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February Writing Prompt from Diana Peach

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

So Long Sweet Dreams

Haiku by Bette A. Stevens

Beast of a blizzard

Tromping in to surprise us

Sweet dreams disrupted

“During February and March, I’ll be getting my first poetry collection—MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons—ready for publication. I invite you to take a peek at a sampling of haiku from the Winter Tales chapter. I’m looking for a few ARC reader/reviewers for pre-publication blurbs by month’s end. You can let me know in the comments section below. Thanks so much for your continued support”

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10 Tips For Editing Your Short Story

Don’t miss these great writing/editing tips! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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How To Promote Your Blog!

Excellent tips and resource links! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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Bette’s Books & Blog…

I 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 eight. 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 story.

Book Blurbs

 

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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Guest Post by Charles E. Yallowitz: What I’ve Learned

Great advice, Charles. thanks. Also, thanks for all you do to help authors like me. Best to you, my friend. Sharing! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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MYSTERIES OF BLOGGING

Tips and side notes from Marilyn Armstrong, a Blogger in the Know! ~Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

February is Blog Taming Month on CommuniCATE Resources for Writers

Writers/bloggers: Don’t miss out on this… FREE pdf e-book downloadable “Savvy Blogging for Time Starved Writers”~ Bette A. Stevens

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Romance readers, don’t miss out: Sisters of the Heart BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY begins January 13th

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Readers and bloggers: Don’t miss out on this giveaway!

SIMPLY ADORE HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS?

Don’t miss out on author Scarlett Rains’s Sisters of the Heart series GIVEAWAY. There are great giveaway prizes for bloggers and for readers!

I’ll be featuring Scarlett and the three books featured in this fantastic GIVEAWAY right here on my blog January 18-20 (one book each day). You’ll find out more about each novel and get to know author Scarlett Rains, too. Meanwhile, stop by Artemis Books to find out more about this fantastic Book Blast and Valentine’s Day Giveaway at http://artemisbooksblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/artemis-books-is-launching-sisters-of.html

Follow the Tour

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Enter for chance to win fun prizes!

Thank you for your comment.

Here’s what one of Scarlett Rains’s readers has to say about the first book in the author’s Sisters of the Heart series:

PULLS YOU IN!

Promises of the Heart is an eighteenth century tale of a young girl’s coming of age. The first thing I really liked about this book was the lovely graphics reflecting the time period in London, England. The reader is also pulled into the story at once with carefully crafted prose appealing to all five senses. For example: ‘watching the fluffy clouds lazily form shapes that quickly swirled into other shapes in the gentle breeze…a cacophony of sounds bombarded the weary coachman: the hue and cry of merchants and street people rose up above the clopping of the horses hooves in a relentlessly forlorn lament’. Scarlett Rains does a masterful job on style continuity throughout the entire novel. Somewhat like Charles Dickens, but more like the Victoria Holt novels I read profusely at one time in my life, ‘Promises of the Heart’ resonates with cleverly woven intrigue surrounded by authentic characters of the day. Historical novels should inform about the life and times of the era–‘Promises of the Heart’ did not disappoint! The segue to her second novel ‘Seduction of a Bluestocking’ was a perfect cliffhanger, enticing the reader to find out what happens next. Well done, Scarlett Rains! Five Stars!” ~ Nancy Jill Thames

The Versatile Blogger Award

versatileblogger113Thank you Catherine Townsend-Lyon, my dear author friend at Recovery Ramblings Blog for nominating me for this lovely award. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and to follow you in the blogosphere this year. Thank you for finding and following me.

You can find out all about Catherine at http://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com/.


Catherine is a blogger who is always reaching out to help others. I value her friendship and support and invite you to stop by one of her blogs for a visit. You can also find Catherine at her new blog http://CatherineLyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com  You can find Catherine’s book Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 

Here are the rules for accepting The Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Next, select 8 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 8 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

DRUM ROLL… My Nominees are:

Sherri Rabinowitz, Blogtalk Radio Host & Blogger  http://rithebard.wordpress.com/

Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them ) http://taralazar.com/

Nonnie Jules, an author helping authors  at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/ and http://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/

Writers in the Storm—this group of professional writers share writing tips and so much more http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/

Bullying prevention blog, Thoughts on Bullying  http://erricksm.wordpress.com/

Garry Rogers advocates for nature in fiction and science fiction: Conservation & Science Fiction http://garryrogers.com/

Glynnis Smy, Author of Historical Romance with a Twist at http://glynissmyauthor.com/

Cindy Knoke, travel, photos and timeless posts http://cindyknoke.com/

Here are the 7 Things About Me:

  • I am a retired teacher (grades 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8) and I enjoy visiting schools and libraries and reading to kids.
  • I live on a 37-acre farm in Central Maine with my amazing husband of 48 years.
  • Our kitty child MIDNIGHT adopted us in 2008. She was wild and living in our barn from June to December that year. My grandson helped me lure her into the house with a can of tuna fish. She’s our girl!
  • My computer is going crazy… I think I’ll have to save everything and start from ground zero. Prayers, please.
  • I love nature, people and literature and advocate for children at every opportunity.
  • I am very thankful for my family and for all of my wonderful friends in the blogosphere and beyond. You have all helped me in more ways than I could ever repay. THANK YOU!
  • Since retiring from teaching in 2005, I have self-published three books. You can find them at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens
  • I love writing and reading. I’m currently rereading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It’s even better the second time around. I’m also working on my first novel. The draft was completed in November and I’m making a New Year’s resolution to have it ready to publish in 2014.

Thank you again, Catherine. It is an honor to receive this award, and a delight to pass it on.

You can find Catherine Townsend-Lyon at http://CatherineLyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com

That’s it for now. folks.

Wishing you all God’s richest blessings in 2014 and beyond,
Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

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Super Sweet Blogger Award

Thank you, JR Barker, author of The Adventures of the Frog Prince  http://jrbarker101.wordpress.com/the-blog/ for nominating me for A Super Sweet Blogger Award. May your Sweetest Dreams come true!

super-sweet-blogging-award21w6451Please stop by to visit children’s author J.R. Barker and all of my Super Sweet Blogger nominees. These outstanding bloggers have inspired me with their own blogs and faithfully continue to support me at 4writersandreaders. Here are my Super Sweet nominees:

Here are the rules for accepting this delightfully delicious award, my Super Sweet Friends;

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.

4. Nominate a bakers’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.

6. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions.

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies, by all means, especially if they’re home made Chocolate Chip with Walnuts!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Decisions, decisions… Chocolate for candies, vanilla for ice cream and cakes.

3.Favorite Sweet Treat? Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares (Have to stock up at Christmas time, since I can’t find them after the holidays…)

4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? Bedtime

5. Sweet Nick Name? Honey

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