Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's Happening Next Week?


Contact: Beverly Stowe McClure



Imagine living in a cave, the earth quivering with each cannon shot, dust sifting down in your hair and your eyes, the walls threatening to collapse and bury you alive.

Iowa Park, TX June 15, 2010. Author’s novel explores the effects of the American Civil War on one family’s life through the eyes of the young daughter. Travel along with Beverly Stowe McClure on her Virtual Book Tour, August 2nd through the 13th and meet the Stamford family in their daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. Follow the blogs below. Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win a signed copy of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines.

Mon. Aug. 2: - Cheryl Malandrinos

Tues. Aug. 3: - Lea Schizas

Wed. Aug. 4: - Stephanie Burkhart

Thur. Aug. 5:

Crystal wizard (Kelly) and Jean Lauzier

Fri. Aug. 6: Interview and Guest Post Review - N. A. Sharpe

Sat. Aug. 7: Book signing at Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Iowa Park, TX. 11AM to 1 PM.

Sun. Aug. 8: - Teens Read Too, Jen Wardrip

Mon. Aug. 9: - Joyce Anthony Interview

Tue. Aug. 10: - Joyce Anthony Review

Tue. Aug. 10: - Mayra Calvani

Wed. Aug. 11: - Katie Hines

Thur. Aug. 12: - Donna M. McDine Guest Post

Thur. Aug. 12 - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz Guest Post

Fri. Aug. 13: - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz Review

Fri. Aug. 13: Beth Bence Reinke

About the author: Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of novels for teens including Just Breeze, Listen to the Ghost, Secrets I Have Kept, Rebel in Blue Jeans, and her latest Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. A native Texan she lives in the country with her husband, cat, and a variety of wild critters.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YA Authors You've Never Heard Of

You know about J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, and Suzanne Collins, great authors with fantastic books that I have enjoyed reading.

But have you ever heard of Christine Norris, Kim Baccellia, Jenna Kay Francis, or Christine Marciniak? How about Beverly Stowe McClure, Gloria Oliver,Peggy Tibbetts? Or Kathi Wallace, J. L. Walters, and Mike Dicerto?

What? You don't know these authors? Well, that's exactly the reason a new group has been formed: to tell the world who we are. We're all published authors from small houses, and we want to get the word out about our books. So stop by our blog YA Authors and meet the gang.

We'll be looking for you. Thanks.

Happy Wednesday.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Quote for the week: I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. Unknown

From my bookshelf today:

Crossed Out
by Kim Baccellia
Young Adult Paranormal

I will be reviewing this book for Kim's Virtual Tour next month. You'll want to be sure and stop by because this is an awesome read.

If Wishes Were Fishes
Picture Book
by N. A. Sharpe

I will also be interviewing this book for Nancy on her Virtual Tour next month. August is a busy month for new books. Be sure and come back then.

Confessions of a Former Rock Queen
by Kirk Bjornsgaard

If you love music, especially music of the '60s, you'll want to read Kirk's book. It will bring laughter to your lips and tears to your eyes, and you won't be able to put it down.

So these are the books I've been reading lately, along with Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margarett Stohl. And I still have reviews to do and books to read. Will tell you about them in another post.

Happy reading and writing.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You Gotta Laugh

Quote for the week: "When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum." Author Unknown

Remember me? I'm Lizzie from Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. My writer has asked me to tell our dear friends about our book signing on Saturday. Now this is just our experience. Yours, hopefully, will be different.

So we start out. Of course, Beverly could not drive the car in her crinoline. The car--a strange means of transportation compared to the carriages and wagons we rode in during my time--was too small for all those ruffles. So she put the skirt and crinoline in a bag and changed at the book store.

When we arrived at the store, the nice people there had set up a table for us with chairs. Beverly changed into her new clothes and prissed around the store trying to attract attention. Well, most people didn't even notice, or else they simply gave her a look then went back to their shopping. Actually very few customers were there that afternoon. I think everyone must have stayed home due to the sweltering heat, though I cannot comprehend why Beverly complained. My goodness, it was hot outside, true, but inside was cool as an autumn evening. This air conditioning is a marvelous invention. Nat is thorougly impressed. You know how he's always experimenting with new ideas.

