Archive | December 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone looks forward (why do we always look backward?) to all the hope and promise of a new year. It is a way for us to reinvent ourselves and become who we want to become. Happy New Year to all of you – have a safe night!New Year 2016


Book Reading and Reviews Galore!

I have been doing much more reading than reviewing lately and it seems that I haven’t posted in quite awhile. I post my reviews (although they have been super short lately) to both Amazon and Goodreads. Lately I have not been finding books I wanted to read – I’ve started several and after a few pages or chapters, I quit – they just haven’t kept my interest. I have been disappointed with a couple in particular because I have either heard a lot about them or have read other books by the author (Girl on the Train made no sense to me and I just couldn’t keep going after about 30% of the book – also Twain’s End, although I may give that one another try later).

Anyway, if you want to know more about what I thought about a particular book, just ask. But, like I said the reviews on Amazon are really short this time – would rather spend my time reading.

In no particular order

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – 5 stars

Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal- 4 stars

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman – 4 stars

Circling the Sun by Paul McClain – 5 stars

Pandora’s Box by Sarah M. Cradit – 5 stars

Fulcrum of Malice by Patrick O’Bryon – 5 stars

Threads of Betrayal by Monica Koldyke Miller – 3 stars (and that was generous)

The Shop on Main by Kay Correll – 4 stars

The Emancipator’s Wife by Barbara Hambly – 4 stars

If Love is a Crime by Mark Sasse – 5 stars

Cross Justice by James Patterson – 4 stars

Food For Poe by Mae Clair – 5 stars

Town Father by Kevin Brennan – 4 stars

Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery – 4 stars

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams – 5 stars


I particularly recommend Along the Infinite Sea, Town Father, Circling the Sun and Fulcrum of Malice.


Welcome to My Virtual Bookstore!

I just got a job for a great virtual bookseller. Check out all these great authors and books. Who knows, you might even see my name on the list 😉

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

During the 80s I worked in a Calgary bookstore that didn’t really “do” the Christmas thing. We sold philosophy (Eastern and Western), books on math and physics, Eastern religions, stacks of the I Ching (the Princeton University Press grey-dustjacket hardcover edition), books for gays and lesbians (looong before anyone else had “gender” sections, when stores were still being “busted” for carrying so-called “obscene” literature – for instance, we sold many, many copies of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series), armchair travel rather than travel guides, only vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking in the cookbook section, none of the big bestsellers or even books for children. But we did stock new age and progressive music … on vinyl. The fiction section was one long wall, packed, floor to ceiling, with a ladder to access the nether regions. That section wasn’t divided into genre or nationality either, but was alphabetized according to…

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Christmas Grotto – The books of Bette A. Stevens

Bette is a wonderful author and such an advocate for children reading. It was a delight to use her book for our video project.

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Bette A. Stevens—a writer inspired by nature and human natureBAS Author logo stamp 2015

Thanks so much for inviting me to join the Christmas Grotto, Sally.
Wishing you and your readers the “Very Happiest of Holidays”!

I’m a writer who loves 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, poetry and on my blog. My blog supports Indie and traditional authors, features great books and poetry collections and provides tips for writers and readers as well. I also interview authors and support my author and reader friends on my blog and media sites. — Bette A. Stevens

PT & DBS Christmas promo


  • 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…

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Christmas Grotto – Children’s Books – Clyde and I by Russ Towne

I love his children’ books!

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Christmas Grotto

Today some delightful children’s books that would make great Christmas presents. Russ Towne also writes short stories and poetry for adults and of course they are also included in this overflowing Christmas stocking.

61TC0d95HqL._UX160_About Clyde and I

Clyde and I is a delightful story of friendship starring the newest children’s favorite, Clyde the Green Giraffe. Storyteller, Russ Towne, will leave your children charmed and inspired to give and get love, while learning the lesson of forming friendships of those who are very different from us. Brilliantly illustrated by Josh McGill, he has captured the story with vibrant lovable characters that leave you with a smile.

Reviews for Clyde and I.

Beautiful children’s book By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2013 Format: Paperback

This is a very colourful and beautiful book, with a great story and great illustrations. I have read it to a class of 4 year olds and they…

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