A Thanksgiving Note…

Hello Readers – and Happy Thanksgiving!


As I celebrated a cozy Thanksgiving-for-two with my husband today (and managed to finally perfect my cranberry sauce recipe!), we talked about all of the things that we’re grateful for this year, and I realized just how much has happened since our last Turkey Day. At this time 365 days ago, I was just prepping to publish my first book. I can’t believe that it’s only been (not even) a year! Deceived was published in December 2016 and Stepsisters was published in August 2017. I’ve been busy working on book #3, “Crossroads,” ever since, anticipating a release in 2018. I took a yoga class, married my husband in Montana in July, made new friends, reconnected with old ones, visited family over the summer which was super-nice since I don’t get to see them often, and have so many adventures and projects on the burner. Life has been busy and chaotic at times, but today, I am grateful for so many things… for family, friends all over the country, a wonderful husband/adventure buddy who puts up with my editing marathons, good food, decent health, a steady job… and of course, all of you!

I may not know all of you personally, but today, I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you for helping me make this last year a truly special one. I mean that.

Warmest Thanksgiving wishes to you & yours! 🙂

<3, Stephanie Rose Vigano


Location, Location, Location…

Hi Readers! ❤

I think it’s time I made a confession. I like visuals. I guess this is obvious after I went a little crazy making all of those Character Aesthetics cubes right before Stepsisters came out, but I really like visuals! Maybe it’s the younger me that liked to draw so much and dreamed of one day being a fashion designer or a photographer or maybe even an interior designer (none of which I actually became, though I did dally for a few years in radio) – but visuals are my guilty pleasure. I buy cookbooks and home design magazines just to look at the pictures – and try out the recipes, of course, but mostly to look at the pictures! So yes… I guess it’s pretty safe to say that I’m a glutton for this stuff.

And I’m not ashamed. A pro writing tip that I’ve read somewhere before is that location and setting should be characters in their own right, and I couldn’t agree more. Reading is fun because it nourishes our imagination. We go on adventures, feel feelings, and see amazing visuals of these characters, these events, and these locations in our heads. The descriptions of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books bring that world to life. The descriptions of foreign locales in travel writing take us to them without ever having to leave our seats. And it’s my sincere hope that my descriptions of Stirling City, Maple Springs, and the other hot spots in the Deceived novels give my imaginary world some life as well – though, I guess that’s up to you, the readers!

Sometimes I like to take these visuals out of my cramped little noggin and look at them as they may appear in the real world just for the sake of science, so in the same vein as those character aesthetics collages I threw together a while back, I decided that a few locations deserved a closer look, too – and I couldn’t think of a better place to start at than the von Essen mansion!

The Von Essen Mansion

I did a few quick Google searches in hopes of finding some photos that would capture the way I envision the mansion to look in my head and put them into collage form for you all with some added commentary and insight. Obviously, credit for these pics belongs to their respective owners – all I did was mash them up in Photoshop. Give the pic above a little click to learn more about the style, background, and aesthetics of this setting!

I’ll be storing more Location Studies in the Bonus Goodies section as they come. I’m interested to see how the pictures in my head match up with those in yours! How close did we get? Is there another location you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

<3, Stephanie Rose Vigano

P.S. Stepsisters has been out for a month now! Wow, time flies!!!

A (Not So Short!) and Sweet Update

Hi everyone! – good news, if a bit belated:

Publishing Day was officially a success! The paperback and Kindle versions of Stepsisters both went live on Amazon yesterday, just as planned. Phew! I want to extend a big thank you to those of you who have sent me nice messages, chatted with me about the story, and graced me with your early feedback so far. I really appreciate it! ❤

Stepsisters: A Deceived Novel by Stephanie Rose ViganoI’m so excited to finally share this book with you – and introduce you to the von Essen sisters’ lives as teenagers. Aging the girls up has been something I’ve really enjoyed and looked forward to doing – and it’s brought so many exciting opportunities for new adventures, new dramas, new romances, new heartaches, new ambitions, new mistakes, new chances for personal development, and – of course – new deceptions. While Deceived focused more on the von Essen family’s life-shaping tragedy and the founding adults of the series – successful CEO Bruce von Essen, his artistic first wife Cecilia, and manipulative (read: crazy!) gold-digger Victoria Adessi, Stepsisters shifts the narrative to Bruce and Cecilia’s daughters – musically-gifted fraternal twins, Angelina and Blair – and their misguided new stepsister, Nicolette. They’re no longer kids now, but sixteen-going-on-seventeen – and officially “all grown up!” Seven years after the initial tragedy in Deceived, the girls are ready to start their Junior Year at Archbishop Wright Preparatory School, and it’s a school year that’s bound to entail plenty of new challenges for the girls and their friends to contend with – some of which may ultimately test the survival of their newfound stepsister-hood.

