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300. Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison


Bette A. Stevens:

Gardens & Poetry… A perfect pair! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

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My Garden is a pleasant place
Of sun glory and leaf grace.
My lilac trees are old and tall;
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees.

I wish some power would touch my ear
With magic touch, and make me hear
What all the blossoms say, and so
I might know what the winged things know.
And I would sing them all for you!

My garden is a pleasant place
Of moon glory and wind grace.
O friend, wherever you may be,
Will you not come to visit me?

Over fields and streams and hills,
I’ll pipe like yellow daffodils,
And every little wind that blows
Shall take my message as it goes.

A heart may travel very far
To come where its desires are,
Oh, may some power touch my ear,
And grant me grace, and make you hear!

~Excerpts from a…

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“YES, I SAID IT!”


Bette A. Stevens:

READERS & WRITERS: Get your copy of Nonnie Jule’s latest book for FREE through March 8th. Then stop over to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and sign up… MEMBERSHIP is this fabulous new book club is FREE too! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Watch Nonnie Write!:

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I know I’ve been away for a while but you’ve gotten to enjoy some really great posts from other author friends of mine.  Although I was happy to introduce other authors and their work to you, I’m sorry you weren’t getting your usual dose of RANTING me.  The reason that I’ve been a tad bit absent, is because I’ve been spending so much time over at my new place (although, I still love you all here at my old place!).  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB has taken off and let me tell you, it’s been, and still is, a wild ride!  We are having so much fun over there and if you haven’t joined yet, you’re missing out on a lot.

My readers (you all) have been so good to me since I jumped on this social media scene.  I mean literally, some of you guys have been with me…

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294. March is a month of expectation… ~Emily Dickinson


Bette A. Stevens:

Dickinson & Emerson… Perfect! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

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O such a commotion under the ground
When March called,”Ho there! ho!”
Such spreading of rootlets far and wide,
Such whisperings to and fro!
“Are you ready?” the Snowdrop asked,
” ‘Tis time to start , you know.”
“Almost, my dear! the Scilla replied,
“I’ll follow as soon as you go.”
Then “Ha! ha! ha!” a chorus came
Of laughter sweet and low,
From millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

“I’ll promise my blossoms,” the Crocus said,
“When I hear the blackbird sing.”
And straight thereafter Narcissus cried,
“My silver and gold I’ll bring.”
“And ere they are dulled,” another spoke,
“The Hyacinth bells shall ring.”
But the Violet only murmured , “I’m here,”
And sweet grew the air of Spring.

O the pretty brave things, thro’ the coldest days
Imprisoned in the walls of brown,
They never lost heart tho’ the blast shrieked loud,

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bravely white on white…..Tanka


Bette A. Stevens:

016There’s nothing like birches and snow. Perfectly captured in poetry! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on who could know then :

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parchment paper birch

standing bravely white on white,

deep in snow… on snow.

its textured history bared

like ours… in subtle details.

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slow nuanced layers,

peeled away in time… with trust…

from pretense and fear.
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patiently waiting…alone,

hoping our Truth will be found.
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pencil, watercolor pencil, acrylic paint,
paint markers, approx. 8″x8″ on vellum paper
sourced from various Google pics and my imagination.
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Free for a Limited Time!


Bette A. Stevens:

TEARS IN THE SUN pulls the reader into the riveting scene of a teenage daughter caught in the clutches of a manipulative and mentally ill mother. Well done, Jennifer Owenby! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Jen's Thoughts:

Tears In the Sun

Tears In the Sun

It’s “Read an Ebook Week” on Smashwords and for a short few days you can download “Tears In the Sun” free! So hop on over and download it, and if you like it feel free to leave a review!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/389965

Until Next Time…

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Spotlight On: Bruce Borders, author of Over My Dead Body


Bette A. Stevens:

The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “Spotlight” will be following author BRUCE BORDERS right hre, to  4writersandreaders next Tuesday & Wednesday. Bruce will be guest blogging and we’ll get to find out more about this great author and even read an excerpt from his book INSIDE ROOM 913! I’ll ‘see’ you then. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Words, Words, Words:

Welcome today to Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author – Bruce A. Borders. Check out his guest post and interview below!

First, thank you to Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

My name is Bruce A. Borders, author of crime-fiction books. I guess you could call me a professional dreamer – or a schemer. Either one fits.

As a young boy, books always fascinated me. The stories they told were so captivating, so spellbinding. The further I got into a book, the more absorbed I became – and the more questions I had. I wanted to know the what, where, who, and when, of the entire story. But the question that most intrigued me was the “how.” I found it utterly fascinating how everything connected, how seemingly impossible situations…

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WELCOME “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR” BRUCE A. BORDERS


Bette A. Stevens:

Find out more about Bruce A. Borders and OVER MY DEAD BODY… I just downloaded my copy! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Be My Guest:

Over My Dead Body Web Display BRUCE A. BORDERS

Write What You Know – Maybe

Thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

What would you do if Child Protective Services showed up on your doorstep with an army of Sheriff’s deputies and tried to remove your three-year-old from your home? Knowing there’s no justification for their action and the court documents they presented are fabricated, would you stand by or fight to protect your child?

Over My Dead Body explores the deadly reaction and consequences when a protective father, Jeff Blake, tries to prevent the state from  taking his daughter. The director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home.

The situation quickly becomes violent as Jeff resorts to the only response…

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Book review: ‘The Flower Child – La Niña Flor’ by Deborah Eve Alastra


Bette A. Stevens:

GREAT BOOK FOR KIDS! Helping children cope with losing a friend! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on publicatuebook's Blog:

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The Flower Child, now available in hardback,  is about a young flower child that loses her best friend.

Did you ever lose a friend when you were a child? If you did, or if one of your children did, you can understand this can be a terrible and stressful event.

Children lose friends due to relocation, divorce, illness or even death. Some might blame themselves for the loss and they need emotional support to help them understand and deal with the loss. This is a wound that can last for many years.

In ‘The Flower Child – La Niña Flor,’ Dashi has lost her best friend, Rousseau the Rose. Rousseau is never coming back and Dashi will have to live with that fact.

The story helps young children learn to handle this type of loss and demonstrates, as hard as it seems, that life goes on and new friends…

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“Once you are REAL, you can’t be ugly” or The life of the little stuffed bear


Bette A. Stevens:

Memories made and remembered. A poignant post! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on cookiecrumbstoliveby:

Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby…

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Thanks WordPress for putting this together for me. Your team is amazing…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author/Illustrator at http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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