Wednesday, July 31, 2013


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] /

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: The missing piece of my heart.

Yeah, I bet you can come up with something a little more creative! Impress me!

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Monday, July 29, 2013


My weekend was an interesting one. 

We attended a good 'ole fashioned West Texas wedding.

I got an amazing, super cute pedicure.

And I'm 11,000 words in to my next book! I'm hooked and totally absorbed. I can hardly think of anything else.

It is currently entitled, "I"m With You," and I plan to release it in January of 2014.

I can't say what it is really about because it will ruin the story for you when you finally read it. 

I haven't written a blurb on it as of yet--more to come on what it's about later. (without spoiling the story)

However, a performance this past week on So You Think You Can Dance has greatly inspired me. I can't stop listening to the song. It captures my heroine's feelings perfectly.
Here is is: (song and performance)

If the video doesn't work here on my blog, just go here:

So, yes, just like For Nick, this one will be a tear jerker and deal with some pretty heavy emotions.

But, it will, as always, have a happy ending.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, July 26, 2013


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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


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 [SweetCrisis] /

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: Cuts like a knife!
This one is a no-brainer, it reminds me of the Michael Jackson song! See if you can come up with something more original!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


The reviews for FOR NICK have begun to trickle in and I LOVE the response I am getting with this book!

It's so hard to anticipate which book people will love the most. Everyone has a different opinion. I wasn't sure how FOR NICK would be received. After all, it starts out with a rather cliche plot line. But then, the story changes into something else altogether. I was worried about readers not continuing with the book once they read the beginning plot. Thank goodness, that hasn't been the case and they've continued on to see what the book is really about.

Here are a few of the reviews I've received thus far: (taken from Amazon and Goodreads)
5.0 out of 5 stars Box of tissues needed!
Like someone previously
I didn't really know what to expect from the reviews. I suppose I thought it was going to be another
one of the cliche having to marry the billionaire books but I was so happy to be in the wrong. I'm so
glad that the reviewers didn't leave any spoilers. It just makes this book so much better. I read it in a
few hours and couldn't put it down. The characters were great. The banter between Andie and Zach
was great and you could see they were perfect for each other. I won't give anything away either but
be sure that you have a box of tissues on hand. Such a great story, I laughed, I cried and I will
definitely be reading more Taylor Dean!
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I read this in one sitting! It was simply amazing! My emotions were all over the place! I laughed,
I got mad, I cried. What else can a person want? I had a good idea who Nick was before it was
revealed. However, there was still an element that I did not expect.

I will not write a summary, just know that this is an amazing read. Get it and start it now!
You will not be sorry!
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sensational Sorrowful Surprising Story
This book hooked me from its small blurb: Andie was so in love that she would do anything for Nick,
even marry a total stranger. What? I couldn't see how this book would turn out, and that made it so
fun to read--wondering all the while about Andie's secret Nick, and how he would play out in this
romance. Andie marries Zachary Drake, CEO of Drake Enterprises, for Nick. She would do anything
for Nick (Nick is all she thinks about). Anyway, Andie's and Zach's relationship turns out to be
amazing, much to their surprise.

Hang onto your emotions with this story, because they will be running all over the place, and you
don't want them to get away. One minute you'll be sighing with joy, the next your mascara will be
running down your face--you know, that kind of emotional meltdown type of book. I adored both
Andie and Zach. They are so funny and cute together, and their ongoing Alliteration game was
right up my alley (hence, my title). The emotions throughout this book are extreme--no blah, mediocre
feelings in this tale! No way! This is my 5th Taylor Dean book, and it's hard to pick a favorite..
.but this has to be in the top 2 for the surprises it held.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow....just wow
Generally I don't review books bc I figure a lot of people are like me and prefer to decide for
themselves if a book is worth reading or not. That being said, READ THIS BOOK. Be warned
tho, it will engage all of your emotions. Big big kudos to this author. I laughed harder than I
ever have, and cried buckets. I was lucky enough to find this book for free, but if I'd known
how good it'd be, I'd have paid any price. In conclusion, fix yourself a drink, get comfortable,
don't forget, don't forget the tissues, scroll up, and get this book today. You won't be sorry.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Incredible Multi-Faceted Must Read!
'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.

