Tour and Giveaway for The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti

Join us for this tour from July 6 to July 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 242 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Coming of Age
Publisher:  Penning Press
Release date:   4/1/2021
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating: PG + M. My book is rated PG+M for a brief attempted rape scene. The main character, male, is laying down in a field on a ranch, with his eyes closed. A male worker comes up to him and turns him over but before anything more can happen someone saves him. One other scene where Tucker is accosted by someone with a knife briefly…but is then saved by Robert. The man with the knife yells out “ bastards” to them.
Book Description:

Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.

It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting sentencing after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails and find work to help their families. The friend turned back, too afraid to face the perils ahead. But going back empty-handed isn’t an option for Robert.

THE ONLY WAY HOME is the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family — and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.

Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Sold On a Monday by Kristina Morris will love this story set during the Great Depression of a fatherless boy fighting to keep his family together.​.​


Afraid his family needed money to survive during the great depression, 15 years old Robert strikes out on his own to work and make money for his family. His journey was not a very good one, though he did find some nice people along the way to help him. He ended up going through several states, and also found a friend to join him on his journey. Robert is trying to find his way back home to his family, and the only way of transportation is hopping trains, so this is what he and his friend did. It was fun reading about the train hopping. I grew up very close to a train track and it was a place trains always stopped so we had our share of guys hopping trains come to our house looking for food. And my mom always fed them and my dad sent them on their way. A hobo is the name they had back then, may still have the name.

Author Jeanette Minniti does a lot of research to get the historical facts right, as well as creating characters that very well tell her story. I love Robert, he is such a sweet strong and caring young man. There were many troubling times that I was scared someone would grab him and take him for purposes that were not good. A few times I even feared for his live, but it was so reassuring to see the nice people he met along the way that will willing to overlook a few things or help him on his way. The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti is a fantastic historical fiction that you history buffs out there will love. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a few hours of entertainment and enjoyment. This one is Five Stars for me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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1) How long have you been writing?  

I have been writing in one form or another for thirty-five years. My journalism background includes published news articles and magazine articles. In public relations work, I created newsletters for businesses and wrote the articles within them. Once my schedule allowed, I began focusing on creative writing, where my novel The Only Way Home began.

2) What comes first, the plot or characters?

This is an interesting question because it is tricky. For example, some writers have a plot in mind and then create characters to fit the story. But for my novel, The Only WaHome, I began with a protagonist in mind and then outlined the plot—both work.

3) Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

My genre is historical fiction, so I did extensive research first. The early 1930s era included reading non-fiction books and academic articles, watching videos, and reviewing historical photos, newspaper headlines, and maps. The exploration of specific details of the period continued as I wrote each chapter. My writing method is a panster versus a plotter, so I spent much more time researching than outlining. Also, creating upfront at least a rough outline of the story and identifying the protagonist’s characteristics is critical. 

5) What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Being a panster versus a plotter in style, I was amazed at how characters just showed up on the page, leaving me to figure out what role, if any, they would play as the story progressed. It was definitely an interesting experience.

6) Where can readers find out more about you and your book?

My website,, provides background information about the novel, an excerpt from a chapter, where to buy, links to purchase, and how to contact me. I would love to hear from readers!

7) Who is your favorite author, and why?

John Grisham because he never disappoints.

Meet the Author:

​As a member of the American Association of University Women, she coordinates the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions discussion group and participates in several AAUW interest groups. 

Jeanette and her husband enjoy all that Colorado renders in outdoor activities including hiking and biking.
connect with the author:  website  ~  facebook   ~  goodreads​​

Tour Schedule:

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 9 – Heck Of A Bunch – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 12 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review
July 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 14 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
July 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – Books for Books – book review
July 16 – I Read What You Write – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 19 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard

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Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mill City Press, Inc

Release date:   April 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Bentley and the Magic Sticks follows this extra-large canine as he finds out that his favorite sticks have magical powers, thanks to a wonderful Fairy Dogmother called Tia! Because other dogs are afraid of his large size Bentley has no one to play with. However, with his magic sticks he manages to make new friends and he also discovers the special

secret of why he is so big.


