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Get your AUTHORGRAPHS from author Bette A. Stevens


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THANKS so much for buying my book(s). If you’ve already got your kindle copies of AMAZING MATILDA and/or PURE TRASH, I would love to send you a Message & an Autographed Cover for your kindle library. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Here’s the link that will take you to both of my kindle books on Authorgraph…

http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BetteAStevens

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Find out more about author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens and her books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens
AMAZING MATILDA: 2013 Purple Dragonfly Award-winning picture book (ages 6-10)
PURE TRASH, The Story: 1950s short story adventure (YA/Adult)
THE TANGRAM ZOO & WORD PUZZLES TOO! Children’s activity book (Ages 4-12)

Give the gift of reading this Holiday Season!



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Visit the author at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

The Countdown is on December 6th to 12th

SAVE $2.00 when you Purchase AMAZING MATILDA kindle copy for $1.99.

GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS: Looking for something different for the kids? Take them on an amazing adventure with a monarch butterfly! AMAZING MATILDA, a 2013 Purple Dragon award-winning picture book, is a perfect pick for all of the kids in your life (ages 4-10). They’ll learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle and travel with MATILDA and her meadowland friends as they  learn how to meet everyday challenges with patience and persistence. This award-winning picture book adventure will inspire the kids in your life to be all they can be. There’s no greater gift than that!   http://amzn.to/YJVVOk

SAVE $2.00 when you Purchase PURE TRASH kindle copy for 99 cents.

ADULT, TEEN & TWEEN READERS — Looking for something different? Something short to fit into your busy holiday schedule? PURE TRASH, The Story is a perfect pick for you. This short story (21 pages) 1950s adventure will take you back to a time and place where few have traveled. Join nine-year-old Shawn Daniels and his younger brother Willie as they ride their bikes to town on a Saturday filled with great expectations. You’ll smile to see them take pleasure in the simple things in life–pocket change, a sackful of candy, the freedom of reaching great heights on a swing. You’ll find adventure at every turn and plenty of surprises, too! Their story may change your life.    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EH0RV6K

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! —Bette A. Stevens

LOOKING FOR PAPERBACKS for GIFTING?

KINDLE MATCHBOOK:  This great special is on every day! Purchase Bette’s paperbacks for GIFTING or for you & download the FREE e-book versions for yourself as well! Visit the author at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

And, PLEASE come back for your FREE authorgraph (autographed by Bette A. Stevens) covers for your kindle copies to add to your kindle library. You’ll have a chance to ‘talk’ to the author and she’ll respond with a special message to you on your cover.   http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BetteAStevens

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.

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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

PURE TRASH Author’s to Watch Book Review: “Unlike any story I’ve read…”


1950s LiteraryFiction: a short story for Middle-grade/YA/Adult Audience by award-winning children's book author Bette A. Stevens

1950s LiteraryFiction: a short story for Middle-grade/YA/Adult Audience by award-winning children’s book author Bette A. Stevens

“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.”
Tricia Drammeh, Authors to Watch

Read the entire review and an opening excerpt from PURE TRASH here http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/10/book-review-pure-trash.html?showComment=1381003916852#c4672239549036570333

Order your copy today! http://www.amazon.com/PURE-TRASH-Daniels-Adventure-England/dp/1481824449/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380997994&sr=1-2

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“Short story filled with images and flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone…”


PURE TRASH: The Story by Bette A. Stevens (Short Story: 1950′s Poor Boy’s Adventure)

1950a General Fiction: first book for Middle-grade/YA/Adult Audience by award-winning children's book author Bette A. Stevens1950s General Fiction: first book for Middle-grade/YA/Adult Audience by award-winning children’s book author Bette A. Stevens
 
“This short story is filled with images and flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone…PURE TRASH gives the reader pause for thought, and I recommend it to the adult reader and the YA reader alike. ” Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, author of fiction & non-fiction

PURE TRASH (CreateSpace) kindle  $2.99

http://www.amazon.com/PURE-TRASH-The-Story-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376412782&sr=1-1&keywords=PURE+TRASH%2C+The+Story

Look Inside/Paperback (CreateSpace/26 pages) $5.49

http://www.amazon.com/PURE-TRASH-Daniels-Adventure-England/dp/1481824449/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1376702237&sr=1-3

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 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.

Patrick’s Monday Night Review with Bette A. Stevens


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trianglevariety/2013/04/30/patricks-monday-night-review-with-bette-a-stevens

You’re invited to join us on Monday, April 29th at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Call in to speak with the host (949) 272-9578

Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Author/Illustrator
Bette A. Stevens

‘PURE TRASH, The Short Story by Bette A. Stevens

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. In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It was going to be a great day. Shawn was sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your definition 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 was based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

Storytelling At Its Best!


Meet the Author:

Susan Speranza

Susan Speranza, author of The Tale of Lucia Grandi, The Early Years.

Amazon reviewers acclaim Speranza’s debut novel as
“great storytelling…[prose] flows with such beauty you are holding your breath to eagerly read each word!”

Hello, Susan. It’s great to have you with me today. Tell me a little about yourself and about your life in Vermont.

I was born in New York City and grew up on suburban Long Island. This became the setting of my novel, The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years.

