Smoky Mtn. Novels


Kensington Publishing

University of Tennessee Press

Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd.

Mountain Hill Press


Smokies Guidebook

Other Titles

A SMOKY MOUNTAIN GIFT - novella in Christmas anthology

About the Authors

Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. Click HERE for full bio...

Her husband James L. Stepp, co-author of The Afternoon Hiker, is the owner of a publication and sales business. To see his East TN Fishing & Hunting Guide Magazine online click here.


To hear Dr. Stepp discuss her books on television before a Barnes & Noble book signing see this WRCB-TV television interview.

To hear Dr. Stepp talk about her book series, check out this link to find a recent radio interview.


"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
- Dale Carnegie

I have been collecting quotes for many years A collection of some of my favorite quotes and more beautiful Smokies photos can be found HERE.


Thanks so much to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Sevierville, TN, for hosting and sponsoring the book launch for my latest and ninth book WELCOME BACK as a part of the spotlight events in the annual Rose Glen Literary Festival. The 2016 literary festival will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sevierville Convention Center, 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37876 - just off the Winnfield Dunn Parkway, heading in to downtown Sevierville . Many other regional authors will be at the event, along with workshops, lectures, and a luncheon. The event is FREE and there is plenty of free parking at the convention center. For more information about The Rose Glen Literary Festival and the Sevierville area, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at (865) 453-6411.

For more information about the event with a map to the convention center on their website
click HERE.

New Book Releases!

SAVING LAUREL SPRINGS - Book Eight in the Smoky Mtn. Novels - set in Cosby, TN - October of 2015

WELCOME BACK... - Book Nine in the Smoky Mtn. Novels - set in Maggie Valley, NC - March of 2016

About the Smoky Mountain Novels

Overview - A linked series of stand-alone upbeat, contemporary romance novels –with new characters and a new story in every book. Readers get to enjoy the pleasure of a rich, heart-warming, Southern story about memorable characters in every novel. Familiar places around the Great Smoky Mountains area tie the stories together in an enjoyable way for readers who like a series they can settle into.

Latest News! Book Tour and Appearances!

Dr. Stepp is currently traveling in the southeast area signing her books at regional bookstores, libraries, festivals, and events.

For more information on the author's book tour and speaking schedule, click on the link below:


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Praise for Lin Stepp and her Smoky Mountain Novels

"I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do. . .love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance, and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains." -Dolly Parton

"Stepp is an amazing storyteller... the romance exhibited is pure, natural and heartwarming." - RT Reviews

"A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life." -Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author

"Stepp establishes a lovely sense of place... capturing the sights and sounds of Tennessee's breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains." - Booklist

"A wonderful, new Southern voice." -Joan Medlicott, author of the bestselling The Ladies of Covington series

WELCOME BACK - Book 9 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leaf Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s sweet and touching story follows one woman’s journey back to the home—and the husband—she left behind……

When Lydia Cunningham left her husband and moved to Atlanta ten years ago, it was with equal parts sadness and certainty. She loved her home in North Carolina, with its lush green hills and crisp, clean air. And in truth, she still loved John, too. But she could no longer live with her mother-in-law’s constant criticism and the distance it created in her marriage.

Now, thanks to a job offer at her alma mater, Lydia is moving back, renting the old country house where she and John lived as newlyweds. She hopes to strengthen the frayed ties with her daughter, Mary Beth, and build a relationship with her grandsons. As for John—it’s clear from the moment Lydia sees him standing in her doorway that he hopes they might rekindle their bond. The spark between them hasn’t dimmed—but neither have Lydia’s memories of past hurts. Yet in this magnificent landscape that’s always felt like home, she might find a way to forgive and begin again…

SAVING LAUREL SPRINGS - Book 8 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leaf In a heartwarming novel set amid the lush splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp reunites two kindred spirits in a charming story of first love and surprising second chances…

See ya later—and love you forever, Rhea Dean. Those are the words Rhea’s childhood sweetheart, Carter Layman, used to say whenever they parted. Not that she places much stock in words anymore. After all, Carter drove off to college in California, promising to make a fortune to help save their families’ vacation resort. Instead he stayed there and married someone else. It fell to Rhea to keep Laurel Springs going and she’s done just that, working long hours on the campgrounds, buoyed by the beauty of her Smokies home.

Now a widower with a young son, Carter has achieved huge success as a games developer. But he always planned to return to the spring-fed lake and the soaring mountains, to the covered bridge where he and Rhea made wishes and traded kisses. He’s coming home to turn Laurel Springs into the place they planned to build together. And as he reveals the truth about his past, Rhea must decide whether to trust in the man—and the dreams—she’s never forgotten.

