Thursday, December 27, 2012

I Have People by Taylor Dean : Guest Post, Tens List, Review: RABT Tour Stop

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Starting out as a writer—5 things you should know!
1. Word count matters! Be aware of the average norm for your genre. For example: sci-fi tends to have a higher word count than romance. Do your research. It will save you so much precious time and effort. You can (and will) get rejected on word count alone!
2. Do NOT change POV (point of view, otherwise known as head-hopping) within the same paragraph. Double space and make it clear that a new POV is being introduced.
3. Learn to streamline your manuscript during the editing process. Remove unnecessary fluff that doesn’t propel the story forward.
4. Learn to EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. When you think your manuscript is complete, put it away for a week and go back to it. EDIT it one more time! You’ll see mistakes and inconsistencies you didn’t see before. One more thing: remove every single unnecessary THAT.
5. Expect rejection. It’s part of the process. But, DON’T give up! 

Ten things you don’t know about I Have People:

1.      I Have People is about ‘out-of-control’ anger.
2.      I Have People is also about memory loss.
3.      I Have People is about recognizing a good man versus a bad one.
4.      The title, I Have People, was born when I found myself with an empty nest for the first time. As my children called home incessantly, I realized I HAVE PEOPLE and I always will.
5.      My inspiration for I Have People came from a strong dislike of people who can’t control their tempers.
6.      My hope for I Have People is that women will read it and realize that verbal and physical abuse is NOT OKAY! EVER!
7.      I’ve written TWO different versions of I Have People. The published version is the first version and it is my favorite.
8.      The second version of I Have People is NOT an amnesia story. Turns out, amnesia was the way to go. Hence, the second version will never see the light of day. I’ve already forgotten about it. What other story?
9.      My heroine’s name, Holly Noel, came from a friend who had a Christmas baby and named her Holly Noel. LOVE!
10.  Gabriel (the hero) and Holly (the heroine) both have Christmas names. Holly Noel (obvious) and Gabriel (the annunciation).
5 Stars

The suspense never lets up; I was hooked from the beginning and never once felt bored or lost interest.  This book deals with a difficult subject – spousal abuse – but the way in which the story is delivered is just spellbinding.   Holly Noel is a strong-minded, independent person who suffers a horrible ordeal and wakes up with amnesia.  Her circumstance is unusual but she has some friends who stand by her, trying their best to help her make a new future and keep the past troubles from interfering in her new life. 

I read Sierra a few months ago by this same author and found it mesmerizing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book.  I am so glad I did because I Have People is another winner.  It is wonderfully constructed so that the story flows smoothly from start to finish, but it is also an exceptionally emotional tale.  I became so caught up in Holly’s troubles and triumphs that I pretty much hung on every word. 

For all that transpired, these characters lived and breathed for me.  They were recognizable individuals who were also unique.  I became frustrated a few times when decisions were made that I feel showed poor judgment…but those choices were still, in almost every instance understandable.  Ms. Dean is a new favorite author of mine.  Pick up a copy of Sierra or I Have People and I bet she will become one of your favorites, too.    

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review

 Reviewed by Laurie-J

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. 
Twitter - @taylordeanbooks
Contemporary Romance
Title: I Have People
Author: Taylor Dean
Date Published: 9/20/2012

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.

The first thing that registered in Holly’s slowly awakening mind was the fact that air was being blown up her nose, fast and uncomfortable, whizzing into her in a most unwelcome fashion. The impulse to swipe at the annoying apparatus seemed unachievable. She lived in a dark world where movement was not possible. The second thing that registered was the blast of air on her skin. She heard the low hum of the air conditioner and felt the air as if it was millions of icy needles pricking her skin. The shiver that coursed through her surprised her. It was at that moment that she felt her body come alive. She felt her blood pumping through her body, she felt her heartbeat increase rapidly, she felt goose bumps rise up in rebellion to the icy air. She felt her lungs inflate and deflate with a deep, cleansing breath.

Next, someone was touching her arm, caressing it gently. “Holly, can you hear me?”

Yes, she wanted to scream, I can hear you. Her lips moved, but no sound emerged, only a whoosh of air.

“Stay calm, Holly. Everything’s going to be fine. Can you squeeze my hand? If you can hear me, squeeze my hand.”

Holly immediately squeezed the hand that touched hers. I can hear you, please help me, I’m trapped. Help me out of here, please.

“Excellent, Holly. You’re doing great.”

She fought to form a word, to call out to the one person who she knew could help her. Her breath seemed to stick in her throat, but then made it past the hurdle and whooshed out of her in a small whisper . . . “Gaaabriellll.”

In her next moment of consciousness, someone was speaking to her. “Holly, wake up, sweetie. C’mon, we know you can do it, just open your eyes. Try, Holly, try.”

The words seemed to be coming at her through a very long tunnel. Bright lights made her blink several times. A number of people surrounded her, all looking down on her with smiles. She didn’t recognize anyone. They were doctors and nurses—checking her pulse, listening to her heart with a cold stethoscope, touching her toes and saying, “Can you feel that?”

“Yessssss,” she said, irritated. Then her eyes landed on a familiar face. “Angela?” she whispered.

Angela was crying, tears pouring down her face. “Yes, sweetie, it’s me.”

The doctor was overhead next. “Welcome back. We’ve been waiting for you to wake up. We’ll talk more later. I’ll leave you to visit with your friend for now.”

Everyone left the room except Angela. Dear, sweet Angela. Her best friend in the whole wide world.

Angela continued to cry. “Oh Holly, I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself.”

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 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.


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Taylor Dean said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks for the amazing review! And thanks for naming me as one of your new favorite authors! I am soooo honored! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review I Have People and thanks for having me on your blog! I appreciate it greatly! Hope your enjoying the holidays!

Taylor Dean said...

Oops! I meant hope 'you're' enjoying the holidays! Sorry, I'm writing this with my grandson on my lap!!! He's been my enjoyment over the holidays! Thanks again!