Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Thanksgiving and so much more…

First things first… Happy Thanksgiving to one and all on this beautiful morning. Well its beautiful here in Georgia, just really cold. I’m thankful for so many things as I sit sipping my coffee and getting ready to start preparation for all the food I need to prepare.

I’m thankful for my family that stands by me no matter how crazy I get, for my friends that stay faithful even through my writing frenzy and most of all I’m thankful for my Savior that saved me and keeps me in line. What are all of you thankful for today?

As I do every Thanksgiving, I’m offering 5 of my stand alone books for only .99 each on Amazon. I’ve been so blessed in my writing and the friends I’ve gained through it. All of you are wonderful and I wanted to offer a deal for the season.

Thanks SaleAs always great writing and May God Bless You….

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Last Monday of 2013!

It’s weird to say that. I’ve been thinking back to 2013 and it’s been a great year. There’s been good and bad throughout the year, but for the most part it’s been great. It was the first full year of being a published author. 

How are you spending the last two days of 2013? As for me I’m working today, but taking tommorow off. I’m trying to finish one of my books before midnight tommorow, but maybe not. It’s funny how you plan on time to write during holidays and then life steps in and you don’t get it done. 

What are your plans for New Year’s? We spend it at our Church. We have the best time eating finger foods and singing. Then we bring in the New Year at the altar. It’s a great way to thank Him for the past year and for the new year to come. Of course I have games and prizes for the kids. They even get to wear their pjs which helps parents just put them to bed when they get home.

Hopefully everyone has set their writing goals for 2014. 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Honors and Prayers

First and foremost let’s get to the prayers. If you’ve been listening or watching the news you know about the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma yesterday. It’s so tragic in the fact that lives were lost and homes destroyed. I sat and cried last night and this morning after seeing the devastation. It always affects me more when children are involved. They were so young. Please pray for those precious souls and their parents. Pray for the heroes working diligently to help. Prayer is what they need now.

As for honors, I was given a very special honor yesterday. I was asked to be a sponsored author in the July issue Southern Writers Magazine on their Magnolia Corner page. The book that will be spotlighted will be “Rekindled Flame”. I’m really excited about this opportunity. 

Hopefully this post finds all of you well and safe. As storm season get’s into full swing, please heed the warnings and keep safe.

As always good writing and May God Bless You and those in our thoughts today…


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Friday night and smiling :)

Well I made it through another week. Thanks to all the well wishes I’ve received. I’m feeling much better, but still a little stuffy. I’m excited for the weekend. Not planning much of anything but some time for myself somehow among the  tax returns, my son’s shot gun practice and house cleaning.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday night and remember to smile. It’s the weekend and God has given us in Georgia a beautiful weekend. Get out and enjoy the outdoors if you can.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Thankful for reviews…

How can you be thankful for bad reviews? Well, when I get a bad review I notice an increase in sales. Odd, but true. I have realized that I have a bad review stalker. When I get a really good review on one of my books, they follow with a very mean and vindictive review. They always say the same thing, just change the words around. This time they added a paragraph telling how bad my grammar is and that a five year old could do better.

At first I was angry, then I realized that with all the good reviews on this one book, this one only showed a vindictive nature to this reviewer. They even gave me one star, why even give a star at all if it was that bad. If you’re going to review someone’s work, try to be a little less vindictive. It makes the review a lot more real. When you start slinging mud, it only makes the review worthy of nothing but mean spirited emotions.

Not sure why this one person keeps reading my books if they are so awful. If they even read my books. According to two of the reviews the comments totally don’t match the book or it’s content. Oh well, life goes on and we live another day to write for the people that truly enjoy our work and write nice reviews.

As Thanksgiving rolls around tomorrow, I’m thankful for those that take reviewing books seriously and know how to handle even the bad reviews. Thanks to my fan base that I thankfully am building, my books continue to sell at a slight upward trend. Not retire from day job pace, but a make the author happy pace.

As always good writing and May God bless.


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Week of Thanks…

It’s Thanksgiving week if you haven’t looked at your calendar. This year has flown by. I was sitting in Church yesterday which is an oddity for me because normally I’m downstairs with the children. It was a special Thanksgiving service, so I brought the older children upstairs for the sermon.

The band started singing a song called “Thank You”. It really hit me that as a whole we are not thankful enough for what we have. I was humbled at the thought. So many of us, me included, are so busy that we don’t take time to be thankful for what we take for granted. Here is my list of things I’m thankful for.

1: First and foremost I’m thankful for a forgiving Savior, because I need forgiveness.

2: My wonderful family. I am biased, but I have the most special family. I have a great husband who supports me in all I do and a wonderful son who helps me with anything I need and he’s a great kid.

3: My business. I own a accounting business and it is right beside my house. How many can just walk out the door and be at work in 30 seconds.

4: My writing. I am thankful for the fact that I can publish my writing and people will buy it. It has been a wild ride.

5: Definitely my friends. I have some great friends and that includes my blog friends, my twitter friends and as I call them my cyber friends. I treasure the conversations we have.

Take some time this week to be thankful for what you have. As always, good writing and May God bless you.

 


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Beautiful Blogger Award! Me! Thanks!

I want to thank Sonya Loveday for the wonderful honor of nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I accept this honor with much humility and adoration.

The rules for the Beautiful Blogger award are as follows. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you again Sonya! Add the badge to your blog- and then reveal seven things about yourself. Choose 15 Beautiful Bloggers and pass the award along to them.

Seven things about me:

1: I am an Accountant and own my own Accounting business.

2: I love romance. Guess that’s why I write in that genre, huh!

3: I am a mother of a 13 year old son and been married for 18 years.

4: I love horses and cowboys!

5: I always wanted to be a concert pianist. (Studied for 8 years)

6: I have a passion for children & my faith, that’s why I am a children’s ministry director.

7: Christmas is my favorite time of the year! (Just wait for those blogs. I get really giddy at that time of year.)

So thanks again Sonya, you’re the best. If I list you and you don’t want to play along I totally understand. Here goes:

http://nikkiziehl.wordpress.com

http://busyteacher.wordpress.com

http://candaceknoebel.wordpress.com

http://melissarsmith.wordpress.com

http://rosieamber.wordpress.com

http://bottledworder.wordpress.com

http://igamemom.wordpress.com

http://henryspruce.wordpress.com

http://paulaacton.wordpress.com

http://seanmacuisdin.wordpress.com

http://joannewadsworth.wordpress.com

http://organizedmama.wordpress.com

http://wyattmcintyre.com

http://cristianmihai.net

http://amatuerstorywriter.wordpress.com

I have so many wonderful blog friends, so if I did not include someone I’m sorry, but I had to get only 15. I love you all!