Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Host of AMERICAN RIDE, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical High School history teacher. Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the “skull rag and denim vest” and breaks down stereotypes. His adventurous spirit and love for the United States is contagious and engaging. His … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we're excited for each week. This week I'm waiting on The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends (Jessica Darling's It List #2) by Megan McCafferty. GoodReads Description:  Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga. GoodReads Description: Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in […]

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Giveaway Hop: Clear Your Shelf

I’m excited to take part in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop.  My giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, shipping costs are prohibitively expensive).  One winner will win all three of the following books: ARC of Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston Hardcover of  The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La […]

If I Stay Movie Review feature

Film Review: If I Stay

**I attended a free advanced screening of If I Stay through** Film: If I Stay Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with […]


Interview with Kristi Rose

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose | Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014 Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? […]


Release Day: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Out Now! August 14th, 2014 Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is […]


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Sundays In Bed With… Gameboard of the Gods and Stacking the Shelves

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  This week things are going crazy, so I’m toting around my e-reader in the hopes of a few minutes here and there.  Today, I’m reading… It’s awesome so far.  I’m going to BEA this week, but I’ll have two reviews, a Waiting on Wednesday (spoiler […]


The List by Siobhan Vivian

This book made it onto my radar only about a week or two before its release.  I loved the cover, I loved the concept, and I didn’t think I had bought enough contemporary YA this year.  I read it as soon as it showed up on my doorstep. Book:  The List by Siobhan Vivian Summary: Every […]

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten (Tuesday) Books I Recommend The Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books.  This weeks topic is… books I recommend the most. As always, covers link to GoodReads.                 I recommend books all the time.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  Did anyone else have […]


The Scorch Trials

A few weeks ago, I read The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  I commented that the next book in the series, The Scorch Trials, had been called “a companion” to the first and I was contemplating what that meant for the story.  If it was truly a companion, then it could be completely new characters […]


Row80: Check In

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in.  I got unexpectedly busy with some work and some travel and haven’t been writing as much as I want to.  However, I did finish the first pass of my screenplay and have a friend reading it so that I can go through it again.  I’ve also gotten […]