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Blog Blitz: The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog blitz for the novella The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier.  There is also an **international** giveaway going on for a signed copy of The Bus Ride!

Book Description:

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.

The Bus Ride:  A Zany Busnapping Adventure
Author:  Joanie Chevalier

Published: November 2, 2019
128 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 29-30, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this one up and it ended up being a very pleasant surprise! Though it is a short novella at 128 pages, this is a complete story. I became engrossed in the story and wanted to know how it was going to end.  You are caught up in every character’s life story and even begin to root for the busnapper.  Each distinct character ends up with a unique to them nickname during their situation, and not all characters end up being what they seem!

The Bus Ride is an entertaining and quick read that takes place over a very short time period. Take some time and pick up The Bus Ride and next time you get on a bus you may see your fellow riders in a different light!

**Buy The Bus Ride here.**

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.

Contact Joanie:
Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @JoanieChevalier 
Goodreads
RAC Website

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Review: The Friendships Online Series Parts 1&2 by Anne John-Ligali

The Friendships Online series is a three part novella series and the blog tour for the third has started. I am part of the blog tour for The Dinner in the Sky, with my review being on June 13th. To prepare for Dinner in the Sky, I read the first two novellas of the series and I will be sharing my review for them today. The Dinner in the Sky was released yesterday, May 31st.

Books in the Series:
The Big Event
The Weekend Spa Break
The Dinner in the Sky


The Big Event
Published: November 30, 2017
28 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 16, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Jessica’s Review:

The Big Event is the short story beginning to John-Ligali’s Friendships Online trilogy series. Constance is a writer and has been online friends for years with several fellow authors and finally has a chance to meet them at a party!  But things don’t go quite as she expected, in good and bad ways.  This short story introduces us to a variety of characters that we are sure to get to know over the course of the series.

The Big Event also shows how much of a hindrance social media has become in our world. Do we really need to be sucked into our phones all the time?

This is a short read at 28 pages and can be read in less than an hour. Do read it and get to know Constance and be ready for the second in the trilogy: The Weekend Spa Break.

Purchase Links:
**This one is FREE!**
Amazon US
Amazon UK

The Weekend Spa Break
Published: April 30, 2018
148 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 19-23, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.
Sparkling water on tap.
And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Jessica’s Review:

The Weekend Spa Break is the second in the Friendships Online short story trilogy. Weekend picks up where The Big Event Ends. We are with Constance and Estelle and they are having a wonderful spa weekend relaxing and getting to know each other better and discovering how much they actually have in common!  And who is this hottie that Constance keeps seeing around and exchanging glances with?

Every woman needs a spa break getaway with her girlfriends. After reading this I found myself thinking how much I really could use one!  This is an enjoyable story that goes in an unexpected direction that wants you  to start the next in the series: Dinner in the Sky to see how this story ends!

Social media is still an integral part of the story and really makes you think how much should we really be sharing to and who might be seeing our updates?!?!?!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Blog Tour: After Jessica by Morgen Bailey

Today I get to help end the blog tour for After Jessica by Morgen Bailey! I share my review of this novella.

Book Description:

Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?

Author: Morgen Bailey
Published: September 20, 2016
172 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 4-10, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

After Jessica is a short novella written by Morgen Bailey that pulls you in from the beginning and we have multiple mysteries throughout.  The chapters are extremely short and the story is fast paced.  You will want to keep reading to see what will happen!

The chapters are from multiple points of view (a favorite of mine!) and they start out disconnected, but as the novella progresses, they all wind up interconnected. Readers of thrillers/mysteries will most likely figure out the connections early on, I did.  But it did not end my enjoyment of the novella.  I wanted to see how these characters figured out the outcome. I liked and was invested in these characters, even the ‘unlikable’ Daniel, but you can understand his reasoning!

Reader beware: After Jessica ends on a cliffhanger!  Ms. Bailey, I am ready for the continuation of this novella.  I really hope you are planning to continue the story and I want to know what will happen next: Because ‘After Jessica’ is just the beginning!

After Jessica is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

Contact Morgen:
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Author
Editor
Tutor
Blogger
Speaker
Twitter @morgenwriteruk

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