Monday, February 27, 2017


Guess what today is. Yes, the title shows you. It's National Strawberry Day. There's more than one story about the origin of Strawberry Day. One says that the berries would drop off the leaves and be strewn about the plant, hence the name "strawberry." My favorite story is the one about English children stringing the berries on grass straws and selling the "strawberries" in their neighborhoods. More information can be found here. Did you know, strawberries belong to the rose family?

My favorite dessert.


Need I say more?
February 27 is also National Polar Bear Day. This is a day to learn more about the Polar Bear and how it lives. Polar bears can grow to nine feet tall and weigh 1400 pounds.  They have slightly webbed front paws, which help in their swimming. Global warming threatens their existence.
Isn't this one adorable.
So celebrate by eating strawberries and  learning more about the Polar Bear.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Welcome Wednesday. And what a fun, beautiful treat I have for you. Perhaps you've read P K Hrezo's latest book. Perhaps not, but I want to tell you about it and then I think you'll be eager to take a look.

A beautiful cover, right?
Here are my thoughts.
Do you keep a diary or journal? Do you like having your own special space, where you can dream, or create paintings, or stories, or wherever your imagination takes you? You say you do. Then you need to check out Author PK HREZO’s lovely book GIVING IMAGINATION WINGS, A CREATIVE JOURNAL AND ACTIVITY BOOK.
The cover, with its delicate flowers and the Pixie in a jar, hints at what you’ll find when you open the book. First, the author introduces the book to the reader. She says: “This journal is designed to get your creative juices flowing and spark your imagination so that it can fly free.” And the journal does exactly what PK HREZO says it will do.
She talks about being “perfect.” No one is. That statement makes me feel really good, knowing I’m not alone when I mess up. She describes each activity and provides lined pages to write our activities on. CLEVER CHAOS and INSPIRATION STATION encourage the reader’s imagination, and we’re reminded our activities don’t have to be orderly. Perfect for me, who lives in a state of chaos.
Scattered throughout the book are pictures of PK’s Pixies, her adorable fairy tale creations. This is the perfect book for children and adults alike. Why not pick up a copy or two or three for yourself and for young people you know. I hope to start my journey through the book this week and see if I’m successful in CHARMING THE MUSE, one of the activities. Recommended.
A copy of this book was provided to me for my honest review.
Available at:   AMAZON      BARNES & NOBLE and other places where books are sold.
Congratulations, P K. I'm hoping to work in my book this weekend.
Happy Reading.


Monday, February 20, 2017


Quote for the week:
My love of butterflies is no secret. So I found this quote that I really like. I also have another butterfly to show you. The Children's Literary Classics Awards designed a meme for me, using my quote.
Isn't it neat! If you've read UNDER A PURPLE MOON, you may recognize the meme.
The CLC also spotlighted me.

When I was teaching fifth-grade, we read Newbery honor books. Seeing how much my students enjoyed the stories, what great reports they did, sometimes even dressing like the main character, I started wondering what it would be like to write stories young people loved. So, I took a writing course and discovered that writing a novel was even better than reading one. That was almost 20 years ago, and I'm still writing.
A ballerina or an opera singer.
One day, a girl (I hear voices a lot) whispered in my ear that her mother criticized everything she did and all she wanted was her mother and father to love her. So, Eden's story was born, the story of a broken family and their struggles to find that elusive word: love.
You can read the rest of the spotlight here.
Watch for more news about UNDER A PURPLE MOON soon.
Happy Reading.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the fabulous author L A Dragoni, who has exciting news for us. So, let's take a look at what she's been up to.

Oh, yes! A mysterious cover. And the hands. Whose are they? What do they mean? Perfect!

