NEW! Don’t miss out on the free COMA GIRL daily serial!

I’m so excited to share news of a new project!  COMA GIRL is a new daily serial beginning Friday, July 1 right here on my website.  In COMA GIRL, a victim of a tragic event lies in a hospital bed, at the mercy of friends and relatives who think she can’t hear them.  Click here to read the introduction to COMA GIRL, and be sure to set a reminder to come back every day for the latest segment! Coma-Girl-smaller banner ad-250x300

NEW BOOK! Baby, It’s You novella is latest installment in the Southern Roads series!

I’m happy to announce the release of BABY, IT’S YOU, the newest installment in the Southern Roads series!  In BABY, IT’S YOU, Dr. Jay Cross is worried things are getting serious Baby It's You with dropshadowbetween Rachel Hutchins and Barry Devine, and decides if he’s going to land the brainy beauty, he’s going to have to up his game. So Jay approaches the three Armstrong brothers, all of them strapping ex-military men, and asks them to make him over from a small-framed British intellect into an alpha male Southern boy who will get Rachel’s attention. The brothers agree and are determined to make a Southern man out of him, but will all the sweat and humiliation be a waste of time?  For more information on BABY, IT’S YOU, including links to order, click here.

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I hope you’re enjoying the Southern Roads series!  There is some interest in turning it into a TV series, so fingers crossed!

In case you missed the STOP THE WEDDING! movie, here are the repeat airdates

Thank you, wonderful readers and supporters, for making the premiere of the STOP THE WEDDING! Hallmark movie the most-watched cable TV show of the night!  AND it was the most Tweeted premiere across all of TV land!  #StoptheWedding trended on the east coast!

If you missed the premiere of Stop the Wedding! here are the repeat airdates.  Hope you enjoy!  If so, Tweet your love to #StoptheWedding!  For a sneak peek, click here for the trailer!


In BABY, IT’S YOU, a geeky British doctor asks the strapping Armstrong brothers to make him over into a Southern boy to capture the attention of a certain woman…Baby It's You with dropshadow

About the SOUTHERN ROADS series:  The Armstrong brothers decide to rebuild their mountain hometown that was destroyed by a tornado ten years ago.  Thanks to the army of men they’ve recruited, they’re making progress…until the men threaten mutiny from the lack of female company!  So the brothers take out an ad for “women with a pioneering spirit”…and they wait.

Note:  This story is novella-length and not available in print.
All the stories in the SOUTHERN ROADS romance series, in order:
BABY, I’M YOURS (prequel novella)
BABY, I’M BACK (short story)
BABY, HOLD ON (novella)
BABY, IT’S YOU (novella)

If you loved the HERE COME THE BRIDES TV show of the 60s, this series is for you!

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SAVE THE DATE! The Hallmark Channel movie of STOP THE WEDDING! airs Sat., June 11 at 9pm eastern!

I’m so excited to announce the airdate of the STOP THE WEDDING! movie:  Saturday, June 11 at 9pm e/8c on the Hallmark Channel!  The movie stars Rachel Boston, Niall Matter (both of whom are pictured on the special movie tie-in cover below), Alan Thicke, Teryl Rothery, Lini Evans, and many more wonderful actors!  (For a peek at the full cast, click here to check out the InternetMovieDataBase page for STOP THE WEDDING!)  My manStop the Wedding Finaly thanks to the producers of the movie, and to the screenwriter, Nina Weinman, for bringing my story to life.  There’s a lot of work in taking a novel and adding visual elements and set pieces to make it suitable for a 2-hour movie.

