Monday, April 30, 2018

SPRING HAS ARRIVED

After crazy temperatures that were freezing one day and warm the next, spring is finally with us, in my part of Texas, anyhow. There's nothing more relaxing than a nice walk enjoying the wild flowers, the trees, the birds building their nests, butterflies adding color to the landscape, and the return of the hummingbirds. They're later than usual, but our winds have been so strong they probably would have been blown away if they returned earlier. I have a feeder out for them, though nature provides plenty of food without my help. They seem to enjoy the feeder and chase each other away.



This is an old picture, but I haven't taken any lately. She's looking right at me thinking, Who on earth are you? Did you feed me this fine sugar water? If so, thanks.



The Cardinals are singing their love songs to each other.


Yep! It's springtime.

And to celebrate the one Book Birthday for May, here is A FAMILY FOR LEONA, my mg/tween historical fiction novel that has its second birthday on May 3rd. Happy Birthday, Leona.

Thanks to Aidana WillowRaven for the lovely cover.

 Leona's story is loosely based on my mother's life, who on January 3, 1922, rode an Orphan Train from Brooklyn to Texas and to a new family. She was 10 years old.

About:

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn the first chance she gets.


This possibly is the orphanage she and her siblings lived in, according to information the CAS sent to me. And imagine if this building was full of homeless children. It shows how times were hard in those days.

Available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE PUBLISHER, and other places.

Happy Reading




Monday, April 23, 2018

I AM ME REVIEW & EVIL UNLEASHED REVIEW

Quote for the Week:


I've been busy reading lately, along with writing. There are so many good books being published, I just can't catch up with them. Here is a novel that you'll really want to read. It will touch your heart as you say "Go girl." Congratulations to Kai Strand for another story that will make you, the reader, think.






I AM ME


By Kai Strand

Review


Have you ever volunteered for an organization that helps people in need? If so, how did it make you feel? Doing for others, whether it’s providing meals, taking someone to the doctor, mowing lawns, or whatever brings joy not only to the recipient but to the volunteer as well. Or it should.


In Author Kai Strand’s latest young adult novel, I AM ME, we meet Lola Renaldi, a high school senior who has most everything a girl could want. Being wealthy doesn’t always mean being happy, however. Lola and her mother disagree on many things, like which college she should attend, which boy she should like, and how she should dress, among other things.


I like the way Lola stands up for herself, even though she sometimes has doubts about what she is doing. Lola volunteers at a kitchen where she helps serve food to those in need. She also helps build houses, where she meets Rodney, a boy who is different from the other boys she knows. He has secrets, and she cannot figure him out.


Kai Strand has created characters that are not perfect but seem so real they might be your neighbors. Lola makes mistakes. She doesn’t always know what’s best for her to do. But Lola is loyal to her best friend when she gets in trouble. And then there’s Rodney (Rod) who has stolen her heart. What will she do when she learns the truth about him?


I AM ME touches on situations that many teens face today. Perhaps Kai Strand’s novel will help them make tough decisions and see that they are “Me,” not who someone else wants them to be. This story would make a great addition to high school libraries as well as public libraries. Recommended.

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And, here's another novel I just finished reading. We've seen this fascinating cover too. A story that will have you holding your breath to see what happens next. Congratulations to Kelly Hashway.





EVIL UNLEASHED Book 2

By Kelly Hashway

Review


Demons, The Devil, Angels, Mothers, Fathers, Hell, and we must not forget the ravens. If Kaylan 
thought life was tough before, she’s about to find out that it can get worse. In EVIL UNLEASHED, Book 2, by Author Kelly Hashway, Kaylyn’s life gets more complicated with each passing day. I don’t want to give away too much and spoil the story for you, but there are a lot of twists and turns and unexpected events that Kaylyn faces. Not telling exactly what.


Reese decides he knows what’s best for Kaylyn, but there is a twist he does not realize. Not only does she have to deal with Reese, but there’s Riley who also loves her. Then, some of them are in the present day, others in past days, and how about future days. Confused yet. You’ll understand when you read the story, if you haven’t already read UNSEEN EVIL, Book 1, which will help you understand.


If you enjoy suspense, complicated characters that might be good or evil or both, and a touch of romance, be sure to get a copy of EVIL UNLEASHED, Book 2. You might want to read the novel with the lights on, however.

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Happy Reading!



