Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems

Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems

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by Kathleen Bacus
     
 

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What's the hardest part of learning to ride a tandem?
The pavement.

It's late July, and Tressa Jayne Turner's summer is as sizzling as Ranger Rick Townsend! But is Tressa in love or lust with the hot ranger? There's not time to find out as Tressa's boss at the Gazette, Stan Rodgers, wants his Ace Cub Reporter to cover TribRide-the state's ginormous bicycle ride

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What's the hardest part of learning to ride a tandem?
The pavement.

It's late July, and Tressa Jayne Turner's summer is as sizzling as Ranger Rick Townsend! But is Tressa in love or lust with the hot ranger? There's not time to find out as Tressa's boss at the Gazette, Stan Rodgers, wants his Ace Cub Reporter to cover TribRide-the state's ginormous bicycle ride across the state-but not from the sidelines. This assignment is a little more...hands on. Hands on the handlebars, that is. Not only that, but Tressa's ticket to ride is on a bicycle built for two! And at the tandem's helm? Sleazy rival reporter Drew Van Vleet, aka, "the missing link."

Could things get any worse? You decide. Tressa's parents are on the outs. Her sister is on the warpath. Van Vleet's insisting on a Star Trek theme. And Tressa is the number one suspect in a series of SO-not-funny pranks targeting reality TV star Keelie Keller. Talk about strange new worlds! Tressa is about to go where no "Calamity" has gone before-and where the ultimate wedgie is bound to be the least of this uneasy rider's worries! Hang on, folks. It's gonna be a bumpy ride. (I am a Vulcan. I feel no pain.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781499390346
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/18/2014
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
564,389
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Meet the Author

Kathy's unconventional path to publication can certainly be described as the "road less traveled." A pioneer for women in law enforcement, she was one of the first female state troopers in Iowa, and she learned two valuable lessons that have served her well in her pursuit of a professional writing career: never give up and never stop laughing.

Kathy is the award-winning author of the Calamity Jayne Mystery series. She's been a Romantic Times American Title finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence contest, among other writing accolades.

