A writer inspired by nature and human nature

1gift-boxes🍃CONGRATS to WINNERS for this PARTY SITE🍃

  • $10 Amazon Gift CardMarlena Hand
  •  e-Book copy of DOG BONE SOUPJo Robinson
  • e-Book copy of PURE TRASHP. H. Solomon
  • Paperback copy of AMAZING MATILDAMicki Peluso
  • Paperback copy of THE TANGRAM ZOO & WORD PUZZLES TOO!Yvette M. Calleiro

Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s “BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY” at author Bette A. Stevens’s website/blog 4writersandreaders ONLINE! Location: Hartland, Maine where five (5) awesome prizes will be giving away today—September 10th!

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Hi and thanks so much for visiting my blog and joining RRBC’s  September “Book & Blog Block Party” today. To ENTER today’s GIVEAWAY, simply read along and leave a comment at the bottom of this post. You’ll get a glimpse into my books and find a short author bio too. As a writer inspired by nature and human nature, I continue to advocate for children and families, for childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies and their environment. To find out more about my books and poetry I invite you to explore my blog. I feature fellow authors and their books, share helpful writing tips and inspirational posts from my writer/blogger friends too. I hope you enjoy your visit! ~ Bette A. Stevens


Prizes Bette’s giving away today!

  • One $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • One e-Book copy of DOG BONE SOUP
  • One e-Book copy of PURE TRASH
  • One Paperback copy of AMAZING MATILDA
  • One Paperback copy of THE TANGRAM ZOO & WORD PUZZLES TOO!

Number of winners for this stop: 5!

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DOG BONE SOUP is not only a fabulous title for a novel, it’s also the staple diet of the young hero, Shawn Daniels. But it takes more than an impoverished family life, exacerbated by a drunken father, to keep our Shawn and his brothers and sisters down.” ~ Charles Bray (MG/YA/Adult coming-of-age historical fiction)

PURE TRASH (Short story prequel to DOG BONE SOUP) is an emotional and soul-searching short story read. Compassion is a beautiful thing.” ~Amazon reviewer

“How can so much imagery fit in such a small space? A host of human emotions and an entire era are crammed within a handful of pages. What’s even more impressive, is that it’s all accomplished from the point of view of a simple boy.” ~ Nicholas Rossis

Inspire the kids with AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning Monarch Butterfly picture book adventure! (ages 4-11)

  • CLICK, WATCH & LISTEN as “Blossom” (author Pamela Beckford) reads AMAZING MATILDA—with permission from author Bette A. Stevens—for United Way literacy campaign.

Encourage the kids (elementary and middle-graders) with THE TANGRAM ZOO & Word Puzzles Too!—a great resource for home or school. Puzzles, poetry, reading, research, writing and projects too!

  • “I’ve used The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! in my classroom with students(grades 4-8))—The Zoo is a great resource for integrating research and creative writing into a math or science curriculum. One of the project ideas included in the book is for the kids to create their own tangram animals to add to The Zoo… and write their own rhyming riddles. It’s hands-on learning that’s creative and lots of fun!” ~ Bette A. Stevens

Author Bio:

BAS Author logo stamp 2015Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies—an endangered species (and milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resource incorporating hands-on math and writing; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to her début novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming of age novel published in January 2015.

You’ll find all of my books on  YOUR AMAZON. Once again, thanks for stopping by—don’t forget to share your thoughts and comment below to enter the giveaway.  Good luck on winning one of the five prizes!  I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome Rave Reviews Book Club “BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY” ~ Bette A. Stevens

To read excerpts from Bette’s books, find her poetry and some excellent writing tips or perhaps learn more about monarch butterflies and download some cool freebies about them (top of blog tabs), simply click the link below and explore her blog…


Comments on: "RRBC Back to School Book & Blog Block Party!" (99)

  1. Hi Bette! Sorry I missed the RRBC party yesterday – looks like you all had a blast!

    Best of luck with your Blog and your books!


