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Hi and welcome to my place. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by on the third day of this special tour. I wish to thank you for supporting the books and authors along the RRBC ’20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  These authors are generous in their support of others so we want to show our support of them in return.  You may follow along each day of the tour by visiting the tour’s home page

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The Altar Boy is A Dark Tale of Comedy, Sorrow and The Catholic Church in the 1960’s.


Phil Stephens is an Indiana native and a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and of the Dale Carnegie Course. He spent many years working in Fortune 500 America. Raised in a solidly Catholic family, he attended Catholic grade schools in the 1960s and served as an Altar Boy. His writing has appeared in the local newspaper and Pen IT literary magazine. His passions include reading in his favorite genres–history and horror. He also enjoys cooking, exercising, and the environment. Stephens resides in beautiful Brown County in Southern Indiana with his wife Marie, and has an adopted granddaughter, Crystal Maiden, in the Philippines.


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    42 replies to "Welcome to Day 3 of #RRBC’S ’20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @psteph55"

    • Nonnie Jules

      Phil, enjoy your day today along the tour! Rox, thanks for being an amazing hostess!

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Nonnie, thank you for stopping by. Phil did a great job on this story.

        • Phil Stephens

          Rox, thanks. you did a fabulous job!

          • RoxBurkey

            Hi Phil, totally my honor. You are a powerful author. I am grateful to be a part of the RRBC team with you.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks so much Nonnie. Your feedback means a lot!!

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks Nonnie. Your feedback means alot! And thank you Rox for your kind words.

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Hey Phil. Glad to see you on tour. I read The Altar Boy and it was a page-turner. I especially liked the popular rock and roll songs of that time.

      Hi Rox. You are a supportive member. Thanks for sharing.

      • RoxBurkey

        Shirley, thank you for stopping by. Great to see you.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thank you for the kind words Shirley! Remember it was based on a true story.

    • Linda mims

      Hi Phil and Rox! These tours are great for introducing new reads! The Alter Boy sound like an exciting story, Phil. Thanks for hosting, Rox!

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Linda, thank you for visiting. So nice to see you. This a great idea by Nonnie Jules to share the information in such a positive manner.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks for stopping by Linda!

    • Pat Garcia

      Hi Phil,
      It’s nice to see you on the tour. I have The Altar Boy on my TBR list.
      Wishing you all the best in your writing career. Keep up the good work.

      Shalom aleichem

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Pat thank you for stopping by. Great to see you. The Altar Boy is a good read.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks so much Pat!!

    • Robbie Cheadle

      Hi Rox, great to see Phil here with this book. Whenever I see this book I think about how much I wanted to be an altar boy, but of course I couldn’t be one. I will have to read this and live vicariously through Phil.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Robbie, awesome of you to stop by. It is worth reading. Take care.

      • NJ

        Robbie, that is too funny!

      • Phil Stephens

        Robbie that was a good one! That story took place back in the 1960’s. Now I think you can be an Altar “girl.” It’s never too late, or so they say.

    • Karen Black

      Hi, Rox. Thank you for the welcome, and for hosting Phil.

      I thoroughly enjoyed “The Alter Boy,” and when I see your picture, Phil, I often imagine a crooked halo hovering.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Karen, so glad you stopped here. Glad you had the time.

      • Phil Stephens

        Actually back then the halo was straight. It didn’t start to get crooked until high school and college. Thanks for stopping Karen!

    • John Podlaski

      Phil, great to see you and your book making the rounds on this tour. I absolutely loved ALTAR BOY, and being one myself for a few years, I related to much of what you wrote – especially those many times getting up at 5:00 am to serve in a weekday mass and then go to school afterward. The nuns never took pity. Good luck on the tour!

      Rox, thank you for hosting and supporting fellow RRBC members.

      • RoxBurkey

        John. always a delight to see you visit. Thank you so much. RRBC authors are a great group of authors/people. Love to support.

      • Phil Stephens

        Okay brother, so you know what I’m talking about!! Thank you for stopping John!

    • Lisa Kirazian

      Best to you, Phil- and Rox for hosting! Great author examples for the rest of us!

      • RoxBurkey

        Lisa, kind of you for stopping by. Thank you

      • Phil Stephens

        Thank you for stopping Lisa!

    • Yvette M Calleiro

      It’s so nice to see The Altar Boy here. I’ve read it already and am looking forward to reading Phil’s newest book. 🙂

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks so much Yvette. My 2nd book, At The Edge of The Stairs, going through an edit with 4Wills. Writing is so much easier than editing, isn’t it?

    • Jan Sikes

      Congrats to Phil! Enjoy your spotlight! Thank you for hosting, Rox!

      • RoxBurkey

        Hey Jan, thank you for stopping by. It is a good book if you have not read it yet.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks for your support Jan!

    • Charles W Jones

      Alter Boy is now on my Kindle. Thanks for hosting, Rox!

      • RoxBurkey

        Charles thank you for stopping by for a visit. Hope you are well and safe.

      • Phil Stephens

        Thank you Charles, I appreciate that!

    • Linnea Tanner

      I’ve read Phil Stephens and his book, “The Altar Boy.” Phil is a gifted storyteller with both humorous and poignant anecdotes. He takes you on a journey back to the times to the 60s. Thank you, Rox, for hosting this post as part of the blog tour.

      • RoxBurkey

        WooHoo so glad you stopped by. Thank you

      • Phil Stephens

        Thanks Linnea, I appreciate the support!

    • Phil Stephens

      I just want to thank everyone that left a comment for The Altar Boy on this great blog tour! This group is so supportive and I will never forget it!! Also, remember The Altar Boy is based on a true story!

    • Maura Beth Brennan

      Phil, missed this leg of the tour, so sorry! Phil, I know I will relate to your book, after having gone through 14 years in Catholic schools! I enjoyed reading a bit about you in this blog and will buy your book this morning. I know I’ll enjoy going down a bit of memory lane to those days! Hope the tour was great for you!
      Rox , thanks for hosting so graciously.

      • RoxBurkey

        I am delighted you stopped by Maura Beth. Comeback often. I loved hosting Phil.

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