For fifteen minutes each night a portal opens in Tamara’s barn and a horde of ghosts spills into her yard. She and Dex work together to find a way to help Cal and the thousands of spirits stuck in the void to cross over. When she learns she has the ghost touch—the ability to touch the ghosts as if they were corporeal—and she accidentally helps a little boy cross, she believes it might be possible. But not all the spirits play nice and when they learn they can sip energy from her ghost touch, they become greedy putting her life at risk.
Each time Cal has to pull her from the mass of ghosts, her touch restores him more and more until he is at danger of being stuck on earth—forever, which is very enticing to Tamara the better she knows him. Will she and Dex figure out how to help the spirits cross and if they do, will she be able to let Cal go?
Available in ebook, and audiobook from Amazon, and now available in print!
Also available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and other e-tailers.
The newest face in Tamara’s latest nightmare was about to be revealed when a loud SLAM woke her. Still anxious from the events of the night before, Tamara had slept lightly all night. She pulled the shotgun from where she’d tucked it under her bed, slipped into a pair of sneakers and headed out to the barn. The hairs on the back of her neck rose when she found Ruff cowering and whimpering in front of the doors where he’d sat menacingly the night before. She hesitated as she drew up next to him. A faint blue light seeped through the crack between the large doors. There were no windows on the front of the building, so there was no way she could know who was in there or where they were. Even though it would be embarrassing, she decided to call the police again.
As she turned toward the house, the large barn doors swung open. Her heart kicked into high gear. She leveled the shotgun, pointing it straight at the doors as they glided open on their own accord, hoping the sight of the gun would be enough to scare the intruder away.
An unnatural blue-white light spilled outward, making her squint. Blinding bright in the center, it faded to murky shadows in the corners. Tamara’s heart all but stopped when shapes developed within the bright center. A crowd of people surged forward, scattering in all directions across her yard.
There were so many. Panic filled Tamara while she tried to figure out what to do, how to defend herself against so many. Who were all these people? Why had they been in her barn? Why is that man digging?
“Hey, stop!” she yelled.
A woman in a torn red dress stumbled up the hill reminding Tamara of herself in last night’s dream. The woman’s long blond hair streamed behind her in the windless night. She continually glanced over her shoulder, a terrified expression gnarling her beautiful face, though no one pursued her.
Then a single man sauntered forward, his attention intent on Tamara. The bright light behind him made it impossible for her to make out any detail, but his manner seemed equal parts commanding and relaxed. Her heart fluttered madly, and she felt the muzzle of the rifle dip toward the ground as she considered fleeing. A flat, wide-brimmed cowboy hat sat straight on his head. Well-worn leather chaps covered his bowed legs. Strange clicking noises accompanied him across the lawn. As he drew closer his image sharpened. When Tamara saw his face, she lowered the gun barrel. “Sheesh, I am dreaming.”
She looked into the skinless face of her latest nightmare.
“Ma’am, I can assure you, this is no dream.”
LA Dragoni weaves several interesting and unique premises about the afterlife into this story -- and the love triangle is only two parts living! The story has eerie, vivid descriptions of the ghosts, and the emotional turmoil of all three of the main characters is very well defined. Dragoni provides an awesome villain to hate and then masterfully manages to change the reader's opinion of the villain.
There are several twists and surprises in the plot, and the ending is satisfying but absolutely leaves questions that hopefully will be answered in a subsequent novel.
-Hall Ways blog
About the author: LA Dragoni isn’t too particular about who falls in love or where they fall in love. She simply considers it her job to capture the story about their love. Whether it’s paranormal, mythical, or time travel, LA will be there to divine their story for you. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband and children, but haunts ghost towns and cemeteries up and down the west, in search of the next adventure to sift through her storytelling brain. Learn more about LA and her work at

Ghost stories are some of my favorites and GHOST TOUCH is a good one. You can read my review at Amazon.
Congratulations  LA
Happy Reading!

Monday, February 13, 2017

#InkRipples GENRE

When I saw the topic for #InkRipples in February was "genre" I thought, umm, what can I say. I've never really paid much attention or given much thought to what genre the books are in that I read or write. So, I read posts that others have written on the subject and also did some research.

If you don't know about #InkRipples yet, here's what the meme is all about.
 #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post the first Monday of every month. If you'd like to join, you can post any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.
The topic changes every month and Tropes is the one for March. I've got to look this one up too.

