Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's NOT okay!


The resounding message in my newest novel, I Have People, is: losing your temper, blowing up at your loved ones--or anyone for that matter--is NOT okay. It's NOT  okay. It's not acceptable and no one should accept being treated in an abusive manner. And just for the record, yelling is abusive.

Excerpt from I Have People:

Holly had never seen Cal this serious. It took her back. He hadn’t hit her, or thrown her around like she thought he would. “If you can have a conversation without getting angry then, yes, I’ll stay and talk to you. If you lose your temper, I’m outta here. But you have to let me go. I can’t talk to you while you’re holding me down. Either I’m here of my own free will or I’m leaving. It’s one or the other, Cal.”
Cal slowly released his grasp on one arm and then the other. He moved off her and they both sat up. He leaned against the wall and she leaned against the bed frame—facing each other. Secretly, Holly breathed a sigh of relief. She’d thought for sure that Cal would be beating the hell out of her right about now. To her surprise, he wasn’t. He wanted to talk. Go figure.
“I can’t live like this, Cal,” she told him straight out. “I’m scared of you. I shouldn’t be scared of my husband.”
“I would never hit you, Holly. I’m not a monster.”
“But you hurt me, Cal. You pull my hair, you push me around, you’re rough with me. It’s the same as hitting someone. Can you really not see that?”
“I know you’re right. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to do it. I don’t want to do it. I can’t seem to help myself.”
“But that’s just it. You can help it.”
He stared her down, his eyes never leaving hers. “Please don’t leave me, Holly. I don’t want to be alone.”
His heartfelt plea touched her. “Will you get help?”
“Help?”
“Yeah, you know, counseling, anger management, anything that will help you to control your temper.”
Cal scoffed and looked away.
“I’m serious.”
“Will you stay if I agree to get help?”
Holly knew staying with Cal was not a wise decision. In fact, it was as risky as swimming with sharks.
“I love you, Holly. Please.”
He was her husband. Maybe she owed him a second chance. Maybe they could still make this work. She’d married him and she couldn’t give up at the first sign of trouble. “All right. I’ll stay. But only on the condition that you seek help. I won’t stand for being yelled at because you have five ice cubes in your glass or because your fork is the wrong size. Understood?”
“Yeah.”
She wasn’t done. “And if you ever hurt me again, I will press charges, Cal.” A few tears escaped and drizzled down her cheeks. She was losing her nerve. Anger flashed behind his eyes, but he quickly hid it.
“Do you love me, Holly?”
Her hesitation made him blink his eyes heavily. “Yes. I wouldn’t have married you if I didn’t. But, Cal, saying ‘I love you,’ isn’t enough. You have to show it in your actions. And your actions tell me that you hate me and have very little regard for my feelings whatsoever. Your behavior is not okay, Cal. It’s not okay,” she said vehemently.
He was quiet for at least a full minute. Tension filled the room.
“I’m sorry, Holly. I really am.”
“I know you are, Cal. But sometimes sorry just isn’t enough.”
“So you’ll stay?”
“For now. Trial run.”
       “Thank you, baby.” 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sierra Reviews

So far, the reviews for Sierra have been amazing. I am surprised, yet very pleased. As a matter of fact, I'm thrilled!

I love to post all of my reviews and point you to the wonderful blogs that have so kindly featured my books.

Warning: I LOVE both of these reviews, but, in my mind, they both contain spoilers!  At least, I don't want you to know these things before you read the book. So, if you haven't read it, and would like the story to unfold before your eyes, don't read them!

This first review is from Up All Night Reviews.

Jen's Review:

This book was pretty good. The story line, the adventures, the couple, just great.

In the beginning, we see Alyssa and her husband Sam, and their 2 year old little boy heading home from their family vacation in Tahoe. While driving through the Sierra Mountains (a trip I have taken many times in my youth as well) they were getting antsy. Sam was getting tired, Clay was fast asleep. Alyssa knew she'd be driving a little ways, soon. When Sam pulled into the rest stop to stretch their legs a little, Alyssa couldn't have dreamed her life was about to change forever.

When she met her guys back in the car, she noticed first the man in the backseat with the gun to Sam's head. Then the knife at her throat, and a stern voice telling her to drive.

Alyssa was scared, she was afraid for Sam and Clay, and herself. She thought once they got these guys where they wanted to go, it would be ok.

But that wasn't the case at all. When Adam told her to pull over, and get out, they thought this would be the last they saw of them.
But it just got worse.
All of a sudden she was in a truck, and images of Adam and Clay falling to the ground haunted her.

When Adam and Pa reached their destination, they got out of the truck and started to walk towards the woods. They hiked until they couldn't walk anymore. With a concussion, sore feet and only a few pieces of jerky (with pocket lent on them) and a small amount of water, Alyssa was struggling to keep up. But Adam wouldn't let her fall behind either.
Days went by, after a couple of times of trying to escape, and their beatings, she gave in. She felt numb.

After about 5 days, they were about out of food, and still not where they were supposed to be going. That's when Pa saw the cabin.

Alex lived alone in the middle of the mountains. it was a good 6 day hike to any amount of civilization. and that's how he liked it. He didn't want to be bothered. After 3 years of living in the mountains, with helicopter delivery once a year with his supplies, he was happy.
At least he thought he was happy. Until that one night when the front door burst open, and 2 men with shot guns pointed at him entered his life.

Once he got a look at those big doe eyes begging for his help, he knew then and there the battered, badly beaten woman was about to change his life forever.