I have always loved the name Bentley for a dog so I was especially excited when I was able to read and review this amazing book about a big dog named Bentley. He is such an adorable dog, but lonely because he is so big. But his human loved him. And Bentley loved to collect Sticks. And the Sticks is the amazing thing in this story for Bentley. They are so very special to Bentley and he is no longer lonely.  But, in order to find out about Bentley’s special sticks,  you will have to read the story to find out why he likes them so much.

Claire Eckard does an awesome job writing this story, it is one children are not to forget. Every child loves dogs and can learn from them, just as the valuable lessons in this book. I love Bentley and his human. Bentley is so adorable even though he is so big. It makes you want to give him a big Ole hug looking at his pictures. And the illustrations by Anne York are just as awesome. I love the cover of the book and each page in-between. The colors are so bright and vibrant and the pictures are adorable and fit with the story perfectly. The pictures do an awesome job of bringing this story live before your eyes. Claire Eckard and  Anne York are the perfect duo to write and create this precious little book. I believe this book would be a wonderful addition to any library, home libraries as well as school classes and libraries. This is one book that will stay with your child for a while. This one is Five Stars for me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Now join me in this very interesting interview with author Claire Eckard

What inspired you to write Bentley and the Magic Sticks?

In December of 2019 I adopted the biggest, shaggiest dog you can ever imagine from The Humane Society of Yuma. He was underfed, his coat was dull, and he flinched when you went to pet him. He had obviously had a rough life, even though he was only around two years old. As a long-time volunteer and former Board President I know a lot about what some of these animals have been through prior to finding their forever homes. Watching Bentley thrive, and grow into the healthy, fun-loving family member he became inspired me to put pen to paper to honor this dog that remained so kind, despite everything he must have been through.

Where did you find your illustrator, Anne York? She did such a fantastic job!

Yes! She did an amazing job. Everyone raves about her illustrations! Luckily, I knew Anne before I became an author because we both own horses and enjoy the sport of endurance riding (where you ride horses cross-country for distances of 25 to 100 miles in one day.) Anne is also an amazing artist in other ways and so it was a natural fit that I should ask her to do the illustrations for me. Even though I knew how talented she was she still blew me away with what she did for this book.

What time of day do you write?

I tend to write early in the mornings. Really early! I get up around 4.30am and try to get a few hours done before my day begins to get crazy. If I do anything later in the day it’s not usually new material, but I often review and rewrite/revise what I wrote earlier.

How many animals do you have?

Oh my Gosh! Quite a list! I have 3 dogs, 10 horses, and a miniature mule!

Have any of those animals featured in your books, other than Bentley?

Yes! One of my horses, Flash, is featured in a book series I have coming out later this year called Gallant: The Call of the Trails. He’s the bad guy, which I feel a little bad about as he’s really very sweet! Most of the dogs in the Bentley book are dogs I know. Rex and Freddie belong to my son and daughter-in-law, Zeus belongs to my other son, and Stetson belongs to a neighbor. The Fairy Dogmother, Tia, belongs to my stepmother in England! The only dog we made up was Rachel, the pink poodle!

Finally, what has excited you most about writing Bentley and the Magic Sticks?

I have absolutely loved seeing the children’s faces when we do book readings at schools and camps. They always have some good questions afterward as well! And then being a Mom’s Choice Award Winner and getting five-star reviews from Readers Favorite has been such an honor! I’m thoroughly enjoying the life of an author!

Meet the Author:

Claire Eckard is an animal lover and believes in volunteering to give back to her community, especially to the homeless animals that need to find their forever homes. Her animals often inspire her writing, weaving their way into the stories that she writes, blending reality and fiction to entertain, teach, enlighten, and share the joy that animals

bring to our lives! Claire is an author, poet, songwriter, wife, mother and grandmother! She lives in Arizona, splitting her time between her home in Yuma, Arizona and her ranch in the mountains of Prescott. Claire has three dogs, eight horses, and a miniature mule!

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~instagram ~ goodreads ~ bookbub


Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

June 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 23 – @twilight_reader – book review

June 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

June 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 28 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight

June 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post

June 30 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

July 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

July 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 7 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview

July 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 13 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 14 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review

July 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 16 – Kam’s Place – book review

Enter the Giveaway: 
Bentley and the Magic Sticks Book Tour Giveaway

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