OMG i loved this book, i read it in a day i couldn't put it down, got to admit i love Taylor Dean's books
but think this one was my favourite. I took it on holiday be warned you will need the tissues. Thank you
Taylor Dean for bringing it out early for my holiday's haha
so enjoyed this book was weeping almost all the way through. Never had a book do that for ages this is
my favourite book yet it also kept me guessing who nick was, but i did have an inclining later on bloody
good read!

Those are just a few of the reviews. I won't list them all. 
Just click on the Amazon or Goodreads link to view the other

Did I mention, I love when reviews begin with the word, WOW!

And to those who wrote the above, thank you so much for the
wonderful reviews! So glad you enjoyed FOR NICK!

Monday, July 22, 2013


Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] /

For once, I have absolutely nothing exciting to post about our weekend!
However, that doesn't mean it wasn't a good weekend. My hubby and I had a weekend to ourselves, sleeping in, going out to lunch, and doing a few lazy errands. 
After two road trips and a baby shower, it was nice to be lazy and do nothing for a change.
In other words, it was a great weekend!

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] /

And in my backyard garden, the 'great marigold takeover' has once again begun and I LOVE it!!
It's a great sight to behold while I relax!

How was your weekend?

Hope it was like this!

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Friday, July 19, 2013


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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Giveaway of For Nick

Just wanted to let you know, there is a wonderful giveaway and review of FOR NICK today at Mel's Shelves

You can win a signed copy of For Nick, along with a tote bag and bookmarks. OR enter to win an ebook. Your choice!

While there, check out her fantastic 5 star review!
(with no spoilers!)

Or read it here:

Andie is told about a job opening and when she goes to interview, she is surprised by what the job offer actually is. She is in desperate need of money so she agrees to marry Zach. Zach doesn't want to know personal details about her life. Then they discover they really like each other and a lack of communications causes drama for them. Will they survive this and be able to trust each other again? Or will Nick come between them?

I love this book!! It seemed like a happy ending early on but since there was a lot of book left, I realized that something big was going to happen. Zach and Andie are adorable together and I loved watching their relationship develop into something real. But Nick was always looming in the background and definitely isn't a relationship Andie is going to let go of. I'm not giving any spoilers with this so you'll have to read this book yourself to find out who Nick is and why Andie won't let that relationship go. I cried a lot towards the end. If you need a good cry, grab some tissues and curl up with this book!

Great review! Thank you, Mel!


The locations featured in I Have People 

I grew up in San Jose, California. Hence, the places Holly and Gabe go to on their ‘dates’ are real places that I frequented as a child. Authors write about what they know, and these are places that I know! 

Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

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This is a fabulous amusement park located on a Boardwalk right next to the ocean. Take a gander here. Ride on a roller coaster or sunbathe next to the ocean. Your choice!

The Pinnacles

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To check out The Pinnacles click here. In trying to figure out where Gabe and Holly should go on a date, this one was a no brainer. My hubby and I went to The Pinnacles on one of our memorable first dates! It really did look like something pre-historic. And we really did hike through caves filled with about a foot of water. It was quite the experience!

San Francisco 

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San Francisco is only about an hour’s drive up north from San Jose. Hence, my parents took us on several family day trips to see all the wonderful sights. It’s an amazing and unique city. Check it out here.


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Also only an hour from San Jose, heading south. Monterey is one of my favorite spots on earth. The views of the ocean are absolutely breathtaking. The rocky shoreline is very different from the sandy beaches of Santa Cruz, but it’s an experience you don’t want to miss! Also visit John Steinbeck’s legendary Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. So much to do and see! Interested? Click here.

My hubby and I were stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey for a time. So I actually got to LIVE there. And our first daughter was born there, hence it holds a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


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 [SweetCrisis] /

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: Submerged by Love

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


The Worth of a Soul 

Image courtesy of [MR LIGHTMAN] /

I Have People deals with the sensitive issue of domestic abuse. One of my favorite passages in I Have People is when Gabe and Holly have the following conversation:

“Why would you want me, Gabe? I’m used. Damaged merchandise. I’m broken and dented and scratched. I can’t be the person I was for the last six months.”
“Don’t ever say that, Holly. Don’t even think it. It isn’t true. You were the victim of a very sick man. Listen to me, you can take a precious jewel worth millions, dip it in mud, leave it dirty and stained, its beauty spoiled, and underneath it all it will still be worth millions. Cal took advantage of you, but it doesn’t change your worth. ”
“I let him hurt me. I stood there and took it,” she said, even though she was deeply touched at his words.
“You were scared.”
 Holly stood, feeling flustered.
“Look . . . maybe you forgot about Cal and what he did to you, but I didn’t. Not for a minute. Every single day of the last six months I knew what you’d been through,” he said, his voice intense. “I’ve always known” He let his breath out heavily. “Or at least, I suspected. Always.”
Holly let that sink in. There was something about the way he said the word, always. “Always?”
“Yes, Holly, always.”
“Explain yourself.”

