EXCITING NEWS: The Rafflecopter has been extended from June 27- July 28, 2017



Hello, everyone.  This is Indie Author Sylvia Stein and I have exciting news.  On October 27-28 I will be participating in an amazing book event thanks to the fabulous and very talented author Rachael Brownell and so many other wonderful authors through the Great Lakes Book Bash which will be in Kalamazoo Michigan this October 2017.   I signed up for this event two years ago through my wonderful PA Nathalie Raven and it is hard to believe it is coming up here in a few more months.   It is for this reason I have set up an amazing Rafflecopter which begins at midnight on June 27, 2017, all through July 6, 2017.    I will also be making some announcements on my podcast this week.   I hope you all participate because you will have a chance to win two Rock Star Passes to this amazing Book Event.    The winner will be announced on July 6, 2017.   I also have some audio books of my latest book,  The Diary of a Broken Father, Amazon card, and a Starbuck’s card.  Best of luck everyone.  Remember the Rafflecopter begins at midnight July 27, 2017.

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Coping Continued Copyright 2017

Hello, everyone, it is again Tuesday and I am sharing another excerpt from my fictional story Coping.

Today we are continuing on Eric’s story.


Coping Eric 30

Dammit, now I am late!

Shit, I am never going to hear the end of this one.

Eric got out of his car and quickly ran inside to clock in. He was just about to walk out the door to get to his work duties when he heard a loud crash just outside the doors.

What the hell?

“ Attention everyone, we must evacuate the building it appears there is a small fire in the back warehouse!

“ I repeat!” called out the voice on the intercom.

Wow, a fire!

Just then he ran into his boss.

“  Eric, can you please make sure everyone gets out safely, luckily no one was in the warehouse when the fire began but I still have a ton of stuff I need to do and fill out with the insurance company.”

“ Sure thing Mr. Rhodes.”

“ Thank you, I have to step out and check out the damages to the warehouse so I am leaving you in charge, just take roll call and then send everyone home.”

“ Yes, Sir.”

“ Tell everyone this will be a paid day and we will see everyone tomorrow morning and that includes you.”

“ Sure thing Mr. Rhodes.”

As Eric walked out the door he noticed the sun was now out. He could not help but smile.

Man, I have to say. This has turned out to be a great day for me.

Eric couldn’t believe what was happening. Not only was he not in trouble for being late but this accident had even shown that Mr. Rhodes valued him. After all, he had been working as the Manager of the leading Tool Supply house for about 3 years now. He did not want to mess it up. This was the first steady job he had kept.

Thank you, God, After all the disaster I put myself in I just want to be able to make a go of my life again.

Trust me there is no looking back to the past.

Be sure to check out next week’s blog post for more of Coping.   We will meet another new character.

Coping by Sylvia Stein 2017

Coping – Continued Copyright 2017


Hello everyone,   normally I would have shared my excerpt on Tuesday.  However, for this week the excerpt will be out Wednesday.   Here is the next section of my story.


Eric  30

Eric stepped outside with the downpouring rain coming at him with massive thundering.     There was a storm brewing and you could see it from the dark clouds in the sky.    He was in a hurry to get to work this morning.

Shit!  I can’t be late today.

Just my rotten luck! 

Things hadn’t been easy for him.  It just seemed that no matter how hard he tried to keep himself out of trouble    It just followed him everywhere he went.  This wasn’t all his fault.    Not to make any excuses for him.   But it appeared that from a young age Eric had been destined for hardships.  For one thing, his mother abandoned Eric and his brother Randy at a very young age.   Eric was 8, and Randy was only 4 years of age.     Only Eric knew his father.   His Father was a drunk and he spent most of the time at bars spending all of the money he earned from working.

This all took a toll on their mother.   She could not deal with having to work two jobs, taking care of them and also having to dig a grown man from bars every night. One day she kicked him out.   Eric recalled that night.

She was home sick with the two boys.  Randy was a baby and running a fever.    Eric had to call a cab to take them to the hospital.

He was only 4 years old.   But his father was nowhere to be found.   After they came back early the next morning.   His mother stormed into the living room and kicked him out.

Get out of here! 

We don’t need you, you miserable excuse for a man!

In the present, Eric kept driving.

I need to get to work on time! 

I just need to get there!

I hope you enjoyed the next part of my excerpt.     Until next time!


Coping by Sylvia Stein   2017



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Excerpt Tuesday: Coping – continued – copyright 2017 by Sylvia Stein

Hey everyone.  This is Indie Author Sylvia Stein.   Today is Tuesday and just like last week here is more of my next short excerpt of a story I am working on which is called Coping.    I shared an excerpt of the first part last week.  I hope you like it.

Once Alice went out the door the flashbacks of the past began to overtake her.

She began tearing up as she got into her car.

It was a few years earlier and Alice thought she had found the love of her life.   After all she had met Sebatian at college.  They both attended The University of Texas at Brownsville.    From the very start they both kept bumping into one another with the many classes they had together.   It was clear that they both had an undeniable chemistry.    Sebastian would always stare at Alice and she did the same with him.  It was not too long after the school year started that they both began dating.

Sebastian asked Alice to be his girlfriend and after 2 years he proposed on Valentines day in front of her family and friends.    Alice had been so busy with school and working part-time.    They barely had anytime to be with each other.  But he planned the proposal in secret.     The engagement was a short one within a year they both married on a little church outside the city of Dallas Texas.    The only people who attended this event were both of their own families and close friends.  It was only about 100 guests.