Like I said, i really enjoyed the storyline to this book. It was a bit tame from what I usually read. But it was still pretty good. It had more than a few places where I cried. And I'm not talking about those silent tears that come when reading something emotional. I actually had to take a break to get myself under control -

I think the ending was a little rushed, though, as well as a few places in the story where they skipped through time. They spent so much time preparing for those 4 months of being snowed in, but we only got a page or two or what happened during those 4 months :( 


My next review is from Kaisy Daisy's Reviews:

Kaisy's Review:

I loved this book, it was one I hated to put down. I also went through many emotions through out the book.

Alyssa and her family Sam her husband and Clay her two year old son were returning from a wonderful vacation at Lake Tahoe when something unthinkable happened. Two mountain men kidnapped them and made them drive into the mountains. When they finally stopped the two man killed her husband and son, and then forced Alyssa to go with them. This part of the story was so brutal and showed what strong spirit that Alyssa had she continued on to push on escaping a couple times only to be caught again by Pa and Adam. They kept her roped up at night and dragged her by a lease during the day. She was so tired. When trying to find their home they stumbled upon a cabin and a man living out in the wilderness by himself. Alex is a kind man and wants to help Alyssa, he will not let her leave with Pa and Adam.

I do not want to spoil the story so will go into no more detail, but this is a wonderful story about love and second chances. Its about continuing when you thing there is no hope and nothing to live for. It is about finding happiness even through the bleakest moments. I can't wait to read more books by Taylor Dean, she is a great story teller.

A special thank you to Jen and Kaisy for their stellar reviews!




Monday, September 24, 2012

Teaser Excerpt for I Have People


Here's a little teaser excerpt from I Have People! Enjoy!

Holly plated three dinners. She started into the living room, but then stopped just before she was in sight. Angela and Gabe were deep in conversation, their voices slightly hushed as if they didn’t want her to hear what they were saying.
“Has she remembered anything more?” she heard Angela whisper.
“No. Not a thing.”
“Do you think she remembers, but doesn’t want to admit it?”
“Sometimes I wonder, but I don’t think so.”
“What do you mean?”
“The way she looks at me sometimes. It makes me think she knows.”
“Has she said anything?”
“No. To be honest, I hope she never remembers.”
“I don’t think that’s healthy.”
“I feel like I’m living with a time bomb that’s ticking madly and could go off at any moment. It’s always there, lurking in my thoughts.”
“I know what you mean. How are things between you?”
“Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I couldn’t be happier and I know she’s happy too. That’s my only solace.”
“She looks radiant and it’s all because of you, Gabriel. Remember that. You did the right thing.”
“I hope so, Angela.”
Holly entered at that moment, not wanting to hear her husband and best friend speak about her anymore. She handed Angela and Gabe each a plate, not looking them in the eyes, and hurried back to the kitchen, trying to compose herself. What should she be remembering? And why were Angela and Gabe so clearly worried about it?
Gabe walked in then, “Aren’t you going to join us?”
Holly looked at him rather intensely, suddenly feeling as though she was looking at a stranger. She didn’t think they had secrets from one another, but now she knew they did.
“Holly, are you okay?”
“Yeah.” Her gaze shifted away quickly.
He walked over to her and put his finger under her chin, tipping her head up. “What is it?”
“I don’t know. You tell me.”
She could see the love in his eyes. She knew he loved her. But she could see something else there too. Fear. It was fear.
Fear of the ticking time bomb.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sierra Blog Tour



My next Sierra Blog Tour starts tomorrow! Yes, I'll have two going on at one time!

Here's the schedule so you can follow along:


Sept 24 For The Love of Films & Books Review/Excerpt
Sept 25 Mary Ellen Quigley Guest Post/Excerpt
Sept 26 Whoopeeyoo! :D Excerpt/Guest Post
Sept 27 Amy's Booket List Review
Sept 28 Kindle & Me Excerpt
Sept 30 Amy's Booket List Guest Post
Oct 1 Batty For Books Review
Oct 2 Fictional Candy Guest Post/Excerpt
Oct 3 My Devotional Thoughts Review
Oct 4 My Cozy Corner Review
Oct 6 Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd Author Interview
Oct 7 My Devotional Thoughts Guest Post
Oct 8 Colorimetry Excerpt



Saturday, September 22, 2012

I Have People in PAPERBACK!


It's such a great moment when you get to hold the completed novel in your hands!

One lady on Goodreads left this comment:

I thought the title was I Hate People and loved the juxtaposition of such a saucy title with a color happy cover, but alas, alas, I was mistaken.

I thought that was pretty funny!

It is a color happy cover and I hesitated over using it. Especially since part of the book deals with a very serious matter. But, it's a happy ending, and the overall message is happy, so I stuck with the HAPPY cover. After all, I'm really happy that I HAVE PEOPLE.

But, what if you were born to a mother who left you at a hospital doorstep? What if you never had any people all of your life? How would that make you feel? Isn't having a family a natural birthright, something all of us are born with?

Sadly, not for everyone. I Have People deals with a young lady who faced this very dilemma in her life.

She doesn't have any people.




Friday, September 21, 2012

RELEASED: I Have People





My newsest book, I Have People, has officially been released! It is now available in paperback at the Create Space Estore or on Amazon. Ebook will be available in a couple of weeks. (Sorry it takes a little longer to get the ebook ready! It's currently being formatted for ebook.)

Here's the blurb for I Have People:

Missing any memories? 

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?

That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM. 


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I Have People by Taylor Dean

I Have People

by Taylor Dean

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reviews of Sierra

If you've been following my blog, you know how nervous I was about upcoming reviews of Sierra during my blog tour. Sierra is my personal favorite. It's my baby and I wanted to protect it and shelter it.

