A writer inspired by nature and human nature

DOG BONE SOUP (Chapter 1)

“A piece of ‘The American Pie’ you won’t want to miss…”

DOG BONE SOUP BW Border 2015

 DOG BONE SOUP (Chapter 1) 2015 READ IT HERE!

“Dog Bone Soup is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when most others were on the crest of a wave. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. But most of all it will make you glad you read it.” ~ Charlie Bray, founder of the Indietribe

About the author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. 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.

  • Find out more about Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens and her books at YOUR AMAZON.


Comments on: "DOG BONE SOUP (Chapter 1)" (56)

  1. Hi Bette – I’d really like to read Dog Bone Soup but when I tried to download it on my Kindle it kept coming up with ‘no results’ 😦


  2. I enjoyed this chapter! I think I’m hooked! 🙂



  3. […] Steven’s Blog: 4 Writers and Readers Amazon Universal Link: Dog Bone […]


  4. I love stories about overcoming obstacles. Sounds like this book fits the bill!


  5. Dear Bette, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Participation is optional. You can read about it here: https://tonipike.com/2016/08/10/one-lovely-blog-award/


  6. […] Bette A. Stevens is retired teacher, wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. She lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead. I recently met her when I was vacationing in Maine (she drove two hours to meet me!) and it is clear how much she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and the beauty of nature. She advocates for children, childhood literacy and especially nice for me and my background, for monarch butterflies, an endangered species. She has published a children’s activity book, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles, Too! And her second children’s book, Amazing Matilda, won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: Pure Trash: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England and prequel to Dog Bone Soup. Read Chapter 1 of DOG BONE SOUP at https://4writersandreaders.com/dog-bone-soup-chapter-1/ […]


  7. Bette, your site is addictive! I finished chapter one of Dog Bone Soup (gotta buy it), then I watched the trailer. Next, I listened to Amazing Matilda and realized I could spend the whole afternoon here! Great blog! Great post! Great Blog Block Party stop. Enjoy your day!


  8. Bette – I heard about your book from Linda Loegel’s blog. I just finished the first chapter. It pulled me right in! I love good storytelling!


    • Hi, Marijke. Thanks so much for stopping by to read Chapter 1 of DOG BONE SOUP and for your thoughtful comment. I just popped over to your blog and am following. Happy writing and all of the other amazing things you do! 🙂


  9. […] Click below to Read Chapter 1 of DOG BONE SOUP in its entirety at https://4writersandreaders.com/dog-bone-soup-chapter-1 […]


  10. […] DOG BONE SOUP (Chapter 1). […]


  11. […] Read all of Chapter One […]


  12. Hi Bette — thanks for visiting my blog. I passed yours along to my sister, a middle school teacher, about to retire, who used to be a reading specialist before the district cancelled that position. We grew up in a very similar circumstance as Dog Bone Soup describes. Looking forward to reading at least the first chapter — I’ll probably be hooked by that time. Blessings to you and your play, Alia


    • Hi, Alia. Thanks so much for your thoughtful note and gestures. I hope you’ll enjoy DOG BONE SOUP and look forward to blog sharing with you as well. I’ll be especially curious as to what you think of my book. As a teacher, I am well aware that poverty and it’s aftermath is just as prevalent today as it was in our day. Hopefully, DOG BONE SOUP will have messages for all of us. Blessings to you and yours, my friend!

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  13. […] Read all of Chapter One […]


  14. […] READ Chapter One on Bette’s Blog (if you haven’t already); and, here’s an EXCERPT from Chapter Two: […]


  15. Well done, Bette!


  16. […] Read all of Chapter One […]

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