Simply West of Heaven by Moniqu Bucheger – Book Tour

When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. 

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, twelve grand-darlings, too many cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books in three series and hopes to write many more.

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When her dad confiscates her deceased mom’s journals, 12-year-old Ginnie West counts on her BFF, Tillie, to help her get them back. But Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree.

Then the girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Life gets complicated when Ginnie is forced to choose between helping her best friend and getting the answers she’s always dreamed of.

What reviewers are saying about this book:
*Like Anne of “Anne of Green Gables,” Ginnie is a character you can’t help but love.

*I couldn’t put these books down. I was not only entertained, but inspired.

*Bucheger does an amazing job of writing this story but without giving a cookie cutter answer to the problems Ginnie faces. 

Mama?” Ginnie repeated, shaking her head like an Etch-A-Sketch, trying to make sense of what she was seeing. The woman’s hand flflew to her mouth. “Oh, honey, no! I’m so sorry.” She reached a hand to Ginnie’s shoulder. Ginnie stiffffened, certain the hand would go straight through her like sunlight. You can’t feel ghosts, right? Instead, the hand pulled her closer. The woman’s other arm slipped around her shoulders and squeezed Ginnie into a bear hug. She started to resist, then recognized the flfloral scent of her mother’s perfume. The arms released her. “Sweetheart, I’m so sorry! I didn't think about that … I mean … I’m sorry. I'm not your mama.” Feeling like she’d just stepped offff the Tilt-A-Whirl at the fair, Ginnie lurched to the side. The woman wiped her eyes. Ginnie tried to make sense of her words. “I'm your aunt … Aunt Roni.”

Fusion by TJ Amberson – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz 2020

TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. When she’s not writing, TJ might be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets. With a love of many genres, TJ Amberson writes sweet romance for adults, and historical fantasy and contemporary sci-fi adventures for teen and mature tween readers. 

Alexis Kendall has a pretty typical teenage life: a crush on a cute guy, a loathing of chemistry, and a tendency to stumble into embarrassing mishaps. But everything changes after an unexpected discovery in chemistry class gives Alexis incredible powers. 

With her powers rapidly growing beyond her control, Alexis races to her teacher, Mr. Haber, for help. A chilling twist of events leaves Mr. Haber and his young assistant, Noah Weston, no choice but to reveal to Alexis a secret. And suddenly, Alexis is faced with a decision that will change her life forever. 


The soft sound of clanking glass brought Alexis from her thoughts. She turned slightly and began watching Noah set up the experiment for the class. With steady, rapid motions, Noah was measuring out brightly colored powders and then pouring them into a row of test tubes. As she observed him, Alexis couldn’t help noting his strong, handsome features, the intriguing intensity behind his eyes, and his athletic, muscular build. 

Molly was right. Noah may be a science nerd, but he’s definitely . . .

Blushing, Alexis faced forward and tried again to concentrate on the front of the room. 

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Two Masters by Jaclyn Weist – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz 2020

Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing at a young age and published her first book in 2013. She met her husband, Steve, at BYU, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her to keep writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. When Jaclyn isn’t herding her kids to various activities, she serves on the board for her local arts agency, runs a writing workshop, and stays up late writing books in various genres.

Jaclyn’s Young Adult books include The Luck Series, Lost in a Fairy Tale series, Magicians of the Deep, and Two Masters. 

Gwen’s family had only one rule—stay out of Grandma’s garden. And if it wasn’t for her annoying cousin, she never would have broken it. Everything seems fine until she pulls an ancient book from the old well inside.

And pays for it.

A dark magic is unleashed from its prison, and Gwen becomes its new host. Now, not only does she have to learn to use her own magic, she must also keep the dark magic from taking over her soul. Some rules are made to be broken. But breaking this one may just destroy the world. 



I crept closer to the well. All the horror stories told by older cousins, all the nightmares I’d had of this place when I was a little girl, came back to me in a rush. Pure, unadulterated fear screamed at me to run. But while I could leave right now—say that the bucket hadn’t pulled up anything—that would mean Craig would win. I couldn’t let that happen.
I jumped back. I was sure . . . no. There was no way I’d just heard my name. My heart beat wildly as I took a step toward the well. The rocks around it were rough and dug into my hands as I leaned over the side, expecting . . . something. I wasn’t sure what, but I couldn’t help the twinge of disappointment. If there was actually water, it was deep. There was nothing but blackness. I wanted to relax and told myself there was no way I’d heard a voice, but it continued to echo through my mind. 
“Come on, Gwen. We need to get out of here.” Josh’s voice was frantic now.
“I’ll be there in a sec.” Curiosity had won. I needed to know what was down there. It was like something had a hold on me. Terror gripped me as I grabbed on to the handle and yanked on it. The pulley protested, not having been used for who knew how long.
The bucket slowly came into view, and while there was clearly no baseball, the bucket wasn’t empty. A book sat nestled inside, as if it belonged there. It should have been wrinkled and falling apart, but it looked untouched by the water. The title was worn, but I could just make out the ancient lettering on it. The word “Spell” caught my attention. My stomach dropped. No way. This was impossible. Maybe Craig was playing some kind of trick on me . . .
“Gwen! Seriously. Get out of there. Mom and Grandma are back. You know they’ll freak if they see you in there.” 
I kept turning the crank until I could reach the book. It was leather bound with runes around the edges. A latch with a lock kept the book shut tight. The fact that the book still looked brand new should have stopped me, but I had to know how it got there. It was cool to the touch, but warmed quickly under my fingers. This couldn’t have been one of Craig’s tricks.
“Gwendolyn. You saved us. We knew you would.” 