However, so far I've received two AMAZING reviews and I'm thrilled, overjoyed, and jumping-up-and-down! I blubber like a baby when a review is good. Seriously. It's a wonderful feeling though.

One review is at Jersey Girl Book Reviews. I was downright giddy after reading it. I couldn't stop half-laughing/half-crying because I was so happy. When you put so much effort into writing a book, a wonderful review is the most rewarding thing in the world! Thanks, Kathleen!

My Book Review:

Sierra is an unforgettable story of loss, hope, survival, love and second chances.

On the way home from a family outing, Alyssa Fontaine's world is turned upside down when her husband and son are brutally taken from her and she is abducted by two mountain men, who take her forcefully into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to start a new life with a new name, Eve.

Alex Kendrick has had a lot of tragedy in his life, and in order to get rid of the ghosts from his past, for the past three years he has called his mountain cabin retreat home. In the mountains he is at peace, he loves the simple solitary life that he has made for himself away from everyone.

Just when Alyssa thinks her life is over, an unlikely twist of fate brings a chance to escape from her abductors, and be saved by an unlikely savior, Alex. For Alyssa and Alex, it is a journey that will forever change their lives.

Every now and then you come across a novel that profoundly takes your breath away, and Sierra is that novel. Masterfully written and told in the third person narrative, Sierra is a story of two people who have known tragedy in their life, who are brought together under very unlikely circumstances to have a second chance at love and happiness. It is an amazingly compelling story of the power of the human spirit to survive tragic life circumstances, it will captivate you and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride while pulling at your heartstrings. Rich in details and vivid descriptions, the author masterfully weaves a tale that engages the reader and draws them into the characters' lives. The reader will feel the palpable suspense, drama, loss, hope and love in this riveting tale that is both heart-wrenching and redemptive.

Sierra is so much more than a romantic suspense story, it is an amazing testament to the resilience and power of the human spirit to survive, have hope and gain a second chance when they are dealt with unexpected life circumstances. This is a story that will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.


RATING: 5 STARS ***** 



Another review is at Little Book Star. Leigh, the reviewer, is only 16 and I love that she loved my book. I figured Sierra would appeal to an older audience.


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What intrigued me to read Sierra was the plot; I’ve never read a book about two men captivating a woman for a different purpose. These two men did not want any of her fancy stuff, money, or car. They wanted something else, something you wouldn’t think of, and that is why I love this book! I got hooked on to it and I couldn’t predict what would happen next. I usually see movies with men kidnapping a woman or a family, but this time I get to read it! The beginning of the book would have to be my favorite part. I caught myself gasping and surprised because there was so much stuff going on and like Alyssa, the main character, I was shocked with the events that were taking place. I was literally like :O “NOOO WAAAY!” “OH SHOOT!” “OMG ” yeuup. Her family was shot right in front of her guys.

I loved all the characters, well except for the two psychopaths and Alyssa’s father. They were so real and Alyssa is such a great heroine. Man, if I was in her situation I would be shaking like crazy and freak out. She was so headstrong and fought her best to get away from those two retards. For our leading man- Alex – he’s awesome as well! He was very mysterious in the book and that added a little more suspense to the story. You’ll be like “Who is he? How does he even live there? Why is he living there?” I kept asking those questions to myself while reading it and was finally answered towards the end of the book.

The romance part was good! I thought it was cute but sometimes it got just a little bit cheesy. Also I think Alyssa says ‘I love you’ too much and I’m like “girl I get it and your husband just past away…”. Only thing I didn’t understand though was how come Alex couldn’t contact his helicopter to pick Alyssa up? I know there’s no signal when you’re on the mountains but I’m pretty sure Alex and Alyssa can travel and find a signal somewhere, even if it’s 5 miles away, that is, if Alyssa really wanted to go home. It looked like she didn’t though, and I know she was recovering from that leg injury but if I were her and after I recover, I would’ve walked back to my family even though it was far away. She didn’t though.

Sierra is one of those books that gives you something to think about with a lot of romance and sweet stuff thrown in it which I liked! Being trapped for months with the boy you love, that was good stuff for her lol. I recommend this to everyone especially if you like a novel with romance and suspense.

In an author interview, Leigh asked me:

Q: Was there a time that you dreamt about one of your characters?
Alex. Always Alex. To this day, he’s still my favorite of my leading men.
After reading Sierra, my sister said to me, “I can’t stop dreaming of being stuck in a snowbound cabin with a handsome hero!”

Q: If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Well, Alex, of course. But don’t tell my hubby I said that!

In response, Leigh commented:

I’d spend time with Alex too… but a younger version of Alex cause I’m only 16 x)

Too funny! That made me laugh!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop


Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Today I'm offering one paperback or one ebook of my novel, Lancaster House. (reader's choice) The rafflecopter is below, after the linky list.

Lancaster House, a paranormal romance, is a book that will suck you in and keep you glued to its pages! I promise! You won't be able to put it down!

Here's what a few book reviewers have said:

This is one of those books that you just can not put down until you finish, and I can't wait for the sequel! 
-My Cozie Corner

This book sucked me in from the very first chapter. Once I got started I literally put it down one time to make dinner for my family. As soon as dinner was over I was back reading! I probably read it in 3 hours, maybe a little more.
-Dive Under the Cover

I really didn't know what I expected before I read it but once I started it, I literally could not put it down until I was at the very last page!
-Book Liaison

From the opening pages, you're sucked right into the action, wondering what is going on and what will happen next.
-The Thoughts of a Girl

Good Luck! And thanks again for stopping by. Keep on hopping with the linky list below.





