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

Giving Books for Christmas – Don’t Forget You!

There are a lot of cold nights ahead. A good book and hot chocolate sound right to me. I can suggest two books to give for Christmas or add to your own pile of books to read this winter. I … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You a Story about Senator Mitch McConnell – Part 2

Maybe it was because I knew some of the people and places Senator McConnell writes of in the early pages of his autobiography, The Long Game, or that to this day I am a political junkie, but I found the book … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You A Story About Senator Mitch McConnell – A Proponent of the Long Game – Part 1

Kentucky Senior Senator, John Sherman Cooper was a statesman, a quiet, unassuming southern gentleman, and a leader of his day in our American political system. He was a member of the United States Senate, a deliberating body in those days, respectful … Continue reading

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Death of a Busybody – George Bellairs – WHO?

“There really must be a murder or at least a major felony — otherwise, what’s the point? Who’s ripping off the hand towels at the Dorchester Hotel is hardly the business of a mystery novel.” HOWARD HAYCRAFT I  didn’t begin … Continue reading

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Hallmark TV Movies – How Life is Supposed to Be!

Forget the violence, the long car chase scenes, the F-word, blowing up people and things  -Turn immediately to either of the two Hallmark TV channels. (One is a mystery channel.) I say this knowing that the men that follow this … Continue reading

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I Hope You Made Time to Read This Summer

We are all asking the same question — where did the summer go? I hope my summer books, which I have recommend to you, where suggestions you took me up on.  This is my last review in this series – … Continue reading

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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Making Time to Read- Alan Bradley’s The Dead and Their Vaulted Arches

I’ve been reviewing books that I have loved reading this summer. August days are dwindling down and my summer reading has been more than satisfactory. The highlight of ‘making time to read’ is a trip planned with book club friends … Continue reading

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Summer time and the ‘Livin is Easy – Making Time to Read – Joseph E. Persico’s Roosevelt’s Centurions

It was not until the days of my life have begun to dwindle down to a precious few, as the song, September says, that I suddenly needed to know more about the background in which my life has been set. … Continue reading

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The Voters Need to Save Chicago – Another Tragic Weekend

“I cannot watch the city of Chicago be destroyed by petty politics and bad government.” Harold Washington Born in Chicago, I grew up in Evanston, IL. at a time when kids could ride their bikes all over town and no … Continue reading

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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Making Time to Read – Robert Parker’s Night Passage

Jesse Stone is the lead character in a series of detective novels written by Robert B. Parker. They were among his last works and the first series in which the novelist used the third-person narrative. The series consists of nine … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy- Making Time to Read -Donna Leon’s -The Waters of Eternal Youth

I’ve been to Itlay once on a wonderful garden club tour in Tuscany. To this day I revisit it again and again in my memories. I’ve researched and used both Lucca and Pienza for locations in my second novel, Facing East. … Continue reading

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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read -Three Days in Moscow

How is your summer reading going? Three Days in Moscow, Bret Baier’s new book explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. … Continue reading

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