Res-Q Tyler Top Tour: Author Interview with June Mccrary Jacobs

 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for RES-Q Tyler Stop by June McCrary Jacobs with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: RES-Q Tyler Stop
Series: Tyler Stop, Book 1
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: April 22, 2019
Genre: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

It’s the summer of 1968 in Sonoma County, California, and eleven-year-old Weston Gregg and his nine-year-old sister, Wendy, are looking for fun things to do during their summer break from school. When they discover some abandoned rabbits, they hatch an idea to make a positive difference for animals and people in their small town of Tyler Stop.

They decide to form ‘Rescue Each Species-Quickly’, or RES-Q Tyler Stop.

There are challenges to face as they move forward into their new venture, including standing up to someone who is targeting Weston’s friends for being different and a painfully bad decision.

Will Weston have to handle these issues on his own or will he learn to accept the advice and wisdom shared by some important people in his life? Join Weston and his family and friends as they share some adventures and learn and grow together in RES-Q Tyler Stop.

 

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

“Adventure has no end in this tale, where a heart for animals inspires and surprises await around every bend. . . . The characters and the situations they face come across realistic, and the scenes develop naturally. Not only does the author keep a nice paced plot rolling along but adds interesting and practical information about animals and ways to handle certain situations along the way. It makes for a fun mix of fiction and fact.

This appears to be the first book in the series, and I’m eager to see where the RES-Q Tyler Stop adventures will head to next.” ~ Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’ is June McCrary Jacobs‘s first middle-grade book. June is a retired elementary school teacher and literacy mentor who is fond of California history and children’s literature. She especially loves to write, read, and blog about middle-grade fiction and non-fiction on her ‘Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic’ blog.

In addition to writing inspirational romance books and stories for adults {A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom, 2013; Robin’s Reward, 2015; Handmade Hearts, 2019}, June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade.

When she’s not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

One of her most memorable and thrilling childhood adventures was her ride in the Goodyear blimp as it floated over Long Beach, California. She can still remember the people on the beach waving to her as she zoomed past them.

LOOK FOR MORE TYLER STOP BOOKS COMING SOON!

 

CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon


 AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Becky: Hi June! Thanks for joining me on the blog today. Imagine you just found out your book is going to be turned into a movie? If you could, who would you choose to play the roles of Weston and Wendy?

 

JUNE:  Since this book is a historical adventure story set in 1968, I will choose some actors who starred in children’s movies and TV shows during that time period. I would love to see Weston played by Johnny Whitaker or Christopher Knight. I think Jodie Foster would make a perfect Wendy—lively, spirited, and creative.

 

Becky: Those are all talented authors. What inspired you to write this story?

 

JUNE:  A few years ago I began seeing bumper stickers all around our city which said, ‘Who Saved Who?’ and featured a paw print logo. I’m a visual learner, so that simple image stuck with me and evolved into the idea of writing a story about a family beginning an animal rescue in their small town in Northern California. I began writing the story with the entire Gregg family as the main characters. Then I moved on to some ideas which did not come to fruition because they just weren’t how I wanted to approach the theme of the story. Eventually, I hit upon the idea of writing a middle-grade historical adventure novel using the children from the first version—Weston—as the main character, with his younger sister—Wendy—as his loyal partner. Once I began writing in the middle-grade genre, the story came together fairly quickly.

 

Becky: That’s awesome. Which leads us into my next question. Tell us a little bit about Weston and Wendy.

 

JUNE:  Weston is eleven years old and will be entering the sixth grade in the fall. Wendy is nine and will enter the fourth grade. They live on a two-acre property in the small rural fictional town of Tyler Stop about 25 miles northwest of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California.

 

Weston is intelligent, curious, and fairly serious-minded for a boy his age. He is a natural leader, and is well-liked and respected by his friends and classmates. He likes to take care of the family’s pets, build model airplanes, read, fish, camp, participate in Boy Scouts and Sunday school, and explore. He is independent and strong-willed when he has an idea and wants to see it through. This attitude gets him into trouble sometimes . . .

 

Wendy is spirited, fun-loving, and creative. She likes to help out with the family’s pets, cook, paint, draw, make paper dolls, play with dolls, and read. She especially enjoys spending time with her big brother whom she admires. She wants to be in on everything the family talks about, and she loves to talk to her friends on the telephone.
Becky: Weston and Wendy sound like the kind of sibling duo I can’t wait to read about. Tell us about some of the themes that readers can find in your stories.

 

JUNE:  My previous three books have all been inspirational romances. In all of my books, this one included, respect, kindness, and compassion are key elements in the plots. First and foremost all of my books are completely clean in language and content. Of course, not everyone or every event in the books will be sweet and good, but there is never any offensive language, graphic violence, or innuendo. As a reader, I seek out books that are clean reads, so as an author I want to present those same values and standards in the stories I write.

 

Becky: Those are all great themes and content to know about. I’m so glad you’re writing family-friendly reads.

Do you do any research when it comes to writing? If so, what kind of research have you done?

 

JUNE:  Yes, I perform a lot of research for each of my books. It is important to me to present the correct facts in the context of my stories even though they are works of fiction. I guess that’s my professional educator trait coming out in my work as an author.

 

For RES-Q Tyler Stop, I performed more research than any of my other books simply because it was my first historical novel. {‘Handmade Hearts’, my historical inspirational romance short story published in late 2018, required some research on light topics such as what movies were playing during the period of the story, etc.}This middle-grade book required a lot of research on the cultural history of native peoples in Sonoma County in the twentieth century, animal care, first aid, woodland animals, etc.

 

As for what kinds of research I did for this book:  I read several books about the Pomo nation, artist Grace Carpenter Hudson, and animals. I used a lot of online resources to get specific information about these subjects which I could not locate in library books. I visited several museums which house Pomo basket collections and Pomo culture so I could be accurate in my portrayal of this artistry and this tribal nation’s history.

 

Becky: What do you hope readers take away from the story?

 

JUNE:  I genuinely hope readers will finish the book with a sense of wonder about what Weston and his family and friends accomplished in setting up and operating the animal rescue in Tyler Stop. I hope readers will reflect on the poor treatment of various racial minorities in Northern California during the twentieth century so it never happens again. I hope readers will be prompted to explore, respect, and nurture our earth and its nature and wildlife one person at a time by cleaning up trash, recycling, being kind to animals, and by being good stewards of our natural resources.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win

  • $20 Amazon gift card (US/International)
  • Signed Paperback Copy of RES-Q Tyler Stop (US only) or Digital Copy (International)

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