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AMAZING MATILDA’s BOOK AWARD & GIVEAWAY!


Bette A. Stevens:

Don’t miss the MATILDA GIVEAWAY: Drawing JULY 15th for an author-signed paperback of AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens.
ENTER & SHARE the GIVEAWAY at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Bette-A-Stevens-Official-Fanpage/432247843452956?sk=app_289264554441128

 

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‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s’ Tale Wins Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award


A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpi...

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Milkweeden (Asclepias incarnata) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children's literature.

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest recognizes excellence in children’s literature.

Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention in the Picture Books – 6 & Older category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a first-place award, 64 out of 80 for a second place and 56 out of 80 for an honorable mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale is about a monarch caterpillar who only wants to fly. ‘How can a creature without wings every hope to fly?” Matilda’s friends wonder as they laugh at the tiny caterpillar. As Matilda progresses from egg to butterfly she learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA’s storyline and illustrations follow the actual life cycle of the monarch butterfly and includes milkweed, an environmentally near-threatened plant. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.

The book retails for $9.49 (paperback) and $3.99 (kindle/eReader) and can be purchased at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-A-Monarchs-Tale/dp/1470187663/ref=pd_sim_b_6 or your favorite online bookstore.

Visit the author at her website/blog  http://www.4writersandreaders.com .

For a complete list of winners including first and second places and honorable mentions, visit http://www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

You can find out more about the author and her books…

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AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens, won Honorable Mention place in the 2013 Picture Books - 6 & Older category.

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Get puzzling over AMAZING MATILDA!


Amazing Monarch Butterfly Online Fun

Solve MATILDA’s Jigsaw Puzzle…

CAN YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE? Click the link and find out...

CAN YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE? Click the link and find out…

Click the link to begin…  http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/451609EE927?z=0

Then find out how make your own amazing puzzles to solve & share. Don’t forget to get your copy of AMAZING MATILDA. It’s available in paperback and kindle versions. This contemporary tale is sure to inspire the kids in your life to reach for their dreams.

Get your very own copy of AMAZING MATILDA (Paperback or kindle version) at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

It is simply amazing! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Meet the Author: Hélène Clarke


Author’s children’s book helps parents address kids’ question: Why do bad things happen?

Hélène Clarke, author of 'Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?' and her cat Boo. (self-protrait).

Hélène Clarke, author of ‘Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?’ and her cat Boo. 

Children’s picture book with a practical purpose

“I decided to order a few of these  ['Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?'] for our store because we need books that will address this issue clearly for kids.” Paul Wilkinson of the blog, Thinking Out Loud.

Hi, Hélène. Welcome to 4writersand readers; it’s a pleasure to have you with us today. First, can you tell us about you and about your life?

I grew up as an only child. I would have loved siblings but it wasn’t to be. Even as a child I loved to read. Some of my favorites were ‘Peanuts’ by Charles M. Schulz, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A.A. Milne and ‘Narnia‘ by C.S. Lewis. My stuffed Snoopy dog and Winnie the Pooh bear both had the stuffing hugged out of them. I grew up loving the wonders of the imagination and I always loved…and still love, when good triumphs over evil.

What about your family? 

When I was 25 I married the love of my life and best friend. We were never blessed with children but my husband comes from a large family and so we have 21 nieces and nephews to inspire and make us laugh.

How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do? 

I have been writing for eight years. I’ve always written for children but I write many genres and for many age groups within those categories.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of ‘Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?’ 

My book is about a young boy who grows up knowing that God is good. He believes this wholeheartedly but one day an Osprey poops on his head. He is then hit by another tragedy and so questions that if God is good, why do bad things happen. The story ends with him realizing that bad things happening does not determine God’s goodness. God is good because he is.

I love your book’s video introduction. Let’s give our readers a preview: 

What prompted you to write? 

As a girl out of college I traveled to Perth, Australia to join up with a missions group called Youth With A Mission or YWAM for short. During my year and a half with YWAM I saw many different countries and cultures.  I was introduced to the poorest of poor and I’m embarrassed to say that there were times that I wished I was home watching it on TV so I could just change the channel. It was all a bit overwhelming. The amazing thing about people living in desperate situations is that you often still hear laughter. We were there to help where we could by sharing love through singing, puppets or hugging; but, the miracle of going out to bless others is that you’re often blessed yourself. Seeing the orphans laugh at the puppet shows inspired me more than I realized.

When I came home it took me awhile to find what I wanted to do. All through the years I was writing some small skits and puppet dialogues. I enjoyed doing this but never saw it as a career opportunity until I decided to take a correspondent writing course from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Once I completed this course, I realized that I was in love. I had found my passion. I wanted to write books for children to inspire them, teach them, and make them laugh. There’s no better sound in the world than a child’s laughter.

Do you have a favorite line from the book? 

“We can’t explain everything. All we can be sure of is that God loves us and that he is good.”

Who is your favorite character and why? 

Definitely Timmy, as this character is based on my husband. Joe the gecko is pretty cute though.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

My biggest challenge was in keeping this faith concept simple without minimizing it.

You definitely deserve an A for meeting that challenge, Hélène.  Do you do anything besides write? 

When I started writing I worked out of the home while writing on the side. For the past few years I have dedicated my time solely to writing and marketing. Writers are often natural hermits so the learning curve on how to get out there and market a book is a challenge to say the least. A need for more finances may alter this plan but for now I’m holding fast to it.

Helene's Book

How can my readers get a copy of ‘Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?’  My book is available as a soft cover with a  free audio download OR as an eBook. You can get it from amazon, barneandnobles.com, www.heleneclarke.com, Bell Tower books in Kelowna, BC or Searchlight books in Port Hope, Ontario.