Anyway, her sister came by and they talked and talked. It must be nice to have a sister who thinks like you do. All I have are brothers. Then her cousins from another town stopped by. More talk. A couple of people even bought books. Thank you, thank you. I hope you enjoy my story. One nice man paused, read the title, and asked what a crinoline was. Beverly lifted her skirt, not too high, and showed him. See, we're educating people.

But do you know? She took a picture or two, but forgot to have someone take pictures of her. She says we have another signing in August and she will then.

Linda (Sister), Milta (Cousin), and Francis (Cousin)

And the pictures are in color. So much has changed over the years. Oh, I must tell about going home. So, it's 6 o'clock, time to leave. Beverly tries to wear the crinoline home. She gets in the car. Can't see the steering wheel because the crinoline covers it. And she whips that uncomfortable thing (see why I hate mine) off and drives with just the skirt, which was bad enough.

Now you know why in pictures from my time, the ladies are always frowning. They are suffocating in their crinolines. I do like the clothing of your time.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Signing

Quote of the Week: "Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." Unknown. HAPPY 98th BIRTHDAY, MOTHER, IN HEAVEN.

The characters have taken over today. They want to tell you where you can meet them.

Greetings, everyone. My name's Elizabeth (everyone calls me Lizzie) Stamford. I'm fourteen and live in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which once was a beautiful place located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Then the Federal Army decided Vicksburg was important, since it would give them control of the river, and they will stop at nothing, even to starving us, to take control. I would love to meet you, so if you're in the area of Wichita Falls, Texas, next Saturday, here's where my family and I will be:

2801 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX
Saturday, July 17, 2010
From 2 to 6 PM
We'll be waiting to meet you and perhaps share a cup of tea.

Nathan (Nat) here. I'm Lizzie's brother. Even though I'm taller than Lizzie, she calls me her little brother since I'm only 12. Now I love my sister, but Lizzie sometimes is headstrong and doesn't listen to what I say. You see, since our older brothers are in Virginia, Father put me in charge when he is at the hospital tending the sick and wounded. But Lizzie ignores my advice. She even ... I'd best not give what she does away. She is right about us wanting to meet you though. We will see you Saturday, if you live close by.

I must see what mischief Lizzie is involved in now. 

Friday, July 9, 2010


Okay, I've decided I'm way too serious and need to lighten up a little, no, a lot. My dear second cousin, who passed away a couple years ago at 98, always told me to "Have fun." So I've been thinking about the past week and what I did, besides write, which is a given.

I watched the hummingbirds at the feeders, eating, eating, eating. If anyone ever tells you that you eat like a bird, they're saying you have a tremendous appetite because the birds I know eat constantly.

This is from a couple years ago.

I saw a doe and her fawn again. Even shot a picture. Now if I can figure out how to enlarge the deer and do away with most of the trees, I'll have a lovely picture. The fawn still has white spots on its back.

You have to look really, really close to see the baby in the center. I'm going to see if Photo Shop can enlarge it.

I watched a lizard scurry around the patio, hunting bugs. No, I didn't let the cat out because she saw the lizard too and had it in mind for her dinner. When she had to stay inside, here's what she did.

She doesn't let little things bother her.
So, looking back I can say I had a fun week. How about you. What did you do for fun this week?

Have a super weekend. And have fun.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Books on My Shelf

On Wednesdays, for the month of July, I'm talking about books on my shelf that I enjoyed reading. Today we're looking at I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, the first two books in the Gallaagher Girls' series, written by Ally Carter.

From the jacket flap of book 1:
"The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school--that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class."

First of all, with a title like that I knew I had to read the book, since I enjoy fun stories. I wasn't disappointed. When I met Cammie and her fellow classmates, along with the boy she falls in love with, I was hooked.

Book 2:
The second book continues the trials and episodes of the Gallagher Girls. Even though Cammie has a genius I.Q., there are a lot of things she doesn't know. Her mother is acting very strange, she isn't sure her ex-boyfriend remembers her, and she's in big trouble for what she did last semester.

I haven't read Book 3 yet, but it's on my list. So if you're in the mood for a page-turning read that's sure to make you chuckle run to the library or book store and check these out.

