A writer inspired by nature and human nature

BAS Author logo stamp 2015I am a writer inspired by nature and human nature.

I love people, nature, art, music and literature.

I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books, my poetry and on my blog. My blog supports Indie and traditional authors, features great books and poetry and provides tips for writers and readers as well. Be sure to check out the tabs at the top of my blog and leave a comment or two. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to chatting with you. — Bette A. Stevens

Brief Bio: 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.

Inspired by nature BAS Dec 2015


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.”

PURE TRASH is an emotional and soul-searching short story read. Compassion is a beautiful thing.”

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

CLICK, LOOK & LISTEN as author Pamela Beckford reads AMAZING MATILDA for United Way’s Childhood Literacy Progam:

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 would  love to hear from you (comments below).

  • Find out more about author Bette A. Stevens and take a  “Look inside” her books at YOUR AMAZON.

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Comments on: "Bette’s Books & Blog…" (104)

  1. lehank said:

    Bette, AMAZING MATILDA is a delightful read and I cannot wait to share it with my fourth graders this fall. The illustrations are beautiful.

    • Thanks, Lea: for the book order, the read and the thoughtful comments! Have an amazing year with your fourth graders and keep me posted. Bette

  2. This sounds so interesting and fun at the same time. From a school custodian and a children’s author. William Sawyers, from Concord, Ca.

    • Thanks, William. You are so right: Interesting and FUN! Looks like lots of fun for you at freewebs.com, too. Wishing you an Amazing week! Bette A. Stevens

  3. I nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” award. Please go to Teacher as Transformer at this link http://ivonprefontaine.com/2012/12/04/blog-of-the-year-2012/ for information. Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Ivon. I am honored by your nomination. I am new to all of this I.T., but am so glad I’m connected and have so many new friends to support and encourage me along the way. Blessings to you, Bette

  4. Thanks for your confidence in my “Widget Control” 🙂 ! Seriously, though, I do THANK YOU and CONGRATULATE YOU on all of your awards… Have a great week! XO Bette

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Bette I have another Star here for you but it seems you do not need them 🙂



  6. You are so sweet… Congrats to you on all you do! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Eunice. XO Bette

  7. […] Author Bette A Stevens. […]

  8. this relatively new blogger, writer and poet sincerely thanks you for liking some of my work on 20 Lines, the encouragement means a lot to me. and how wonderful for you to have written a children’s book, my wife wants to also. i will have to send her to your blog for some much needed insight.

    ::::merci::::and keep the light.

  9. hi Bette

    i read several of your wonderfully lyrical poems (i could read them forever, by the way) and wanted to like and comment but could not, for some reason. the title links didn’t function for me, am i doing something wrong?

    and thank you so much for liking so much of my work, your encouragement really pushes me along. enjoy your weekend.

    • You’re so thoughtful… You just make my day! I’ve posted them all on a Page for now. Since I’m a newbie with all of this tech, one of these days I’ll figure out how to fix this faux pas… Have a great weekend. Bette

      • well, you’re alone in that Bette, i had quite the steep learning curve when i got to WordPress too.

        try clicking on Widgets, it will be a drop down when you hover your mouse over your blog name on the taskbar, at the very top of your blog. there is a Widget for Categories. drag the widget with your mouse, drop it wherever you want and name it Poetry.

        you might try posting a poem in a template like you do your front page, tag it ‘Poetry’, and if you don’t want it to post on your ‘current’ front page, i think you can backdate it. there is a date function on every New Post template, it should be on the left side just below the text box.

        our blog designs are different but the customization functions should be similar. anyway, it might be worth a little playing around.

        hope this helps a little, thank you again and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. have a wonderful weekend!

      • Thanks for the tip. Will play around with this out SOON… You’re awesome!

      • Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger with tech, Bette. I have an early computer background that is NO help at all with the newer tech stuff. I spend many hours feeling like a Luddite when I read what seems apparent and easy-peasy to all but me (like how to make my Kindle work, or to get a photo from iPhone to blog.)

