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I beg your pardon: I think I’m promising a WEED GARDEN!


IMG_3176When April showers may come your way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So when it’s raining have no regrets
Because it isn’t raining rain you know
It’s raining violets
[It's May here in Central Maine and lots of dandelions (the first native weed variety to spring forth and blossom/more varieties to come) are taking over the gardens at the Stevens's Farmstead this year.]

Spring has finally sprung in Central Maine. Our beloved perennials are booming!  That dreaded indigenous variety (a.k.a. dandelions) are in full bloom up too. I’m usually out in the gardening digging and pulling those hearty adversaries out of the garden at this time of year, but that was way back when. I ruptured a disc in my lower back in February and am still suffering from a pinched sciatic nerve. The pain runs from my lower back, shoots to my right groin, hip and knee. I took my trusty stool (garden buddy) and garden tools out to weed a few days ago. That didn’t go too well…can’t bend, reach and dig even with my buddy. Went back to the barn to get clippers and managed to trim all of my rose bushes and bask in the fresh air and sunshine!

My friend Marilyn Armstrong had complicated surgery recently and she’s in a similar predicament as far as gardening goes. If you haven’t visited her blog SERENDIPITY yet, here’s your chance. Marilyn is a great writer and her posts run the gamut—there’s always something to interest everyone!

I’ll attempt to entertain readers this year with what Marilyn calls posts from our INDEPENDENT GARDENS! Marilyn thinks we may start a new fad. Maybe win an award or two for independent gardens—a place where weeds rule. We’ll keep you posted. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Super Sweet 3-Book VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY!


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  • AMAZING MATILDA
    February 1— #9 on The Gittle List: Top 10 Children’s Picture Books of 2013  Aviva Gittle Publishing (San Diego, CA): “On the surface, the story is about the birth and transformation of a Monarch butterfly. The underlying story is about the challenges children experience as they grow and learn. It can foster a discussion with your child about the power of perseverance. Heck, it’s also just fun to read!”
  • THE TANGRAM ZOO—Tangram puzzles and riddles for hands-on learning and fun for the whole family/classroom: “Awesome and Creative!” —S.B.
  • PURE TRASH, The Story—1950s short story adventure (bullying, poverty & prejudice) for the YA/Adult reader. “Truly moving short story.” Michael Carrier

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Love Month is Knocking!


May your February be filled with love... ~ Bette A. Stevens

May your February be filled with love… ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

February is knocking and it’s time to get up and answer the door. That means lots of edits and rewrites for my debut novel, featuring Shawn Daniels, protagonist from PURE TRASH—the short story prequel to the upcoming novel. Since I plan to release the novel this spring, February is the perfect month for me to get out those colored pens (editing) and get that first draft tuned up and ready to share with my first outside-of-the-house editors. Our darling kitty—Midnight—is on high alert to help at every turn. She loves pens, eye glasses, paper clips and everything that glimmers or moves. And, of course, she has to make sure that there’s nothing for her in my tea mug. Midnight was busy playing with her catnip mouse (photos) earlier today— giving a glorious partridge time to munch on some of our delectable crab apples—before she went out for her morning stroll.

I’ll have a Valentine’s Books Giveaway to share with you soon. Meanwhile, stay warm and enjoy the wonderful Month of Love.  ~ Bette A. Stevens

How to write a novel in 30 days!


NOVEMBER WAS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

THANK YOU NaNoWriMo and my writing buddies for helping me meet the challenge of writing a novel in 30 days!

2013 Accomplishment

ON NOVEMBER 27th, 2013, the draft of my upcoming debut novel reached more than 55,000 words as I finished writing the final chapter. If there are any writers or want-to-be writers out there who haven’t finished , or perhaps haven’t started, writing their stories yet, I highly recommend committing to the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. You’ll find plenty of support and encouragement both online and through regional group write-ins.

For more information on how to sign up and commit to write your own novel in 30 days next November, check out http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

Here’s what my draft looked like at the end of the day on November 27, 2013. Since then, I’ve taken a holiday break. Come January, I’ll be reading, writing & editing my draft over and over before having a professional editor take a look-see… Winter here in Maine is a great time for all of that inside work. I’ll get in a little snowshoeing on warm (30+), sunny days and catching up on all the books I still have on my TO READ LIST, too. Have a wonderful winter. ~ Bette A. Stevens, author of PURE TRASH, The Story (the short story prequel to my upcoming debut novel)…

The CreateSpace  (an Amazon affiliate for indie-authors and self-publishers) photo above was posted on my Facebook feed. The version you see, has been adapted by me for this blog post. I have self-published all three of my books using CreateSpace and recommend that you check them out if you’re considering self-publishing.

