Taylor Made Life finals in VFRW Sheila Awards

I am so excited to announce that Taylor Made Life, my contemporary women’s fiction story finaled in the Valley Forge Romance Writer’s Sheila Contest along with four other stories. The finalists in the category will be judged by Alex Logan of Grand Central Publishing.

This story is truly my heart. Born from my need to express my sadness and offer support during a friend’s battle with cancer and my own need to come to terms with my husband’s battle with the dreadful disease a few years ago, Taylor and Gavin came to be.

I pray that God opens the doors he intends for this story and that through the words people will find comfort, hope and peace. It was a difficult story to write and there have been many who tell me it’s not easy to read.

But may these words not fall to the ground.

Here is the blurb:

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn’t find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve him when he’s gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he’s matched with a dying teen from Texas.

Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship to the beautiful young woman who is determined to win his love. Against his better judgment, Gavin’s feelings take a romantic turn, but he continues to resist. When he discovers that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor’s mother offers to be a surrogate.

And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he’ll never know to a girl he just met.

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About Kary Rader

Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished. And it's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life. Come join her for an adventure and maybe you too will be claimed by passion and changed by love. Because there is no greater power than the human spirit and anything is possible if you believe. Let the fantasy begin…


Taylor Made Life finals in VFRW Sheila Awards — 10 Comments

  1. Wahoo! Congratulations! Taylor Made Life is a powerfully moving story that captures the heart from the first page. You certainly deserve the recognition, Kary. Best wishes.

  2. Congratulations, Kary! The blurb gives me tingles and I’ve read the dang thing. I think it needs a special home but it will find it.