Friday, October 29, 2010

The End Is Near

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Today is the last day to tell us about your Halloween parties, ghostly visitors, meetings with vampires or werewolves, or anything else related to spooky happenings.

How about a favorite movie that turned your knees to water and gave you nightmares for months after? One of my favorites is Carrie, based on Stephen King's book. There are others, but my mind at the moment is blank. Well, it stays that way most of the time.

Anyhow, on Saturday I'll write everyone's name who has left a comment on Post It Notes then Patches will draw the winner for some swag and maybe even a book. She's getting quite good at choosing.

Have a happy and safe Halloweeen.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies

Quote of the week: I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard.

Today let's look at books about our favorite vampires, werewolves, and zombies. But first, a couple more ghost stories that I enjoyed.

Ghost for Rent by Penny Lockwood
Perfect for MG/Tween Readers


                                                           Ghost Cadet
                                           by Elaine Marie Alphin

And how about these books to get your blood flowing?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan, for The Unconsecrated. Spooky.
For vampires and werewolves (I'm a Jacob fan by the way) we have The Twilight Series. Stephenie Meyer.

We find werewolve we have to love in Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver.
And Annette Curtis Klause creates a cool vampire in The Silver Kiss. Then she introduces us to werewolves in Blood and Chocolate.

So curl up with a creature of your choice and enjoy. Be sure to leave the lights on after midnight.

Now, tell us about your favorite spooky books. Remember, readers who participate will be entered in a drawing for some cool swag. The fun begins.

Happy Reading

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Golden Pathway Virtual Book Tour Reaches the Homestretch

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It's hard to believe that The Golden Pathway virtual book tour coordinated by Pump Up Your Book Promotion reaches the homestretch. The adventure of introducing David and Jenkins to the literary world has been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many advid readers I may have never met otherwise. Even though this portion of the journey will end on October 29, I'm anxious to keep their story swirling through cyberspace and into classrooms, libraries, and bookstores. So don't forget to check back for updates on appearances both vritually and in person.

Thank you to one and all for your never ending support and please follow along on the last stops, for when one's journey ends, another adventure awaits.

Monday, October 25
Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More

Thursday, October 28
Book reviewed at Thoughts in Progress

Friday, October 29
Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Guest blogging at SFC Blog: Families Matter
Thank you for your time and interest!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Teen Read Week

Okay, I know it's almost over and you've probably already celebrated Teen Read Week by reading fantastic books for teens or blogging about it or whatever. If you're late to the party, the way I am, some great stuff is over at ALA, so take a few minutes and have a fun Friday. I'm headed that way to do the same.

Have a nice weekend.
Happy Reading.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet Author Molly Roe

Today, we're taking a break from our spooky stories and photos to meet Author Molly Roe. I am delighted to tell you a little about her book, Call Me Kate, Meeting the Molly Maguires.

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires

by Molly Roe

*Mom's Choice Award Winner in young adult historical fiction category

*4 1/2-star rating at

About the Book

Fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty risks job, family, and eventually her very life to rescue a lifelong friend. Disguised as a draft resister, Katie infiltrates a secret Irish organization to prevent bloodshed. Tragedies challenge her strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can Katie balance her sense of justice with the law?

Call Me Kate is suitable for readers from eleven to adult. The story is dramatic and adventuresome, yet expressive of daily life in the patches of the hard coal region during the Civil War era. This novel will appeal to readers of the Dear America series, as well as more mature readers who will enjoy the story’s rich context and drama.

"Call Me Kate is a fascinating look at the time period of the early drafts for the Civil War. It focuses on a specific area of the country and the conflict that arose among the different classes and ethnicities. I got a brief history lesson on a time period that I wasn’t very familiar with. For anyone interested in getting some history with their fiction, Call Me Kate is a good book to add to your choices." -

" The politics of the time, the history of how hard the struggle was for many poor families, is absolutely inspirational. The writer did a wonderful job bringing us back to the past, and making us understand that bigotry – in any form – can only harm. I am always so thankful when a writer comes out with a story that teaches something more than “unrequited love with a supernatural being.” Don’t get me wrong, those are fun, too. But this is a great story that will teach something and be fun at the same time." -

Here's my review:

Author: Molly Roe
Publisher: Tribute Books
Copyright: November 24, 2008
Hardcover 168 pages
ISBN: 10: 0981461956
ISBN-13: 978-0981461953

The Review:

The blaring of the breaker whistle means one thing at Murphy’s Patch in the Pennsylvania coal country: mine accident. When Catherine (Katie) Agnes McCafferty’s father is injured in November of 1860, her life is changed forever. Money becomes scarce, medical needs for her father are expensive, and Lincoln has been elected president of the United States bringing turmoil to the country. This is Katie’s world.

