25 September 2020

Trouble Blows West | Excerpt + Giveaway

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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.

Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2020



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.”


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.


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

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  1. Sounds like a good book.

  2. Anonymous25/9/20 14:39

    Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  3. Hello Hallie. Thank you for hosting Trouble Blows West. I really appreciate that. Have a lovely day. :)

  4. This sounds like a great book.

  5. Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing!