Monday, August 11, 2014


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Exciting news!

I received this email yesterday:

Dear Taylor,

Congratulations! Your novel I’M WITH YOU has received the required reader nominations to be considered an official nominee for the 2014 Whitney Awards, a literary award honoring excellence in fiction written by LDS authors.

Finalists will be announced in early February, and the winners at the Whitney Awards gala on Saturday, May 16, 2015. See the Whitney Awards website for more information about the gala and how the Whitney Awards program works.

A special thank you to the readers who nominated I'M WITH YOU for this award.

I'M WITH YOU is now available with its new cover on AMAZON.

And . . .

We have nearly completed the back covers that go along with all of the brand new front covers. I always have a portion of a review featured on my back covers. Every book reviewer that had a quote on my old covers, still has a quote on my new covers, but I've switched them around a bit!
Please note: The cover changes to I'm With You, Sierra, Lancaster House, and The Middle Aisle are finished and available. Up next: I Have People, For Nick, and Joshua's Folly.

Special thanks to Author Charissa Stastny of Joy in the Moments for the quote on the back cover of I'M WITH YOU.

Special thanks to Kathleen of Jersey Girl Book Reviews for the quote on the back cover of I HAVE PEOPLE.

Special thanks to Shelly of Shelly's Book Shelves for the quote on the back cover of Joshua's Folly.

Special thanks to Ruth of My Devotional Thoughts and Author Brandy Jeffus Corona of Book Worm Brandy for the quotes on the back cover of Sierra.

Special thanks to Laura of FUONLYKNEW and Christy of Christy's Cozy Corners for the quotes on the back cover of Lancaster House.

Special thanks to Sherry of FUNDINMENTAL and Tammy of OH, THE BOOKS YOU'LL READ for the quotes on the back cover of The Middle Aisle.

For Nick's back cover is still a work in progress. I'll post it soon. But, special thanks go to Lisa of Books in the Burbs for the quote on the back cover of For Nick. 

This is an excellent "feel good" book that you'll want to read while curled on the couch with a cup of cappuccino and a blanket! It's definitely the best fiction Taylor Dean has written and I'm excited to read her future books!

~Lisa Salazar of Books in theBurbs

Have a great Monday, everyone!!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I'm so happy for you and so happy you used one of my quotes for your back cover! I love all of your books and am so happy I got to know you :)

    1. Thank you for letting my use your quote, Christy! I'm so glad to have gotten to know you too. I love how you always say I write how you think! That alone tells me we will be friends for life!!

  2. I'm honored to be quoted on your back cover. You're one of my favorite authors. Great job on being nominated for the Whitneys too. That's awesome!

    1. Wow! Thank you, Charissa! That's a HUGE compliment. It still feels totally surreal for anyone to say that I'm their favorite author. Suddenly I'm in the Twilight Zone! Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the way you always build up those around you. Such an amazing quality!

  3. Congratulations Taylor! Crossing my fingers for you and I'm sure more of your books will receive nominations for awards!
    I love being on your book cover! Now that you have new covers, I'm going to have to get those copies too! May need 2 shelves to display your books on my book case soon!

    1. All my friends and family have been saying the same thing to me! "What? You're changing your covers? Now I'll have to get those too!" Oh well. I feel good about the change though. It gives my books a more modern and updated feel. Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  4. I'm with everyone else, Taylor. Congrats and I am sending out the vibes for your book to be chosen! I can't help but think it is only the beginning for you.
    Thanks so much for the comment on the cover. I still think about that ending now and then and can't help but smile every time. PERFECT!
    I'm with Laura, I want the new books too. I think the change was a great thing, even though I know it was hard to do. The new covers speak louder to a wider range of people. You did the right thing.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I greatly appreciate the vote of confidence, Sherry. I feel the change in book covers was the right thing to do too. But it's really nice to know when others agree! Confirms it in my mind!
      I hope it's only the beginning! I hope things continue to go well. It's an uphill battle, filled with highs and lows. Just started my new book--and I'm suddenly sooooo happy! I have to remind myself that that's why I started writing--I love it!
      Thank YOU for the quote on the cover. I love that you loved the ending of MA.
      Thanks for your comment, Sherry. Made my day!