A Story That Needs To Be Told with Shell Taylor – Post + Giveaway

December 23, 2015

The Story That Needed To Be Told (1)

Hi, all! Shell Taylor here! I’m so, so excited to take up some of DSP’s space today and share with you a little bit about my newest release, Resurrecting Hope. It’s the second in the Home for Hope series, which focuses on the individuals who filter in and out of the Center for HOPE, an LGBT center for at-risk youth.

The first book, Redeeming Hope, told Elijah Langley’s story of redemption after losing his first love and subsequently closing himself off from the world. Through a chance meeting, he eventually became involved with HOPE and more importantly (for the purposes of our story at least) HOPE’s sexy owner, Adam Lancaster. These two were supposed to get their happy ending and move aside for other patrons of HOPE to have their story told, but generous, kind, empathetic, and trustworthy Adam had his own story that never seemed to fit anywhere in Redeeming Hope.

Did everyone see that plot bunny hop across the screen? Because that’s pretty much what happened. Adam’s traumatic childhood and transformation into the man he became had to be told. Needed to be told. Screamed at me to be told. And I’m so glad it did.

Writing Resurrecting Hope was quite possibly the most enjoyable writing experience I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it was pure adrenaline from just having signed my first book contract with Dreamspinner or the fact that I knew Adam’s background and struggles from the very first word of Redeeming Hope, but Adam’s story poured out of me with ease.

Although I knew Adam’s childhood, it wasn’t until I was listening to the song Say Something by A Great Big World that the rest of the story came together. The image of Elijah screaming these words at Adam, pleading for him to share his deepest insecurities, was so clear in my mind. The cover LC Chase beautifully designed captures a tender moment of Elijah comforting Adam right after that confession. I can never thank her enough for bringing that moment to life so perfectly for me.

I hope you all enjoy the book. Be sure to pick up Redeeming Hope first if you haven’t read it already!  I’d love to hear from you guys. Anyone who comments and tells me about their favorite childhood memory will be entered for a chance to win a copy of Redeeming Hope!

And I love chatting with people, so feel free to come find me! I mostly hang out on Facebook, but I do flaily things with Marvel, OUAT, mooshy boys, and randomness on Twitter and Tumlr!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelltaylorpens

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShellTaylorPens

Tumblr: http://shelltaylorpens.tumblr.com/

Blog: http://shelltaylorpens.wordpress.com/

Pre-order your copy of Resurrecting Hope here! Available December 25th, 2016!

11 Responses to “A Story That Needs To Be Told with Shell Taylor – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Melisa (Rayne) says:

    I am absolutely in love with Elijah and Adam and am so very happy there will be more of them to read!! :D

  2. Shell Taylor says:

    *hearty eyes* Thank you! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  3. Jayme says:

    You already know how much I love your characters and I can’t wait to read more about them! RH will truly be a wonderful Christmas gift to your readers!

  4. jodi marinich says:

    my favorite memory has always been xmas morning with my family

  5. Shell Taylor says:

    Thank you <3 I can't wait either! <3

  6. Shell Taylor says:

    @jodi That’s such a good one! I always say Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but the excitement of Christmas morning with my husband and especially kids is so good. I love the anticipation leading up to it as well!
    Thanks for dropping by!

  7. Janie says:

    Loving going to the park and then ice cream w my parents. This sounds great. Thanks for chance

  8. H.B. says:

    My favorite memories are the birth of my nephews and niece.

  9. Shell Taylor says:

    @janie I love that visual and makes me hope I’m creating good ones for my kids!

  10. Shell Taylor says:

    @H.B. i remember the births of my newphews and niece as well. such an exciting time! THank you so much!

  11. loraine says:

    i totally agree with ya.Shell Taylor.it inspired me a lot and have started reciting stories for my kids too.
    I love the anticipation leading up to it as well!
    Thanks for writing !

Leave a Reply