Monday, April 21, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS


I've enjoyed "release week" for I'm With You.

The reviews so far have been amazing. I wasn't expecting my emotional response to the reviews. This book includes such a personal story, and the heartfelt reviews have made me burst into tears. Every. Time.
I forward the reviews to my daughter, whose Trisomy 18 story is in this book. They make her cry too. It's been an emotional experience to say the least.

Here are a few quotes from reviews and/or personal messages:


I just wanted to say that I read I'm With You and finished it this morning at around 1am. I could not put the book down, it was beautiful and very heartfelt. The book made me feel about every emotion I could feel, it was just really beautiful. I love Jack (added to my list of book boyfriends), he is awesome.
~Neilliza


"I love Taylor Dean’s books, but this one touched a deep chord in me. I finished reading it early this morning and then started over to just soak in the feelings and words of wisdom."
~Charissa


Dean has now become one of my favorite authors. She has managed, yet again, to write a book that will resonate with me long after I finish. A book I will recommend over and over again. Dean took a personal and very difficult situation and turned it into a story both therapeutic for herself, but also helpful to so many others out there who have suffered the same loss. She did a brilliant job and I rate this book 5 stars! Well done, Dean, so well done!
~Emily


I really love your books, and this one is no different! I always felt For Nick was my favorite, but this might be a tie.
~Mylissa


This book was based on Taylor Dean’s grandchild who was born with Trisomy 18. I had never heard of this before, so this part of the story was all new to me. The story itself is so amazing that these characters became close friends of mine.
~Lisa


I just wanted to let you know that I literally just finished reading I'm With You, and I am absolutely floored and speechless. An amazing book as well as heartfelt, I cried and felt my heart break with Chloe. It's amazing how these tragic moments in our lives shape our futures, and this wonderful grandson of yours gave you the strength, courage and words to let others know about grief as well as Trisomy 18. 
~Katherine


Taylor Dean creates a beautiful story of loss, grief, and love; I think it makes the story much more real knowing that it is based off her daughter's experience with the death of a child. I can not even imagine what that must have been like.
~Jana

Thank you so much to each of you for your kind and thoughtful reviews and messages.

In the meantime, I took a break from writing this week and updated the master bath. Since the master bedroom is hunter green and chocolate brown, we decided to make the master bath match!
Here are a few before and after pictures:

Before:


After: 
(Ignore the white lamps. They were only in there temporarily, until we replaced the main light fixture.)


Before:


After:



Before:


After:


Before:


After:
(My hubby added a dimmer switch to the lighting and it's amazing!)



So, that's how I spent "release week." 
It was nice to have something else to do besides sit at my computer and anxiously await reviews! 

How was your week?













Friday, April 18, 2014

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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

This just cracks me up!

My office doesn't look like this, but if you could see inside my mind, it might look like this!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER!

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Mary

To view, go here.

And the week before that, the winner was: Shelley

To view, go here.

Congrats!

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 [cuteimage] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "We go together."

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email!

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. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RELEASE DAY FOR I'M WITH YOU!

I'M WITH YOU is now available!
In celebration of its release, it will be just 99 pennies for one week!


For Amazon Kindle, go here.

For paperback on Amazon, go here.
  
Don't forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway for a signed paperback!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

I'm With You by Taylor Dean

I'm With You

by Taylor Dean

Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, April 14, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS

I'M WITH YOU will be released tomorrow, Tuesday April 15th!!!!


I received an amazing message from an ARC reviewer:
(this is the first message I've received about the book, besides beta readers)

I just wanted to let you know that I literally just finished reading I'm With You, and I am absolutely floored and speechless. An amazing book as well as heartfelt, I cried and felt my heart break with Chloe. It's amazing how these tragic moments in our lives shape our futures, and this wonderful grandson of yours gave you the strength, courage and words to let others know about grief as well as Trisomy 18. I just wanted to drop a little line to let you know that since the beginning of your posts, I've been wanting to read about this journey of love and grief, and would like you to know how amazing your book turned out.

She made me cry after reading her kind words.

Always, before the release of a book, I wonder if anyone will like it.
I wonder if the book is silly, boring, too slow, cheesy, horrible, cringe-worthy, offensive, too effusive, etc, etc.

You get the idea.

All of my fears come crashing to the forefront and I'm suddenly as insecure as a kindergartner on the first day of school.
Seriously, it's as if I suddenly have no confidence whatsoever.
So pathetic.

It's a mighty scary thing to release your "baby" to the public.

However, the above message made my heart sing.
It was just what I needed to hear.
Especially for this book, that is so very personal to me.

I hope you enjoy the journey that is I'M WITH YOU.

There is a song that brought great comfort to me when we lost our Trisomy 18 baby. It's by Craig Cardiff and it's called Smallest and Wingless. I've posted it before, but if you haven't seen it, be prepared, it's a tearjerker. It brings back the memory of just how precious our little Jerad was to each of us. While a heartbreaking experience, it was also a precious experience.

