The Postcard Gets 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite

Honestly, it’s been a pretty rough 2019 for so many reasons, but seeing this review this morning from READERS’ FAVORITE put a big smile on my face. It’s when I read something like this that I know that despite all the work and effort it takes to be an independent author, it is all worth…

Friday Fiction: Writing the Prologue & Baseball Girl

There is much debate in the fictional writing world as to whether or not your story should begin with a prologue. The last three books I have read–all mainstream fictional novels–have started with a prologue. I found the prologue of Me Before You particularly effective. The discussion of the prologue is a relatively simple one:…

Friday Fodder | It’s Been a Good Week

Honorable Mention Award | Readers’ Favorite 2015 Whenever something you’ve written garners a little recognition, it’s a good thing. Getting another nod from Readers’ Favorite made my week, as Baseball Girl was a project I worked on for three years. Seeing it earn an award in the category of Sports Fiction made me happy, too….

Endorsements for Baseball Girl

Today, I’d like to thank Dr. Charles Steinberg of the Boston Red Sox and Jack Magnus of Readers Favorite for their kind commentary about Baseball Girl. Dr. Steinberg endorsed the book, which you can see showcased on the new cover, and Jack Magnus gave it a 5-Star Review. As for sales of this independent novel,…

It’s Not Bragging. It’s Marketing.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and if you don’t toot your own horn now and then, you will get buried in the monstrous pile of authors who are all doing the same thing you are doing. The life of an independent author is not a glamorous one, unless of course, you are Amanda Hocking….

Beneath The Mimosa Tree’s Award Certificate Has Arrived…

Today I am sharing with you my “official award certificate” I received from Readers’ Favorite. “Beneath the Mimosa Tree” was tops in its category for contemporary romance. I’m still thrilled to pieces by the acknowledgement. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, please do so! It makes a great summer read and perfect gift,…

Writing the Follow-Up to “Beneath the Mimosa Tree”

Last weekend when I was in Miami and “Beneath the Mimosa Tree” won a bronze for contemporary romance fiction in the Readers Favorite contest, I was in a bit of shock. I couldn’t believe it. Contemporary Romance. Bronze Medal. It was my first book, but it was a long, long time in the making. I…

5 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

~ ~ ~ Steph’s Scribe wishes all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and is extremely thankful for the following this year: 5. Wow! 50,000+ hits on Steph’s Scribe, and 25,000 + hits on Paperblog. 4. Steph’s Scribe’s blog followers…over 2,000! 3. Readers Favorite and the Bronze Medal for Contemporary Romance for my novel “Beneath…

Four Things I Learned In Miami at the Readers’ Favorite Awards

* * * Sometimes when my students do an intense assignment, when they’ve completed it, I ask them to write a reflection, typically in the form of a reflective essay. When we sit in peace after we’ve experienced something, it allows us time to be creative and think about what it all meant to us….

Readers’ Favorite Announces Winners: The Official Press Release

Today, Readers Favorite made it all official with its announcement in press release form of the 2012 contest winners. In the category of Romance-Contemporary, BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE a Bronze award. As such, I’ll be going to Miami in November for the awards ceremony. It also coincides with the Miami Book Festival. I’m pretty excited…

Upcoming Events…Come and see me!

September is right around the corner, and there are lots of events on the docket. It will be a busy month as I continue promoting BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE. I’ve had a lot of support from friends & colleagues, local businesses and groups, and students–both current and former. Here’s a list of events I’ll be…