30 March 2022

Light the Way | Guest Post + Giveaway


In this new coastal series, Lin Stepp transports her readers into the rich, colorful lives of Burke and her sisters, Lila, Gwen, and Celeste, who grew up at the Deveaux Inn and Lighthouse on a windswept island, accessible only by boat. Get ready to be introduced to the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, challenges and adventures of a Lighthouse Keeper.

Life had grown hard for Burke Deveaux at the family inn and lighthouse since her father died. She missed his warmth and still expected to see him walking into a room, his big laugh booming. Burke and her mother were gradually adjusting to the change, and Lila had come home this winter to help, but the workload was heavy. With spring coming and tourism picking up in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Burke welcomed Hal Jenkins’ request for his son Waylon to work for them. Waylon, retiring early from the Navy, knew the island and the lighthouse, having grown up nearby. Burke also knew Waylon well since they’d grown up together. He’d always been older, and she wondered how he’d see her now.

Waylon had been away from Edisto Island for over twelve years now, traveling around the world in the military, but it felt good to be home. He’d hated learning Lloyd Deveaux was gone, the warm-hearted Lighthouse Keeper he’d followed around as a boy. But he liked the idea of coming to stay at the lodge at Watch Island to help the Deveaux family with the inn, lighthouse, and nearly five-hundred acres of land the Lighthouse Station occupied. He knew Burke had picked up many of her father’s old tasks and he looked forward to seeing her again. He’d kept feelings for her clamped down for years but one look at her brought them surging back. How would he handle that with them working together?

Publisher: Mountain Hill Press
Release Date: April 1, 2022



All of us have favorite vacation spots, and Edisto Beach has been my family’s favorite place to vacation since the 1980s. Edisto is a quiet island on the South Carolina coast, halfway between Charleston and Beaufort. It is the opposite of busy, populated and heavily developed beaches like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Daytona, or Destin. Which is exactly why my family fell in love with it. In the years when the children were small, we rented beach homes and now, with only J.L. and I vacationing, we rent a villa in the Wyndham Resort. The island is small and everything is readily accessible. Except in the busiest months of summer, the beach is quiet, like in the picture. In the morning we often bike around the wonderful biking trails on the island before packing our lunch to head to the beach. There we set up our beach camp, our umbrella, chairs, and cooler, and settle in for the day. We play in the ocean, read under the umbrella, and take long walks down the beach, leaving the cares of our busy work life in Tennessee behind. Through my earlier books in the Edisto Trilogy, and now in the Lighthouse Sisters books, I am loving taking my readers to the beach, too. My love for Edisto and my rich bank of memories from visiting there so often allows me to bring the island and coastal area to life for my readers.


Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, businesswoman and educator. A New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, Lin has twenty published novels out now, including her twelve beloved Smoky Mountain novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, three Mountain Home books, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and four South Carolina coastal novels, including her three Edisto Trilogy books and her first release in the new Lighthouse Sisters series. Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a published Smoky Mountain hiking guide and a TN and a SC state parks guidebook, all filled with hundreds of color photos. Stepp’s latest 2022 releases are Eight at the Lake, set in Dandridge near the Smoky Mountains, and Light the Way, set at the SC coast. Writing and adventuring are her joys and more novels set in the Smokies and at the beach are on the way, as well as more colorful regional guidebooks. Lin’s title Claire at Edisto was the 2019 Best Book Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest and her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs. And she loves reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers. Look for her pages on Facebook and Twitter and follow her monthly blog and newsletter, too, that you will find on her website at: www.linstepp.com.


One winner will receive print copies of Light the Way, Claire at Edisto, Return to Edisto, and Edisto Song by Lin Stepp, and bookmarks (US only)

Ends April 6, 2022


1 comment:

  1. Hallie… Thanks for featuring my new book Light the Way. And thanks for adding the excerpt! Hope you enjoyed this first book in the Lighthouse Sisters series and that everyone else will too!… Happy spring to everyone!