Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Gulp, one-year-old. How can that be? It seems like just yesterday that you were born. I remember thinking the same thing when each of my boys were born. The years are short. Time passes. Today, my YA contemporary novel, UNDER A PURPLE MOON, is one year old. Let's celebrate.
Birthday parties must have cake. I hope you like this one.
It's Red Velvet.

What's cake without ice cream?
Choose your favorite flavor.
"Wait! Wait! Wait, Beverly."
"Eden? What's wrong?'
"Where's the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
"Yeah, we have to have peanut butter and jelly."
Murphy, Toby, and Josh nod at each other.
"We do? Why?"
"Yes, Ms. McClure. Would we lie to you?"
The boys and Eden look so innocent, though I know otherwise, how can I refuse?
"OK. Let me see what I can do."
How about these?
Four teens gobble them down. Then eat the cake and ice cream for dessert. And to think, I created these characters. Maybe I should have worked on manners a bit more.
The party isn't over yet. What's a birthday without gifts?
We're doing this a different way than usual. The birthday kids are giving you, the visitors, the gifts. 
So what do we have?
First is a deck of UNDER A PURPLE MOON playing cards.
These are really neat and would make great gifts for friends and family, as well as for yourself.
Next,  we  have a signed paperback copy of UNDER A PURPLE MOON (US only).
Third is a $10.00 gift card from Amazon.
I had planned to try Rafflecopter, but my eyes are still giving me trouble and I don't have the patience to read the instructions and put the thing together. So, we're doing a much easier giveaway. If you want to enter for a prize, just leave a comment. Next week, March 22,
 Random. org, will choose the winners. I'll announce them on the blog and to you, and your gifts will soon be on their way as soon as I have where to send them.
Happy 1st Birthday to UNDER A PURPLE MOON May there be many more to celebrate.
 Silver Award Winner of the 2016 Children's Literary Classics Award.
 Thank you to L. Diane and Staff for making this book possible.
Happy Reading!
 Good news! Thanks to the kindness of Alex J. Cavanaugh, who made one for me, Rafflecopter is coming tomorrow. What a wonderful friend. Thank you, Alex.
If you comment before the Rafflecopter is live, (midnight) come back and check off that part, and you are entered. I'm so excited.

The link to the Rafflecopter is below. I did it wrong, of course, and the thing doesn't show up, but you can enter following the link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Happy one year to your book! I always miss those dates. I mostly remember the first book, but not any of the others.

    1. Thanks, Alex. The year sure passed in a hurry.

  2. There HAS to be peanut butter sandwiches!

    I can't believe it's been one year, either.

  3. What a great post, Beverly! Happy birthday to your book! I love the playing cards idea. I've done bookmarks but never thought about cards. Very fun!

    1. Thanks, Karin. The cards are fun. And different.

  4. Happy one year to your book. I guessed it was that one last week. Was right indeed. I forget mine at my feed haha the cards are a fun idea too, always thought so.

    1. Thank you, Pat. You're smart to guess it. :)

  5. Wahoo! 1 year? That's epic. Huge congrats! Ooh, now I'm hungry. ;)

    1. A year sure passes in a hurry, Crystal. Have a bite of cake. :)

  6. Congrats on the 1 year book birthday! What a lovely party. :) Now I need to get some dessert.

    Glad that Alex is helping you with the Rafflecopter. :) We are so lucky to be entering such a fun giveaway. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Jess. I know. I'm a sweetaholic, if there is such a thing.

  7. Happy one-year birthday to your book baby!!!

  8. Wow, a year. Hard to believe. Fun giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  9. Woohoo!! Wishing UNDER A PURPLE MOON a very Happy Birthday! Yay for cake, ice cream, and PBJs! :)

  10. Belated birthday greetings to your book Beverly.
    Hope there is many more.


  11. Happy book birthday...PB&J sandwiches are PERFECT, especially if they have smiley faces!