Pump Up Your Book Presents A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Join Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the middle grade/tween paranormal novel, A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat, as she tours the blogosphere October 7 – 31, 2013 on her third virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!




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.







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Beverly Stowe McClure, a former teacher, is now enjoying a second career: writing. She never planned to be a writer, but in the classroom she and her students did such fun activities in art and science that she decided to write about some of them. Luckily, a few magazines liked what she sent them, and her articles have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr., and others. Nine of her stories have been published as books, the latest one a MG/Tween eBook: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. She also has two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

Beverly enjoys discovering her ancestors in her genealogy research. She plays the piano. (Thank you, Mom, for making encouraging me to practice.) She takes long walks where she snaps pictures of wildlife and clouds, and of course she reads, usually two books at a time. She teaches a women’s Sunday school class. Watching baseball (Go Rangers) is another of her favorite activities. Retirement is fun.

You can learn more about Beverly Stowe McClure at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com or follow her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com.


A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


October 7th

First chapter review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 8th

Author interview at Blogcritics

October 9th

Author interview at As the Pages Turn

October 10th

Author interview at Between the Covers

October 11th

Author interview at The Dark Phantom Review

October 14th

Guest post at Authors and Appetizers

October 15th

Author interview at Broowaha

October 16th

Guest post at The Crypto-Capers Review

October 17th

Author interview at Examiner

October 18th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

October 21st

Guest post at Tribute Books Reviews and Giveaways

October 22nd

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

October 23rd

Guest post at Penny’s Tales

October 24th

Book spotlight at Cheryl’s Book Nook

October 25th

Book spotlight at Review from Here

October 28th

Book review at This Kid Reviews Books 

October 29th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 31st

Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

If you are interested in hosting this author (book review, interview, spotlight or guest post) please contact Cheryl at ccmal(at)charter(dot)net.


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One Response to “Pump Up Your Book Presents A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat Virtual Book Publicity Tour”

  1. Beverly says:

    Hi, I hope everyone will stop by and visit these great hosts for my virtual tour this month. I enjoy reading your comments and will answer your questions if I can. Looking forward to seeing present friends and making new friends. Thanks.

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