Monday, April 16, 2018

SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC TOUR

I am so excited to share Fantastic Author C. Lee McKenzie's latest middle grade novel, SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC, with you today.  This is the third book of the series, and what a series it has been. Lots of excitement with fun characters facing the challenges. You may remember awhile back that I reviewed the book. Today, the author is going to share more about the series.Welcome, C. Lee McKenzie.





Hi Beverly and thanks so much for letting me visit today.

You asked me how I decided to write this series, and I’ll admit that there wasn’t a lot of planning ahead involved. I know. I know. This is not the  way to create a well-designed, logically connected series, but here’s the truth. I only set out to write Alligators Overhead.

Then a teacher had her class read that book and draw pictures of the alligator story. They sent those to me with some messages. Here are two: “Can you write another story and this time put a girl in it?” “I hope you write more stories about Pete and Weasel.”

Okay, I didn’t have a girl in Alligators Overhead, but I do in The Great Timelock Disaster. So check off that request and the second one, too. After finishing book 2, I felt that the job was done, then I had this strange idea. What if…and off I went to write book 3, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. This time I was sure to put in a girl again.

I guess I liked “playing” with Pete and Weasel, so I might have written the series even without those messages, but they helped motivate me, and I’m really glad the kids sent them to me. And I’m really glad you gave me the chance to tell about my “decision” to write a series.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Some-Very-Messy-Medieval-Magic/dp/1939844460/ref=sr_1_1



Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
EBook available in all formats
Thank you for visiting with us today, Lee. Congratulations on your latest.

And, dear readers, enjoy meeting Pete and Weasel. You might want to read the first two books as well.
Happy Reading.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

COVER REVEAL- DEL TORO MOON

Today I'm delighted to share the cover of DEL TORO MOON, the forthcoming middle grade fantasy novel by dear friend and award-winning author Darby Karchut. Take a look at this.



This cover is gorgeous. Love the horse.



Back jacket copy – DEL TORO MOON by Darby Karchut


Bad enough Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in the family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like creatures, known as skinners. He must also learn how to match his father’s skills at monster hunting. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a million to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Now, with the skinners multiplying, both in numbers and ferocity, Matt is desperate to keep his father and hot-tempered older brother from killing each other, prevent his new friend, Perry—a horse-crazy girl who recently moved to their small town of Huerfano, Colorado—from discovering the true nature of his odder-than-oddball family, and save a group of paleontologists from getting skinner-ed.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance. 



Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut
Coming September 2018 from Owl Hollow Press
Middle Grade fantasy


About the author:



Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter.  A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk. Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film. Her latest book, DEL TORO MOON, releases Fall 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com






Congratulations, Darby.

I'm looking forward to reading DEL TORO MOON.

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 9, 2018

UNSEEN EVIL BOOK REVIEW

It's Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. How about starting off the new week with an interesting new novel just out. Here's UNSEEN EVIL Book 1 by Author Kelly Hashway.


You may recall seeing this cover awhile back. Well, the books are out now. Ready for you to read. And here are my thoughts on Book 1, Book 2 next week.

Review!



UNSEEN EVIL


By Kelly Hashway



Have you ever been outside on a dark, dark night and felt as though someone was watching you? You hurried to get to your car and maybe even dialed 911. And then… Think of what possibly could happen in a situation like this. In Author Kelly Hashway’s latest series, UNSEEN EVIL Book 1, Kaylan faces such a situation and it gets even worse.


Kaylan is a high school student with an after-school job to help her dad who is out of work. But one thing after another happens in Kaylan’s life, from someone attempting to run over her with her own car to meeting Reese, the new boy in school who is absolutely a 5 (the way her friend Trysha ranks guys), to the truth she learns about who she really is.


Kelly Hashway has a great imagination and she’s created a story with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing what happens next, at least it did me. There’s a bit of romance for romance lovers, action for action lovers, and an interesting plot to explore for all.


And, after reading UNSEEN EVIL Book 1, you’ll most likely be ready for EVIL UNLEASHED Book 2 in the series. That’s where I’m going next. Happy Reading.



And other places.


Also, a little news from my publisher: Dancing Lemur Press is helping authors get their books into public libraries and has made a really neat Library Request Form to send to libraries. If you would like to help by sharing with your favorite libraries, e-mail me and I'll send you the PDF. Thank you.
My email: Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com

Have a super week.

Happy Reading!



