The world is crazier than most people know. But I know. I was a clinical social worker for forty years. I am a witness. I retired from social work to write about the sad, the mad, and the savage; with whom I have spent most of my life. I have decided to translate these stories into fiction, because, as a co-worker once said, "You couldn't make this sh*t up. No one would believe you."

Jane of the Jungle

Jane of the Jungle is the first in a series, and it is indie (self) published. (This is because I have not murdered innocents, committed acts of terror, or had sex with a president. Unless one has done such things, a new writer has as much chance of getting a book  published as a fart has of living through a windstorm.)

Silver medal, Foreword Book of the Year Awards 2011
Honorable Mention, Hollywood Book Festival 2012
Honorable Mention, Indie Excellence Awards 2012
Honorable Mention, Readers' Favorite Awards, 2012

It's a wild story:

Jane has worked hard as a trauma nurse practitioner all her life, but when her husband dies of after a long insulting illness, the medical bills could astonish dead people. So she runs. At fifty-eight, she had a facelift and bought a Bowflex machine. At sixty, she hits the road in a converted bus that runs on shit and starts life as an outlaw.

Not surprisingly, she falls in with a bunch of same. A hobby pilot, she gets into a plane delivery caper that introduces her to John, a mob boss who hates his job. Made young by new love and miraculous anti-aging shots, they embark on a mad dash for a new life. Aided by talking foxes, telepathic tigers, and wild misfit bikers, they battle criminals and luck itself to have a second chance....which will only happen if magic is real.

A few reviewer comments:

“Baskin … has a skill for creating wild stories that are page-turners. “  ----Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer, Amazon Books

“Her writing at times rises to the lyrical and touches your heart.”        ---Frank Konopka, VINE Voice, Amazon reviews

“…this book has it ALL… talking animals, flying buses, … mobsters, guns and money, motorcycle gangs and a roadhouse, a heart-stopping love story, an ongoing investigation into the nature of God … the deeper subject of what makes life meaningful is approached, meditated upon, (frequently attacked), backed away from, and approached again.” --- Sarah Fishburn, Amazon VINE Voice

Check out the excerpts, and stay tuned...