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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Guest Author, Beverly McClure


I’m delighted to be participating in author Beverly Stowe McClure’s Blog Tour today for her latest release, GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL.

Beverly is offering a tour-wide giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.


GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL
by Beverly Stowe McClure
* Paperback: 214 pages
* Publisher: Freedom Fox Press
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1939844665
* ISBN-13: 978-1939844668

Gabe Montana is clumsy. He's overweight, and he's dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable-so miserable he wants to die.

Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea and comes up with a different plan. He'll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn't just help with the bullies. What's with this self-confidence stuff?

Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel's advice?

GABE'S GUARDIAN ANGEL is available at the following sites:AMAZON PAPERBACK 
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Hi, Beverly! Welcome!  What gave you the idea for the book?

Several things. I retired from teaching in elementary school many years ago and hadn't really kept up with what was happening in town or the schools. But a newspaper article woke me up to the facts. It seems that some boys were bullying another boy and they told him to "go kill himself." So, he did. How sad he must have been to take his own life. I couldn't help that young boy, but perhaps I could help others. But how? Maybe write a book showing how precious each life is? So, GABE'S GUARDIAN ANGEL was born.

My heart breaks for kids who are bullied like that and choose to end their lives. It's a horrible problem! I hope your book helps!


Have you ever felt that a guardian angel was watching over you?

Yes, I have. Nothing big or major, but he's always with me. When I'm taking a walk, he walks with me. Sometimes I talk to him. He doesn't answer in words but I sense his presence. A  peace flows over me. When a crazy driver whips his/her car in front of me, my angel keeps me safe. When I'm thinking how dumb I am, my angel sends me encouragement. The little things each day comfort me. I bet your angel walks with you, too.

It's nice to think that someone or something is watching over each one of us.

What do you want readers to take away after reading your book?

I hope readers will see that sometimes, maybe, not always, a person who bullies others may be a victim also.  Some people are basically sour with life and the world and find nothing good about it. Perhaps, however, a bully has problems of his/her own that make him/her take their frustrations out on others. I'm not trained as a specialist, but it's my idea and Gabe has a lesson to learn as does the bully. And us all.

Yes. A lot of times bullies are being bullied by adults at home. It's so sad!

Are you working on anything else? 

I have four ideas sketched out, roughly.  Two are middle grades and one is a young adult and another I'm not sure about.

I'm sure you'll come up with more great stories!


Thanks for visiting my space and sharing your book!


Here's my review of Gabe's Guardian Angel:

Fifteen-year-old Gabe has no self-confidence. He's overweight, clumsy, and dyslexic. The bullies at school see that he's an easy target and torment him relentlessly. It brings him to the point of wanting to commit suicide. Fortunately, his guardian angel is there to save him. Gabe takes this second chance on life and grows, not only bettering himself but the lives of the bullies.

This is a heart-warming story with likable characters and a positive message that can help teens struggling with self-esteem and being bullied. 5 Star Review



For those who aren’t familiar with Beverly, here’s a bit of background on her.

Most of the time, you’ll find Award-Winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers, and clouds.

She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax she plays the piano. Her fur babies don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.

Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Author Beverly Stowe McClure is giving away one print copy of GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL to a lucky US winner.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Beverly on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. Do you think Guardian Angels come in all shapes and sizes?

48 comments:

  1. Sherry, thanks so much for being a part of Beverly's tour and asking these inspiring questions. Bullying is such a terrible problem, especially in our schools.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela, for all the work you've done on this tour. I don't know how you kept everything organized. You are awesome. Have a great week.

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  2. I think we do have angels watching out for us!

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  3. Hi, Sherry & Beverly!

    Gabe's Guardian Angel will surely be of interest to young readers and might even save lives. I have first hand experience with this subject because, as a child, I too was bullied, beaten by a group of older boys who didn't like the fact that I had moved into their neighborhood. Later on, in my teenage years, a friend suggested that I "do the world a favor and commit suicide." The words hurt back then and obviously stuck with me for the last 55 years. Like Gabe, I wished for a champion, a superhero or, in his case, a guardian angel to handle the bullies for me. It's a lot harder to work on yourself, gain confidence and face the tormentors alone. One of life's greatest victories is being able to turn a situation around and convert a foe into a friend. I managed to do that a few times and it is a lot more satisfying than vanquishing and punishing an opponent.

