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Look what was just published!

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It is here! An epic tale of the white man and Indians as told by Andrew Joyce. I have already read this book (lucky me!) and can tell you I give it a full five stars. It captured my interest and imagination from the very beginning and even though it is a bit longer than most books I read, it kept that interest throughout the entire book.

If you enjoy historical books (and even if you don’t), you should grab this book today – it would make a great weekend read.

Then, you should follow Andrew’s blog – and read his other books (they are all great reads).

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A Pocket Full of Poesies

Have you seen this new poetry book yet? T.J. Therein has just released it – I will be doing a full review in a few days, but let’s just say I loved it! With T.J.’s permission, I have recorded a video of me reading just one of my favorite selections. Take a look – and then go here to buy your own copy.

And because I’m lame and clueless, the only way I could figure out how to add that video is by including a link. But, hey, you should still check it out. Just click here to see the video and hear one of TJ’s poems.

 

 

What Goes into Choosing a Book to Read?

I would love to tell you that I only choose the very best books – all based on the blurb provided. But that wouldn’t be honest. Sure, the blurb has to appeal to me. Don’t discount the blurb yet though.

BUT, the first thing is that the book cover has to catch my eye so I will even look at the blurb. Does it look professionally done? Or is it cartoonish or amateurish?

THEN, the title has to catch my attention. Does it sound intriguing? Interesting? Boring? Childish?

FINALLY, the book blurb has to grab me. Does it sound like the type of book I normally read? Will I be able to put the book down? Will the characters inhabit my head? Will I even like the characters?

Reviews are the life blood of authors and I try and review every book (or nearly every) I read. But the thing is, I may only glance at the star ratings – what is the aggregate star rating? I don’t actually read the other reviews before I read the book. I don’t want someone else’s opinion to influence and color my reaction to the book. Once I have read the book and written a review, then I look at the other ratings to see how other people felt about the book.

I used to do more detailed book reviews and have quit. In fact, I have been pretty bad about my reviews lately. I would much rather spend my time reading new books than writing reviews.

 

News to Share

A few months ago I created a new website for a project at work. Part of that project was that Blossom (our reading mascot) would read some children’s books. I was able to secure the video rights from several indie children’s authors and we recorded Blossom reading the books.

But I was having trouble (a mental block I think) posting the videos in a way that I wanted. So, I have spent a couple of hours this week finally making it the way I wanted (mostly).

I’m getting ready to record another batch of books so I wanted the first ones done right. I think I will feature one video a month on the top level page, but they will all be available.

I want to thank the authors who have agreed to let me use their books. And, I would like to invite any other children’s authors to participate to leave me comments below. I’m always looking for more books.

Click here – Have a look – listen to some great stories!  In fact, look around at the rest of the site – I’m always interested in constructive feedback.IMG_2405

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

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