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Originally posted on Wings ePress :
Journey back in time with us to April 2010 when Wings ePress released Beverly Stowe McClure’s Young Adult novel Secrets I Have Kept. The book features a horse-riding girl, a Harley driving boy, country ballads, classical music, kidnapping, a touch of romance and a whole lot of mayhem.
A Little About The Author
For twenty-two years, Beverly Stowe McClure taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Today, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories. Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. She also takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. She’s known as the “Bug Lady” because…
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Do you enjoy reading the stories in the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ANTHOLOGIES? I do, and I’m fortunate enough to have stories in a couple of them.
MUSIC IN MY HEART is the story about my mother and how she let me know she was free and happy, two days before Christmas.
TRAVELER is the story of a little stray dog that possibly saved my husband’s life from a rattlesnake.
Both books have great, inspiring stories. Enjoy.
Hi! I’d like to invite you to visit my blog. While there, you’ll also meet Erik, Kate, and Leona, who also have books out or soon will. Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Here’s a little about our books. To learn more, check out http://justbreeze.wordpress.com Read on: :)
Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet.
Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.
Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.
A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.
STAR OF THE TEAM
Kate Taylor wants to be the star of her basketball team ANGELS, but when her tooth is knocked out at one of the games, her goal is in jeopardy, unless she can convince her mother, who is also her coach to let her play.
Coming in 2014.
A FAMILY FOR LEONA
A story about an Orphan Train Rider.
Coming in 2014.
WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT
The story of three girls that hear weird noises in the night and imagine that all sorts of monsters are in the house. We now have an illustrator for this book. YAY!
Will update soon.
2014 looks like a good year.
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace
bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and
drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in
South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who
reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the
“Families splitting apart.
Friends coming together.
What a great tween adventure! This book has everything for kids who like action, mystery, pirates, and ghosts. Beverly Stowe McClure very cleverly intersperses real piratical and nautical facts between her fictionalized account of the feud between (historical figures) Major Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard. Danger abounds when Erik and his friends board the pirate ghost ship and set sail on their quest to resolve the ghosts’ issues. Magic and mayhem keep the action going, without being too scary. I liked the author’s handling of Erik’s inner turmoil, his confusion over his father’s behavior, and his longing for his life and friends back in Texas. A subtle theme is how children deal with parental break-ups. The author creates a lovely character in Erik, which kids will relate to very well. Very enjoyable. Recommended. Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers’ Favorite.
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A paper found.
A secret revealed.
A girl’s life changed forever.
Myra Gibson’s life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the guest house tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.
YA Contemporary Novel availble at the publisher, 4RV Publishing. You can pick up a copy online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and at other online stores. Also, your local bookstore can order copies for you. Happy reading.
“…Beverly Stowe McClure has just written her best book yet. I’ve read most of her other ones and loved them all, but this one is my favorite. The school librarian at the middle school where I teach is already looking into buying a copy for the school library. It’s that good.” Darby Karchut, Award Winning Author of Griffin Rising and Griffin’s Fire, http://darbykarchut.com
“Beverly McClure deals with complicated issues like adoption, teen pregnancy, and family secrets with realism and sensitivity. Teen readers can easily relate to Myra’s pain and rebellion. Part coming of age, part teen romance, Life on Hold is full of surprises.” ~ Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts
I’m happy to announce that Life on Hold won silver in the 2013 Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards, YA fiction division. What an honor.
LIFE ON HOLD has been awarded a 5 star review at Reader’s Favorite. How cool is that?