Friday, April 18, 2014

Showcase with reviews: The Imaginary Veterinary Series by Suzanne Selfors





Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.

She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.

Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.

Please visit her at www.suzanneselfors.com to learn more about her books.

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The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary #1)


When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?

Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town -- Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all -- it's actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, andvery hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime.

Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary. 
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Sasquatch Escape. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

REVIEW:

This is the first book in the Imaginary Veterinarians Series. This is where you are introduced the trouble making Pearl and the story telling Ben. My boys and I loved this book so much. The characters are well developed, there is humor, mystery and imagination. This is a new favorite series and one we will continue to read and adore! I highly recommend it as do both my boys, ages 5 and 7! 5 stars.

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The Lonely Lake Monster (The Imaginary Veterinary #2)


Pearl Petal and Ben Silverstein can't wait for their first official day as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. That is, until they are tasked with clipping the sasquatch's toenails. Gross!

Then Pearl spots a monster in the lake behind the hospital. Even though they were told not to leave the building for any reason, Pearl sets off for a closer look, with Ben trailing cautiously behind.
The outing goes awry when Ben is captured by the creature and held hostage on an island in the middle of the lake. It's up to Pearl to hatch a rescue mission. Will she save the day or cement her reputation as the town troublemaker? And will the hospital's secret patient be able to help?
Suzanne Selfors takes readers on an incredible adventure full of mythical creatures and astonishing discoveries that are anything but imaginary.
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Lonely Lake Monster. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

REVIEW:

This is a quirky and fun book (the second in the series). This book sparks imagination and mystery in your young reader. There are some great elements to this book; fun creatures, mystery and some nice lessons. They have such an engaging story...my boys and I cannot get enough of this series.  Pearl and Ben are such great characters that any child can relate to. This is the best of this genre. Clean, great story, great characters and a series that keep you wanting more. 5 stars


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The Rain Dragon Rescue (The Imaginary Veterinary #3)


Someone or something is stealing from the peaceful residents of Buttonville. But is the thief from the real world...or the imaginary one? Ben and Pearl are about to find out. When they report for duty at Dr. Woo's, Mr. Tabby hands them a bucket and a shovel -- for the collection and proper disposal of dragon droppings -- and directs the apprentices to the hospital's roof. Soon, they come face-to-snout with the dragon that lives there and find a pile of proof that he is the thief.

Before Ben and Pearl can persuade the dragon to stop stealing, an emergency call comes in from the Imaginary World. The rain dragon has been injured! But with Dr. Woo out of town and Mr. Tabby busy with percolating pixies, time is running out. 

Will Ben and Pearl finally get a chance to travel to the Imaginary World? Even if it means breaking Dr. Woo's rules? Even if it means they might never come back?

Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.

This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Rain Dragon Rescue. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

REVIEW:

The books just keep getting  better and better.  I just love watching Ben and Pearl grow during their adventures.  These books are so full of imagination!  I love the adventures that await us in the imaginary world.  I love it even more when the imaginary world clashes with the real world...because adventures happen!   These books bring me and my boys together every night to snuggle and enter the town of Buttonville with Ben and Pearl...such a gift!  There is mystery, suspense and fun within the pages and we can't wait for the next book.  5 stars! 

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The Order of the Unicorn (The Imaginary Veterinary #4)


At Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital, Pearl and Ben are greeted with some bad news. A human has been spotted in the Imaginary World! Dr. Woo suspects it might be Maximus Steele -- a poacher with his sights set on prized animal horns. What creature will he attack next? Will it be a unicorn?

Together, Pearl, Ben, and Dr. Woo travel to the Tangled Forest. It's an amazing, colorful, and wild place. Ultimately, the responsibility falls to Pearl to find the lost unicorn. But in a land of fire-breathing insects and flesh-eating flora, is she up for the challenge?

Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary. 
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Order of the Unicorn. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

Releases on July 22nd!!!





Braden: How did you start you writing career?

A. I've spent my whole life writing stories. But I never thought of myself as a "writer", and I never thought I could actually do this as a career. So I went in another direction. But when I turned 39 and my youngest child started school, I realized that I really wanted to give writing a serious try. So I started my very first novel about ten minutes after the school bus drove away.

