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THANKS so much for buying my book(s). If you’ve already got your kindle copies of AMAZING MATILDA and/or PURE TRASH, I would love to send you a Message & an Autographed Cover for your kindle library. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Here’s the link that will take you to both of my kindle books on Authorgraph…

http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BetteAStevens

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Find out more about author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens and her books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens
AMAZING MATILDA: 2013 Purple Dragonfly Award-winning picture book (ages 6-10)
PURE TRASH, The Story: 1950s short story adventure (YA/Adult)
THE TANGRAM ZOO & WORD PUZZLES TOO! Children’s activity book (Ages 4-12)

DEBUT NOVEL… I finished the draft!


I did it! This is my first NaNoWriMo and my first novel. The challenge was to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. Well, this is Day 27 and I just wrapped up the first draft. I am working towards a publication date of Spring 2014. I invite you to follow my blog and sign up for Bette’s Email Updates (right column of this blog) for updates and excerpts as the journey to writing my debut novel continues. You can read an excerpt of the novel’s prequel, PURE TRASH, The Story at the top of this blog. Happy reading. ~ Bette A. Stevens
2013-Winner-Facebook-Cover“Debut novel will take you on an American adventure you will never forget.”

PURE TRASH, The Novel (Coming—Spring 2014)
The Adventures & Coming of Age of Shawn Daniels: A poor boy growing up in rural New England in the 1950s and ’60s.
by Bette A. Stevens

Description: If you grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, you may be among those who recall those good old “Happy Days” of television fame.  Poverty and prejudice were generally ignored or simply acknowledged as existing in third-world countries during this time in American history when a new middle-class was burgeoning. But poverty and prejudice were sitting right in front of us, in towns and cities all across this great land. The 1960s is a time when racial tension abounded, the Vietnam conflict was heating up and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was a time when Americans were planning trips to the moon. And, it was a time in America when the poor were ignored.

For Shawn Daniels, growing up during this time of plenty was far from happy. Shawn’s life is one that few Americans are aware of now, or acknowledged at the time. Shawn’s dad is the town drunk, the family has no running water or indoor plumbing, but they do get a TV.  With few of life’s necessities or its perks, Shawn learns to make the best of what he does have. Poverty and prejudice are just two of  the themes in Shawn’s story. This novel will take you on an American adventure you will never forget.

PURE TRASH, The Novel is the complete package for PURE TRASH, The Story (August 2012, Amazon) –a short story adventure that highlights bullying, class division, prejudice and poverty in rural New England. PURE TRASH, The Novel opens with Shawn leaving high school to join the U.S. Army in 1964. The storyline follows Shawn’s life from age four to age 18 when he sets out on a new adventure carrying with him the hope for a future far better than the past he is leaving behind.

‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s’ Tale Wins Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award


A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpi...

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Milkweeden (Asclepias incarnata) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children's literature.

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children’s literature.

Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention in the Picture Books – 6 & Older category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a first-place award, 64 out of 80 for a second place and 56 out of 80 for an honorable mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale is about a monarch caterpillar who only wants to fly. ‘How can a creature without wings every hope to fly?” Matilda’s friends wonder as they laugh at the tiny caterpillar. As Matilda progresses from egg to butterfly she learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA’s storyline and illustrations follow the actual life cycle of the monarch butterfly and includes milkweed, an environmentally near-threatened plant. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.

The book retails for $9.49 (paperback) and $3.99 (kindle/eReader) and can be purchased at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-A-Monarchs-Tale/dp/1470187663/ref=pd_sim_b_6 or your favorite online bookstore.

Visit the author at her website/blog  http://www.4writersandreaders.com .

For a complete list of winners including first and second places and honorable mentions, visit http://www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

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AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention place in the 2013 Picture Books - 6 & Older category.

Award Winning Author & Local Hero!


Award Winning Children’s Book Author/Illustrator and Local Hero!

Meet the Author/Illustrator:
Uncle Dave Howard

Award-winning author Dave Howard, "Everyone's Favorite Uncle."

Uncle-Dave Howard holds his award-winning, rhyming children’s picture book LADY’S DAY, while his main character, pup and pal shares the spotlight!

Everybody’s Favorite Uncle!

“Howard’s seemingly simple illustrations that fill each page and sometimes spill over the edges are filled with texture that speaks a language all its own.” — C.R. Nelson, Observer-Reporter

Hello and welcome, Dave. I’m so glad you could drop by 4writersandreaders for a visit. Can you tell us a little about you and about your life?

I was born in the small town south of Pittsburgh. I was put into L.D. (learning disability) classes when I was in fifth grade. I could not read or write. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D). I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an associate degree in visual communication.

How about your family life?

I am very close to my family. Most of my ideas come from my family.

 How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?

I started writing poems when I was ten years old. I continued writing horror stories through junior high; but, the only ones published so far are children’s books. My children’s books all rhyme.

Tell us about Lady’s Day to Play and your Mom’s Choice Award.

I have several books, but my award-winning children’s book Lady’s Day to Play is about a day in the life of my dog Lady. It follows her from play time, to bath time, to nap time in a rhyming format.

I love children’s books that rhyme. What prompted you to write your book? .

Lady’s Day to Play was a baby shower gift for my niece. Her baby died of S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) when she was only two months old. I rewrote the story and made it better. I also donate one dollar per book to S.I.D.S. research.

Do you have a favorite line from Lady’s Day to Play?

“Watch her shiver watch better shake;
better dry it off before it’s too late.”

Who is your favorite character and why?

There are only two characters in the book, but Molly is in three of my other books and she has come to life. I am adding more and more to her character as I go.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

In one word— finishing.  My mind never seems to be happy with anything and is always tweaking and fixing things.

Do you do anything besides writing?

I illustrate. Sometimes the illustrations inspire the book and sometimes the writing inspires the illustrations. I self-publish my own books as well as illustrating and publishing other authors’ work. I also work in a factory that makes outlet boxes. That is my full-time job. The books are just a hobby that pays for now.

How can my readers get a copy of your book?

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www.uncledavesbooks.com

What’s next for you?

I am working on several books all at the same time. Some of them I am illustrating for other authors and one of them will be one that I illustrate and write.

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Uncle Dave Howard. It’s been a pleasure having you. I’m including one of the many YouTube videos I found about you, so that my readers can get to know you even better. After all, many in your community and beyond consider you a local hero. You certainly know how to help kids and adults cultivate their creative side. KUDOS, Uncle-Dave Howard! — Bette A. Stevens 4writersandreaders

“Dave Howard is a larger-than-life children’s book author: With his industrious work ethic and his dedication to bringing art back to the children, Dave brings hope and encouragement to kids and adults alike to be creative and imaginative…” – Larry Pishko, Heraldstandard.com

Watch the video and learn more about Uncle-Dave Howard’s role as a local hero:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIv7achztzg&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLteNGzhYApf-rCp-v6lPXvA

You can also find Uncle Dave Howard and his award-winning books here:

www.facebook.com/uncledavesbooks

UncleDaveHoward on twitter @uncledavesbooks

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor | For children of all ages


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Children’s Book of the Week: Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A Stevens

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor | For children of all ages

via Mungai and the Goa Constrictor | For children of all ages.

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