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YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER


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Reading with kids is FUN-damental! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Read Your World

January 27, 2015

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

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Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom teamed up in late 2013 to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. On January 27th, 2015 this dynamic duo will be hosting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

The Multicultural Children’s Book Day team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and…

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The Novelist Challenge – Bette A. Stevens


Thank you, Fia Essen, for THE NOVELIST CHALLENGE and for featuring my 100 words on your lovely blog! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Donna thought there was something wrong with her. That she was suffering from a mental illness that has caused her husband to despise her, distance himself from her, and cheat on her. She blames herself for the desolate, miserable thing that is her marriage and her life. Then she comes across a book that will change everything for her, and reading it, she discovers that there’s nothing wrong with her mind at all, but that there is something very wrong with her husband instead. Marco, she realizes, is a malignant narcissist. A text-book case. He has a real and documented mental disorder, and that he’s been controlling, manipulating, and abusing her for decades. The sudden full knowledge of all that he’s purposely done to her enrages her. Not sure how to leave after thirty years of what she finally knows has been intentional mental and emotional abuse from him, and believing that she has nowhere to turn, being so physically isolated, she bides her time. Then she meets and befriends a group of unusual people who share her passion for gardening, and so begins her journey to escape. She joins her new friends in their project to assist elderly people in old age homes care for their small gardens, as well as secretly supplying those suffering from painful and terminal illnesses with medicinal herb and plant remedies, including illegal plants such as cannabis. As weeks go by, she delves into her memories, relearns what it is to be respected, liked, and loved again, and slowly she formulates a plan to safely leave her dangerous husband. But unbeknownst to Donna, Marco is in serious trouble, and has desperate plans of his own, and absolutely no regard for her safety.

** This is a work of fiction, but malignant narcissists really do exist, and it is a recognized mental illness. Unfortunately, many people never realize that they are involved with a narcissist, because their actions are so demonically bad as to be unimaginable and unbelievable, and so they spend their lives in misery, depression, fear, and isolation. If only by the accidental reading of a fictional story, I hope that this book will help even one person, unknowingly suffering , to realize that they don’t have to, and that it’s never too late to start over, be happy, be fulfilled, to love and care for yourself, and be truly loved and respected by others.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Jo Robinson very recently returned to her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for eighteen years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. She is the author of African Me & Satellite TV, the science-fiction/fantasy series Shadow People, and a couple of short stories, which will be free to download from Amazon from 26 to 30 December, Fly Birdie and The Visitation.

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MORE Historical Romance from author Scarlett Rains’s VALENTINES BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY…


blogtourbookblastgiveaway-sistersseriesToday’s historical romance feature is Seduction of Bluestocking (second novel in the series) by Scarlett Rains. Tomorrow we’ll be featuring Book 3 in The Sisters of the Heart Series— so be sure to check back and to follow the tour to find out more about these wonderful novels and their fascinating author. If you haven’t joined the GIVEAWAY yet, you can ENTER at the end of this post. Happy reading. —Bette A. Stevens

Seduction of Bluestocking


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Seduction of a Bluestocking

(Sisters of the Heart Series, Book Two)

4.5 Rating (Goodreads)

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Scarlett Rains (Author)

Publication Date: December 25, 2013

Book Description

Jilted and heart-broken, Miss Rachel Steele leaves home to begin a new life as governess, mind made up never again to succumb to a man’s charm. Then William Seaton, old friend of her employer, disturbs her peace: meddling in matters outside his concern. “Good riddance to bad rubbish,” she says when he finally leaves. Soon thereafter, disaster strikes and Rachel accompanies her charge to the estate of her guardian, the Duke of Warwick: who from his letters sounds like a man well in his dotage. Rachel marches in to his study to persuade the doddering old coot to keep her on as governess. Words fail her when she finds that he is not at all old…definitely not doddering, but none other than the irritating, William Seaton!

