“I am a writer who loves nature, art, people and literature. I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books and on my blog. My blog supports authors, features great books and poetry and provides tips for writers and readers as well. I am working on my first novel, planned for release SUMMER 2014. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to hearing from you.” — Bette
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Looking for adventure, romance and hope for the future?
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED is the third novel I’ve read from author Khaled Hosseini. An epic novel transcends cultures as it takes the reader from Afghanistan to America with poignant tales of a family whose root are in the Middle East. Looking for adventure, romance and hope for the future? Khaled Hosseini doesn’t disappoint! ~ Bette A. Stevens, author of award-winning picture book Amazing Matilda, The Tangram Zoo (hands-on learning and fun) and PURE TRASH, a boomer boy’s short story adventure and prequel to upcoming debut novel DOG BONE SOUP.
Authors & Readers: Mark your calendar NOW for READ TUESDAY! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
Originally posted on ReadTuesday:
It’s a Black Friday type of sales event, but just for books.
In 2014, Read Tuesday will fall on Tuesday, December 9.
It will be a great opportunity to buy and gift books at amazing sales prices.
It will also be a great marketing opportunity for authors and publishers.
The Read Tuesday website will feature the following deals on Tuesday, December 9, 2014:
- Kindle Countdown Deals (in the US and in the UK).
- Kindle freebies.
- Smashwords discount codes (40% minimum).
- Amazon MatchBook offers with FREE Kindle offers. Give the print edition as a gift, keep the free Kindle e-book for yourself. (With the MatchBook offers, the Kindle edition will only be free if the print edition is purchased from Amazon first.)
- New releases available for preorder.
- Free supplemental material for children’s, tween, and teen books, with the spirit of promoting literacy and improving reading fluency and comprehension.
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Originally posted on Cynthia Reyes:
David Walton-Ball opens the door of his summer home, east of Toronto, and is greeted by a child looking up at him:
“Can Sandra come out to play?”
Sandra — you may be surprised to hear — is not a child.
She’s David’s wife, a talented artist whose work hangs in galleries in Canada and Mexico.
She and the children have developed a system at her small studio at the summer house.
If this sign is up, Sandra can’t come out to play.
In Mexico where she and David spend the winter, Sandra teaches art to children whose parents can’t afford to pay for lessons.
“We put on Andrea Bocelli and the children sing along.”
San Miguel de Allende is home to many artists from Canada and the U.S.
Years ago, Sandra…
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Teachers are everywhere, not just in the classroom. I was fortunate to have many wonderful story tellers in my life. ~ Great post, Ivon Prefontaine! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
Originally posted on Teacher as Transformer:
Think of the people we call teachers, not just in classrooms but in every facet of our lives. A quality they share is storytelling. They connect with our hearts and minds. We laugh, cry, yell, and carry on in every imaginable way with them. We remember them not because of what they taught us, but what they revealed about themselves and helped us discover about our self.
The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories.
Great advice on writing from The King! ~ Thank you, Kim Hooper. Reblogged on http://www.4writersandreaders
Originally posted on Kim Hooper: Writing by Night:
As one of the most successful and prolific writers that’s ever lived, I’d say Stephen King is a pretty good source for tips.
Source: Business Insider
(My thoughts in italics)
1. Stop watching television. Instead, read as much as possible.
If you’re just starting out as a writer, your television should be the first thing to go. It’s “poisonous to creativity,” he says. Writers need to look into themselves and turn toward the life of the imagination.
To do so, they should read as much as they can. King takes a book with him everywhere he goes, and even reads during meals. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot,” he says. Read widely, and constantly work to refine and redefine your own work as you do so.
Steve (can I call you Steve?), you’re killing me with this…
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