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Help Launch Read Tuesday with THUNDER


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COME JOIN THE THUNDER!
Thanks you ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on ReadTuesday:

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THUNDERCLAP

Read Tuesday—a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers—now has a Thunderclap promotion underway.

The idea behind the Thunderclap is to create hundreds of simultaneous posts on the morning of Read Tuesday (December 9, 2014) to help spread awareness on the morning of the event.

You can help announce Read Tuesday with thunder. It’s easy:

  • Visit http://thndr.it/1CkO2Bg.
  • Click Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and sign in.
  • Customize the message. (Optional.)
  • Agree to the terms. All that will happen is that the Thunderclap post about Read Tuesday will go out the morning of December 9.

When I first supported a Thunderclap for an author, I had been a little nervous when it asked me to confirm. It turns out I had worried over nothing. The only thing you’re agreeing to do is to have a single message go out on your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr…

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Better Parenting, Better Kids with author Nonnie Jules


Nonnie Jules BookHello, and welcome to the 4th day of my BETTER PARENTING, BETTER KIDS Blog Tour!  I’m so happy to be here today with Bette Stevens as she is a favorite of mine from Rave Reviews Book Club, where she serves as one of our most supportive members!  Thanks for having me, Bette!  I’m excited to be here!

My tour this week has been designed to bring more, desperately needed attention to the plight of today’s children.  We have children killing children.  We have children raping, joining gangs and blowing up buildings, at an alarming rate.  This is our wake-up call!  This is the moment that we must all stand and band together and say, “OK, enough’s enough!”  If we want to make a positive change in society, which will make a huge impact on our children, we, as adults need to be willing to engage in a discussion for this change.  We, as adults, must not be afraid to speak on that, which is destroying our society as we have known it.  We must make this growing epidemic of “poorly parented” children our top priority as we work to make it a thing of the past.  WE MUST BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THIS WORLD.

Today I’m going to do something a little differently from my other stops.  I am going to answer the TWO questions I get asked the most as a Parenting Expert and it is my wish that it gives you a bit more insight as to why this mission is my top mission.  Here goes:

1. What made you want to write a book about guiding parents who are raising kids?

My daughters are both so very well-behaved, kind and manner-able, the epitome of (almost) perfect daughters, and I pray that a world left behind by me would be filled with more people just like them. The only way that this will ever happen, is for each of us, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, adults in general, to band together and work from the same blueprint. Only then can we build a world free of hatred, jealousy, greed, selfishness and just plain ugly. So, although my reasons initially were very selfish for writing this guide, I look around and the majority of the poor behavior that we see adults exhibiting today, is probably because there was a lack of proper parenting when they were kids. So for that reason, I’m glad this book is out there now. And I have to say, it’s doing very well on its own merit.  Hopefully, we can get even more attention to it if we all just care enough to spread the word about it. There are so many parenting guides on the market, but we needed one that was easy to understand and one that has been actually PROVEN to be extremely effective.  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! is that guide.

2. Do you have parents contacting you for advice?

Parents contact me for advice ALL the time. I am so honored when they do and I am very humbled when parents expect that their kids behave in a certain manner around me. That to me says that they respect my opinions, but I think it’s more of the fact that they see my children and the way they are and behave, and on some level, as I have been told by many parents, they wish their kids could be more like mine. This is a top of the line compliment for me and I thank GOD that he has put me in the position to where my influence and opinion matters to parents who want the best for their kids, and who want THE BEST kids. I can say from my deepest place, that I love all children and it warms my heart immensely when I see or hear of some child excelling and doing well. We all have a purpose for being here, and GOD made children my purpose.

* Side note: Parents have asked for a forum where they can ask questions directly and so I’d like to invite you all to my blog called “ASK THE MOMMY” where parents are able to direct questions and have them answered. Do take a look around there once you land!

