Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

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:

A Writers Writer – Alan Bradley -The Flavia De Luce Series

“I’d been spending so much time sitting halfway down the stairs that I was beginning to feel like Christopher Robin”   Flavia from I’m Half Sick of Shadows Flavia De Luce  lives in a dilapidated old mansion in the English … Continue reading

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Giving Books for Christmas 2017 – Part 2

I have read three of author Beatriz William’s books that feature the daughters of the Schuyler family. In each of these novels, one of the sisters comes forth as the main character and moves the tale of this complex family along. The … Continue reading

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Giving Books for Christmas 2017 – Part 1

It’s the time of the year when we love to give books and I have some I want to recommend to you for giving, but first things first…..I have finished a sequel to my first novel, Greening of a Heart, … Continue reading

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Seeing the New Movie…Murder on the Orient Express

Click Here to watch a brief trailer for the movie, Murder on the Orient Express Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi    I love a good movie, don’t you? … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its Cover – Andrew Davidson – Artist and Illustrator

Andrew Davidson I have already written about Andrew Davidson in an earlier post. I hope you will take a moment and Click Here to read it. Because I finished another in the Jacqueline Winspear, Maise Dobbs Series,  A Dangerous Place, … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer….Author Tom Rachman -The Imperfectionists

I am never without a book, I read every day, though more often than not propped up in bed after 11:00 PM. A great book can last until two in the morning. Recently, I needed a quote for the other … Continue reading

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The Launch of a New Blog – The Best I’ve Seen in a Long Time

I have lost track of how many blogs I have looked at over the years, especially during the month of April every year for the AtoZ Blog Challenge; a thousand blogs would be a conservative guess. In order to return … Continue reading

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Never Under Estimate a Trip to the Library To Make Your Day – Donna Leon’s latest – Earthly Remains

I arrived at the Braswell Public Library in Rocky Mount, NC to do some research on the ZB Bullock family and their Renaissance Revival home built in 1927. If you love architecture like I do you might enjoy reading this post.  When I … Continue reading

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Garden of Lamentations – The Newest Deborah Crombie Mystery

My interest was peaked the moment I discovered that one of Notting Hill’s private gardens was part of the setting in London for Deborah Crombie’s latest 2017 book. Having already done some research myself on London’s Garden Squares for the … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Jeffrey Archer – The Clifton Chronicles

“If you make a deal with a fool, don’t be surprised when they act foolishly.” – Jeffrey Archer, Only Time Will Tell “The worst moment of any campaign is waiting for the sun to rise on the morning of the … Continue reading

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Way Beyond Your Childhood Paper Dolls Clothes

When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls. With a blunt pair of scissors, I would set about cutting the clothes from the page in the paper doll book, occasionally cutting off a tab that helped … Continue reading

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Now You Know The Rest of the Story – David Halberstam’s THE FIFTIES

I envy my grandchildren who will live long enough to read a book written by another David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has written about the social, political, and athletic life of America in books like The Fifties, The Best … Continue reading

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