Saturday, October 6, 2012

Giveaway/Blog Tour: Sierra by Taylor Dean

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

 My blog is the story of my path to publication. I’m not an expert by any means. However, I’ve learned a lot in the process, and hopefully, what I share with you will help you towards fulfilling your writing dreams. I’ll start at the beginning and work my way to the present day. If you want to learn the entire story, start at the first blog post! Otherwise, join at any time and enjoy the ride! I write in all sub-genres of Romance: suspense, paranormal, and contemporary. My novels are much like Forest’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. One thing is certain however, you will always get a healthy dose of CLEAN Romance.

Q.  What inspires your writing?

A. My stories have always been in my head for as long as I can remember.  I’ve always been a stay-at-home Mom. While I love it, many of the daily chores are mind-numbing. My mind has always wandered into the world of make-believe. It was such a relief to finally commit my stories to paper.

So, I guess you could say I am inspired by a driving need to write the thoughts in my head!

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A. I get to stay home and I work by my own time clock.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A. I get to stay home and I work by my own time clock!!
Seriously, I’m always in my home and work ridiculously long hours. I’m harder on myself than any boss would ever be!

You know what else is tough? Rejection. Ouch, it hurts, no matter how often you coach yourself into being prepared for it. In the end, you just have to stay true to yourself and stick to what you want to write. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that not everyone will like every book—and that’s okay.

Q.  If you could not be an author, what would you do/be?

A. A pre-school teacher. I love working with children.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A. Stay-at-Home Mom becomes Accidental Author

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A. Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
This is the book that the movie, Somewhere in Time, was based on.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A. Honestly, I’ve never read a book wherein I felt like I was similar to the character. After all, she’d be pretty boring!
* I’m shy. (Remember senior mosts? Most shyest in HS, that’s me!)
*I’m an introvert.
*I loved being a stay-at-home mom.
* I’d rather listen than talk.
*I don’t like to travel. (I get motion sick)
*I’m perfectly content with days when I have nowhere to go.

Hmmmmm . . . maybe I just invented my next character.

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

A. I relate the most to Alyssa in Sierra. I really tried to go out of my comfort zone with my other characters—I had them do things that I would never do.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A. Summer. I love the sun, the heat, the pool, smoothies, flip-flops . . . bliss.

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
SierraA. This was a subject of much debate. I had my covers completed and I was happy with them. My daughter, however, felt they were a bit . . . boring. I realized she was right. When I found the pictures that currently exist on my covers, I fell in love. (same artist on all but one!) They just spoke to me. They’re different—and I felt that represented the kind of romance novel you’ll receive on the inside—something different. I write ‘fade to black’ romance. (ie: no explicit details) I have/or will be posting the old and new covers with the release of each of my books on my website. My favorite cover is the one for For Nick (unreleased as of yet). Here it is: (I love the way the young lady is picking hearts off of a tree, as if she is searching for love!)

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

A. A tweet I received that said: The best gift you can give to an author is a well-written review of there book.

Enough said.

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A. I’m so busy with getting my six novels released that I haven’t written anything new as of yet! But I will! I plan to write a futuristic romance and a military romance next. Here is the release schedule for my six completed novels:

Lancaster House          June 2012 

Sierra                           June 2012 

I Have People              Sept. 2012 

The Middle Aisle          Dec. 2012 

Joshua’s Folly              March 2013 

For Nick                       June 2013 

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

A.  Thank you for supporting authors! Without someone to read and enjoy my stories, I’d be lost, writing only for my own enjoyment.  And while I do write because I love it, it’s such a thrill when someone loves something I’ve written. There’s nothing like it in the world.

When you love a book, you’ve made an author’s day! Thank you!


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Where to Find Taylor: Website | Facebook

 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 

Buy Link:  Smashwords


  1. Hi Emily! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! It's a pleasure to be here. I love the interview questions! Thanks for offering the giveaway as well.

  2. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour!


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