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THE NOT-SO-HALCYON DAYS OF YORE – PURE TRASH, BETTE A. STEVENS


Bette A. Stevens:

An insightful review of PURE TRASH by Marilyn Armstrong, author of The 12-Foot Teepee. ~ Bette A. Stevens

 

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

There are so many television shows and movies, not to mention sappy posts on Facebook and other social media sites about “the good old days” … kind of makes me a trifle queasy. As someone who grew up in those good old days, I can attest to their not being all that great. There were good things about them, but it was by no means all roses.

Good is a relative term, after all. If you were white, Christian and middle class … preferably male and not (for example) a woman with professional ambitions … the world was something resembling your oyster. A family could live on one salary. If you were “regular folk” and didn’t stand out in any particular way, life could be gentle and sweet.

The thing is, an awful lot of people aren’t and weren’t people who could blend in. If you were poor, anything but…

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183. Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? ~Walt Whitman


Bette A. Stevens:

Need some inspiration? There’s nothing like Nature, a little Walt Whitman and a bit of Shakespeare, too… ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

 

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

And this our life,
exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees,
books in running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
~William Shakespeare

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Standing beneath the Shumard Red Oak made me feel like I was standing in a temple of the Most High.  The breeze was ruffling its leaves, and they in turn were prompting sacred tongues to utter incantations of their divine purpose.  For though the leaves face eminent extinction and expulsion from the branches, in their dying they’ll fall and create warm blankets to cover the ground.  In so doing they will protect the life that lies beneath the surface during winter’s cold, cold days.  Even at the close of winter their goodness will not be at an end for as they deteriorate, the remaining bits and pieces will add nutrients to enhance the soil.  Thus goes the circle of life and the interdependency of all…

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A quick pick me up


Bette A. Stevens:

BOOK ART: Nothing short of amazing! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

 

Originally posted on 1001 Children's Books :

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Feeling glum? Not had the best day? You know what you need? You need to look at these beautiful book sculptures.

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Still feeling blue? Go read a book. I promise you’ll feel better.

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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

PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens: BOOK GIVEAWAY


Winners selected November 11th:
Ten (10) author-signed copies of PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens available to winners!

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

“Pure Trash is a worthwhile, meaningful, beautifully written story I’d recommend to readers of all ages.

Windy Nights, poem by Robert Louis Stevenson


Bette A. Stevens:

Poem perfect for a windy autumn night! ~ Bette A. Stevens

 

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

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WINDY NIGHTS
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
            Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
            A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
 
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
            And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
            By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again. 

PAINTING: “Windy Night” by Marilyn Jacobson, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A fascinating project about Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is currently in the works — a film about his life in San Francisco, with a screenplay by G.E. Gallas. Find out more at gegallas.wordpress.com.

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Rhapsody on a Windy Night, poem by T.S. Eliot


Bette A. Stevens:

Love T.S. Eliot. Just right for a windy night… Bette A. Stevens

 

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

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RHAPSODY ON A WINDY NIGHT (Excerpt)
by T.S. Eliot

Twelve o’clock.
Along the reaches of the street
Held in a lunar synthesis,
Whispering lunar incantations
Dissolve the floors of memory
And all its clear relations,
Its divisions and precisions.
Every street lamp that I pass
Beats like a fatalistic drum,
And through the spaces of the dark
Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium…
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Editor’s Note: “As a madman shakes a dead geranium” — what a stunning line! T.S. Eliot never ceases to amaze…

Read “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” in its entirety at poets.org.

Painting by Mike Grubb, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Find more of the artist’s work at fineartamerica.com.

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Indie Authors: Feeling Overwhelmed? Tolstoy Has The Answer.


Writing Kitty

Indie Authors: Feeling Overwhelmed? Tolstoy Has The Answer..

 

Thought-provoking Historical Romance


MEET THE AUTHOR:
Irina Shapiro

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME, historical romance with a hint of the supernatural and a dash of mystery.


I was born in Moscow, Russia during the height of Communism and “enjoyed” the life of an average Russian child until my family’s immigration to the United States in 1982. We settled in Brooklyn, NY where I finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite my business degree, history and travel have always been my passions and I have tried to incorporate my knowledge and experiences into my stories. 

“I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children.”

