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Stephanie Hurt lives in Georgia with her husband Tommy and their son Hunter, along with two dogs, Daisy and Jake. When Stephanie is not lost in one of the worlds that she creates, she's an accountant and children's minister. She has been writing the stories that fill her mind since she was a teenager. The moment a story comes into her mind, she's mesmerized and soon she's diving into the story with a cup of hot green tea and a notebook. Before long, the story has bones and is ready for the laptop. She happily types away in the early morning and at night. You can always find her with a notebook full of stories that have yet to come to life. Follow her journey in each of her over 40 published works!
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What an exciting evening for a cover reveal for STORM… As I write this post, a storm has just stopped here. And thank heavens it cooled things off a bit.
But now, on to the post I’ve been so excited to do. Storm is the 3rd book in the In Harm’s Way Series. With Broken coming out in a couple of weeks, it’s time to reveal the cover for book 3. This series has been such a rush of constant excitement and adrenaline pumping suspense that when I finish my daily writing session, I have to sit and take a breather.
Storm will be a fast paced book, so make sure to fasten your seatbelt and hold on. In the coming days I’ll be posting more on the blurb and characters, but for now I’ll just leave you with the entire cover. I know I only gave you a teaser before.
So, what do you think? Intense was my first thought when my cover designer finished with it. I couldn’t have asked for a better example of what this book will be like. And it will be a wild ride. But there is more to come. There will be five books in this series and they get wilder as the series builds.
We made it to Friday people… That mean’s the weekend is almost here. Only a few more hours…
This morning I’m working on the final scene for BROKEN. Let’s just say I’ve had chills and for just a moment I became a little over anxious. This final scene is like nothing I’ve written before. To say I’m excited doesn’t even explain how I feel.
The crazy part of the final scene has been the research. I can’t tell you much or it will give away too much. Let’s just say, my eyes have been darting around me, making sure that all is well. The building of suspense is growing quick and I can’t wait until this one is released so that my readers can get lost in this story. It’s been quite a ride.
What’s funny is, even though this book is suspenseful, the next one, STORM, will be a roller coaster of suspense as well. So, let’s get this done and move forward. Speaking of STORM, I’ll be doing the Cover Reveal Tomorrow. Keep watching…
Good Wednesday morning! We are halfway to the weekend… Are you ready?
As I sit here working on the last couple chapters of Broken, I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s not that I have some exciting plans, but I do enjoy sitting longer with my coffee and sleeping in on the weekend.
Good morning! I’ve been writing romance for many years. It’s been a wild ride that’s for sure. But now that I’ve added suspense and crime thriller to my list… Let’s just say the ride has gotten wilder. There’s something about building a story that will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of thrills and chills.
Now, writing romance can take you on a wild ride. And when writing any genre, you need to carry your reader on a journey. But with a suspense or thriller novel, there’s another element. It’s the element of breathtaking suspense. The kind that leaves you not knowing what will happen next. It’s the excitement of building a case, then making sure there is a red herring at every corner.
Now, did I throw you for a loop with the ‘red herring’? In a suspense or crime thriller, the red herring is that piece of misleading information or evidence that leads the reader up the wrong path. To me, that’s the fun of the chase. If you give away your criminal or bad person right from the start, then you’ll lose the reader at that point. You have to keep them guessing right up until the end.
What’s fun is that I’ve fell into my own trap while writing these suspense novels. I have to make sure that in my outline, it’s clear who the red herring is and who the bad person is. Or I’ll fall for it too.
So, if you’re wanting to get lost in a mystery, then check out SAFE, the first book in the In Harm’s Way Series. The second book, BROKEN is coming soon…
Good morning! With the heat of summer making everyone long for cold winter days, why not get lost in a little Christmas romance…
Today my bestselling Christmas romance, Holly Cottage – Where the Magic Begins is on sale for only .99!
The magic of Christmas can melt even the coldest of hearts, and change someones entire of life… When romance author, Heidi Roarke loses her Christmas spirit, her agent suggests that she spends Christmas in a townthat is all about the holiday. With major reservations about this plan, she books a room at the Holly Cottage in Hollyville. From the moment she steps into the Cottage, she feels different. Then she meets Eric Bale, the 3rd generation owner of the bed and breakfast, which changes everything. She falls in love with the community of Hollyville and helps fight the Mayor’s choice to quit funding the orphanage. Eric Bale takes one look at Heidi and decides to give her the best Christmas ever. But what he didn’t expect was to feel the way he does about her. Then he sees her with the children at the local orphanage, and he loses more of his heart. As Christmas Day arrives, neither can deny that there is something happening, but is it just the holidays or something more? But when tragedy strikes, the town pulls together to try to keep things the same. Will Christmas be forever changed for Heidi and Eric, or will they find the love they both need? This is a sweet romance that will help you find your Christmas spirit, so grab a cup of hot chocolate and get lost in Hollyville…
When you get lost in this romance, you can play in the snow, get goosebumps from the cold air, and fall in love again…
Good Monday morning! I hope your coffee is flowing freely. Now, as for my coffee enhanced thoughts, let’s talk about characters…
There are many different aspects of a character that you write. So, let’s get right into the conversation. Now, when you start a new story, you have to introduce your characters. But you can’t properly introduce them without knowing them. That’s where a good character write-up comes in.
