Monday, October 31, 2016

Guest Post, Blog Tour & Giveaway with Shell Taylor author of Reclaiming Hope.


Hi, everyone! I want to thank Bonkers about Books for having me today! Instead of the usual blog post, I thought it would be fun to play a game of This or That with Riley. Lucky me, he agreed! So, without further ado… Here’s Riley!

Shell: Hey, Ri! Thanks for coming today. You want to play a game?
Ri: **Squints at me** What kind of game?
Shell: I thought we’d play This or That. Ever heard of it?
Ri: Is that where I have to choose one thing or the other? Like eat a dead cricket or kill a spider?
Shell: Sure is, though my questions are anywhere near as gross as that.
Ri: Okay, I guess I’m ready.
Shell: Awesome. I can’t wait to see your answer to a few these.
Ri: Uh… don’t you already know? Since, you know, you created me?
Shell: Meh… I usually don’t know what’ll happen until we get there, so this is fun for me. Are you ready?
Ri: Lay it on me.
Shell: Okay… Would you rather have a cat or a dog?
Ri: Cat…. But Kollin would probably so dog so I guess dog.
Shell: Wait a second. You’re not doing this to get brownie points! What would you rather have?
Ri: Kollin’s kind of like a puppy sometimes, so I guess the dog answer still stands.
Shell: Gosh, you’re too sweet. Next is pancakes or waffles.
Ri: Waffles… with Reddi whip.
Shell: No syrup?
Ri: If I have to, but I prefer the whipped cream.
Shell: Nice. Text or Call?
Ri: Oh, definitely text. Why would anyone ever call anymore unless it’s an emergency? Who has time for all that?
Shell: Noted. Next is summer or winter?
Ri: Winter. I hate shorts and I hate heat. Gimme jeans and hoodies any day.
Shell: You’re probably living in the wrong state, then.
Ri: You think I don’t know that? Be sure to pass that message on to Kollin, please. I’d love to move out to Colorado but he’ll never leave his family.
Shell: Adam and Eli would murder you in your sleep if you tried to make him move away.
Ri: **leans forward and whispers ** They’re not going to read this, are they?
Shell: I think you’re safe. European vacation or Caribbean vacation?
Ri: Uhh… any vacation honestly.
Shell: Name of the game is this or that. You gotta choose one!
Ri: Fine… I guess European since Koll and I get to go to the beach already.
Shell: Thank you. Fries or chips?
Ri: Chips. Definitely
Shell: Dill pickles or sweet pickles?
Ri: Seriously? What’re you doing with them? Eating them plain? Making fried pickles? Adding them to a dish? That’s impossible to choose. I mean, eating them plain has to be both. Fried pickles is dill, hands down. But in deviled eggs or tuna salad, it’s gotta be sweet pickles.
Shell: Oooookay…. Seems like you’ve given this a lot of thought.
Ri: **shrugs** I like pickles.
Shell: Apparently. See, I didn’t know that about you before today.
Ri: Glad we covered this then.
Shell: Right. Moving along. Coke or Pepsi?
Ri: Coke.
Shell: Tea or coffee?
Ri: glares You’re the devil. I can’t choose between those two.
Shell: Tea… or coffee?
Ri: **crosses arms over chest** Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, or when I’m sick.
Shell: I’ll let this one slide but only because I’m the same way. Tumblr or Instagram?
Ri: Ugh, neither. I don’t do social media.
Shell: So I guess you can’t weigh in on Twitter or Facebook?
Ri: **sighs** I do like to follow the Twitter hashtags during my shows.
Shell: OH… what shows are they?
Ri: **narrows eyes** Is that on your list of questions?
Shell: No, but…
Ri: Next!
Shell: Fine… Chris Pine or Chris Hemsworth?
Ri: Oh easily Pine. Hemsworth looks too much like Elijah. Gross.
Shell: Funny you should note that resemblance…
Ri:You’re the one who first pointed it out.
Shell: **grins** Indeed, I did. I’m touched you remembered. That was two whole books ago.
Ri: Hard to forget stuff you lived through.
Shell: Fair enough. Captain America or Iron Man?
Ri: **sits up straight and looks around** Is Kollin going to see this?
Shell: I dunno. Does reading the blog post you’re going to be highlighted in sound like something he would do?
Ri: Yes…. But to hell with it. I’m Team Iron Man and I’m proud of it. Okay, Kollin? I know you love Cap and I know he’s perfect and his ass is a specimen worthy of being placed in a museum to be admired and savored for all of humanity, but I think Tony Stark is funny, okay?
Shell: Wow… I’m not even sure where to go from there.
Ri: I’m going to have to sit through a two-hour lecture tonight on why Captain America is finest person ever to grace the Earth because of you. Thanks for that.
Shell: You could’ve lied. I mean, I haven’t heard Kollin’s lecture, but it sounds like he makes some pretty good points.
Ri: I don’t like you very much right now.
Shell: Okay, then. I think I’ll just go ahead and end on that note. Thanks for playing along today.
Ri: Yeah, sure. It was actually fun for the most part.
Shell: Until the end?
Ri: Until Kollin reads it at least.
Shell: I’m sure you can find a way to distract him.
Ri: **raises eyebrows** That’s not a bad idea.
Shell: You’re welcome. I’d also suggest being naked when he reads the interview.
Ri: **holds up hand** Now you’re getting weird.
Shell: Right. Okay, then. Thanks again. I’ll see you soon for another interview!
Ri: Another… what? When?
Shell: Bye!!
Aaaand, there it is. He’s a bit testy today for some reason. I hope you enjoyed it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to enter to win the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or a book from my backlist. Or… if you’d rather, I also have an audio copy of Redeeming Hope (Home for Hope book 1) to give away!

