AtoZ Blog Challenge Theme Reveal -2015

atoz-theme-reveal-2015My second novel, Facing East will be published in April, 2015. The novel is set in Chicago, a hell of a town, sorry NY! The blog challenge allowed me to use research that didn’t make the book, or is condensed in brief scenes, to highlight Chicago, Seattle, Rome, Lucca, and Pienza Italy, all locations in the story. I have used excerpts from the novel, wonderful photographs, and personal reflections in this year’s challenge. When the curtain goes up April 1st, I hope you will be in the front row sitting next to me. I want you to  enjoy 26 AtoZ topics that start with Chicago Architecture and ends with the Lincoln Park ZOO.

0dbbcd7051bd8c2d4bf07b7252477f94The Letter M… Marshall Field’s

images-19The Letter F…Chicago’s Fairy Lights


The Letter I …Italy  


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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12 Responses to AtoZ Blog Challenge Theme Reveal -2015

  1. noelleg44 says:

    You KNOW I’m, looking forward to this, Stepheny!

  2. Love the photos. I’m going to enjoy this one! Looking forward to April!

  3. Megha H says:

    Places! Would love to know more…

  4. What a great theme. I toyed with using the challenge to highlight my upcoming, but ended up deciding against it.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    • I enjoyed writing the various settings for the new novel. The theme came easily this year (my 3rd challenge) based on the research and time already invested. I hope it proves a good theme choice. We’ll see what the feedback tells me.

  5. I love learning about different places around the world and I have never been to Chicago, so I am looking forward to your posts 🙂

  6. I feel like I’m about to go on a world tour! I can’t wait!!!!

  7. Tarkabarka says:

    Sounds fun! Sign me up! I have gone through Chicago before, but never stopped to visit. I really should, sometime soon.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    • I grew up outside Chicago, north of the city on the lake-Evanston where Northwestern University is. It is a wonderful area. Glad you will be along for the ride during the #Challenge. Looking forward to it.

  8. Robyn says:

    This is going to be one exciting ride! Looking forward to ‘traveling’ with you

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