I love people, nature, art, music and literature.
I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books, my poetry 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 FALL 2014. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to hearing from you. — Bette A. Stevens
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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)
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Have a great day!
Bette A. Stevens
Here I am reading, editing & rewriting one more time…
The manuscript for my debut novel (current Work-in-Progress title: DOG BONE SOUP, A Boomer’s Journey…) is almost ready to go to the pros (professional editors). I feel like I’m making progress. Wanted to share my latest cover design with you.
I would love to get your thoughts on the cover design and on the back cover blurb. Simply click on the image to enlarge.
For the latest updates on my novel, free chapters, excerpts, notices of author giveaways and other freebies, I invite you to sign up for my bi-monthly author updates at http://eepurl.com/t-7JP
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
I look forward to reading your comments.
Happy reading, writing & all of those other amazing things you do,
Bette A. Stevens
The best way to thank an author is to let them know how much you enjoyed their book(s). Often it comes from an adult fan in an official review on a blog or posting on Amazon/Goodreads. Sometimes it comes from younger readers at a school/group visit and once in a while a young reader will send a personal note. Early this week I received a wonderful letter and picture from Lexi Stevens, a talented nine-year-old fan.
Here’s what Lexi had to say:
Hi, you probably don’t know me. I’m Lexi Stevens. I hope to be an author, like you. Oh, and talking about writing, I love the books and I’ll send you a book from me. Also, I’m doing a state report on Maine! I had Alaska at firs, but nobody had Maine, so I switched. I’m sooo excited! Happy Easter!
P.S. Can you please reply!
Indeed I will, Lexi:
Your wonderful letter and pictures (your illustrations and portrait) made my day! I can see that you have a gift for writing and illustrating and I can hardly wait to read your books one day. Follow your dreams and they surely will come true. We must stay in touch. It’s awesome that you’re doing your state report on Maine. Keep me posted on the great things you are doing. I’ll be following you!
HAPPY WRITING & ALL OF THOSE OTHER AMAZING THINGS YOU DO,
Bette A. Stevens
Needless to say, there’s nothing that touches the heart of an author like hearing from her fans. I thank each one of you for reading/following my blog and for your wonderful comments. They mean a lot to me.
Blessings to all,
Bette A. Stevens
Find the award-winning picture book AMAZING MATILDA and all of Bette’s books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens
Originally posted on Watch Nonnie Write!:
Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book
AMAZING MATILDA was so much fun to write and illustrate. It’s even more fun to interact with my young readers now that my book is published and in their hands. Here is a photo of the Thank You Letters sent to me from fourth grade students last fall and the letter that I wrote back to these amazing students:
November 12, 2013
Dear Mrs. Glynn & Fourth Graders,
I was thrilled to check my mailbox last week and find your wonderful Thank You Letters. They really made my day. Your notes and illustrations are fantastic. There is nothing that makes an author happier than hearing from her fans. I’m so glad that you enjoyed AMAZING MATILDA. I definitely enjoyed meeting all of you, reading my book and answering your thoughtful questions about writing and illustrating books. It was also wonderful to have the…
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Thank you, Janice Ross, for hosting me on your blog! ~ Bette A. Stevens
AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens teaches kids the value of friendship, patience & persistence.
Find out more at February 12, 2014
- FREE downloadable pdf from author Bette A. Stevens http://4writersandreaders.com/fun-learning-with-monarchs/
- AMAZING MATILDA’s Video Debut http://youtu.be/-UGukoyteso
January is National Puzzle Month.
Click on the puzzle to enjoy some jigsaw puzzling fun to celebrate National Puzzle Month with this beautiful monarch butterfly…
Then, download your own photos and create personal puzzles to solve and share with family and friends.
Here’s the link to a puzzle I designed using my cover photo from the children’s picture book AMAZING MATILDA…
AMAZING MATILDA Co Jigsaw Puzzle
Bette A. Stevens, author/illustrator of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale and The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!
Award-winning picture book adventure AMAZING MATILDA teaches kids about friendship, patience and persistence. All the while, they’ll be learning about the monarch butterfly life cycle and the caterpillar’s dependence upon the milkweed plant for survival. You’ll find this gem of a tale for readers 6+ and about the author’s other books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens
Amazon’s KINDLE MATCHBOOK: Purchase the paperbacks for GIFTING (or for you) & get your FREE kindle copies, too!
PURE TRASH (1950s short story YA/Adult Fiction)
The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! (Activities ages 5-adult)
Amazing Matilda (Picture Book ages 5-10)