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

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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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read – Christopher Fowlers’ Off The Rails

I’ve just reread the #8th Peculiar Crimes Unit novel, Off The Rails by Christopher Fowler. Fowler has become one of my favorite authors. This is another superb, satisfying romp with Arthur Bryant and John May who are Golden Age Detectives … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read – The Swans of Fifth Avenue

I am never without a book. When I finish one, I start another. Throughout this summer of 2018,  I am writing about the books I’m reading, and only those I highly recommend. I hope you have already read The Aviator’s … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read – Start With Jack 1939

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle A glance through the books on our shelves says a lot about who we are. I think of it as … Continue reading

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A REFLECTION on the 2018 AtoZ Blog Challenge

Upon reflection…how did it all turn out? What do your stats tell you? Did you pick a theme that worked with the nature of The Challenge? If the point is to encourage new readership, if I am visiting for the … Continue reading

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Z – The Last Thoughts – Ah, Books and Bookshops

Thank You for visiting my bookstore tour throughout April for this year’s AtoZ Blog Challenge. Henry Ward Beecher said, “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore.” I know this is true for me. I invite you to … Continue reading

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Y – F.Y.I. – Because You Love Books

WELCOME to the letter Y and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS I couldn’t find a bookstore that filled the bill for the letter Y.  Therefore, this is an FYI post about the bookplates people paste on the inside front cover of … Continue reading

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X – Marks the Spot – Home From The Bookstore – Where To Put The Books?

WELCOME to the letter X and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS With nary a bookstore to write about for the letter X, I fell back on the saying, “X marks the spot,” which led me to wonder where you put … Continue reading

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W – The Book Stall – Winnetka, IL.

WELCOME to the letter W and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS The Book Stall – 811 Elm St. – Winnetka, IL. – 847-446-8880 I grew up in Evanston, IL. the first suburb on the North Shore of Chicago. It was … Continue reading

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