        I yearn especially for the days when all phones worked alike and I never had to ask for help simply to hang up after a call on a borrowed cell. I doubt that anyone has WordPress knocked, however. About the time we figure out how to do something they “improve” it! 🙂
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  10. Hi Bette I have an award over here for you thanks for always being so supportive XO

  11. Hi Bette. I know this will be redundant, but I had no other choice than to nominate you for the WordPress Family Award. I would be remiss to leave you out. Here is the link: http://kid-lit-reviews.com/2013/05/02/bella-saves-the-beach-tour-an-award-a-blog-hop/

  12. I am so excited to read the Amazing Matilda to my daughter Mia : )

    • Thanks for the note and for buying AMAZING MATILDA. I hope that you and Mia enjoy it! Also, at the top of my blog, there’s a page link [Fun & Learning with Monarchs]… You can download it to your computer and get live access to some amazing monarch games, crafts, coloring pages, facts, orgami butterly video and more. Thanks, again… Have an amazing week with Mia! Bette

  13. WordsFallFromMyEyes said:

    Wonderful, just wonderful 🙂

    I see success all over the ‘net.

  14. Hi Beth.. you should check out http://crevado.com for your work.. It would be a great way to display it..

  15. J.R.Barker said:

    I have just nominated your for the Super Sweet Blog Award!

  16. Thanks so much, J.R. I’m following your blog and Twitter now. You’re SWEET!

  17. I would like to nominate you for the Liebster award. You are not obligated to accept but please check the rules on my site. I hope that you do. It is fun. here is the link http://wp.me/p3dPsw-ff

  18. Lorraine Marie Reguly said:

    I have nominated you (given you) blogging awards. Claim your awards on my blog, please. Just check my most recent post. Thanks!

    • Congratulations, Lorraine. Thanks for passing it along to me. Best to you! Bette

      • Lorraine Marie Reguly said:

        Thanks, and you’re welcome! I hope your family emergency (I read the other comments) is being rectified, and I wish you the very best…

  19. This is my last one I accept and pass on. You do not have to accept but I would like to nominate you for the “Shine On” award. Hope to hear from you. If you choose not to just give me a “I’d Like to Pass on it” Thank you. It is a challenge I know. You are a “shine” on WP and you deserve it regardless.

    • Congratulations, Slee! Having a family emergency right now… Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. I’ll try to catch up on accepting your thoughtful and generous awards a little later if that’s OK.

    • Hi, Slee. Can’t thank you enough. Family emergency right now. Keep us in your prayers. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! I’ll try to catch up on things when my head stops spinning and I can think straight… I’m sure you know how crazy things can get. Hope all is well with you and yours, So sweet of you to think of me. Again, thanks. Bette

  20. Hello “Sweet Bette”…
    Thanks for dropping by and WOW did you do a few changes here on your blog? I love the Purple background and Flowers! Looks Fabulous. Hope all is well! *Hugs & Blessings* *Cat*

    • Thanks for the thumbs up, Cat. Looks like you’ve been a busy gal, too. So good to hear from you, my friend. Blessings & Hugs right back to you. Have a great week! ❤

  21. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
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  22. […] Bette’s Books & Blog…. […]

  23. Very good write-up. I certainly love this site. Continue
    the good work!

  24. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  25. Thanks for the follow! 🙂

  26. I don’t even know the way I finished up here, but I assumed this submit
    used to be good. I don’t understand who you are but certainly
    you are going to a well-known blogger in the event you aren’t already.

  27. Hello Bette!

    Glad to see you came by my blog, so thank you. I’ve been SO busy book promoting for all my clients that I didn’t know you just released a new book in Jan!! CONGRATS GIRL! Great reviews already too! Hope all is well your way. Have you seen my Book Promoting Bog yet??
    https://anAuthorandWriterinProgress.wordpress.com 🙂

    God Bless,
    *Catherine* XO 🙂

    • Hi, Catherine! Just stopped by your blog and also emailed you. Great blurbs on your promo work. Looking forward to hearing more! Hugs & Blessings, Bette

  28. Usually I don’t read article on blogs, even so I wish
    to say that this write-up is amazing! Your writing
    taste has amazed me. Thank you, very excellent post.

  29. Bette, you do have an amazing site. Sometimes I come to Re read and feel relaxed by the beauty of the site, it’s poems and books.