Enjoy this EXCERPT from the book:

“So many times, when our daughters take the wrong path, we wonder…”What is wrong with HER?  What is SHE doing wrong?” We fail to look inside at our own parenting skills where sometimes, the majority of the blame just might lie.  Have you ever stopped to think, “What did I do wrong?” “What could I have done better?” and going a step further, “Where did I fail her?” So many Moms are busy focusing on themselves these days, when what they should really be focused on, are their kids…especially their daughters.  I was blessed enough to be a stay/work-at-home Mom for both of my Angel Daughters.  They never had to attend daycare, they were never latch-key kids, and I was always, always there for them.  But, even if I had not been there, even if I had no choice but to go out and become a part of the workforce again, I would have still made them my top priority.  It is my deepest belief that if we spend more time nurturing, focusing and guiding our children, and less time trying to amass material things which will never be a direct reflection of us as parents, we would have more daughters and sons who are (“Almost”) perfect.”

Do the world a favor and pick up your copy of  “THE GOOD MOMMIE’S GUIDE TO RAISING ALMOST (PERFECT) DAUGHTERS.” If your kids are grown and gone, gift it to them for their kids.  If you don’t have kids, gift it to the young mom next door or down the hall who could use the wisdom between the covers of this life-changing little book.  And, if you’re just in the mood for a really good read, I can guarantee, this one is a joy!  It has been said over and over again, that the tips inside the covers of this guide work just as well for sons.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE!

 

Nonnie JulesAUTHOR BIO:

Nonnie Jules is the mother of two beautifully kind daughters, who along with the help of her husband, have turned out to be two of the greatest assets to this world.  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS is her first published piece of work and two weeks after publication, it hit Amazon’s Top 100 list, where it reached the #7 mark.  With all the violence which is being exhibited by some children today, it is her vision and goal to get THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…into the hands of everyone who breathes around a child.  She feels the only way we can make this happen, is if we are all working from a common blueprint.  Ms. Jules strongly believes that every opportunity we are given with a child, should be a teaching one for us and a learning one for them.

So far, Nonnie has authored two other books:  a novel which she released in November of 2013, entitled “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” where she shares her no-holds-barred style of teaching us all about support and social media.  Her second parenting guide {THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO BULLY-PROOF KIDS} is due for release the beginning of January, 2015 and the sequel to her debut novel, DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, shortly after.  (Both have been delayed due to her extensive workload with RRBC).

She is a fan of the well-written word, and so along with 3 partners, she started 4WillsPublishing Co. in November, 2013 to assist other writers in putting out their best work ever.  By December, 2013, she had founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where in less than a year, the membership has rapidly grown to well over 500.  If you’re not a member yet, this is your personal invitation to JOIN US!

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As you can see, she is an Author on the move and if you’re interested in keeping up with her, here is her contact info (and a good pair of running shoes would help as well):

Twitter:  @nonniejules

Facebook:  Nonnie Jules, Author

Blogs/Websites:

4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

NonnieWrites.wordpress.com

AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

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Field of Flowers Award


field-of-flowers-awardMy dear friend Michelle has honored me with a Field of Flowers Award. I invite you to stop by Michelle’s blog http://michelleclementsjames.com/ where you’ll find outstanding book reviews on Book Chats. Books for reading or gifting that you won’t want to miss!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, Michelle. Can’t wait to find out about your latest read.

THE FIELD OF FLOWERS AWARD

This is a fairly new award meant to show appreciation or say thank you or just to brighten someone’s day.  You can read about it here or share the love and pass on your own field of flowers.

Rules :

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Place the award on your blog
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers “A Field Of Flowers
  • Let your nominees know that you nominated them

I would like to give a FIELD OF FLOWERS TO MY BLOGGING FRIENDS, Because…

I would like to give this award to all of my blogging friends because you are all so wonderful and have been so supportive of my blogging efforts. However, I am supposed to choose just seven (this is the really tough part) to nominate for this award. Here are seven of the many great blogs I follow to inspire you! ~ Bette A. Stevens

1) Serendipity. Marilyn Armstrong is the author of The 12-Foot Teepee and blogger extraordinaire. She always leaves me with a smile and posts and photos that I can’t wait to share.

2) http://cindyknoke.com/ Love to travel? Tour the globe with Cindy and find out all about her Homestead Holler too. Photos and posts will leave you wanting more!

3) http://ashiakira.wordpress.com/ I love Ahsi’s haiku and I think you will to!

4) http://askthegoodmommy.wordpress.com/ Looking for THE BEST ADVICE ON ALL THINGS GIRLS/KIDS? You’ll find it here!

