I KNOW I've talked about Steph on here before, and I KNOW that I've gushed about her books on here before, but her writing is genuinely gorgeous, her characters STAY with me for a long time, and that, to me, is the mark of a good book.
(YES - Steph has written more books than these, but these are her solo author titles)
Ben and Quinn from Grounding Quinn are one of my favorite book couples EVER.
Way up there with Brittany and Alex from Perfect Chemistry, and Conrad and "Belly" from Jenny Han's summer series, and Mia and Adam from If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman and even yes, Cricket, from Lola and the Boy Next Door ;-).
I met Steph because of Grounding Quinn, and I was lucky enough to get to read Beautiful Things Never Last early :-D
This makes me really, really love being good friends with such a talented author ;-)
I can always count on Steph for an appropriate amount of outrage when I need it in response to an email, and for the most interesting collection of curse words (not a joke).
She's as awesome in person as you'd expect for all the awesomeness of her writing.
Her daughter Britta, and the trials she's been through with her, have shown another side of Stephanie in her willingness for fundraisers and speaking in behalf of children with heart conditions. I'm amazed by Steph all the time. And I've probably just embarrassed her ;-)
We "shop" together online as much as anything else, and I love that I'm not the only girl who spends waaaaaaay too much time looking at clothes online and hitting refresh on Modcloth...
SO. One happy commenter will get an ebook of Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last - or...I'll complete your set if you already have one or two... ;-) I'll probably draw the winner sometime on Monday, unless I forget - then on Tuesday...
I am grateful ALL the time for the amazing people I meet online, and over the next few weeks, I'm gonna introduce you all to the women who hear from me SO often, and that I know I sometimes have to get an eyeroll when yet another one of my emails drops in their inbox, lol.
And because Steph, in my mind, is known for her gorgeous way with words - what's the last book you read where the author's language was stunning?
You can find Steph on her website here and links to stalk her from there :-D