To help her family’s finances and to keep them from losing their home, fourteen-year-old Katie takes a position as a domestic in Hazleton, over an hour’s distance from her family. She has no idea she’ll soon become involved in the uproar over the unpopular draft, or that she’ll masquerade as a boy on a secret mission, or that she’ll risk her life to save her friend from the Patch, Con Gallagher, as well as her new friend, Patrick O’Brien from possible death. Katie is a heroine you will find yourself cheering on, hoping that she succeeds in her efforts to prevent more bloodshed in the battle for survival.

Author Molly Roe brings to life a tumultuous time in America’s history, a time when tempers ran high, when Irish immigrants worked hard but barely survived. We get a glimpse of Katie in quieter moments as she enjoys the things girls of the 1860’s did, such as making tatted collars, or dancing with Con, who she might love, had the Civil War not interfered. We travel with Katie as she faces each challenge presented her with courage and spunk. As her father once told Kate, “If you’re the only one that knows you’re afraid, you’re brave.” Call Me Kate is a story of family, heartbreak, and finding the bravery within oneself. This story will linger in your mind, long after you’ve read the last page.

Ms. Roe’s novel would make a nice supplement for teachers in history classes about the Civil War, Irish immigration, and coal mining. As a lover of the Civil War era I have a whole library of Civil War books and am pleased to add this one to my collection. Though this book is written for teens, it should appeal to parents and grandparents, as well as readers who enjoy historical novels. So be transported to another time, another place with Katie. I think you’ll enjoy the ride. I know I did.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Ghostly Sightings

Quote for the week: I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. James Michener

Now Halloween would not be Halloween without a ghostly sighting. Have you ever seen a ghost? Have you ever lived in a haunted house and heard moanings and groanings in the night? I haven't, but I went to a paranormal convention a few years ago and it was awesome. They showed pictures of blurry images that could very well have been ghosts. They had videos of strange sounds that possibly were ghosts. They had whisperings recorded that sent chills down my spine. And they had all sorts of equipment they use to track these sightings.

Many great books have been written about ghosts. Here are some of my favorites. There are others, but space is limited. These are in no particular order.

        Save the Last Dance                                           
        Dyan Sheldon 

                                                                                  I Heart You, You Haunt Me
                                                                                  Lisa Schroeder

             Crossed Out
             Kim Baccellia

                                                                              My Book 

Others I liked are:
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Shadowed Summer - Saundra Mitchell
Uninvited - Amanda Marrone
The Seer Series - Linda Joy Singleton
There are others, but I can't think of them at the moment.

So, tell us about your ghostly sightings and/or your favorite ghost books.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Let's Party

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Bobbing for apples, getting water up the nose.
Scavenger hunts, asking strangers for weird junk like a kiddie's training potty. (Who thinks these things up?)
Costumes to scare or to make people laugh. Speaking of:
I remember one party I went to, I don't recall how old I was but probably elementary or middle school age, I dressed as Cinderella. Mom made my costume, a full skirt with a hoop, I think. We went on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood and my dress kept getting in the way. Details are sketchy but the dress was a problem, slowed me down.

So how about you? Did you enjoy Halloween parties when you were a kid? Remember, I'd love to hear your stories and see your photographs. Email me with whatever you'd like to share and I'll post it for you. Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com. At the end of the month I'll have a drawing for stuff. Haven't decided what yet.

Have a super weekend. Happy reading and writing.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trick or Treat

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Did you ever go trick-or-treating?  When I was a kid we all scoured the neighborhood with our paper bags or pumpkins or whatever to see how much loot we could get. And, get this now, when someone wouldn't give us any candy, we ...
you aren't going to believe how mean we were, sweet little girls, huh huh ... we ... scroll on down ...

we ...

