Thursday, April 30, 2020

Gabe’s Guardian Angel (+ Giveaway)

I am honored to welcome author Beverly Stowe McClure to Thoughts in Progress today to celebrate her latest release, GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL.

If you’d like to learn more about the book (and the author) you can follow along on Beverly’s virtual Blog Tour at MCBook Tours. The author is offering a tour-wide giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

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:

Now for my thoughts on this moving story.

Author Beverly Stowe McClure has crafted an inspiring story for teenagers (as well as adults) who are struggling with bullies and/or low self-esteem.

This is a story that deals with 15-year-old Gabe Montana who is bullied at school, has a weight problem, is dyslexic, and a bit clumsy. To add to Gabe’s woes, his mother is deceased, his father is gone, and he and sister are living with his grandfather. The pressures build-up to the point Gabe considers suicide. The Guardian Angel Charley intercedes giving Gabe a second chance.

The story tells of the stress and burdens teens can feel from their peers. The author weaves the story as to put the reader into the emotions of the characters. She makes the characters plausible drawing you in to cheer the protagonist on and even have compassion for the bullies.

The story flows smoothly as you navigate the pitfalls and troubles of Gabe and teens like him. The author blends despair and hope, failure and triumphs with a good dose of inspiration for a well-balanced tale. This is a story of encouragement for youth, as well as a way to help adults better understand the perils of teens and the cruelty they can inflict.

Author Beverly Stowe McClure
For those who aren’t familiar with the author, 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.


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 remember what it was like as a teen and the pressures from your peers? Was there a bully or a group of bullies in your class that seemed to pick on the weaker/shyer students?

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  1. I have been seeing this book featured in the blogosphere quite a lot - which is wonderful.
    I love the thought of guardian angels - and they are certainly working overtime at the moment.

    1. Elephant's Child, you are so right about guardian angels working overtime right now. They have their hands full.

    2. Yes, Elephant's Child, I am thankful for guardian angels.

  2. What an interesting idea for a novel! I've seen a few things about this one, and it does sound like an uplifting read. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

    1. Margot, it is an uplifting read and one that deals with a topic way too many youngsters face daily.

    2. I hope it is an uplifting story, Margot. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting Beverly.

    1. Diane, it's my pleasure. This is a wonderful book.

  4. Thank you for a wonderful review. You make everything about Gabe and his troubles, along with the other characters, so clear.

  5. Captivating and inspiring book which is timely and important.

  6. What an awesome description of the story, traveler. Thank you so much.

  7. Wonderful review, Beverly. Gabe will bring inspiration to many.

    1. It is wonderful, Karin. I'm happy and hope he does inspire others. Have a great weekend.

  8. Great review! It's a great book and perfect for young teens!


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