The Novel


The Common Hours

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Also available at The Cafe at Scottsdale Bible-7601 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260

In Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1888, the lumber industry is turning ordinary citizens into millionaires. Mary and her daughter Sarah, live a privileged life on millionaire row in their victorian home. When Mary is caught in an affair with the local minister, the family will lose what matters to them most.

Mary leaves her family and returns to a forgotten past where she hopes to find resolution. Sarah leaves behind everything familiar to her when her father moves them to a small village in the wilderness to the north.

The people they meet and experiences they have will change them in unexpected ways. A novel about life and forgiveness.


About Tina D. Stephens

Writing has been a part of Tina’s life since the day she learned her alphabet, a talent she learned from her father and grandfather whom she regards as master storytellers.

She spent her teen years living in Pennsylvania. It was there in the shadows of the wooded mountains she began drafting what would someday become “The Common Hours”.

She currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and three children. You can email Tina Stephens at:

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Illustrator Katherine Schmalz

One of the characters in “The Common Hours” is Sarah, the daughter of Mary and John Richardson. After Mary leaves her family, Sarah deals with the loss of her mother by drawing pictures of her. Every chapter in the book that tells the story of her mother is introduced with a picture that Sarah has drawn.

The illustrator, Katherine Schmalz, is a mutual acquaintance through the church that she and Tina Stephens attend in Scottsdale, AZ. When Katherine posted artwork on Instagram Tina thought her style was a good match for the book she was writing.

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This book is available now at these fine stores:

The Cafe at Scottsdale Bible-7601 East Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Otto’s Bookstore -107 W. Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701

Wolfe’s General Store -14167 PA-414, Slate Run, PA 17769

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum-5660 US Route 6 West, Ulysses, PA 16948

The Cafe at Scottsdale Bible-7601 East Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260


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