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Fabulous Betty Dravis collaborates with horror author Barbara Watkins!

As a follow-up to our Every Child is Entitled to Innocence anthology to which Betty Dravis generously contributed, I would like to introduce you to the lady herself. 

What can I say about Betty? In fact, it might be an easier question to ask what can’t I say about Betty? I could list superlatives such as fabulous, amazing, inspiring, but I guess I had better tell you why I think those things about this (here I go again) wonderful lady. To tell you that she has the magic to bring grown men to their knees in obeisance is not an exaggeration. In fact, she has us all trying to please her. Betty is the queen of the social network boards, make no mistake about that!

If you knew Betty, it would not surprise you to know that she has even managed a coup in the the new e-publishing industry. She has captivated the heart of e-book sensation, John Locke, whom she asked to write the foreword for her e-book, Star Struck. It is an apt title. How could John refuse? He is a mere mortal – a satellite in Betty’s orbit! No one says No! to Betty! We are all a little in love with her, rapt by her talent, charm, drive, energy and determination that puts those of us who feel old to shame.

Betty is one of those eternally young spirits in the shape of the great, grand dame that remind many of us of how fairy god-mothers ought to be. Not even Clint Eastwood could say No to her.

In Betty’s e-book sensation, she describes how her interview with Clint Eastwood launched her career as a journalist. Betty describes how she scooped her meeting as a ‘Bad Hair Day!’ Her sense of humour laces everything with sharp wit.  Maybe nobody phases Betty because she herself is a celebrity. She is used to ‘walking the talk,’ and hobnobbing with the stars. She treats stars and minions the same. She elevates us minions and makes us stars and brings stars to earth, making them shine amongst us as ordinary human beings. Through Betty’s eyes, we see them for who they are, fragile, humble, insecure sometimes, and in need of love like the rest of us.

Betty has literally hundreds of reviews that tell us how good are her books. I don’t need to quote them here. You can check them out for yourself on Amazon. And she is a prolific reviewer of others – always generous, always honest and not afraid to rave about someone else’s work when it is deserved. That shows her big-heartedness, a spirit secure enough in its own talent to give recognition to that of others.’

I will just say this: Here is but a snippet of what John Locke writes about her book Star Struck:

“This collection is special for another reason. It offers you a glimpse into the mind and character of the author herself. Make no mistake, Betty’s a charmer! High-spirited and full of energy, she’s a treasure, far as I’m concerned, and her wit, charm, and self-deprecating humor is evident in these unique and personal stories.” – John Locke, author of Saving Rachel and other Donovan Creed novels. John Locke is the first self-published author to sell a million e-books on Kindle, so he MUST know what he is talking about!

Now Betty has entered into a new venture with fellow author: Barbara Watkins. They have doubled up to produce Six Pack of Blood, a supernatural/horror collection of short stories. So, from her contribution to Plum Tree Books’ Every Child is Entitled to Innocence to a Six Pack of horror, here’s to you, Betty Dravis: retired newspaper publisher; career journalist; host of  a Cable TV talk show; celebrity interviewer; author of seven books; author of three short stories that were consistent best-sellers in the Amazon Shorts program.

Check out Betty’s and Barbara’s new collaboration.  Brought to you by the Easter bunny…Free to download over Easter!

http://www.amazon.com/Six-Pack-of-Blood-ebook/dp/B007Q7FG68

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamh.co.uk

18 comments on “Fabulous Betty Dravis collaborates with horror author Barbara Watkins!

  1. Wayne Zurl (@waynezurl)
    April 7, 2012

    I think Betty is sweet. She loves my imaginary friend Sam. Barbara is sweet too, She just likes to scare the stuffings out of people. Great job, ladies.

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 7, 2012

      Of course she is sweet! So is Barbara…

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      • barbienell
        April 8, 2012

        Niamh, again I thank you for all of your loyal support and encouragement…Sincerely!

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    • barbienell
      April 8, 2012

      Wayne, bless you and thank you for your wonderful comments, and your support at every turn – always tweeting, and posting words of encouragement.

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  2. The link you provided will only work for UK customers, but if any of you stateside enter the title in your amazon.com site, you’ll find it and it’s free there too.

    Looking forward to this!

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  3. DiAnne Ebejer
    April 7, 2012

    Congratulations Betty on all the wonderful things you have achieved and continue to achieve and thank you for being one of the first people to welcome me when I first came into Niamh’s group and make me feel comfortable. Wayne is right, your are sweet! Tough and sweet! That’s a great combination!