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we scattered confetti on their porches and in the flowerbeds.
Naughty naughty little girls.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Not So Spooky Photo

Quote for the week: "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the diference between lightning and a lightning bug." Mark Twain

Hopping over from the Muse Conference where things are really hopping. Today we're starting our Halloween stories, photos, books, and whatever. Remember, share your Halloween memories. Send to me at Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com and I'll post them for you. Please give permission to do so in your email. Okay, I'll start things off. This is a picture of me in my clown costume. I don't remember anything about it. It's been too many years. One thing I do remember is my birthday parties usually had a Halloween theme since my bd was two days after the holiday. Wednesday, I'll tell what we naughty kids sometimes did for Halloween. What did you do as a trick-or-treater?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ghostly Tales

Since October is the month of spooky stories and ghostly tales, starting Monday, we'll be talking about thoughts and memories of the season. If you have pictures of you as kids dressed in your Halloween costumes send them to me. If you have stories, scary or just fun, about your experiences at Halloween, send them to me. If you've written a short story you'd like to share, send it to me. Books you've read, movies you've seen, anything relating to the fun of the month is welcome. At the end of October, you'll vote on your favorite photo, story, memory, book, or whatever. The winner will receive ... mmm I haven't decided yet. Will add later. Anyhow, join the fun, if you're so inclined. My email is beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com. Be sure and put October Fun in the subject line so I'll know what it's for.

Have a super weekend everyone. I'll be busy with the Muse Online Conference next week, but will still be here too.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blog Talk Radio Rescheduled

Good news! The Blog Talk Radio Show that was canceled in September has been rescheduled. Dellani's guests are Elaine Littau, Melissa Williams, and Yours Truly. So, if you have a spare minute tomorrow, drop by or call in. We'd love to have your comments. We're at Dellani Oakes. You can talk to us here by leaving questions or comments. Or the call in number is (646) 378-1510. Looking forward to your visit.

Happy Wednesday.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

I'd like to start this new week with a review of  a book that I've needed and that you might need to, if you are a book reviewer or hope to be one. It has really helped me to see how I can improve the reviews I write. I think it will help you, as well. Enjoy.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing
Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards
Twilight Times Books - 1st Edition (June 15, 2008)
ISBN: 1-933353-22-8
ISBN: 978-1-933353-22-7
190 pages


Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards

Have you ever wanted to write a review for a book you read, but weren’t quite sure where to start or what to say? Or maybe you’ve written reviews but weren’t satisfied with the way they turned out.

If you answered yes to either or both of the above, then check out The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by authors and reviewers Mayra Calvani and Anne E. Edwards. Their book points both experienced and prospective reviewers in the right direction to help write the best reviews possible. The authors divide the book into three parts. They also provide a table of contents and an index to make it easy to find exactly the topic the reader is looking for.

Part one starts with “The Five Keys to Being a Good Reviewer.” The authors continue with an explanation of what a book review is and the results of the review for the reader, author, publisher, booksellers, librarians, and the world. Another section discusses the importance of reading critically and gives points to consider as you read the book, for both fiction and nonfiction. If audio books and graphic novels are your preference, the authors talk about them as well. From the different types of reviews to signs of what makes an amateur reviewer to starting your own book review site and much more, Ms. Calvani and Ms. Edwards give the reader expert advice on how to write a book review. I used their information on reviewing nonfiction books to help me write this review.

Part two discuses the influence of book reviews. Have you ever stopped to think that your review might sway a bookseller or librarian in their choice of titles to purchase? That’s an awesome responsibility, which shows how important your review is. The authors say: “Reviews play an important part on whether or not a person buys a book; a positive review tells the reader that the money they will spend on that book is worth it, while a negative review will do the opposite and may influence the person into not buying the book.” This is one reason that your reviews must be honest.

Part three lists resources, such as review sites, online communities, print publications, and so much more. I know I’ll be looking into some of these to find more places to post my reviews. The authors clearly have done their research, with quotes from many of their sources. They also give examples of reviews that I found very helpful. I haven’t covered nearly all the information this book provides, but you’ll find that it answers just about any question you might have. I highly recommend The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing for everyone who aspires to review books, as well as to readers who might like to host reviewers on their blogs or who simply enjoy reading good nonfiction books. The authors sum it up pretty nicely, I think: “Once you’ve decided to try reviewing, relax and enjoy the experience. There’s nothing else quite like it.”

What more can I say?

Happy Reading and Writing. Have a super week.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Today is about bits and pieces of what's going on in the world.

First, The Cybils Awards are now open. If you have a favorite book you'd like to nominate, check out the rules at the Cybils Site. There are several categories and the last time I looked some great books have already been nominated.

Second, on our twilight walk Friday evening, hubby and I spotted some monarch butterflies. I've been watching for them because this is their time of migration. They are amazing creatures in my opinion. I'm going out again this evening to snap more pictures if possible. They won't be here long. These photos are from a couple years ago.

The butterflies roost in the trees at night. Then soon they're gone.