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Sneak Peek of I Have People


A sneak peek of I Have People:

Why was Angela crying? What was going on? “Where am I?” Confusion gripped her, why couldn’t she think straight?
“You’re in the hospital, sweetie. You’ve been in a coma and we’ve been waiting for you to wake up for the longest time. You’re going to be okay, though, you’re just fine. Don’t worry about anything.”
In spite of the comforting words, Holly felt herself panic. Hospital? Coma? “I’m okay?”
“Yes, honey, you’re going to be fine.”
“Where’s Gabe? I need Gabe.” Her throat hurt. Her voice was scratchy and unrecognizable even to her own ears.
Angela’s sobs stopped abruptly. “What?”
“Gabriel. Where is he?” she uttered with extreme difficulty.
“I . . . I’m not sure.”
“Tell my husband I’m awake,” she mumbled through an irritated throat. Angela was quiet and had gone very still. “Tell him, please tell him.”
 Holly wiggled her toes and stretched her legs. She wiggled her fingers and lifted her arms off the bed, proud of herself for being able to accomplish these tasks. She could feel every part of her coming back to life.
 “Why isn’t Gabriel here?” Holly asked again, feeling devastated. Angela was silent for several moments, looking at her as if she didn’t know her. Holly’s head came off the pillow, “What is it? What’s wrong? Did something happen to Gabe? Tell me, Angela, I want to know,” she said in a raspy whisper.
Angela rubbed her arm softly. “Holly, please don’t get worked up. Calm down. Nothing’s happened to Gabriel. He’s perfectly fine.”
Holly let out her breath and collapsed onto her pillow. “You had me worried. Why isn’t he here?” She was tiring quickly. It took all of her strength to utter the words.
“We . . . we weren’t sure when you would wake up, honey. Don’t worry, I’ll call him.”
Holly felt fuzzy and her thoughts were jumbled. “Why am I so tired? What happened to me?”
“The doctor said it was best for your memories to come back to you all on your own. I’m not supposed to tell you anything or . . . or prompt you. The important thing is that you’re going to be okay.”
“Oh, all right.” I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be okay. The words ran through her mind as if a mantra. Holly closed her eyes and tried to think, tried to command her thoughts to return to her. The only thing that wafted through her mind were her memories of Gabriel. His blond hair. His perfect smile. His brown eyes. His kiss. Her worried gaze met Angela’s wide eyes. “I . . . I can’t remember anything. Except Gabriel, of courssssse. I could never forget my husssssband.” Her words were beginning to slur.
Angela’s smile died on her face.
 “Why do you look sssssso upssset?”
“I’m not upset. I just . . . I just wish he was here to see you wake up, that’s all. He’ll be so . . . disappointed.”
Holly’s eyes slowly closed as she whispered, “He’s always late for everything. He’s never in a hurry. Remember that, Angela?”
“Yes, Holly, I . . . I remember.”
Holly quietly fell back to sleep, the conversation, completely wearing her out.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PROLOGUE to I Have People



Here's a sneak peek of the prologue to I Have People! Enjoy! 


A knock on the door startled Holly. He was early. She smiled to herself, then ran to the door as the knocking became insistent. Maybe he couldn’t wait to see her, maybe he was just as excited about tonight as she was. Maybe. She opened the door eagerly.
Her smile died on her face. It wasn’t who she was expecting. In her excitement, she’d let her guard down.
“Hello, Holly Noel.”
“What are you doing here?”
“Aw, c’mon, I just want to see you, baby.”
“It’s over and you know it. Please leave.” Fear trickled down her spine. How far would he go this time? Holly began to slam the door shut, to close him out of her life, to remove him from sight, to push him into non-existence. If only it could be so. The edge of the door bounced against his foot and slammed backwards, hitting her directly in the face. She felt her lip swell as blood trickled down her chin.
Oddly, she thought about the mess it would make on the carpet.
“See what you made me do? If you wouldn’t be so unreasonable, these things wouldn’t happen.”
“Please leave. You’re violating the restraining order. I’ll call the police.”
“You and I both know you won’t do that. You love me, I know you do.” He pushed his way into the apartment. She didn’t follow. “I don’t want to fight with you, baby. Why do you always have to make things difficult?”
Holly knew she was in trouble. She’d known it since the moment she’d stupidly opened the door without checking to see who it was. It wasn’t a luxury she could afford. Ever.
 “Don’t do this, it will only make things worse. If you leave now, I won’t press charges. Just leave, peacefully and quietly . . . please,” she begged.
His lips formed a wicked leer as he scoffed. “You’ll always be mine, Holly. Why can’t you see that?”
Holly stepped outside the apartment door and he followed, standing too close. If she made a mad dash for the stairs, could she escape him? She wasn’t sure, but she doubted it.
“Stay back! It’s over. I want nothing to do with you. Just let it go.” Where is he? He should be here by now.
The expression on his face turned stricken. “How can you say that? After all we meant to each other. I know you don’t mean it.”
“I mean it. I hate you. I want you out of my life,” she told him with steely determination.
“Don’t say that.”
“I hate you! Leave me alone!” she said, this time louder, hoping to attract attention.
He walked closer and shoved her, making her stumble. “Stop it,” she warned. They were making a scene on the landing of her second story apartment and she knew he was very aware of the neighbors opening their doors and peeking out with curiosity.
A mask of twisted rage contorted his features. She knew that look all too well.
“I can’t believe you would say that,” he said through gritted teeth, his face red with anger.
He shoved her again, but she maintained her footing. “It’s over,” she reiterated bravely. “Leave me alone.”
He shoved her again, this time hard. Her back hit the railing with surprising force. Holly knew in that moment he’d finally done it.
He’d finally killed her.
She felt the railing give way and knew she was going down and there was nothing to stop her fall.  Even though a blood curdling scream rent the air, even though her hands flailed wildly in an attempt to grab hold of anything that might save her from this outcome, a strange feeling of peace washed over her. In that moment, time stood still. She seemed to fall in slow motion as her life passed before her eyes.
This wasn’t her fate. It couldn’t be. Where is he?
“Holly!” he screamed when he realized what was happening. His remorse over his actions always came too late. The damage was done. And this time it was irreparable. Really, it always had been. He attempted to catch her, desperately groping the air for any piece of her that might stop her descent.
It was too late.
He didn’t mean to do it.
He never meant to do it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

REVIEWS!