Alice and Sebastian loved the intimacy of the ceremony.

This is just so perfect, whispered Alice. 

Back in the present Alice could not control her tears.

How could I have been so blind? 

I am such an idiot!

Stupid! Stupid!

As she scolder herself in the car outside the sky began to get cloudy and it began to rain.  The downpour of it began to hit on her car windows.   Alice pulled off to the side for a moment.   She wanted to wait for the rain to calm a bit.    As she heard the thundering she began to cry once again.

I can’t believe I am still crying over him! 

I don’t know when this pain is going to stop!

Just then her phone began to ring.

Dammit it’s work! 

I am late! 

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photo credit by Unsplash Sam Buriss

Coping by Sylvia Stein Copyright 2017

Thank you I hope you enjoyed my short excerpt.  I will be back next Tuesday with a new one.










WIP Coping by Sylvia Stein 2017

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Happy Sunday everyone. This is Indie Author Sylvia Stein.   For today I am sharing a Short excerpt on a WIP I am working on for a short story collection for possibly late 2018.     I hope to share more each week with you all.    I hope you like it.

Chapter 1

Alice Age 35 


Alice stood in the middle of the hallway of her small apartment.   She took a deep breath while gazing into the mirror.

What had happened in the last year had definitely taken a big toll on Alice.  Her eyes were so puffy from the night spent crying,  her hair was frazzled and dry from the days spent not using conditioner.

Who gives a crap about conditioner?  She thought. 

Immediately Alice resorted to her favorite hobby of choice.   Food.   As time went on food was something that gave her comfort.

Not to mention the trips to the local bar every weekend so she could bury her pain in a drunken haze.

The drink of choice was a dirty martini.

On a good note, all was not bad for Alice.   Most of her days were spent as the manager of the local grocery store in the small town of Duncan just outside of the city of Arlington Texas.

As she got into the shower to get dressed for another long day at work.   Thoughts began taken over her once again.

Alice drifted back to how her life had fallen apart in the last year and what led her to Duncan.

Damn it, Alice! 

She scolded herself.

Don’t think of him! 

He doesn’t deserve it. 

As she stepped out of the shower the flashbacks started taking over her.

It was 3 years earlier and she was living what she thought would be her dream life with the one Alice thought would be her forever.

Sebastian was his name and from the moment Alice met him it was obvious they were meant to be together.

She had met him in college at The University of Texas at Austin.   It was so clear from the start they were smitten with one another.

It wasn’t long before they began dating.

Tears began overflowing Alice.

Damn, I am going to be late for work.  

For now, Alice was determined to get to work and focus on the grueling day and week ahead.

I don’t have time for this! 

He made his choice. 


I hope you like the short excerpt…

I will share more each week on Sunday.

Copyright 2017 by Sylvia Stein

Coping is a new story I am working on which will introduce several new characters. The first will be Alice then we will move on to more.   This was a small excerpt will share more on her and other characters in the coming weeks.


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We Are The World Blogfest: Red-Nose Day and how good will prevail

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We are the World Blogfest is here with its third edition.

To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest, and the co-hosts for the April 2017 WATWB are,  Emerald BarnesEric Lahti, Inderpreet UppalLynn HallbrooksPeter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan,

My name is Sylvia Stein and for my  post onWe are the world Blogfest, I wanted to share a piece about Red Nose Day which is a charity which helps so many children out there and I wanted to tie into the Red Nose Day Actually Sequel short film ( which was taken by the first film by Richard Curtis, Love Actually.)

In England, Red Nose day began by the Comic Relief Charity and was founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis who is also the director of such films as Notting Hill, The Bridget Jones Diaries, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.  He collaborated with comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

This event started in England and has worked with the BBC to show a telethon each year to help children who are in need.    It has now passed on to the United States and is raising money to help child poverty in the world and prevent hunger while also providing vaccines to villages who do not have the resources to get to them.


This year Richard Curtis decided to add a sequel to his hit movie Love Actually, by bringing everyone a short film of the sequel to it and title it Red Nose Day Actually.   He brought many of the beloved characters many of us rooted for in the first film and he brought of glimpse of what they are doing now.   All the proceeds are for the Red Nose day cause.   In this post


I wanted to share some of the words said by Hugh Grant who plays the Prime Minister in the short film and what he tells the press on where he stands in regards to the remarks about how love was all around and what he said in the first movie.



This is some of what he shares:


While People are nervous and fearful…

 But  I Look at the other side

And I’m optimist


Wherever you see Tragedy you see bravery too.Wherever you see ordinary people


You see extraordinary people come to their aid


Today is Red Nose day and people are giving their hard earned cash to people they will never meetBut whose pain and fear they feel and want to fight…  So, It is not just a romantic love which is all around


Most people every day and everywhere  have enough love in their hearts


To help human beings in trouble


Good’s going to win.


I am actually sure of it.

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 check out the small short film below: 

In conclusion, just like in the first film Love is all around us in spite of the evil in the world there are so many out there doing so much good and I do believe Good will always prevail.

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If you found this piece of news heartening and would like to take part in this blog fest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.
This is a Blog Hop!



pics: https://www.facebook.com/RedNoseDayActually2017/



You tube:  Red Nose day Actually

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