Braden: I like to write, do you have any advice for me?

A. I think the most important thing to remember is that, first and foremost, write about something you love. Don't be tempted to write a vampire book just because everyone else is writing one. There are lots of fairy tale books right now but don't jump on that bandwagon if your passion is for realistic fiction. You will spend a lot of time with your story, you will carry it around in your head all day long, so choose your subject as if you're choosing your new best friend. 

MMB:  What inspires your writing?
A. My children. I wrote my first book, To Catch a Mermaid, for them. My rainy Pacific NW environment inspired the book, Fortune's Magic Farm. My dog, Skylos, inspired Smells Like Dog. There's a little bit of my own life in every one of my books.
MMB:  What is your favorite thing about being an writer?
A. I love, love, love getting letters from readers, especially handwritten letters. Written in crayon, pen, pencil or typed, they come in all shapes and sizes and they are like little gifts. I love opening them. Sometimes readers will send photos, or drawings. Going to my post office box has become my favorite time of the day.  

MMB:  What is the toughest part of being an writer?

A.  The solitude. While I need to be alone to get the bulk of my work done, sometimes I start to feel lonely, so I make sure to meet with other writers as much as possible for coffee and lunch. And I make sure to take long walks with friends, just to get away from my laptop.
MMB  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A.I think I'd be a movie director. Which I guess is just another form of story-telling. :)
Braden:  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Island Girl. (Because I've lived on the same island most of my life and people say I'm like a barnacle - you'll have to scrape me off this rock to get me to leave.)

JD:  What is your favorite book of all time?
A. I'm a huge Roald Dahl fan. I love everything he wrote. Matilda is one of my favorite characters ever.
MMB:  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Well, I wrote a book called Coffeehouse Angel, and the main character, Katrina, is very  much like me. I didn't realize that I'd basically written about myself until after I'd written the book.
JD:  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. Wow, what a great question. I'd love to go to Hogwarts for a weekend. Wouldn't that be fun? Well, as long as Voldemort wasn't visiting.
MMB: What is your favorite season?
A.I love fall, mostly because I love the crisp days, the colors of the leaves, and hot apple cider.
MMB:  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. Many people don't realize that authors don't usually choose their covers. It's a decision made by the publisher. I really love the covers for my new series, The Imaginary Veterinary. Dan Santat is an amazing illustrator. I'm very lucky to have him.
MMB: Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. It's always an adventure. The most embarrassing moments are when I get asked a question by a reader about a specific character and I can't remember who the character is. Seriously. It happens all the time. I've written so many books, and have so many details crammed in my head, I forget things. 
When I was touring for Smells Like Dog, lots of kids showed up with their basset hounds, which is great except when the dog takes a piddle in the bookstore, or tries to eat someone's sock. I hope no one brings a sasquatch to my next tour. 
MMB:  Are you working on something new?
A.  Yes indeed. I'm working on a new Imaginary Veterinary book and a whole new series that will be announced and released in 2015. (Shhhh, it's a secret.)
JD: What made you want to create a story with a sasquatch in it?

A. I came up with the idea for The Imaginary Veterinary while sitting in the veterinary clinic with my dog. I looked at the cat poster on the wall and thought, what if that was a poster of a dragon? And I looked at the bowl of dog treats and thought, what if those were chunks of raw meat? And what if the thermometer was three feet long? The story began to take shape that day.
I chose sasquatch as one of my first creatures because I live in the PNW where the sasquatch legend was born. Sasquatch is everywhere up here--on keychains, umbrellas, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, etc. It seemed a natural fit for me.

JD: Where did you come up with the name Buttonville for the city?

A. That's from a story I wrote as a kid, called Conrad Moonbeam and the Buttonville Boas. About a boy who lives in Alaska and wants to help save some boa constrictors who've lost their habitat in the amazon rainforest. So he ships them up to Alaska, but has a whole lot of trouble trying to take care of them. I liked the name Buttonville so I used it again.

Braden: Can we expect many books in this series? I sure hope so, because we LOVE them.

A. I just finished writing the fifth book, about a griffin, and I'll begin working on the sixth book this summer, about fairies. I hope to write more!!!