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

APRIL IWSG

Here we are again. The first Wednesday in April. 2018 is sure flying by. Enjoy!


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 and link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG,

His awesome co-hosts for the April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

April 4th question:

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Good Question

What do I do?

Get some dark chocolate kisses and ... I'm only partly kidding. I do take a break, maybe eat some chocolate, maybe play with the cats, take a long walk and enjoy the birds and butterflies and flowers. Sometimes I even mop the floor or vacuum the carpet, anything that allows me to think of what I'm doing wrong with my story. Why can't I get this scene right? What should my character say or do here? I thought I knew, but it doesn't work. So I go ahead and type something. Then the next day I either wonder "What was I thinking" and start that scene over again, or I smile and think "Yes, this is it."

I may have a lot of cloudy or rainy days, but eventually the sun will shine. And it is worth waiting for when I can read what I've written and say, "Yes." 

How about you?

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 2, 2018

AMOS FACES HIS BULLY TOUR

Do I have a treat for your today? I'm delighted to share the latest picture book by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, illustrated by Jack Foster. Isn't it adorable.









About the Book:
Title: AMOS FACES HIS BULLY
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages 20
Genre: Christian children's picture book

BOOK BLURB:

Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David's battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God's protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully too.

Book Excerpt:

Amos clutched his knees to his chest. Sitting in the dirt, he blinked to keep the tears from spilling down his cheeks.

Nathaniel and the other neighborhood boys marched around, taunting him.

“Are you going to cry now, baby?” Nathaniel balled his hands into fists and pretended to rub his eyes.

“I’m not crying,” ten-year-old Amos said with a sniffle. He stood and brushed the dirt off his clothes.

“I bet you’re the biggest cry baby in all of Bethlehem,” said Nathaniel.

The boys pushed him back and forth chanting, “Cry baby, cry baby.”

Book Trailer:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj4-5M2cgrg]

ORDER YOUR COPY:

Guardian Angel | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Indiebound.org




About the Author


Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and the recently released, Amos Faces His Bully. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/


WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | BLOG

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, April 2

Book review at The Story of a Writer

Tuesday, April 3

Book review at Books for Books

Author interview at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 4

Book review at Sefina Hawke's Books

Thursday, April 5

Book review at Reviews by Crystal
Friday, April 6
Author interview at The Writer's Life

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Monday, April 9

Guest post at Marilyn's Musings

Tuesday, April 10

Book review at The Next Best Thing to Mummy

Wednesday, April 11

Author interview at The Dark Phantom Review
Thursday, April 12
Book review at The Blended Blog
Friday, April 13
Author interview at As the Pages Turn

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Monday, April 16

Guest post at Write What Inspires You

Thursday, April 19
Book review at Bound 4 Escape
Friday, April 20

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Monday, April 23

Author interview at Straight from the Author's Mouth

Tuesday, April 24
Author interview at Book Publishing Secrets

Wednesday, April 25

Book review at Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin'

Thursday, April 26

Friday, April 27

Book review at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews

TBD
Book review at By the Book
Book review at Lady D Books


My Thoughts

AMOS FACES HIS BULLY


By Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Illustrations by Jack Foster



Have you ever wondered what makes some kids, or adults, a bully? Why do they enjoy teasing and taunting others? It’s sure not fun being on the receiving end. How to stop bullying is a big problem today, and it also is in Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos’s latest picture book AMOS FACES HIS BULLY.


The setting of the story is the city of Bethlehem many years ago. The boys in the neighborhood have fun taunting ten-year-old Amos. They call him names, like “cry baby.” They even get physical and push him around. You can imagine the emotions that run through young Amos. Or perhaps you or someone you know has been bullied too.


Luckily for Amos, seventeen-year-old David rescues him, again. David tells Amos his experiences with his older brothers, who liked to taunt him. He also has some wise words to share with Amos. Will Amos remember David’s advice the next time he sees the bullies? Will he be strong enough to stand up to Nathaniel, the leader of the pack? What do you think David told Amos?


The illustrator, Jack Foster, has created characters just right for this story. The expressions on the boys’ faces show their emotions, and I could almost hear them speaking to each other in a different tone of voice for each event in the story.


It seems to me that what worked for Amos many years ago would work for children and adults today. I recommend AMOS FACES HIS BULLY for young readers to show that they do not have to tolerate being bullied. It would make a great addition to school libraries, public libraries, and of course your own library.

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