Monday, August 30, 2010

Media Release Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

Quote for the Week: Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers


CONTACT: Beverly Stowe McClure



For Immediate Release

What Do Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines Have in Common?

Many times ordinary singular items are brought together to tell the most unusual story and Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is one of those times. The year 1863 is a turbulent time for the people of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Frustration swells for fourteen-year-old, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford for only men are allowed to serve in the Confederate Army. Bombings occur daily and Lizzy’s mother finds them safety in the cave behind their house, hence the blending of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines.

The fictional story of the Stamford family told through the eyes of young Lizzy propels the reader into the historical events surrounding the Battle of Vicksburg and the harsh realities of war and one fourteen-year-old girl’s determination to make a difference at any cost.

Author, Beverly Stowe McClure’s expert research and writing ability will make you feel the dampness of the cave, the echoing of bombs, the distinct rustling of crinolines, and the harshness of war all intertwined for an experience one will soon not forget.


Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

Twilight Times Books

ISBN: 978-1-60619-112-5

Also available: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and you can order from your favorite local bookstore.

Author, Beverly Stowe McClure is a retired elementary school teacher, current women’s Sunday school teacher, pianist, and traveler. Visit her website:


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's official!! The Golden Pathway is NOW available:

It's official!! The Golden Pathway is NOW available:

Title: The Golden Pathway

Written by: Donna McDine

Illustrated by: K.C. Snider

Ages: 8-12

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-081-1; 1616330813

Soft cover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-088-0; 1616330880

eBook: ISBN: 978-1-61633-082-8; 1616330821

Published: August 2010


Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Author: Donna McDine

Artist: K. C. Snider

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Monday, August 23, 2010

At the Library

Quote of the Week:  Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. Unknown.

This is so true, not only of the friends I've made over the years in my town, but also of my cyberspace friends, from all over the world. Isn't the Internet great?

When I was in high school, I had a few penpals. I wrote to one young man in Japan. He sent me a lovely kimono and shoes, along with little dolls.

I still have them today and someimes wonder where this young man is. 

I also wrote to a girl in Germany and a girl in England. We exchanged photographs, though they've been lost over the years.

Then there are all my friends at school. Wish I had space to post all their pictures. But they're in my mind and my heart, always to be remembered. The good times and the not so good.

Here's a photo of my favorite librarian, Sue, and I at the signing I had earlier this month.  Our local library is a lovely building that once was the private home of Tom Burnett. He left it to the city on the condition they turn it into a library.

I'm thankful for my friends of the past. They taught me about friendship, no matter where a person lives.

I'm thankful for my friends of today, who continue to show me the meaning of true friendship. So my blog today is for all my friends, in cyberspace, at home, or wherever you are.  I'm glad you're my friend.

Have a super week.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Indie-Debut 2010 Interview Feature with C. Lee McKenzie, The Write Game

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
Indie-Debut 2010 Interview Feature with C. Lee McKenzie, The Write Game

The Write Game hosted by C. Lee McKenzie is your one stop place to learn about up and coming debut writers in various genres. McKenzie is quite the accomplished author with several middle grade and young adult books to her credit, coupled with her experience teaching inter-cultural English and studies in American Language at San Jose State University. This makes for the perfect visit for the authors of Indie-Debut 2010

Come along for this intriguing interview on Thursday, August 19 at and meet:

Lori Calabrese, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade

Danika Dinsmore, Brigitta of the White Forest

Donna McDine, The Golden Pathway

Jo Ramsey, Connection

Beth Reinke, In My Bath

Be sure to leave a comment and or question, each author will check in throughout the day to field your comments and questions. Visitors participating in the contest point system please see further details within the Indie-debut 2010 interview. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a special giveaway tote bag with special treats.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

N. A. Sharpe on Tour

I am delighted to interview N. A. Sharpe today for her virtual book tour. She is a talented author and a wonderful friend.

N.A. Sharpe was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware studying Psychology and Elementary Education. She is a single mom and currently lives in central Florida with her son and two dogs, Scooter (a Yorkie) and NaNu (a Morkie).
Throughout high school and college, she volunteered in the elementary school system, and, after receiving her degree, taught autistic and schizophrenic children in a private school in Pennsylvania for five years before moving on to an administrative career.