MAKIN' MIRACLES - Book 7 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leaf Set in Tennessee's postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp's Makin' Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible.

Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she's especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature's Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it's her gift as a seer and her spot-on knowledge from God that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a directive or knowing about a person, she's almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door wanders into her shop and Zola sees a problem upcoming in his life, it's only the beginning of ways in which their lives will clash and yet draw them together time and again.

The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he's settled in a log home high on a quiet mountain to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling, and different, as Zola Devon could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos-and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as Spencer's and Zola's lives become more and more intertwined, both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.

The Afternoon Hiker - Smokies Guidebook

leaf The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains provide the inspiration for this unique hiking guide—designed especially for the average tourist or hiking enthusiast seeking a morning or afternoon walk in the Smokies that will prove pleasant and fun. All 110 hikes in The Afternoon Hiker are easily accessible and average 6-8 miles roundtrip.

Read the full synopsis of The Afternoon Hiker here.

Down by the River - Book 6 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafJust because she’s middle-aged and widowed doesn’t mean Grace Conley should settle into a retirement village like her kids suggest. Instead, she decides on a new beginning and a second adulthood, buying an old bed and breakfast in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains, against her family’s wishes and even against the annoying advice of the philandering realtor she’s been dealing with, Jack Teague.

While on a visit to east Tennessee, to pick up her youngest daughter at college, recently widowed Grace Conley impulsively decides to buy a beautiful old bed and breakfast nestled along the Little River in the quiet mountain town of Townsend, Tennessee. Her new plan to sell and leave her family home in Nashville and to renovate and reopen an old Victorian inn in the Smokies, simply shocks and scandalizes her family. She’d always been a homemaker, readily available to her children, hosting all the family gatherings, babysitting all the grandchildren when needed. How could she even consider moving away from them all, and what did she know about running a business? Was she crazy, they asked? After moving to Townsend, Grace starts to wonder if she isn’t a little crazy, when she begins to fall for Jack Teague, the local ladies man of the area. Then as if things are not complicated enough navigating her way around her attraction to Jack and setting up the new bed and breakfast, there is a stalker lurking around the neighborhood, frightening everyone. And to further complicate things, Grace’s difficult daughter, Margaret comes to live with her, and the young minister of the church next door seems to think he’s been given a sign from God that he’s to marry Margaret – who is not a Christian and has no intention of settling down in what she terms a podunk town like Townsend, Tennessee. As you might imagine, a lot of fun is in store in this warm-hearted story – and you will enjoy reading about how all the problems and aspects of Grace’s life work out and exactly what happens to everyone involved at the charming Mimosa Inn down by the river.

A Smoky Mountain Gift in WHEN THE SNOW FALLS

leaf This title is a short novel in Kensington's fall Christmas anthology. Veda Trent is back in Townsend to fill in as temporary manager of the Crafts Co-Op, but she's not planning to stay. Though the mountain town is small, it holds lots of unsettling memories. Yet the wind can change, bringing with it new opportunities-and the chance to create the kind of Christmas Veda has always longed for.

Second Hand Rose - Book 5 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafSurely a girl can be forgiven a moment of fantasy dancing with a tall dark stranger? And surely nothing can come of it? Wrong. Life’s chance, indulgent moments always find a way of coming back to complicate everything.

Life is sometimes hard as a widowed, single mother with three young children, a business to run, bills to meet, and debts to pay. Despite it all, Rosalyn McCreary tries to count her blessings. She cherishes her shop, Second Hand Rose, her family and friends. A practical woman by necessity, she seldom indulges in impulse and fancy—except for that crazy spring day she danced with a total stranger she’d never met. Whatever was she thinking? And to learn later that her mystery stranger, Kendrick Lanier, planned to move to Wear’s Valley. Great. Just one more problem she doesn’t need. Kendrick soon pursues her, despite Rosalyn’s efforts to crowd him out, finding ways into her life, and into the lives of her children, and creating complications Rosalyn simply doesn’t want to deal with. Especially since the more she learns of the man’s life and secrets, the more she realizes how ill-suited they are. With Rosalyn and Kendrick’s troubled pasts, and Rosalyn’s temper, you’ll find it a toss-up to decide if these two stubborn, determined individuals should, or shouldn’t, ever get together.

Delia's Place - Book 4 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafJust when Delia Walker’s life reads like a fairy tale come true, the bottom falls out of everything, leaving her desperate, devastated, and directionless—worrying through a rush of anxious fears and tears whether life can ever turn right again.

