Monday, August 22, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS


CHASING FIREFLIES released on July 1st and I'm a little overwhelmed by the response.

I wasn't expecting the amazing reviews I've been receiving. (I mean, there's a few bad ones too, but that's just the way it goes.)

Here's what a few readers are saying:

WOW! This might be my new favorite. The words and phrases in this book are like chocolate. I'm a skimmer, but I couldn’t skim this story. It had too many tasty morsels I wanted to savor. The scenes, characters and plot were excellent.
-Charissa Stastny, Author

This might be my favorite book in the Power of the Matchmaker series! It had me staying up til 2 am last night (don't tell my husband), and I would have kept reading all the way to the end, if it wouldn't have put me to 5 am.
-Jessie, Amazon Reviewer


Taylor Dean writes words that describe how I sometimes feel about social situations. Wow! She totally gets the shy/introverted mind process.
-Brooke's Books

Completely gripping read from beginning to end; a sweet love story with enough mystery to keep you guessing. I'll remember this one for a very long time.
-Julie, Amazon Reviewer


I think this is my favorite matchmaker book so far.
-Melissa, Amazon Reviewer

What a great story! I loved everything about this story from the characters to their life experiences.
-Donna, Amazon Reviewer


I can’t explain how much I loved this book. I kept telling my husband and my friend how great it was, to find a character that could sum up my personality. I’ve tried so many times and here comes Savannah and she explains who I am. Taylor Dean, the author, has a beautiful way with words. I devoured this book.
-Courting Fiction

I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the perfect book boyfriend all over again, I dreamt of China, and the wonderful experiences it has to offer. Taylor makes me want to pack up my bags and go on the journey of a lifetime right along with the main characters, experiencing new and exciting adventures. This book is absolutely amazing, and I’m positive I will be rereading it many, many times again.
-Mylissa's Reviews and Book Thoughts


I loved it and want to go back and reread it again soon. Such a fun swoony book. You might be smiling from ear to ear, you might cry a little, you might definitely laugh out loud some too. I did all three and couldn't put it down and had to tell everyone around me what I was reading. So good!!!!!
-Julie, Amazon Reviewer

I don't want to give anything away, but the romance in this one is very swoony and yet clean. There is definitely chemistry and some very deep connections, but the twists and turns caught me off guard. This is one story that I will absolutely be suffering a book hangover from--I didn't want it to end!
-Katie's Clean Book Collection


Oh my gosh. I am a sobbing mess. I LOVED this book. I felt each emotion that Savannah experienced. My heart ached for her and I cried and cried as she reveals her story towards the end. I then cried happy tears too. This was a such a beautiful book and I will be recommending it to all of my friends!
-Hanna, Amazon Reviewer

Adoration and love. This book just weaved itself around me. The characters were alive and vibrant in my mind. Everything just came to life like a movie for me. I love when that happens. This book should be a movie!
-Aimee, Getting Your Read On


Wow, I loved this book so much! I started reading it and didn't stop until 2:40 am.
I can't stop rereading chapter 31.
-Cindy, Amazon Reviewer

Chasing Fireflies is the perfect combination of heartwarming and heart wrenching scenes. You'll laugh and feel good, yet you'll weep for Savannah as well. It is a clean romance, so you can share it with anyone! You'll love it.
-Christy's Cozy Corners


This is my very first book by Taylor Dean and I can tell you without a doubt that it will not be my last! She literally sucked me in from the very beginning and I loved the journey she took me on! This is an AMAZING addition to The Power of the Matchmaker series. I am SO glad I picked this one up! Have I told you yet that I loved it and that it's AMAZING?! ;)

And in the spirit of not giving anything away... I give you my casting! ;)


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I have to say, she did a great job of casting CHASING FIREFLIES! I'm impressed!

I admit that my inspiration for my handsome hero--who shall not be named because it's a spoiler--was this commercial:



         

Okay, one more review I love. I love the gif!!!

Chasing Fireflies was a one sitting book! I couldn't put it down until I had finished it, and that doesn't happen as often as you would think nowadays!
                 

-Kate, Goodreads Reviewer

All right, I'll stop now. I can't write all of them or this post will be way too long! Sorry if I left your review out. Just know I appreciate each and every one. I'll read all of these reviews over and over whenever I need encouragement. Thanks, everyone, for all of these wonderful reviews! They mean so much to me!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

After much thought, I've decided to stay with the original Wordless Wednesday until that moment when I can no longer find an image/theme we haven't done before!! When that happens, I'll come up with something new!

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Linda!