Reviewers call Shapiro’s novel, THE HANDS OF TIME, exciting and thought-provoking —

“This was my third book by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. I could feel Valerie’s fear and despair as she found herself trapped in the past and tried to make a life for herself in the 17th Century…” –FRYEHI, Amazon review.

The Hands of Time is a fun and emotional read. Irina Shapiro puts a clever spin on romantic time travel and takes readers’ breaths away… [This book’s] story is not yet finished, the sequel will be just as exciting and thought provoking!” – Lovey, Dovey Books, Amazon review.

Welcome, Irina. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your writing life?

I graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College with a degree in International Business and worked in Advertising and Import/Export for years. After leaving the work force in 2007 to stay at home with my autistic son, I began to write, and have written seven novels since then. My latest is coming out in early January.

What about your family?

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children. My daughter has just started High School, so the fun has begun.

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

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years. I like to write the type of books that I, myself, like to read. My novels are historical romance with a hint of supernatural and a dash of mystery.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England, only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused, she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman, who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction, and the one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

What prompted you to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I had the talent or the imagination. After being at home for a while, I needed something to occupy my mind and distract me from the daily stress of dealing with an autistic child. Writing was an escape from reality – time travel of the mind.  I never dreamed of publishing my work, but after getting some very positive reviews from the people who’ve read it, I decided to take a chance and see where it would take me. It’s been an amazing journey.

Do you have a favorite line from THE HANDS OF TIME?

I do, but I can’t share it because it would give away a crucial point in the plot.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Valerie because she is based on me. I couldn’t create her without trying to envision what I would do in her situation and how I would deal with the difficulties that arose.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part is to come up with an original plot; something that hasn’t already been done by other authors.

Do you do anything besides write?

I enjoy anything that requires a degree of creativity. I love pottery, drawing, and photography, as well as experimental cooking, which I inflict upon family and friends. Haven’t poisoned anyone yet.

How can my readers get a copy of THE HANDS OF TIME?

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My book is available for purchase at Amazon, as is the sequel: A Leap of Faith. http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

 What can we expect next from Irina Shapiro’s hand?

I’ve just finished the third book of The Hands of Time Trilogy. It’s currently with my editor and will be released very soon. I must admit that finishing the story left me desolate. These characters have been with me for so long, that I miss them as if they were real people. It’s difficult to move on to other projects.

 

It’s been great having you with us today, Irina. Historical fiction is my literary cup of tea. Add romance and mystery and your novels sound simply irresistible. I can hardly wait to delve into my copy of THE HANDS OF TIME.   –Bette A. Stevens (www.4writersandreaders.com)

Follow Irina Shapiro’s Book Tour

January 2013 Tour Schedule:
4th Lightning Book Promotion Blog

5th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery

6th Jackie @ Writing for Readers in a .com world

7th Bette @ 4writersandreaders.com

8th Andi @ Radiant Light

9th Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

10th Drennan @ Speaking of Books

11th Susan @ My Cozie Corner

12th Cara @ Peace, Love, Books

13th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye 

Find out more about Irina Shapiro’s novels:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Leap-Faith-Hands-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0095LNU3O/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1346860167&sr=8-12

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B005ITYGLW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Bones-ebook/dp/B0067R48QW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Circle-ebook/dp/B005WH3UL2/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/The-Folly-ebook/dp/B007WNTXGK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335178325&sr=8-6

http://irinashapiro.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irina-Shapiro/307374895948375

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13381342-the-hands-of-time

Clouds and Seasons


Bette A. Stevens:

Simply sensational pictures, beautifully captured in Ivon Prefontaine’s poetry!

 

Originally posted on Teacher as Transformer:

Kathy’s niece took these pictures of boomers the other night west of Edmonton. Kathy and I talked about what we saw in the clouds. There is a lot in there and yesterday, as I walked, I understood clouds meaning something different during different seasons of life.

The spring of childhood,

Clouds were homes

Where

My imagined friends

Came to life

Nursery rhymes, fairy tale, cartoons

People lived there.

A voice called: “Hurry home before it rains.”

Spring met summer

Romance arrived

A single rain drop touched us

We scrambled

Holding hands

We discovered shelter

In each other

And laughed: “Let it rain.”

The dog days of summer arrived

I looked up

Storm clouds overhead

Ominous

Please, I need to finish the lawn

Or there goes the BBQ tonight

I hear my voice: “Hurry home before it rains; so much to do.”

In autumn

A safe distance

We view

But, don’t…

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