Author Guest Post - Beverly Stowe McClure

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

 Rebel in Blue Jeans
Beverly Stowe McClure
Twilight Times Books
ISBN-10: 193335349X
Today I'm pleased to welcome Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the YA Contemporary, Rebel in Blue Jeans. Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

Book Synopsis
What’s a girl to do when her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, her friendly relationship with the boys on the neighboring ranch starts to change, and a handsome college guy takes an interest in her? Sixteen-year-old Rebel Ferguson faces these challenges with courage and humor and decides to do three things:
  1. Bring her mother home where she belongs.
  2. Show her neighbors, Will and Sully Garret, she’s not interested in a serious relationship with either of them.
  3. Prove to the Garrets, and to herself, that Rick, the cute college guy, is a gentleman.
Nothing turns out the way Rebel plans, however, and she discovers that people are not always what they seem, and she’s a lousy judge of character. If only humans were as trustworthy and dependable as her puppies, cat, and horses. Can she forgive everyone who has disappointed her?

Guest Post:
Life on a Ranch
By Beverly Stowe McClure

Our 25 acres of mesquite covered land are very small compared to the 150,000 acres of Ferguson’s Quarter Horse and Cattle Ranch in my latest story, Rebel in Blue Jeans. But it’s our little ranch and I love every tree, weed, and blade of grass. We’ve raised chickens and horses, cats and dogs. Deer, opossums, armadillos, and skunks occasionally pay us a visit. Mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals, flycatchers, and other birds nest in our trees. In the spring we watch parent birds teaching their babies how to fly. Hummingbirds and butterflies feed on the wildflowers, thistles, and sage. An occasional roadrunner causes trouble. The other birds chase it away. Ducks rest on the waters of the pond, and dragonflies flutter above the water.

So of course I had to set my story in the beautiful countryside. Rebel loves animals, as I do. The horses hold a special interest for me. Over the years we owned several horses, but Sunrise and Stormy are patterned after our mare and her foal. I changed their lives quite a bit, to fit into the story, since they are not the major characters. They show Rebel’s special touch with animals, however, and are an important part of her personality.

The real little Stormy, unlike the one in my book, was born very weak. His legs were crooked, and he could not even stand on his own. Every two hours, day and night, I went to the barn and lifted him up to his mama so he could nurse. The veterinarian said he’d probably not survive. But that little foal had spunk. He loved to eat and finally could stand on his own. The day he was strong enough to go from the barn to the pasture with the other horses was one of the happiest days of my life. He soon could run with the best of them and was a curious little guy, always getting into mischief.

Like Rebel, I’m a country girl, preferring the wide-open spaces, the quiet (except for the trains that zoom past, their whistles shrilling). At night the stars shine brightly, no city lights to hide their beauty. A lonely coyote howls at sundown. The deer come out to graze.

I sit under the cottonwood and elm trees on the banks of the stock pond, reading or writing or just daydreaming, while the fish jump in the air and flop back into the water, leaving circles spiraling out, until they disappear. A Mississippi kite circles overhead, searching for a mouse or rabbit. A red-tailed hawk swoops down, its prey sighted.

They all have stories to tell, if only they could talk. Perhaps they do, through our books.

Thank you for that wonderful post, Beverly ! Readers, please don't hesitate to leave comments for the author and her delightful book.

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5 People said

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on my Virtual Book Tour. Your site is lovely and I've enjoyed reading your other posts.


  2. I read Beverly's book Rebel In Blue Jeans and I enjoyed it very much!

  3. Thanks for hosting Beverly today! I've actually read this book and enjoyed it. I like how much of a role animals play in the book and it's a great way to help kids who are deal with separated or divorced parents to know they are not alone.


  4. Hello. Beverly's story is very good, and I'm sure it will be a big success.

  5. I have just received my copy of Beverly's book and am enjoying it very much. It is so interesting to have the history behind the setting and inspiration from the real Stormy.

    Best of luck with the book Beverly, anyone who hasn't read it is really missing a good story.



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