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ADULT, TEEN & TWEEN READERS — Looking for something different? Something short to fit into your busy holiday schedule? PURE TRASH, The Story is a perfect pick for you. This short story (21 pages) 1950s adventure will take you back to a time and place where few have traveled. Join nine-year-old Shawn Daniels and his younger brother Willie as they ride their bikes to town on a Saturday filled with great expectations. You’ll smile to see them take pleasure in the simple things in life–pocket change, a sackful of candy, the freedom of reaching great heights on a swing. You’ll find adventure at every turn and plenty of surprises, too! Their story may change your life. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EH0RV6K
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! —Bette A. Stevens
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- The feeling that you are not good enough – Stop Bullying Campaign (authorspromotion.wordpress.com)
- The continuing collapse of monarch butterfly populations (blogs.courier-journal.com)
- Give a gift of beauty — plant milkweed this holiday season (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- This December buy INDIE books as presents! (4writersandreaders.com)
Spotlight Interview with author and retired teacher
Bette A. Stevens by Winsome Campbell-Green
- Author Bette A. Stevens (4writersandreaders.com)
“Pure Trash is unlike any story I’ve read. At first, it reads like a memoir from Reminisce Magazine, but as the story unfolds, I connected with the characters at a deep level. The author explores prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and bullying. It’s a story all audiences over the age of ten can enjoy. While reading this story, the reader will experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough.”
—Tricia Drammeh, Authors to Watch
Read the entire review and an opening excerpt from PURE TRASH here http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/10/book-review-pure-trash.html?showComment=1381003916852#c4672239549036570333
- Pure Trash Has Been Added to Book Club Reading List (4writersandreaders.com)
- A 1950s Short Story Review by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (4writersandreaders.com)
- Spotlight and Review: Pure Trash – The Story by Bette A. Stevens (4writersandreaders.com)
- An Interview with Bette A. Stevens, Author of “PURE TRASH, The Story” (4writersandreaders.com)
on Oct 5, 2013
FIND OUT ABOUT THE… Who? What? When? Where? & Why? behind Stevens’s latest book: PURE TRASH, The Story.
Tricia Drammeh of AUTHORS TO WATCH interviews Stevens about her latest book. Read all about it here http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/10/interview-with-bette-stevens.html
- PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens (4writersandreaders.com)
- “Short story filled with images and flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone…” (4writersandreaders.com)
- Pure Trash Has Been Added to Book Club Reading List (4writersandreaders.com)
on Oct 3, 2013
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September 21, 2013 marks the United Nations’ 33rd International Day of Peace
Knowledge of the past holds one of the keys to world peace. Knowledge of the people in the world around us today holds another essential key. However, knowledge in and of itself is useless, a collection of unused paint brushes resting on the world’s shelf. It is our job to pick up those brushes and start painting. The perfect portrait of peace begins within each one of us. It’s painted one brush stroke at a time. Here are some simple steps that we can all take to contribute to that portrait:
Take the time to learn about those who are different from us in some way. We may want start with someone in our own family. Even there, we often find differences in opinions, race, religion, beliefs, customs, cultures, political affiliations. The list of personal differences and the diversity of relationships goes on….
Working in the classroom as a teacher of students from diverse backgrounds, I learned first-hand that those who hold different beliefs from my own are all unique individuals with whom I have many things in common. We all share the same needs and desires, the same frustrations and fears, the same hopes and dreams. Whether students, parents, staff, volunteers, administrators or colleagues, I have gained respect for and have been deeply enriched by each encounter. Life-long relationships are nurtured and continue to blossom and grow.
Sure, that all sounds great; but what can we actually do as individuals to promote peace?
- Listen to others
- Get to know them (That means spending time with them) Let them get to know us (talk)
- Respect differences
- Look for commonalities
- Nurture relationships
- Offer and extend a helping hand
- Encourage others
- Enlist the help of others
- Give input and feedback
- Keep the conversation going
The brush strokes to peace lie within each of one us. How do we paint the canvas? One brush stroke at a time. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS—listen, share ourselves and our ideas, respect those of others, look for commonalities. Our individual and collective lives will continue to be enriched as we work together to paint a portrait of world peace. We really do have the power to make it happen, one brush stroke at a time.
On September 21st, I’ll be interviewing M.C.V. Egan, author of The Bridge of Deaths. She’ll be sharing how she uses her novel to promote world peace. You’re invited to stop back and visit us here at http://www.4writersandreaders.com for MEET THE AUTHOR: M.C.V. Egan and join her PEACE IN TIME Book Blitz and Blog Hop.
Peace be with you.
Available in kindle and paperback at
Read Kathryn’s great review at Idea-creations.blogspot (top link) . We would love to hear from you!
PURE TRASH: The Story by Bette A. Stevens (Short Story: 1950′s Poor Boy’s Adventure)
1950s General Fiction: first book for Middle-grade/YA/Adult Audience by award-winning children’s book author Bette A. Stevens “This short story is filled with images and flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone…PURE TRASH gives the reader pause for thought, and I recommend it to the adult reader and the YA reader alike. ” Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, author of fiction & non-fiction
PURE TRASH (CreateSpace) kindle $2.99
Look Inside/Paperback (CreateSpace/26 pages) $5.49
The year is 1955. If you grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, you may be among those who like to recall those good old “Happy Days” of television fame. Even younger generations enjoy watching the old TV reruns to get a peek into what life was like back then.
Nine-year-old Shawn Daniels is ready to embark on a Saturday adventure with his younger brother Willie. They’re off to search for trash to turn into treasure. It’s going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd.
PURE TRASH is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its descriptors. For Shawn and Willie, their difference is based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.
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- Book Promo Day: 15th August, 2013 (imagineerebooks.wordpress.com)
- Far from being harmless, the effects of bullying last long into adulthood (psypost.org)