Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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The 10 things I love about Fall…

With Fall just around the corner, along with the cooler mornings and evenings, it makes me smile. I love fall, why, well let me give you some things that make fall special for me…

  1. Crisp, clear mornings
  2. The beautiful colors that explode all around you. (Thank you God for that)
  3. Watching the leaves fall
  4. Building the first fire in the fireplace
  5. Halloween/October Festivals
  6. Pumpkin Spice everything…
  7. It means Christmas is almost here…
  8. Bonfires
  9. Raking leaves, then falling into the huge pile…Did I say I’m a kid at heart ūüėČ
  10. Pumpkin Spice everything, yeah I know I’ve already listed it, but it deserves two spots!

So, what do you love about Fall?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…small_5163387356

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Being whatever we want to be…

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I’m a big kid, not just at Halloween as you can see, but in everyday life. My way of thinking is this, if we stay a child at heart how can you grow old. I know in numbers I’m almost 45, but in my heart I still get giddy at Halloween, Christmas and all the other holidays. My heart still pounds when I see buckets of candy. Well, that could be the chocolate rush, but it still beats harder with excitement.

Last night was our annual Church Trunk or Treat and it was a blast. We had so many children come through and they were very creative with their costumes. It was wonderful to see all my little Children’s Church peeps and the many guests dressed in their favorite theme or character. Of course being the Children’s Minister it’s only right that I go all out with my costume and my decorations. I included my sons pumpkin on the tailgate with balloons, posters and buckets over flowing with candy. The weather held up for our celebration.

As a writer you can be whatever you want to. You can be that character and feel that characters happiness, sadness, anger, love or whatever they feel. We are able to change the ending, making it what we want. Why wouldn’t anyone want to be a writer? Well for one thing it’s not as easy as it looks.

You have a story come into your mind. At first you think, this is going to be easy. You may sit down and write the story in your head and then realize it only lasted 5 pages. As a writer you have to expand that story. The descriptions have to be expanded to allow the reader to be drawn in. Remember the story you hear in your head is real to you, but the reader doesn’t have it in their head the way you do. You have to put it in their mind. We have to help the reader see it as we do, which means it has to be detailed out.

If you say, “I see a rolling green hill”. Well the person reading this will only picture a hill of green grass. If you want them to see more then say it more like this. “As I sit here, I see a hill that goes beyond the eye. It is covered in wildflowers that are vibrant with color. The sky is dotted with a few fluffy white clouds and the blue is in deep contrast to the green grass. It is a breathtaking sight to behold.” See how you draw in the reader and help them to see what you see.

Hope everyone had a safe Halloween and take it easy on the candy.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Pumpkin Pie Spice and everything nice…

It’s Halloween and I love it. I don’t get into all the scary stuff, but I do love to dress up. Last year I was Noah in the Ark. What will I be this year? Hummmmm…… I have several ideas but no reveal until tonight at Church. We’re having our annual Truck or Treat and I always go all out with my costumes for the kids. I’m a big kid at heart so why not show it to the world. I’ll be posting a picture of me tonight.

As for the Pumpkin Pie Spice, I purchased my first seasonal coffee creamer of the season. It was heavenly this morning as I took the first sip of the creamy concoction. It made my day seem so exciting and mysterious. As the clouds roll in setting up for the rain to come later tonight, I’m working on my second cup of deliciously flavored coffee and thinking about a third. Why not?¬†

As for everything nice, my book sale is up on most of my sites, but not on Barnes and Noble yet. Hopefully by the end of the week. I’m excited about my upcoming blog post in the Southern Writer’s Magazine Suite T blog which will appear November 18th. Things have moved along pretty quickly with my writing and I’m just riding on this wave of awesomeness.¬†

Looking into a couple of advertising areas that have been recommended to me. Let me know your thoughts on these two sites: BookBub and Blodads.com. Have any of you used these sites and how did it go? Do you have another recommendation?

Hope all is well on this spookiest day of the year. Happy Halloween and stay safe, but have a marvelous time being someone or something else today.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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As Promised, The Ark!

As promised, a pic of me as “the ark” last night at “Trunk or Treat”. It was extremely cold so I had on three shirts and everybody laughed and said if I fell I would bounce I was so padded. I could hardly move my arms due to the thickness of the shirts.

It was a great night. We had a lot of Trick or Treaters. They were awesome and made me feel like a job well done. As you can tell in the background we served food. That was a popular area.

Hope everyone had a wonderful and Safe Halloween. Also still praying for those of our friends up north that are still dealing with “SANDY”. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this awful time.


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Halloween not just for the kiddies!

I’ve always loved Halloween. The main reason is I get to act like a kid for a whole day. Well, tonight’s the “Trunk or Treat” at our Church and you got it, me being the Children’s Minister I’m in charge. Also being the Children’s Minister I get to totally go crazy with my costume. I’ve got to totally blow the kid’s minds. Well here are the last three years costumes.

1: Human Pumpkin (Had the smart idea of coloring my face with orange eye shadow. Guess what? It does not come off with soap and water. We had Church the next day and I had to go with an orange face.)

2: Hunter – That was fun. I dressed in my husband’s hunting clothes and I stayed warm all night.

3: Bouquet of Balloons – That was hilarious until someone located the pins inside the Church. I safety pinned blowed up balloons all over my black sweatshirt. I even had them on a headband on top of my head. I was colorful to say the least. My husband found my stash of straight pins in my Church office and when the night got a little slow, he decided to liven things up by busting my balloons when I wasn’t looking.

4: Country girl: This was not too much off the mark as I’m a country girl. But I added huge freckles and uneven ponytails.

Well, this year I decided to go a little different. I tried to think of something totally unusual. As if I’m not already totally unusual. I started thinking of different Bible characters that the kid’s would know. I finally got it! I will be Noah’s Ark, not Noah, but the Ark. Yes folks, I will be a boat (Well a cardboard simulation) and I even put animals standing all over the front. I will post a picture of myself tomorrow so you can see me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween and a safe one. Be a kid and go crazy. You only live once and hey, you gotta just go for it. It makes you feel young again.

As always, good writing and may God bless you!


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Goodreads Giveaways!

I have set up a giveaway of 1 signed paperback of each of my five books on my author page at Goodreads. Just follow this link to the “Moonbeam & Roses” giveaway¬†http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36077-moonbeam-roses. Follow this link to the “Tender Flames” giveaway¬†http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36081-tender-flames. Follow this link to the “Ghost Lover” giveaway¬†http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36078-ghost-lover. Follow this link to the “With All My Heart…” giveaway¬†http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36079-with-all-my-heart. Follow this link to the “A Love Never Lost” giveaway¬†http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36010-a-love-never-lost.

It has been a great week. The trees are turning beautiful colors and the air is starting to turn crisp. This Sunday is our Church Fall Festival, which being the children’s minister I’m in charge of the activities. I’m excited. Wednesday is Halloween and time for our annual “Trunk or Treat” at the Church. Trying to figure out what I’ll dress as. I’ve been a bouquet of balloons, a cowgirl, a pumpkin, a little girl and so on. SO I have to figure out something cool.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. As always good writing and may God bless you!

 


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My Favorite Halloween Movie…

I’m so excited. Tonight my favorite Halloween movie is coming on. It’s Hocus Pocus. I’ve never been into scary movies. I like funny scary. Give me Disney’s Haunted Mansion or Hocus Pocus and I’m set. I get excited at Halloween because that means Christmas is just around the corner. Have a wonderful night! Watch out for spooks!