Off the Grid?

Introducing “Pleased to Meet Me”

By Jeff Salter

Since it’s a free week here at 4F1H, no better time to highlight my recent novella from Clean Reads — Pleased to Meet Me.

Here are some of my expanded tag lines:

Can a city girl find herself in an isolated mountain cabin…off the grid? Can Cody Wilder help?

Off-the-grid is the last situation this city girl ever wanted. But what does Cody want?

How far off-the-grid is too far for this city girl to go? How far will Cody take her?

What will she find in an isolated mountain cabin, besides a guy with a pet rooster? Maybe…herself.


            Stumbling through woods in a dark thunderstorm, she doesn’t know where she is, why she’s there, or what happened to all her belongings. Up ahead is the small, isolated cabin of handsome young survivalist Cody Wilder, who’s grown accustomed to his bachelor life off the grid.

            In a blinding thunderstorm, a woman comes to after a mishap and staggers to the nearest cabin in an isolated, mountainous part of eastern Tennessee. She has no recollection of what happened or why all her valuables and identification are missing.

The younger male cabin dweller is a modified survivalist, who only gets to town about once each month, and loves his simple off-the-grid life. Handsome Cody Wilder offers shelter, attempts slightly awkward comfort, and tries to help her evaluate her past and her future.

Pleased to Meet Me.” Novella, only $2.99. Clean Reads, 2015.

Cover by Amanda Matthews at A.M. Designs Studio

Have you ever lived off the grid? Have you wanted to? What you have to give up?

[JLS # 264]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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10 Responses to Off the Grid?

  1. jbrayweber says:

    GREAT cover, Jeff. Sounds like another fun book.

    I could probably live off the grid —preferably in the Caribbean – but hey —so long as I had running water (i.e. plumbing) and internet access. Seriously, how else would I be able to be an author in this day and age? LOL!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Yeah, the Caribbean would be much easier on the senses than the mountains of east Tennessee.
      And yes, I’ve become so dependent on internet that I get frazzled when it goes down for two hours!

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like another JL Salter masterpiece perfect for reading on my phone! I don’t think I could live off the grid for more than a few hours at a time. Sometimes I want peace and quiet, but not very often, and not for very long. I need people around me, even when I’m “enjoying” nature.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I don’t think I could live as simply as Cody Wilder does in this story. In fact, I had to do a lot of research — including several back-and-forths with a friend who is almost totally off the grid himself … just to establish the type lifestyle my character has in the East Tenn. hillside.

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  3. I sometimes wonder whether I could put some of my teenage students into a bare room for a day just to see if they might introduce themselves to themselves and find some kind of interior voice that might instruct them to think before they say and act…
    as for living off grid, I think I could do it easily enough – as long as there was a good food supply and a decent house. I’ve usually embraced the times I’ve been disconnected from the internet and having to cut firewood etc., in cabins in Maine and the Caribbean, and in my little village here in Spain (though now we have internet via satellite). I need to get away from people for at least a few minutes a day, in fact. I still need a little human contact though. When I went camping alone for several days in the mountains of my native Ireland, where you don’t meet many other people, I was glad I had a radio on my walkman (yes, that long ago) to listen to talk radio shows in the evening.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks for visiting today.
      yes, “disconnecting” occasionally can be good for the soul. I think everybody needs some down time. We lived for 26 yrs in a subdivision where we had neighbors about eight feet on either side of our house. Drove me crazy at times. No privacy whatsoever.

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  4. I used to think about living off-the-grid, but it never got very far. It was an easy consideration in Colorado, but since I have been out basically in the country here in Kentucky, I think I am more of a city girl than I realized.
    I know there are many who live in Alaska off-the-grid and I cannot imagine that.Apparently, it has been a pretty big movement up there, but when one of their kind throws in the towel and gets hooked up, they will say that so-and-so has “gone mechanical”. It is a disparaging remark. A cabin in the woods in Tennessee seems a much more inviting place than nowhere Alaska!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      yes… the Alaska weather would be much harsher and unforgiving.
      Also, likely much farther to go if you needed medical help of some sort.
      “gone mechanical” — I love it!


  5. I could not go as far off the grid as your character Cody. I spent some time on a farm in Amana (amish community) one summer. I thought that was really cool but I do like my modern devices. Plus my boys both use a Nebulizer so we couldn’t go without electricity.
    I would love to live on a farm and raise/grow my own food though.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      My wife has tried to plant & maintain a garden for two seasons, I believe.
      It’s a lot of work and you really have to be committed.


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