With a character write-up, you need to get into as much detail as possible. Here are the different elements I put into mine.
Description – Eye color, hair color, flaws such as scars. Age of character is important.
Attitude – Is the character a gentle soul, or a sharp tongued character.
Occupation – Cowboy, secretary, businessman, or whatever they do.
This is only a couple of items, but you get the idea. I always leave plenty of room to add new things that come about as I write. It’s important to keep things the same. Readers notice if your main character has blond hair at the start, then dark hair in the middle.
Make sure that you keep a notebook for each work so that you can keep up with everything.
So, before I rush in and tell you everything about Broken, here’s the cover!
This book was more than I expected. I fell into the spell of the story that unfolded under my fingertips. Even when things seemed to fall apart for the characters, I somehow kept it together. This story will pull you in and break your heart one moment, then give you hope the next. But until the end, you won’t know how it will end. Don’t you love a suspenseful read that keeps you on your toes until the last couple of words.
Now, as I work on the outline for the next book in the series, I need to give you a small peek at the cover…
Storm will take your breath away and leave you hanging on every word. I’m so excited about this book. It’s been in my mind for a long time, but now it will be in yours. So, there will be more to come soon on it. As I said, it would just be a peek…
Good morning! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but I’m back at it. My current WIP is almost finished. Every book I write gets into my heart and it’s always hard to say goodbye. With each word I write, the end comes faster.
But, when you type that last word, how do you say goodbye to the characters that have filled your thoughts for months? How do you get them out of your head? When I finish a book, it’s like the characters are still there somewhere there, but I have to let them go. Every once in a while they come back to me and I wonder if they need to have more of their story written. Maybe a holiday special that brings all the characters together again.
Now that I’ve said that, some of the characters in my head are cheering, so maybe there will be something special coming for the holidays. Let’s just see which set of characters will win the coveted Christmas special. Keep watching for upcoming news on a release.
Oh, before I go, I want to let you in on a special post that will be coming tomorrow. The cover to Broken will be revealed tomorrow and a little snippet of the next book in the ‘In Harm’s Way’ series will be on the post too. So join me tomorrow for some exciting stuff.
Good Monday morning! Why do we let Monday’s stress us out? Maybe it’s because Monday signals the start of the work week. Maybe it’s because Monday is the official end of the weekend. Or Maybe it’s because we were too busy over the weekend and Monday is the day all the exhaustion hits.
On Monday’s I normally drink more coffee than usual. I know, is it possible for me to drink more coffee? At least it’s a sunny Monday morning here. That makes it better. If it’s rainy on Monday morning, then it just adds to the stigma of the day.
But can I give you a piece of advise? Let Monday be another day to be fabulous. Focus on the good, not the ugly. Make it the best day of the week so that your week begins on a happy note. I know, it may be hard, but smile big and drink an extra cup of coffee. It will give you the boost you need. Even sing a happy tune…
So, how is your Monday so far…
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…
P.S. Here’s a link to my new children’s book that released over the weekend…
Good morning! Yes, I said it. If you plan on being a writer, at some time or the other you will have writer’s block. And the worst part is, it normally comes when you are on a deadline or a wordcount needs to be met. It’s never during a convenient time.
But, what can you do when it threatens to sideline your work? Well, I tend to sit back, take a breath and focus on something else. If I’m stuck at a particular place in my manuscript, then I skip ahead. Sometimes that works to get the creative juices flowing.
Other times I go back and read over what I’ve written. It can make the story come alive again. Or even I will go to the next story I’ll be working on and at least work on the outline.
To me, Writer’s block is like when your mind freezes up. So, you have to jolt it back to reality. That’s why I keep doing something with my writing. Whether it’s a step ahead, a step back or a step in a different direction, I make it count.
That’s why I love having a detailed outline to go by. When I get stuck, I have it as a reminder of where the story is headed. And if I need to go ahead to another chapter or place in the book, I can without getting lost in the details. Then once the block has passed, I can get back to where I left off.