Now, here's what I discovered about genres. From Wikipedia:

Genre is a label that characterizes elements a reader can expect in a work of literature. The major forms of literature can be written in various genres. Genre is a category characterized by similarities in style, or subject matter.
The classic major genres of literature are:

Common genres: fiction:

Subsets of genres, known as common genres, have developed from the archetypes of genres in written expression.
  • Classic – fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools
  • Crime/detective – fiction about a crime, how the criminal gets caught, and the repercussions of the crime
  • Fable – narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale
  • Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures
  • Fan fiction – fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, or book
  • Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
  • Fiction in verse – full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in verse form (usually free verse)
  • Fiction narrative – literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact
  • Folklore – the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or "folk" as handed down by word of mouth
  • Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
  • Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
  • Humor – Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
  • Legend – story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
  • Magical realism  – story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment
  • Meta fiction – also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the "truth" of a story
  • Mystery – this is fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
  • Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
  • Mythopoeia – fiction in which characters from religious mythology, traditional myths, folklore and/or history are recast into a re-imagined realm created by the author
  • Picture book – picture storybook is a book with very little words and a lot of pictUures, picture stories are usually for little kids
  • Realistic fiction – story that is true to life
  • Science fiction – story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
  • Short story – fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots
  • Suspense/thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
  • Tall tale – humorous story with blatant exaggerations, such as swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance
  • Western  – set in the American Old West frontier and typically set in the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century
I could go on and on, with subgenres and more, but we'll stop here, since your heads are probably spinning. Mine is. Now to see where the last two books I've written are categorized.

Realistic Fiction (Story that is true to life.) And here I've been calling it Contemporary Fiction. I learn something every day.
Historical Fiction (a story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting.) This is partly true. My main characters are real, with name changes, and the events actually happened, though a bit differently than in my story, which makes it fiction.
Now, I'm curious about my other books. Off to take a look at them.
How about you? What genre are your novels and stories written in?
Do you read the same genre you write?
If you're a reader and not a writer, why do you choose certain genres to read?
Yes, I'm full of questions. I want to learn more about genres.
Happy Reading and Writing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Author Kelly Hashway has a new book coming out on April 10, 2017. Today, we have the pleasure of seeing the cover for LIES WE TELL. And here it is.

Isn't it lovely? I also want to know what the lies are.
Madison Kramer thought her past was behind her. With a new name and a career as a best-selling author, what could go wrong?
She never expected Trevor Lockhardt to walk into her book signing, offering his services as her publicist, or that she’d end up falling for him. But what she really didn’t expect was a stalker sending her messages, both written and in the form of dead bodies.
Madison can’t escape her parents’ murder any longer. But is it their killer coming to finish what he started fifteen years ago? How long can she keep her past a secret before her lies come back to get her?
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Happy Reading!

Monday, February 6, 2017


Quote for the week: 
Today is the day, the day to announce the winners of an Audio Copy of
Under a Purple Moon! Thank you everyone that entered. Here's how the drawing went.
Patches is looking the entries over. She really hopes they're food.
Disappointed because she finds only strips of paper, she decides to take a nap.
So I hunt for Tiger to see if he'll choose the winners and find him hiding under the bed.
He decides to take a look. He might find a treat.
And he rested his paw on the winning strips of paper. Since he can't read, I opened the two papers.
The winners are
Jessica Haight
Janet Smart
Congratulations, Jess and Janet!
E-mail me at Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com and I'll send the link and free code to pick up your Audible copy of Under a Purple Moon.
I hope you enjoy meeting Eden and the boys.
Thanks again to all who participated.
Happy Reading!

Friday, February 3, 2017


Due to circumstances beyond my control, like the world is a blur and sometimes I see two of an object, the winners of my Audio Book giveaway will be announced on Monday, when I can see what I'm doing. Here's a sneak peak. (If I can find the right picture.)
Patches is looking the entries over.
Which one will she choose?
Come back Monday to learn the answer.
Have a great weekend.
Watch out for crazy drivers wearing dark glasses.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


It's the first Wednesday in February, which means it's also Insecure Writer's Support Group day.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG
Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG
His awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!
Be sure to visit the Insecure Writer's Support Web site.
The question for February 1 is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Remember, the question is optional.
It's a good question though, which made me stop and think. That's always good, right? Mostly, I read to enjoy a story, the characters, and their lives. They become real to me, and I am lost in their adventures. Sometimes, I love the plot or a character so much I wish I'd written that story, which inspires me to do my best.
Before I started writing my own novels, I never dreamed how much work goes into them. Now, I know the hours, days, months, and even years an author spends creating the world she/he presents to the reader and how every word comes from his/her heart.
I'm happy to know such awesome people and to be part of their world.
Winners of my audio book giveaway will be announced Friday, if Patches is in a good mood.
Happy Reading.