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I Review Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’sTale by Bette A. Stevens for A Better World of Books #bookreviews #childrensbooks


Honored to share a spotlight on author Alethea Kehas’s “Better World of Books” feature for my children’s picture book Amazing Matilda. Thanks so much for supporting authors and reviewing books of all genres that offer a vision for a better world, Alethea. You’re amazing! ~ Bette A. Stevens

The Light Behind the Story

52ca1c7db77f2615817ce50b65e2e2acI am thrilled to be featuring Bette Steven’s award-winning children’s book, Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Taleon “A Better World of Books.” Bette resides in Maine and finds her inspiration for her writing through “nature and human nature.”  She is an advocate for childhood literacy and the protection of monarch butterflies and their habitat. Her book Amazing Matilda combines her passions into an engaging story about a young caterpillar’s journey of growth and transformation as she becomes a monarch butterfly.

Matilda’s tale begins when she emerges into life as a tiny caterpillar with an innate desire to fly. The world is spread before her and she is eager to explore it with wings. Her journey evokes the inner child that exists in all of us. Matilda is filled with the promise of life, but she must learn trust and patience as she grows from a caterpillar…

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#Spotlight “My Maine: Haiku Through the Seasons” by Bette A. Stevens


Nesie, thanks so much for shining your Spotlight on MY MAINE! ~Bette A. Stevens https://www.4writersandreaders.com

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Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. Bette A. Stevens’s imagery draws the reader into her world of wonder and delight. My Maine takes readers on a poetic journey through Maine’s four seasons. Whether you’re a native Mainer or from away, Stevens’s short story poems and photographs will resonate.

The collection opens with a haiku tribute, “Maine Pines and People.” The journey continues with the rejuvenating spirit of “Spring Awakenings” and “Summer Songs”; then on to more of the magic and majesty of the places and people of Maine in “Autumn Leaves” and “Winter Tales.” This is a poetry collection to be slowly savored, made even more delectable with the author’s original drawings and photographs. In addition to its poems and photographs, My Maine includes state…

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Quote of the day


Thanks M.C. Tuggle for sharing this wonderful quote! ~ Bette A. Stevens https://www.4writersandreaders.com

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

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“There’s an entire world already inside each person, much less a neighborhood. Each will remain colorless and flat, however, unless fleshed out by stories.” – Linh Dinh

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#Bookreview #Poetry : My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens


via #Bookreview #Poetry : My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens

Excerpt from Robbie’s Review (click the link above to read the complete, in-depth review and check out Robbie Cheadle’s awesome blog):

“Reading My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons makes ou feel as if you are taking a delightful stroll through the state of Maine in the USA. The poet takes the reader on a picturesque tour of this region using the medium of interconnected haiku’s to vividly describe the landscape and seasonal changes…

“…This book is embellished with some lovely photographs and some interesting facts about the state of Maine.

“…A truly delightful book and one I highly recommend to lovers of poetry and, in particular, well written haiku.”

MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens
https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

 

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John Muir’s Divine Yosemite Conviction


Oh, the wonders of it all…  ~Bette A. Stevens https://www.4writersandreaders.com

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yosemite (5 of 1) Dusk approaching Washburn Point ~d nelson

With thanks to one man’s
total conviction to conserve & protect,
we can find our faith
in being a small, but mindful part
of earth, sky & beyond’s grandeur .

The italicized words of John Muir
elegantly illustrate my photos, below.

Mirror Lake reflects as sun rises over Half Dome ~d nelson

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

Stoneman meadow sun up ~d nelson

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

I did not climb El Capitan ~d nelson

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

Tenaya Creek taking off ~d nelson

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

Another glorious Sierra day in which…

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The Journey Begins


Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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The #RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop


Thank you 4WillPublishing & author Susanne Leist for the shout-out for DOG BONE SOUP! READERS: Leave a comment on Suzanne’s blog–you may win a prize! ~Bette A. Stevens

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Welcome to the first ever “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Although there were maybe 3-4 winners who were previously on this list who are no longer with the club, now all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.  

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an amazing gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!

Dog Bone Soup by Bette Stevens

Book:  DOG BONE SOUP

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17 Incredible Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations


Decorating ideas for the holidays to exceed the bibliophile’s dreams…
“Happy Decking the Halls” with Books! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine authorWrapped-books

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#Book review – Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens


Robbie's inspiration

Dog Bone Soup: A Boomer's Journey

What Amazon says

Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream.

My review

In preparing to write this review, I read a couple of other reviews of this book on Amazon and Goodreads. I was interested to note one comment that likened this book to The…

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Complex intelligence ~


Oh, the wonder of it all… ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author http://www.4writersandreaders.com

“There is a difference between our wisdom and nature’s simplicity. That reflects the burden of a complex intelligence…” Click the original post to read the entire quote by Alison Hawthorne Deming

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There is a difference between our wisdom and nature's simplicity. That reflects the burden of a complex intelligence. A complex intelligence like ours is impotent compared to the intelligence of a monarch butterfly migrating from Canada to Mexico, or the intelligence of hummingbirds that have co-evolved with the flowers all along their migration route. That seems so simple; it just happens, it just unfolds. — Alison Hawthorne Deming

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