You can find my books—AMAZING MATILDA; PURE TRASH, The Story and THE TANGRAM ZOO AND WORD PUZZLES TOO!  at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

First draft of PURE TRASH, The Novel (working title) for Bette's first novel planned for release in 2014.

First draft of PURE TRASH, The Novel (working title) for Bette’s first novel planned for release in 2014.

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PURE TRASH & AMAZING MATILDA: adventure books for readers of all ages


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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)

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by AMAZING MATILDA: Honorable Mention 2013 Dragonfly Book Award-Excellence in Children's Literaure (Picture Books - 6 & Older)

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens: Honorable Mention 2013 Dragonfly Book Award-Excellence in Children’s Literature (Picture Books – 6 & Older)

The feeling that you are not good enough – Stop Bullying Campaign


Bette A. Stevens:

Please share… YOU CAN HELP STOP BULLYING! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on AUTHORS PROMOTION:

 

,,Shame is the most powerful master emotion.It’s the fear that we are not good enough.”

             ~PhD  Brene Brown

 

Today the author of Pure Trash, Bette A.Stevens wants her voice to be heard 

 

 

        Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher living in Central Maine.

        Stevens is the author of two children’s books and  has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern  Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou,  Maine. Her release latest is entitled PURE TRASH,             The Story for the Middle-grade/YA/Adult audience which is a prequel to her upcoming debut novel is available in paperback and kindle versions. PURE TRASH, The Novel will be a coming-of-age story featuring Shawn Daniels, the short story’s protagonist. Find out more about the author and her book at

  www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

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New book gives readers a fresh, first-hand perspective on bullying


AUTHORS TO WATCH interview with Bette A. Stevens about her latest book, PURE TRASH, The Story.

PURE TRASH, a new short story by author Bette A. Stevens, offers readers and book clubs insight into poverty and prejudice in rural New England in the 1950s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct. 24, 2013 – HARTLAND, Maine — PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens offers readers and book clubs an insights and pause for thought into what a child goes through living in abject poverty in a small town.

Read full PRLog press release at New book gives readers a fresh, first-hand perspective on bullying

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POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


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POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

You’re invited to read my blog post on Is History The Agreed Upon Lie?

As a baby boomer that grew up in an average middle-class family in America during the 1950s and 1960s, poverty was not something I had to dwell on or even think about as a child or as a teen. For me, poverty was an unknown concept.

Poverty in America during the 1950s and 1960s was simply ignored in our wealth-burgeoning society. I was not alone in my ignorance. “[In fact, it’s been more than 50 years] since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, ‘discovered’ poverty, thanks to Michael Harringtton’s engaging book The Other America.” (Twisting the Phrase “Culture of Poverty” Barbara Ehrenreich March 16, 2012).  Read it all at… POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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BOOK GIVEAWAY for PURE TRASH: Shawn Daniels in a Poor Boy’s Adventure, 1950s Rural New England


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October is Anti-bullying month:

10 paperback copies  of PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens available:
GOODREADS GIVEAWAY
October 10 – November 10, 2013

Pure Trash is unlike any story I’ve read. At first, it reads like a memoir from Reminisce Magazine, but as the story unfolds, I connected with the characters at a deep level. The author explores prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and bullying. It’s a story all audiences over the age of ten can enjoy. While reading this story, the reader will experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough.” (excerpt from Book Review by Tricia Drammeh, Authors to Watch) http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/10/book-review-pure-trash.html

The year is 1955. If you grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, you may be among those who like to recall those good old Happy Days of television fame. Even younger generations enjoy watching the old TV reruns to get a peek into what life was like back then.

Nine-year-old Shawn Daniels is ready to embark on a Saturday adventure with his younger brother Willie. They’re off to search for trash to turn into treasure. It’s going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. PURE TRASH is a short story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as different in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its descriptors. For Shawn and Willie, their difference is based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s upcoming novel.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18344664-pure-trash

Woman Of Purpose Spotlight: Author & Retired Teacher – Bette A. Stevens


Spotlight Interview with author and retired teacher

Bette A. Stevens by Winsome Campbell-Green

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Read all about it at http://womenbeautypurposeandempowerment.blogspot.com/2013/10/woman-of-purpose-spotlight-author.html

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