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Writers Write Postage StampIt’s time for this writer to get writing—finishing up my first novel MORE PURE TRASH (current working title). What’s this novel about?
First of all, it’s a sequel to my short story PURE TRASH released in July 2013. Here’s what I’ve put together (unedited & still in revision state) for the back cover of the novel slated for release Summer 2014. I invite you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the title (above) and the back cover text (below). As things progress, I’ll  keep you posted. Thank you. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Onion sandwiches and dog bone soup… Shawn Daniels is leaving it all behind!

Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ’60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too.

Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for what most folks consider the essentials. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for any of that. But when chores are done, there’s always time for fishing!

Shawn Daniels is the oldest in a family of four children. His father is the town drunk. Shawn’s family has no indoor plumbing or running water, but they do have a TV. Dad deserves the rewards of his labor at the tannery—television, beer and ballgames—while the boys keep the firewood cut and stacked, haul in water for cooking and cleaning and weed the gardens or shovel snow. Shawn hates school. He’s been the butt of the kid’s jokes for years, eating his onion sandwiches in the cafeteria while others feast on food that he only dreams of tasting.

It’s 1964 and Shawn Daniels is ready to leave it all behind. Shawn’s on his way to U.S. Army boot camp in North Carolina to soak up some southern sun and begin a new life. But for some reason, he just can’t get Mum’s scrapbook out of his mind. When a little fellow with blonde hair sits beside him on the plane, the life Shawn is leaving behind comes back in a flash. The plane’s getting ready to take off, so fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!

Comments on: "And you’ll find me writing… MORE PURE TRASH" (7)

  1. This should be an interesting ride!

  2. Hi, Barbara. Thanks for the read and the comment. Have a great week! 🙂

  3. harmonykent said:

    I read Pure Trash (the first!) and I loved it. Very best of luck with this one Bette 🙂

    • Thanks, Harmony, Kathryn, Marilyn & Laurie.
      The novel will follow Shawn from age four in the old logging camp to his bus ride and arrival at boot camp with an epilog to wrap up the long run.
      Let me know if any of you would like to do a beta read before publication (probably late May) and perhaps a Quicky Review Quote for back cover/ pre-release promo. ??? Let me know. Sure appreciate all of your support. You’re all awesome! (Hugs)

  4. The short story was wonderful. I am looking forward to the novel.

  5. I’m going to LOVE it. When I read Pure Trash, I thought it was the prequel to the longer story. I can hardly wait 🙂

  6. That’s great Bette, Shawn is going to love all the food at boot camp. 🙂

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