I liked her answer entitled:


Image courtesy of  [lekkyjustdoit]  / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

KEEP YOUR HEART SAFE

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "I'm hooked on you!"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, August 15, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS

Hello everyone!
Hope your summer has been fantastic!

When I decided to close down my blog for a month and a half right before we left for our summer vacay (family reunion), I wondered if I really needed that much time. We were only going to be gone for two weeks.

However, there were several other reasons why I thought it would be a smart idea and those reasons proved to be true. I knew what was coming in my life--and sadly, it came.

If you have been following my blog, then you know my father was very ill with pancreatic cancer. We decided to have a family reunion with all of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We knew Dad was going downhill and in spite of his determination to fight, the treatments were not working.
We didn't want to go to all of the effort to have everyone together just for the funeral.

We wanted to have everyone together while my father was still alive.

It was the best thing we ever did.

We had an amazing family reunion. We each had the opportunity to say our goodbyes to our father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

 We had all been telling ourselves there was still a chance for him, that a miracle might happen.

But once we saw him, I think we all knew. He had lost a scary amount of weight, he could barely stand or speak, and he hardly ate anything at all. It was a truly heartbreaking sight.

Regardless, somehow he found the strength to get up and join us for as many of the activities as he possibly could, which was nothing short of amazing. It was only through sheer will power that he was able to find the energy to join us.

Here's a few pictures of all of us together:
(Yes, we had matching t-shirts! Except one of my nephews who insisted on having a different color than everyone else.)



The below picture is taken by the tree house my father built. (The one I featured in Girl of Mine.)


The below picture is of my parents with their living children. (My brother passed away at age 27. Pictured is my foster brother.)


The next picture is of my parents with their grandchildren. (The four on the right are mine!!)


Below are my parents with their great grandchildren. (BTW, they are all my grandchildren. And my mother is pointing to the one on the way, who happens to be a GIRL!!!)


This next one is of my family with my parents.


These pictures are now highly precious to all of us.

We left our family reunion on July 12th.
We each had time to say goodbye to Dad.
We knew it was only a matter of time.

My father passed away peacefully in his sleep, in his own home, on July 23rd while surrounded by family, holding his hands and talking to him.

If it's your time to return home, I can't think of a better way to leave this earth.

My hubby and I returned to Oregon for the funeral services.


Me and my sisters.


The fire truck led the procession to the cemetery.


The pall bearers all wore one of my father's Disney ties.
He loved to wear Disney ties and seldom wore anything else with his suit.




My father was a retired fire chief, a true American hero.



So, needless to say, it has been an eventful summer.
Chasing Fireflies released on July 1st, and then all of my attention went to family matters. (More on Chasing Fireflies next week.)

I'm home now and readjusting to life. The desire to remain in Oregon for another month with my mother was strong. But I had other family responsibilities at home and I needed to go back to Texas.

My father spent his retirement years landscaping and working his property. He has seven acres.
He truly created a paradise. It's so beautiful and relaxing.

This is the barn. The BARN! (The place where he stores all his STUFF.)


I've already told my Mom that I want to convert the barn into my retirement home. It's amazing.


(Decorations and popcorn machine left over from our Family Reunion. We had a talent show, a dance party, a painting party (choose a name and paint a painting for a family member), a baby shower, and a movie night in the barn. It's filled with wonderful memories.)

Dance Party

Painting Party

BTW, here's what my niece painted for me!! I love it!

Talent Show

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Dad joined as often as possible.

Movie night pic below, projected on the barn doors.





Sigh. I feel peaceful just looking at the pictures. I could easily live there.
My father has left behind an amazing legacy. My mother wants the property to stay in the family and we are all on board with that idea.

Love you, Dad.

This post is dedicated to my father.

In loving memory.











Friday, July 1, 2016

CHASING FIREFLIES RELEASES TODAY!


GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY ON AMAZON!
ALSO AVAILABLE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!




While CHASING FIREFLIES is part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series, it is a stand-alone novel.

However, it is best to read the prequel novella first, to learn the Matchmaker's story. (The common factor in each book is an appearance from the Matchmaker.)

FREE ON AMAZON




HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, CHASING FIREFLIES!

ENJOY!

To read fun facts about CHASING FIREFLIES, start HERE and follow the links to each new post.

Read all the books in the Power of the Matchmaker series!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WINNER

Please note: WORDLESS WEDNESDAY will be closed until August 17 due to summer vaycay!
See you again then!

Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Linda!

I liked her answer entitled:


Image courtesy of [lekkyjustdoit] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

KEEP YOUR HEART SAFE


To view, go here.