Because Long Island is surrounded by water, all the things associated with water such as the ocean, the beaches, boating, fishing and swimming are an important part of the culture there. But that seemed to have so little influence on me; from the time I was a child, I always longed for mountains. The setting of many of the books I read was always rural — full of pastures, highlands, valleys, farms. It took many years – and a divorce – to help me achieve my dream. Eleven years ago I left Long Island, moved to Vermont and never looked back. Now, every day when I look out at my meadow and the mountain beyond, I know this is where I belong. I don’t miss the water or the ocean at all. And if on occasion I want to experience it again, I just travel three hours east to the coast of Maine and I’m good!

 Well, Susan, when you’re hankering for a taste of the coast, give me a call; it would be great to share a cup of lobster stew with a fellow author.

I never refuse invitations, so be careful…that’s how I wound up in Vermont. My friend kept inviting me up, so after several years of visiting Vermont, I moved there permanently – and I bought the house next door to her!

The invitation’s an open one, Susan… Tell us a little about your family life.

Well, after a very unfriendly divorce, I took an eight-year hiatus, at which point I met a wonderful man (a fellow New Yorker transplanted to Vermont) and we are now engaged. There is definitely life after divorce.

I have many children but they are of the four-legged variety… years ago I took up the hobby of dog showing and breeding and have produced many Pekingese champions. The dogs I have now are the great-great-grandchildren of my original (or foundation) dogs. They sometimes seem to cost as much as human children — I think I have singlehandedly put all of my Vet’s offspring through college. Unfortunately, I can’t claim them as dependents at tax time…

How long have you been writing? What type of writing do you normally do?

I’ve been writing all my life. Even as a child I found communicating through writing easier than speaking. If I needed to say something important or explain something, I found I could do it better through writing, where I could measure my words and tame my thoughts. As a child I would write books and stories — imitating the books I loved. Some of them I’m sure involved copyright infringement as they were imitation to the point of plagiarism, but it was good practice and eventually, I learned to be original. When I was an adolescent, full of drama and raw emotion as most adolescents are, I found writing poetry was more fulfilling. I never really wrote for anyone but myself. The first work I wrote for public viewing was The City of Light — a fantasy or allegory — about the end of the world. That book has recently been reissued as an eBook. The Tale of Lucia Grandi is my first novel.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your new book?

In this novel, a dying old woman is asked to tell the story of her life and so she tells about growing up in a troubled, warring suburban family in the 1950s and ’60s. It’s written as a memoir, where Lucia is the silent observer recording incidents in her family and illustrating the conflicts between them. Her conflict with her family grows as she grows, leading to the final crisis.

What prompted you to write Lucia Grandi?

I had so many stories I wanted to tell, but I’m not really a short story writer. A few years ago, while I was waiting to have my car repaired, an 83-year-old woman came into the waiting room where I sat by myself. She began talking to me — and before I knew it, she was telling me the story of her life. I thought of that afternoon when I searched for a framework in which to set the stories I wanted to tell. It seemed very compelling – an old woman looking back on a life she claims was not very interesting; yet, as the novel progresses, the stories she is telling are very interesting indeed.

Do you have a favorite line from the book?

There is actually a line Lucia (the narrator) says several times throughout the book in slightly different ways: “It was simple, really, all I needed was a kind word, a human touch – which never came…”

Who is your favorite character and why?

This is a difficult question in the same way that I find it difficult to answer people who ask me if I have a favorite dog. I always say no — I love them all (and I do!); but I am closer to some than to others. The same with my characters. I love them all, but some I had more fun with, and some were more challenging, harder to get right. With the mother, Ruth, it was difficult to find that balance; it’s easy to characterize someone as evil or selfish, but even such people as these occasionally have some redeeming qualities. Ruth was characterized as hard, cold, domineering; but there are many moments when her vulnerability slips through. I had to make sure that I didn’t make her one-dimensional. I had a lot of fun with Lucia’s sister, Lynn – the eternal drama queen. Again, I had to work hard at preventing her from becoming a one-dimensional character.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part about writing this book was finding the time to write it in the midst of an overwhelming, demanding life. I tried to get up at 4 a.m. to write, but I’m not a morning person. I can’t think straight that early. So I had to settle for writing on weekends, holidays and summer vacations. That’s why it took me six years to write my first novel.

Do you do anything besides write?

Most writers have day jobs — and mine is a high school librarian. The advantage is that I get a summer vacation when I can write every day. Writing a book seemed a natural extension of being a librarian; after all those years of being the keeper-of-the-books, I finally wrote one.

How can my readers get a copy of LUCIA GRANDI, The Early Years?

It’s available in print and as an eBook from Amazon and Barnes&Noble. It’s also available from the publisher, Brook House Press: www.brookhousepress.org. It can also be special-ordered through local bookstores.

What’s next for you, Susan?

The ending of the book requires a sequel. I’m not overly fond of sequels, but it was either that or writing an 800 page book, which I really didn’t think the public would go for. Hopefully, it won’t take me another six years to write that one!

Thank you, Susan Speranza, for sharing your  story with me today. It was great to find out more about you and about your superb novel. I highly recommend Susan’s book to fiction lovers everywhere. Susan Speranza’s tale will hold your attention from the first word to the last:. This story of the human yearning to be loved, to be safe, cared for and understood, is told in words that will tug at your heart. My copy of THE TALE OF LUCIA GRANDI, The Early Years arrived at my doorstep last Tuesday. Don’t miss out… Order yours today!

Some links:

www.susansperanza.com

www.facebook.com/susansperanzaauthor

www.twitter.com/susansperanza

Author Interview by Bette A. Stevens
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