                            

I found an interesting article the other day, written by a grieving mother.
In her short article she says exactly what I tried to express in
 I'M WITH YOU.
It took me 94,000 words. 
It took her a few short paragraphs.
To read the article, go here.

I know this is a painful subject. But, if it helps someone deal with their own loss, or helps someone deal with a friend or family member who has lost, then it will be worth every ounce of energy it took to write this novel.

Most of all, it helped me deal with our loss.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW COPIES OF I'M WITH YOU

Review copies of I'm With You are now available in a .mobi file for Kindle.

If you are interested in reading and reviewing I'm With You, please email me at
taylordeanbooks[at]gmail[dot]com

All I ask in return is for a fair and honest review posted on Goodreads and Amazon within one month.

Please include the following with your review:

I was given this book for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
(Otherwise Amazon may delete it.)

Thank you for your interest!

I write clean romance, so if this isn't a genre you enjoy, please don't ask to review it! (I'd be setting myself up for bad reviews and I don't want to do that!)

I'm With You will be released on April 15th and the ebook will be available for .99 cents for one week.




Can three little words irrevocably change your life?

When the doctors inform Chloe Brennan that her pregnancy is “incompatible with life,” her subsequent choices will change her path forever.

She becomes one of the quiet, unsung heroes of this world, incredibly strong, yet somehow wrongly looked upon as damaged.

Three people will pierce Chloe’s existence: her husband, a stranger, and a precious baby.

One will say goodbye, one will say hello, and one will say both at the same time.

I’m With You is a novel about selfless love and the sacredness of life.

Please note: While this book is a romance novel, it also deals with the sensitive issue of baby loss grief. 
The emotions are real, and sometimes dark. 
If you are sensitive to this issue, this may not be the book for you.


WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: TBA. (Winner has not yet responded. I'll give her one more day to respond and then I'll pick a new winner and announce it next week.)

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 [atibodyphoto] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Stop in the name of LOVE."

My favorite answer wins a Kindle ebook of their choice from the Taylor Dean Books collection OR a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email!

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. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS

This week I received a review on Amazon for I Have People.

It said:

I am so glad I tried out this new author (new author to me). She built a believable storyline with a suspenseful plot. I liked the book so much that I had to go and get another of her books just to see if she could keep the magic going. I am a very satisfied customer.

 Great review and it made me smile.

At the same time, it made me nervous.
So much pressure! 

Can I keep the magic going?


Image courtesy of [digitalart] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I'm about to release my next book, I'm With You.
It's not necessarily a suspenseful book, although I did add a little suspense. After all, it's what readers expect from my books and I liked the slight mystery it added to the plot.
Some readers said they KNEW what was going to happen. Others said they were very worried it wasn't going to go the way they hoped. Others said they kept themselves from turning back to the prologue to check their facts.


Above all this book represents a forever reminder of my precious grandson, Jerad.
It was a book I felt a pressing need to write.
And now I feel as though my grandson will forever be remembered through the pages of this book.


Image courtesy of [Ohmega1982] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

That being said, I'm With You is, in the end, a romance novel. It just happens to include a Trisomy 18 story. It deals with baby loss grief, and this story-line propels the story forward.

So, can I keep the magic going?


Image courtesy of [nirots] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I certainly hope so!


On another note, I've been super busy lately . . . 

I'm With You is currently being formatted for ebook.
Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle are about to receive new covers. After each received a light edit, they have now been sent off to the ebook formatter as well.
Sierra just went through an intense edit and is now with my editor, just to be sure it is a grammatically clean read. 
(The story hasn't changed at all.)

And suddenly I felt as though I didn't have anything to do. Everything was done and I'm now playing a waiting game.

And then . . . it came to me.

A new idea for my next book.

I can hardly wait to start writing it, as a matter of fact I'm about to burst if I don't get it on paper.

Maybe the magic isn't over yet.


Image courtesy of [Danilo Rizzuti] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Have a great Monday everyone!



Friday, April 4, 2014

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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


Give yourself permission to relax this weekend. Take a deep breath and dive into a great book!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: lAURA!

To view, go here.

For last week's winner, my daughter played the part of 'impartial judge.' (Not the same daughter as the week before. I have three daughters!)

I sent her an email with the image and all of the answers.
Here's what she said:

I pick “NO MATTER HOW FAR”.  I was between that and another one, but based on first reaction that is the one that I liked the best.  Mostly b/c of the emotion from the faceless person, it gives off yearning and desperation. 

 So, here we go again!

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 [luigi diamanti] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: "We have chemistry!"

My favorite answer wins a Kindle ebook of their choice from the Taylor Dean Books collection OR a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email!

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. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, March 31, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS

I am so completely excited about this news, I'm bursting at the seams!


Image courtesy of [jesadaphorn] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

LANCASTER HOUSE and THE MIDDLE AISLE are about to have AMAZING new covers!

Yep, I finally did it. 

I searched for HOURS on iStock and I found the perfect images.
I sent them to my wonderful daughter and she outdid herself with the cover design. 