She has always had a deep rooted love of storytelling and children's literature. This is her first picture book. She has one fantasy book published and is currently writing a Young Adult fantasy adventure series in collaboration with her son.

Hi Beverly and everyone. Thank you so much for hosting me today – I am so excited to be here!

Thank you for stopping by, Nancy.

Beverly: What was your inspiration for writing your picture book, If Wishes were Fishes?

Nancy: If Wishes Were Fishes was such a fun book to write – I love watching people’s reactions as they are reading it. There are so many phrases that we take for granted in everyday speech that mean something totally different than the literal meaning of the individual words. Young children often take things very literally and these types of phrases can be very confusing. I was in a food court at the mall one day and noticed this young boy at the table finishing his lunch. His grandpa told him to “shake a leg” and I saw the look of confusion on the young face and could “see the wheels turning”, so to speak, as he was trying to figure out “what in the world….? “

Beverly: How does writing for younger readers differ for you from writing for young adults?

Nancy: Most of my writing for young adults has been in the genre of fantasy where I work with complex worldbuilding and epic fantasy. My imagination runs free and I try to pull the readers into my imagination and my worlds. When writing Wishes I tried to keep it simpler and more direct.

Beverly: What was your favorite book as a child? Has it or other books you read influenced you as a writer?

Nancy: Oh wow, I had a bunch! I loved the Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, I was also a huge fan of the Nancy Drew mysteries. I was always on the lookout for new books to read.

Beverly: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Nancy: As a child I wanted to own my own Hallmark store so I could read cards and stock the shelves with knick-knacks and gifts I liked. J

Beverly: If you could live in any time period or any world (real or fantasy) what would it be?

Nancy: Oh that’s easy – in the time of Camelot. I would definitely be Merlin’s apprentice!

Beverly: If we looked in your closet, what would we find? (I know, I’m nosy, but we want to see the real Nancy.)

Nancy: Oh wow…an embarrassingly overly stuffed closet. I am a bit of a clothes horse and have a lot of clothes. Surprisingly though, I tend to wear the same favorite outfits over and over but can’t seem to let go of the things I don’t wear as often. You never know when you might need it…

Beverly: Where is your ideal vacation spot? Why?

Nancy: Of places I have actually been I would say my favorite is the Bahamas – the water is such a gorgeous shade of blue and my imagination always goes to thoughts of the lost continent of Atlantis when I am there. It’s great for relaxing and regenerating the imagination. Someday I hope to visit Australia and I definitely want to visit Ireland.

Beverly: What is your favorite movie? TV show? Music?

Nancy: I don’t have a single favorite in any of these categories. Movies I like include the Harry Potter series, Narnia movies, Lord of the Rings, the Librarian series, National Treasure, classics like Funny Girl, Sleepless in Seattle, old black and white movies, Mary Poppins has always been one of my favorite children’s movies – the list goes on and on. TV shows – House, Monk, Lie to Me, Eureka, Legend of the Seeker, Merlin, Eureka to name a few. Music depends on my mood and what I am doing. I have a pretty diverse collection on my ipod, lol.

Beverly: Tell us about your next projects. What can we expect from you in the future?

Nancy: I have a Young Adult work in progress called The Destineers and the Legend of the Netherscape (and there are two additional destineers stories as well) and a book of fairy tales for younger readers.

Beverly: Where can your fans learn more about you? Website? Blogs?

Nancy: My writers website is I also have a blog called Realms of Thought at Mildred Prendergild, the Cybrarian at the Greenbrier Academy (from my Destineers series) has a book review blog called the Cybrarian’s Book Reviews located at
 And, of course, there’s the Cybrarie at
Thank you for sharing your life with us, Nancy.

Thank you for inviting me here today, it’s been lots of fun!
Now let's take a look at If Wishe Were Fishes.

Title: If Wishes Were Fishes

Author: NA Sharpe
Author web site:
Illustrator: Ginger Nielson
Illustrator web site:
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
ISBN-10: 0982588674
ISBN-13: 978-0982588673
Genre: Picture book
Format: Paperback
Release date: May 10, 2010
Price: $13.99
Pages: 24

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JT Trumanowski is a six-year old with a BIG problem…his grandparents! How do you survive a whole weekend alone with them when you do exactly what they say and still end up in so much trouble?!

