Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Just when…

Good Monday morning! With tax season officially over, I’m finally getting my head wrapped around my works in progress. As deadlines loomed over my head for taxes, my writing took a hit. My brain wouldn’t focus on the words that wanted to be written. But, I’m back in the saddle and loving the feeling. I’m writing this morning with a fresh head.

As a writer, we need positive response to our writing. This weekend I received one of the most amazing reviews of Highlander’s Heart. The reviewer saw the vision behind the book and the review showed it. She saw what made this book tick for me. To say I was amazed, well, that doesn’t even begin to express my feelings. If you haven’t read the first book in the Cowen Clan series, then maybe this will encourage you to grab a copy.

Here’s the review:

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

Highlander’s Heart is the first novel in the Cowen Clan Series by Stephanie Payne Hurt. Evina McLeod is trying to escape the clutches of the cunning Laird McKinney. Sadly, being a woman, she cannot run far away unless she has a powerful guardian to protect her. That protection appears in the form of the handsome Laird Ewan Cowen. Ewan is enamored by her beauty and he is ready to provide her with protection as long as she agrees to marry him. They weren’t expecting to fall in love with each other and they weren’t expecting to be loved in return. However, the reach of Laird McKinney is strong and long. He has a plan in place and he will not stop until he has what he wants. Ewan and Evina are just pawns in a game that he plans to win. What are these two going to do?

This was an intense story of love, acceptance, and safety. I loved the dynamic between Ewan and Evina; they were perfect for each other in the most satisfying way possible. The author has done a wonderful job creating a plot that is believable, enjoyable and perfect for readers who enjoy historical fiction. Ewan is a provider and a protector who thinks he doesn’t need love, but once Evina melts his heart, he realizes how important love is. Evina may seem vulnerable at the beginning of the story, but she blooms and develops to become a protector as well. The flow was amazing, the narrative was beautifully intricate and the plot was fast-paced enough to get you involved in the story. This is brilliant!

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/highlanders-heart

I’ll leave it at that! Didn’t I tell you it was amazing.

Have a great Monday and May God Bless You…


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Tuesday Morning History…

Good Tuesday morning all! Officially it feels like Monday since yesterday was a holiday, but the air is clear and just a little cooler than before, so life is good. I can feel Fall coming on like a lion and I can’t wait.

As I sit on my patio, writing before I walk to the office, I’m thinking about the Scottish series that I started last week. I’ve been thinking about writing one for a long while, but hesitated as I had so many other manuscripts in line, but when the muse comes up and knocks you up beside the head, well, you do what it says. That muse is ferocious and means business. So, I put aside the other works and in a little less than a week I’m over 12,000 words into the new series.

To help my guilt about putting the other works to the side, one of the Carina editors is looking for Highland Romances and I messaged her about it. Especially since the post stating that she wanted to see some was in April, I wanted to make sure that she still was interested. She enthusiastically answered, YES! So, I’ll be sending the first book and a synopsis of books 2 & 3 fairly soon.

Since I’m a history lover, the research has been a lot of fun. Not to mention that I finally decided to bite the bullet and start watching Outlander, which I have to say, was a wonderful decision. Also, since the time periods mesh, I’m learning a lot. I’m also reading a couple of Highland romances to polish up on the history. I just love being a writer.

I do hope all of you are doing wonderful on this Tuesday morning. What are you working on?

As always, good writing and may God Bless You…