Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Eight at the Lake by Lin Stepp

Posted April 8, 2022 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, Lin Stepp, romance / 5 Comments

Eight at the Lake JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Eight at the Lake by Lin Stepp, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt!

Eight at the Lake

SERIES: Mountain Home
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean and Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Mountain Hill Press
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2022
PAGES: 294

Set in the charming historic town of Dandridge, Tennessee, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s sweet and touching story follows the unlikely romantic attraction between two characters with nothing in common but an undeniable zing.

Samantha King, a nationally known storm chaser with Weather First, is covering a hurricane hitting the Florida Panhandle when a sign slams into her, tossing her over a wall and into the pounding surf. Accidents demand recovery and Samantha reluctantly heads to her Aunt Dixie’s in Dandridge, Tennessee, for a needed rest. The only plus, besides time with Dixie, is sharing time with her sister Andrea’s children, taken in years ago by Ford and Laura McDaniel when Andrea and her husband were killed. Samantha has spent little time with the children over the years, due to her demanding work schedule, but she is purposed to get to know the children better while in Dandridge.

Ford McDaniel, with a busy veterinary practice and part ownership in his family’s lakeside resort, often wonders how in the world he ended up with eight children on his own. Yes, he and Laura agreed, as godparents to their best friends, Andrea and Adam Bradley, that if anything ever happened to them they’d raise their kids, but who imagined that scenario would ever occur? Still, he and Laura seemed to manage okay until Laura died, shattering his world and leaving him with eight small children to raise on his own. Now Andrea’s celebrated sister Samantha is in town for a while and it’s hard for Ford not to resent her carefree life—or to ignore his attraction to her, a relationship he clearly knows can only go nowhere.


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“This is Samantha King with Weather First at Mexico Beach, Florida, where Hurricane Michael is moving in to make landfall,” she said, raising her voice to be heard above the wind. “The storm has now become a dangerous Category 5 hurricane, stronger than initially expected, and this small coastal town is battling for its life as this powerful storm moves in.” … A telephone pole crashed to the ground to her right and Samantha turned to describe the scene … As she shifted back to face her camera crew, a loose street sign, flying wildly in the wind, slammed into her left side, tearing into her arm and leg, and smacking her off the sea wall. She flew into the air to fall and hit the rocks and sand below.

Over the sound of the wind, and hardly able to move now, she heard the crew scrambling over the wall, coming for her and calling. She clutched the edge of a rock beside her, trying to hold on until they could reach her.

Lin Stepp

Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has over twenty published novels set around the Smoky Mountains near her home and the South Carolina coast. She and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks and have three published guides to Smokies hiking trails and TN and SC state parks. Lin enjoys hiking and exploring out of doors, speaking for events, and sharing about her work and interests through her monthly blog and newsletter, both on her website at:

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Eight at the Lake JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Eight at the Lake and Light the Way plus bookmarks for each book!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 4, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 11, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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5 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Eight at the Lake by Lin Stepp

  1. Carrie… It’s always a joy to be featured on your site…and I remember with fondness that our author-reader friendship goes back for many years. I hope you and your readers will enjoy my latest Mountain Home book EIGHT AT THE LAKE and a visit to Dandridge on the Cosby side of the Smoky Mountains! …This makes my 24th published book now. Time surely flies by… Best your way today and happy spring …Lin Stepp, author

  2. Anne

    The beautiful story, the setting and the characters make this story captivating and unforgettable.

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