Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863

caves_cannon_cover1a_smGreetings. My name is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford. I’m 14 and live in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Our city is under siege, and I fear for my brothers’  lives. In these pages I will tell our story. At least when I am able to find paper to write on. And when the cannons are quiet, so I can think.

Now, the noise is deafening. Cannons hurl mortar shells at us from the ships on the Mississippi. Rifles fire from the hills. We are surrounded. There is no place to hide.

The cave  suffocates me. Mama moved Nat and me to this underground burrow when a mortar shell struck my bedroom right above the bed. Why Mama believes it is safe, I do not comprehend.


My story is the winner of the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards, Young Adult Category. You can see all the winners on the blog,.  I’m speechless, and that’s rare for me. If you go to the link, scroll down to the bottom Young Adult Category and you’ll see me, along with the others.  I’m grinning.


 You can learn more about Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines at Twilight Times Books or Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The Kindle or Nook Editions are only $2.99, a bargain.


CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES is the Gold Award Winner in the 2012 Children’s Literary Classics Awards,  Fiction YA Category.


See all the winners here.


Also Caves won Honorable Mention in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Awards.



Caves was an Honor Winner in the 2012 Readers’ Favorite Awards, and a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2011 Novella Division. Also, Caves placed fourth in the 2010 Preditors & Editors Reading Poll.



Thanks so much to readers, judges, editors and Twilight Times, the publisher for making my book the best that it can be.


My writer recently had some book signings. Here she is. in her new dress. The photograph is so different from the ones taken during

At the Library

my  time. This one shows the color of hair and clothing.

Willie would love it. I hope you enjoy it too.


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