A writer inspired by nature and human nature

PURE TRASH (Literary Fiction/ages 11-adult) by Bette A. Stevens—ONLY 99¢/£ for a limited time at Amazon.com & Amazon.uk   http://amzn.to/1T5tMAZ — is a short story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you grew up as 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 standing of the dysfunctional family, the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

This short story set in the 1950s offers readers and book clubs insight into poverty and prejudice in rural New England during a time in history when many families were living the American Dream.

Take a peek inside and Grab a copy of PURE TRASH today! http://amzn.to/1T5tMAZ 



Hop on your bike and tag along with Shawn and Willie Daniels for the ride…


Pedaling up the half-mile hill was a lot of work, but it was worth it, and not for just the empties. Flying down the other side gave me the best feeling in the whole wide world. I guess that’s how that old chicken hawk feels when he soars above the pines at the edge of the field out back of the house.

Once we reached the peak, we plopped our bikes on the ground and threw ourselves onto the soft, damp bed of leaves at the edge of the woods. It was so peaceful. My mind wandered into the sky and I dreamed about the ride down the other side and the 10 cent Orange Crush I’d buy at Stark’s General Store.

“Hey, Willie,” I finally asked, “did ya bring the slingshot?”

“Sure did, Shawn. Whatcha wanna shoot today?”

Willie’s brown eyes looked as big as Mum’s pan fried donuts and his smile pretty nearly filled his round face as he jumped right up from his leafy bed and hovered over me like a bear.

I helped Willie make that slingshot out of rubber bands I’d sliced from one of the old inner tubes piled out by Dad’s rusty Ford Roadster. That Ford had headlights on top of the fenders and the “old jalopy,” as Mum called it, was just rottin’ away out back of the two-holer. We broke a crotched limb out of the choke cherry bush to use for the handle. I tied the rubber band and the handle together with string from one of the flowered chicken feed sacks that Mum used to make her house dresses. That string was real strong and I was good at tying knots. Willie was proud as a peacock when it came to showing off that slingshot.

“How about we find some old tin cans and pile them up like a tower?” I asked Willie. “Better yet, let’s both make towers and see whose gets knocked down first.”

“Yes, siree!” Willie hooted as he made a mad dash to grab as many of the rusty cans as his chubby arms could hug together at one time.


  • Join Shawn and Willie for a 1950s Saturday adventure—Download PURE TRASH for ONLY 99¢/£ through JULY 4th!

This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s novel DOG BONE SOUP.



“A great book for young adults, parents, guardians, mentors, and educators to read. Strongly recommended!” Yoong

“A nostalgic gem – I was swept away from the first paragraph and thoroughly enjoyed this skillfully written short story. This author knows how to paint mind-pictures and flavor them with taste, smell, and sound.”  WJ Scott, Children’s Author, Fairy Dust.

“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, AuthorsToWatch

Take a Look Inside at your Amazon to read more of the 77 reviews.
  • Download PURE TRASH for ONLY 99¢/£ today!
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About the Author

Inspired by nature and human nature, award-winning Maine author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher. Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book about the lessons learned by a monarch butterfly as she metamorphoses ; 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 debut novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a baby boomer’s coming of age story. MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons—Stevens’s first poetry and photography collection—takes readers on an unforgettable journey through The Pine Tree State’s four glorious seasons.

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Comments on: "PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens—“A single day—a lifetime of lessons!” ONLY 99¢/£ thru July 4th, 2020" (50)

  1. Bette, I am now invested in the characters Willie and Shawn. I have “Pure Trash” on my list to read. Congratulations on the wonderful reviews! 🙂

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  2. I braced for a sad excerpt, Bette, but I liked that it was uplifting more.

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  3. wishing you the best with your generous promotion, Bette 🙂 would you be so kind as to guest blog post for my site? if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines: https://wp.me/p6OZAy-1eQ


  4. Lovely excerpt, Bette. The story sounds pretty amazing. The boys and their adventure is sounding so mischievous, hope I could be in that era. Thank you so much for your awesome share.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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  5. I missed the promotion but I love all of your stories! xo

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  6. Thank you for sharing!.. have downloaded the book and no doubt will be excellent reading as always, no matter the cost… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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  7. So generous of you, Bette. I really enjoyed this story. Cheers to you! xo

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  8. I just did, Bette! 🙂

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  9. I don’t have this book yet, Bette. What a great offer. I’ll grab it right now!

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  10. A lovely post about this book, Bette. It has reminded me that I have this book and I must read it.

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  11. What a deal! I love the premise–a 1950s Saturday adventure

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  12. A terrific book, Bette, by a very talented writer!

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  13. I have this book on my Kindle and loved it. I hope your generous offer brings more readers. Have a great week ahead. ❤️

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  14. That’s a generous offer, Bette. I hope it brings you many more readers.

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  15. petespringerauthor said:

    I would have loved playing with these boys when I was their age.

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  16. Great storytelling, Bette. You have such an authentic child’s voice! When I think of bullying, I tend to think of kids. This was a solemn reminder that adults take part in that horrible activity, as well.

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  17. I loved the pov in this, Bette. A great excerpt. Good luck with your promotion!

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  18. As you know, I read and reviewed Dog Bone Soup with a 5* rating. Soon I want to read the prequel. Thanks, Bette, for this offer!

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  19. A great bargain!! I have this book on my Kindle and look forward to pushing it up my long TBR list! 🙂

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  20. A great piece of writing. I loved this story. I hope many take advantage of this offer.

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  21. This is one of my favorite books. A wonderful story and well-written.

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  22. Good excerpt. Now I have a hankering for a donut.:-)

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  23. A great offer and as you know, I loved this story very much … superb storytelling and I was immediately transported to the era! Hope many take up the opportunity to buy it!

    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, my friend! ❤️

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