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  One of the things I love about The Imaginary Veterinary series is that I've included additional art, creative writing, history, and science lessons and activities at the back of each book. So readers and their parents/teachers can take the stories to another level. I hope the creative writing prompts help encourage kids to write their own stories!

And be sure to visit me at http://www.suzanneselfors.com/  I love to hear from readers and you can join my mailing list to get sneek peeks at new covers and details about my appearances.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GoodReads Giveaway HIDDEN by Catherine McKenzie

Excited to announce the release of Hidden by Catherine McKenzie! It's a compelling novel about the complexities of marriage and the aftermath of a loss. You can read more here: http://catherinemckenzie.com/

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About the book:

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Not one but two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son and contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members and the arrival of Jeffs estranged brother, her ex-boyfriend Tim. With Tish's co-workers in the dark about her friendship with Jeff outside of the office, she volunteers to attend the funeral on the companys behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life. Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.





"But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time." (Hidden, ebook pg 103)

Catherine McKenzie has spun a tale that is still resonating with me. She wrote what is was like to have to face a loss and to make life work under a new and uncarted set of circumstances. When Claire loses her husband, Jeff, expectedly her life is turned upside down. But, when she has an encounter with one of Jeff's co-worker at Jeff's funeral her life takes another unexpected detour down a road she may wished she never explored.

"I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, too much probably, and I don't think that bad actions erase good ones. Not really." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)

We all too often just go along with life, not wanting to upset the order of things. Not really wanting to discovering what may lie ahead. Hidden explores what happens when people make choices, how each choice affects others in ways we may never had intended. How we, at times, are forces to move ahead and take the reins in our own new reality.

"That I'd been letting life act itself out on me when I should have been directing it." (Hidden, ebook pg 139)

How many of us wish we could go back and unlearn something that was completly unexpected and rocks our world to the core. Hidden explores what is the best about literature; human relationships at their best and worst, complexities in marriages, the impact of loss and how every action has a consequence.

"Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me, or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty is isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)

5 stars!!!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CLP Blog Tour: A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March

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Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small cafĂ© and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. 
A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

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March has really evolved as a writer.  With each new book her voice because so much more defined, polished. A QUESTIONABLE FRIENDSHIP is one of her best books to date.  I love that March does not fear difficult topics.  She takes these topics on head first and creates a wonderful backdrop for her story. She seems to find a way to make you feel connected to the characters; to their struggles and to their joys.  A QUESTIONABLE FRIENDSHIP is an emotional read, but one that causes you to become retrospective about your own friendships and relationships. 4 stars

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Author Bio:
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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Paving Your Own Way

In 2009, I made the decision to spend a few hundred dollars and invest my time in creating a book blog, Chick Lit Plus. Two months after launching the site and dedicating countless hours to learning how to run a blog, reading and reviewing books, and making a social media presence, I was approached by Jackie Collins’ publicist and ask to review her books, plus phone interview Jackie. That was one of the first of many highlights from starting Chick Lit Plus, and my life has really changed with that one small decision of creating something that I was truly interested in.
After starting Chick Lit Plus, I got serious on writing my first novel, and published Destined to Fail in 2011. At the same time, I bought rights to a LLC and created an independent publishing company, Marching Ink. From there, Marching Ink has gone on to publish six titles, three of my own and three from other authors.
Around that same time, I decided to venture out further, and created CLP Blog Tours, a blog tour company mainly marketed towards independent authors looking for more promotional services to get the word out about their book. At the time I started there wasn’t a lot of companies yet and really nothing for indie authors, and the company took off faster than I expected and is still going strong today.
Like I said, my life has changed a lot since 2009 and starting a small and simple book blog. I learned that paving my own way and being my own boss is what I love to do, especially when I get to work in an industry that I care about so much. Books are my thing, plain and simple. I love reading, I love working with authors, and I love helping authors promote their work. It’s a satisfying feeling and one that I truly cherish.
Do you have something you love doing, a field that you are particularly interested in? Is there a way that you can connect with your passion? Think hard, do some research online, and open your mind. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I did not think when I graduated high school in 2005 that blogging would open me up to that world – heck, I really didn’t think that in 2009. But times are changing. People are carving their own paths by creating blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram accounts. Be smart, take your time, and work hard. If it’s truly your passion, you’ll take it seriously and strive hard to make your achievements. Good luck!