I love that thought about the worth of a soul.

It’s a common analogy. I heard the analogy in a church talk once. Only it was about a twenty-dollar bill. You can fold a twenty-dollar bill, crumple it and dirty it—but it’s still worth twenty dollars. 

You can view an excellent video of the analogy here.

I didn't want to have Gabe quote the common twenty dollar bill analogy--it's overused--so I changed it to a precious jewel. Same thought, different item. But I cannot take credit for the original concept behind the analogy!

The thought has always stuck with me though. The worth of a soul is great. We all become damaged, dinged, and dented as we endure the trials of life.

But it doesn’t change our worth.

Something to remember!

Monday, July 15, 2013


The highlight of the weekend was the opportunity to host a baby shower for my daughter.

These cupcakes were amazing. (no, I didn't make them myself!) Some were drizzled with a caramel and sea salt topping over the luscious cream cheese frosting, over german chocolate cake--my daughter's favorite--and they were DELICIOUS! Is your mouth watering yet? I have a few left, sitting on the kitchen counter. They're calling to me and I can't ignore them.
Someone help me!

'Napkin diapers' filled with milk duds and whoppers.

Guest sign-in table

The happy Mama!

I had a wonderful weekend with my precious daughter and can't wait to meet my new grandson!

How was your weekend?

Book news:

Sierra will be available for .99 cents thru July 22nd!
Grab your copy!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


My Romantic Suspense novel, SIERRA, is on sale today thru July 22 for .99 cents!!

Grab your copy and enjoy the ride! (It's an emotional one.)

It is available thru Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.

Most people who read it say, "I'm not sure how this is a Romance novel." But it is, I promise. Just wait for it.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, Sierra is my personal favorite of all of my novels. 


Friday, July 12, 2013

Goodreads Giveaways

Currently I have two Goodreads Giveaways going on for paperback copies of Joshua's Folly and For Nick. There will be two winners of each book! Enter to win and get your own copy!
Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Joshua's Folly by Taylor Dean

Joshua's Folly

by Taylor Dean

Giveaway ends August 02, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For Nick by Taylor Dean

For Nick

by Taylor Dean

Giveaway ends August 02, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Thursday, July 11, 2013


When is it abuse? 

I Have People deals with domestic abuse. While it is a warmhearted romance novel in parts, some scenes are a bit intense. One of the issues I attempted to touch on is the oft-asked question: When exactly does a perpetrator’s behavior constitute abuse? 

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Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer. Why? Because the legal answer will be different from the logical answer. 

Let’s go with logic. 

While writing I Have People, I visited with a lady who had endured an abusive situation. Her ex-husband never hit her. Not once. BUT, the implied threat was always there. While her husband threw a temper tantrum and destroyed a throw pillow with his bare hands in a fit of anger, she said that this thought was always in the back of her mind: “Will that be me one day?” 

A chilling thought. Mental and verbal abuse are just as real as physical abuse. 

If any physical harm is implied or threatened, make no mistake, it IS abuse. Even if the perpetrator never once touches his victim.
No one should have to live in fear. Can you prosecute for this type of abuse? Nope. You can try, but the odds are against you.

But you can and should free yourself. Protect yourself.

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My hope is that I Have People will help women to realize this. And maybe it will help one woman to escape her unhappy situation. Even if it’s just one—I will have succeeded. 

Below is a short excerpt from I Have People wherein the main character, Holly, faces this very issue:

Cal took a few days off to solicitously take care of her. He was attentive and sympathetic, ridiculously so.  She called her work to let them know she was very ill and needed to take the week off.  While she lay in bed, waiting for her body to heal, she pondered over her life.
It was a mistake to marry Cal, she knew that with certainty. Her love for him was dying a slow and painful death. He could be so wonderful one minute, but once something set off his temper, he turned into an entirely different man. The crux of the problem was not just that Cal had a temper, but that when he lost it, he was capable of turning violent—he was capable of turning on her, of hurting her. The thing was, he’d never really hit her. He was rough, he liked to use physical force to intimidate her, but was he really abusive? After all, he hadn’t meant for her to fall onto the glass table. How far does he have to go before his behavior is labeled as abusive? Was she wrong to even use the word when considering his actions?
She didn’t know. She was baffled and in pain. She couldn’t think logically. Should she have reported Cal? He’d been angry and he’d been pushing her around, but he hadn’t meant to hurt her. He’d apologized, he was taking care of her, and he loved her. Where did that leave her?
Confused and unsure, that’s where. Completely perplexed. Did he love her or didn’t he?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THE WEEKEND (a little late)