This book was probably the most unlikely story ever to make it to the movie stage.  I wrote STOP THE WEDDING! almost 20 years ago for an editor in the UK who was looking to add comedy to the line of books she oversaw.  She liked the concept of STW, but she said she’d need a full manuscript to show to her boss before she could make me an offer.  In the writing world, we call that writing a project on the speculation of selling or “on spec.”  In other words, the author is taking ALL the risk because he/she might write it and then no one will buy it.  Still, it was a risk I was willing to take, so I agreed to write the book on spec in between other projects I had contracted.  But wouldn’t you know it–by the time I’d finished writing it a few months later, the editor had left the publisher!  And her boss declined to even read my manuscript.  I offered the manuscript to another editor I was writing for, but she turned it down, also unread.  I think in total, it was turned down six or seven times by different editors, each time unread.  So I eventually forgot about it.  Fast forward to 2012 when I was having some success self-publishing.  I remembered STOP THE WEDDING!, but I didn’t have a printed copy and I didn’t know where the computer files were anymore.  I finally found a 3.5″ diskette languishing in the back of a dusty desk drawer labeled STW.  Only I didn’t know if the files were still on there (in those days, diskettes failed pretty often) and I no longer had a computer with a diskette drive.  So I sent it off to a service that would transfer the info to a CD–that took a few weeks.  When I got it back, I inserted the CD into my laptop and held my breath….and the files were there!  And then, the real test–had the story held up over time?  I read it through and although it needed some updating (pagers and boom boxes ruled), I still loved the story and the characters.  So I polished and revamped it and self-published it with a gorgeous cover (by Andrew Brown at Click Twice Design) and hoped for the best.  And the little book that could soon became a bestseller (#2 on the overall Kindle list), and went on to become my bestselling book of all time.  Isn’t that the way of things?!

A few months later, I received an email through my website from a producer who had read the book and thought it would make a great movie.  I told her my mother totally agreed, and connected her with my agent.  Two short years later (yes, that’s how the film industry works!), the book was optioned for development as a Hallmark movie.  And now, I can scarcely believe it’s about to air!

I hope you will help me to get the word out about the STOP THE WEDDING! movie on the Hallmark Channel.  And I hope you’ll tune in if you have time and are into that whole happiness thing.  🙂 I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I’ll be watching right along with you!  Meanwhile, here’s a link to the trailer…I hope you enjoy!

STOP THE WEDDING! trailer for the Hallmark Channel


A new German release!

I’m happy to announce the release of  LIZENZ ZUM FLIRTEN, the German language version of LICENSE TO THRILL, now available in ebook at all online retailers, and in print from Amazon!  Danke sehr!License-to-Thrill-Cover_German

Wanted: YOUR stories for Southern Roads!

I’m happy to announce I recently licensed my romance series SOUTHERN ROADS to Amazon for their Kindle Worlds fan fiction program.  (This is the second world I’ve licensed; my BODY Southern Roads KW Select a World graphicMOVERS mystery series is also a Kindle World.)  What is fan fiction?  Fan fiction is when readers and writers “borrow” someone else’s characters and create their own stories in that world.  Some of you might know that 50 Shades of Grey by EL James was originally written as fan fiction in the world of the Twilight saga written by Stephenie Meyer.  When the piece of fan fiction became wildly popular, James changed the character names and tweaked it enough to release the story on its own…and the rest is history.

Up til now, fan fiction has mostly been an underground exchange of works on forums and pop-up websites because, in truth, fan fiction violates the original author’s copyright.  Amazon’s Kindle Worlds is attempting to bring fan fiction to the forefront, however, by licensing the worlds from the author.  In essence, Kindle Worlds is author-sanctioned fan fiction–authors are giving others permission to take their copyrighted characters and run with them in directions the original author might never consider!  By opening SOUTHERN ROADS up to Kindle Worlds, I’m hoping  readers and writers at all levels will do just that–write stories in the world I created that will entertain my readers–and entertain me!

To recap, in the SOUTHERN ROADS series, three brothers decide to rebuild their hometown of Sweetness in the remote Georgia mountains that was wiped off the map ten years ago by a tornado.  With an army of men they recruit, things are going well…until the men threaten mutiny because there are no women!  So the brothers advertise for “100 women with a pioneering spirit” to come and help them build the town…and wow, do they come!  Between the town being rebuilt and all the matchmaking going on, there are more stories in Sweetness than I could ever tell…and that’s where YOU come in!  Write a story in the SOUTHERN ROADS Kindle World and not only do you get to try your hand at writing in an established world, but you earn royalties for every copy of your story that sells!  I should also add there is no expense involved–you can even use a wizard to create your own cover for free.  Intrigued?  Click here to find out more information about writing for either (or both!) of my Kindle Worlds.  Happy writing!

