Speaking of the UK…

v0_masterLast week I was talking about some really great news coming out of England about how they were using field trips to help improve children’s writing skills. One of the things that I noticed, of course, in reading about the places they took the students, of course, was that they were taking them to places that were very different from where we’d take kids here. In England, there are castles and churches that are literally a thousand years old!

Of course, in Canada we have some amazing historical sites as well, but I have to admit I love the fact that in Europe, you can so easily visit all the sites I’ve read about in my favourite books, and so many of them are perfectly preserved and almost exactly as they were.

And that’s why I decided to set the novel I’m currently working on in medieval Scotland, in the time of Robert the Bruce. Even though the events of the book would have taken place hundreds and hundreds of years ago, when you research the time period there is so much information out there. There’s such a rich historical record that I don’t have to guess what structures looked like, because many of them are still there! With all the research I did, I really started to be able to imagine what it would be like to live in that world.

Do you have a particular time period or place that connects with you?

Looking for a great Christmas story? Look no further!

So today I’m posting up two sites that we stopped at- Crafty Mom of 3 ( The Crafty Cauldron) is first, and I really loved her comment about my story being a perfect reminder of what the holidays should be about. Very nice to hear. You can read her review here: http://craftymomof3.com/three-saints-for-christmas-by-beverly-lein-bookreview-booktour/ 

Next up is Mama’s got Flair- Thanks so Amy and Jessi for their review- I’m so glad they enjoyed it!
you can read their review here: http://mamasgotflair.com/2012/12/12/the-three-saints-of-christmas-book-tour-and-review/

If you would like a copy of my book to review for your blog, please email my publicist rachel@gal-fridaypublicity.com and she’ll be happy to chat with you about sending a complimentary copy your way!

Thanks everyone- and don’t forget to add those reviews to Amazon.com ( and thanks so much to those reviewers who already have- I am very grateful!

Blog tour: day two!

We’ve got two blog stops on our tour today! Our first stop is at Uplifting Reads. I think this really was a perfect stop for us, since her site is oriented towards suggesting reads that, as the title suggests, are uplifting! Andrea chooses books that are heart-warming and desgined to give your spirits a bit of a boost–we all need that once in a while! I’m glad Andrea enjoyed The Three Saints of Christmas and that she too thought it would be a great way to open the door for discussions with youngsters on our pioneer pasts here in Canada.

Our last stop of the week is at My Mommy’s World, a great place to stop by for a huge selection of reviews and giveaways! Theresa’s a busy mom, but somehow she still has time to blog about books and products for children of all ages. Great to see a little bit of Canadiana making its way across the web. Thanks for reading!

First stop: Confessions of an Overworked Mom

It’s the first stop on our holiday blog tour for The Three Saints of Christmas, and I’m so glad to have been able to make a stop at Confessions of an Overworked Mom Ellen gave it a great view, and really captured the essence of what the book is all about: it’s an old-fashioned Christmas tale designed for the whole family.

You can read the whole review here. While you’re there be sure to take the time to check out the rest of her site. It’s full of wonderful tips for the holidays, and all year round!

Article in Daily Herald Tribune

Hi everyone, here is a link to my latest article in the Daily Herald Tribune. Thanks to Kirsten for giving a lovely interview on the phone!

http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3588926

And in PDF format:

Peace Country inspires new book by Beverly Lein – Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune – Alberta, CA

Wonderful review of the new book

Hello there, I just wanted to post this wonderful review of my new book Mary: Woman of Sorrows. Please consider sharing with your friends, or better yet – buy the book!

I just finished reading your last book Mary: Woman Of Sorrows, I can only try to explain the great effect that this book had on me. After discussing the book with my friend and neighbour, the passion that she showed [for] the book after she read it and the awesome conversation we had about it, I knew I must read it.
It was one of those books that once you start to read it, there is no putting it down until it is done, and that is exactly what I did, read it till it was done!
This book touched me on many different levels, first as a woman and the many [injustices] that we face everyday for being born female. Second as a Christian, and the close relationship that I share with Jesus Christ each and every single day, realizing all over again exactly what he did for me. And third as a mother, and the lengths I would go to for any of my children at any time or [in] any place or situation.
I thank you Bev for this book and your and your opinions. I find you to be very brave to even dare to write about this subject, and feel empowered as a woman after reading it!
Thanks again for the awsome read…
M.B.