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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

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

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


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Author Spotlight: Margo Bond Collins


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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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WNW Welcomes Rave Reviews Book Club 2nd “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, KATIE HAYOZ!!!


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If YOU haven’t joined Rave Reviews Book Club, right now is a great time to get started. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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That Novel Will Never Be Perfect

From Katie Hayoz

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I’m not a perfectionist.  Little mistakes don’t bother me.  But when it comes to my writing, I take pride in what I do and I want what I put out there to be not just decent, but good.  I rewrote Untethered at least eighteen times.  Literally.  And I’m talking full-on, rip-it-up and make do with the shreds kind of rewriting, not moving sentences around. What started as a five page story ended up (20 years later) to be a 340 page novel.  That novel went through so many critiquing sessions and beta readers that I was sure it would be perfection by the time it was published.

Ha.  Not quite.

Writing is art, and like all art there is a point where the person creating the work just has to stop. She just has to tell herself that particular piece…

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Rave Reviews Book Club: Author Spotlight


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AUTHORS/READERS–Meet Jennie Sherwin and join this awesome new online Rave Reviews Book Club! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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I want to thank the Members of the Board of the Rave Reviews Book Club for this incredible opportunity to be featured as the club’s first “Spotlight” Author. You’ve all done a great deal of work to make this club a reality. To Nonnie Jules, Founder and President, thank you for founding the club and giving authors a place to hang their hats among friends. I am also grateful to my longtime friend Kathy Treat, Membership Director, for inviting me to join. Marketing and promotion are challenges for the first-time author. Being selected as the “Spotlight” Author, who receives marketing and promotion to the social media outlets as well as to print media, is truly a gift from heaven. Last, but not least at all, I send a special thank you to all the bloggers who agreed to host me on their site. I am truly grateful.

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Third novel in ‘The Sisters of the Heart’ Book Blast & GIVEAWAY…


blogtourbookblastgiveaway-sistersseriesToday’s historical romance feature is  The Finishing of Lady Amelia (Book 3 in The Sisters of the Heart Series) by Scarlett Rains. Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about Scarlett and her wonderful books. Join Scarlett’s Book Blast Tour & don’t forget to enter her fun and  fantastic Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Happy reading! —Bette A. Stevens


Lady Amelia The Finishing of Lady Amelia

(Sisters of the Heart Series, Book 3.

Prequel to Betrayals of the Heart)

[Kindle Edition]

Publication Date: December 25, 2013

Scarlett Rains (Author)

Book Description

Lady Amelia Fitzailwyn knows everything about everything. She certainly does not require Finishing School. If John and Alex had not tattled on her, she would still be home! It was fine for them to chase every skirt in the Kingdom but she has one kiss …or two, and Uncle carts her off!

Day one of her banishment at Madame de Rigeur’s Young Ladies Finishing Academie is dismal. Her roommate is insular, Clarissa is cruel…and that spotty girl’s rash is probably contagious! Then, she meets Monsieur Pelfrie, the handsomest man she has ever seen, and Amelia decides it might just be possible to endure the two long years away .

Enjoy this delightful tale of mischief and mayhem as a sheltered young woman comes of age in Georgian England.


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Jasmine (Goodreads)

It’s been awhile since I’ve read historical fiction. I always really like it when I read it. This made me want to read more of it. I really enjoyed this. It was a nice break from all the paranormal I’ve been reading lately. This has some really awesome characters with a hilarious storyline set in the 1780s. I think Amelia is the main character but I’m not sure.  It flips through different peoples point of views. One thing I liked about Amelia is how she never gave up on love. She wasn’t going to let her friends change her mind. Another thing I liked was how she didn’t hold grudges against people. Even if they were mean she would give them another chance. Lydia had her snotty moments. She was really fun and somewhat nice most of the time. Anne was probably my favorite character. She was cute and sweet. I like Josie too. She seemed like the mature one of the group. Although I don’t agree with the no romance or marriage stuff. One of my favorite parts was the teachers. Those teachers were seriously hilarious.

