Penni Jones is a writer, movie buff, concert t-shirt enthusiast, reluctant multitasker, grunge music listener, and blogger extraordinaire of Scapegoats and Sacred Cows
( Penni started writing stories as soon as she learned how to hold a pencil. She is an avid reader whose favorites include Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, Gillian Flynn, Christopher Moore, and Kelly Braffet.


Penni is an Arkansas native with a nomadic spirit. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. She has worked as a bartender, restaurant manager, bank teller, payroll specialist, event planner, and office manager. These days she focuses on writing.


Her work has appeared in Six Sentences, Bird and Moon, The Northville Review, Women on Writing, and Newport Review. Her upcoming debut novel On the Bricks pays homage to her strong southern roots.


Penni currently has four other manuscripts in the works. Her muse has ADD and won’t allow her to work on one thing at a time. Penni currently resides in Michigan with her husband, two kids, and two cats.


On the Bricks

Sometimes life throws a brick at your window...then you've got to clean up the pieces...

Cass Blankenship is released after spending ten years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. The terms of her parole have her released to live with her sister Evangeline in the Blankenship House for Displaced Women and Children back home in Arkansas, where she’s bunking with speed freaks and hookers...


Kricket: A Novel

Religious freedom has been stripped from Americans

Kricket Foster is a second-generation fighter in the Religious Resistance, a radical group of activists organized to restore this freedom. After a brush with the law, Kricket gives up activism to protect her young daughter.

Kricket makes her living bootlegging and bringing medications into the US. Other than paying off or shooting the occasional extortionist Department of Religious Affairs agent, she lives a quiet life. Her vow to stay out of the Resistance is challenged when she finds herself embroiled in a plot to murder the DRA Director. She must choose between her family and her beliefs while maintaining her commitment to her community. If she makes the wrong choice, she will lose her freedom and many of her friends will lose their lives.