I Have People by Taylor Dean – Guest Post & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Feeling forgetful? Can’t remember where the heck you set down your keys? Your glasses?
 
We’ve all been there.
 
But . . . what if you forgot your life?
 
What if that life wasn’t worth remembering?
 
In spite of the happy cover, I HAVE PEOPLE deals with the sensitive issue of domestic abuse. It is about learning to recognize a good man versus a bad one. It’s about second chances and finding love, real love. 
 
The overpowering message behind I HAVE PEOPLE is that verbal, mental, and physical abuse is NOT OKAY! EVER!
 
Read along and learn Holly’s story. It will change your life.

 


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. 

 

 

When is it abuse? 


I Have People deals with domestic abuse. While it is a warmhearted romance novel in parts, some scenes are a bit intense. One of the issues I attempted to touch on is the oft-asked question: When exactly does a perpetrator’s behavior constitute abuse? 


Image courtesy of [smarnad] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer. Why? Because the legal answer will be different from the logical answer. 


Let’s go with logic. 

While writing I Have People, I visited with a lady who had endured an abusive situation. Her ex-husband never hit her. Not once. BUT, the implied threat was always there. While her husband threw a temper tantrum and destroyed a throw pillow with his bare hands in a fit of anger, she said that this thought was always in the back of her mind: “Will that be me one day?” 

A chilling thought. Mental and verbal abuse are just as real as physical abuse. 

If any physical harm is implied or threatened, make no mistake, it IS abuse. Even if the perpetrator never once touches his victim.
 
No one should have to live in fear. Can you prosecute for this type of abuse? Nope. You can try, but the odds are against you.



But you can and should free yourself. Protect yourself.


 

 
Image courtesy of [Ventrilock] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


My hope is that I Have People will help women to realize this. And maybe it will help one woman to escape her unhappy situation. Even if it’s just one—I will have succeeded. 


Below is a short excerpt from I Have People wherein the main character, Holly, faces this very issue:

Cal
took a few days off to solicitously take care of her. He was attentive and
sympathetic, ridiculously so.  She called
her work to let them know she was very ill and needed to take the week
off.  While she lay in bed, waiting for
her body to heal, she pondered over her life.
It
was a mistake to marry Cal, she knew that with certainty. Her love for him was
dying a slow and painful death. He could be so wonderful one minute, but once
something set off his temper, he turned into an entirely different man. The
crux of the problem was not just that Cal had a temper, but that when he lost
it, he was capable of turning violent—he was capable of turning on her, of
hurting her. The thing was, he’d never really hit her. He was rough, he liked
to use physical force to intimidate her, but was he really abusive? After all,
he hadn’t meant for her to fall onto the glass table. How far does he have to
go before his behavior is labeled as abusive? Was she wrong to even use the
word when considering his actions?
She
didn’t know. She was baffled and in pain. She couldn’t think logically. Should
she have reported Cal? He’d been angry and he’d been pushing her around, but he
hadn’t meant to hurt her. He’d apologized, he was taking care of her, and he
loved her. Where did that leave her?
Confused
and unsure, that’s where. Completely perplexed. Did he love her or didn’t he?

 

I Have PeopleI Have People

by Taylor Dean

Paperback, 366 pages

Published September 19th 2012 by Create Space


Premise:

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.

 

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Giveaways:

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

Open only to those who can legally enter. 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 on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner 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 Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Taylor Dean. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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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!

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for being a part of the I Have People Book Tour! I always love making an appearance on your wonderful blog! Much appreciated!

  2. I’m always saying Oops and Oofda!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I mix up things all the time, like I will say “there’s more than one way to skin a mountain lion” lol

  4. LOL, I often say Happy as a porcupine! We have a unfortunate experience with one. LOL.

  5. “This creampuff is a few puffs short” 🙂

  6. Chalaina says:

    I’m continually using the word “bummer” to describe a variety of things and situations.

  7. Oh my jigglypuff!

  8. I say whoopsie a lot or this weird thing I used to say for forever “oops-ay” Kinda weird right?