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Taylor Dean visits MMMBR's: Review with Q&A

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About the book:  

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




“Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes life is happy, fun and filled with laughter. But sometimes life is hard and filled with trials. Sometimes life knocks us down and it’s really hard to get back up again.” (e-ARC, I'm With You).

Dean has managed to write yet another story that pulls at heart strings on many levels. She writes about the hard parts of life…the parts of life that knock us down. She writes about the journey it takes to find the way back to standing. She writes with such authenticity that even though the story is based on a very sad and tragic situation, it is also true, hopeful and real. 

“She didn’t have to get over it and she didn’t have to move on. She just needed to live. Breathe. Put one foot in front of the other.” (e-ARC, I'm With You).

You are pulled into the story because the characters are broken, real…fleshed out beautifully. Dean created characters that felt so real, like I could reach into the book and see them, touch them. I have never had a crush on a character in a book until now…oh Jack I love thee!!!! The dynamic of Jack and Chloe is one of the best romantic tragedies…you root for them, yell at them, grieve with them and become part of them. I loved that there was little predictability in the story, because isn’t that what life is…many unpredictable moments mixed with both happiness and grief.

"Contrary to popular belief, time doesn't heal all wounds, but it does put a band-aid on them. That's about it, though. Some things in life are always raw and painful." (e-ARC, I'm With You).

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!



The Inspiration Behind I’M WITH YOU

The inspiration behind I'M WITH YOU is highly personal.
Let me backtrack and explain.



Christmas 2011 was unlike any Christmas I’ve ever experienced. It was on December 20th that everything changed.

I remember exactly what I was doing. Everything was finally done and the Christmas rush was over for me. The presents were wrapped, the cards had been sent, and I could finally relax and enjoy the holiday. I turned up the Christmas carols on the radio and began to make Christmas cookies, the cookie cutter kind that I make every year.



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My daughter called. She sounded happy, excited. She was on her way to a doctor appointment. You see, she was eight months pregnant. At this appointment, they were going to set the date for inducement of labor. She was bubbling with excitement at the thought of meeting her son.

We all were. An inducement date meant the labor and delivery was a planned event and we would all be able to be there at the exact moment of birth. She lives seven hours away, so this was extremely important to us. 

You're probably wondering why.

I'll tell you.

It was, more than likely, the only time we would see her precious baby alive.

Early on in the pregnancy my daughter received the terrifying diagnosis of Trisomy 18. We all said, “What’s that?”

It means the 18th chromosome has tripled upon conception and the resulting birth defects are rarely survivable.

The doctor said, "Trisomy 18 is incompatible with life."

She was told she could lose the baby at any moment. In the meantime, the pregnancy would continue on as if normal.

My daughter and her husband made the decision to see the pregnancy through.  They decided to give their son a fighting chance at life. What if the doctors were wrong and he was fine? He was very active in the womb and seemed to be thriving. 

Then a higher level ultrasound revealed severe heart defects.

The doctor said, "Don't plan on bringing a baby home from the hospital."

And yet he continued to thrive in the womb.

Their perspective changed. They allowed themselves to hope for five minutes with him. Not so much to ask. Just a few moments to look into his eyes and tell him they loved him. That's all they wanted.

An hour later I received another phone call. I was rolling out the cookie dough and cookie cutting snowmen, candy canes, and reindeer.

My daughter was crying. The ultrasound at her doctor appointment had revealed no heartbeat. The baby was already gone.

Her son was stillborn on Dec. 22.

We rushed to be with her. Due to travel constraints, we left our presents under the tree. They’d still be there when we returned. My parents came from a great distance, and so did my sister.

Christmas 2011 held none of the usual trappings. No presents, no Christmas carols, no stockings, and no smiles.

I thought it was the worst Christmas of my life.

But it wasn’t. I now look upon that Christmas with tender feelings.