JT adores his grandparents and is thrilled to be invited to spend the weekend with them. He tries hard to follow their requests to a “T” with one disastrously humorous result after another. “Why can’t they just say what they mean?” he wonders. Talk about a failure to communicate! Join JT as he discovers people may mean what they say, they just don’t always say what they mean…clearly.


N. A. Sharpe’s picture book, If Wishes Were Fishes, is a hilarious story about how what we say can be interpreted in many different ways, especially by a child. Jedediah Tobias Trumanowski has a problem. His teacher wants him to spell his whole name, and he’s only six. He doesn’t understand why. He also has trouble understanding his grandparents who tell him to do the weirdest things. For example, at breakfast one morning he’s trying to say a certain word, and his grandma tells him to “spit it out, boy.” When he does, she giggles and explains that “spit it out” means to “say what you’re trying to say.” J. T. wonders why she doesn’t just say it. So J. T.’s very confusing day begins.

What does Grandpa mean when he tells J. T. he’s going to take “forty winks” then they’ll get their “ducks in a row” and go to the baseball game. Being a good boy, J. T. tries to line the ducks up in a row while Grandpa is napping. Right quick, he discovers that ducks do not like to line up in a row. In fact, they refuse to. Does Grandpa know? Come along with J. T. in a romp through Grandma’s and Grandpa’s idioms that will have you rocking with laughter.

Ginger Nielson’s illustrations add the perfect touch to the story. Her characters, J. T. especially, picture a loving family learning to communicate with each other. Young readers who, like J. T., are probably not familiar with the expressions will laugh as Ms. Nielson’s drawings show our hero attempting some of the things his grandparents tell him to do, and the results. Readers also will scratch their heads along with J. T. and say, “Huh?” They’ll giggle with satisfaction when the sayings are explained.

I recommend If Wishes Were Fishes for children 4 - 8 and for parents and grandparents to read with their little ones. Someone once said, “Laughter is good for the soul.” There’s plenty of laughter here. And parents, watch out. Your children may come up with some idioms of their own.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

And the Winner Is...

On Post It notes, I wrote down all the names of visitors to the different blogs during my Virtual Tour for Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. Then Patches did her thing. She's getting very good at picking winners. The only problem is I have to snatch the paper away from her or she eats it. Below, I show how she works. Enjoy
She's looking them over. Oh, so many to choose from. Which one looks the tastiest?

OK. This one looks good.

Mmm. Yummy! Wait! Why are you taking it away from me, Mommy?

And the winner is:

Helen Ginger

Congratulations, Helen. If you'll send me a mailing address, a copy of Caves, Cannons, and Crinoines will soon be on its way.

Thanks to all who took the tour with me. I enjoyed your comments and appreciate your support. The book can be purchased from the publisher, or at Amazon
or your favorite bookstore can order copies for you.
Lizzie and Nat thank you too.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stephanie Burkhart on Tour

 It is my pleasure to interview Stephanie Burkhart, multi-published author of books for children and adults. A member of Generation X, Stephanie was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent 11 years in the military, 7 stationed in Germany. While in the military she earned her B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 1995. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. She now works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been married for over 18 years. She has two boys, Andrew, 8, and Joseph, 3. Hello, Stephanie, thanks for answering my questions.

BEVERLY: Your current book, The Giving Meadow, is a picture book. Why did you decide to write for young readers?

STEPH: It seemed natural. I've been helping to teach 3 year-olds for my church's preschool program since 2005. My fellow teachers, Maureen, Shirley, and Mary are dynamos and the children not only inspire us, but keep us young.

BEVERLY: What was your favorite book as a child?

STEPH: That's hard. LOL! It was the 1970's. I liked reading encyclopedias to learn about dinosaurs and plants. I liked reading anything byJudy Blume and I was hooked on the Hardy Boys mysteries. I liked Encyclopedia Brown, too.

BEVERLY: If you weren't an author, what would you be?

STEPH: I like helping people so my job as a 911dispatcher is perfect.

BEVERLY: What would we find if we looked in your closet?

STEPH: Oh, Beverly, you're a brave one! Clothes, suitcases, shoes, and a collage of pictures form when I was in the army.

BEVERLY: What is your favorite movie? Music? TV Show?

STEPH: The sound of music. I traveled to Salzburg, Austria in 1988 and the time I spent in Austria gave the movie another dimension for me.