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Calamity Jayne and the Trouble With Tandems (Calamity Jayne book #7) 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is the seventh book in the Calamity Jayne series, but it is the first book that I have had the opportunity to read. I really enjoyed the story and liked the fact that I did not have to read any of the prior books before I read this one. But now, I want to read the entire series from the beginning. I think you will like all of the “Star Trek” references whether you are a fan or not. Just be prepared to laugh out loud on occasion. This is a must read for anyone who is looking to escape into a really good mystery and enjoys the kind of characters that cause you to laugh out loud quite often. Tressa Jayne Turner is a reported for the Gazette, and her boss wants her to cover the state’s bicycle ride. TribeRide is no ordinary bike ride. It’s the biggest bicycle ride across the state in the middle of the summer, and he wants her to cover it as a participant. The biggest surprise is that the bicycle is built for two. How hard can it be? Oh yeah, and the person who is her riding partner and controlling the tandem is her rival, Drew Van Vleet. And Drew has decided that they will be dressed in “Star Trek” uniforms while riding. Yeah! The heat and Drew are not the only things Tressa has to worry about. Her parents are having issues, her sister is not happy, and she’s not too sure where things stand with her and Ranger Rick Townsend. What else could happen? She will find out because someone is playing cruel pranks on reality star Keelie Keller, and everyone is pointing the finger at Tressa as the culprit since she and Keelie don’t get along. Can she and Keelie work together to find the real culprit? Or will them working together put both of their lives in danger?  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I least favorite of the series, but good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The characters are funny and keep me coming back for more.  Now I want to know more about the big guy who calls Tressa "barbie".  These books help me forget daily stress and just enjoy reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series , loved the book. Laugh until I cried. Five Stars all the way. Kim A
RDFink More than 1 year ago
I caught my self laughing out loud at times with this story. Light hearted and yet it kept you wondering what is going to happen next. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. Looking forward to more Calamity.
Purplelady72 More than 1 year ago
Fun read from beginning to surprise ending. Great cast of characters.Loved it.
TCpisi More than 1 year ago
I love this series!  The book was funny and entertaining!  Can't wait for the next one!!!
Atkins79 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC copy. In my honest opinion this book was a hoot. I don't remember the last time I laughed so much as I was reading a book. The plot was great and the ending was a real surprise. Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love reading this series. Its a sweet, laugh out loud and oh my ... all in one book. Keeps you wandering about what's gonna happen with Ranger Rick.
TraceySC More than 1 year ago
Tressa Turner is da bomb! I loved this story - she is the western version of Stephanie Plum. If you are a fan of Stephanie's you will love the crazy antics of Tressa in Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems.  I can't wait to go back and buy books 1-6 so I am all caught up on the adventures of Tressa and her nutty family and friends.  This is a great summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I've been waiting  a long time for this book to be released and I was not disappointed! Hilarious and entertaining! Kathy, keep more Tressa stories coming! I love her and Ranger Rick and need more!
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Tressa is a journalist (loosely speaking) who is forced by her boss to cover TibRide, an annual bike ride across Iowa in the middle of the summer. The catch is she has to not only participate in the ride but do it on a tandem bike with Drew VanVleet, her rival from a neighboring newspaper. Who else but Tressa (who is nick named Calamity Jayne) would end up on a grueling adventure involving a reality star, haunted murder house, rat, laxative, porta potty and naked water slide. Fun and easy to read this story is the seventh in the series but can be read without having read the other six.
Heather222 More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't too crazy about this book because it took me awhile to understand Tressa's (the main character) humor but this was also my first time reading a "clamity" book. After I got past the first few chapters I couldn't put the book down, Tressa's humor grows on you and some of her puns are pretty clever. I love her relationship with Ranger Rick but I also loved the bickering between Tressa and Van Vleet. Overall good book and can't wait to go back and start from the begining.
CindyDawn More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It made me laugh at every turn. I can't wait for the next one.
rasmomAD More than 1 year ago
Pick up this book to read and you will be well entertained. You will find yourself laughing and discovering why Tressa has the nickname of "Calamity Jane." I must now get busy and order the other books for my Nook.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
My first book in the series - but plan to go back and play catch up. This is the first in the series that I've read - even though I discovered it is the 7th. As much as I enjoyed getting to know the heroine and the rest of the cast of characters, you can just bet I'll be getting the earlier books to read. And I anticipate that more in this series will be written - because they deserve to be. What a fun story. Keep them comin', Ms. Bacus.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Very funny book with non-stop hijinks. Our favorite reporter is coerced into participating in a long distance bicycle race on a tandem bike. Her partner on the tandem bike is a reporter for the competing newspaper that has gotten the better of her in the past. This strange pairing was set up by their managing editors. Of course, lots of wagering was involved regarding Tressa's ability to complete the race. A reality star and her entourage create the setting for a real mystery and allow Tressa an important role as both villain and heroine. This was by far the best book in the series. It has allowed Tressa to grow and mature, as well as allowing her relationship with Rick to mature. Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
JB_Vee_9261 More than 1 year ago
One more book in an entertaining series. I can't wait for next.
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received and ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. When I first started reading this series I didn't really think much about it since the protagonist, Tressa, is pretty much a moron, and not because she's a blonde, although her blonde jokes during the book are pretty funny. No one can get into that amount of trouble and still be breathing. I liked the first few books, but since she was acting like a jackass working out whether she wanted a relationship with Ranger Rick, (the answer is YES!), and getting into crazy situations where she should most likely have been killed or severely maimed by now, they seemed just ok. This book on the other hand made her seem a lot more mature, even though there hasn't been much time in between the previous 6 books. Tressa may still be insecure about her burgeoning relationship with Ranger Rick, but she eventually grows a pair and tells him what she wants. She's still a moron, in the how is she still breathing department, but at least she's funny! The waterslide scene, had me cracking up by the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading the reviews, since I wanted a light hearted funny book. I was so disappointed. The lead character makes one snappy comment after another, but nothing else happens in the story, until about 150 pages. Took me 2 months to read this book, since I just kept putting it down. This is the first book I read in the series, you don't learn anything about the characters, she is no Stehanie Plum. Thought if I liked it , I would purchase others in the series,. That won't be happened. If you want a book with only snappy comments and no story, this is a book for you. Don't waste your money, mine is going to the used book store.