Nikki's Heart by Nona j Moss: 12 Days of Back to School Books (Day 5)

Nona Moss grew up in Cheyenne Wyoming. She writes young adult fiction, and has published a book of poetry. She currently lives in St Joseph Missouri with her teenage son Zayne and the love of her life and best friend Travis.

 March 25,
It has been ten days since that horrible night. Ten days since my world crumbled, and my heart shattered into a million pieces. It has been ten days since my life ended.

I have been unfaithful to you, Dear Journal, because I could not bear to think. And I knew if I opened you, it would be to spill the rest of my broken heart.

It was so awful. I will never forget it as long as I live. It is fresh in my mind every waking hour. The memories invade my dreams whenever I close my eyes.

Question and Answer with the author

 1. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
My ideal writing environment would be outside under a shade tree.

2.      Where do you actually write?
I actually write in my living room.
3.      How did you come to write this particular book or series?
I came up with the idea for this book based on growing up with an alcoholic parent.
4.      What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
The hardest part about writing this book was finding time. I overcame it by staying up late at night and taking the book everywhere I went in case I had a few extra minutes to write.
5.      What is your favorite late night snack?
My favorite late night snack is ice cream.


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A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”.

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw.

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.



Greg opened the backdoor to Bliss. He forced himself to stop thinking about how the name of the place made him think of a day spa rather than a barbeque joint. The tell-tale wood smoke greeted him, causing his stomach to growl and suspending his thoughts about the name of the place. Musical chimes sounded above the door as Greg’s eyes adjusted from the glare of the fall sun to the darkened interior.

Figures, he thought. Why wouldn't there be chimes at a place called Bliss?

Once his eyes adjusted, the bar area didn't seem to be out of the ordinary. Greg stopped at the partition just inside the door. It was covered with a list of sayings:

Follow Your Bliss
Happiness Is an Inside Job
Be Careful What You Wish For
There's No Better Time to Claim the Future You Want Than Now

A half-laugh escaped him. He thought it was a menu board at first and the philosophizing caught him off guard. Still, the final statement hit close to home, and he took a deep breath.

Greg headed to the long black bar. A smaller party room was to the right with about a dozen tables to the left. It had the feel of a contemporary jazz club or maybe a speakeasy. Beyond the tables, bright daylight streamed into the lounge from a passage between the front diner area and the bar. No creepy Twilight Zone feeling here, he thought.

Two muted, flat screen TVs hung on either side of the wood shelves stocked with bottles of all sizes. He eyed the taps and sports coverage while surveying the place. Though there were no windows in the back area, yet it didn't feel claustrophobic. Between the lighting, mirrors and glass, there was elegance to the place that radiated a different type of light. Poster-sized black and white pictures hung on the walls, showing the history of the place. Greg guessed they were from the 1940's. Smaller pictures of patrons and notable artifacts related to "Our Place" dotted the walls. Greg knew from his early research that Our Place was the name of the restaurant until a few years earlier. 

Greg settled in, still getting a sense of the place, when a woman with graying dark hair approached him. Though he talked with Lois on the phone, this was the first time he saw her. She was not remarkably tall, but definitely commanded the bar and carried herself in a way that betrayed her real age. She had a look of knowing, or maybe it was just cheer that she had a customer on a dead afternoon.


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Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation. 

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Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure by Monique Bucheger: 12 Days of Back to School Books (Day 4)

"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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When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi cab 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, a son-in-law, and 3 adorable grandchildren, one cat, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventure middle-grade series: The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West, & Simply West of Heaven. and Being West Is Best, a picture book: Popcorn.

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Question and Answer with the Author

1.      Dream vacation? Disneyland with unlimited money to spend.
2.      Something unique about you? I have 12 kids

3.      What one food will you NOT eat? Onions

Ginnie has very few memories of her motherwho died when she was 3 1/2in this snippet she recalls a long-forgotten incident that happened the day of her mothers fatal accident.

Ginnie opened a drawer and fished out a pink comb. After parting her hair, she set the comb on the sink. She felt a swish behind her. Turning quickly, she caught a flutter of curls in the mirror, but they werent hers.
Gins, honey, stand still. I cant very well make a straight part with you wiggling like a little worm, now can I? For a moment Ginnie was three again and pulling away as Mama tried to part her hair. She heard every word Mama spoke in Mamas soft Southern accent.
No, Mama. Only one ponytail. Two takes too long. I wanna ride Love with you. Just one ponytail. She jerked backward and bumped against Mamas pregnant belly.
Sugar, be careful. Youll hurt the baby. Mama took Ginnies chin firmly in her hand. Be soft.
Present-day Ginnie felt a rush of sadness and shame as young Ginnie stomped her foot. Sorry! Little Ginnie pulled her chin from Mamas hand. Just one pony.
Mama frowned. Be nice. Youre a big sister now. You have to be a good example.
I just wanna ride with you. I dont want you to do my hair. Young Ginnie grabbed Mamas hand and pulled.
In a minute. Be patient and let me finish your hair.
Excuse me? Both Ginnies shuddered when Daddys voice came through the doorway. He knelt in front of her at eye level. I sure hope I didnt just hear you sassing your mama. Sassy girls dont get to ride horses. Sassy girls take time-outs.
Both Ginnies blinked. Goosebumps dotted their arms.
Todd, Im handling it. No need to growl, Mama chided softly and pulled young Ginnie close. Youll stand still and let me finish, wont you, Gins?
Yesm. Ginnie watched her dad out of the corner of her eye. Sorry, Mama.
I didnt growl, Daddy said in a quiet voice and stood.

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