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Lin Stepp Books In Order

Publication Order of Smoky Mountain Books

The Foster Girls (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tell Me About Orchard Hollow (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For Six Good Reasons (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Delia's Place (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Hand Rose (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down by the River (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Makin' Miracles (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saving Laurel Springs (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Welcome Back (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daddy's Girl (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Lin Stepp is an American author that writes romance novels with an element of suspense. Lin Stepp started her publishing career late but that did not stop her from amassing quite the following.

+Biography

Lin Stepp has worn many hats. She has been an editor, a writer, a marketer and a businesswoman. The author was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. That is where she spent most of her childhood and her adult life.

Stepp has an attachment to the region. The fact that her ancestors settled there in the 1800s after trekking down the Appalachian Trail from Virginia might have something to do with it. Stepp attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

It is there that she met the man that would become her husband. Stepp counts her two adult children as her greatest personal accomplishments.

Professionally, before anything else, Stepp is a teacher. She might also call herself a businesswoman, but it is teaching that gives her satisfaction. And she gets that satisfaction teaching at Tusculum College. Stepp’s focus is research, though she has dipped her toes into psychology and counseling.

The publishing aspect of Lin Stepp’s life stretches beyond her writing. In fact, before Stepp ever picked up her pen to write her first novels, she was working with regional magazines in the area of publishing, production art, and marketing, not to mention sales.

She started writing fiction in the middle of her life. The author is best known for the Smoky Mountain Books.

+Literary Career

Lin Stepp never expected to succeed as a writer. In fact, she never dreamed that she would become a published author of fiction. She reached a point in her life where most people her age had basically settled into their careers and lifestyles.

She scarcely believes the fact that she was able to so thoroughly turn her life around and pursue the one thing she knows she was meant to do.

Lin Stepp is an author of contemporary Southern fiction. The author’s entry into the publishing game wasn’t planned. In the early 2000s, Stepp and her husband did a lot of traveling. They especially loved hiking the Smoky Mountains. At the time, they were working on a hiking guidebook.

While the work was rewarding enough, Stepp couldn’t help but desire to get even more deeply immersed in the atmosphere of the Smoky Mountains. So she started visiting bookstores in the area with the intention of buying good southern fiction about the Smoky Mountains.

The Smoky Mountain being the most visited national park in the United States, Lin Stepp thought she would be spoiled for choice. She was certain that she would find something to add to the ambiance of her many weekend trips to the national park.

She was quite surprised when she failed to find any Smoky Mountains-related fiction. The discovery made no sense to Stepp. The owner of one shop set the gears in Stepp’s head turning when he wondered aloud why someone hadn’t yet stepped up to write Smoky Mountains-related fiction.

Stepp took it as a challenge. She started writing fiction about the Smoky Mountains. She was certain that she would find a hungry audience if she endeavored to create stories that featured fresh characters and which immersed readers in the mystery of the Smoky Mountains.

Her efforts were met with positivity. Stepp found that readers were more than receptive to her work. Stepp believes that she has succeeded as an author because she writes what she knows. And professional authors are always encouraging aspiring authors to do just that.

Stepp knows the Smoky Mountains. She understands the people, not only their culture but their music and their faith. She knows how to tell heartwarming stories that give readers a new perspective of the Smoky Mountains.

Even though many of Lin Stepp’s books are referred to as the Smoky Mountains series, all of them are stand-alone. They tell stories that can be enjoyed independently. One does not need to read the series in the right order to understand the events of any one book.

Lin Stepp believes that her books are necessary to change the opinions that surround the people who live in the mountains. Stepp has always hated the image painted in contemporary literature of the residents of the Smoky Mountains. So much fiction describes them as ignorant, inbred fools.

Stepp’s books show these people as the warm, friendly and caring individuals she knows them to be. She tries to explore their trials and challenges in the most realistic way possible.

Stepp’s faith is a prominent element of her books. While Stepp fights the urge to preach in her books, her biblical beliefs are ever present in the stories she tells.

+Makin’ Miracles

Zola Sevon is a half-Tahitian woman who owns a gift shop called ‘Nature’s Corner’ filled with items that reflect her heritage. Zola has amazing intuition. It has never steered her wrong. Every hunch she gets about a person is always proven true.

When Zola’s new neighbor, a surly photographer, comes into her life, she doesn’t know what to make of her hunches.

Spencer Jackson wants to escape from his painful past. His camera allows him to do just that, especially when he’s capturing the majesty of the Smoky Mountains.

Zola throws Spencer’s world into chaos. She forces him to confront his dark secrets as their lives and souls intertwine to produce unexpected joy.

+Down by the River

Grace Conley is a busy woman. However, it isn’t until she comes to the Smokies that Grace realizes the truth: she has had enough of the chaos of her life in Nashville. Grace reacts to this realization by choosing to abandon Nashville in favor of Townsend where she intends to open a bed and breakfast.

The middle-aged widow’s family is less than amused by her decision, not with all the responsibilities she has as a peacemaker among her grown children and a career homemaker. It isn’t long before Grace begins to doubt her decision to transform a local inn into her bed and breakfast.

It is around that time that she meets and begins to fall for the local ladies’ man. Before Grace can begin to make sense of her feelings, her daughter Margret comes to live with her after graduating college and catches the eye of a handsome young minister who believes they are meant for one another.

Margaret and Grace must figure their lives out in the face of personal and professional turmoil.

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