28 September 2012

Blog Tour : Sierra by Taylor Dean (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Today's Kindle and Me's stop for the Sierra Blog Tour, thanks to ABG Reads Book Tours. I've an excerpt and a giveaway for you guys so keep reading!

Sierra by Taylor Dean.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Realistic Fiction, Romantic Suspense.
Publication : June 13th 2012 (Self-Published).
Alyssa Fontaine's life, loved ones--everything familiar and dear--are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.

Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.


ALEX SAT AT the table preparing to eat his supper, his eyes scanning his surroundings with a satisfied sigh. He loved his cabin. It had taken him six months of non-stop, bone breaking work to build it. He didn’t want to live in a tent for the winter, so he’d had motivation. It was an A-frame design with several windows to allow light in. Once the cabin was finished, he’d taken his time on the furnishings. The craftsmanship was his true love in working with wood. The cabin was simple, but well built. It consisted of two large rooms. The main part of the cabin held the kitchen, dining area, huge stone fireplace with a large couch and a rug, and a large four poster bed with a patchwork quilt. The quilt was handmade by his grandmother. The bed was covered with an eclectic assortment of pillows. Shelves lined one wall, housing all of his books. All in all it was quite homey. For his convenience, an outhouse was only a brisk walk away. Adding to his comfort, the second room was a large storeroom for all of his supplies. Not connected to the cabin was a workshop where he spent most of his days woodworking, his favorite way to pass the time. Alex sat and surveyed the setting, pleased with what he saw.
A noise outside his cabin startled him out of his reverie. Probably just an animal. His initial year here, he’d been armed at all times. After three years and never being bothered by anyone, two or four-legged, he just didn’t worry about it anymore.
Therefore, when the door burst open suddenly, Alex was taken by great surprise. He stood up so fast the chair behind him fell to the floor. There were three of them. One of the intruders was holding a short, double-barreled shotgun and the other a stainless steel revolver. Both were pointed directly at him. Although he didn’t feel it inside, outwardly he appeared calm. He couldn’t help but think of his .357 revolver hanging uselessly on the bedpost on the other side of the cabin.
“Look, we just want a place to lay our heads for the night, buddy, and wur real hungry. So how’s about sharing sum of that there dinner with some hungry travelers,” the young one said.
“Are you alone here?” The older one questioned with urgency in his voice as his eyes darted around the room.
Alex considered his words, but then realized they would know soon enough anyway. “Yeah, I’m alone.”
“We need the use of yur cabin fur the night. How ‘bout showin’ sum hospitality?”
Polite talk, considering their weapons were aimed at his head. The peaceful classical music he’d selected earlier wafted through the air from his CD player and made a mockery of the situation.
Alex kept his calm. It was then that he turned his attention on the third person in the group. It was a woman. She was dirty from head to toe. Her long brown hair was matted with dried blood on one side of her head. Her clothes were ripped in various places. Her hands were tied together and her wrists had been rubbed raw by the rope. She kept her head down. It was more than obvious she was there against her will, he realized as a surge of anger swept through him. These men had taken a woman captive. He knew, at that moment, he had to do something to help her.
Hiding his emotions he said, “All right. Have a seat, I have plenty.” Unintelligent criminals. The worst kind. You can’t predict what they’ll do—they don’t behave rationally. He had no choice but to cooperate. At least for now.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions :

  • Giveaway is International.
  • Prize is an e-book copy.
  • The Author/Publisher is responsible to ensure the winner gets the prize.
  • Giveaway ends on October 8th, 2012.

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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. My blog is the story of my path to publication. I’m not an expert by any means. However, I’ve learned a lot in the process, and hopefully, what I share with you will help you towards fulfilling your writing dreams. I’ll start at the beginning and work my way to the present day. If you want to learn the entire story, start at the first blog post! Otherwise, join at any time and enjoy the ride! I write in all sub-genres of Romance: suspense, paranormal, and contemporary. My novels are much like Forest’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. One thing is certain however, you will always get a healthy dose of CLEAN Romance.

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  1. Thanks for participating in the Sierra Blog Tour! I appreciate it very much! It's a pleasure to make an appearance on your blog!

  2. I would like to thank you both for the giveaway. I like danger mixed in with my romance.

  3. My favorite theme in romances are antagonizing initial relationships. I guess I just love to watch everyone fight (at first).

  4. I vary on my mood. I could read any kind (Just about)! This story really intrigues me and now I gotta find out what happens!

  5. I really like a love triangle in a romance.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Mmm...I think I enjoy reading the insecurity and self-doubt found in characters who find themselves in a romantic relationship. Thanks!