Delia Eleanor Walker’s life is perfectly planned—the wedding date set, the invitations mailed, and her family gathered at the North Carolina beach house ready to celebrate—when Delia receives Prentice’s unexpected fed-ex announcing he’s married someone else! What on earth will she do? She’s centered every aspect of her future around her upcoming marriage and Delia knows her family will somehow blame the break-up on her. They always do. They’ll call it one more immature botch-up by the baby of the family.

In her lap, among the mail just received, Delia seizes on an answer—an invitation from Maureen Cross for a last visit to her Aunt Dee’s old cottage behind Gatlinburg. It’s cowardly to run, but Delia does, hoping to find in the mountains time to heal and space to chart a new direction for her life.

Instead of peace and quiet, Delia finds a troubled cousin she’s never met hiding out in her aunt’s house and an old childhood playmate and heartthrob, Tanner Cross, back in town, reminding her of yet another time she made a fool of herself romantically. To top it off, a criminal is soon on the loose, along with an increasingly complicated array of new problems that Delia never, in a million years, expected to encounter.

Come see how Delia finds her way… and follow her through surprising twists of sorrow, suspense, and sweetness—amid the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the charm of Gatlinburg—in this warm, contemporary romance.

For Six Good Reasons - Book 3 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafA young woman with six foster children, under twelve, hopes for patience, peace, and a bigger
house – but love? Not hardly. However — sometimes fate deals an unexpected hand.

When Alice Graham came back to look at the sale property at the base of the Smoky Mountains in Greenbrier, it was absolutely not because of that recurring dream of the cowboy. She’d seen him high on the ridge top in the winter and felt a peculiar drawing and attraction flash between them – but she never expected to see him again.

When she did, a month after buying the rural property, that odd attraction still sizzled in the air. However, it seemed unlikely that anything romantic would develop, because Alice had bought the property and its house as a home for herself and the six Stuart siblings she’d agreed to foster. Six kids were enough to scare any man off – especially a confirmed bachelor like Harrison Ramsey with unsolved mysteries and unpleasant rumors floating around in his past.

Tell Me About Orchard Hollow - Book 2 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafIt is difficult to recover when hurt by those we love and trust - but in this second novel in the beloved Smoky Mountain Series, a young woman finds healing and new confidence while staying in a mountain cabin on the quiet side of the mountains.

New Yorker Jenna Howell has spent many pleasant hours listening to her older neighbor, Sam Oliver, spin stories about his beloved home place on Orchard Hollow Road in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. This rural world is far removed from Jenna's life in downtown Manhattan, but when several shocking events and marital betrayal come her way, Jenna - a previously sheltered girl - decides to take Sam up on his offer to visit his cabin in the mountains.

At Sam's place in Townsend, Jenna meets many new friends, including her good-looking neighbor, artist Boyce Hart. A quick attraction sparks between Jenna and Boyce, proving to be both exciting and confusing at this time in Jenna's life. It is not the right time for a new relationship for either Jenna or Boyce. However, as spring blooms in the Smokies, Jenna blooms. She gains a new appreciation for unselfish love and simple pleasures, develops confidence in herself and her talents, and begins to find new understandings about faith. Just as she is finding happiness and beginning to heal, an unexpected tragedy forces her to return to New York City. Here she has to test out her new-found strengths, resolve the problems in her life, and decide on the direction for her future. Choosing the right course proves to be more difficult than expected - as two very different lives vie with opposite allures for Jenna's heart.

The Foster Girls - Book 1 Smoky Mtn. Novels

leafThe deep secrets – that restrict us and limit our lives – are at the heart of this first, engaging novel in the new Smoky Mountain series.

Vivian Delaney – in The Foster Girls – arrives in the quiet Wear’s Valley, on the backside of the Smoky Mountains, carrying a heavy load of hidden problems – and eager to find a quiet place to escape the recent troubles of her past. However, secrets are hard to keep, and right away Vivian encounters unexpected challenges with her landlord, Scott Jamison. From Vivian’s first meeting with Scott – at the end of a rifle barrel – Scott seems purposed to push past all Vivian’s defenses and to find a way into her heart.

Just as Vivian begins to trust Scott – and is able to share her secrets with him and new friends in the valley – love for a little foster girl, Sarah Taylor, challenges Vivian and Scott’s new relationship. When Sarah is lost in the mountains, the suspense and conflict build – with the lives of several characters caught tantalizingly in the balance.
Readers will quickly become wrapped up in the magic of this heartwarming story set against the backdrop of the beautiful Smoky Mountains National Park. They will heartily enjoy the likable cast of main and secondary characters along with the sprinkling of Appalachian flavor that generously enhances this inspirational regional story.

Book Tour & Appearances


I will be making a number of stops in the South-Eastern United States this year. Here is the current schedule of appearances:

BOOK TOUR Information & Dates