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5 Simple Steps To Self Publishing

Congratulations – your book is ready to go live and be read by hundreds and thousands of readers…and you’re just realizing the road ahead can seem a little daunting. It doesn’t have to be. I know self publishing can seem overwhelming but if you follow these 5 strategies, that mountain you aren’t sure you can climb will quickly look like a little mole hill – trust me. Your book is ready, …Read More

Why Research For My Novels Can Be Fun

Every story I write is different and requires different types of research. Sometimes it requires hours of text or phone calls with specialists, internet searches, books to read…but sometimes it requires hand-on type fun. By fun, I mean hours spend looking through Pinterest or planning a trip – something you all know I love to do. #steenatravels Right now I’m working on a novel where Christmas Markets set in Germany …Read More

Writing The Word Game

Yesterday was the release of my latest novel – The Word Game. Here’s a little message I created for readers…enjoy! I’m sure I’ll say this for every novel I write, but this one really made me nervous. This story was so hard for me to write – there’s a lot of me (character wise) in both the sisters you’ll meet in this story. Raising daughters – especially teenage ones – is …Read More

Gingery Pumpkin Scones – a perfect Fall treat

  Gingery Pumpkin Scones   Print Author: adapted from Taste of Home Serves: 8 Ingredients 2 Cups all-purpose flour 7 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar, divided 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp baking soda 5 Tbsp cold butter, divided 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ Cup canned pumpkin ¼ Cup sour cream Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, …Read More

Autumn Sales on Kindle

I love the cool breeze of fall; warm sweaters, hot drinks, and good books to curl up with. Here are some incredible deals from Kindle Marketplace in the US, UK and Australia! On SALE through the UK Kindle Marketplace… Just £1.00/ea (throughout the month of October, 2015) Finding Emma & Emma’s Secret   On SALE through the US Kindle Marketplace… $3.99 or less (throughout the month of October, 2015) The …Read More

Fall in Love with Women’s Fiction Giveaway

I’m excited to share this amazing giveaway with all of you!  This collection of 9 ebooks and 1 paperback, all written by amazing Women’s Fiction authors, is up for grabs to only ONE lucky winner. The contest runs October 8th to October 22, 2015 at 12AM, so be sure to get your entry in!!  It’s an amazing prize and you won’t be disappointed with this TBR list 😉  GOOD LUCK! …Read More

Cinnamon Muffins

While on vacation, I came across this delicious treat…or snack 😉  I hope you’ll enjoy these sweet muffins as much as I do. Cinnamon Muffins   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: adapted from Food Network Serves: 12 Ingredients 1 1⁄2 cups flour 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp salt 1⁄2 tsp ground nutmeg 1⁄2 tsp ground allspice …Read More

Literacy is Everyone’s Concern

I have a feeling I’m a bit late in sharing this, but it’s important regardless. I have been a lover of literature for years. I remember lying in bed with the covers over my head, flashlight on and getting lost within the stories of Nancy Drew or Anne of Green Gables. I love when my children ask me to take them to the bookstore or to order a novel online …Read More

My Vacation Reading List

Normally you’d expect to read  post like this at the beginning of summer…right? Vacation reading when we’re heading into fall and our kids are back to school? Things are beyond normal in my house right now. I had a deadline this summer and so our family vacation was postponed until I could hand in my book…which I have done, so we’re starting to get ready to head off for our …Read More