5) http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/ AUTHORS & READERS: Looking for the best book club on the planet? Stop by for a visit and join us! Tell them Bette sent you.

6) http://sacredtouches.com/ You’ll find beauty for the eyes and inspiration for the soul on Natalie’s wonderful blog!

7) http://the-natural-web.org/ If you’re a nature lover like me, you’ll definitely enjoy this great blog. You can find out more about milkweed and our pollinators on this great post http://the-natural-web.org/2013/08/19/milkweed-its-not-just-for-monarchs/

Congratulations to all of my nominees. You’re awesome!

To my readers, please stop by these amazing blogs.

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Debut Novel is Coming…


DBS Coming Soon!Working on the final draft of “DOG BONE SOUP.”

Here’s the first endorsement:

“Shawn Daniels and his siblings shake off extreme poverty, hunger, a dilapidated homestead and a drunken father, to somehow embark upon an idyllic childhood. Bette Stevens has crafted a remarkable tale of hope and happiness in the face of despair.” ~ Charles Bray (author/editor/reviewer)

I invite you to sign up for my email updates for news on pre-release orders, specials, freebies and more at http://eepurl.com/t-7JP

Have a great day!

Bette A. Stevens

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Khaled Hosseini doesn’t dissapoint!


And the Mountains EchoedAnd 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.

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Read Tuesday, 2014


Bette A. Stevens:

Authors & Readers: Mark your  calendar NOW for READ TUESDAY! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on ReadTuesday:

READ TUESDAY

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.

Authors…

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Historical Mystery & Romance at its Best


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“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” - Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nyk?bing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Learn more about this book and the special 75th anniversary re-release at http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

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Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the crash of the G-AESY?and the start of World War II with a month-long history-laden event that will entertain, educate, and enlighten you! As part of this event, a revised version of The Bridge of Deaths,?this award-winning and highly-acclaimed account of the events of that fateful day in 1939, will be re-released.

If you would like to be a part of the month-long anniversary event from September 1 to September 30,?please go here:?http://bit.ly/TBOD75Event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MCVEganM.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States.

Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977.

She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and?The Bridge of Deaths?at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.

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At home or on the go this Easter weekend, share the gift of reading with a child!


HAPPY EASTER & a FREE BOOK for YOU!

Share the gift of reading with a child this Easter! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Share the gift of reading with a child this Easter! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Share the gift of reading with a child this weekend. AMAZING MATILDA is FREE from April 19 (Saturday) through April 23 (Wednesday), 2014

Download your award-winning monarch butterfly picture book adventure HERE

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and lots of fun reading with the kids in your life!

Bette A. Stevens

Monarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too!


READ ALL ABOUT IT!

timthumb.phpAward-winning Monarch Butterfly Picture Book ‘AMAZING MATILDA’ teaches life lessons

AMAZING MATILDA Cover GITTLE AWARDMonarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too! Her storyline and illustrations follow the monarch life cycle and highlight milkweed, an environmentally threatened plant, the only food source for monarch caterpillars.

“… I immediately fell in love with Matilda, an amazing, sweet, curious character. What a lovely story with a subtle and yet deep and understandable message for young (and those who are not so young ) readers. This book is one of “must have” books in your library. I already purchased a Kindle version for myself and I ordered two more copies in print for my library.” —Vida Zuljevic

Monarch Butterflies IN THE NEWS http://makewayformonarchs.org/i/#

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Author Spotlight: Margo Bond Collins


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Listen LIVE on Tuesday 2/13/2014

Find out about author Margo Bond Collins and join Reviews Book Club! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Cultural Cocktails:

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(Please join me in welcoming Rave Reviews Book Club, Author SPOTLIGHT Margo Bond Collins.)

The Joy of Online Book Clubs

by Margo Bond Collins

In addition to writing novels, I teach online courses in college English—primarily writing classes. This means that almost all of my work is done from home. I tend to be more introverted than extraverted, so generally, I’m happy with my current job situation.

But I used to teach traditional college classes, and I miss discussing books. I miss discussing the characters and their motivations, the way a plot moves, the wording an author chooses. I miss interacting with other people about the novels that I love to read.

And this is why I love belonging to online book clubs like Rave Reviews: it allows me to talk books with other people who love to read! And in this case, I love discussing books with other…

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