    I wish you much success with Gabe's Guardian Angel, Beverly. Thank you, dear friend Sherry, for introducing Beverly and her book!

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes, Shady Del Knight. I'm sorry you had to go through those rough times.I don't have the answers to the problem but perhaps some day we'll all love one another. I do believe in miracles. Have agoodweek.

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  4. Thank you, Sherry, for a wonderful post. I appreciate your time and thoughts to be on my tour. If the book makes a difference in one person's life then I've achieved my goal. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm sure your book will make a difference. Hope you have a great week too!

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  5. It's a great premise for a book. I do think bullies become bullies due to some great pain they're going through. But that doesn't help those that are being bullied.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I, too, think many bullies live the life and don't know any difference.

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  6. Congrats to lady Beverly!
    Sadly, in real life, most bullies stay bullies, you cannot really change them.

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    1. You have a good point, Dezmond. I try to find something good in everyone, but sometimes it's impossible. Which is sad.

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  7. This sounds like a great story. I'm sure many kids will sadly relate to what Gabe goes through. Congrats to Beverly!

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    1. Yes, Natalie, I'm afraid many kids will know exactly what Gabe is going through. I wish I could help them all.

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  8. This sounds like a needed book for boys that age. Thanks, Beverly, for publishing it. I recently posted a review of a book by the late P. Forni, a professor at John Hopkins who made it his life work to promote civility. While writing more from a philosophical perspective, both books seem to have the same aim.

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    1. Thanks for telling me about this book, Jeff. I'll have to take a look.

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  9. A much needed book, especially in this day and age with the added cyber bullying dimension. Congratulations, Beverly!

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    1. Sadly, you're right, Karin. Yes, kids get it from all angles. When I was teaching it didn't seem so bad, at least in elementary school. It's sad.

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  10. Thank you so much for featuring Beverly and her book.

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    1. You're welcome! Glad I could be part of the tour!

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  11. Thank you, Diane, for all your help making the story the best it can be.

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  12. This book sounds interesting. Congrats Beverly.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. It took a while to get the story right, but was worth the effort. Have a nice week.

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  13. Woooo
    Awesome post
    Have a lovely day too =)

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    1. Thanks, Carolina G. Ticala. The Woooo is worth it, right. A lovely day to you also.

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  14. Hi,

    I believe there are guardian angels that look over us. I've experienced some situations where I knew that if something hadn't reached out and snatched me back I would have been long good.
    Your book gives a lot to think about.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Wonderful, Pat. Yes, they are there, watching over us.Thanks. I hope the book does help those who wonder about their lives.Have a lovely rest of the week.

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  15. Congrats Beverly!! Sounds like a fantastic book!! It really touched my soul!
    Sherry, hope you are well! Big Hugs!

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    1. I'm so happy you got so much out of the book. It's wonderful that it touched your soul. You are awesome. Take care.

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  16. The story premise sounds intriguing. Congrats Beverly!

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  17. Yes, we do have our own guardian angels guarding over us.

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  18. I loved hearing how the book came to be. Newspaper articles can definitely spark ideas. I am glad Beverly figured out a way she could help. Stories are a wonderful way to help people. :) Wishing Beverly all the best!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you, Jess. Yes, stories often can help a person with something in his/her life that needs help.

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  19. Congratulations Beverly...
    The story sound interesting, full of intrigues....

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    1. Thank you, TAnza. Ah, yes. Intrigue does it. Have a great weekend.

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  20. Yeah, sometimes bullies are victims too. That can be hard to realize when they are at one, but it is true.

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    1. Yes, it is, Pat. Life is strange sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. I'm happy to share with my friends, Aqur. Thank you for your kind words. Have a good weekend.

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  22. es un buen sorteo, estará contento el ganador, saludos

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    1. Thank you, yonosoymillenium. Sorry I don't know Spanish. Maybe, "Gracious."

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