Monday, December 5, 2011

Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClure

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes, a child must make her own miracle, and one for her siblings.

Today was Christmas Eve. My house was dark and sad. We had no Christmas tree. Mom said trees cost money. Dad was n the hospital. She did not have any extra money. I saved a dollar from my school lunch money. I was going to surprise her and buy a tree.

I pulled on my coat. I put my baseball cap on my head. I tucked my baseball glove under my arm. My glove went everywhere with me. Dad gave it to me. We used to play ball, before he got sick.

“Where you going, Jackie?” asked April, who was four.

“Where you going?” asked May, who was only three.

“It’s a surprise,” I said.

 This is a book that everyone will want to add to their Christmas treasure of books to read each year.  How one little girl learns the turn miracle of Christmas.  It's not in the presents, wrappings and decorations.  You can even have a Christmas miracle with a tumbleweed for a Christmas tree.  It is all in what you make it out to be.  A very delightful Christmas spirit read. Don't forget to leave a encouraging comment on this post and follow the tour learn more about the contest by reading to the end of this blog.  

When Beverly was a kid she hated to read. Even though her eighth grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to the National High School Poetry Association, and it was published in Young America Sings, an anthology of Texas high school poetry, she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with the written word, she attended Midwestern University where she read too many books to count, graduated, and became a teacher, which meant more reading. As she read to her students and they read to her, she made an amazing discovery. Reading was fun.

She also started writing. To her surprise many of her articles were published in leading children’s magazines, such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, and Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. One of her articles was published in a PreK-K Scott Foresman anthology. She also has five novels for teens and two books for young readers published, along with a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Beverly has three sons and a bunch of grandkids. She and her husband live in the country where deer, skunks, and armadillos stop by for a visit. She writes most every day and usually has a book in one hand, with the vacuum, mop, skillet, or other household items in the other.

Tumbleweed Christmas is Beverly’s latest release.

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Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

In celebration of Beverly Stowe McClure’s Tumbleweed Christmas, she will be appearing at  Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16.  More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including an angel tree ornament from Beverly!  Visit the official party page here!
Leaving comments on Beverly’s tour stops means more prizes! The person who leaves the most comments at Beverly’s tour stops will win a $10 gift certificate to The second place winner will take home an angel tree ornament. See Beverly’s schedule below to see where she’ll be stopping during the month of December. Deadline for comments is 11:59 PM Eastern on December 16th. 
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Visit Tumbleweed Christmas Virtual Book Publicity  

Tour Schedule Here

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A copy of this book was provided for  this review by Pump up your Book tours



Cheryl said...

Thanks for the lovely review of Beverly's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll be reviewing this one tomorrow.

Good luck to all who enter the contest.

Wishing you and your readers a blessed Christmas season.


Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thank you for hosting me today on my virtual book tour and also for the nice review. I woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow, which really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

4RV Publishing said...

Tumbleweed Christmas gives a view of the true meaning of Christmas, a dollop of the Grinch without any of the meanness.

The book is one on sale on the 4RV Publishing bookstore:

Karen Cioffi said...

Beverly, your books sounds wonderful. Best wishes for its success.

It's funny, my daughter hated to read as a kid and she's now a teacher also, with an administrative degree too. :)

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vivian. I'm thinking about putting up a tumbleweed tree next year. :)

You just never know, Karen. Good for your daughter.

apple blossom said...

thanks for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I hope I can get a chance in winning the contest gift card and/or ornament. thanks again.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Hi Apple Blossom,

Of course you're entered in the contest. Good luck to you.

apple blossom said...

cool and thanks for stopping by the tour. I love it when authors stop by and just post a short comment. That way I know that I matter in this posting of tours.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

For sure you matter. Without the lovely hosts there would be no virtual tour. I appreaciate all everyone does to help spread the word about my book.

Melanie Ski said...

sounds like one to definately add to the collection!

Susanne Drazic said...

Thank you for sharing an excerpt from the book and for your review of it. Tumbleweed Christmas sounds like a wonderful book. The cover is cute. I'm sure this will make a wonderful addition to any home or school library. Best wishes to Beverly on her book tour!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thanks, Susanne. The cover is lovely. I appreciate your best wishes.

N A Sharpe said...

Thank you for sharing. I know this will be a treasured classic in my collection of children's books.

N A Sharpe said...

This is sure to become an instant holiday classic in my children's books library.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Hi Melanie. Thanks for your sweet words. I hope you enjoy Tumbleweed.

Nancy, I appreciate you following my tour. So nice to see you here.