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Media Release

 M E D I A  R E L E A S E


CONTACT: Beverly Stowe McClure 
Email: beverlysmcclure@aol.com 
For Immediate Release  

What Do Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines Have in Common?

Many times ordinary singular items are brought together to tell the most unusual story and Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is one of those times. The year 1863 is a turbulent time for the people of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Frustration swells for fourteen-year-old, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford for only men are allowed to serve in the Confederate Army. Bombings occur daily and Lizzy’s mother finds them safety in the cave behind their house, hence the blending of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines.

The fictional story of the Stamford family told through the eyes of young Lizzy propels the reader into the historical events surrounding the Battle of Vicksburg and the harsh realities of war and one fourteen-year-old girl’s determination to make a difference at any cost.

Author, Beverly Stowe McClure’s expert research and writing ability will make you feel the dampness of the cave, the echoing of bombs, the distinct rustling of crinolines, and the harshness of war all intertwined for an experience one will soon not forget.


  Twilight Times Books

 ISBN: 978-1-60619-112-5


Also available: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and you can order from your favorite local bookstore.


Author, Beverly Stowe McClure is a retired elementary school teacher, current women’s Sunday school teacher, pianist, and traveler. Visit her website: https://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.



 Full Media Kit, Headshot, Book Cover Art and more are available upon request.




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School Visits


I would love to visit your school and talk with your students about reading. I also do workshops where students can add to the lessons taught in the classroom about writing a story. My programs are listed below, but I am open to whatever teachers would like for me to do.


Fun With Reading (Pre-K-2)

We play a game. I start by asking three questions about an animal, and the students guess the animal. Then students take turns asking three questions and letting other students guess what it is. My armadillo hand puppet and I read from my picture book, FRANKIE’S PERFECT HOME.

How to Write a Story  (3-5)

Students talk about their favorite ways to travel: car, airplane, train, ship, bus. I tell them about my mother’s journey on an Orphan Train. We look at the steps I used to write her story. Students will receive a fun wordhunt.  Q/A

Research is Fun (6-8)

We discuss researching for accurate information using my award winning YA historical novel, CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES. We’ll also see what research is necessary for a contemporary novel and how writing it differs from writing a historical story. Bookmarks will be given to the students. Q/A

If you prefer a workshop where the students write their stories, I’m happy to do that.

Workshops (3-5 and 6-8)

Using Vision Boarding, students will develop ideas for a short story.  Q/A

I also speak at libraries, book fairs and conferences.

To learn more, leave a comment below, or email me at Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com. I’ll be happy to send you my brochure.

I’m now scheduling for fall, 2014, and spring, 2015, and beyond.

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