Do you have any idea how rewarding it is to receive great reviews?

Well, I'll tell you.

It's amazing, it's wonderful, it's thrilling, it's miraculous, and . . . well, you get the idea.

Brandy of Book Worm Brandy gave me two wonderful reviews, one of Sierra and one of Lancaster House. Not only that, she read both books in one weekend, which is a huge compliment!

You can read the review of Sierra here and the one of Lancaster House here.

Or just read them below!

Lancaster House:

Lancaster House is amazingly written and such an original story. I was Zoe and Andre's number one fan from the beginning, they are an amazing couple, and Taylor easily conveys their love in this story.

Taylor made Zoe so likeable and so easy to sympathize with. You just want to tell off all the people who are so adamant about calling her crazy. Of course she's not crazy you want to scream at them! (Or at least I did, but I get really involved in novels if you haven't been able to tell) : )

I really can't say enough about Taylor Dean and this novel. She has created such an epic story of paranormal romance that you don't even realize that it is a paranormal telling. I ended up feeling so bad for Zoe because to me, all she deserves is to be happy and to be with Andre. It is a beautiful love story that you ABSOLUTELY MUST READ!!!

Sierra:

I read Sierra in less than 24 hours. I cried, I laughed, I experienced happiness, anger and envious during my reading. Taylor Dean has become one of my favorite authors and Sierra will forever be added to my list of favorite all time books.

Taylor eloquently writes of loss, love and hope in this book. It is not just 'another romance novel', not by a long shot. The loss that Alyssa endures was so painful to me, yet the turn around that happens in her life made me absolutely giddy. Taylor writes from the heart and you can really tell with each chapter.

I WANT everyone I know to read this book, it is that amazing. I love when I am blown away by a book and I was by Sierra. I didn't want it to end, but I was happy with the way it did. I love happy endings, I won't lie. It's an amazing story that will stay with you for a long time. Taylor Dean is an exceptional writer and one that will be around for awhile!

Wow! Couldn't help but tear up after reading that review of Sierra. Thanks, Brandy!


Lancaster House Review

My last stop on my Lancaster House Blog Tour included another great review!
Thank you to Brenda of WV Stitcher for her thoughts and insights on Lancaster House.

Check it out or just read it here:


My take on this book:
I am a huge fan of paranormal fiction so I was excited to read "Lancaster House" by new to me author Taylor Dean. I found myself drawn into a story that provided several twists that kept me turning the pages to reach the final conclusion.

After breaking up with Connor Gage, twenty five year old Zoe Grayson decides she needs a change in her life, so she sells her successful interior design business in Arizona and heads to California to start over. She decides to look for a house to restore and since she has always loved old Victorian homes she decides to purchase an old 20's Victorian mansion, even though the history of the house has many thinking that it is haunted. As Zoe begins her work of restoring the home to its former splendor weird things start to happen that cause Zoe to question her sanity.

I loved the way this story was written. I was easily drawn into Zoe's story, and because of the way the story starts out I couldn't help but wonder what would ultimately happen with Zoe's character. The story opens up with Zoe meeting Dr. Wade Channing, a new doctor that has been assigned to her, so we learn her story as she tells it to him, but we also get bits of the story from the past. The author smoothly transitions between the two and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.The character of Andre was certainly a twist that I didn't see coming but really enjoyed. The reference to the Winchester House and its many dead ending staircases and secret passages really got my mind to racing as to how the Lancaster House was constructed.

If you enjoy reading paranormal fiction with a twist your certainly going to enjoy "Lancaster House" my only complaint is waiting for the next book in the series. 

TEMPER, TEMPER!


“For every minute you are angry, 
you lose sixty seconds of happiness."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
My sisters and I used to make fun of our little baby brother when he lost his temper. "Temper, temper," we'd tease as if it was funny. A vein in his neck would bulge and his face would turn red.

In reality, it wasn't funny at all.
He grew up to be a wonderful young man. He learned to control his temper. 
But, some don't.
  My newest novel, I Have People, deals with several different concepts:

* Having PEOPLE in our lives who love us, who care for us and are happy to see us at the end the day.
* Finding the right man, while learning to watch for red flags that may tell us the newest man in our lives is NOT  a good person--or not all he appears to be. 
*Memory loss. Replacing bad memories with good ones.
*Finding a good, kind, decent man. Not perfect, but kind.
*Losing your temper. Dealing with anger. Abuse.
The subject of anger and losing our temper is an interesting one. It happens to all of us at different times in our lives. The difference being that most of us know how to control ourselves. Everyone finds different ways to deal with anger. Some are able to cast it aside easily while others blow up. Not just blow up--EXPLODE! Have you ever seen someone lose their temper, I mean really lose their temper? Have you ever seen someone lose control of their selves insomuch that they do things that are unacceptable? It's a frightening experience. 
I was speaking to a friend of mine recently who had read I Have People. She's one of my early readers. She actually thanked me for this book. She had her teenage son read parts of it because he had been dealing with  some bullying issues at school. She said it helped her son to understand bullying so much more.
That was unexpected and something I didn't see coming at all.  She also mentioned that a friend of hers recently lost her father. Her father had a temper and could be very abusive at times. At his funeral, my friend didn't understand how family members all got up, to include his daughter, to say nice things about him. 
But, that's just it! People who have tempers are not filled with anger and rage at every moment of every day. They can be wonderful people who we love and adore. They have a good side as well as a bad side. They can be funny, normal, social people the  majority of the time. And that's what makes abuse so very complicated. We are emotionally invested in the relationship. 
This is what I Have People is all about.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sierra Blog Tour




