Monday, January 23, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!

Image result for monday
(Image courtesy of Google Images)

I would like to start a discussion about an issue today. I'm really interested in your thoughts on this matter.
I received a wonderful three star review of Chasing Fireflies a while back. I know, only three stars? How could it possibly be wonderful? The review was a very positive and complimentary review. The reader had two complaints however. The second of which I would like to discuss today.

Please read the below thoughts of the reviewer:

The second problem is one a lot of chaste romances are guilty of and that's the missing faith problem. We have two contemporary American adults who have an intense and intimate relationship and yet neither even thinks about having sex (and this one has the further problem with missing alcohol, probably as a result of Dean's Mormon background). I'm sorry, but contemporary American culture assumes that couples have had sex by the time they are engaged. That's the very longest you can leave it without it coming off as strange and even unnatural to the core audience of your romance. If your characters are talking marriage, they're thinking sex. And not having it has to have a reason or it feels strange. And the thing is, I know a lot of readers who don't care how authors meet the cultural expectation so long as it makes sense. Many read romances for the emotional catharsis rather than the explicit sex, so chaste romances that have religious characters putting off the sexy times for marriage isn't an issue. But it breaks the sense of reality when contemporary characters don't have a reason and still don't have the sex. Many of these authors are religious and may not be aware of how unnatural their stories come across. I hate that otherwise talented authors like Taylor Dean are limiting their audience so unnecessarily by cutting out the religion of their characters when the scars of its removal are so obvious. Please, include the religion, or figure a way around the issue of sex. Leaving it completely unaddressed is strange and off-putting and it doesn't need to be.

So, I would love to know your opinion on this matter. When you read a clean romance, do you like this subject to be addressed? Does it need to be a religious reason? Do you prefer it to not be mentioned at all? Do readers assume the characters are moral when they know they are reading a clean romance, and therefore it doesn't need to be addressed?

I have addressed this issue in a few of my books. I didn't include religious reasons necessarily. Most of my characters decide to wait for marriage because they feel intimacy is sacred and I leave it at that. While my books have inspirational elements, they are not strictly inspirational and I don't want preachy elements. I've handled it differently in each one of my books. In some, I like the way it was handled and in others, I worried it came across as awkward.

In Chasing Fireflies, I really didn't address the issue, but I also felt their relationship escalated quickly and it didn't need to be addressed in that particular book.

At any rate, I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter. As I'm writing my new series, I have been thinking about this matter quite a bit.

Thanks in advance!




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Sherry!

I liked her caption entitled:


Image courtesy of [metrue] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I FALL TO PIECES . . .

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 [Graphics Mouse] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Our love is a great idea."
  
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, January 16, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS--COVER REVEAL

Here it is, the reveal of the third cover in my all new Sound of Silence series!

This is the third and final book in the series and it is entitled,
HOTHOUSE FLOWER.


This cover features my niece and her husband.
Again, I love that family members were willing to appear on my covers. It makes this series EXTRA special.

Here's all three covers!

Spencer's story

 

Mia's story



Shay's story




When I first revealed the cover of STONE SILENCE a few weeks ago, I also revealed it on Facebook and tagged my niece. I DID NOT expect the reaction I received!

Of course, building up hype for a new release is a really good thing, but I'm not even ready to name my release date as of yet. Therefore, I have not advertised books two and three on Facebook. Only here on my blog. I'm not quite ready to build up that much hype!!

As I spent this past week polishing STONE SILENCE, I began to doubt myself. I wondered if the book was any good. I wondered if the plot line is a little "out there" and if the book would totally flop.

These are dangerous thoughts while an author is in the middle of the creative process.

I expressed my worries to my daughter and she sent me a favorite quote by David Bowie:

ALL MY BIG MISTAKES ARE WHEN I TRY TO SECOND-GUESS OR PLEASE AN AUDIENCE. MY WORK IS ALWAYS STRONGER WHEN I GET VERY SELFISH ABOUT IT.

Image result for david bowie

I read that quote and realized that he is so very right! When I worry about whether or not anyone will like a book or not, I lose my muse. I need to trust myself and write the story that I LOVE--the one that my mind conjured up from the very beginning--and GO WITH IT.

