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The Secret Sisters Club Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway


The Secret Sisters Club JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

The Secret Sisters Club Title: The Secret Sisters Club
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #1
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing 
Release Date: March 18, 2020
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction

Twelve-year-old BFF's Ginnie and Tillie, want to be sisters. Tillie's divorced mom plus Ginnie's widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club. They come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: 'Operation Secret Sisters'.

Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects that Tillie has turned 'Operation Secret Sisters' into a scam called 'Operation Steal My Dad.' Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom's hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn't remember and Dad doesn't talk about.

When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out what the big mystery is before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.

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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.

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Hi Monique! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and giving my readers the chance to get to know you and your new book- The Secret Sisters Club a little bit better!  I always like to start these interviews the same way with something fun! Tell us 5 random facts about you we WON’T find in your bio. 

  1. I was born on Walt Disney’s birthday--the last birthday he was alive. 
  2.  My oldest son was born on Mickey Mouse’s. My youngest son was born on Walt and my birthday.
  3.  I was a foster mom to over 100 kids.
  4.  Ginnie was inspired by Beverly Cleary’s Ramona--I loved her spirit and spunk. :) 
  5.  I am becoming a motivational speaker--I love to empower kids and help them be superheroes in their own lives. 

Let’s talk writing! Did you always know that you wanted to write?

I have known since I was a tween that I loved to write down the stories in my head. I had a few friends like me--living a double life--living in the “real world” with our bodies--but in a made up world in our minds. I’m not sure when I realized that scenario was not reality for most everybody else in the world. ;)

How did that love of writing come about for you?

I have always lived partially in my own imagination. However, in high school, I had an amazing creative writing teacher, Mrs. Johnson, who encouraged me so much that I made her a character in my second book: Trouble Blows West. If you choose to check out that book and want an interview--I’ll tell you a couple very amazing, cool stories about Mrs.Johnson in an interview. ;)

What drew you to middle grade fiction?

Ginnie--the main character in my Ginnie West series was my imaginary friend when I was 11. I grew up--but she didn’t. I love the passion, wisdom, and imaginations of middle schoolers. So I like to write to and for them--plus Ginnie is still in my head with some amazing stories to tell. :) 

Can you tell us a little bit about The Secret Sisters Club?

The Secret Sisters Club was actually the second book I wrote in the Ginnie West series. It is, on the surface, a fun read about two BFF’s who want to be sisters, but their underlying motivations are completely different. 

Tillie, being abandoned by her birth dad 6 years before the story starts, just wants to belong to a “complete” family. She loves the West family and wants to be an official West.

Ginnie likes the idea of being “for real” sisters with Tillie, her best friend, and is happy to go along with the scheme to get their reluctant parents together--but doesn’t really realize that her new sister will come with a new mother--something she needs to figure out especially once she finds her real mom’s journal and realizes that she has missed out on a great mom who understood and cherished her. 

Ginnie doesn’t doubt her dad’s love for her, but reconciling her feelings for a mom she doesn’t remember--but wishes she still had-- with an amazing woman (Tillie’s mom) who would love the chance to make a new family takes Ginnie and Tillie on an interesting journey.

What age group do you feel would get this most enjoyment out of this middle grade book and series?

 I have met fans from age 7 to age 82 who love the book. Anybody who likes books of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and finding humor in their daily life--will enjoy The Secret Sisters Club. At least that is the feedback I get.

In the book, Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club. Did you ever form a secret club with your own friends as a child? 

  In high school, 5 of my best friends and I formed a group called Skavenger’s Ink. We decided to use peer pressure in a positive way. We decided that as long as the 6 of us liked each other--we didn’t care what anyone else thought about us. 

It made high school a lot of fun as we didn’t worry about whether we were part of the “popular girls club” or not. We liked who we were--and what we were. Each of us had a creative bent--some were writers,  some artists, some Thespians (actresses)  or a combo. 

We recycled papers and earned money (the Skavenger’s part) to go on an amazing trip white water rafting and horseback riding the summer of our junior year. The “Ink” part was because some of us were authors and/or artistic. The members of Skavenger’s Ink made a lot of great memories together.

What do you hope readers will take away from the book?

That family is important. But sometimes we are not born to people who are not good for us--and sometimes we lose family members through death and divorce and it is okay to form new relationships that are good for us. And it’s never wrong to do the right thing. :)

Thank you again for taking the time to answer these questions. Before you go, are there any other projects you are currently working on that you can share?

I am working on Book 5 in the Ginnie West series. At the moment, it does not have a title. I am hoping to have it finished and published in late Fall 2020. 

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

The Secret Sisters Club JustRead Giveaway

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 August 25, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 1, 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. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy even though I'm much older than middle grade!

  2. "The Second Sisters Club" sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  3. Sounds like a great read.

  4. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  5. Wonderful new book, cheers on the tour.

  6. this sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing

  7. Sounds like a real cute story. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

  8. It is funny about how birthdays coincide.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing more insights about the book and the author. I loved Beverly Cleary’s books as a little girl, especially the Ramona ones! This sounds like a fun series with a lot of heart and important lessons for girls today.

  10. Great interview! I admire that she was a foster mom to so many children!

  11. This sounds like a good one for my niece.

  12. This sounds like an awesome book! Looking forward to reading it. Looks like an enjoyable series


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