My Blog Tour for Sierra starts tomorrow. Not very many people have read Sierra. I haven't advertised it as much as I've advertised Lancaster House. It's my personal favorite of my novels and I feel protective over it, as if I want to shelter it and not let anyone criticize it. A few of the reviews have been good and this gives me hope that people will like it! (one has been scathing--ouch!) Wish me luck! My sister, who hates romance novels, says it's the best book she's ever read. Go figure.

Here's the formula:

Extreme loss. A kidnapping. A handsome hero. A new beginning. Winter in a snowbound cabin. Drama.

When it comes to romance, how can you go wrong?

This book is my baby . . . my first love. I fell in love with writing while creating this novel. It's personal to me.

I've been letting readers notice it all on their own. Oh, do I have another book out? Well, whaddayaknow? How'd that happen? It sorta slipped in between the cracks of Lancaster House.

Time to whip up some courage and let others read Sierra. I can only hope reviewers will be kind.


Virtual Book Tour September 17 - October 6


September 17 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
September 18 - Little Bookstar - Review/Interview/Excerpt
September 19 - Literature Lover's Labyrinth - Review/Excerpt
September 20 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/GuestPost/Excerpt
September 21 - My Reading Addiction - Review/Excerpt/Giveaway
September 22 - Up All Night Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
September 23 - Kaisy Daisy's Reviews - Review//Giveaway
September 24 - Books For Me - Review/Excerpt
September 25 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
September 25 - Literary Getaway - PROMO
September 26 - Soon Remembered Tales - Review
September 27 - Andi's Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 28 - A Date With a Book - PROMO
September 28 - Paulette's Papers - Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
September 29 - Sweeping the USA - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 30 - Book Reviews by Dee - PROMO
October 1 - LovLivLife Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
October 2 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 3 - Kindred Dreamheart - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 4 - The Solitary Bookworm - Review/Guest Post/Excerpt
October 5 - Taking it One Page at a Time - PROMO
October 6 - The Thoughts of a Girl - Review/Giveaway






Saturday, September 15, 2012

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

Behind the Story

My reasons for writing I Have People are highly personal. Although I have never been the victim of an abusive man, I have seen the effects this kind of behavior can cause. I found the writing of this novel to be therapeutic. If you have something that's weighing on you, I suggest writing it down, even if you are the only one who will ever see it. There's something about putting all of your aggression onto paper that somehow frees you of your burdens and helps you to let it all go. At least it did for me. The name of the book is also rather personal. While I was writing I Have People, I found myself with an empty nest for the first time in my life--and feeling rather alone. (Two of my children have since moved back home!) Writing is an isolating profession, even though your characters are alive and well inside your head. To my surprise, and pleasure, I was inundated with phone calls from my precious children, and other family members, which was exactly what I needed. I realized very quickly that my children may have all left the nest, but motherhood is far from over. I realized, I Have People, and I always will. That's when the name for this book was born.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lancaster House Review

Just wanted to post my latest review of Lancaster House. This was given to me by a twenty year old Egyptian girl living in Cairo! The review is posted on her blog, Mademoiselle Le Sphinx.  I think it's pretty cool that a girl from Egypt read my book. Talk about crossing cultural boundaries! Thanks so much, Aliaa!

See the review on her blog or just read it here:

I am not sure why, but when I was asked to be a part of this tour I quickly agreed, which is confusing to me. Why? The problem with the cover is that it didn't draw me in. I am easily influenced by pretty covers and this one was alright, but nothing I'd rush to read sadly. The Synopsis more than made up for it though and that balanced up my interest in reading this book. However I was hesitant since the name brought on an 'Amityville House' memory. My friend had known I liked reading and when he'd gone to England - for some unknown reason - he thought 'Ghosts' was an appropriate book to give me. One of the first stories in it was the Amityville House one and the myths and truths around it. That story freaked me out so bad, and for some reason I sensed something similar in Lancaster House and was worried about it.

Zoe Grayson is a decorator who's been having a few rough months, she decides an escape from that reality is what she needs as she comes across Lancaster House. It was perfect. Zoe couldn't stop obsessing over the house and returning it to its former glory, she worked really hard on it, yet, she didn't seem to be only one doing so. She'd wake up to find the walls she was pretty certain she hadn't completed the day before completely done. The banisters she was sure she was exhausted to complete were finished and even random things like the stove being shut off as she forgets it on as she napped or being covered by a blanket in her sleep. Something was definitely off, but who was it helping her out? The story commences as Zoe is in the psychiatric ward, being prodded and questioned by Dr. Wade, who's trying to get to the bottom of her 'paranoid schizophrenia' as it seems the only likely solution to what Zoe is suffering from, and the only explanation as to why she tried to kill herself. But who was it in the house? And what was he? And was he real? Or just like the Doctor claimed, he's a figment of her imagination?