For those of you who are new (welcome!), those who need a refresher (welcome back!), or those who just like to go into a story knowing a bit of what to expect (hello!), Stepsisters is a continuation of Deceived, the first book of the Deceived novels by Stephanie Rose Vigano (me!). The Deceived novels are an ongoing series that tell the story of the von Essen family, a wealthy and troubled family living in the picturesque suburb of Maple Springs, a quaint little town harboring some not-so-pristine secrets, nestled in the wooded hills of the fictional hub of arts and commerce known as Stirling City. Their story is something of a literary “soap opera;” a part-tragedy, part-drama, part-romance, and part-coming-of-ager that follows this family through their trials, tribulations, victories, set-backs, and marches ahead, exploring how one unthinkable event has affected their lives, their decisions, their relationships, and themselves.

Some of the Many Things To Look Forward to in Stepsisters Include:

  • teenage drama
  • musical rivals
  • sisterly bonding time
  • betrayal and heartbreak
  • crushes and romance
  • birthday sleepovers
  • flawed coping mechanisms
  • unanswered questions
  • wounded psyches
  • blatant potty mouths
  • fabulous Christmas cookie recipes (thanks, Dad!)
  • things that make you go “aww!”
  • things that make you go “eww!”
  • characters that need a hug
  • characters that need punched in the face
  • overactive hormones
  • sordid love triangles
  • exploring new boundaries
  • one too many alcoholic beverages
  • terrible cringe-worthy decisions
  • giddy girls gushing over hotties
  • impromptu karaoke nights
  • Friday Night football
  • the power of friendship
  • technological embarrassment
  • once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
  • wicked stepmothers
  • And much, much more!!

I really hope that you enjoy this novel… and I would love to hear your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to leave an honest review on Amazon (if you would be so kind, I would be most appreciative) and follow me on tumblr. Don’t be shy – I don’t bite! I would love to chat, answer your questions, and speculate with you about what might happen next.

On that note, I’m exhausted. Time to read another chapter and call it a night!

Until next time… happy reading. 🙂

<3, Stephanie Rose Vigano

The Final Pre-Release Excerpt is Here!

Hi Everyone!

I’m very excited tonight, and I may or may not be a slightly buzzed on Popcorn Sutton moonshine, because in only a few more hours it’s going to be August 1st – and August 1st is the date that I’ve planned to hit that magical “Approve Proof” button for Stepsisters! I will post an official “It’s Ready!” as soon as I see the paperback go online – and fingers crossed, there won’t be any hold-ups. The Kindle version is in the last few hours of the “Pre-Order” stage and is set to go Live on 8/1/17 as well. Let’s all hope for the best here!

book covers

To celebrate the impending release of the second book of the Deceived series, I bring you one last pre-release excerpt (which I will be storing here) as a gift tonight. This preview is from chapter twelve of the book, “Match Point,” and the scene at the end was one of my favorites to write. Read it below the cut, and be forewarned: plenty of bad words, temper tantrums, and flying tennis balls are waiting down there! Enjoy. 🙂


Back from Big Sky Country

A photo we took at the Missouri Headwaters State Park in Gallatin County, Montana. So peaceful!

Hi Readers,

Whew – what a busy few weeks it’s been! I just returned home from a trip to Western Montana last Saturday, and I’m happy to announce that I’m officially a married woman now! (It only took us 8 1/2 years, but we did it! ❤ ) My husband and I had a ton of fun hiking, eating, exploring, rodeo-ing, and eloping in the Bozeman area earlier this month, and it was great going back to a place where we used to live again to hang out with old friends, see all of our favorite old places, and discover some new ones to add to the map. Montana’s been pretty special to us ever since we spent a year living there between May 2014 to May 2015, so I couldn’t possibly think of a better place to tie the knot, just the two of us. It’s a bummer that the trip is over already, and attempting to get back into the normal swing of things has admittedly been challenging… but I’m working on it.

