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Samantha Hastings

Salt Lake City, Utah

Reader & Writer

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Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. The Last Word is her debut novel.

Favorite Books

The Agency series by Y.S. Lee, The Lunar Chronicles, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen,The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley,The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer, Entwined by Heather Dixon, Princess at the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stervermer

Favorite Quotes

"Well-behaved women seldom make history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Favorite Genres

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Bookstagramming 101: 6 Tips for Getting Started

Three years ago, I didn’t know what bookstagramming was and now it is one of my favorite hobbies! What is bookstagram? Taking beautiful pictures of books for Instagram and other social media posts. It’s also a fun way to market your own books and to support other authors.Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up.1.) Organize the … Read More


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Thursday, October 8th, 2020

A Day in the Life of an Author Mom

🛌📱📥I wake up, check email on my phone, and do my social media posts for the day while I’m still in bed.🍳👨‍🦱🧒👨‍🦱👧Next, I eat breakfast with my family. Then I help my four kids get ready for school, style hair, pack lunches and water bottles, and put on masks.📤💳🚘I respond to my email and pay bills, before driving to preschool.🖥📑📒Then … Read More


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Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Publishing Confessional: My Book Baby

Publishing a book is like having a baby.When you first hear the news that you’re expecting a child, or your book is going to be published, you are elated! The exciting day cannot come soon enough. You tell your friends, family, and share it on your social media.Then there’s the long wait. Depending on how soon you found out you … Read More


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Monday, April 20th, 2020

First Draft Report: Good Reading = Good Writing

The best writing advice I’ve ever received is: “Good writers are good readers.” Some of my greatest ideas come from reading other people’s books. The Invention of Sophie Carter was inspired, in part, by Amber Lough’s The Fire Wish.You might be thinking, what does a fantasy book about djinns have to do with Victorian England?Absolutely nothing.What I loved about Lough’s … Read More


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