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Blue Ridge Murder by Carolyn LaRoche – Book Blog Tour

Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Title: Blue Ridge Murder
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Marshall Brothers, #2
Release Date: September 26, 2020
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design

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A steadfast believer in “never again,” the only relationship parole officer Alayna Baron wants is with her job. When her roommate surprises her with a long weekend in the mountains, she reluctantly agrees—completely unaware it’s a singles matchmaking event. 

Widowed at a young age, Detective Evan Marshall thought he’d had his one chance at love. When his brothers send him away for the weekend, the thought of romance never crosses his mind. At least, not until he finds the intriguing Alayna stranded on the side of the road.

When an intense snowstorm closes the roads and bodies start piling up at the inn where they are staying, Evan and Alayna join forces in an attempt to keep the other guests safe. But even with a murderer hidden amongst them, Evan and Alayna find a spark neither are looking for. If only they can stay alive long enough to explore it.

He chuckled. “Winter Singles’ Weekend Getaway?”

Madeline hadn’t mentioned anything about it being a singles’ getaway. If this were true, her best friend would be hearing from her as soon as she had service again. What a waste of a trip—and a perfectly good vehicle. She had no intention of dating ever again, and her roommate knew that. He didn’t need to know she’d been duped though. 

Narrowing her eyes at his teasing tone, she crossed her arms over her chest. “Yeah. You got a problem with that?”

He held his hands up in mock surrender. “Not at all. My brothers signed me up for the same adventure as a gift. They think I’m depressed and it would cheer me up.”

“Depressed? That’s an interesting reason to send you on a dating retreat.” She shook her head, really beginning to consider the serial killer possibility. 

“They’re wrong.” He winked. 

Alayna shrugged. “My best friend thinks I need to spend more time with people my own age.”
He gave her an odd look but didn’t push the subject. “I can give you a ride the rest of the way. We can leave your car here for the tow truck. Then you won’t freeze to death waiting. In weather like this, it could take a while for them to get up here.”

Alayna looked from him to the car and back again. The temperature seemed to drop by the minute, and the snow fell faster and harder with each lost degree. She could realistically freeze to death by morning if she stayed. If she went, she could become the next missing person in the state of Virginia. Or she could be warm, dry, and fed within the hour. Her stomach growled, chiming in its vote for a meal.

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Science teacher by day, writer and baseball mom by night, Carolyn LaRoche lives near the ocean with her husband, two boys, rescue puppy and four cats. She loves crocheting, books, food videos and trying new recipes.

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1. Max’s Hallowe’en Adventure; 2. The Shadow of the Witchfinder by Wendy Leighton-Porter – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz

A graduate of Exeter University, Wendy spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies before a change of career led her to writing children’s fiction. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi, she lives with her husband and beautiful Tonkinese cat.  

Wendy’s “”Shadows from the Past”” time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and a rather special cat called Max, are aimed at the Middle Grade age group. This award-winning series also includes several shorter novellas that see Max the talking Tonkinese cat undertaking solo missions. Now working on the 18th book in the series, “”The Shadow of the Shifting Sands””, Wendy hopes that her love of history, myth and legend will rub off on her young readers as she takes them on a magical mystery tour through the past. 

 In his fifth solo mini-adventure, Max the talking Tonkinese cat, the feline hero of the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series travels back in time to the mid-seventeenth century. 

He doesn’t understand how this has happened until he recognises his surroundings and realises it isn’t the first time he’s been to this place. Why has he been brought to this tumbledown cottage in the middle of nowhere? All is about to be revealed…

In 17th century Essex, at a time when most people believed in witchcraft, the name Matthew Hopkins was enough to strike fear into the heart of many a woman who lived alone with only a pet cat for company… for Hopkins was the Witchfinder General.  

The 15th book in the Shadows from the Past series takes the time-travelling foursome back to the year 1646. It isn’t Max’s first visit to the village of Mistley Thorn, but this time his friends Jemima, Joe and Charlie are by his side.
Their mission is to bring an end to Hopkins’ campaign of terror. Will they succeed, or might this prove to be their most dangerous challenge yet? “ 


Max’s Hallowe’en Adventure (the prequel to The Shadow of the Witchfinder)

Snippet 1
In the stillness of the night a twig snapped somewhere behind him and, with a rush of terror, Max realised he wasn’t alone. Turning slowly around, he caught the glitter of a pair of yellow eyes amidst the dense foliage – someone was watching him. Trying to swallow the rising whimper of fear that threatened to burst from his lips, he called out in a tremulous voice that sounded more like a mouse’s squeak instead of the brave challenge he’d been aiming for.
‘Wh-who’s there?’
The leaves rustled as a dark shadow slunk out into the open.
‘Maximus Lancelot? I’ve been sent to fetch you. Follow me.’

Snippet 2
The two cats took to their heels, running for their lives. Streaking across the green, they dodged outstretched hands as people tried to grab them, fear of being thrown on the fire spurring them on. They headed towards the lane that led out of the village. If they could make it to the woods, they’d have more chance of escaping.
Suddenly, above their heads, a dark shape swooped down and Max ducked, fearing that someone had flung a blanket or a cloak to trap them. With his heart in his mouth, he ran even faster, pelting down the lane with Jack at his side. He felt someone grab him by the scruff of the neck and a shock of fear shot through his body like a lightning bolt, convinced that he’d been caught. 

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