William Seaton’s life is precisely as he would have it: mistresses all prettily lined up in a row, a cozy chair at Whites molded comfortably to fit his frame: fine port and cheroots a nod away…just perfect! He is anything but charmed to renew Miss Steele’s acquaintance, she is a nuisance he does not want or need, in fact, he’d prefer to hear nothing except farewell from her tightly-pressed lips. Knowing the annoying bluestocking will likely disrupt his well-ordered life, he agrees to retain her for the sake of his ward.

Hence begins a sizzling romantic campaign of Napoleonic proportions which draws the unwelcome attention of a villain from William’s past. Will Rachel and William realize their love for one another before he seeks revenge?


A Personal Message from Scarlett

I am grateful for every instant of my life…good and bad. Each moment was a lesson that moved me in the direction intended for me and made me who I am. I breathe in and say, “Thank you, Lord”;  I breathe out and say, “Please, guide and direct me.” And, here I am.

I will never forget the day I rang the radiation bell after my last radiation treatment. This inscription was on the card my treatment team gave me:

“Ring this bell, three times well to celebrate this day.

My course is run, my work is done and I’m on my way.”

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, may God bless you and give you the courage and strength for your battle. SCARLETT PIX Jan 19When you reach that point where you can accept the reality of your diagnosis, I say face it, take it in and know that you have the strength and courage to conquer it …in your way. You may be surprised at how profoundly you will change.


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November 2013: first NaNoWriMo for Author Bette A. Stevens


Track Bette’s progress on her first novel right here…

Goal: Write 2000 words/day; 5 days/week = First draft of PURE TRASH, The Novel (working title)

Don’t Forget to Backup your Novel!!


November 2013 is my first NaNoWriMo and I’m working to complete the draft of my first novel. ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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The evolution of a story (NEVER to delete you work)


Bette A. Stevens:

Stop, look, listen, write and save your stories and poems! ~Bette A. Stevens

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Originally posted on JRBarker101- Musings of a Rambling Reader:

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(This post also contains a short story)

I didn’t think I had a method of writing, but it turns out I do.

First I have an idea and I write a little memo.

Then I write a very short version of the story.

Then it gradually gets longer and longer, with more intricate plot points and extra characters.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Suzanna Williams


Suzanna Williams, author of SHOCK WAVES, a great new sci-fi action and adventure novel for the young adult audience.

Suzanna Williams, author of SHOCK WAVES, a great new sci-fi action and adventure novel for the young adult audience.

Suzanna Williams is a ‘perpetually eighteen years old’ YA author who lives in the wet and wild, Welsh borderlands surrounded by ruined medieval castles and Celtic mythology where she looks for UFO’s amongst the stars and imagines that all the people she meets have dark secrets.

Reviewers are calling ‘SHOCK WAVES’…

“AMAZING![!] What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn’t put it down. Think the movie ‘Speed’, but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

Welcome, Suzanna Williams. It’s wonderful to have you here at 4writersandreaders today. I can’t wait to find out more about you and your writing. To start off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Warrington, England but I’ve lived among the rolling hills of the Welsh Borderlands for twenty years. I’ve had many unrelated and generally badly paid jobs including musician, shop assistant, telesales, school lab technician and wedding registrar. None of these have used my degree in psychology in any way.

All of that real-world experience must have given you plenty of ideas for your writing. How about your family?

I have three grownup children and a ‘nearly’ grandson. I’ve been married for —— years and my husband is a CGI (computer generated images) artist. He did the filming and effects for my book trailer while my son and his girlfriend featured on the book cover.

How wonderful, Suzanna, that your family plays such an active role in supporting your writing career. I really enjoyed all three of the book trailers for SHOCK WAVES. Congratulations on winning the http://yougottaread.com/category/video-contest/. Your three SHOCK WAVES videos are all unique—professional, informative and lots of fun. My favorite is “Shock Waves Tour of Shrewsbury.” I know our readers will love it, too.

Come along and join us on the ‘ShockWaves’ Tour of Shrewsbury with author Suzanna Williams…



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

I could read really well before I started school. Writing stories followed close behind.

