Welcome!

 
Thank you for visiting my Web site. I’m Beverly Stowe McClure, reader, writer, and former teacher. Most times, you’ll find me at my computer writing words that little voices whisper in my ears. Other times, I’m snapping pictures of wild life, clouds, and flowers, or playing with my cats.  Also, check out my other blog where I post reviews and tours and all sorts of fun stuff. The Story of a Writer.
 
Enjoy your stay.
God bless.   
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Vicksburg, Mississippi
Thursday, May 21, 1863
Dearest Brother Willie,
We went to the cave for the first time today – Mama, Nat, and I. And I hate it! I prefer to risk injury from the hissing, screaming shells in my home than to scurry underground like a scared rabbit. Papa is at the hospital, attending the sick and wounded. We see him so seldom these days. Sometimes I wish he were not a doctor. Then he could stay home with us, where he belongs.
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These words from Lizzie’s letter open the beginning of her story in CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES, my YA historical novel about the fall of Vicksburg during the Civil War. Vicksburg surrendered July 4, 1863.
How would you like to live in a cave? With my claustrophobia, I’d likely go crazy. Shiver.
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If you’re interested in reading more of Lizzie’s story, the book  is available as an eBook or Paperback at  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other places where book are sold.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

YA Historical Novel

CAVES, CANNONS AND CRINOLINES is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family’s daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the  American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

 

This novel won the Sharp Writ Book Awards, YA category, won gold in the Children’s Literary Classics Competition, Honor in the Next Generation Indie Awards and Honor in the Eric Hoffer Awards. I’m so happy the book has touched readers.

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WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT, a fun mystery for readers 6-9, is now available
If you have a chance, stop by and take a look.
Weird Noises in the Night
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What’s a girl to do when her dreams of being the star of the team are in jeopardy?
 MG/Tween novel
  Sometimes a boy just needs a place to get away,
  like a doghouse.
  MG/Tween novel
 When a girl that rides a horse and plays classical music meets a boy that rides a Harley and writes country    ballads get together to rescue her father who has been kidnapped, they make an amazing discovery, one that can make man’s fondest dreams come true, or man’s worst nightmare.
 YA contemporary mystery/romance
To see more of my work, click on Books on the side. You can also go to my blog for my tween books at Just Breeze’s blog.
Also, if you’d like to meet the characters from my YA novels, hop on over to Rebel’s blog where she’ll introduce you to Jennifer, Jade, and Myra and let you in on their secrets.
And last, but not least, please visit Lizzie’s War to read more Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. I have a lot to add to it and will bring the blog up to date soon. We love comments, too, and will reply.
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Check out the video page for some cool videos of my books. I didn’t make them. Blazing Trailers, now Castlelane did.
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Enjoy.
 Thank you for stopping by.

14 responses to “Welcome!

  1. I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :)

  2. One thing I love about A to Z is the people you meet along the letter path. Best to you as you write for children and many blessings along that path!

    • Me too, moondustwriter. I’ve met so many wonderful people this week and hope to meet even more. Nice to meet you. Thank you for your kind words and for following me.

  3. Review for Star of the Team:

    Kate Taylor was the star of her basketball team at River Bend Elementary school last year, and she was hoping to be that again this year. Then, she met Emily. Her nemesis. Emily was not only a great ball player, she was also kind of rude. But, Kate wasn’t too worried; she knew she could play better than Emily. Then Kate got hit in the face, and broke a tooth. She was so afraid she wouldn’t be able to play any more of the games that season, and then Emily would be the new star of the team. What was Kate going to do to be able to play basketball? She just had to be the star player!

    Star of the Team, by Beverly Stowe McClure, is an inspiring book for middle grade readers everywhere. Even as a grown-up, I enjoyed the characters and story. I work with kids this age and will be recommending the book. The concepts of patience, teamwork, and sportsmanship are reinforced. At the age of these characters, kids are often all about the win and lose sight of what’s really important- working together as a team. Beverly does a fantastic job portraying these concepts through creative characters who come across as typical 11 year olds. The descriptive writing is wonderful, with lines such as, “For a split second a powerful temptation to tell Emily to move again and make everybody happy teased the tip of Kate’s tongue.”

    The book is humorous, as well. The characters come to life as funny, real 5th grade girls. I loved the line, “The pass sailed as wild as Bobby’s pitch. If Winnie hadn’t ducked, she’d have a new part in her hair.” Readers will grow to care about these girls and their plights and will enjoy being on the journey with them. There are great lessons to be learned in The Star of the Team. I highly recommend it!

    ~ Shawn Simon, Author: Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms

    • Thank you, thank you, Shawn, for a wonderful review. I’m so happy you enjoyed the book and hope the kids you work with will enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a great day.

  4. YAY! That’s awesome. And I love the title and cover of your book. There’s something very haunting about it.

  5. Thanks so much for following me and bringing yourself to my attention. Congrats on your books, They all look scrumptious. :)

    I have heard good things about Willow Raven your illustrator, too. Lucky you! :)

    • It’s my pleasure to meet you. Thanks. I enjoy writing. Yes, she is a great artist and has illustrated three of my books with 4RV Publishing. She’s doing the next book, due out sometimes this year. Haven’t seen the cover yet. Have a lovely weekend.

  6. you are so great sharing all the wealth of the goodies!!

  7. Happy New Year’s Eve. Wishing you all the best.

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