This book was a bit eery and I am almost always worried about reading paranormal books, but I still enjoyed it immensely! It had me so enthralled and curious as to what's going on. The story is told like the Notebook, with bits and pieces of the story coming back whilst Zoe explains to the doctor the events. Then we get a break as the doctor begins to analyze the bits of the story he's given every session and find a logical explanation to what's ailing her. Though the twist with Andre was a bit surprising and I am not sure if I was really into it. Andre's character was great, but what the author chose him to be is a bit hard to fathom, making me side with the doctor a bit, but I guess it's fiction so all is possible?

I loved the writing and the author's style. I enjoyed how flowing it was and it was an easy read - I do appreciate that. I love the flashbacks and the stories, and the explanation the doctor seems to find fitting. The story was well developed and so were the characters, it's just the added mystery that kept me on edge all throughout the book.

What I absolutely hated was the ending. This is not a way to end a book after dragging the readers along throughout it! Honestly! How could I possibly wait for book two with such and ending and teaser? I was about to go mad when I read it and I am still overcome with rabid curiosity! What on Earth happens next?


I'm glad I decided to write a sequel to Lancaster House. Oddly enough, I had not planned to write one in the beginning. One reviewer on Goodreads even says she doesn't feel a sequel is needed!

Some people loved the ending--and others, well . . . the ending drove them absolutely crazy. Honestly, I wasn't expecting that kind of reaction. My imagination could picture exactly what Zoe and Andre were doing at the moment Zoe went flying through the door. To me, it seemed obvious.

Still, I agreed that a sequel was needed.

And a sequel is what you will get!

The Middle Aisle . . . December 2012!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

AMNESIA?

You may be wondering why I chose to write a book about abuse and out-of-control anger from the viewpoint of AMNESIA.

Good question!

Let me explain. I live in a make-believe word. All. The. Time. My stories are always in my head, distracting me from my everyday life. The thought occurred to me one day . . . what if I had amnesia? Would I wake up believing one of my stories was my reality?

An intriguing thought. And a little scary too. My husband would be very hurt if I woke up from an accident believing Alex from Sierra was really my husband!!! Can you imagine?

Yeah, I could too. So I wrote a book about it! I've always found amnesia to be an intriguing subject. Hopefully, you will too!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lancaster House Review

I greatly enjoyed this review of Lancaster House at Endless Days of Literary Ecstasy!

My Thoughts:

Taylor Dean's Lancaster House is a suspenseful tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Based in present day California, interior designer Zoe is going through a tough break up. In order to keep her mind off of her relationship woes, she decides to purchase an old house in order to restore it to what it once was. She never expects to find her true love as a result.

As rumors are running rampant around the neighborhood about long ago murders committed inside Lancaster House, Zoe is determined not to let the whisperings of ghosts keep her from her goal. However, as strange things begin to happen inside Lancaster House, Zoe begins to question if the hype is getting to her or if she is indeed going crazy. After many unfortunate circumstances, Zoe finds herself fighting for her freedom in a Psychiatric Hospital. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Channing, genuinely likes Zoe and wants to see her better. As she opens up to him about the haunting of Lancaster House, he must decide if she is telling the truth or a very troubled young woman.

Lancaster House easily fits into the Paranormal Romance genre. It is a romantic ghost story with Zoe falling in love with the spirit that resides within her home. No mean spirited poltergeist or unhappy ghosts here. What I liked about this story was the fact that I went back and forth several times trying to decipher the true reality. Was Zoe really living in a haunted house, or was she truly schizophrenic? I discovered that only time would tell. As soon as I decided that Zoe was just insane, something would happen to change my mind and leave me guessing until the very end. Lancaster House actually reminded me of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Shutter Island. I never knew what twist was going to come next. Kudos to Dean for making me use my brain!

Taylor Dean did an excellent job in describing the setting in Lancaster House. Since Zoe is an interior designer, Dean made sure to describe Lancaster House and its beauty in detail. I clearly had the picture of Zoe's new home in my mind by the time she had finished depicting its image. I could also tell that Dean had done her research regarding Victorian era houses. I felt like I was discovering the hidden rooms and little intricacies right along with Zoe.

I definitely recommend Taylor Dean's Lancaster House for those that enjoy Paranormal Romance. I really enjoyed the novel and the suspense it created. I'm very excited to read the sequel, The Middle Aisle, so that I can see what happens next with Zoe and Dr. Channing. If it is anything like Lancaster House, I'm sure it will leave me thinking!

Thanks, Candace! Great review!

COVER REVEAL: I HAVE PEOPLE

My next novel, I Have People, will be released this month!
I'm super excited to see this book published. It is a contemporary romance. I'm currently reading through my proof copy and working on   a few final edits, but as soon as I press that little button that says, PUBLISH, it will be available to the public! I promised to have this book released in September, and I'm a little behind my time schedule. But, it will be available in paperback very soon! Ebook will take a little longer. One thing I've learned, publishing your novel takes a lot of time and patience. That's okay, though! As an author, you want to offer the best book possible to the reading public. It's much better to put your best work out there, than to publish something in a hurry, filled with careless mistakes.

Do you like my new cover? It's kinda cutesy. My daughter, who creates my covers for me, says it's her favorite of all of my covers. Although I Have People deals with a very serious subject, in the end it does have a happy ending. The cover speaks to the overall theme of the book. But, in the middle of the book, you may begin to wonder why I chose such a . . .  happy . . . cover. I'm a happy ending lover, so my books will ALWAYS end happily!