Monday, June 27, 2016

FUN FACTS ABOUT CHASING FIREFLIES

CHASING FIREFLIES will be released in just a few days! July 1, 2016! Yay!!!

Pre-order on AMAZON and grab your copy!




If you've been following along with all of my posts, then you know I've been sharing fun facts about China that I incorporated into my novel. I hope they've made you excited to read CHASING FIREFLIES!

To see last week's post go HERE.

CHASING FIREFLIES is based upon some of my daughter's experiences while teaching English in China. It takes place during the Fall semester. During this time the Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. They hang red lanterns everywhere.

(To my regular followers, sorry this has been posted before.)

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Below is one of the pictures my daughter took.



In Chinese culture, a huge full moon represents completeness. They associate the meaning of the full moon with reuniting family members together. It is one of the biggest holidays in China, even bigger than Christmas in America.

My daughter said the red lanterns hanging everywhere were beautiful.

Traditionally, Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated while eating moon cakes.


In the middle is a hard boiled egg yolk.


They don't appeal to me, but my daughter said she LOVED them. The other teachers in her group didn't care for them, so when they were offered in the cafeteria they always gave them to her. She said she had a stock pile of them in her apartment.


Another little tidbit my daughter told me is that the Chinese consider wasting food to be very rude.


While there, they were each given a tupperware container by their Chinese Native Coordinators (the Chinese teachers assigned to help them throughout their stay) to use whenever they ate at the school cafeteria. If they did not want to finish their food, they were told to put the leftovers in the tupperware container and take it back to their room. Once in their room, they were allowed to throw it away. They just had to do it in private where no one was watching. (She said she had Hello Kitty tupperware!)




I loved adding all these things into my novel and I'm so thankful for my daughter who acted as my subject matter expert! Special thanks to her for letting me share a few of her stories in my novel. It lended the air of authenticity that I needed!



Thanks for following along and sharing in all of these fun facts about China and CHASING FIREFLIES!


Enjoy reading CHASING FIREFLIES!


Friday, June 24, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES

                   
Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)


Enjoy!

                     

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Please note: WORDLESS WEDNESDAY will be closed until August 17 due to summer vaycay!
See you again then!
(Winner will still be announced next week.)

I've made the decision to give WORDLESS WEDNESDAY a makeover. It's getting harder and harder to find fresh "heart" images. I don't want to keep repeating the same themes . . . so I've come up with a new idea, THE ART OF CONVERSATION.

The image will be a picture of a man and a woman.
The challenge will be to give the image a caption. Your answer can be silly, serious, or romantic. I think it will be a lot of fun!

We'll give it a try and see how it goes.
What do you think?
Would you like to try something new or do you prefer to keep WW as it is?
I'd love your feedback. Thanks!

*****

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: BN!

I liked her answer entitled:



Image courtesy of [Iamnee] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

HEADED HOME TO HEAL


To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!



Image courtesy of [lekkyjustdoit] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Open your heart to love."

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, June 20, 2016

FUN FACTS ABOUT CHASING FIREFLIES

For those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis, you've already seen this post. But as the release date for Chasing Fireflies approaches, I want to post it once again for all the new people following along.


CHASING FIREFLIES is

available for pre-order on AMAZON now.


To see last week's post go HERE.




Over the past few weeks, I've been telling you interesting China facts that I incorporated into my novel.

However, I couldn't include everything my daughter told me about her China trip. Some things just didn't fit into the parameters of the novel.

Like a movie entitled Secret.

When my daughter arrived home from China, she was really, really excited for us to watch this movie she had seen and purchased while there.


I have to admit, I wasn't very excited about watching it. But, I kept trying to be enthusiastic for my daughter's sake.

Finally, one evening my daughter very excitedly told us we were all going to sit down and watch this Chinese movie she kept going on and on about.



We all agreed and prepared ourselves to be bored out of our minds.
I think we really didn't know what to expect.

Boy, were we surprised!


I had no idea that I would LOVE it! Everyone else felt the same. We were GLUED!

The piano playing was nothing short of AMAZING!


When my daughter went to China in 2007, this was the BIG movie in China. It was as popular as Titanic was in America.


It takes a few minutes for me to get used to watching a movie with subtitles. But, once I'm into it, I forget I'm reading and become absorbed.

I highly recommend this movie. You need to watch it! It is an AMAZING movie. The ending has a twist you will NEVER  expect! And it's a sweet romance!

Enjoy!

To see the next post about CHASING FIREFLIES, go HERE.