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Today I’m on the ‘The Bus Ride : A Zany Busnapping Adventure’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by the author, but b
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.
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.
Guest Post :
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 MuffinTopMomma aka Gloria, a woman who is at a crossroads in her life. Her husband recently died, and her son is off at college. After her best friend tells her she should get out there and date again, and after realizing she does lead a lonely life, she decides to board Bus No. 255 for a contemplative ride to figure everything out. As we get into the story, however, we find out there’s something else in store for Gloria, as well as the rest of the passengers. As the story progresses, we learn more about MuffinTopMomma, and find she is loyal to the people she cares about, and once she meets someone, they are part of her family.
“I’m going in. Nobody messes with OUR REALBUSDRIVER,” MuffinTopMomma screamed as she pulled a stun gun from her cleavage, “or the hired help.” She ran into the pool area, holding up one side of her ankle-length leopard-spotted skirt. She let out a guttural sound as she zapped the first two men she approached.
“ARRRGGGGG!” They fell like bricks to the ground. One man backed up while holding his arms out in front of him.
“No, no, no noooooooo…” he stuttered before MuffinTopMomma zapped him too. He fell into the hydrangea bush.
Sitting at her favorite penny machine at the casino five hours straight three times a week didn’t give MuffinTopMomma much exercise. She gasped and held her chest as she stopped zapping for a second to thank SpiderBoy, who had grabbed another man’s ankle and pulled him into the pool.
“Thanks, little buddy!” she called out as she trotted past him and the sputtering man. After blowing out a few breaths, she zeroed in on a few guys ducking behind a hedge. “Yeah, you better run…SUCKERS!”
After everything is said and done, Gloria ends up marrying a wonderful man she meets at Thursday Night Bingo. They have an Elvis wedding in Reno, something they both still giggle about.
“…A woman named Gloria is almost like a Zen existence for everyone on board…”
5-Star Review by Lit Amri, Readers’ Favorite
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