Music As Inspiration: A Scene from A Taylor-Made Life

I find inspiration for my stories in everything from personal experience to candy. But my main source of inspiration for my life and the lives of my characters has always been music. Sometimes it’s just the emotion of the melody or it’s the story in the lyrics.

There is a scene in A Taylor-Made Life that is the direct inspiration of a song by Diamond Rio. I’ve always loved the song because it reminds me of my Granny who passed away over 30 years ago. I even used the song during my wedding reception during the Mother/Groom Father/Bride dance.

Here is the scene between Taylor and Gavin. Some have called it indulgent–it is. And cheesy–it’s probably that too, but it’s also the sweetest expression of Gavin’s heart and it’s every girls dream to be loved so much. I hope you enjoy the peek.

 banner new sizeGavin whispered, “You know, I had a dream about heaven this morning.”

Taylor’s body tensed, and he trailed his fingers up and down her arm, tracing the bruises that appeared so easily because of the leukemia.

“I stood in a white fog. A voice I couldn’t place told me I could have whatever I wanted. A wish for anything.”

Taylor rested her chin on his chest and watched intently. “What did you wish for? Obviously not money. Health?”

He shook his head. “I wished for one more day with you. Because that seemed most like heaven to me.”

Her eyes sparkled with tears that never spilled.

He sighed wistfully. “I thought that was the best thing I could ask for. And now, today, I feel like I got my wish. But you know what I realize?”

“No.” It was a whisper, a plea.

“It’s not enough.” He cupped her cheek. “Because even an endless number would leave me wanting one more.”

She smiled. A tiny tear slipped from the corner of her eye down her cheek before he caught it with his finger and wiped it away. Then she kissed him.

Here is the song that provided the inspiration. I hope you enjoy.

Chasing Miracles, Book One Broken Tenneessee Series Placed 3rd in the CRWA Finish The Damn Book Contest!!!

chasing-miracles-web-copyChasing Miracles placed 3rd in the CRWA Finish The Damn Book Contest!

Zac EfronChase is an irresistible combination of boyish charm and buff body. And is represented well by the bright smile and engaging blue eyes of an older Zac Effron.

 

 

 

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Hope has strong moral standards and convictions, but she’s also coming to terms with a darker, more seductive side of herself, a side she never even imagined she had until tragedy struck her life. She is embodied in the person sweet but sensuous Katie Cassidy.

 

 

 

 

Chasing Miracles

Some miracles just happen; others you have to chase.

On the eve of her boyfriend’s deployment, Hope Blackwell receives an engagement ring and an invitation to make love. She accepts the ring but refuses the sex, reminding Landon of their mutual promise to remain virgins until their marriage. When he’s killed in action, Hope spirals into depression.

After months of grieving and a haunting dream in which Landon returns to make love to her, Hope finally feels she has closure and can go on with her life. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she believes the baby is Landon’s, the result of a miracle. To avoid her conservative family’s skepticism, she recruits Chase Evans, an Army buddy of her dead fiancé, to play the baby’s father. Chase, who has been romantically pursuing Hope and already half in love with her, agrees to play along.

Even after a fairytale wedding and the birth of a healthy baby, new evidence sheds doubt on who fathered her son, and Hope secretly looks for answers. When her search threatens her faith and her marriage, Hope must decide where her love and loyalty truly lies.

You can find the first three chapters of Chasing Miracles on Wattpad.

 

Merry Christmas and the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Winner!

Merry Christmas!

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My favorite Christian author, speaker, and poet is Michael Card. His ministry has spanned three decades of my walk with Christ. His words resonate with me.

Today I give you an excerpt from his book, Immanuel: Reflections on the Life of Christ.

The name Immanuel literally means God with Us, and I pray that today you have Immanuel!

  Christmas is a struggle for my wife and me. Our ongoing war with the world seems to intensify as the decorations go up all over town. There is His name in every window. Sometimes there is even a statue of His sweet infant body, lying in some straw with shepherds and wise men standing around with blank porcelain expressions (I’ve always thought their faces convey the attitude of the world toward Christmas; blank, dazed and bewildered.) If people today would just look and the birth of Jesus “straight on,” they would be puzzled that we should celebrate such a horrific birth of a baby who was born to die. The contradictions should be more than the world can take. If Christianity could just be seen for what it is–a paradox and a mystery. The beginning in that dirty stable is one of the greatest mysteries: the plainness and greatness of Jesus, the grime and the glory. Wise men with gold in their hands and shepherds with sheep dung on their shoes. A smelly stable below and a shining star above. The birth of a gentle Lamb who was the fiercest Lion.

I hope you consider the paradox, delve into the “why,” and find an answer. May the Christmas Spirit truly reveal Himself to you and in you this season, and may you walk in blessings this new year!

You can find Michael’s books and music at Amazon and information about him on his website.

