About Stephanie Queen

About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen writes angsty-funny college and sports romance. She's also written romantic thrillers and rom-coms and has published more than fifty books--so far. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family and her cat, Kitty.

The Playlist to Cry For: who listens to music while they read anyway?

By Stephanie Queen 

Confession: I listen to music while I write. It gets me in the mood, if you know what I mean. (Myren, my chauffeur just rolled his eyes.)

What Do I mean?   Music—the right music—enhances the emotional experience. Because let’s face it, what’s evokes emotion more quickly than a love song. Romance stories do a pretty good job although they make take a little while to sink their emotional teeth into you, to grab you and shake you up.

So I think listening to a love song that shares the same theme as the story I’m writing is a heck of a way to warm me up, to get me into the world and make me feel like I’m there.

In writing my latest, soon-to-be-released angsty college romance about forbidden love titled I Want To Know What Love Is (yes, of Foreigner’s hit song fame), I chose a play list that evoked the kinds of emotions I wanted you, the reader to feel. And listening to those songs as I wrote, the focused me on those particular feels.

The only down-side? 

It’s gosh darn exhausting—emotionally speaking! Because I write angsty books and between listening to the songs and getting into the characters so deeply to get the words on the page, I get so steeped and overwrought that my heart actually pounds.

Good news? 

You, the reader get the enhanced experience, the deep feels—and you can take a break any time you need to catch your breath. Unless you’re in emotional marathon condition, then go right ahead and read I Want To Know What Love Is all in one sitting.

Ready for some angst? (Myren’s getting the tissues ready now)

The Playlist to Cry For

If you want to listen and read, you can pre-order the book at Amazon.

BookTok on TikTok for steamy romance lovers!

by Stephanie Queen

A lot of people think TikTok is all about dancing and goofy videos, but not exactly. If you’re on TikTok, you might agree. Like Facebook, Twitter and IG, there are communities created by hashtags. And no other community enjoys popularity more than #BookTok. My theory on #BookTok’s popularity is that it’s dominated by people who are naturally creative. So naturally they take the outstanding tools TikTok has to offer and run wild.

Speaking of wild… #BookTok is also dominated by steamy and spicy romance readers and writers. They’ve found the perfect outlet for their very special interest.

If you haven’t experienced #BookTok, let’s say it bombards you with all kinds of book stuff. You’ll enjoy the amazing creativity of videos about hot romance books, characters and readers and authors who are funny, intriguing, clever and downright effective. After all, if it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then…

A video must be worth a million words.

And there are a million ways to do a video. Want to see some examples?

Here’s an example of a recent TikTok I posted about an upcoming book, a straight forward teaser using a voice-over.

Here’s an example of a fun author video about writing using lip-synching.

Finally, here’s an excerpt teaser using text and flipping pages for some action.

I think you get the idea. #BookTok is an endless rabbit hole of teasers, humor, book recommendations and all manner of creative fun and games.

If you don’t already have a TikTok account, you might want to give it a try, or if you do, let’s connect!

Follow me on TikTok @stephaniequeenauthor and let me know what you think of my videos.

I’d love to see you there! Here’s the link to TikTok

New Year, New Book Boyfriends by Stephanie Queen

That’s right—a fresh new batch of book boyfriends for you this New Year!

What are your top five traits for the best book boyfriend?

Are you looking for hot guys with rippling muscles or sweet guys who bring you flowers? Guys who make you laugh til you cry or quiet guys who will protect you til the end?
The list could go on, but here are my faves–

SQ’s Top 5 Traits for the Best Book Boyfriends:

  1. Hot & Sexy and knows how to make a lady feel that way
  2. Brings new meaning to the old rule: Lady’s First
  3. Master of self-control—except when his lady drives him crazy
  4. Would sacrifice the world for the woman he loves—and proves it
  5. Tough enough to show how much he loves his mom—and kittens too

What are your top five traits for the best book boyfriend?

Take advantage of this promotion and help keep your winter warmed up with these fab romances.

What’s your favorite? Do you like it steamy? Do you love bad boys? Are you into angsty, swoony guys and gals who frustrate you in the best way possible–aka, the slow burn?

We have rock stars, viscounts, football players and billionaires to keep your heart warm and your nights far from dull. Check out this video aesthetic to get you excited with anticipation for a Happy New Year!

This promo has it all and you owe it to yourself to check it out here!

Who Loves Enemies-to-Lovers Romance–and Why?

 In the world of new adult & college romance, the enemies-to-lovers trope reigns supreme.

Fact: 12% of the top 100 New Adult/College Romances are Enemies-to-Lovers💜

Friends-to-Lovers only make up 2% of the top 100!

Something to Think About

💜 But WHY the enemies-to-lovers trope?

I love a good angst filled enemies-to-lovers story. The thing is though, it’s very tricky to strike that balance for the enemy to be hateable and likeable at the same time. Sometimes as a reader, I take sides if the war is too intense.

On the other hand, the worst thing is one of those stories where the hate-reason is pathetically petty and you just want to roll your eyes.

Needless to say, this is one trope that is wicked hard to write! But I do anyway and give it my best shot.

When done right, all the angst oozes off the page and the fiery back-and-forth fuels a hot-hot story.

My favorite thing: That first breach of physical restraint, the first kiss

Why are you a fan of enemies-to-lovers romance?
What’s your favorite Enemies-to-Lovers romance novel?

There are a lot of great examples out there, but if you’re looking for something new…

Notorious Man on Campus – an Enemies-to-Lovers College Football Romance

Just released TODAY and it’s on sale for $0.99 until Thursday or FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb:

Brick

To say I don’t trust women is impossible. I would never use the word trust and women in the same sentence.

In the universe of un-trustworthy women, there’s Nyla, the she-devil, the girl who broke my brother’s heart, the one who caused him to drop out of college to work at the family business in nowhere Pennsylvania. She holds a specially vile place in the black hole that would be my heart.

And f*ck if she isn’t the girl I’m looking at right now in the kitchen at BMOC House where I live, where I rule. Nyla Rhoades stands at the sink, washing pots and pans more temptingly forbidding than ever.

Some unholy deity could not have dialed up a more heinous torture, a more poisonous punishment than to force me to spend my senior year living under the same roof as that girl.
But Majik hired her and there’s no going against Majik’s decree that she needs Nyla’s help to cook and clean at BMOC House.

Welcome to my senior year. Turning from the best time of my life as star QB on campus on my way to the NFL, to a living purgatory where I’m reminded daily of the one most absolutely f*cked up mistake I’ve ever made.
My dreams of a pro football career could come crashing down. Worse, I could lose whatever shreds of a family I still have.
Unless I deal with her… my personal Eve from the garden of hell with with her tempting apple.

Notorious Man on Campus is a sizzling stand-alone enemies to lovers romance in the world of Big Men on Campus at St. Paul University. If you love stories where the giant immovable oak in the form of a grumpy smokin’ hot football god is felled by an s sunshiny spitfire in a battle of wills and forbidden attraction, then you’ll love this one! (Warning: language and sex for a mature audience)

Available at AMAZON