in case anyone got an earworm from the title, here’s the song:

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “difference”:

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Reviews of Chronicles of Riss

Recently, my book Chronicles of Riss has been getting some good reviews on Goodreads, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you (I will copy and paste, and link the original page). It currently (as of this posting) has a 4.33-star average rating. You can find all the reviews by clicking the link above.

Reader Molly gives it 5 stars and says:
“Amazing book! The main character Marissa has the best personality. The book talks about her adventures, each chapter is a new and amazing adventure.
It pulled me in from the very first chapter. It so well written and it’s amazing for young adult.
Very easy to read and extremely entertaining”

Reader Uk Eliza gives it 4 stars and says:
“Amazing read!
I couldn’t stop till I finished. Very unique and keeps you wondering what next.
I loved Marissa’s magical adventure and her personality was very refreshing.”

Reader Naj gives it 5 stars and says:
“So I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to the author and BookTasters! So here is my honest review.

This is a great story! It’s about Marisa’s adventure, each chapter tells a great adventure! I haven’t read the first book btw, but I still enjoy this book! it’s a light and fun story!

I don’t have a specific fav character, because all the character has their own unique behavior. even the main character Marisa is not the most likeable character, but she has an interesting way to solve her problem.

I really recommend this book to you who like fantasy stories with a different adventure in each chapter.
This book not really thick, so you can finish it quickly.”

Reader Immortal Writings gives it 4 stars and says:
“Fun. Light. Easy.

Marissa is young and powerful sorceress who is all alone in this world, her only priority is a good meal and bed and for that she will do anything.

This book takes us on a journey of her adventures, they are not inter-related but with every passing adventure we get to know her more. Along with funny sense of humour she is a short-tempered, mischievous girl with a heart of gold.

She has got a bad and dark reputation which she tries to live by proudly, in fact it gives her immense pleasure to be the infamous bandit-trashing, treasure-hunting, mercenary sorceress supreme.

She is ruthless when it comes to punishing the evil or if someone comes between her food. Living with her own rules and laws, young girls can learn a great deal from our courageous sorceress. Her character is well written with some admirable qualities except her temper.

This book is a fun and light read, and I will recommend it to all the young teenage girls.”

Reader Ania gives it 5 stars and says:

“Marissa is a young sorceress supreme who has saved the many people from deadly threats with her courage , bravery and background magic knowledge and she is encouraged by her friend to write down All of the adventures she has had in the past for next generations . So she starts to narrate the stories in the form of 17 missions .

From defeating Diablerio ,an evil Sorceress as she likes to call him who Wants to marry her by force, to chasing after a hidden treasure with the help of the map she bought and thought was of little importance, to defeating interesting monsters throughout the book or saving the world from the God of Evil there is pretty much nth our Sorceress isn’t capable of handling and she takes pride in that . To my suprise she is Perfectly capable of keeping her own against more powerful opponents which is sth to really admire about her .

I really loved how each chapter was about a different mission through a continuous journey.

What made me super emotional though was the ending in which she finished the story by explaining she was needed elsewhere yet she promised us readers that she would narrate more of her past adventures later on. Honestly this didn’t feel like reading a book ,it felt like Marissa was our beloved grandma sitting near the fireplace and us readers around her like children listening to her awesome stories . And I must thank the author for this amazing experience she gifted me with.”

There is also a 5-star rating for Chronicles of Riss on Amazon.

Many thanks to all of the reviewers, and I’m very glad you all enjoyed the book.

You can find Chronicles of Riss on Amazon, just click the book cover image above. Or click here to find it at other places.


Banish – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

The king stared down at the traitorous young prince kneeling before him in chains as he debated what punishment to give. Death would be appropriate, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do that to his own son. He decided to banish him from the kingdom instead and hoped he wasn’t making a mistake.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “banish”:


The Future – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


Who says the future

Is predetermined

And can’t be changed?

The future is not

Carved in stone.

It is something

That is ever-changing,

And is something

You make for yourself.

Don’t be held back

By fatalist thoughts.

Dream your dreams.

Set your goals.

Reach for the stars.

Make your future

What you want.

It is yours, after all.

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “start with who/whom”:


Assuage – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence

Staring up at the stars, he wiped a tear from his face and wondered if there was anything that could help him assuage the guilt that was eating him up inside.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “assuage”:


On The Run – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


Mitch was in the middle of his daily run, jogging along a path bounded by a creek on one side and trees and shrubbery on the other. It was a peaceful natural area, and he loved to jog there in the mornings because he felt more energized after being out in nature. In the evenings, he usually would come there to walk with his dog, Riley, to relax after a long day at work.

Mitch was approaching a large clump of shrubbery when he heard a small noise coming from the bushes. He stopped running and listened, not sure of what he’d heard. Then he heard it again – a short, high-pitched meow. Intrigued, he slowly approached and looked into the nearest bush. Peering at him from inside the bush was a pair of yellow cat eyes. As he watched, a small pink mouth opened and meowed again. Then a small, black kitten timidly crawled out, sat in front of him, and meowed up at him with its tiny voice.

Mitch stared at the kitten in surprise. He had certainly not expected to come across something like this on his daily run. The kitten wound itself around his legs and continued to let out tiny meows as he tried to decide what to do. The kitten didn’t look very old. It had probably been weened not long ago. But it was kind of dirty and looked slightly underweight. He didn’t think it belonged to anyone. He considered taking it home, but he wasn’t sure how Riley would react to it or how the kitten would react to the dog.

The kitten began climbing his leg, then made its way all the way up to his shoulder, where it crouched and began purring. Mitch instinctively reached up and petted it, and that was it. He was going take the kitten home.

Cutting his run short, Mitch returned to his car and headed home. When he opened front door, Riley greeted him enthusiastically, jumping at him and trying to lick his face. Mitch had to hold the kitten out to the way as he tried to calm the yellow Labrador down. 

Mitch ordered the dog to sit, then took the kitten into the living room. He put the kitten on the floor then called for Riley. The dog ran into the living room and stopped instantly when he saw the kitten. Mitch watched anxiously to see how the two would react. 

Riley crept up on the kitten slowly, curious to investigate the newcomer. The kitten hunched down and gave a short hiss, but didn’t attack immediately. Mitch took it as a good sign. 

Riley sniffed the kitten, and the kitten leaned back as the dog invaded its personal space, but it still didn’t attack. 

Riley finished sniffing, took a step back, and sat down. He panted and his tail wagged. Then he dropped to all fours and let out a short yip, wanting to the play with the kitten. The kitten stared at it with narrowed eyes, as if it considered the dog and its request beneath him. But Riley continued yipping, and the kitten finally gave in. It lunged at Riley with its claws sheathed, and the dog jumped and ran off. Riley paused at the entrance to the living room and looked back. The kitten was standing where Riley had been. It stared at the dog a moment, then ran after Riley. 

The two continued like that for a few minutes, with the kitten keeping Riley on the run throughout the house, playing chase. Mitch settled down on the couch with a sigh of relief. He would still keep an eye on the two for a few days, but he thought that them not immediately fighting and playing instead was a good sign and that they would become good friends.


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “run”:


Welcome Spring

The sun is shining.

The air is warm.

Birds are singing.

Flowers are blooming.

The dark and cold

Of Winter

Is leaving

As the light and warmth

Of Spring

Is arriving,

Bringing with it

The promise

Of new life

And new hope.

Welcome Spring

With open arms

And embrace its

Promises to us.