This has a real contemporary feel. To me it was like historical contemporary fiction. The plot was basically the everyday life of the girls. I like the boarding school setting. I always enjoy books set in boarding schools. My absolute favorite part of the whole book was all the craziness the girls got into. They were always pulling pranks on each other and other girls. I’m gonna steal their ideas. They were seriously some of the best pranks ever. They were hilarious. It was also very realistic. I can totally see people in the 1780s doing some of this stuff. Overall I really enjoyed this. It was very fast paced and difficult to put down. Everything was very well done.


About the authorSCARLETT PIX Jan 19

Scarlett Rains left the womb with pen in hand…which might explain why her mother carted her off to a children’s home at an early age.  Not one to let such things distract her from nurturing her creative talent, she lived, learned, laughed and loved her way through what could have been a traumatic childhood.

That little bend in the road, and a battle with breast cancer, could not stop Scarlett from writing.  The more emotionally evocative events of her life made her appreciate her shared humanity and the desperate need that most people have to laugh.  Scarlett keeps those memories close when she writes. She draws on the personalities of the wonderful people she has been blessed to encounter when she develops her characters, always striving to make her readers laugh so that they may escape their worries for awhile.

Scarlett is a clinician by profession, though she is trying hard to deny that so as to continue writing. We wish her every success.  Her books are enjoyed by readers around the world and we would hate to lose such a talented author.


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MORE Historical Romance from author Scarlett Rains’s VALENTINES BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY…


blogtourbookblastgiveaway-sistersseriesToday’s historical romance feature is Seduction of Bluestocking (second novel in the series) by Scarlett Rains. Tomorrow we’ll be featuring Book 3 in The Sisters of the Heart Series— so be sure to check back and to follow the tour to find out more about these wonderful novels and their fascinating author. If you haven’t joined the GIVEAWAY yet, you can ENTER at the end of this post. Happy reading. —Bette A. Stevens

Seduction of Bluestocking


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Seduction of a Bluestocking

(Sisters of the Heart Series, Book Two)

4.5 Rating (Goodreads)

[Kindle Edition]

Scarlett Rains (Author)

Publication Date: December 25, 2013

Book Description

Jilted and heart-broken, Miss Rachel Steele leaves home to begin a new life as governess, mind made up never again to succumb to a man’s charm. Then William Seaton, old friend of her employer, disturbs her peace: meddling in matters outside his concern. “Good riddance to bad rubbish,” she says when he finally leaves. Soon thereafter, disaster strikes and Rachel accompanies her charge to the estate of her guardian, the Duke of Warwick: who from his letters sounds like a man well in his dotage. Rachel marches in to his study to persuade the doddering old coot to keep her on as governess. Words fail her when she finds that he is not at all old…definitely not doddering, but none other than the irritating, William Seaton!

William Seaton’s life is precisely as he would have it: mistresses all prettily lined up in a row, a cozy chair at Whites molded comfortably to fit his frame: fine port and cheroots a nod away…just perfect! He is anything but charmed to renew Miss Steele’s acquaintance, she is a nuisance he does not want or need, in fact, he’d prefer to hear nothing except farewell from her tightly-pressed lips. Knowing the annoying bluestocking will likely disrupt his well-ordered life, he agrees to retain her for the sake of his ward.

Hence begins a sizzling romantic campaign of Napoleonic proportions which draws the unwelcome attention of a villain from William’s past. Will Rachel and William realize their love for one another before he seeks revenge?


A Personal Message from Scarlett

I am grateful for every instant of my life…good and bad. Each moment was a lesson that moved me in the direction intended for me and made me who I am. I breathe in and say, “Thank you, Lord”;  I breathe out and say, “Please, guide and direct me.” And, here I am.

I will never forget the day I rang the radiation bell after my last radiation treatment. This inscription was on the card my treatment team gave me:

“Ring this bell, three times well to celebrate this day.