I spent my time at my daughter's side, helping her through the recovery process. Our family was together, to include family members who hadn’t planned on traveling for Christmas. We sat at the kitchen table and had our Christmas breakfast and Christmas dinner together, lingering for hours. The mood was somber, but we were together—and that was our happiness. After all, being together as a family is part of what Christmas is all about. That year, the true meaning of Christmas struck home much more so than any other I've ever experienced.


Observing and experiencing Trisomy 18 with my daughter has been one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. It took me awhile, but in 2014 I was finally ready to write about it. While I'M WITH YOU is still very much a romance novel, it includes my daughter's Trisomy 18 story, written with her permission. I felt a great need to commit my thoughts and feelings to paper. I wanted to share the Trisomy 18 experience with the world and increase awareness of this devastating condition. It was therapeutic for me. And now I feel as though the memory of my precious little grandson will forever live within the pages of this book.

There is a beautiful song dedicated to the families of Trisomy 18 and 13 babies. It is called, "Smallest and Wingless," by Craig Cardiff. It expresses the tender feelings families have for these precious babies perfectly. Be prepared, it's a tear jerker.


                           

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What inspires your writing?


The inspiration behind my writing comes from a driving need to commit the stories in my head to paper.



When I look back on my life, I realize that I was always making up stories in my head. All the time. It was my favorite pastime and the reason why my attention span wasn’t very good when I was in school! I tried, but my mind always wandered.


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I’m finally putting my overactive imagination to good use!



What is your favorite thing about being a writer?


To answer this question, let me tell you about a recent experience I had. I caught some sort of flu-like virus. I was miserable and it took me two weeks to get over it.


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I wore my favorite PJs, I wrapped myself in a soft comforter, and I sat slumped at my computer working on my writing all day, every day. I didn’t style my hair and I didn’t wear any make-up. I didn’t cook and I didn’t clean my house. My eyes became infected and, at times, my sight was slightly blurry due to the antibiotic ointment. I coughed up a lung, I blew my nose constantly, and moaned a lot. I drank herb tea and ate lots of popsicles. 


All the while, I worked on my writing. As a matter of fact, I got much more done than usual.



And that is my favorite thing about being a writer!



What is the toughest part of being a writer?



Bad reviews. They devastate me.



If you could not be a writer, what would you do/be?

I would love to be a pre-school teacher.


What would the story of your life be entitled?



Stay-at-Home Mom with Overactive Imagination Accidentally Becomes an Author


What is your favorite book of all time?



Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson





(The movie Somewhere in Time was based upon this book.)



Which character from ANY book are you most like?



That’s a hard question. All I can say is many years ago I got hooked on Victoria Holt novels. Her books are always written in first person and I found that I related to the way most of her heroine’s thought.



What character from all of your books are you most like?



I think I’m most like Alyssa from my novel, Sierra. It was my first book and I couldn’t help interjecting my feelings into her feelings. As I moved on and wrote other books, I was finally able to branch out and write characters that do and say things I never would, which is so much fun!



Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?


That one’s easy. Sierra. It takes place in an isolated cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Heavenly.




What is your favorite season?




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Summer. No contest.



What is your favorite book cover and why?



Recently I changed my book covers for Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle, my paranormal romance series. The new covers are currently my favorites! They represent what’s on the inside so well and they are a huge improvement.
Here are the old covers:
(To see the new covers, check my blog for my upcoming cover reveal! www.taylordeanbooks.com)

                  

                     

Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.



Once when I did a book signing, an elderly lady approached me and was looking at my book covers. I asked if she'd like to know what my books are about. She said, “Oh, I already know. I heard all about you on the radio this morning.” 



I smiled and nodded as she walked away. I didn't bother contradicting her. I was NOT on the radio that morning.



Are you working on something new?


Not yet! I just finished my newest book, I’m With You. Then I immediately set to work on new covers for my paranormal romance series, as well as cover updates and a few needed edits to my novel, Sierra. Once that’s all done, I will be starting a new book. It will either be a dystopian romance or a military romance. I haven’t decided yet. Either way, I plan to write both in the near future.



Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?


Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about me and my books. I write clean romance novels that are intended, above all, to entertain the reader. They often deal with serious issues, but include lighthearted moments as well, and always, always, always include a happy ending.

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