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About A Taylor-Made Life
Five years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child, my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma cancer. It was a difficult and emotional time in our lives. He’s now well and cancer free, but last year when a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, all those emotions came flooding back. A Taylor-Made Life is the result of those emotions. It’s a special story looking for a home in the hearts of readers. I pray you give the characters an opportunity to touch you.

 What reviewers 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

“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

“Live the life you’re given; love the life you make. Get out your tissue box; A TAYLOR MADE LIFE by Kary Rader will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate your own life and mortality. With a bold female protagonist and a hardened hero, this novel confronts the difficulties of living and dying with cancer.” –The Romance Reviews

 

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

taylor-web-copyCheerleader 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.

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop

Merry Christmas, Mistletoe Hoppers!

HolidayGiveaway2013 copyJust in time for the HOLIDAYS – Win a $200 Gift Card to Best Buy and ASB Flash Drive filled with books

And I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift card. Just leave a comment to be entered to win my giveaway.

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About A Taylor-Made Life
Five years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child, my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma cancer. It was a difficult and emotional time in our lives. He’s now well and cancer free, but last year when a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, all those emotions came flooding back. A Taylor-Made Life is the result of those emotions. It’s a special story looking for a home in the hearts of readers. I pray you give the characters an opportunity to touch you.

 What reviewers 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

“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

“Live the life you’re given; love the life you make. Get out your tissue box; A TAYLOR MADE LIFE by Kary Rader will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate your own life and mortality. With a bold female protagonist and a hardened hero, this novel confronts the difficulties of living and dying with cancer.” –The Romance Reviews

 

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

taylor-web-copyCheerleader 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:

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

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18012643-a-taylor-made-life

Contest Ends 12/20/13

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Ends 12/18/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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Definition House and Dead New World by Ryan Hill

I am excited and pleased to share a new venture from my buddies at Definition House, a new forward thinking and innovative Publisher. This is their first project and they are taking on the undead! And the most exciting part is that anyone can invest in the project through an online investment group called Kickstarter!

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

 Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

 Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

The Campaign:

The Kickstarter campaign will run from November 14 to December 14. And we are so excited! We believe that by using crowd-sourcing we will be able to generate buzz and interact with readers even before the book is published. It also brings authors and readers together so that they are both part of the publication journey. And as the publisher, we look forward to strengthening that bond. We’ve chosen Ryan Hill’s Dead New World as our first project and are looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for spreading the word. Now let’s make beautiful zombies together!

Definition House

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 Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill’s bio:

Ryan Hill likes to keep zombies in a safe place—his head. If zombies ever do take over, the thought of living off canned beans is not enticing. At all.

Ryan uses a healthy dose of real life and imagination to come up with stories, and typically spends his time, reading, writing, and watching movies or TV shows…anything involving a good story. Drop him a line on Twitter @J_Ryan.

                       

Ryan Hill

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Cover Reveal: Portals by Maer Wilson

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For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.

Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.

 

Maer AuthorMaer’s Bio

After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, MythBehaving and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Relics is the first novel in her series, The Thulukan Chronicles. The second novel, Portals, is scheduled for release mid-December, 2013. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon. You can visit Maer’s website at http://maerwilson.com/.

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Ghost Lover by Liza O’Conner

Ghost Lover

By Liza O’Connor

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Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal

Blurb

Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.

CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

Excerpts

Excerpt 1

 

“So my brother steals all your money and to compensate you, he suggests you come to England, marry him, and he’ll give you his trust fund.” Only his brother could contrive such an absurd plan.

“Yes.” By her brief answer, he gathered she thought it a perfectly reasonable solution.

His brother might be an idiot, but this gold digger would soon discover Gar a force to reckon with. “Did he steal a half million from your bank account?”

Brendon laughed. “Do you have any idea how long that would take? Cash machines only allow you two visits a day at two hundred dollars a pop.”

“How much did he take?” Gar restated his question.

“Four hundred,” Senna replied.

Gar stared up at the ceiling praying for patience, then glared at Ditz. “So why didn’t you pay her back the four hundred?”

Ditz stubbornly refused to answer, and instead glanced at the girl.

She sighed and faced Gar. “Precisely what I asked. He said he didn’t have the four hundred, but if I married him, he would come into a half million. Since the landlord planned to evict me, I really had no choice but to accept the offer.”

Excerpt 2

Senna woke to her breast beeping. Trying to make sense of the oddity, she pushed herself up to rest on her elbows and discovered the noise came from Brendon’s wristwatch. Somehow, his hand had found its way beneath her bra during the night, and now chirped like a baby chick.

She contemplated tearing his hand off at the wrist, but he looked so angelic with his curly dark hair framing his handsome face. With a heavy sigh, she unlatched her bra and eased his hand out, then gently shook him until his face scrunched into a pained grimace.

He groaned and frowned at his noisy watch. “This is a god-awful hour to be woken up,” he said in his sexy British accent. “Never bothers me when I’m coming home at this hour.”