TITLE: Reclaiming Hope 
AUTHOR: Shell Taylor 
SERIES: Home for Hope #3 
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press 
LENGTH: 210 Pages 
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2016 
Sequel to Resurrecting Hope 
Home for Hope: Book Three 
Four years ago, Kollin Haverty’s best friend, Riley Meadows, dropped off the face of the earth. When he shows up out of the blue, armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male, Kollin wants to pick up where they left off. But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again. Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues, they quickly discover there’s something more than friendship between them.
When a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow, Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs. As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel, he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin, and Kollin must decide what’s more important—supporting his best friend or protecting himself. 


Adam rolled his eyes to mimic her and then turned his attention toward Kollin. “Look who the cat dragged in.”

For some reason, Kollin’s heart fluttered. Waves of nervousness raced through his body as he tried to figure out why Adam thought he should know the stranger. He’d never told either of his parents about meeting the guy at the bookstore, and even if he had, Adam couldn’t have known he was the same person.

The man studied the ground, seemingly reluctant to look at Kollin, but Kollin knew he couldn’t identify him even if they were staring directly at one another.

Fortunately Adam saved him from further embarrassment. “I didn’t recognize Riley until he threatened to own me in Ping-Pong.”

Kollin sucked in a huge gulp of air. The nervous flutters, which had been nothing more than a curious enigma, ceased, and he suddenly felt as if a boulder had settled in the pit of his stomach.

He hadn’t spoken to Riley Meadows in over four years. When Kollin’s parents kicked him out, Riley had been the one who kept Kollin sane. He tethered him to reality when all he’d wanted was to escape inside himself. They’d kept in touch when Riley first went to college and somehow became even closer—until Riley seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Phone calls, e-mails, texts… all unanswered. Kollin eventually took the hint and gave up.

Now Riley was back?
Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She is a huge fan of Marvel comics and will never stop loving Harry Potter (Hufflepuff pride, baby!) When Shell isn’t writing, she can be found binge watching Netflix or volunteering at her church and childrens’ school. Shell considers herself blessed to have married a strong, supportive man who works hard to allow her to continue to follow her dreams.
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1st Winner’s Prize: $20 Amazon GC
2nd Winner’s Prize: E-copy of Redeeming Hope/Resurrecting Hope

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