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 5, 2010

I Am Doubly Honored

Okay, I'm so thrilled to have such great blogging friends.
Donna M. McDine was kind enough to pass on The Versatile Blogger Award to me this week. Thank you, Donna. This is my second time and I know what it means. I'm doubly honored. And so forget my earlier post. How can I not give this award to others?

This award comes with rules:

1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 15 newly discovered or followed bloggers – in no particular order – who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my fifteen friends know I love them

You mean I get to talk about myself again. :)

1. Thank you, cyber daughter. You're the best.

2. Seven things about me:

I play the piano and love hymns from all ages, old and new, and also music from the 50s. Go Elvis.

I fell off a mountain once and landed on my head. So now you know why I act the way I do.

When I was in junior high and high school I played clarinet in the band and was a majorette.

Photography is one of my hobbies, pictures of family, clouds, and wildlife and of course my cat.

I believe people who abuse and mistreat children and animals should be locked up and the key thrown away.

I'm claustrophobic and hate elevators, closets and submarines.

One of my major faults is being stubborn and not listening to others when they try to give me advice.

3. Now for some of the fantastic bloggers I know. This is hard to do and the number may be less than 15. It should be more than really.
Susanne Drazic - Putting Words Down on Paper
Kai Strand - Strands of Thought
Nancy Sharpe - Realms of Thought
Charmaine Clancy - Wagging Tales
Stephen Macquignon - Stephen's Illustration Blog

Val Lawton - Val Lawton Illustrations

Ruth Cox - Abitosunshine Love and Writing

4. Tonight, I will let my friends (there are more but I'm tired) know that I love them.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Vivian Zabel was kind enough to pass on The Versatile Blogger Award to me this week. Thank you, Vivian. I'm honored.

This award comes with rules:

1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 15 newly discovered or followed bloggers – in no particular order – who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my fifteen friends know I love them.

Number 1, I do thank Vivian for thinking of me. She's a wonderful lady, writer, editor, and publisher, as well as a dear friend, though we've never met in person.

Here's number 2, seven things about myself.

1. I'm a mema and great-mema of six beautiful grandchildren and three lovely great-grandchildren.

2. A short poem published in a high school anthology when I was in eighth-grade started my writing career, though it was forty years before I published anything else.

3. For twenty-two years I taught children in elementary school.

4. I love animals, especially deer and birds, as well as cats and dogs, and do the hummingbird watch for Texas Parks and Wildlife, where I keep a record of the types of hummers that visit my feeders.

5. Genealogy is another of my passions. Researching ancestors made me realize how exciting history is, though I had always thought it was boring.

6. Dear hubby and I have been married 53 years.

7. Jesus Christ is my hero and best friend. I teach a Sunday school class for women my age. We do have fun.

Now, I have to beg off on number 3. So many bloggers deserve this honor that I'm bestowing it on all of my followers. At the moment, though, so much is going on in my life--book tours coming up in August (besides mine, I'm hosting 3 others and loving every minute of it), promo, writing, dh's health--that I'm not able to spend the time.

So those of you who read this post, you are all fantastic and you are selected. Pick up the picture here and share it with your favorite bloggers.

Thanks again, Vivian. You're the best.

Friday, July 2, 2010


This week I signed up for the Write On Conference. It sounds like a great one. If you haven't heard about it, you can check it out at Write On Con. Under "How to Register" I had to click on "Register" under #2 because I couldn't see a Forums Button. It may be my computer.

It sounds like a good one.

I have been given a lovely award I'll be sharing on Monday.

Happy reading and writing.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Balancing the Writer’s Life and Mama’s Life

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author
Phone: 845-721-7802

For Immediate Release

Balancing the Writer’s Life and Mama’s Life

Balance, balance, and some more balance. To find it at times with (as many fellow writers) the responsibilities of wife, mother, daughter, friend and my work as a virtual assistant can be quite daunting at times.

Visit with Donna McDine through her charismatic interview by freelance author, VS Grenier on Friday, July 2 at:

Stop by for a spell and enjoy the chance to get to know this up and coming children’s author. Donna will be on hand throughout the day to field your questions and to respond to your comments.

Thank you for your interest.