A writer inspired by nature and human nature

A single day. A lifetime of lessons.

PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens has been selected one of three books chosen May 2021 Books of the Month by #RaveReviewsBookClub.

PURE TRASH (Available anytime in Paperback $5.49 and eBook $2.99 versions).

ON SALE NOW—ONLY 99¢/p May 12–May 16. 

A great book for adolescents, young adults, parents, guardians, mentors  and educators to read and discuss.

“Delivers a powerful message…”


In this short story prequel to the author’s novel DOG BONE SOUP, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is 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.

“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.

A sentimental trip into the 1950s, with 9-year-old Shawn and 6-year-old Willie Daniels enjoying ‘The Perfect Day’ until…

PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens (Excerpt)

“A Stop at the Top”

Mum said it was three miles to town. I kept my eyes on Willie as we pumped up the first hill. We coasted down the other side with the cool wind brushing our faces, ready to head up the next hill.

“Pull over, Willie,” I hollered when we got to the top of Andover.

Andover was the biggest hill we’d have to climb. We both stood up on our pedals as we started the climb. The turnout in the pines at the top of the hill was the perfect spot to find empty cans and bottles on either side of the ridge. I never did understand why anyone would just throw those bottles out like trash. But I was sure glad they did. Stark’s General Store paid cash, two cents each, and we thought we were rich every time the clerk handed us our reward in real money.

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.

The sun was high over the trees across the road before we piled the last of our empty bottles into the huge chicken-wire basket I’d made for my bike last fall. Willie’s bike had a regular basket, but it didn’t hold much. We ran back to grab a few more and stuffed as many as we could into our overall pockets. I shoved the last two down the front of my shirt and tucked it in good and tight.

We were off! What a feeling. Flying into the wind, I could see Willie’s hair whirling in a hundred different directions while my own whipped around my ears and face. Mum would sure take the scissors to the two of us tonight. Then we’d hop into the big metal washtub filled with steaming water from her cook stove. That bath would feel good, too.

"Adventure at every turn of the page! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author "Inspired by nature and human nature."


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Comments on: "#RRBC Book of the Month: PURE TRASH by Bette A. Stevens (Adventure/Ages 10-Adult) ONLY 99¢/p for a limited time" (54)

  1. Congratulations, Bette! I thoroughly enjoyed “Pure Trash” and It left a lingering feeling and memory. The secret of a great book! ❤️

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  2. Congratulations on being featured as book of the month, Bette! I’m sure you’ll get many new readers! ❤

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  3. Congrats, Bette! I loved this book and wish you great success! 💗💗💗

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  4. Hey Bette: What do you think about turning children’s books of yours into a podcast format?

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  5. Congratulations, Bette. It is a great book. 🙂

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  6. Loved the story and tweeted, Bette. I hope lots of others take advantage of this promotion. 🙂

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  7. Congratulations! What a fun book for everyone to read. It’s on my TBR list… Hmmm… You make me want to move it up!

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  8. petespringerauthor said:

    Fabulous! Having already enjoyed Dog Bone Soup, I’d love to read the prequel.

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    I loved this book, Bette:) I hope it gets lots of new readers.

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  10. Hi Bette,
    I look forward to reading your book and wanted to purchase it from amazon Germanany but they have a different price. Could you offer the sale price to people in Gemany too?
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Shalom aleichem

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  11. Congratulations Bette on your book Pure Trash being selected as the book of the month. Another feather in your cap 👍🏻

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  12. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!.. I have no doubt the book will be wonderful to read and I shall get my copy, no matter the cost!… hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love and happiness!!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note and support, Larry! ❤ Visits from daughter and grown grands made my Mother's Day extra special. Have a blessed and beautiful day! xo


  13. Yay! Congratulations, Bette!~

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  14. Congratulations, Bette. I am pleased to be reminded about this book which I have on my kindle.

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  15. A wonderful book, Bette. Best of luck with your promotion!

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  16. Congratulations, Bette! I’m so excited for you. You truly deserve it.

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  17. Bette, hearty congratulations for the beautiful book Pure Trash and what an adventure. Awesome felt so nice reading your review. Thanks.

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  18. Brings back memories of my youth. I was smiling while reading. Thank you for that.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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  19. Bette, this is a wonderful book and only too happy to share! Also recommending to a friend who asked for book suggestions for her Kindle! Think this will be perfect! hugs xx ❤️

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  20. Gwen M. Plano said:

    I loved this book, Bette, and hope everyone picks up a copy. 💗

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  21. Congratulations on Pure Trash being selected as a RRVC Book of the Month! And thanks for the heads-up on the sale.:-)

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  22. Oh, how wonderful to have this book featured, Bette! And this is a gentle reminder that it is still sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read. I need to move it up my list. Enjoy your spotlight!!

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  23. Great book and great deal!

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  24. I loved this story! Kids are kids no matter what the situation and can be very resourceful. In few words, the reader gets a clear picture of the life and times. Well worth a read.

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