Today, I’m delighted to celebrate the amazingly talented author and illustrator, Bette A. Stevens. If you haven’t already connected with Bette, I really encourage you to do so. She is a gifted writer and most generous soul. ♥

Bette’s book Pure Trash has been selected as one of three Books of the Month with Rave Reviews Book Club. I was thrilled to know this gem was selected. It’s an absolute joy to read and certainly worthy of this recognition.

Cheers to you, Bette!

Maine Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens
Maine Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens


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 reading, 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.

Book Blurb

It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP. The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!

In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

My Review

Flawless and intrinsically detailed, allowing the reader to drift back to an era long gone.

In the short story “Pure Trash,” author Bette A. Stevens brings you back to the 1950’s with this tale of two young brothers, Shawn and Willie Daniels. During their adventure, collecting bottles for a few pennies and candies, we get a glimpse of the poverty, abuse, and segregation these boys endure. Although it’s a very short story, the main characters are developed nicely. The author is indeed skilled at illustration. Her writing style is flawless and intrinsically detailed, allowing the reader to drift back to an era long gone. I highly recommend this short, yet enjoyable read.

You can connect with Bette via:

Website: 4WritersandReaders

Twitter: @BetteAStevens


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cheers and much love to all. XO



Natalie Ducey

With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has worked in the Counselling field for 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Now, as an author, poet, and designer, she is passionate about stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul. Through words and art, she aspires to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.

Natalie is the Co-owner and Writer of Peace by Piece Puzzles. She is the Owner of Printable Art and Verse and ND Designs.

She was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog, Bella. She loves kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.


  1. I positively loved Pure Trash and Dog Bone Soup. Bette is such an inspiration. It’s lovely to see her and her work getting well-deserved attention!

    1. Awesome to hear, Mae! I really enjoyed Pure Trash and was delighted to see it selected as one of the three books of the month. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Cheers! 🙂

  2. Wonderful post and review, Natalie! I have read the Monarch and puzzle books and loved them, but haven’t gotten to Dog Bone Soup or Pure Trash. Both are at top of my reading list, but your reviews pushed them to the top!

  3. I enjoyed Pure Trash and Dog Bone Soup enormously, and it’s lovely to see a wonderful lady such as Bette receive this recognition! 😊
    Natalie, this is a lovely post 😊

    1. Wonderful to see you here, Kester! Welcome and I’m sure you’ll enjoy Bette’s work. Oh my gosh…my TBR list is huge. Isn’t that just awesome, though?! Cheers! 🙂

  4. Bette’s poems are a delight to read and her historical novel Dog Bone Soup is an amazing work of fiction. Lovely to see her featured here! Congratulations and cheers!

  5. I echo the other comments! A marvelous well-deserved tribute Bette. Haven’t read “Pure Trash” and “Dog Bone Soup” and hope to get to them soon. Lovely, Natalie! Here’s to you, Bette! ♥♥♥

    1. Lovely to see you here, Billy Ray! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Bette’s work. I was delighted when Pure Trash was selected as one of the three Books of the Month. It’s a gem. Cheers, and thanks so much for sharing the love! 🙂

  6. A wonderful post about Bette and her book, Pure Trash, Natalie. I have recently acquired this one and am looking forward to reading it. I have also read Dog Bone Soup which I highly recommend.

  7. Natalie, such a warm review of Bette books. I purchased Dog Bone several months ago but haven’t read it yet. I hope to bump it up on my reading list soon.
    Cheers Bette.

    1. Haha…this cracked me up! We’ve all been there. 🙂 So delighted to connect in this wonderful world of blogging. It’s such an awesome community! Wishing you and yours a lovely day. 🙂

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