Sunday, April 21, 2019


--  'RES-Q TYLER STOP'  --
 ~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Author
Bio, Unique Excerpt & Giveaway~ 


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for RES-Q Tyler Stop by June McCrary Jacobs with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: RES-Q Tyler Stop  
Series: Tyler Stop, Book 1  
Author: June McCrary Jacobs  
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books  
Release Date: April 22, 2019  
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

It's the summer of 1968 in Sonoma County, California, and eleven-year-old Weston Gregg and his nine-year-old sister, Wendy, are looking for fun things to do during their summer break from school. When they discover some abandoned rabbits, they hatch an idea to make a positive difference for animals and people in their small town of Tyler Stop.

They decide to form 'Rescue Each Species-Quickly', or RES-Q Tyler Stop.

There are challenges to face as they move forward into their new venture, including standing up to someone who is targeting Weston's friends for being different and a painfully bad decision.

Will Weston have to handle these issues on his own or will he learn to accept the advice and wisdom shared by some important people in his life? Join Weston and his family and friends as they share some adventures and learn and grow together in RES-Q Tyler Stop.


"Adventure has no end in this tale, where a heart for animals inspires and surprises await around every bend. . . . The characters and the situations they face come across realistic, and the scenes develop naturally. Not only does the author keep a nice paced plot rolling along but adds interesting and practical information about animals and ways to handle certain situations along the way. It makes for a fun mix of fiction and fact.

This appears to be the first book in the series, and I’m eager to see where the RES-Q Tyler Stop adventures will head to next." ~ Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes

πŸ‡ 🐢 🐱 🐒 EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT 🐒 🐱  🐢  πŸ‡ 

Road Trip to Lake Tahoe--Summer, 1968

Each summer Weston and Wendy were treated to a road trip with their father's parents, Edna and Bill Gregg. This year they were driving up to Lake Tahoe to go camping and fishing. Weston was especially excited because he would get to try out some of the camping, cooking, and fishing skills he'd learned in Boy Scouts.

When Weston was packing for the trip, Dad wandered into his room.

"Oh, hi, Dad. I need to talk to you about something important."

"All right."

"While we're gone to Lake Tahoe with Nana and Papa, please don't forget to feed and water all of the animals every day. When we get home, we'll pay you for being a substitute animal keeper."

"I won't forget to take care of the animals. Your sister made a large poster listing everything I need to do each day. Don't worry; I won't let anything happen to the little critters."

"I know you'll do the right things for the animals until we get home next week. Wendy's a little worried about leaving you and Mom in charge, but I told her we can trust you both with these responsibilities."

Dad chuckled, then smiled. "We'll do our best. Your faith in us means a lot, son."  

Wendy and Weston were finishing breakfast when they heard the horn on their grandparents' truck. They each ran out front with a sleeping bag in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

"You two look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning," Nana said as she hugged them close.

"You said to be ready for a 7:30 pick-up, so we packed everything last night before bedtime," Wendy said.

"Yeah, we're really excited to go camping and fishing with you and Papa."

"We're looking forward to it, too." Nana smiled.

As Papa opened the back door to the pop-up camper shell sitting on top of the truck's flatbed, he shouted, "Let's get this show on the road, people!"

"Now, Dad, you know Lake Tahoe isn't going to grow legs and walk away." Glen was carrying out a box of canned goods and other necessities for the trip.

Bill Gregg turned around and grinned at his son.

"I used to say the same thing to you when you were a young whippersnapper like Weston here."

"Where do you think I learned all of my dad humor, Dad?"

Everyone laughed as Christy came out of the kitchen carrying a picnic basket and an insulated jug.

"Here's a picnic lunch and some iced tea for your noon break on the way up to the lake."

"Thank you, my dear," said Edna as she hugged and kissed Christy.

"How's my favorite daughter?" Bill leaned in for a kiss.

"Papa, Mom isn't your daughter. She's your daughter-in-law," said Wendy.

"Actually, I like to call her my daughter-in-love." Bill winked at Christy.

"Thanks, Dad," Christy said as she hugged him around the waist. "I'm fortunate to have two great fathers—my own and you."

"Any last minute instructions for the children, Glen?" Edna asked.

"We had a long discussion last night, so I think all will go well. Any questions, kids?"

"No, Dad," Wendy said.

"No, sir," Weston added.

"Okay, then let's load everyone up and get on the road," Papa said.

"Have a safe, fun trip, you two," Mom said with tears in her eyes as she gave both of her children a warm hug and several kisses.

Weston squirmed loose of her arms and said, "Aw, Mom. Do you have to kiss me in front of everybody?"