    • Thanks, dear Micki. You are amazing too! Thanks so much for the letter and bookplates that appeared in my mailbox today. Take good care of you and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers, my thoughtful and talented friend. Can’t wait for your children’s book to come out. How about a feature on my blog when it does? xoxoxoxo ❤

  30. I’m so glad you shared this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  31. Hey, Bette, you’re the first Maine author I’ve encountered in this blogging journey. Are we rare, or am I just unobservant?

    • Hi, Michele. You’re one of the first Maine bloggers I’ve met too… Enjoyed visiting your blog and so glad you stopped by to say “Hey,” my neighbor and new friend. Blessings to you and yours! 🙂 ❤

  32. Nice to see you again, Bette… Don’t forget you can rave about any of your books on my site too! 😉

    • Hi, Kev. Thanks for stopping by and for your generous invitation. AMAZING MATILDA http://bit.ly/19Qr3Y0 will be on sale for 99cents from April 20-26 to celebrate EARTH DAY and I’ll be running specials for PURE TRASH & DOG BONE SOUP in May. Have a wonderful day, my friend. 🙂

      • Please get these to me by email! A short synopsis, link to buy and respective book covers will suffice along with dates for me to post. 🙂

  33. You are a real joy, Bette! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  34. Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    This is a great book. I read it, I’ve reviewed, it’s absolutely worth your time and effort. And now, you have a chance to get a copy for free! You should grab it.

  35. Brandi Raae said:

    Wow, a 37-acre farmstead! Sounds exciting, although Maine would probably be too cold for me. I live in the desert of Arizona, so I’m used to HOT. 😉 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays!

    • Hi, Brandi! Thanks for checking out my link and stopping by for a visit. I never fail to find great posts to read and share on Literacy Musing Mondays linkup. For us, Maine is a great place to retire and there’s never a dull moment here at the Farmstead. We’ve lived in NY, CA, VA & ME and have traveled across the country many times. Arizona, like each unique region of our country, abounds with beauty. By January, I’ll probably be wishing I was there to enjoy some of your soothing HEAT. Blessings and love! ~ Bette

  36. I’ve only seen Monarch butterflies on TV, but they look beautiful – I imagine they’re even more stunning in the flesh. It’s worrying that their future is so precarious.
    Thank you for following me and the storyhounds! 🙂

    • Monarch wings shimmer like a magnificent stained glass window…they are truly amazing creatures. They are considered an indicator species, symbolizing the fragility of our environment. Thanks for following my blog and stopping by to chat, Annabelle. I’m so glad that we’ve connected and look forward to following your journey! (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  37. You are a woman with a sense of humor. Thanks for the like for my blog today.

  38. Almost April and the struggle between winter and spring continues. I see Maine has snow and it is predicted here as well in Upstate New York. Happy writing.

    • Another storm on its way tonight and into tomorrow (April 1), but we’re only expecting 1-3″ here in Central Maine. Still have a foot or more on the ground. It’s been some cold and snowy winter for us as I know it’s been for you too. I was born in Suffren, NY and Dan & I lived in Stony Point, Phillipsport and Ellenville before moving to Maine in 1974. Enjoy your weekend and we’ll pray for spring to really get sprung for the Northeast! 🙂 xo

      • By now, we should be used to it. Every year, it seems to hold a firm grip on winter. Soon, however, it will have be let go and allow spring. Have a great weekend.

  39. The reading in the video brought back an early memory of being a young child – maybe first or second grade – when, after lunch, we all laid down on mats and our teacher would read to us. This charming story wasn’t available back then, of course, but I know today’s lucky children are making lifetime memories similar to my own with many teachers reading all about Matilda. Thanks for sharing.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  40. I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to “meet” you through our blogs! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  41. LeighAnn said:

    I would love to live on a farmstead! Maybe one day I will be able to. It’s so peaceful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following, I’ve followed back.

  42. I had the opportunity to visit your beautiful state a few years ago. It was late October. Perfect time of year for me. It was my first trip to the Northeast. So I had to see it all.

    Anybody is supports indie authors is a friend of mine. 🙂

    Excellent site. Happy I found it.

  43. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is always nice to have your support.

  44. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on Comedy Plus. It’s nice to meet you.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  45. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I see we have a lot in common: love of nature and a background in education. Several of my blog friends love monarch butterflies; I see I can add you to the list. Again, thank you, Bette!

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