Sunday, October 11, 2020


~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Excerpt, Author Bio & Giveaway~ 

Simply West of Heaven Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!




Simply West of Heaven
Title: Simply West of Heaven 
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #3 
Author: Monique Bucheger 
Publisher: True West Publishing 
Release Date: 2020 
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction 

Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom's journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name. 

Ginnie is counting on her future sister's help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie's not so sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. The girls' world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. 

Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish.

“Gross. You had a crush on Mama?” Toran, Ginnie’s twin brother, teased.

“Thanks a lot. I’d forgotten about that.” Buzz grimaced at Uncle Jake and then winked at Toran. “I got over it quick. And remember, I was only seven. But you asked her to marry you.”

“I did not ask my mom to marry me!” Toran shook his blond head. “Huh, Dad?”

When Dad coughed into his fist, Ginnie laughed out loud. “You mean it’s true? Finally, an embarrassing little kid story not about me!”

“It’s not true.” Toran waved his hand, pointing from their dad to Ginnie. “Tell them, Dad.”

Dad and Buzz exchanged shrugs and smiles. “Well, Tor. I would, but it is true.”

Toran crossed his arms, frowning. “How old was I?” 

“Three. Your mama thanked you kindly for the offer, but said she couldn’t accept, because she was already married to me.” Dad grinned and squeezed his shoulder. “You didn’t talk to me for the rest of that day.”

Ginnie and Tillie giggled. 

Toran shook his head. “It’s not funny.”

“Oh, yes it is!” Ginnie laughed harder and pointed her thumb at her chest. “Now you know how I feel—they’re always telling stories about me.” 

“Your mama thought it was sweet.” Dad tugged one of Ginnie’s blonde braids. “And being the kind and loving sister you are, you came up with a plan to help him out.”

“What kind of plan?” Ginnie asked suspiciously.

His grin grew wider. “You asked me to marry you, so Toran could marry your mama.”

“No way!” Ginnie objected. 

Tillie and Uncle Jake roared with laughter. 

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Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger 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, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. 

She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card OR winner's choice of Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Apple, or Kobo!

Simply West of Heaven JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 12, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on October 19, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.

  3. This sounds like a great story. I'm already curious as to why their dad took the journals from the girls. Congrats to Monique!

  4. Hi June,

    I just wanted to pop in and say "Thanks" for hosting my book Simply West of Heaven. I hope your readers will be willing to check it out. It was a fun book to write. The West family are always good for a surprise or 3--especially in this book--it contains 4 of my best twists. :) Laugh lots. :)

  5. What a fun excerpt! I like the dynamics between the family and it’s so sweet he asked his mom to marry him. Makes you wonder what’s in those journals.

    1. If you read the series--you will find out--once Dad returns the journals--they are a big part of the story. :)

  6. I'd not heard of this book so thanks for featuring on MMGM. Family stories with heart are always a winning combination. Great giveaway opportunity, too!

  7. This sounds like a very interesting book.

  8. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  9. Congratulations Monique! Sounds like a heartfelt story with some family secrets, a mystery and a good dose of humor. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and review. Love that cover.

    1. Thank you. The blonde girl lives on the actual West farm. The Brunette is her cousin in real life--and they are best friends. :)

  10. Based on the cover image and the quote, alone, this series looks like something my daughter is going to beg me to read. Thanks for sharing, June! I'll check into it. :)

    1. I'd love to know what you think if you choose to read it. ;)

  11. What a generous giveaway! Simply West of Heaven sounds like a wonderful book—thanks for sharing it! (P.S. I reviewed a book today, The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith, where the magic is based entirely on sewing and weaving—I thought you might find that neat!)

  12. I have been hearing about this book. I do love the cover. Thanks for your post.

  13. This reminds me a little of Parent Trap with the matchmaking antics. I love the cute cover.

  14. Sounds like a great book for some of the younger readers in my life.

  15. Sounds like a great story. I know some young readers that would really enjoy the book.


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