Stepp holds book signings in Waynesville, Asheville July 12

Jul 09, 2014

Author Lin Stepp will be signing her latest novel, "Down By The River,"from noon to 2 p.m. July 12 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main Street, Waynesville.

The public is invited to come by and meet Stepp and get a signed copy of her newest novel.

While on a visit to the Smokies, Grace Conley makes a stunning decision: she’s going to walk away from her busy life in Nashville to move to tiny Townsend and open a bed and breakfast. There’s a beautiful old inn for sale along the Little River that will do perfectly.

Of course, Grace’s family is scandalized. After all, she’s a middle-aged widow.And as a career homemaker, she’s always been available for babysitting, chauffering, and generally being peacemaker among her group of children. Has Grace lost her mind? She begins to wonder the same thing once she finds herself attracted to the local ladies’ man. But the surprises don’t stop there...

To further complicate her move, Grace’s daugher, Margaret, has grudgingly come to live with her. Having just graduated from college, remote Townsend is not where she envisions her future. Yet the handsome young minister next door is convinced he and Margaret are meant for each other. As life choices abound, soon both women will discover that the biggest decisions require confidence, a sense of humor—and a deep, abiding faith.

Stepp will also be signing her new hiking guide, co-authored with husband J.L., "The Afternoon Hiker." This unique hiking guide is designed especially for the average tourist or hiking enthusiast seeking a morning or afternoon walk in the Smokies that will prove pleasant and fun. All 110 hikes in "The Afternoon Hiker" are easily accessible and average 6 to 8 miles roundtrip.

This is the perfect hiking guide for the occasional hiker, for busy professionals wanting to get away to the mountains for a weekend, or for tourists visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The guide- book focuses on the early sections of 110 easily accessible hiking trails around the Great Smoky Mountains. The book includes over 300 color photos to enhance the text plus a hiking patch created for each trail.

Lin and J.L. Stepp are native Tennesseans who reside in Knoxville. Stepp is a businesswoman, a novelist with six published titles, and an educator. She is an adjunct professor at both Tusculum College and King College Knoxville campuses, where she teached Research Writing and Psychology courses. J.L. owns S & S Communications, publishing a monthly magazine, Tennessee Fishing & Hunting Guide, and markets UT Vols sports products. For more info see authors’ website: www.linstepp.com.

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