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Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeples #Review

  I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate a return to Primrose Hall. Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeple was published by Boldwood Books on April 15th.   Primrose Hall is more than Jackson Moody and his fiancée Pia’s home – it’s the heart of the community. The Sunday craft fairs in the renovated stables are a popular draw for the locals and tourists alike, enticed by the beautiful surroundings of Primrose Woods as well as the irresistible goodies on display. But for Sophie Wright they’re a chance to forge a new life and a new business. After leaving behind a turbulent relationship, Sophie is starting again – and romance is the last thing on her mind. Drop dead gorgeous Tom Moody, Lord of the Manor Jackson’s newly-discovered older brother, is loving being a member of the Primrose Hall community. Content to muck in where he can be helpful, he’s just happy to be part of the family. But when tragedy strikes, Pia needs Tom more than he ever expected. And when Tom ne

The Bus Ride by Joanie Chavalier #Guest Post #Excerpt #Giveaway


 I am delighted to welcome author Joanie Chevalier to the blog today with a guest post and an excerpt from her novella, The Bus Ride.There is also the chance to win a signed copy of the book. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. First, here's a little about the book:
 
The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure


When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.



Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

Welcome to Books, Life and Everything, Joanie. 

 Joanie: 

The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure is a character-led novella. “I feel if an author creates rich characters, the story will propel itself.” – Joanie Chevalier, Author. 


     “The character range is by far the most impressive feature of the story, and time is dedicated to each of the individuals on the bus to give their little vignette of life and see how their issues are resolved, exacerbated (or indeed both) by the events of the busnapping.” 5-Star Review by K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite.

    Devon, the busnapper, decides to give each passenger a nickname: “We won’t be using our real names here. I want each of you to come up here and I’ll choose a nickname for ya. Cuz if I have to call on you, I don’t want to say ‘Hey, you.’ That’s not personal, and kinda rude. I like one-on-one personal stuff.” 

    Here, I’d like to introduce you to RealBusDriver aka Doug. RealBusDriver is a long-time driver for Greyhound Bus Company. He’s in a marriage that was romantic for a time but is now dried up. He doesn’t know what to do about it, so he does nothing. His live is mundane and boring. During this bus ride, however, Doug finds out that being ‘average’ doesn’t mean he can’t be a hero.

                                                                                            Excerpt:

    The Impala raced past the bus and the black jeep maneuvered around too. “They must be going one hundred miles per hour!” said LonelyBoy, as the passengers ignored Doug’s demand to stay seated and moved over to the left side of the bus to watch the racing vehicles speed by. 

    An arm reached out from the passenger side of the jeep and fired a gun. It was fired again, and the second shot blew out the back tire of the Impala. The driver lost control and it spun out into a gravel parking lot. The driver of the black jeep slammed on its brakes and it halted in the middle of the road. 

    The passenger fired again at the Impala and the bullet ricocheted off the bumper. A woman inside the vehicle screamed and jumped out. 

    “Sofie!” shouted Mamacita. She rushed to the bus door and shouted in Spanish, her eyes filled with tears. 

    “Let me out, she says,” translated SpiderBoy. 

    “Are you kidding me? No!” Doug said. “Everyone down in the aisle!” 

    While he was busy looking back into the bus at his passengers, Mamacita turned the knob to open the door. She sprinted down the steps. 

    “Sofie!” 

    Doug swore as he reached under the dash and took a gun out of a holster hidden there. 

    A kid desperate to get his deceased mother’s urn didn’t call for a firearm, Doug reasoned. Plus, he got a long nap out of the deal, he couldn’t deny that. But no one harms a woman on his watch. No one. 

    “Everyone stay here!” Doug demanded as he jumped down onto the ground. He ducked behind the bus and crouched, holding his gun with shaky hands. His brow furrowed. How will a bunch of amateurs nab a madman with a mission and a gun? Then his shoulders went back and he straightened. We did this once, we can do it again!



    “…I personally know several overworked and unhappy 'Dougs'…” 5-Star Review by Lit Amri, Readers’ Favorite

                                                                             About the Author 



Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.



Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

You can follow Joanie here: Amazon Author Page   |  Twitter 
                                          |   Goodreads  |  RAC Website

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Joanie Chevalier and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for the guest post and a place on the tour.

Check out the rest of the tour!


Giveaway  (Worldwide)






To win a Signed copy of The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure (Open INT) just follow the link below and good luck!


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  1. Thank you for featuring my newest book. I appreciate everything you do for authors. All the best, Joanie

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