"Yes. It's a mother's privilege."

"Are you going to cry, Mom?" Wendy asked.

"No, honey."

"Probably," Dad murmured.

"Don't cry, Mom. We'll be home in a week, and then you'll be stuck with us every day for fifty-one weeks until we go on vacation with Nana and Papa again next summer," Weston said.

"Good thinking, son. That puts everything into perspective, doesn't it?" Dad asked.

"Last call for the bathroom or to be sure you have everything you need for the next two or three hours. You know I don't like to stop until we get up to Roseville," Papa said.

"I remember, Dad." Glen chuckled. "How about it, you guys?"

"I'm good," said Weston.

"Me, too," added Wendy.

"Let's get going then."

The children climbed into the truck and sat between their grandparents. The truck was old, but Bill and Glen had installed two lap seatbelts for the children to use when they rode in the truck. Papa started the motor and everyone waved one last time before they headed out onto the main road.

A moment later the truck backed up and Bill rolled down his window.

"Something wrong, Dad?" Glen asked.

"Wendy wants me to remind you not to forget to take good care of the animals."

Glen raised his hand and waved off the comment.

"I won't forget the animals. Now let your grandfather get moving."

Bill nodded, rolled up the window and drove out to the main road.

"I'll miss them every minute they're gone," Christy said.

"I will, too, but I think it's great that they get to spend some quality time with my parents exploring new territory. Don't you?"

"Definitely. I'd better get moving so I can be at the school for my first appointment this morning. See you around four this afternoon."

Christy kissed her husband and went back inside to grab her purse and lunch. Glen walked her to her car.

She made a quick U-turn and turned onto the main road. Glen walked back to the house to clean up the kitchen. He had a lot on his agenda for the day, and he wanted to get started before it got too hot.

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 'RES-Q Tyler Stop' is June McCrary Jacobs's first middle-grade book. June is a retired elementary school teacher and literacy mentor who is fond of California history and children's literature. She especially loves to write, read, and blog about middle-grade fiction and non-fiction on her 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic' blog.

In addition to writing inspirational romance books and stories for adults {A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom, 2013; Robin's Reward, 2015; Handmade Hearts, 2019}, June's original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade.

When she's not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

One of her most memorable and thrilling childhood adventures was her ride in the Goodyear blimp as it floated over Long Beach, California. She can still remember the people on the beach waving to her as she zoomed past them.


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(1) winner will win
  • $20 Amazon gift card (US/International)
  • Signed Paperback Copy of RES-Q Tyler Stop (US only) or Digital Copy (International)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 22, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm April 29, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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  1. Sounds like a great book. Cute cover. Thank you for a great giveaway!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by today, Dorothy. I appreciate your kind words, and you are welcome for the giveaway.

  2. Congratulations, June! This sounds like a good book. I also like to write books that take place in the 1960s (the decade I was a kid).

    1. Thank you very much, Janet! I appreciate your positive remarks about my book. Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me!

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    1. I'm glad you liked this excerpt. Thanks for visiting my blog today, Rita.

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by to celebrate with me, Heidi! Thank you.

  5. Congrats June! I'm looking forward to sharing my review this Friday and having you stop by ALWAYS in the MIDDLE for an interview.

    1. Thank you for your good wishes. I'm looking forward to being on your blog this Friday, too; and I'm glad you stopped by to celebrate with me today, Greg.

  6. Congratulations June! Hope you sell a lot of books. Great cover and fun story. Enjoyed reading a chapter. Enjoy promoting your book.

    1. Awww, thank you, Patricia! I appreciate your positive remarks about the cover, story, and excerpt. So far I'm having a great time sharing this book with others. I appreciate your taking time out of your busy day to celebrate with me.

  7. Adventure and rabbits. What an ingenuous mix. I have some brothers that would enjoy reading this book.

    1. Hello, Rachel ~ Thank you for stopping by to celebrate with me today. Your positive comments are much appreciated. Hope your brothers get a chance to read this book soon!

  8. This sounds like a really fantastic book.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to celebrate with me today, Debbie! I appreciate your nice comment.

  9. Don't think I've been here before, stopping by to say what a wonderful release

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Calvin. I appreciate your kind words regarding my book. Please visit Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic again soon.

  10. Small town stories are always fun. . Thanks for telling me about it.

  11. Congratulations on your book, June! How exciting! Sounds like a fun story.

    1. Thank you, Michelle, for your kind words. I am very excited about my first children's book for sure. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by to celebrate with me!

  12. what fun! Sorry I missed the book birthday, but I'll sure try to find a copy to read.