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  4. Betty Dravis
    April 7, 2012

    Wow, I finally broke into the much-coveted “Bad Girl” category… I keep trying, by flirting with Wayne and his Sam Jenkins character, but it usually gets back to sweet. 😦

    And why can’t I be sweet AND baaaaaaaaaad. I kinda like that “not-so-sweet,” for a change. I’ve always been mischievous, as family members and friends will tell you. 🙂

    Wonderful write-up, Niamh. I am so flattered…

    And, Wayne, I like to scare people, too. If you read my stories in SIX-PACK, you’ll see that side of me. But keep thinking of me as sweet, if you wish, my FAVE TOP COP (Dirty Harry will always be first, y’know…) 🙂

    Serious thanks, Niamh and PLUM TREE BOOKS for this make-me-feel-good article.

    Hugs – Bettty

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 8, 2012

      It is my pleasure, Betty! I loved writing about you. You are a source of pure inspiration to many.

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  5. Nick Antinozzi
    April 7, 2012

    I just finished Betty’s story “The Collector” in Six-Pack Of Blood and I loved it! Great job, can’t wait to finish the rest of the stories! Brava!

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  6. barbienell
    April 8, 2012

    Thanks so much for writing this fabulous article, Niamh! Thanks for sharing with the world the many talents of Betty Dravis – my dear friend and co-author of Six-Pack of Blood…! She has a heart of pure gold…a brilliant imagination that shines and soars above all when creating her literary works. It was an honor and absolute pleasure to work with her, and am blessed to have her in my life. Thanks again for your gracious and kind comments about me and my literary work as well, Niamh…!

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 8, 2012

      Barbara! Aren’t we lucky to have know Betty. A truly unique and rare personality. It was my pleasure to feature you both here. Happy Easter!

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  7. Betty Dravis
    April 8, 2012

    Wow! (That might be a teen word, but it says a lot, so I love it!) … I’m overwhelmed by all these wonderful comments. Still basking in the glow of this awesome tribute by one of the most respected women on the Net: Dr. Niamh Clune… Niamh to her many admirers!

    And I’m the one who is inspired by all of you: DiAnne, Wayne, Nick, Elizabeth and, of course, dear Barbara. Honey, you are more than a co-author and inspiration to me… You have become the dearest of friends. That’s what working with you accomplished, in addition to a fine book. Thanks for letting me “boss you around” for a while…and doing it so graciously. (Private joke…not so private now!) 🙂

    I don’t know Elizabeth as well yet…but that will certainly be remedied. I’ve read nothing but good things about you and your works. Thanks for your input, Elizabeth. Going off to get one of your books NOW! I have everyone else’s on here.

    Hey, NIck, as you know I am one of first to appreciate and enjoy the timely subject of your DESPERATE TIMES series. Exciting and enlightening reading… Thanks for enjoying my THE COLLECTOR. Wait till you get to Barbara’s works. Your nice head of brown hair will turn white (from fear). She’s the best at horror! WE WOULD TRULY APPRECIATE A REVIEW FROM YOU, even if you just make it short and say what you said in your comment. *Hint* Actually, would love reviews from as many of you as have time.

    Hugs and love,

    Betty Dravis
    P.S. Yes, Dianne, I can be tough…when necessary. Glad you pointed that out. I consider that a compliment in this old world. 🙂

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 8, 2012

      And it is exactly this kind of comment that makes you so special, Betty. We look forward to featuring you often On The Plum Tree. And I believe I am right in thinking that you will be producing a review of our Every Child is Entitled to Innocence. Betty is a class act as a reviewer as well as writer. So we will be featuring you again soon.

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  8. tomdharris
    April 8, 2012

    Hi Niamh, Betty and Barbara, I do like a bit of horror to help inspire my YA writing and after such a glowing review how could I not put the Six-Pack of Blood on my wish list. 🙂 The Plum Tree is such a diverse blog too, Niamh, always something different, interesting and inspirational. Great post.

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 8, 2012

      Well! For that positive comment, I thank you sincerely! I guess it is a risk being so diverse. But there are so many wonderful things out there. And I am interested in so many forms of art, different causes, and discovering wonderful pieces of writing.

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  9. Betty Dravis
    April 8, 2012

    HI, Tom. Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again soon. You are right: Niamh has a fascinating array of information and a stable of awesome writers. (Stable might sound offensive, but it’s the word the big pubs use, so no offense intended.) 🙂

    No need to put it on your wish list, Tom, because Barbara and I are giving it free TODAY and TOMORROW as a special thanks to all of you for encouraging and helping us so much. Now, go get your copy…unless you prefer to pay. 🙂

    Big hugs and please visit my TimeLine when the Muse is with you.

    Betty Dravis

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    • tomdharris
      April 9, 2012

      Just ordered it for my Kindle, Betty, looking forward to it. 🙂

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      • Betty Dravis
        April 26, 2012

        Hope you enjoy it, Tom, as much as Barbara and I enjoyed creating it… A fun project. Thanks so-ooo… Hugs – Betty

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