Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book spotlight - Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger

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"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."
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When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi cab 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, a son-in-law, and 3 adorable grandchildren, one cat, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventure middle-grade series: The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West, & Simply West of Heaven. and Being West Is Best, a picture book: Popcorn.

Twitter: MoniqueBucheger 

Question and Answer with the Author

1.      All-time favorite book? Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
2.      Writing snack of choice? GOOD Chocolate
3.      Top hobby you do when not writing? Scrapbooking

4.      Favorite Animal? Horse

Tired of keeping her uncles secret, Ginnie and Uncle Jake face off:

Before she could tell her feet whether to flee toward the barn, the pasture, or the front of the house, Uncle Jake stood in front of her, worry coloring his face. Dont make me jump any hoops. Just tell me whats wrong. And dont say nope or nothing. Wests dont lie.
But they sure know how to keep secrets, dont they? Ginnie let the words drip with spite. She crossed her arms. Too bad Wests dont keep their promises.
Didnt we just have this conversation?
She toggled her head. I told you that you didnt want to hear what I had to say. Too bad you didnt listen, huh?
Wow, even more attitude. His eyes narrowed. Then worry crept into his voice. Is this how youre gonna act tonight? Because I thought you had my back.
I have your back as much as you have mine. She took a sideways step.
He matched her move. I do have your back. You need to have some patience.
No, sir. Ginnie shook her head so hard her blonde braids flipped from one shoulder to the other. What I NEED is a dad who isnt afraid of his past, an uncle who keeps his promises, a best friend who doesnt have to talk about weddings all the time, and oha brother who isnt perfect.
Uncle Jake hung his thumb on his jean pocket and asked quietly. Anything else?
As long as youre asking, a mom who isnt dead would be nice. She blinked quickly and jutted her chin. But since pigs dont fly, I got nothing.

She brushed the bangs out of her eyes and glared just past his shoulder. Leave. Me. Alone.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book spotlight - Time of Useful Consciousness by Jennifer Ott

  Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle.  In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.

Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.

Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food. 

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Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her - give up her countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison.

During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children.

Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

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Author Top 10

1. Flying - I love to fly. I took flying lessons for research for the book.
2. Traveling
3. Spent most of my career in the Fashion Industry.
4. I like making video and book trailers
5. Meditation. I have studied various types of meditation for several years.
6. Listening to Classic rock music. I am a major Beatles fan. I probably would have been one of the crazy Beatle maniacs.
7. Grimms’ Fairytales inspired the “flavor” of the book.
8. When I was young, I visited Amsterdam...the experience offered inspiration for the book.
9. I always make “sound tracks” for each of my books. Music helps me write the emotion of the book.
10. I have a radio show, (The SuperJenius Show on the Artist First Radio Network) where I interview other authors and artists.

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