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Old Mountain Cassie by @TonyaWrites is a Backlist Bonanza pick #inspirational #romance #giveaway


Author: Tonya Penrose

Genre: Inspirational, Spiritual, Humor, Romance, Mystery

Book Blurb:

In the quaint Appalachian village of Divine, brooms sweep shop owners outside to trade tales of the latest Old Mountain Cassie sighting. Local lore claims Cassie holds the secret to a prosperous and joyous life...but only for seekers so destined.

Lacey Jordan's fascination to meet the mountain sage intensifies as she eavesdrops on the latest Cassie chatter swirling around her outside Holsom's Market. And a mystified Lacey believes if she can spend time with Old Mountain Cassie, the confusion and chaos that have plagued her life will lift.

What are these sacred and mystical lessons of Cassie's that offer the keys to "living life amazing?"

How will Lacey ever find the mountain recluse tucked away in the woods?

Excerpt from Chapter 2:

Hidden by a stand of rhododendrons, Old Mountain Cassie watched through wise eyes, a smile dressing her face. She’d seen Lacey on hikes often and had been witnessing a change in the young woman. The forest dwellers amplified this shift as they announced Lacey’s visits and moved closer to make their introductions known.

Cassie knew a Seeker when she saw one, and this pretty little gal had just begun the desired awakening. The older woman secretly studied the younger one. Confidence on the outside hid Lacey’s confusion churning on the inside. “Yep, Seekers have to find their truth once nudged…their special gifts in the proper time,” Cassie whispered to her dog, Lickety Split.

Cassie had made the same journey long years past to understanding the ancient truths…The Three Lessons on how to live life amazing. It’d been easier for her than it would be for Lacey. The path toward finding her gift was nurtured easy-like by the women in her family. Each took the knowledge and grew it in their special way…in their special time. The gift manifested in ways that were unique for each Seeker, ways that were often vexing too.

True, Lacey hadn’t met the older woman studying her from behind the green thicket, nor could she know that Old Mountain Cassie would soon become her teacher. Cassie had helped other Seekers gain understanding to discover their unique abilities. Cassie knew God sent a Seeker only when she felt ready for the undertaking, but the time wasn’t right this day.

Old Mountain Cassie grew her patience with a deep breath, trusting that the joy of gaining a new student wouldn’t cause her to reveal herself yet. This Lacey would be a challenge no doubt. The younger woman had grown many years grounded in her society. Parting with those known ways to blossom boundless toward a fresh way of living would not come easy at first.

Two young deer emerged from the thickets to join Cassie, their velvet noses pushing her departure. “Okay, okay, I understand. Guess it’s time I be moseying home.” With one final glance at Lacey chatting to her companion cardinal, Old Mountain Cassie and her dog slipped away.

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

The story takes you on a journey and invites you to explore the secret to having your own amazing life.

"Great characters, beautiful nature, humor & an amazing story that will always stay with you because it gifts lasting insight, guidance & knowledge for one’s life." Amazon Review

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $20 Amazon US or Amazon Canada gift card

Open Internationally. You must have an active Amazon US or CA account to win.

Runs August 23 – August 31, 2022.

Winner will be drawn on September 1, 2022.

Author Biography:

As an author, Tonya’s moved by the effect humor and narratives have on readers. That observation illuminates why her stories often convey messages inviting personal exploration. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of snappy humor, and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page.

When Tonya relocated to the mountains, she found fresh writing ideas waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to scribe her first novel came calling. From her beach chair, the idea for a cozy series, Shell Isle Mysteries presented. Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate writers. She chases her writing joy from the mountains to the seashore.

Her fiction and non-fiction stories are published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She’s a member of Poets and Writers. Tonya Penrose is her fiction genre pen name.

The Shell Isle Mystery Series offers three novels: Baubles to Die For, and Red, White, and Boom, and Murder by Numbers. The characters of Page and Betsy keep chattering to Tonya, so expect future stories in this collection.

Other books: Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons, A Secret Gift, and Welcome to Charm.

Venetian Rhapsody releases early 2023.

If you enjoy Tonya Penrose’s novels, tell others. Book reviews are cherished.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TonyaWrites


Rita Wray
Rita Wray
Aug 27, 2022

Sounds like a good book.


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Aug 27, 2022

Thank you, Tonya, for sharing your book in our Backlist Bonanza!

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