We spent our Fourth of July holiday in Arizona visiting my daughter, and also my sister. It was blazing HOT and kinda like going on vacation to the SUN! I love hot weather, but this was too hot for me. There were a few moments where I thought I was going to die. Seriously. 

We arrived home very late on Monday night, hence the lateness of this post.

After two back to back trips, one to see my daughter in Idaho who had just had a baby--and then a week and a half later, another trip to Arizona to see my other daughter, I'm exhausted and ready to be home! I didn't even unpack between trips. Now I need a vacation from vacations!

Here are a few pics!

Fireworks on the Fourth:
(We got to put off fireworks in my sister's driveway--just like when I was a kid. It's been years since I've done this!)

Visiting after all of the festivities on the Fourth:
(Translation: it's stinking hot outside, even at ten at night, and we're all sapped of energy!)

My daughter's adorable studio apartment:
(Yes, we stayed with her--and yes, it was crowded--and yes, it was fun.)

Out to lunch with my daughter and hubby:
(Secretly, we were hiding from the outside inferno.)

View of the cactus while driving home:
(Do you kinda feel like you're being flipped off?)

The view from the car only only one hour later:
(Can't get over the change in landscape!)

And moving on to book news . . . the free promotion of For Nick was a huge success!
I received 2609 downloads! What better way to get your book into the hands of readers! And I'm thrilled with the reviews thus far!
Thanks to all who helped me spread the news about the free promotion.


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 [Salvatore Vuono] /

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

I'll start: This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013


The music that inspired I Have People 

Music always inspires me and makes my imagination soar.

I have a disc of favorite singles I've downloaded from iTunes in my car. Whenever my hubby and I go on a car trip, we listen to it over and over. Somehow, my hubby endures it!

Every single song on my disc goes along with one of my books—in my mind, that is. As we listen to the songs, I often say, this song goes with . . . Sierra. Or this song goes with Lancaster House. My hubby now knows which songs go with each book. I’m pretty sure he could recite them in his sleep! What a trooper!

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I’m never sure if anyone else will understand the connection of a certain song with a certain book. I often feel the connection is only in my mind. Regardless, I love to share what song goes with which scene in my books. While writing I always picture the scene in my head, like a movie playing in my mind--and my favorite songs become the background music. Music helps me to visualize a scene.

If you've already read I Have People, maybe you’ll feel the connection to the below songs!

When I picture Holly observing Gabriel from afar, I think of this song:

I, Who Have Nothing by Jordin Sparks 

When I picture Holly and Gabe falling in love, I think of this song:

Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

When I picture Gabe proposing to Holly, I think of this song: (view the amazing performance by Pink at the Grammys)

Glitter in the Air by Pink 

When I picture Holly learning the truth of Cal’s past and making the decision to leave him, I think of this song:

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

When I picture Holly leaving Cal, I think of this song: 

No Surprise by Daughtry

When I picture the abuse Holly endured at Cal’s hands, I think of this song: (I love this version) 

Love the way you Lie by Colton Dixon 

Thursday, July 4, 2013


The Prologue to I Have People 

When I write, I like to catch the attention of the reader immediately. Hopefully the prologue to I Have People does just that. The prologue begs several questions:

“Who is HE?”

“What happened between HIM and Holly?”

“Why is there a restraining order?”

“Who is the HE who should be there by now?”

“What is it that the perpetrator ‘never meant’ to do?” 

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One short prologue = five questions--and I’m sure you could come up with even more! With any luck, it’s exactly what’s needed to reach out and grasp the reader’s attention! The greatest compliment an author can receive is when a reader says, ‘I couldn’t put the book down.” Love that!

Below is the prologue to I Have People. Tell me what you think--does it whet your appetite and make you want to read more? Love to hear from readers!

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, a mid-October chill meeting her skin.
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.”
Another shove, 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.