My course is run, my work is done and I’m on my way.”

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, may God bless you and give you the courage and strength for your battle. SCARLETT PIX Jan 19When you reach that point where you can accept the reality of your diagnosis, I say face it, take it in and know that you have the strength and courage to conquer it …in your way. You may be surprised at how profoundly you will change.


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Love Historical Romance? Here’s the first of three in the GIVEAWAY…


blogtourbookblastgiveaway-sistersseriesToday’s historical romance feature is Promises of the Heart (first novel in the series) by Scarlett Rains. We’ll be featuring one of Scarlett’s  GIVEAWAY BOOKS each day from January 18-20. But, don’t stop there. Be sure to follow the tour to find out more about these wonderful novels and their fascinating author. You can follow the tour and enter the GIVEAWAY right here. GOOD LUCK & HAPPY READING! —Bette A. Stevens


Promises of the HeartPromises of the Heart

(Sisters of the Heart Series, Book One)

[Kindle Edition]

Scarlett Rains (Author)

Publication Date: December 25, 2013

Book Description

Fate Plays a Hand!

When Amelia Fitzailwyn, Duchess of Kensington, is orphaned at a very young age, she must leave home and travel to her new guardian’s estate . She embarks on the journey with her beloved governess, Rachel: wishing all the while that her Uncle William would somehow rescue her. To her delight, he does! Uncle William is her new guardian…and he has two sons! Amelia happily settles in to life at Havenwood Manor with her new family.

The Stage is Set!

What are the servants whispering about? Have they noticed all those heated looks between Uncle and Rachel? Amelia sees mysteries everywhere…and would solve them all if her cousins would leave her alone long enough to do her research! She wishes John, the eldest, would keep his nose out of her affairs and poke it back in his theme book, How to be the Most Boring Personage in the Realm. And Alex, the skirt chasing hypocrite, irritates her even more: going on-and-on about her one little rendezvous with Simon.

Time Will Tell!

When it turns out Uncle, is not really her uncle, Amelia begins to see the irksome boys in a new light. In fact, she plans to marry one of them! Will John stop straining his steely grey eyes reading and see her for the woman she is? Or will Alex stop pulling the curl out of her hair long enough to notice the sheen of it as it wraps around his finger? Solve the mystery, dear reader, as you enjoy this delightful tale of a young woman’s coming of age in Georgian England.


Amazon Review

By The Notebook Blogairy

Scarlett & GrandsonAmelia Fitzailwyn is a precocious and incorrigible imp. We meet Amelia when she’s 7 years old in Promises of the Heart by Scarlett Rains. This 18th century tale meanders through time and stories at the usual pace of these stories — slowly, artfully and colorfully! Amelia loves nature’s creatures and enjoys bringing them inside to the complete annoyance of most of the females surrounding her. (Yet, it makes for such funny moments when her little ‘friends’ are found…)

The tale unfolds bit by bit introducing rich characters that are vivid and noble. But in true form, Rains’ characters are also completely over the top! They feel life’s little slights so keenly that it makes them richly flamboyant. We first see this in Amelia’s parents who after years of marriage love each other desperately. Tragedy strikes and Amelia is left bereft of them and the story begins in earnest.

Shortly before the tragedy, Amelia’s parents acquire a governess, Rachel; a Baroness in her own right. We then begin our journey of finding out Rachel’s story and how it intertwines with Amelia’s. You see, everything revolves around Amelia! Amelia’s appointed ward has required that Amelia leave her home and travel across the country to his estate to live henceforth. With abandonment and trust issues now firmly in place, Amelia is terrified and Rachel is barely able to comfort her.

However, the long trip ends successfully and Amelia learns she is to live with a trusted friend of the family along with his young sons who become Amelia’s best friends.

There is so much more mystery and intrigue that happens in between these large events pointed out here but to tell them would ruin the surprise and enjoyment of this story. Promises of the Heart is the perfect story if you want to read about love, the elite and their machinations to enjoy life and get ahead in this much less technological time period.