Now that our trip is over, my main focuses outside of my normal 9-5 have been making sure that everything goes smoothly for the upcoming release of Stepsisters and handling all of the fun post-marriage tasks that need to be done now. I can’t believe the second Deceived novel will be out in a little over a week; August 1st is right around the corner!

I posted the first chapter here a few weeks ago, but here’s another brand spankin’ new excerpt just posted today to tide you over if one’s not enough. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer! I’ll have one last pre-release excerpt for you soon. 🙂

Happy Reading!

<3, Stephanie Rose Vigano

Character Aesthetics, Round Three: Meet the Supporting Characters!

Only one more month until Stepsisters comes out! I’m getting pumped! To prep you for August 1st, here’s one last round of character aesthetics cubes, introducing you to the side characters that color the von Essens’ world.

Aiden AndrewsAiden Andrews is as all-American as they come. Honest, loyal, and endearingly mischievous, he’s been Angelina’s best friend since third grade – and her “secret” (or not so secret?) crush. Aiden loves working on cars (especially his Camaro), playing football, hiking in the great outdoors, and hanging out with his friends.

Aiden Aesthetic

Ashleigh AndrewsAiden’s little sister and Blair’s best friend. Ashleigh loves reading, drinking tea, playing soccer, and comfy sweaters. She’s a great student, a good listener, and a supportive friend. She and Blair share a dream to visit Paris one day.

Ashleigh Aesthetic

Josh AshfordArchbishop Wright’s star quarterback. He’s a scruffy, athletic bad boy who likes to cruise around town in his Trans Am blasting Def Leppard, party on the weekends, and sneak his father’s Cuban cigars. He and Honors student, ballet flat and cardigan-wearing Blair are totally mismatched… but they’re the school’s biggest super-couple.

Josh Aesthetic

Gisele SinghAngelina’s best girl friend, whose been one of her loyal sidekicks – along with Katie Winters – since kindergarten. Gisele loves Indian food, fashion, make-up, and singing. She’s incredibly stylish and posts beauty tutorials on her YouTube channel in her free time. 

Gisele Aesthetic

Katie Winters The third member of Angelina’s posse, Katie is a bubbly, optimistic redhead who loves all things pink, anime, and girly.

Katie Aesthetic

**Note: all credit for the photos contained in these collages belongs to their respective owners. The images were found in Google/Pinterest searches using various key words. None are mine unless specifically noted. All I did was put them into collage form.

I’ll be back in two weeks with another update. It’s vacation time for me! Until then…

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

<3, Stephanie Rose Vigano

Character Aesthetics, Round Two: Meet the von Essen Sisters!

In preparation for the release of Stepsisters in August, I have another round of character aesthetics boards for you today, to give you a feel for who the teenage versions of the von Essen sisters are. You can see boards for more Deceived characters here.

Blair – Blair likes anything vintage, pretty, and romantic. Innocent and studious, she loves to read, drink tea, and play the piano. When she isn’t focused on her schoolwork, she’s dreaming of traveling to Paris. But behind her perfectly-polished exterior lies a troubled side. Blair battles with deeply-rooted insecurities and sometimes feels overwhelmed by the pressure that’s put on her.

Blair Aesthetic

Angelina – Determined, popular, and rebellious, Blair’s fraternal twin sister is the “Queen Bee” of Archbishop Wright Prep. She loves to sing, play tennis, and hang out with her friends. Her best friend Aiden Andrews is her North Star, the one that keeps her grounded. She’s got big career dreams and will do anything to make them a reality.

Angelina Aesthetic

Nicolette – Victoria’s daughter and Angelina and Blair’s stepsister. Nicolette’s peers think that she’s nothing more than the easy cheerleader on the squad, but a life growing up with Victoria has left her insecure, desperate for attention, and misunderstood. Though cheering and hooking up with boys are the talents that she’s infamous for, she’s also a pretty good cook, loves to paint with watercolors, and can bake a real mean cinnamon bun.

Nicolette Aesthetic

**Note: all credit for the photos contained in these collages belongs to their respective owners. The images were found in Google/Pinterest searches using various key words. None are mine unless specifically noted. All I did was put them into collage form.