05 December 2020

Being West Is Best | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses.

Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-father puts in an appearance after a six-year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”

If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.”

Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: 2020



“That’s a great start to building bridges.” Mom slid gentle hands onto Tillie’s cheeks, her not-so-subtle suggestion that Tillie should be gracious and take the high road. “It’s what you wanted most for your sixth birthday.”

Jasper must have gotten hope from Mom’s response as well. “You were so happy when I told you I would get one for you ... that you made me feel like Superman.”

Conflict over.

No way was Jasper ever going to be “Superman” to her.

DT had earned that role, not her lousy-excuse-for-a-birth-father.

She stood straighter, channeling some of Uncle Ben’s quiet strength for herself.

If he thinks he’s Superman, then I’ll be his kryptonite.

Tillie locked her gaze on Jasper, years of hurt and anger building to a tempest inside her. “My sixth birthday was the lousiest birthday ever—and that was All. Your. Fault.”


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 gift card to the winner’s choice of Amazon, Audible, Kobo, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble!

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 December 1, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 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. Sounds like a good read.

  2. Nice to meet you Monique, sounds like an excellent read! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Stormy. I hope you will check out the Ginnie West Adventures. You will probably want to start with Book 1: The Secret Sisters Club OR Book 2: Trouble Blows West--each of those are pretty standalone--but make books 3 & 4 even better. :)

  3. Hallie--thank you for hosting Being West is Best on your Blog. :)

  4. This sounds like a great book Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous7/12/20 22:04

    Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  6. Looks like a cute book and series!