Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Book Tour: Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger

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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Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong.    
She quickly figures out that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Pierce likes being knocked down by one. When Pierce seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a playback prank at Pierce’s house.  
Sadly, Ginnie learns that Pierce has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll with one awful blow to the chest. Realizing he's a boy in big trouble, Ginnie switches gears and decides to be his ally, even if he won’t let her be his friend.

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.

* An excellent book that deals with the sensitive topics of bullying, abuse and forgiveness. It is action packed and full of raw emotions.

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

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Top Ten List

Ten fun facts about the book: Trouble Blows West 

1) Ginnie's teacher, Mrs. Johnson, is based on my high school creative writing teacher, Mrs. Marion Joyce Johnson.

2) Mrs. Johnson, my teacher, is the mother of astronaut Gregory H. Johnson--he piloted the Space Shuttle Endeavor twice. 

3) Colonel Gregory H. Johnson read Trouble Blows West and wrote a Foreword for it. 

4) Heart of the Wests (Ginnie's home)  is a real place in Ohio.

5) The blonde girl on the cover (Gracie--who is modeling for Ginnie) lives in the real West Farmhouse.

6) The brunette girl on the cover (Jessie--who is modeling for Tillie)--is Gracie's cousin in real life.

7) There are real goats, chickens, cattle, dogs, cats, turkeys, ducks on the real West farm--but NO horses.

8) I spent a lot of time at the "real Wests" farm--as a teenager--babysitting the kids that lived there--especially Gracie and Jessie's dads--and their aunt. 

9) Gracie and Jessie's cousins grew up on a different farm I mention in the books: Chandler's Crossing--Toran and Ginnie's friend, Austin's home. 

10) I raised a lamb named Appomattox (because I was fascinated with the Civil War)  on the real West farm and showed it at the county fair as a teen.



She blew out an impatient breath. “That would mean seeing Daddy again and I’m not talking to him.”

Uncle Jake chuckled. “That does complicate things, but being the good uncle that I am, I can’t in good conscience allow you to ride without your helmet at least, knowing your dad prefers you to ride with a saddle and your helmet. Why are you mad at my brother?”

“Because he’s nuts. And so is my brother. Please let go, I’ll be fine.”

Uncle Jake smiled and shook his head. “Can you define ‘nuts’ for me?”

“Crazy. Loony. Nutburgers. Now please let go.”

“Sorry, I need more information than that.”

“Uncle Jake!”

“Fill in the blank.” He handed her Calliope’s reins. “I am risking getting grounded by riding without my helmet because …”

Ginnie didn’t hesitate, fury rising  mounting. “Because my dad is as pigheaded as my brother. They would rather see Toran beat up by Pierce than have me help him. They actually think Pierce is gonna listen to Toran tell him to back off.” Ginnie recalled Pierce’s angry, purple face when he found himself on the theater floor earlier and shook her head. “Pierce isn’t the chatting type.”

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting my book, Trouble Blows West. :)


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