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African Me and Satellite TV by Jo Robinson


Bette A. Stevens:

Learn more about author Jo Robinson and her book ‘African Me & Satellite TV’. I highly recommend it! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Ms M's Bookshelf:

I received a free copy of this ebook in an online giveaway.  These are my honest views of this novel.

AfricanMeTVJo Robinson’s novel, African Me and Satellite TV, is a most compelling and powerful novel, with a wide range of characters drawn with deep emotions, and a message some may find uncomfortable.  Which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Jo’s main character, Suzette Hertzog, is caring, artistic, somewhat emotional, and extremely inhibited.  She has lived with pushing down her abhorrence of the way whites treat blacks in Zimbabwe ever since she saw “her father punch their driver in the face.  Her 10-year-old heart had frozen in her chest, and over the next few days of listening to her parent’s vicious racist rants over his suspected, but unproven, theft of five litres of fuel, and watching him sobbing, denying it, begging them not to make him go, she finally decided to stop looking.”

This…

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VISITING WITH BETTE — AN AFTERNOON IN SKOWHEGAN


Bette A. Stevens:

A great day in life of two authors! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

Bette’s new novel, DOG BONE SOUP has just been released. I’m about half way through it and I can hardly wait to finish it so I can review it. It is wonderful. She has a writing style so pure, it’s as if the story tells itself. It’s a story of coming of age in a hardscrabble world. Trials and triumph in northern New England.

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This seemed a perfect time to remember the wonderful afternoon we all spend last October in Skowhegan. We were staying at an inn in Jackman, Maine. It’s just up the mountain — about 85 miles via route 201, from Skowhegan. In rural New England, that’s “just around the corner.”

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Down the mountain we drove. Around 85 miles down, same mileage back.

We met Bette Stevens, of 4 Writers and Readers. She was in the middle of a round of editing her next book, but she took a bit…

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Blog Tour: Runaway Smile


Bette A. Stevens:

Meet my friend Nicholas C. Rossi and run away with a smile! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Archer's Aim:

Things happen for a reason

smicov1I’ve come to realize lately that things happen in their own time. No matter how much I want something, if it’s meant to happen, it will, no effort needed on my part.  Other times, I might want something very much, but no matter how much effort I put into it, it just doesn’t happen – and trust me; this has happened a lot.  Then again, something that I completely ignore might just flourish in front of my eyes, unexpectedly and effortlessly.

Following that, I think about how things have “happened” in my life, leading me to where I am right now.  I studied civil engineering (my dad’s idea of a secure job) and in 1995 I went on to do a PhD in Digital Architecture (the only way for me to link my degree with two of my passions, design and computers).  Hardly a month into the course, a professor asked…

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To honor M.L.K Jr. Do a act of kindness.


Bette A. Stevens:

Kindness counts! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on johncoyote:

Remembering Martin Luther King.

A Poem by Coyote Poetry

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Someone said to remember M.L.K. We should do acts of kindness. I believe he would appreciate his memory of anti-violence and love to be strengthen by kind deeds and love.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

I was just a baby when Martin Luther King Jr. led the world to equality with his sermons of love and anti-violence.
Even as a young boy he motivated my dreams of all men and woman being treated with equality and fairness.
I wonder how different the world would be? If Martin Luther King Jr. lived. I believe the world would of been a better place.

A old man walked into the mall.
He was wearing old clothing and not talking to anyone.
Me and my daughter were sitting at a coffee shop.
The old man sat across from us.
The manager of the coffee…

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Cutie!!!


Bette A. Stevens:

I love my chickadees. Great photo found on LightWriters. ENJOY! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on TonyParsley@OhioNature:

Thought this little chickadee was a real cutie!

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2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Check out the Read Tuesday Catalog for Black Friday Book Deals in December


Bette A. Stevens:

BOOK LOVERS, you’re all invited. BLACK FRIDAY FOR BOOKS: and it’s coming on TUESDAY! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on ReadTuesday:

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READ TUESDAY CATALOG

It’s the second annual Read Tuesday—a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Several of the participating books are already on sale.

The Read Tuesday catalog is now up.

We have both print books and e-books participating. (Did you know that e-books can be gifted? Learn how here.)

Choose one of the following pages, depending on your interests:

(1) Kindle Deals

These Kindle e-books are on sale. Find several low-priced deals (even freebies):

http://readtuesday.com/countdown-deals

(2) Buy the Print Book, Get the Kindle Edition Free (Great Gift Option)

These books take advantage of Amazon’s MatchBook tool, setting the MatchBook offer to free. First purchase the print edition at Amazon, then get the Kindle edition for free. Read the instructions at the top of this catalog (click the following link) to learn more (it includes pictures to help make sure that…

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561. If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner


Bette A. Stevens:

Thankful! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

Above me and below me
Hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it.
I am immersed in it.
~Native American Saying

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I thank God for the ways of Creation–
For eyes to see Creation’s beauty,
For ears to hear Creation’s sounds,
For a tongue to taste Creation’s savory delights,
For a nose to smell Creation’s sweet aromas,
For arms to embrace others with a loving touch,
For a heart to understand the ways of the Lord,
For words to praise the triune God, Maker of heaven and earth.
~Edited and adapted from a Native American prayer

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. ~Psalm 69:30   ✝

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Calling All Authors


Great opportunity for authors! ~ Bette A. Stevens

BETTE, GARRY, AND MARILYN — IN SKOWHEGAN


Bette A. Stevens:

A special day to remember with great new forever friends Marilyn and Gary Armstrong. We met on the net, but we’ll never forget that face-to-face meetings are far better yet! If you haven’t had a chance to meet my extraordinary new friends, yet, be sure to stop by SERENDIPITY Blog, that’s http://www.teepee12.com. You’re sure to find great post, pix and peeks into everything under the sun, where some say there is nothing new. They keep this Boomer (me) laughing and learning. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

And down the mountain we drove. Around 85 miles down, same mileage back. We met Bette Stevens, of 4 Writers and Readers. She’s in the middle of a round of editing her next book, but she took the time to spend the afternoon with me and Garry.

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A great lunch and Ken’s Family Restaurant, a trip to the Magaret Chase Smith Library, and a brief sojourn to see the world’s tallest Indian (statue), created by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), a sculptor from Old Town who attended the local art school.

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Garry and I were wearing our matched pair of Serendipity sweat shirts. You could hardly tell us apart!

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We had great conversation at lunch, then spent some time taking picture of each other, visiting the library and admiring the statue, which is oddly located next to…

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