(Now that I'm making money on my books, I do pay her for her work on my book covers and for her editing efforts. She does an amazing job! I like knowing that my money is benefiting my grandchildren. Besides, her husband is a High School theater teacher, and they do NOT pay teachers enough!)

The wonderful thing about the new covers is that they speak to the inside of both books perfectly!

That being said, I so much want to just post the book covers RIGHT NOW and show them to you.

But, I won't.

This time around, I'm going to do a proper cover reveal, something I've never done before because I get too excited and just want to post my covers right away.

Not to mention the fact that it will be awhile before they are available for purchase. I'm having Lancaster House re-formatted for ebook. Two different people did the ebook formatting on Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle, therefore Lancaster House doesn't match The Middle Aisle and that's just not okay!
So, it'll take a little time, but soon both books will be perfect and I'll do a COVER REVEAL!

Besides, if I reveal them now, people will just be disappointed when they realize they are not available for purchase yet.

So, a little something to look forward to, eh?

As for the old covers . . . I love them, I do. 



I liked the idea of a hand reaching out from the the grave. It seemed appropriate to the story; Andre reaches out to Zoe from beyond the grave. It was Carrie-like and kind of creepy.

There's just one problem. 
This is not a horror novel. This is a paranormal romance.
People who like horror are drawn to the cover and are sadly disappointed when they realize it's a romance.

People who love paranormal romance are turned off by the cover because it looks too creepy.

In other words, the cover just wasn't working.



I love The Middle Aisle cover because it matched Lancaster House so perfectly. And part of the story takes place in Monterey, California. Monterey is known for its cypress trees. The tree on the cover of The Middle Aisle reminded me of a cypress tree and seemed perfect.

But, if the right people aren't reading the first book, no one will ever read the second one no matter what the cover looks like!

Bam! Decision made!

New covers for Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle!

From an author's viewpoint, the new covers fit what's on the inside PERFECTLY. 

I can't ask for more than that.


Friday, March 28, 2014

KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL for FOR NICK!


Kindle Countdown Deal starts today!
.99 pennies today! (Friday)
1.99 tomorrow (Saturday)
2.99 back to regular price on Sunday
Grab your copy while it's on sale!
Enjoy!

To get deal, go here.

I apologize to my UK fans. This is my first time scheduling a Kindle Countdown, and I didn't realize I needed to do it for BOTH Amazon.com and Amazon UK.
I'll schedule a Kindle Countdown deal for Amazon UK for next week! Promise!

A review I LOVE is below. This reviewer read and reviewed FOR NICK twice!! Can't ask for more than that!

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Multi-Faceted Must Read! July 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
*******Added 12/27/2013******
I just reread this the day after Christmas and I loved it the first time I read it. I enjoyed it even more the second time around.

Zachary Drake is a widower who wants nothing to do with emotional entanglements. He has had his one true love and doesn't need another. His grandfather has just passed away and in order for Zach to retain ownership of Drake Enterprises, his grandfather's will states he must marry and remain so for one year.

Andie Parker is searching for a job she desperately needs. She will do anything for the love of her life, Nick. Even marry a stranger for one year in exchange for a million dollars.

There is no denying that within a few days of their marriage they are falling for each other. They are both surprised that their relationship is turning into something sweet, pure and real.

What happens when misunderstandings abound, communication is nonexistent, and a beautiful, cunning woman sets her sights (and her claws)on Zach and is prepared to do whatever it takes to win him away from his wife and doing so right in front of Andie?

This is an absolute must read. I highly recommend this book.

*******Original Review 7/03/2013*******
'For Nick' is a page-turner that you will want to read in one sitting. You won't be able to put it down, at least I couldn't. There are many facets to this story. Intrigue, anger, unbelievable emotional gut-wrenching pain, heartache, misunderstandings, but beneath it all a deep abiding love that is pure and beautiful even though it gets discolored for a time.

There are many twists and turns that will surprise you, delight you, make you cry, tick you off, and make you laugh. Actually, towards the end of the read I laughed until I was doubled over and as I reread that particular chapter two more times, I laughed harder with each read. Absolutely hilarious.

This is the first book I have read by Taylor Dean, but it certainly will not be my last. She is an amazing writer who creates fascinating characters with a storyline that many writers could not accomplish. I appreciate that this book was not laced with profanity and explicit sex. That, in and of itself, seemed to add to the sweetness and purity of love. And...heaven, what a nice way to bring in Heavenly Father and Heaven. Thank you Mrs. Dean.

FRIDAY FAVORITES


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




Have a great weekend!







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Christy!

To view, go here.

The answers last week were AMAZING!

I had to ask my daughter, an impartial judge, to help me pick the winner. She doesn't know who has or hasn't won in the past and was able to choose the winner based on merit alone!

You have all impressed me with your creative answers!

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 [renjith krishnan] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: "Separation Anxiety"

My favorite answer wins a Kindle ebook of their choice from the Taylor Dean Books collection OR a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email!

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. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.