Music? Old stuff; Beatles and Duran Duran. They were there for me when I was a teenager. New stuff: Favorites include Coldplay, Linkin Park, Lady GaGa, and Pink.

TV Show? I'm enjoying Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, The Tudors, Rome on DVD. I like watching Dancing with the Stars. I don't watch much real time TV because the kids have Nick on.

BEVERLY: If you could live in any time period when would you choose? Why?

STEPH: The late 1800's, early 1900's in Romanov Russia – St. Petersburg. I can't explain the pull or the feeling I have for that time, just that resonates deeply with me.

BEVERLY: If you had no electricity, cell phone, computer, or batteries, how would you spend the day?

STEPH: By taking a ride on a steam train!

BEVERLY: What is in your future? Do you have more books coming out?

STEPH: I have a TW/YA book called "The First Flag of New Hampshire" due to be released with 4RV Publishing in 2011. We just went through edits. On the Romance side of the house, I have a short story, "Shadows and Light" to be released in the Borealis Anthology in DEC 2010. It's a sci-fi/futuristic story.

BEVERLY: Do you have anything you'd like to add or other things you'd like us to know?

STEPH: How about some fast facts? I was married in Denmark, 1991. I love California wine counties Napa and Sonoma. My first trip to Disney was EuroDisney just outside of Paris in 1992.

Thanks for having me today, Beverly.

GOODIE TIME: Leave a post here on the blog. I'll pick two lucky winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. One lucky winner will receive a Giving Meadow mousepad. Winners will be drawn out of a hat, and I'll return on 17 AUG to announce them.















"Romance Under the Moonlight."


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Meet Stephen Macquignon, the illustrator:

Now I'd like to tell you about Stepahie's and Stephen's lovely picture book.


Stephanie Burkhart – Author

Stephen Macquignon – Illustrator

Stephanie Burkhart’s picture book The Giving Meadow starts with an egg. The egg hatches into a caterpillar, a very hungry caterpillar. So the hungry little caterpillar with a sweet smile and big eyes does what a hungry caterpillar does. He sets out to find food. From the frog to the ladybug, from the bee to the snake, every animal the caterpillar meets shares its water or food with the caterpillar. Each day, the caterpillar grows bigger and bigger. He’s also hungrier and hungrier. Will his tummy ever be full?
This is a lovely story of friendship, sharing, and thinking of others. It also shows young readers the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly. With the caterpillar’s happy smile, the bee’s long lashes, the blue-eyed snake with the forked tongue, and all the other little critters that help the caterpillar find food, Stephen Macquignon’s colorful illustrations capture the spirit of the story, the giving and sharing of the animals that live in the meadow.
The Giving Meadow is a nice book to add to a child’s library. Early childhood and kindergarten teachers could use this book in their classes as a fun read to teach children about the small creatures in their world. I recommend this book for little ones ages 4-8, for animal lovers, even the crawly kind, and for everyone who enjoys nature and a gentle read at bedtime. Don’t be surprised, Mom and Dad, if you find yourself in the backyard with your children, searching for caterpillars so you can watch them grow and change into a lovely butterfly.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Tours and Radio and Dreams

Quote for the Week:  "Everyday we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and if possible, speak a few sensible words." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Today I have a hodgepodge of things to post, not related to each other, possibly related to each other. You can decide for yourself.

First, the second week of my Virtual Book Tour for Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines continues. Today's hosts are Joyce Anthony. You can read her interview at her blog.

Also, Mayra Calvani's interview is up at Blog Critics.

Some interesting interviews and reading are scheduled for today. Here are the links:
At 3 PM Central Time: Robin Falls Kids Radio Show
Dellani's Tea Time
At 8 PM Tess Gerritson will be discussing her latest book on Blog Talk Radio.

Now for the dreams. I'm not a dreamer, at least if I am I never remember them. A few morning ago, however, this horrible night mare woke me. I'm not saying what it was, because I don't want to put it down to remind me. It was so vivid though that I woke scared to death. It involved my precious Patches. So I hopped out of bed, ran through the house trying to find her. I finally did, and she was fine. Since then, I've watched her closely.

I don't know if dreams have meanings. I've never thought much about them. Now I wonder. I hope not. I hope this one was simply the results of books I've read that contain violence or something in the news I'd heard.

Anyway. What do you think? do dreams mean anything?

Have a super week. Happy reading and writing.