23 April 2019

RES-Q Tyler Stop | Excerpt + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: April 22, 2019


When they turned into their driveway, Diamond barked and ran around in circles. Weston woke up and yawned. He nudged Wendy to wake her up and mumbled, "We're home."

Dad pulled the truck under the shade of a huge oak tree near their house. Both children snapped off their seatbelts and stretched.

"Wendy, take Diamond to her pen for a few minutes until she settles down. I don't want her to upset the rabbits with her noise and excitement. Weston, go get seven large towels from the rag bin in the shed. We're going to soak the towels in cold water and then hang them over each pet carrier, including Ruby's."

"Got it, Dad. And thanks for letting Wendy and me be foster parents to the rabbits. I promise we won't let you and Mom or the rabbits down."

Dad ruffled his son's thick brown hair and said, "You've proven you can be trusted, Weston. Your word is as good as gold to me."

When he heard his dad's words, Weston felt pride swell in his heart. Almost nothing made Weston feel better than to please his dad.

He cleared his throat.

"I'll go get those towels now, Dad."

The three of them set up the damp towels for the rabbits. Wendy filled every animal's water bottle with cool water from the extra refrigerator they stored in the shed. They set up Ruby's cage at the end of the row of foster rabbits.

Weston washed lettuce leaves and carrots for the rabbits and Emerald, the turtle, and brought them out to his father. Diamond and Pearl were given their favorite pet foods and some cool water, and things soon settled down in the pet section of the yard.

The afternoon heat was stifling, so the family went inside to sit in front of the fan and relax. Dad read a book while Weston and Wendy played several games of checkers and Go Fish. Around four, Dad stood up.

"Let's start dinner for your mother since she's worked all day and didn't get to go out for burgers."

"I like helping in the kitchen," Weston said.

"Ew. Boys are not supposed to like cooking!"

"Wendy, I'm surprised at you. You know your papa does all the cooking at their house, and I love to help out with meals, too. We're both just grown-up boys."

Wendy blushed and turned to her brother.

"Sorry about that, Weston."

"It's all right. Maybe I'll grow up to be a chef, so now's the perfect time to start learning."

"I learned to cook before I met your mother. It's a good thing, too, or I would have starved while I was a bachelor."

Everyone chuckled as they washed their hands and put on their aprons.

"What should we make?" Weston asked.

"I think a crisp, cold salad would hit the spot today," Dad said.

"Yeah. We could add some cold tuna fish salad and boiled eggs to it," Wendy added.

"Let's check out the fridge to see what your mother has left in there for us."


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.


(1) winner will win

$20 Amazon gift card (US/International)
Signed paperback copy of RES-Q Tyler Stop (US only) or digital copy (International)

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