After leaving school, my writing went on the back-burner until my children became involved in the local amdram (Amateur Dramatics) group. Starting out as rehearsal pianist, I progressed to director/script-writer and was actually commissioned to write a pantomime for another group. Yes, I got paid for that.

I write YA because I still think of myself as being eighteen years old (don’t laugh) and also because I used to read all my kids’ books when they weren’t looking. There are some really awesome, inspiring YA books in print right now.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn't put it down. Think the movie 'Speed', but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

ShockWaves is about a girl who gets kidnapped by an ex-IRA terrorist who is seeking revenge on the policeman that put him in prison, and about the boy who goes to rescue her. It’s made more complicated by the fact that a traumatic experience causes a telepathic link, or shockwave, between them and there are plenty of traumatic experiences for both of them as the story unfolds.

What prompted you to become a writer, Suzanna?

When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a list. There was musician, teacher, school lab technician (I like messing with chemicals lol) and author. Well, I’ve been a musician (that was great) and a piano teacher, too. I’ve even been a lab technician. But really, I wanted to be an author. So when the kids left home, I devoted my free time to writing. Holding real paperback copies of my book was a dream come true.

Do you have a favorite line from SHOCK WAVES?

My favorite quote is when Lee tries to explain to Paige’s friends what ‘parkour’ is.

“It’s parkour,” Lee started to explain. “It’s a proper sport.” He turned and jumped onto the bench. “We move from one place to another taking the shortest route.”

“Why?” asked Sonya.

“It’s a buzz,” said Lee.

Sonya arranged her face into a superior sneer. “You should try shopping,” she told him.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Lee. When I was writing ShockWaves, I imagined him as a teenage Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Lee’s the sort who will walk through the fires of hell for the person he loves…and he’s just a little bit sarcastic in the face of danger. Yep, my kind of guy.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I spend a long time plotting my stories. That’s hard.

Then I take a long time writing lots of back story for my characters. I’ve got notes on my latest book written from the viewpoints of all the main characters so I know exactly what all their motives are and what they’re thinking. That’s harder because often I have to go back and change my plot again.

Then the actual first draft takes me ages because I edit as I go and I can spend ages agonizing over thinking up the best word and I get impatient. So that’s harder still.

But I enjoy the editing part because the pressure to finish the script is off. If the worst happens, I can just say “It’s finished,” lol.

Do you do anything besides write?

At the moment, I teach piano and work part-time in a shop. This funds my writing habit.

How can my readers get a copy of ‘Shock Waves’?

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn't put it down. Think the movie 'Speed', but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn’t put it down. Think the movie ‘Speed’, but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

ShockWaves is available as a paperback or as a download at Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/ShockWaves-Series-ebook/dp/B00A9XJ7FW  and Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/ShockWaves-Series-ebook/dp/B00A9XJ7FW

What’s next for you, Suzanna?

I have a sequel to ShockWaves half-written and expect to publish it at the end of 2013. I also have another book that I’m very excited about called Ninety-five percent Human on schedule for release in the spring. Ninety-five percent Human is a sci-fi/action/adventure with a touch of romance thrown in and I’ve really enjoyed writing it.

How exciting: a new book ready for release and the sequel to ‘Shock Waves’ in the works. It sounds like you’ll be right in your element, author Suzanna Williams. We’ll be watching you… Thanks so much, Suzanna, for joining us today at http://www.4writersandreaders Blog. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Find out more about Suzanna William and her latest novel SHOCKWAVE right here on 4writersandreaders next week!

Find out more about author Suzanna Williams and her latest novel SHOCKWAVE right here on 4writersandreaders. She’ll be a featured guest on MEET THE AUTHOR! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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“One concern parents have is how to inspire their children to meet challenges with patience and persistence. This is the plot of a new book, ‘Amazing Matilda’.”

“Matilda’s story is my story. It’s you story too. It’s everyone’s story. Meeting the challenges of life at every stage of life is no easy task. Matilda and her friends encourage readers and listeners to meet those challenges.” (Bette A. Stevens)

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