Woven – Tour

Woven

Charm City Threads Book 1

by Stephania Thompson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Bound by a devastating secret, childhood friends David, Josh, and Kate take on home renovation as a means of healing from a dark, shared past.
Their only promise? Friendship first—no hookups.
Only several months after moving into their Baltimore fixer, the aptly nicknamed Canton Catastrophe, walls are crumbling, sparks are flying, and promises are getting ignored.
Josh, a paramedic, is plagued with panic attacks, haunted by the past, and sharing a room with David, who he is definitely not attracted to. And then there’s Kate. She’s having a job crisis, popping pills, and pretending she doesn’t notice how distant the boys have grown. And David? The eternally calm, blue-eyed beauty’s health is deteriorating and he’s mysteriously blacking out.
But when they learn someone may have discovered their darkest secret and is now stalking them–and blackmailing Josh’s father, a conservative media personality with secrets of his own, renovation and relationship woes take a back seat. Suddenly, their past is unraveling, and the shocking truths unearthed will have them questioning everything from family ties and friendships to love, loss, and the lengths they’re willing to go for each other.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

A little of both. David, Josh, and Kate, the three main characters, came to me all at once. I wrote a blog about what inspired their story on my publisher’s website (https://www.orangeblossombooks.com/blog/the-write-timing). The supporting characters came in bits and pieces out of necessity, convenience, and, in some cases, inspiration for a subplot/spinoff.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I didn’t do much before writing, but once I began it seemed I was researching after every other word! As I wrote, ideas came and I chased them down until I found one that fit the direction the story was taking.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. But it’s so much more than a career. It’s a passion, a pastime, a fulfilling skill you can never quite master. Much like an artist, a writer’s work is never done. There’s always room for inspiration and improvement…what a gift to embrace for the rest of my life!

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I read all genres, but my preference is contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I prefer a little background noise if it’s not overwhelming. The quiet hum of a café is my favorite.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I generally have more than one going. Currently, I’m working on three. I pick and choose which depending on the characters I feel like hanging out with that day.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I think her story is fascinating. Imagine writing your debut novel while still in college, having it picked up by a major publisher, published less than a year after you graduate, and made into a blockbuster movie. I’d love to experience that, not to mention conceptualizing a wildly popular dystopian trilogy and getting to see it come to life on screen.

Pen or type writer or computer?

Computer. Or, iphone. Half of Woven was written in Notes and copied over!

A day in the life of the author?

I have four kids, a dragon, an aussiedoodle puppy, and a husband working from home. My day is the farthest thing from routine. As an author, this translates into me grabbing whatever screen time/thought time I can muster (usually in the hours between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am). Woven was written on stationary bikes at the gym, in line at the grocery store, in the bathroom, school parking lots, ball fields, airports. If you can name it, chances are I’ve written there!

Do you have any advice to offer for new authors?

Check back with me in another book or two…I still feel like I fall into the “needs advice” category!

Describe your writing style.

I think conversational best describes it. I write like I think.

What makes a good story?

Addictive dialogue, unpredictable twists and turns, cringy moments, and characters so real they could climb off the page and grab a coffee with you.

What are you currently reading?

At the very moment I’m typing this, Flowers in the Attic is on top of my Audible playlist. All this talk about reading and writing inspiration had me craving some of my all-time favorites. The entire Dollanganger series by VC Andrews had a profound effect on young adult me. As for more current reads? I’m working my way through Book Lover by Emily Henry.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I generally attempt an outline, then begin writing and scrap the outline in part or entirely. I do this for every chapter, as if hoping an outline will eventually take! I’m definitely more of a pantser than a plotter when it comes to writing. While I have a general idea where the story is going, details tend to unfold as I write them. When writing Woven, I found myself often saying (out loud) …wait, that wasn’t supposed to happen!

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

It’s a long process. People warn you, but I don’t think you realize until you start writing. It’s easy to grow weary and get discouraged. Especially when you discover a finished manuscript is only the beginning.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Distraction. It is amazing how much time I can waste on the most ridiculous things.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Maybe a little of both? I wanted to write a book readers enjoyed, but I also wanted to be true to the characters, their lives, and my vision for the story. For example, I love romance, but I’m not a huge fan of HEA. I believe readers will be satisfied with the end of Woven, but it’s more of a HFN (hopeful for now).

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start sooner and don’t stop!

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from other genders?

Oddly, I found it easier to write for Josh and David than I did Kate. I guess only time will tell if readers find their voices authentically male enough (is that even a thing?) I think part of the ease stems from being surrounded by men in my off the page life. Also, and this is a bit of a stereotype, I think men are less complicated when it comes to stream of conscious thought.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Woven took me a little less than three years, from conception to completion, but I started out slow. The entire book could’ve been done in less than a year.

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Stephania Thompson is the author of Woven (Orange Blossom Publishing 2022). As a poet and multi-genre author, her work has appeared in a variety of online publications as well as several print anthologies.

Formerly a CPA in the corporate world, Stephania now writes from the comfort of a modern day crumbling castle alongside her very own knight in shining armor. Together they have four valiant offspring, a brave aussiedoodle, and one not-so-fire-breathing dragon.

