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C.S. Lewis and Me by Award-winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure

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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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C.S. Lewis and Me by Beverly Stowe McClure

My first book signing at a local book store wasn’t exactly a horror story. It could have been though, but I chose to look at the funny side instead of the horror side. I had talked to the person in charge of setting up signings a few weeks earlier. Since I was with an Indie publisher, he said they couldn’t order the books, but I could bring my own books and sell them myself. The store would set me up at a table. It sounded good to me.

I was a bit nervous that Saturday afternoon when I appeared at the store, pulling my tote bag loaded with books and bookmarks and packets of hot chocolate behind me. All the clerks went about their business, no one seeming to notice me. Fine, it was a couple of weeks before Christmas and they were quite busy. Yay, I thought, visions of customers swamping me and buying all of my books dancing in my head.

So, I looked for the table they promised me. The only visible tables were in the coffee shop. Then I spotted the nice man that set up my signing working behind the counter. I got in line and waited. When my turn came, I introduced myself and asked where he wanted me to put my books. He did that little slap on the forehead thingy and said he’d completely forgotten about me. He had customers, so I said I’d just wander around, I was getting good at that, until he could set up a table.

A few customers gave me weird looks, like why was I dragging a suitcase behind me? No one said anything, however.  Finally, I got tired of roaming the aisles and stopped at one of the display tables that showcased books of C.  S. Lewis. I didn’t think Mr. Lewis would mind sharing his table, so I scooted his books over and placed mine on the end of the table. Since I was standing in the aisle people had trouble walking around me, and I gave away a lot of hot chocolate packets to apologize, but sold no books.

I was having a pretty good time watching the customers when the nice man finally rushed back and set me up a table by the coffee shop. I guess they wanted to keep me from giving away the chocolate so they could sell coffee. Even better, I sold a few books.  My horror book signing had a happy ending, and Author C. S. Lewis may be smiling. Rest in peace.

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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 funBeverly Stowe McClure photojpgactivities 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 her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com.

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