So, that's what I'm doing. I'm letting my imagination rule the story and writing the kind of story that I love to write.

It's the only way I know how to write.

If I try to write someone else's idea for my story, it just doesn't work.

Now all that indecision and insecurity are out of the way. I'm going to write these books for the sheer joy of penning the story that's wandering around in my head. That's when I do my best work.

 NO MORE DOUBTS.

Image result for doubt quotes

Image result for doubt quotes

A fan of Lancaster House loved Chasing Fireflies. In her review of Chasing Fireflies, she wrote:

Loved this book. Couldn't put it down, True Taylor Dean style.

And you know what? I knew exactly what she meant.
I knew what I had added to the book to keep the reader turning the pages.

It's time to stick with the Taylor Dean style of writing and trust myself.

So, those are my thoughts on a Monday morning.

Tell me about YOU! What's on your mind today?




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Quilt Lady!

I liked her caption entitled:

Image courtesy of [hyena reality] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

YOUR HEART IS MY ROCK

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 [metrue] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Springtime of the heart"
  
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, January 9, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS--COVER REVEAL

As promised last week, I will now reveal the cover of Book Two in my new series, the Sound of Silence. This will be a three book series.

Yes, I'm a little early to be revealing these covers, but I had the hardly waits! Release date: TBA!

Here it is, the cover of Book Two, JAILBIRD. (Mia's Story)


This cover features my nephew and his wife!
BTW, I asked her to not smile for this cover. 
It's called JAILBIRD for a reason! And at the beginning of this book, she doesn't have much to smile about! But, no worries, she will have a very happy ending.

If you missed it last week, here's the cover of Book One, STONE SILENCE. (Spencer's Story)




Stone Silence

I, Spencer Elliot, don't believe I will ever find love.

I just don’t have squishy-squashy feelings toward men. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying and the joke is on me.

My mom says I just haven’t met the right man—and that when I do, it will surprise the heck out of me.

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit me.

After a date gone horribly wrong, I find myself abandoned and left to fend for myself.

That’s when I enter Stony’s life by chance.

I stay by choice.

Suddenly I find that elusive thing called love in the most unexpected of places.

And  I, Spencer Elliot, fall fast and hard.

But secrets and silence are living, breathing entities in Stony’s world.

And they just might destroy mine.


Stop by next week for the cover reveal of BOOK THREE in the Sound of Silence Series.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Welcome back!

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Laura!

I liked her caption entitled:

Image courtesy of [Aduldej] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

YOUR LOVE IS A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

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 [hyena reality] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Stonewalled by love."
  
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, January 2, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS--COVER REVEAL

Whew!

I made it through the holidays! It was wonderful and busy, but I have so many great memories to hold in my heart.

I had three of my four children home and one grandson:



We had a huge dinner on Christmas day:



Me and my children: (Except they are certainly not children anymore.)



What did you do over the holidays? Hope it was wonderful!


And now . . . even though it is very early, I'm going to reveal the cover of my newest book, STONE SILENCE.  I'm too excited to keep it a secret any longer!


The Sound of Silence Series will be a three book series. No cliff hangers, but each book will connect to the next.

The reason this cover is so special to me is because the girl on the cover is my niece!!! Isn't she gorgeous? My brother in law took the picture based on an inspiration picture I gave him and he captured the exact mood I wanted for the cover.

Tune in next week for the cover reveal of Book Two, which I am currently writing. I am going to release these books over a three month period, one a month, so readers won't have to wait long to read the next book in line. I hate waiting, so why would I make readers wait? Release date to be announced.

Have a wonderful Monday!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER



Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Britney!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [lekkyjustdoit] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE 

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 [Aduldej] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Let your love shine!"
  
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.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Due to the holiday season, WW will take a break next week and resume on January 4th. Winner of today's WW will be announced on that day.

Image courtesy of [Danilo Rizzuti] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Natalie!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [khunaspix] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

ALL WRAPPED UP IN YOUR LOVE

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, "CAPTION THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "FIND LOVE HERE!"
  
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.