Mid-summer Night’s Dream Guy Blog Hop

I love the Just Romance Me Blog Hoppers! You guys are the best and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share my good news with.

Yesterday a momentous thing happend. My 2nd book was released. The story of my heart and soul, this book is almost as dear as my children and born out of the emotions I experienced while my husband battled stage IV melanoma.

I spent the better part of two years writing it and trying to get it published, but every door I knocked on slammed shut. But now here I am and here the story is. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned with this story – it is more than just a tale or words on a page.



What readers are saying:

“A Taylor-Made Life is one of the best books I’ve read this year and it’s not one I’ll soon forget… Taylor and Gavin stole my heart and my breath, and I wasn’t ready to let them go.” – Nikki Barrett, Storm Goddess Book Reviews

“Beautifully written, and I would dare anyone not to cry….. Gavin and Taylor have such depth and emotion, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. These two characters will remain in my memory forever.” – Melissa Limoges, Insert Clever Quip Here Book Reviews

“6 Stars, 2 full boxes of Kleenex…Beautiful!” – a.c. Mason, bestselling author

“Kary Rader is a wonderful new voice in New Adult fiction. Taylor-Made is a must-read.”– Jill Limber, author and editor, Boroughs Publishing Group



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

Cheerleader 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. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for 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 and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it’s discovered 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.


Book Sale Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DU52U5K

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/334257


Excerpt for

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader


“So that’s it, then? You’re just gonna leave?” Everything inside me fell to my toes.

He smiled sympathetically. My hands fisted. Slapping the pacifying expression off his face crossed my mind.

“Hey. It won’t be that bad.” He reached out to brush my arm but let his fingers fall short. “We’ll talk on the phone, and maybe you and your Mom can come for a visit in a few weeks.”

He leaned to kiss my cheek, but I stuck my fingers over his lips. His mouth was soft and warm. Heat spread from my fingers into my arm and through my body. I pulled my hand away so I could concentrate. I was not about to let this end here. “I don’t want a kiss on the cheek, Gavin.”

“I understand.” He held out his hand for me to shake. Captain Oblivious.

I crinkled my nose and frowned. “No. You don’t understand. I want a kiss, but not on the cheek.”

He rubbed a palm across his forehead. “Taylor, we’ve gone over this.”

“No, we haven’t. You’re leaving and—let’s face it—I’ll never see you again. You know it, and I know it.” My voice broke. I stood tall and continued, “You came here to mentor me, take me on a few outings, and give me happy memories. You’ve done that. But I’m asking for one last thing.” I twirled my hair and met his gaze. “I want a real kiss.”

He started shaking his head before I’d even finished. “No.”

Crud-ola! “Why not?”

“Taylor, you know the answer. I told you from the beginning. It’s not appropriate.”

He hadn’t said he didn’t want to. I glared at him and decided to pull out the big guns. “It’s one harmless kiss, Gavin, and it’s a dying girl’s wish.”

His jaw twitched. “That’s not fair, and you know it.”

“Fair? Are we talking about fair now? What’s not fair is that I’ll never get married or have children or even be in love. You’re all I get.” I waved my hand between us. “This is all I get.”

He set his jaw stubbornly, but his eyes betrayed him. “I’ve offered you what I’m willing to give.”

Tears stung my eyes. Damn it. I hated crying, but I couldn’t help it. He’d hit the nail. “You’re no better than those doctors offering me another round of chemo, knowing it won’t do any good and would only make me weaker, sicker.” I crossed my arms over my chest. “Well, I won’t settle for less. I’m settling for too little as it is.” I swiped at my stupid tears. My pulse pounded. I was fighting with everything I had. “How many women have you been with?”

He squinted in apparent disbelief. “What kind of question is that?”

I stamped my foot. “How many?”

He almost yelled it at me. “A few.”

“Do you remember how it felt to be with them? To love them? Would you trade those memories because a few people said it wasn’t okay?”

He darted his gaze around the front yard, shifting his weight from side to side. Even in the dim light of the porch I could see his mind working through possibilities, making him uncomfortable.

“There’s no one out there in the dark to tell you it’s okay. You have to decide.” I pressed on. “What memory do you want to leave me with? What memory do you want to take? Is it really such a sickening thought? Just one kiss.”

He stared back at me with a wildness that scared me. My heart drummed a xylophone chord across my ribs.


I locked in on his gaze and stepped toward him. “Tonight you get to decide what you can live with—or without. I’m asking for one moment.”

Stopping inches from him, I absorbed the tension like a thirsty towel. Electric sparks flew between us. The only sounds were our shallow breaths.

Softly, I went in for the kill. “A kiss goodnight. Is it really too much, Gavin?”

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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…


Mid-summer Night’s Dream Guy Blog Hop — 31 Comments

  1. This book sounds like an emotional rollercoaster. I will definitely check it out when I want a book to make me cry. Thanks for participating in the awesome hop and thanks for sharing!

  2. Congrats on this emotional book’s release! I’m drawn to it and put it on my wishlist. thanks for being part of the Hop!

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  3. The moment I get some free time–which will be next week–I’m sitting and reading this book! I’ve been waiting for it.

  4. Sorry for your loss. I too lost my hubby to cancer(lung) once told he had stage 4 he only lasted one month. I do understand.

  5. This book sounds wonderful and your story is touching. I am so sorry for your struggles and hope your story has a happy ending. I will be checking out your book. Thank you so much for sharing it =)

  6. Congrats on the New Release! Adding to my list (it’s starting to look like I am going to be reading for the rest of the summer…)

  7. I’m so glade you persevered. Evidently great books have to push boundaries. Otherwise, it’s just another genre book. I’m 67% through it and it is so fabulous. I hope this time I don’t lose my memory from the trauma. I’m trying not to connect so deeply with the characters, but its just not possible! They are so real and endearing. Maybe since I’m beginning pre-edits to Book 2 of A Long Road to Love, I can keep my memories by balancing the two. I thought you had to have personally experience cancer in someone you loved because this story is the most heart felt and genuine I’ve ever read.

  8. Congratulations!!! I am very happy for you 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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  9. Like wow…I love the writing…so real. I’ll admit I’m not sure I’d be strong enough to read this book. but it sounds so real!

  10. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
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  11. Congratulations on your release! I love stories that bring out emotions and can make me tear up. Added to my list, thanks for participating in the hop!

  12. Your new book looks good! Congrats on the release of A Taylor Made Life!

    Belinda G
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  13. Huge congrats on your news, Kary, and thanks for introducing us to your writing!

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  14. What an interesting concept. Thanks for the excerpt, I am looking forward to finding out how it ends.

  15. OMG! I have tears in my eyes just from this post. I don’t know if I could handle the whole story but I want too! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  16. This sounds like the most amazing book. Putting it to the top of my TBR list.