  2. Marlena said:

    Bette, so glad & excited to see you participating in the Block Party. Thank you for a great post!! Enjoy the rest of the party!! 🙂

  3. Wow, Bette, each time I visit I am impressed again by the loveliness of this site. What wonderful guests you have and I am proud to know more of them each day. It looks like you are having way more fun than the average bear.:) So glad I got to stop by and read all your posts.
    You’re the best!


    • Hey, Micki. Great to have YOU at my Party… Talking about the best, when it comes to writers and friends, you get top billing in my book! HUGS… <3

  4. Hi Bette,
    It’s lovely to learn a little more about you and the inspiration behind your work! I just have to say your picture poetry is absolutely beautiful. So very peaceful. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Natalie. I’m now following your poetry book page while enjoying and sharing your lovely poetry too! Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

  5. Christa Nardi said:

    Thanks for the peek into your books – keep plugging on the early literacy!

    • Hi, Christa. Thanks for joining the party. 🙂 You’re right on! Literacy is the key and we’ve got to hook all of our kids early and keep giving them what they love. It may take a village, but every ‘one-on-one-on-one” (adult/child/book) can make it happen. 🙂 We’ll keep plugging! 🙂

  6. Bette, we thank our dear friend, the late Kathryn Treat for you. You are one of those special JULES in our midst, here at RRBC. Great post, love the site, each and every time I visit. Hope you’re enjoying the party, it seems to be going really well here! And what an A-list crowd you have!

    • Oh, Nonnie… How I miss our dear Kathryn. I do want to donate more books in her honor and will do so soon. How blessed we are all to have had her cheering us all on, even only for a brief time. Her memory lives on in RRBC and in each one of us.
      So glad you stopped by to join the party at my place. Appreciate your gracious comments, your ongoing support, and all of the awesome ways Rave Reviews Rocks for us all. I’m rockin’ and rollin’ at my party thanks to each and every one of the A-list party goers here. HAPPY PARTYING all of SEPTEMBER…ANOTHER great idea from you and RRBC, Nonnie. 🙂

  7. You have a very nice-looking site, and your books sound interesting. 🙂

  8. Hey, Bette! Nice job on the block party stop today. I enjoyed learning more about your books.

  9. Hi, Bette! Your site is very nice. So, clean and not near as cluttered as mine! Good luck!

    • Thanks for the compliment, Bruce. My site is always a work in progress and I had to spruce it up for the Party. I enjoy your writing and your fantastic music too, my multi-talented friend. Appreciate the support from you and all of my other #RRBC friends. So glad to stopped by! 🙂

  10. Hello, Bette! What a great blog and post. I send best wishes to you on this day! May you find great success.

  11. Ahh, I knew there was a reason I smiled as soon as I got to your blog. Even with the dramatic pieces, you also have fun ones too. Then I saww that you are a kindred spirit in the fact that you survived the MS classroom. I’m one of those crazies that loved teaching MS. Plus, I had to laugh when I saw you’re from Maine. My dad was from Caribou and many family members remain throughout the state. I miss the detour trip to Bar Harbor as a kid =)

    • Hi, Janelle. Wow..small world after all. Thrilled to meet another ‘crazy tween/teen kid lover’ who admits it. Yay! And, can you believe we’ve got that Maine connection too… We’ve got to keep in touch! Thanks so much for stopping by to party. I’ve had a ‘wicked good’ time. 🙂

  12. Shirley Harris-Slaughter said:

    Hi Bette! Its nice to see you again.Very nice prizes. I want the amazon gift card. I have some of your books; I don’t have “Dog Bone Soup.” Love that title.

    • Always great to see, Shirley. I’ve got Our Lady of Victory on my TBR and look forward to the read. #RRBC is a great place to meet authors, discover great books and make new friends who are as supportive as you. So glad we’ve connected and hope you enjoy my books. Have a great week! 🙂

  13. Hi Bette. Nice to see you on the Back to School Blog Party. I don’t recall visiting your blog before so it was a worthwhile stop for me.

    Best of luck to you today with all your visitors

Thanks so much for stopping by to join the conversation.

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