Spring Into Reading With Redwood Rescue!

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Hello reader friends! Welcome to my Spring Into Reading Event! We’re in the last part of the event, and I have to be honest, I’m kind of sad. This week is it! I’ve had to much fun learning about new books, new authors, and growing my TBR list. Haven’t you!? Thank you all for joining me on this fun journey. I’m already planning one for next year ?

Today I have an excerpt from book one of the Tyler Stop Series, and a peek at the cover (it’s not finalized yet) of an upcoming release from June McCrary Jacobs, Redwood Rescue. Redwood Rescue is book two in this series, geared towards Middle Grade (which in my opinion, adults can enjoy too!). And as a bonus, June has graciously offered to giveaway books to TWO readers!! Woohoo!!



RES-Q TYLER STOP by [June McCrary Jacobs]

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.



Expected Date of Release:  Late Summer or Early Autumn, 2020

Join in the fun as siblings Weston and Wendy Gregg travel up to Mendocino County, California, for some more summer adventures. It’s the summer of 1969, and fresh off of their RES-Q Tyler Stop venture from the previous summer, the Greggs are searching for more ways to contribute to their community and help people, animals, and the environment in meaningful ways.



Road Trip to Lake Tahoe–Summer, 1968

Each summer Weston and Wendy were treated to a road trip with their father’s parents, Edna and Bill Gregg. This year they were driving up to Lake Tahoe to go camping and fishing. Weston was especially excited because he would get to try out some of the camping, cooking, and fishing skills he’d learned in Boy Scouts.

When Weston was packing for the trip, Dad wandered into his room.

“Oh, hi, Dad. I need to talk to you about something important.”

“All right.”

“While we’re gone to Lake Tahoe with Nana and Papa, please don’t forget to feed and water all of the animals every day. When we get home, we’ll pay you for being a substitute animal keeper.”

“I won’t forget to take care of the animals. Your sister made a large poster listing everything I need to do each day. Don’t worry; I won’t let anything happen to the little critters.”

“I know you’ll do the right things for the animals until we get home next week. Wendy’s a little worried about leaving you and Mom in charge, but I told her we can trust you both with these responsibilities.”

Dad chuckled, then smiled. “We’ll do our best. Your faith in us means a lot, son.”


Wendy and Weston were finishing breakfast when they heard the horn on their grandparents’ truck. They each ran out front with a sleeping bag in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

“You two look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning,” Nana said as she hugged them close.

“You said to be ready for a 7:30 pick-up, so we packed everything last night before bedtime,” Wendy said.

“Yeah, we’re really excited to go camping and fishing with you and Papa.”

“We’re looking forward to it, too.” Nana smiled.

As Papa opened the back door to the pop-up camper shell sitting on top of the truck’s flatbed, he shouted, “Let’s get this show on the road, people!”

“Now, Dad, you know Lake Tahoe isn’t going to grow legs and walk away.” Glen was carrying out a box of canned goods and other necessities for the trip.

Bill Gregg turned around and grinned at his son.

“I used to say the same thing to you when you were a young whippersnapper like Weston here.”

“Where do you think I learned all of my dad humor, Dad?”

Everyone laughed as Christy came out of the kitchen carrying a picnic basket and an insulated jug.

“Here’s a picnic lunch and some iced tea for your noon break on the way up to the lake.”

“Thank you, my dear,” said Edna as she hugged and kissed Christy.

“How’s my favorite daughter?” Bill leaned in for a kiss.

“Papa, Mom isn’t your daughter. She’s your daughter-in-law,” said Wendy.

“Actually, I like to call her my daughter-in-love.” Bill winked at Christy.

“Thanks, Dad,” Christy said as she hugged him around the waist. “I’m fortunate to have two great fathers—my own and you.”

“Any last minute instructions for the children, Glen?” Edna asked.

“We had a long discussion last night, so I think all will go well. Any questions, kids?”

“No, Dad,” Wendy said.

“No, sir,” Weston added.

“Okay, then let’s load everyone up and get on the road,” Papa said.

“Have a safe, fun trip, you two,” Mom said with tears in her eyes as she gave both of her children a warm hug and several kisses.

Weston squirmed loose of her arms and said, “Aw, Mom. Do you have to kiss me in front of everybody?”

“Yes. It’s a mother’s privilege.”

“Are you going to cry, Mom?” Wendy asked.

“No, honey.”

“Probably,” Dad murmured.

“Don’t cry, Mom. We’ll be home in a week, and then you’ll be stuck with us every day for fifty-one weeks until we go on vacation with Nana and Papa again next summer,” Weston said.

“Good thinking, son. That puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it?” Dad asked.

“Last call for the bathroom or to be sure you have everything you need for the next two or three hours. You know I don’t like to stop until we get up to Roseville,” Papa said.

“I remember, Dad.” Glen chuckled. “How about it, you guys?”

“I’m good,” said Weston.

“Me, too,” added Wendy.

“Let’s get going then.”

The children climbed into the truck and sat between their grandparents. The truck was old, but Bill and Glen had installed two lap seatbelts for the children to use when they rode in the truck. Papa started the motor and everyone waved one last time before they headed out onto the main road.

A moment later the truck backed up and Bill rolled down his window.

“Something wrong, Dad?” Glen asked.

“Wendy wants me to remind you not to forget to take good care of the animals.”

Glen raised his hand and waved off the comment.

“I won’t forget the animals. Now let your grandfather get moving.”

Bill nodded, rolled up the window and drove out to the main road.

“I’ll miss them every minute they’re gone,” Christy said.

“I will, too, but I think it’s great that they get to spend some quality time with my parents exploring new territory. Don’t you?”

“Definitely. I’d better get moving so I can be at the school for my first appointment this morning. See you around four this afternoon.”

Christy kissed her husband and went back inside to grab her purse and lunch. Glen walked her to her car.

She made a quick U-turn and turned onto the main road. Glen walked back to the house to clean up the kitchen. He had a lot on his agenda for the day, and he wanted to get started before it got too hot.


‘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. Five of June’s sewing pattern books are available on Amazon in the Kindle Store.

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.



‘Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic’ Author’s Blog:  https://authorjunemccraryjacobs.blogspot.com

Author’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/JuneMcCraryJacobs/

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/June-McCrary-Jacobs

Goodreads Author Blog:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7102562.June_McCrary_Jacobs/blog

Amazon Author Page:   https://www.amazon.com/author/june-mccrary-jacobs


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One response to “Spring Into Reading With Redwood Rescue!

  1. Hi, Jessica ~ Thank you so much for featuring my books on ‘A Baker’s Perspective’. I appreciate being included in your Spring Into Reading Event. All my best, June :0}