Guest Post – Monique Bucheger – 5 kids books that impacted her life

Simply West of Heaven Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Simply West of HeavenTitle: Simply West of Heaven
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #3
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date:
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction

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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Monique Bucheger

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.

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


5 or more kids books that made an impact on your life (and why)

Little House on the Prairie series I have always felt I was born too late and that I would have loved being a pioneer. I always resonated with Laura Ingalls Wilder and when I realized that her daughter, Rose, and I share a birthday–that sealed the feeling. 🙂

Louisa May Alcott’s books Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys. I loved reading anything by Louisa May Alcott–and  I learned that changing roles: IE Meg becoming a mother of twins, Jo resisting getting married, only to fall in love with Prof. Bhaers and opening her heart to orphan boys makes for compelling stories.

Bridge to Terabithia: I love, love, LOVED, Leslie’s imagination since it resonated so much with mine. And I loved her relationship with Jesse. How open and trusting they could be. How animated and loyal Jesse was once he accepted Leslie’s invitation to enter her imagination. How much they completed each other.

Ramona the Brave Ramona was the inspiration for Ginnie West years ago. My first contract offer for The Secret Sisters Club was from a publishing company that said “They had fallen in love with Ginnie and her dad and that they could see my series becoming a classic like Beverly Cleary’s Ramona. It made me cry happy tears to think someone could love my series as much as I loved Beverly Cleary’s.

Family Tree by Katherine Ayres I read this book for the first time as an adult–AFTER I had written The Secret Sisters Club. There are several familiar themes- between this book and mine-Tyler (a girl named for her dead mother’s last name) is half orphaned and being raised by a single dad who loves her greatly. She discovers her mom’s journals and gets to know the mom who died before she was born–her mom was in a car accident and kept alive in a coma so that Tyler would have a chance to live. It is a poignant story of a father and daughter.

It made me remember that a teacher once said that every basic story has been written–but the difference is how the author puts it together. I think this is why fractured fairy tales are so popular– the “Cinderella story” has been made into countless books and movies and each has fans and critics who either love or hate the twists and turns, that make the “new” story unique.


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

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  1. Jane,

    Thank you for hosting my book, Simply West if Heaven on your blog today. I hope your readers will check it out. It has my 4 best twists in it and was a lot of fun to write.

    I also appreciate you hosting books 1 and 2 as well: The Secret Sisters Club and Trouble Blows West. This series is a labor of love ❤️ for me and I am always grateful when it is well received.

    Have a lovely day.

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      • Thanks so much. I agree. Now if I could just figure out how to make that happen. I would also love to see the Ginnie West series on Lifetime or Hallmark channel. 😎

        Any help to make that happen would be much appreciated. 💕

        There are quite a few family members you have not met yet. I think they are worth a look. Hopefully I’ll get to add a few of them to Books five and six. 🙃

        If you are willing, I would also love to chat with you on specific thoughts as I go forward in the series. I get some of my best ideas from loyal readers. You see things a little differently than I do, which makes things interesting for me. 😊

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    • They sure do. I can’t imagine going up in a world where I didn’t have books to read. I love being able to travel in my mind to places that I haven’t been. Experiencing events I haven’t experienced. Some authors are so good at immersing me in the world that I forget that it isn’t real. I think that is a wonderful gift.

      I read the first Harry Potter book when I was pregnant with my eighth child. I was so sick. Except while reading that book. My mind forgot to be nauseous as I jumped into Harry Potter’s world. I was so sad when the book was over. 🙂

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