Episode 129 – “Happy Chocolate Time!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Stephanie O’Hanlon


Stephanie O’Hanlon announces the availability of her historical romance Affaire de Coeur & Out of My Grave now available through Eternal Press and other fine online retailers.

Affaire de Coeur

Paris, May 1770—in the midst of aristocracy—country girl, Madeleine Dumont is privileged to partake in social events while living with her friend Colette du Lorme, daughter of a Marquis. While following in the shadow of her popular and socially versed friend, she is caught up with her infatuation with a man—a Comte. Lucien de Laurent is one of King Louis XV’s favorites, established bachelor and social recluse. How does a woman win such a man without playing the game?


Out of My Grave

Annalee Harding is an upper-middle classed young woman in 1792 London. She spends her days in her large home daydreaming endlessly, wishing a dark stranger would whisk her away. Her wish comes true after Vincent Moor, an American aristocrat, moves into the dark manor just outside of town. He catches her eye; his dark aura draws her in until she finds out that he is unlike other gentlemen—being over a hundred years old and thirsting for blood.



Stephanie O’Hanlon graduated from the Toronto Film School in 2008 with aspirations of starting a career in film, but found herself drawn to writing. Combining her love for writing and history, her preferred genre is historical romance, as seen in her EP title Affaire de Coeur, though she has also enjoyed the paranormal romance genre, as seen with her EP re-release Out of my Grave. Now a full time writer, she lives in Ontario, Canada with her German Shepherd’s Dante and Judas, and her beloved cats Nevermore and Willow.





This is the selfish show. Since Future Girls is with Eternal Press, I booked Stephanie who has three projects with Eternal and Damnation press to talk about her experience with the small press.

I have two novels published with EP and one forthcoming with DB. I have heard online that some people are unhappy with their experience with EP/DB, but I am definitely not one of them! They are speedy when it comes to submissions, their cover artists are talented, and their editors are very professional. Kim is always available to talk out a problem, Sally posts lots of promo opportunities, and the other authors are kinda like a family, so you don’t feel like you’re alone, especially when it comes to publicity.”

I was worried that because I didn’t have amazing sales right out of the box that I wasn’t doing all I could, but both Kim and Sally, as well as the other authors were able to soothe my fears, saying that you don’t see results right away. It was also nice to know that other authors were experiencing the same low sales after a release.

I have another manuscript that I am considering submitting, so I am very happy with my experience thus far.”

I like the contrast of book titles: Affaire de Coeur & Out of My Grave How are these two books different and how are they similar?

Tell us about your journey from Newbie to published.

Listener question:

Shannon Salter:

Do I have a right to feel miffed if people have a healthy dash of surprise in their voice when they tell me they enjoyed my book? Sure, it’s my debut novel. But why should people automatically assume that it is rubbish?

Has anyone else had this happen to them?

 www.shannonsalter.com and a link to my book is https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415712

Poem of the Month:

The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church’s protestant blessings

daughters, unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things-

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

….the Cambridge ladies do not care, above

Cambridge if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless, the

moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

E. E. Cummings


I’m still in poetry mode. If you aren’t and want to be, try sarcasm. Take a poem that you don’t particularly like, that you think is silly and write up a sarcastic reply, or rewrite the poem in your own words with your less than complimentary images. Make a big mess.

Tortured Sentences:

Anyways, not being an alien and not having superpowers really limits what a single man can do, such as working full time, going to school, managing the finances of two households through divorce and downsizing from a 3 bedroom condo an hour drive away to a one bedroom apartment all the while separating all belongings into categories of what is staying, what is being thrown away, and what is going in storage to eventually be put on a truck and transported 1,300 miles across the United States to the middle of nowhere in the near future.


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