When not writing, working, or waiting in a carpool line, she can be found running local trails and escaping in a book at her favorite café, iced latte in hand. She is a sucker for quirky romance, is addicted to audiobooks, and finds herself hopelessly drawn to flawed characters, raw honesty, and life’s cringiest moments.

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The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy – Tour

The Memory of Love

The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy Book 1

Swan Harbor Book 9

by Sophie Bartow

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Swan Harbor keeps secrets – until she doesn’t. When she reveals what The Mountain View Lodge has been hiding, repercussions reverberate throughout town.

Book One of The Mountain View Trilogy

In Swan Harbor, sometimes questions …
are every bit as dangerous as answers …


Sadie and Gray Hunter had their happily ever afterthen lost it in a tragic accident. Now, Gray’s left with no memory of the past few years …. or of his loving wife….

Meanwhile, Captain Jack has problems of his own. He knows something is wrong with him. But is the problem with his body, or his mind?

Sheriff Dylan Prince, on the other hand, knows exactly what his problem is. He’s got a serial killer on the loose in his small town, and he won’t rest until the culprit is behind bars.

Can Sadie and Gray find their way back to each other? What does the future hold for Captain Jack? Will Sheriff Prince find the killer, or become the next victim?

Only Swan Harbor knows the answers to those questions…and she’s not telling anyone until she’s ready

Read the other books in The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy
The Innocence of Love – Book Two
The Forgiveness of Love – Book Three


The Memory of Love Book One of The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy – a part of the series Contemporary Romantic Suspense from Swan Harbor. It is a sexy, second-chance, amnesia romance that is Book One of The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy. Download today and enjoy your stay in Swan Harbor.

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The Innocence of Love

The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy Book 2

Swan Harbor Book 10

Swan Harbor keeps secrets – until she doesn’t. When she reveals what The Mountain View Lodge has been hiding, repercussions reverberate throughout town.

Book Two of The Mountain View Trilogy

How far would you go to save your happily ever after?

Molly Prince is looking forward to the birth of her twins. Then an incident at school brings back memories from her past. Her offer to help inadvertently puts lives in jeopardy.

Dylan Prince would do anything to protect his family. As Sheriff, he’s pulled into the middle of the serial killer case. The appearance of damning evidence forces him to make a difficult choice.

Captain Jack has questions. Even more so, when one set of remains leads to him.

There’s a killer on the loose, and no one is safe. Will Molly’s past control her present? Can Dylan live with his decision? Are the answers Captain Jack learns acceptable?

With their happily ever after in jeopardy, they must put their trust in others. Even if it puts their hearts and their lives on the line…



Read the other books in The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy
The Memory of Love – Part Two
The Forgiveness of Love – Part Three



Welcome to Swan Harbor
The Innocence of Love is Book Ten in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense from Swan Harbor Series. Each novel stands alone with a guaranteed happy ending, but threads from secondary stories weave throughout. Download today and enjoy your stay in Swan Harbor.

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The Forgiveness of Love

The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy Book 3

Swan Harbor Book 12

Swan Harbor keeps secrets – until she doesn’t. When she reveals what The Mountain View Lodge has been hiding, repercussions reverberate throughout town.

Book Three of The Mountain View Trilogy

A tangled web.
A shattered heart.
A healing touch.

Eden Fowler learns news that shatters her heart into a million pieces.
Hounded by the press and surrounded by secrets, she must find answers and heal. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, Quinn steps into her life.

Quinn Jones traveled the globe investigating and writing stories that captured his fancy. At his brother’s engagement party, Eden, and the mystery around her, catch his attention. Suddenly, the idea of roots, and what a home is, takes on a new meaning.

As they work to expose the unknown, even more disturbing information is unearthed, putting their lives at risk. Can Quinn find the answers and convince Eden to step out onto the ledge with him? Or will her heart forever be broken when the truth is finally revealed?

If you fight, your dreams can become your reality.

Read the other books in The Mountain View Lodge Trilogy
The Memory of Love – Part One
The Innocence of Love – Part Two


Welcome to Swan Harbor

The Forgiveness of Love is Book Twelve in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense from Swan Harbor Series. Each novel stands alone with a guaranteed happy ending, but threads from secondary stories weave throughout. Grab a chair, open your book, and come meet my friends.

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Hi, my name is Sophie and I am a hopeless romantic. Whether it’s in books, television or movies, give me a man who’s a little flawed and a strong woman and I will sit back and enjoy the romance. Television shows such as Days of Our Lives, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Remington Steele, Lois and Clark, Buffy, Lucifer, Bones, Timeless, A Discovery of Witches and Once Upon a Time had/have couples that make me swoon.

I’m a married, mother of four with a dog, three cats and a few saltwater fish. What that means is, I have had a very busy household for the past 20+ years. But now that my twin daughters are seniors, I am searching for my next adventure.

My muse really stirred to life a few years ago when I watched a lost girl fall for a lost boy. I started honing my skill with fanfiction, but then a fictional town popped up and the residents want their stories told.

For me, a story is a journey that begins with an inspiration. So, grab a chair and join me in Swan Harbor, Maine. We’ll take a tour of the town and meet a few characters. It’s going to be a wild year. I hope you enjoy.

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