Friday, April 19, 2013

I Have People by Taylor Dean: Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway!

I Have PeopleI Have People
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Create Space


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.

Wow.  I was interested in reading this book from the beginning when I signed on to be a part of this blog tour but I had no idea I would love it so much.  That took me by surprise.  I love when a book does that.  It's awesome.

I.  Love.  I Have People.  This book kept me engaged the whole way.  The way the author flipped from the present to the past to tell the whole story was so good.  You might think it would be choppy or hard to follow but it really wasn't.  I think the way the story unfolded was one of the best things about this book.

I fell in love with Holly and Gabe.  Gabe is all that is sigh and swoon worthy.  A true good guy in every sense.  I wish I could tell you all the reasons that I love Gabe but I'm afraid I would ruin things.  You'll just have to trust me and read this book.

I Have People deals with the very sensitive and serious subject matter of domestic abuse.  Even though this is a weighty topic, the book never felt over done or bogged down in darkness.  There were, of course, times when I cringed and my heart hurt for all the many women suffering from the many forms of domestic abuse.  It is really heart breaking and so wrong.  The subject matter is dealt with well in this book.  Real without becoming consuming.  Well done.

Because of the nature of domestic abuse, my content warning would be that this is an adult book, not a YA book.  There is some violence.  Sex is talked about but there are no descriptive sex scenes in this book.  Most of the sex discussed is within the bonds of marriage.  There is some mild swearing.

I really, really enjoyed this book.  It was one of my favorites in the last month and one I would probably read again.

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. 

Today I am happy to include a guest post by author Taylor Dean.  It's always fun to get a little snippet into an author's head.  So enjoy the following!  Thanks Taylor!

Sooooo cliché! 

Because I Have People deals with the very sensitive issue of domestic abuse, I knew I needed to add something to the book that would lighten things up a little. The main character, Holly, suffers from memory loss. Because of this, she feels a little confused and mixes up her words sometimes. It’s a constant reminder that Holly is not functioning at optimum level and reminds the reader that maybe, just maybe, her memories are skewed. And if her memory is skewed, then it begs the question, is her life really what she believes it to be? 

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] /

I had great fun writing the scenes where Holly confuses commonly used clichés. Maybe it’s kinda silly, but a little comic relief was called for to balance out the intensity of certain scenes. Here are a few examples:

Cliché: Walking on eggshells.

Holly says, “Why is everyone walking on eggs around me?” 

Cliché: You wear your heart on your sleeve.

Holly says: “And you, Mr. Sinclair, wear your heart on your shirt, and I love it.” 

Cliché: Head over heels in love.
Holly says: “I’m head over high heels in love with you.”

Cliché: Happy as a clam.
Holly says: “I’m happy as an oyster.”

Cliché: Fit as a fiddle.
Holly says: “I feel perfectly well, as good as new. Same as I’ve always felt, fit as a violin.”

Cliché: I don’t have an inkling.

Holly says: “I don’t have an ink.” 

Cliché: Cloud nine.

Holly says: “I was on cloud ten.” 

Cliché: Toes curl.

Holly says: “He makes my toes bend.” 

Cliché: An axe to grind.

Holly says: “I don’t have a hammer to grind with you.” 

Cliché: Kiss and make up.
Holly says: “Now, kiss and make love.”


5 prize packs to US winners: 1 signed paperback, 1 tote bag, 2 bookmarks, 1 "I Have People" pencil, and 1 "I Have People" pink dog tag necklace.

10 ebooks to US or International winners
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On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

8 –  Launch!
9 – Snuggling on the Sofa - Review; Amnesia
-          Sylv Jenkins - The Cover of I Have People
10 – PauseTime - Review; The Music that Inspired I Have People
11 – TheBroke Book Bank - Ten Things You Don't Know About I Have People
12 – Mel’sShelves - Review; The Worth of a Soul

14 – TheReaddicts - Review; Two Kinds of Love
15 – Paulette’sPapers - A Gentleman Who Says "Gosh"
-          Christy’s Cozy Corner - Review; The Inspiration behind I Have People
16 – fuonlyknew - The Prologue to I Have People
17 – Tressa’sWishful Endings - Review; The Locations Featured in I Have People
18 – LiteraryWinner - Review
19 – GettingYour Read On - Review; Soooo Cliche!

21 – That Girl Reads - Review; Two Kinds of Men
22 –  A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner - My Favorite Character in I Have People
 - Beck Valley Books - The Title of I Have People
23 – Deco MyHeart - Review
-          Mrs. Mommy Booknerds Book Reviews - Review
24 – GreenMountain Couple - Review
25 – icultgen - Friendship
  – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer  - When is it Abuse
26 – Grand Finale Blast!


  1. Thank you so much for a wonderful review, Aimee! I got a little teary while reading it! Good reviews make me so happy! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed I Have People. Thanks for being a part of the I Have People Book Tour. Much appreciated!

  2. A cliche I use all the time? Hmmm... Probably "driving me crazy". I just looked through a big list and I don't really say any of them...

  3. Let's see... when someone tells me something either good or bad I just automatically say "what?" and the people that don't know me to well think I say what in the way as asking them to repeat themselves. I hope I explained that right. I don't even notice it anymore. Thank you so much for your generous giveaway prize!!


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