Senna rolled her eyes. “Speak for yourself.”

Pushing himself up, he shook his head. “Remember the second night I came around? You kept yelling at me, ‘Did I realize it was four in the morning?’ At the time, I couldn’t understand your fuss.” He groaned and scratched his scalp. “Well, I certainly understand it now. It’s bloody hell to be woken at this ungodly hour.”

 

Excerpt 3

Brendon moved to the window and stared out. “I don’t think you realized how bad things became for me when Nan died. I’d lost the only person who cared for me. I had no one left. The million dollars I lost on a roulette wheel wasn’t done just to get rid of the cook. I did it to get your attention. While you didn’t give a shit about me, you’ve always loved money. And it worked. You finally noticed me.”

“And sent you away,” Gar said with remorse.

“Yeah.” Brendon turned and gave him a faint smile. “Not exactly the response I’d hoped for, but it turned out all right. I met Senna and since then life keeps getting easier with each day. Now I find I even like you most of the time.”

“Well, the feeling is mutual. You’re still eccentric, but you’ve a good heart and good intent, and I’m proud you’re my brother.”

Suddenly the door opened and Senna walked in looking at both men with concern. “Are you two having a fight?”

“Not at all.” Brendon smiled. “In fact, Gar told me he’s proud I’m his brother.”

Senna’s eyes filled with appreciation as she grinned at Gar.

Her smile almost broke Gar’s heart. God help him, but Brendon had nailed the truth. He did love Senna, and more than anything, he wanted her to be his wife.

 

AUTHOR INFO

About Liza O’Connor

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR &

SAVING CASEY:

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To Be Released December 2, 2013

 

 

Movie Review: Beyond the Farthest Star

facebook-masterheadLast weekend, my cousin and I left the husbands with the kids for our quarterly Mom’s Movie Night. I had gotten tickets to see a film I’d been waiting over a decade for–and I wasn’t disappointed.

Beyond the Farthest Star written and directed by Andrew Librizzi begins with a once-famous preacher and his small troubled family moving to the rural town of Leonard, Texas. They are hoping to make a fresh start, and Leonard is a perfect little place to keep all their secrets–the very things that were destroying their relationships with each other and with God, the things that kept them from living and forced them to hide from the only thing that could help–the truth.

But God, as He often does, refuses to let them live lies. He sets in motion a string of events that brings everything into the light where no darkness can hide.

The story is told in quick clips and edits that escalates from the very first scene. As the story progresses, the wave of conflict and emotion between each of the three main characters builds with swift intensity. The microcosm of their lives is so rich in depth and honesty, it’s hard not to love them, feel sorry for them, and root for them to find their happily ever after.

So moving and emotional with a message of hope that shines like a thousand stars. You can’t help but feel the hurt, betrayal, vulnerability of each member of the family. The story reaches into your heart and touches in a personal way. My heart ached for Ann and Adam, longing for them to find the closeness they’d shared–reconciling the hearts of the children to their fathers. Such a powerful message; such a powerful movie!

 

 

 

 

Character Inspiration — Chasing Miracles, Book One Broken Tenneessee Series

chasing-miracles-web-copyLast week I showed you the pictures that inspired Gavin and Taylor from A Taylor-Made Life. This week I wanted to tell you a bit about my next story, Chasing Miracles and show you the people that inspired my hero, Chase Evans and my heroine, Hope Blackwell.

Zac EfronChase is an irresistible combination of boyish charm and buff body. And is represented well by the bright smile and engaging blue eyes of an older Zac Effron.

 

 

 

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Hope has strong moral standards and convictions, but she’s also coming to terms with a darker, more seductive side of herself, a side she never even imagined she had until tragedy struck her life. She is embodied in the person sweet but sensuous Katie Cassidy.

 

 

 

 

Chasing Miracles

Some miracles just happen; others you have to chase.

On the eve of her boyfriend’s deployment, Hope Blackwell receives an engagement ring and an invitation to make love. She accepts the ring but refuses the sex, reminding Landon of their mutual promise to remain virgins until their marriage. When he’s killed in action, Hope spirals into depression.

After months of grieving and a haunting dream in which Landon returns to make love to her, Hope finally feels she has closure and can go on with her life. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she believes the baby is Landon’s, the result of a miracle. To avoid her conservative family’s skepticism, she recruits Chase Evans, an Army buddy of her dead fiancé, to play the baby’s father. Chase, who has been romantically pursuing Hope and already half in love with her, agrees to play along.

Even after a fairytale wedding and the birth of a healthy baby, new evidence sheds doubt on who fathered her son, and Hope secretly looks for answers. When her search threatens her faith and her marriage, Hope must decide where her love and loyalty truly lies.

You can find the first three chapters of Chasing Miracles on Wattpad. http://www.wattpad.com/story/8584745-chasing-miracles-sytycw