Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Key to Circus Mom Highway by Allyson Rice


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Key to Circus-Mom Highway by Allyson Rice
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  270 pages
GenreContemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
PublisherThe Total Human Press
Release date:   Jan 3, 2023
Content RatingPG-13 + M because one of the characters swears a lot, and she drops some f-bombs. Also, there are short flashback scenes that reveal the mom's history and it includes rape (not graphically depicted in the novel)
Book Description:

In an attempt to secure an unexpected inheritance—and hopefully find a few answers—two estranged sisters and their newly discovered brother embark on a comically surreal trip through the Deep South to retrace the life of the mother who abandoned them as infants.

On a Tuesday afternoon, sisters Jesse Chasen and Jennifer McMahon receive a phone call notifying them that their birth mother has died, leaving behind a significant inheritance. But in order to obtain it, they must follow a detailed road trip she designed for them to get to know her—and that includes finding a brother they never knew existed.

For the next week, this ill-assorted trio treks across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to meet their mother’s old friends, from circus performers to a juke joint owner, each of whom delivers a shocking vignette into the life of a young mother traumatized by loss and abuse. Along the way, these three siblings—Jesse, whose fiery exterior disguises a wounded, drifting musician stuck in a rut; Jennifer, whose carefully curated family life is threatened by her husband’s infidelity; and Jack, whose enigmatic Jackie, Oh! persona in the New Orleans drag queen scene helps him escape the nightmares of Afghanistan that haunt him at night—must confront their own demons (and at least one alligator). But in chasing the truth about their real mother, they may all just find their second chance.

​This uproarious debut novel is a reminder that sometimes, the family you’d never have chosen may turn out to be exactly what you need.
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Meet the Author:

Allyson Rice is a writer, mixed media artist, and a producer with Atomic Focus Entertainment, currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Rehoboth Beach, DE. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. After spending many years as an actress on stage and on television, she left acting and spent the next decade running yoga/meditation retreats, women’s retreats, and creativity retreats around the country. After that, she pivoted to focus on her own creative work. In addition to her writing and art, she’s also a photographer.

Some random bits of Allyson trivia:
  1. She’s been skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining through a rainforest, and scuba diving with stingrays;
  2. she has an extensive PEZ dispenser collection;
  3. she played Connor Walsh on As the World Turns for seven years;
  4. she’s been in the Oval Office at the White House after hours;
  5. she’s related to the Hatfields of the infamous Hatfield/McCoy feud; and
  6. her comedic rap music video “Fine, I’ll Write My Own Damn Song” won numerous awards in the film festival circuit. 

Also available from Allyson is her line of women’s coloring books (The Color of JoyDancing with Life, and Wonderland), and The Creative Prosperity PlayDeck, an inspirational card deck about unlocking and utilizing your creative energy in the world. They’re available on www.Allyson-Wonderland.com.

She’s currently at work on her second novel and her fourth women’s coloring book.

Also, anyone who signs up for Allyson’s periodic author newsletter on her website will be entered in a drawing to have a character in her next novel named after them, and a free book will be given away in each newsletter to a subscriber!

connect with the author: website Allyson Wonderland ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ instagram pinterest ~ goodreads bookbub

Enter the Giveaway:
The Key to Circus-Mom Highway by Allyson Rice Book Tour Giveaway

My Review: 

The Key to Circus Mom Highway is the first book released by the talented author, Allyson Rice. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to read her debut. I thought it was a great read. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, Jesse and Jennifer. They wound up going on an adventure they would have never imagined. It was fun taking this journey through the southern United States and finding out the discoveries that awaited them. They have to learn things about the mother they really never knew and truths they have to face, as well. It was interesting and entertaining to see what all they came across. There were a few laughs all throughout the book. I wanted to keep reading until the very end to see how it would all turn out for them and what they learned about themselves, their mother, family and life. I thought it was fabulous to read. 

I am giving The Key to Circus Mom Highway a very well deserved five plus stars. I believe readers and fans of contemporary and or women’s fiction will want to give this one a try. I would be interested in reading more books by Allyson Rice in the future to see where else her imagination will take her characters and readers to next. 

I received a paperback copy of The Key to Circus Mom Highway from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 


  1. Thank you so much for hosting a stop on my iRead Book Tour, AND for the wonderful review, Amy! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Diana! I hope you get a chance to read it at some point! :)