This was my original book cover for I Have People. As you can see, the general theme is the same. When I was deciding between my old and new covers, I sent out an email to my closest friends and family, asking them for their opinion on my book covers. To my surprise, the answers were greatly varied. It was then I realized that EVERYONE  was going to have a different opinion, and that I needed to make the decision myself. It was my book, and my vision, and I had to trust my instincts.

It's the same with the inside of any and all books. Everyone has a different opinion. Writing is very subjective. What appeals to one may not appeal to another. I've come to accept this. It's not an easy thing to come to terms with, after all, you want everyone to love your book. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen!

As a writer, the best thing you can do is write from your heart. I Have People is a very personal book to me. It deals with abuse, temper, and out-of-control anger. It was therapeutic for me to commit my thoughts on the subject to paper.

I Have People is a women's journey to find love, to find the right man in her life. It's about having PEOPLE in our lives who love us and care for us.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ebook Giveaway of Lancaster House!

Thank you so much for your interest!

I am offering 20 FREE ebooks of Lancaster House to book blog reviewers! In exchange, all I ask for is a fair and honest review.

Rules of the giveaway:

*You must be a book blog reviewer and have an active website/blogspot.
*Please post your review on your book blog, Amazon, and Goodreads. (and send me the link when you do so!)

That's it!

So, how do you get your free ebook?

If you are interested, please contact me at taylordeanbooks (at) gmail (dot) com. Please include the following in your email:

*Your name, and a link to your website/blogspot.
*Email where you'd like your gifted ebook to be sent.

I look forward to hearing from you!

The first twenty book blog reviewers who respond to this post will receive a free Smashwords ebook of Lancaster House.  This will be done on a first come, first served basis. A great deal, right!

Unsure? Here's a little information about Lancaster House:

Lancaster House is a paranormal romance. Here is the blurb:

Are you ever really alone?

Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.


Still unsure? Here are a few links to some great reviews: Maybe they'll help with your decision!

Thoughts of a Girl
Dive Under the Cover
Book Liaison
Literature Lovers' Labyrinth
Batty for Books
Gook Girl Knitting
Andi's Book Reviews


Thanks again for visiting Taylor Dean Books!
BTW, if you follow me, I'll follow you! I'm just saying . . .

Review of Lancaster House

GREAT REVIEW  of Lancaster House at Book Girl Knitting.

What would you do if the love of your life was a ghost and no one believed you? What if they stuck you in a psychiatric hospital and filled you full of drugs to keep you sedated. Welcome to Zoe Grayson's life.

Reading this book, I was not prepared for the strength of voice and the very real grit author Taylor Dean projects in her amazing story. Give me a great ghost story any day of the week. Fill it with kick butt heroines and a spicy romance and you have me at the word go.

From the first page, the tone of the book compelled me to keep reading. The sarcasm, wit, description of the 1920's Victorian house (Has anyone watched Ghost Story? It made me think of that movie so strongly) and how the events unfold that lead Zoe to be housed in a psychiatric hospital being interviewed by yet another doctor. Is she crazy or did she actually experience a love from beyond the grave?

This book will keep you up nights and take you away from your housework. Yay! It had me hiding in the bedroom with my e-reader and box of Raisinettes, happily turning the pages and marveling at the stunning voice.

If you like a crazy good ghost story with a happily ever after love story, give Lancaster House a try.


Thanks for the wonderful review, Dana.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tour Update and Giveaways

As part of my Lancaster House Blog Tour, I am featured at A Buckeye Girl Reads today.There is an ebook giveaway of Lancaster House being offered also! Just leave a comment. The winner will be chosen from the comments.

ALSO, yesterday I had the honor of being featured at I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. There is an author interview, as well as a giveaway of Lancaster House and Sierra!

It's entirely surreal to see yourself featured on other people's blogs. I'm just a stay-at-home Mom with an active imagination who decided to write some books! I feel as though I'll be 'found out' at any moment. People will say, 'you're not really a writer!' And I'll say, 'I know, I'm a fraud!'

Instead, the response to my books has been wonderful and I am thrilled!

A special thank you goes to all who have purchased, won, read, or reviewed my books. You're allowing me to live my dream of being an author.

Friday, September 7, 2012

THE FAM: MY PEOPLE

YES, I'm a grandma. And that cute little guy in my arms is the one who made me a grandma!!

Next to me is my hubby, my three daughters, and my son. (two daughters are married--husbands not pictured)

I actually have another grandson, but we lost him at eight months gestation to Trisomy 18 on Dec. 22, 2011. This is another story in and of itself, and one that I will blog about one day soon. I had no idea this condition existed until it happened to us. It's still a little raw right now and I'm not ready to share it as of yet. I plan to share the story of our little Jerad Harlan on the anniversary of his death, Dec. 22, 2012. It will be therapeutic.

I inherited the 'look younger than you really are' gene from my Mom. She still looks amazing, and I can only hope I'll look as young as her when I'm 70!

When I was 20, I hated looking young. People thought I was 12, and that's not a compliment!

Now, I like it!

I'm about to release my next book, "I Have People." Here's how the title of this book came about:

For about eight months I had an empty nest. (now two of my children are home again) The house was soooo quiet and I felt a little lonely. I've always been a stay-at-home Mom and I liked a household with kids coming and going all the time. To my surprise, I didn't have time to bask in loneliness. My daughters called on a regular basis, sometimes everyday, and my son called often too. It was then that I realized motherhood was far from over--the logistics had just changed! I had PEOPLE. People who loved me and cared for me, whether they were living at home or not. It was a wonderful realization and this experience inspired the name of the book I was working on at the time: I Have People.

I have people. Thank goodness. And those guys up above are my PEOPLE. The most important people in the world to me.

Tell me about your PEOPLE!