I was born and raised in Manchester, NH. When I was 18, I joined the Army. I spent 11 years active duty from 1986-1997. Currently, I work for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher.
I am a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC.
My books include:
The Giving Meadow (Children's book_
The Hungarian (Ebook from Desert Breeze Publishing)
The Count's Lair (Ebook from Desert Breeze Publishing)
The Wolf's Torment (EBook from Desert Breeze Publishing)
Victorian Scoundrel (Ebook from Desert Breeze Publishing)
Borealis II Anthology, Short Story, Shadows & Light
Christmas in Bayeux (Ebook short story from Victory Tales Press)
Destination: Berlin (IUniverse)
Be Mused Anthology, Short Story, Matchmaking Amusement
Where to find Stephanie Burkhart online
Where to buy in print
A Polish Heart
Short story~ Darrin, an architect from the USA is assigned to a challenging project in Poland. Sofia is assigned as his translator and his first sight of her heats his blood. With Sofia as his guide, Darrin discovers Poland and many new things about himself, as well. When a chance is presented for him to remain in Poland, will he leave behind family and all that is familiar to follow his heart?
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- Protect The Heart
on Aug. 05, 2010
"Protect the Heart" offers a sweet, endearing look at life, love, and heartbreak during war time. Set between Idaho and a war zone, four young adults exchange a series of letters which are raw, full of longing, hope, and gives glimpses into their complex lives.
The novel opens with Cameron giving Abraham a ride into town before they head out to join the military and go to war. Cameron meets Maura and asks her to marry him. She declines, not wanting to be a "war" bride. Abraham visits Sadie. He also declines her advances. Cameron and Sadie nurse their heartbreak by spending the night together.
After the men leave, Maura works hard at the widowed/unmarried mothers and injured soldiers home. She finds the work rewarding, yet tiring. On her off time, Maura writes letters to Cameron to keep his spirits up.
Soon, Sadie seeks out Maura and confesses to her that she's pregnant. Maura assumes Abraham is the father and writes to him. Abraham is surprised to get a letter from her. The misunderstanding is quickly straightened out and Sadie begins writing Cameron. They plan their future. Through the exchange of letters, Cameron, Sadie, Maura, and Abraham really get to know one another, as does the reader. War, however, is never predictable and it will take the four young adults down a path they didn't expect.
The story flows well. Hunsaker's literary voice and writing style shines in the exchange of letters between Cameron, Sadie, Maura, and Abraham.
Hunsaker uses old-fashioned terms to describe the setting in Idaho, but refers to dirt, dust, and Humvees, (more modern terms) when referring to Cameron and Abraham's setting. Where and when the story happens is hard for the reader to pin down.
The characterization is wonderful and really pulls the reader in. Each character has highs and lows, traits to be admired, and flaws that will break the reader's heart. Cameron loves life and wants to do the right thing even when it's hard. He joins the military and admits his paternity. Sadie has a good heart and is a big help to Maura, but her mistake makes life tougher for her. Abraham is the strong, silent type, but not as articulate with his feelings as Cameron is. Maura has strong will. She cares for everyone, but puts her own needs and wants aside to help others.
The story is sweet for romance readers with only kisses exchanged between the couples. "Protect The Heart" is a story about hardship, endurance, and the power of love.
- Annie and the Young Master
on Dec. 16, 2010
Lynn pens a heartwarming tale of the power of love with "Annie and the Young Master." Lillian Basford comes from a well off family, but her father casts her out after a slight with nothing but the clothes on her back. Lillian encounters Samuel Wadkins as she walks away from her home and two share a powerful lovemaking encounter. Lillian tells him her name is Annie. Samuel departs.
Lillian soon finds employment as a servant for the Hammond family. The Wadkins host a local ball. Despite Lillian's love for Samuel, she's hesitant to attend not wanting Samuel to discover she's a servant. Can Samuel's patience and determination help the couple find happy ever after?
Lynn intrigues the reader right from the start with Lillian's plight. Lillian is full of resolve, determined to find her way despite the challenges she faces. Samuel knows his heart and won't give up until he gets what he wants.
The love scenes paint a highly charged erotic connection between Lillian and Samuel that will leave the reader wanting more.
Annie and the Young Master is a sinfully delicious Cinderella story.
- A Spring/Easter Collection Anthology: Sweet
on June 16, 2011
Synposis of the stories
Love's Sweet Journey
By: Cindy Carrier
Set in Wyoming, 1872, "Love's Sweet Journey" is a historical western. Juliet Chandler is traveling to Denver with her younger siblings to claim her inheritance. Along the way she meets Stormy Tucker, an outlaw on his way to jail. Sparks fly between Stormy and Juliet. When their transportation is raided, will Stormy take advantage and seek his freedom or follow his heart and stay, knowing it means that eventually he will go to jail?
A Polish Heart
By: Stephanie Burkhart
Darrin Riverton is an architect who travels to Warsaw, Poland to help with the construction of the National Stadium, a 56,000 seat soccer stadium. Sofia Buraczynski is Darrin's interpreter. As Easter grows closer, Darrin finds himself falling for his beautiful translator. Sofia's faith gives Darrin the courage to get in touch with his own. When it's time for Darrin to leave, will he follow his heart or do what his parents have always expected of him?
Author's Note: I enjoyed doing the research on this story. It's just wonderful to see how Eastern Europe is flourishing. My favorite book in the Bible was the book of Proverbs, and I was delighted that I could use it in this story.
Lilies of Hope
By: Markee Anderson
Alexis is a new teacher in Julia, Mississippi. She identified a "troubled" student, Caleb, only to discover that he comes from an abusive home. Dr. Jasper O'Malley has been looking for Caleb and his sister. When Caleb's mother dies, she leaves him a lily of hope. Will it inspire Alexis and Jasper to give the children the home they long for?
By: Kate Kindle
Set in rural Maine, Roberta cares for her elderly aunt, but money is tight. When Roberta helps a homeless man named Manley, he offers to return the favor by aiding her in setting up a florist shop. Will their affection grow into love?
- Addie and the Gunslinger
on March 14, 2012
When Addie's ranch is threatened, she goes out and gets her a husband in the guise of Jude Morgan, gunslinger. But has Jude given up his Colts?
Set in historical Texas, Addie's neighbor, Cartherers threatens to dam up the river if he can't marry her and gain access to her land. Addie seeks out Jude to pose as her husband. After playing their parts with a kiss or two, Addie questions the wisdom of asking Jude to pose as her husband. Can Jude help Addie save her land or will he walk away?
Yeary intrigues the reader right from the start when Addie saunters into the jail looking for a husband and finds Jude. The plot moves well and it's easy to picture the old west setting. The characters are interesting. Addie needs a little refinement and Jude's looking for something better in his life, but can he find it on Addie's ranch? The love story is "sweet" with a couple of kisses and tender caresses. Addie and the Gunslinger has just the right balance of old west, romance, action, adventure, and intrigue. A very heartwarming read.