Introducing my first book on writing!

A book 20 years in the making!  Early in my career I wrote articles for my local writing chapter newsletter. After I became published I gave workshops on craft, the writing life, and the business of writing. For five years I wrote Fiction Writing Coach Cover w shadowa blog about writing. My friends have been bugging me for years to put all those bits and pieces together, and wow, it was harder than I thought it would be. (Seriously, I used this book to help me finish this book!) The problem was how to present all those nuggets of advice in digestible bites that would accumulate in a meaningful way into a manual on writing a novel….yet would still be motivational and a refresher for writers at all levels. Personally, I need a little dose of inspiration every day, so I came up with Your Personal Fiction-Writing Coach:  365 Days of Motivation & Tips to Write a Great Book!  The idea is to give you a year’s worth of encouragement and information, to consume either in one sitting, or a little at time, whatever pace works best for you!  I think everyone has a book in them.  If YOU have ever thought about writing a novel, I hope you’ll download a sample to see if you think this book would be helpful.  Makes a good gift, too, if you know someone who needs a nudge to get their novel underway or finished!  Happy writing, all!

PDF files!  To download and/or print the Imagination Drills from Your Personal Fiction-Writing Coach, click here!

NEW! Your Personal Fiction-Writing Coach: 365 Days of Motivation & Tips to Write a Great Book!

YOU, a novelist? Yes!
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– So you’ve always wanted to write a novel, but don’t know where to start.
– Or you’ve started your novel, but it stalled so you shoved it back under your bed/into a forgotten computer file.
– Or maybe you’re a veteran novelist, but the thrill is gone, and you can’t seem to get excited about writing again.

International bestselling novelist Stephanie Bond will walk you through the process of pre-book planning, plotting a page-turner, and writing a novel around your busy schedule, all in digestible bites of advice you can draw on every day! Don’t buy into the stereotypical myths of writing–creating a really good, entertaining novel doesn’t have to be out of reach, scary, or gut-wrenching. Writing a novel should be fun, inspiring, and life-enriching! The information in this book will help you get your mind around your ideas and bring the prospect of writing a novel down to a manageable, doable adventure.

“I was once in your shoes–more questions than answers, and more ideas than time. Over the course of my writing career, I’ve learned the most successful writers are the ones with the most tricks! I’ve condensed all my tricks and tips into this book to coach you on your journey as a novelist. My goal is to make you a happier, more successful writer. You can do this!” -Stephanie Bond

You have lots of great ideas floating around in your head.
You might write the next novel to electrify the book world.
So what are you waiting for?  Go, go, go!


PDF files!  To download and/or print the Imagination Drills from Your Personal Fiction-Writing Coach, click here!


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A glimpse into my sanctuary

This photo is one of my favorites of my career because it captures the mood of my sanctuary, my live/work space in Midtown Atlanta.  On the bookshelves behind me are reference books, books written by friStephanie sitting on stairs from Aug 2015 AJC story pic by Hyosub Shinends, books I’ve loved and kept (see the yellow spined Nancy Drew books on the shelf behind me?), foreign language copies of my books, and other things that are special to me, like the globe I’ve had since I was 10 (featuring the defunct USSR), and an abstract painting my father did accidentally by wiping leftover paint from other projects onto a canvas.  Oh, and a beloved dress form is standing guard at the bottom of the stairs, draped with a vintage fur collar over a filmy piece of fabric I’m going to turn into something fab as soon as I get the next 8 or so books written.  And you get a sense of the unfinished feel of my place, which is a loft-style, open-architecture two-level condo.  My office is on a platform I designed on the first level–I’ve turned that entire space into a studio–and my living space is upstairs.  I’ve lived here for 15 years and I love it so much, I can’t imagine living anywhere else!  (Photo by Hyosub Shin, appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 16, 2015.)