Promises of the Heart is a lovely first book in the Heart series. Fans of historical fiction &/or historical romance would do well to read it.


About the author:

Scarlett Rains was raised in an orphanage, survived that and breast cancer! She considers all of it a blessing, refuses to let anything stop her; insisting that life is what you make it! Scarlett is a person who will spout optimistic ‘truths’ with her last breath! She is a busy grandma juggling a hectic schedule to try to balance her family’s needs (including her insular cat’s hissy-fits and her demanding dog’s pathetic begging for belly rubs) and still manage a few minutes to write her stories. She often awakens from a sound sleep, jumps up, snatches a cup of coffee and hides in her office behind locked doors typing 18th century romance novels. Scarlett believes escaping her day-to-day responsibilities by living vicariously in the lives of the characters she creates keeps her out of trouble …and saves the cost of psychotherapy services. The author’s delightful Sisters of the Heart Series books are enjoyed by readers around the world. Scarlett loves receiving feedback and ideas from her readers.


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Romance readers, don’t miss out: Sisters of the Heart BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY begins January 13th


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Readers and bloggers: Don’t miss out on this giveaway!

SIMPLY ADORE HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS?

Don’t miss out on author Scarlett Rains’s Sisters of the Heart series GIVEAWAY. There are great giveaway prizes for bloggers and for readers!

I’ll be featuring Scarlett and the three books featured in this fantastic GIVEAWAY right here on my blog January 18-20 (one book each day). You’ll find out more about each novel and get to know author Scarlett Rains, too. Meanwhile, stop by Artemis Books to find out more about this fantastic Book Blast and Valentine’s Day Giveaway at http://artemisbooksblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/artemis-books-is-launching-sisters-of.html

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Here’s what one of Scarlett Rains’s readers has to say about the first book in the author’s Sisters of the Heart series:

PULLS YOU IN!

Promises of the Heart is an eighteenth century tale of a young girl’s coming of age. The first thing I really liked about this book was the lovely graphics reflecting the time period in London, England. The reader is also pulled into the story at once with carefully crafted prose appealing to all five senses. For example: ‘watching the fluffy clouds lazily form shapes that quickly swirled into other shapes in the gentle breeze…a cacophony of sounds bombarded the weary coachman: the hue and cry of merchants and street people rose up above the clopping of the horses hooves in a relentlessly forlorn lament’. Scarlett Rains does a masterful job on style continuity throughout the entire novel. Somewhat like Charles Dickens, but more like the Victoria Holt novels I read profusely at one time in my life, ‘Promises of the Heart’ resonates with cleverly woven intrigue surrounded by authentic characters of the day. Historical novels should inform about the life and times of the era–’Promises of the Heart’ did not disappoint! The segue to her second novel ‘Seduction of a Bluestocking’ was a perfect cliffhanger, enticing the reader to find out what happens next. Well done, Scarlett Rains! Five Stars!” ~ Nancy Jill Thames
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This December buy INDIE books as presents!


Bette A. Stevens:

BOOKS: The gifts that keep giving!

You’ll find Bette’s INDIE books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens where you can purchase her print books and get the kindle versions FREE to download to you reader or PC. Happy Reading & Happy Holidays!

 

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As you all know, we are fast approaching that magical (and most expensive) month of the year – DECEMBER!

With all the recent heart-rending cries from Indie authors all over the world and blogosphere regarding eBook sales, or, more correctly, LACK of eBook sales of THEIR books, I thought I’d throw my furry 300 lbs blog weight into the arena as well and craft an article on the subject:

This December buy INDIE books as presents!

Unfortunately, I am not an author, so how on earth can I write an article that will be effective and interesting enough to make people think and act on what I am asking them to do?

The article title is eye-catching enough I think, but the message needs to be spread around LOTS of times, so it penetrates the otherwise ‘busy trying to think what to buy” minds.

I KNOW! – I’ll do…

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