Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Saturday Procrastination!

Good Saturday morning! So, I’m sitting here, scanning social media, liking posts, commenting, sipping my second cup of coffee, writing this post… But what’s wrong with that? It’s Saturday morning right? I should just sit here, relax and be, right? Wrong! I have a deadline!!! Yep, I need to be finishing the story before posting the final preorder copy, but why am I procrastinating?

It’s simple… I don’t want the story to end. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, once characters get in your head, they’re like part of the family. When I type the end this time, it will be the end of the Magnolia Hill story. So, I’m procrastinating. I need to just get up now and do my housework, go pick up my groceries, then write, unhindered.

Why are so many writers plagued with procrastination tendencies? It’s just part of the thing we love, writing. Not to mention the little plot bunnies that seemed to bounce around in our head, usually in five different directions…

So, what are you up to this morning? Anything good, or are you doing like me, procrastinating?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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Women of Magnolia Hill is coming to a close…

Good morning! It’s Wednesday and we’re halfway there.

As I work on the final book of the Women of Magnolia Hill Saga, I feel drained. Why is it so hard to end a series?  Characters and places that fill our head also fill our heart. But saying goodbye, well, that isn’t easy.

This series began a long time ago with the first book, Victoria. It was filled with a spirit that engulfed me. As the series progressed, so did the years and the times. It went from Emma Rose to Lily and now in the final chapter, Georgia. But, what will be the fate of the loved Magnolia Hill? Will it still stand or will it fall from time?

Here’s a short, short snippet from Georgia:

Georgia whirled around, anger filling her eyes. “I’m not leaving my home. He wants a fight, well he’s got one. There’s one thing you don’t know about the women of Magnolia Hill. We don’t give up at any cost.”

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As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Lost in my characters

Have you ever lost yourself in your characters? I think all writers do at one time or another. What’s crazy is I was talking with someone the other day and started to tell them something that happened to a friend and then I realized it had happened to a character in my book. I just shut my mouth and decided to get my head on straight before I talked again. Maybe that’s why most writer’s choose the life of a recluse.

Sometimes when I’m writing I get so lost in my characters world that I have to readjust to my own life. It’s a fact that you have to get into your characters head in order to write a believeable character. If you don’t get involved with the character how can you even begin to tell their story. it would be like writing about someone you’ve never met or seen. It’s almost impossible.

For me I like to write a character bio on all the main characters. That way everytime they do something new, then I write it down so that my characters stay true to form. This helps when writing a series where the characters appear in several books. Oh and for goodness sakes make sure you note ages and names. That’s so embarassing when your editor asks who the new character is midway of the book and you realize you accidentally changed their name. Yep, been there done that.

Lately I’ve been lost in the 1800’s while writing Emma Rose. I’m really excited about this new installment in the Women Of Magnolia Hill Saga. But I do have to make sure I keep up with the times that I’m writing in. Emma Rose has taken over my brain, so I need to get back to her story. I’ll be revealing the cover really soon.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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“Victoria” is up for preorder!

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My latest book will be officially released on September 30th, but you can preorder it for $1 cheaper right now at these links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/victoria-stephanie-hurt/1116875133?ean=2940045251976 & https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353698

The press release was also released yesterday at http://prlog.org/12211010

The preorder cost is only $3.99, but after September 30th the cost will be $4.99.

Here’s a little bit about Victoria:

“Victoria” is part of the “Women Of Magnolia Hill” Saga by Stephanie Payne Hurt. It starts before the Civil War and is based around Atlanta, Georgia. As the war talk escalates Miles Slaughter knows his daughter Victoria needs to find a husband. Victoria is not going to marry just anyone. Her heart is set on finding the love of her life. While Miles is in Boston on business he meets Zane Camden, a shipping company owner. He’s impressed with the young man.

When he brings him home to meet his daughter, sparks fly and her anger flares. Miles tries to gather support from his four sons, but they know their sister. Zane can’t believe how beautiful she is and her anger only makes his interest stronger. Will he be able to win her heart before war is declared?

This is a romance with suspense, family, and interesting characters.It’s hard not to fall in love with Victoria and her family. This is part one of the saga that will tell the stories of Magnolia Hill Plantation from before the Civil War and go through to present day. Find out through the books what happens to the Slaughter family and their descendents.

 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…