What’s next for you?

Hopefully more books! I have many stories written for different age groups and in different genres. I continue to send them out and I’ll definitely post on my website the day another book gets published.

I just love the title and concept of your book, Hélène. The topic, ‘why do bad things happen’,  is a timely one for parents everywhere. ‘Why Did the Osprey Poop on My Head?’ provides the perfect opportunity for parents and other adults to talk about it with the kids in their lives. It has been a pleasure. I look forward to reading and sharing many more of your children’s stories. And with a FREE audio download or eBook to accompany your print edition, how can a parent or grandparent resist? It’s a fantastic idea and a real bonus. Thanks so much, Hélène Clarke, for joining us today. Happy writing. ~ Bette A. Stevens, www.4writersandreaders.com

Find out more about author Hélène Clarke and her books:

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TEN 5-Star Reviews for new children’s book: AMAZING MATILDA!


Latest press release:

This tale of an Amazing Monarch and her meadowland friends will inspire you to reach for your dreams!

This tale of an Amazing Monarch and her meadowland friends will inspire you to reach for your dreams!

“Children of all ages will be able to relate to monarch’s plight in some way…This story is a true gem and one that will inspire children for years to come.” Renee Hand, author of award-winning adult and children’s books. Hand reviews for the New York Journal of Books.

READ THE FULL RELEASE:

http://www.prlog.org/12090532-good-news-new-book-inspires-kids-to-meet-challenges-with-patience-and-persistence.html

WATCH THE VIDEO!

Order your copies today:

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Bette A. Stevens on BlogTalkRadio


“Chatting With Sherri” interviews Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Sherri Rabinowitz, Host of "Chatting With Sherry" on BlogTalkRadio

Sherri Rabinowitz, Host of “Chatting With Sherry” on BlogTalkRadio

This week we will speak to the lovely Bette Stevens about her wonderful children’s book Amazing Matilda; A Monarch’s tale. An inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends.

Sherri Rabinowitz CHATS with Author Bette Stevens

SIMPLY CLICK THE LINK:
You’re invited to drop in for a listen and a share
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Award Winning Author Renee Hand Interviews Bette A. Stevens


You’re Invited!

Meet AMAZING MATILDA and her creator: Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens on BlogTalkRadio’s storiesfromunknownauthors. SHOW is hosted by award winning author Renee Hand.

Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors where people can listen in.

FRIDAY: November 16th at 1:00 p.m. EST
Award Winning Author, RENEE A. HAND will be interviewing me (Bette A. Stevens) on her BlogTalkRadio show.  You can also follow Rene Hand’s show at this link.

PLEASE JOIN US; you can even call in during showtime (phone # at the link)…
If you’re not available at that time, you can simply click and listen later.

Renee’s review will be up at http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com the day of the interview. Please stop by for a visit and leave us a comment.

We would love to hear from YOU.

THANKS!

Bette A. Stevens

AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale:
This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children’s book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens. AMAZING MATILDA becomes discouraged when she is unable to fly during the early stages of her metamorphosis. But, this amazing Monarch never gives up on her dream. Encouraged by her meadowland friends, MATILDA learns that if she tries long enough and hard enough, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA inspires readers and listeners alike, not only to follow their own dreams, but to encourage others to do the same!

Maine Author/Illustrator Debuts Books at Local Craft Fair


Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens, Hartland Craft Fair. Photo by Ann Foss, secretary and treasurer of The Hartland Historical Society, Hartland, ME.

Bette A. Stevens debuted her latest children’s books, AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale, and The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! at Hartland’s Annual Craft Fair sponsored by Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Church today. Visitors had the opportunity to meet the author and purchase signed copies of her books. Stevens says, “It was great talking to craft fair visitors, not only from my own community and state, but to ‘neighbors’ as far away as New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to share my books and my writing experiences, to sign books and make new friends. This was my first public appearance as an author. I was nervous, to say the least; but, the warm, welcoming crowd put me completely at ease.”
Stevens and her husband Dan live on Ford Hill Road in Hartland, ME where they are renovating their 37-acre farmstead. They enjoy gardening, clearing woods trails to ‘get the wood in’ and for snowshoeing in the winter or nature walks any time of year. When they want to kick back and relax, they take an occasional day trip to the coast.

Stevens graduated from University of Maine Orono with a B.S. in elementary education after a successful business career at CIANBRO Corporation in Pittsfield, ME where she was editor of the company’s newsletter. Later, as an elementary school teacher, Stevens taught students in grades 4-8 in California and Virginia before retiring in Hartland, ME.

Stevens says, “I am a writer who loves nature. I also love to sketch and paint and often take a small pad and pencil on my walks to the brook, where I jot down picture nuggets for my poetry and stories. Parents, teachers and other adults in our kids’ lives are always looking for ways to inspire children to meet their challenges with patience and persistence. That is the main plot of AMAZING MATILDA.” Stevens has used The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! in the classroom with all of her students to integrate math, science and language arts for a hands-on, creative learning experience. Stevens says, “It makes learning lots of fun whether in the classroom or at home with the family.”

Both of Stevens’s books are available at Amazon.com through her website

http://angelassignmentstm.tripod.com/cherubs4children/amazing-matilda-a-monarch-s-tale-by-author-bette-a-stevens.html

or at your favorite online bookstore. If you live in Central Maine, you may also contact the author directly at bettestevens@tds.net for signed copies of her books and to schedule readings, book talks and book signings for your school or organization.

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