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: Stephenyhoughtlin.com

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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December 21 – Giving you the Gift of Poet Chris Heeter

Seeing Solstice There is a pause now this quiet Solstice time before light slowly lengthens. The temptation? To count the days. To hold our breath until daylight stretches into evening and early morning forces back the darkness. What a relief … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer- Pat Conroy’s new book- A Lowcountry Heart

December 11, 2011 -Last night I finished a splendid memoir written by the irascible and charming Christopher Hitchens. It is called Hitch-22, and the title reminded me of the time I found myself talking to a fascinating man at the deep … Continue reading

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My Favorite Wild Poet – Chris Heeter – Saying Goodbye to Fall

EVEN LEAVES LET GO This fall season arrived with bountiful sun and rain. A blend that promises the extended version of high definition fall foliage. And so it is that I step outside to a day that is yellow. Yes, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Writer – Chris Rose – Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

I was doing research for a new book when Hurricane Mathew visited Eastern North Carolina last month. Mathew provided a timely background for my writing. The color had been sucked from the world, everything looked gray, while winds threatened. We … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christopher Fowler Again!

I just finished another in the Bryant & May Series….The Invisible Code. I have written about Fowler and his series before. (Click here for more details) They are irresistible and must be saved for the perfect moment. For at least thirty … Continue reading

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