16 October 2020

Simply West of Heaven | Excerpt + Giveaway


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. 

Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: 2020



At Young’s, Buzz ordered two extra-large plates of chili cheese fries to go along with their banana splits. Although more laid back than Dad, Buzz wasn’t quite as into ‘dessert for dinner’ as Uncle Jake. But he was approachable … and Dad wasn’t here.

After stabbing her spoon into her treat several times, Ginnie decided to quit slicing her bananas to pieces and ask what was on her mind. “Buzz, do you know Dad’s secret?”

He shrugged. “I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”

Ginnie rolled her eyes. How could he not know?

“Mama’s journals? Daddy promised I could read them,” she hinted impatiently. “Do you know why he took them?”

Buzz shook his head. “I don’t remember any secrets, but I had just turned twelve a few days before Queenie died. However, I do remember that your mom made me feel better about losing my mom the year before. Then Queenie died. That was a rough year.”

Ginnie sliced the banana chunks with her spoon as she mulled over her cousin’s words.

A lump caught in her throat. Swallowing didn’t help.


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.


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

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. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

  2. Great excerpt and cover.

  3. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

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

  6. This looks like a sweet series!