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Are you Book Club ready?


AUTHORS: Don’t miss this! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Myths of the Mirror

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your book selected by a book club?

Well, yeah.

The main thing that makes a book “book club ready” is the presence of questions that invite discussion. For each of my books, I have 10 questions that I compiled specifically around the themes, characters, and reader experience of the book.

Book club questions (also called Discussion Guides) are common in many academic books and are often located at the ends of chapters or in the back matter. When it comes to general fiction, placing your book club questions in the back matter is the best way to get them noticed, but not the only way. You can also direct readers to your website where a separate page or pretty pdf is linked to your book’s info.

At the end of this post is a list of potential book club questions that you can customize…

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And what, you…


Grateful… ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Sacred Touches

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Love Month is Knocking!


May your February be filled with love... ~ Bette A. Stevens

May your February be filled with love… ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

February is knocking and it’s time to get up and answer the door. That means lots of edits and rewrites for my debut novel, featuring Shawn Daniels, protagonist from PURE TRASH—the short story prequel to the upcoming novel. Since I plan to release the novel this spring, February is the perfect month for me to get out those colored pens (editing) and get that first draft tuned up and ready to share with my first outside-of-the-house editors. Our darling kitty—Midnight—is on high alert to help at every turn. She loves pens, eye glasses, paper clips and everything that glimmers or moves. And, of course, she has to make sure that there’s nothing for her in my tea mug. Midnight was busy playing with her catnip mouse (photos) earlier today— giving a glorious partridge time to munch on some of our delectable crab apples—before she went out for her morning stroll.

I’ll have a Valentine’s Books Giveaway to share with you soon. Meanwhile, stay warm and enjoy the wonderful Month of Love.  ~ Bette A. Stevens

Don’t Forget to Backup your Novel!!


November 2013 is my first NaNoWriMo and I’m working to complete the draft of my first novel. ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Do you have a story to tell? Come join us.

How to Keep Your Reader Turning Those Pages


Writing Kitty

Writing Tips: Another great post from Lorrie Porter! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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This Craft Called Writing

I was fortunate to be asked to assist with a lecture at Salford University earlier this year, with the wonderful Gill James, and was very impressed with the standard of writing craft being taught. I’m sure Gill won’t mind if I share a little of what we all learned on the subject of Pace; or, How to Keep Your Reader Turning those Pages.

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School Vacations and the kids get bored?


English: tangram

English: tangram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Help them out of that slump!

For hours of creative learning & fun, visit
‘THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!’

A children’s activity book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens.

Math, Science, Riddles, Project Ideas and more…

Kids learn how to make their own tangrams:

  • Solve tangram puzzles
  • Solve rhyming riddles
  • Create their own animals and riddles to add to The Tangram Zoo!

Find out more at The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! | Book Club Reading List.

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Meet the Authors on Tour!


Five of my favorite authors are On Tour  this week!

BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR. THEN, GO CLICK ON THE LINKS. You are cordially invited to visit— Thursday, December 19,2012:

SNEAK PEEK:

Find out what these five awesome authors are working on right now!

In case you missed the Sneak Preview of the latest book I’m working on, here’s the link:

On the Bookshelf

BOOKS: The gifts that keep right on giving!

Still looking for some last minute gifts for the kids? You can find my childen’s books at

http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

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