In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, practical Shelby Stewart and ambitious Astrid Ericcson just want to start their careers in Boston’s PR world and maybe find a nice guy to hang out with. But long-buried memories of a childhood incident keep interrupting Shelby’s plans, affecting her health one way after another. And when will she actually date someone her friends think is good enough for her?

Astrid thinks she wrote the book on How to Get Ahead by Flirting but is forced to re-visit her career advancement strategy when her boss Brad takes the innuendos to a whole new level, threatening her job and her safety.

In this “thought-provoking and entertaining” story, the women reach new highs and lows in life, work and romance, while struggling to make sense of the relationships that haunt them.

“A novel that will likely stick in my mind for years to come.”

The Audiobook Review

Praise for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

“Stevens is a talented storyteller and the book is a page-turner.” — Savvy Verse and Wit

“Reading about these women warmed my heart and soul and made me reach out to the women in my life and proclaim my love for them….I highly recommend this book.” — Allieereads

“This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel….one that should be read by victims and non-victims alike, especially in this day and age.” — The Lily Cafe

Read more reviews on Amazon or the S.M. Stevens blog.

Excerpts from Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Visit the S.M. Stevens blog page to read excerpts from the novel as well as author interviews related to the book.

Where to Buy Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, published by TouchPoint Press, is available in paperback, ebook and audiobook format. Shop on if you’d like to support independent bookstores.

Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK)

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