The List. That Signified Finality.
The Journey. That Would Span The Globe.
The Sacrifice. That Would Decide The Outcome.
The Choice. That Could Unleash Evil On Earth.
The End Is Only The Beginning...
“You have terminal cancer.”
London Patterson, a seemingly healthy young woman, had her entire life ahead of her. That was until four little words brought everything to a screeching halt. As the shock and grief begin to fade, London decides to map out her last year and embark on an epic journey to complete a bucket list. She wants to do the things she’s been afraid to do in her life, step out of her self-contained box, and see the world. What she didn’t expect was for a mysterious stranger named Adam to breeze into her life like a breath of fresh air.
Adam offers to help London complete her list on one condition…that she sees it through to the end. Agreeing on those terms, the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime. But London soon realizes that Adam isn’t quite…human. Along their journey odd occurrences happen that cause London to question who or what Adam is and why he’s helping her.
Follow London as she checks off her bucket list in this inspiring new Urban Fantasy novel from Taylor Dawn.
I love this cover ! Don't you?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
C.D. Taylor/Taylor Dawn began writing as an item to check off her bucket list. She resides in the southernmost part of Illinois, right on the mighty Mississippi river. She enjoys the quiet country life with her husband, son and the many farm animals that make up the rest of the family. She. decided that farm life was just a little too mundane, so she started writing erotica and fantasy to liventhings up, so far so good. C.D./Taylor entered cosmetology school right out of High School and practiced the art of hair styling for 12 years. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found sitting around a table making people laugh. She has always wanted to be a standup comic. She loves pulling practical jokes, dresses up in a costume every Halloween and believes that dancing is the key to a happy life (even if you aren't a good dancer). She believes that life shouldn't be taken too seriously, we will never get out alive anyway. More than anything, she is a kid at heart, she doesn't believe in bedtimes, eating everything on her plate, or having ice cream only for dessert. Her favorite quote is by Dr. Seuss..."Why fit in, when you were born to stand out."
MY REVIEW :
I absolutly LOVED reading Saving London ! There's a lot of things I enjoyed about this novel but here is what you need to know !
Firstly, I have to say that this book is a real page turner. Right away, I was immersed into London's life and feelings. Her story was interesting and moving, I wanted to follow her as she started her last year, a new life full of excitements and adventures. There was mystery and, of course, it was the kind of story that's thought provoking. It's about life and death, but also about the importance of discovering who you are and what you really want. I felt like London could be my friend. One of the reasons why everyone can love this book is because the story is based on real life experiences but takes the reader somewhere amazing and paranormal. You have to discover the Universe Taylor Dawn created, it's brilliant !
There weren't a lot of characters but it was okay. London had to discover who her new friend was and as she did, the story took a new interest : Adam is hiding things, Adam is funny and sometimes dead serious. Adam is the definition of mystery. Though I liked London, her humor and her energy, I found Adam really compelling. I feel like he was a book boyfriend written for the reader, not for the heroin. What I mean is that Saving London is not a Romance, it's more about friendship and having the right person by your side. And that, my friends, was so refreshing ! It's a proof that Saving London is not like any other book you could read !
So I told you about the two characters. Now I want to point out a beautiful, realistic and moving writing. The story is told from London's point of view and I got inside her head easily and with great pleasure. I admit I was a bit scared that it would be too sad or tragical. After all, this is the story of a young woman who learnt that she only had a year left to live. But thanks to Adam and all he was, the life of London took a new turn and she could go through her bucket list. So the story was balanced, beautiful and special.
Last thing I REALLY loved was the journey. I got to visit beautiful cities and amazing places. I really felt like I was traveling with them. Also, I loved the meanings of the whole book. For instance : taking risks, living utterly your life and understand what you're capable of.
I insisted on the good parts of the story but it wouldn't be a great book if there wasn't a great vilain ! I can't tell you much about him and his plans but you won't get bored ! The plot was satisfying from the beginning to the end.
Finally, I can say that Saving London is an amazing read ! This is a first book I read by the author and I have to say, I can't wait to read another of Taylor Dawn books ! I thank Xpresso Book Tours for giving me the chance to read and review Saving London. I'm so happy I had the chance to read it before its release ! I hope you will consider buying my coup de coeur ! You can check Goodreads or buy it on Amazon and B&N.
I'm happy to share with you an interview of Taylor Dawn. I didn't ask the questions but had a great time reading here answers !
Taylor Dawn Personal Interview
What motivated you to start writing?
The main motivation that pushed me to write was my bucket list. The top item on it was to write a book. I wrote one and couldn’t stop writing. I honestly never thought that I’d have the opportunity to present my work to a larger audience than close friends and family. But I am blessed every single day because I get to do what I love and get paid for it.
Where does your character inspiration come from?
The majority of my characters are based on some aspect of my own personality. I try to make myself vulnerable enough that I can dig deep inside and pull out a character that anyone can relate to. Sometimes it works, others it doesn’t. But either way, all of my characters are like me somehow.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m most likely thinking about writing. I’m a dreamer. I’m always trying to think up new characters, plots and scenarios for future books.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to write?
For someone who wants to write I say this…Start writing. Shut off all fear, and just do it. Don’t write to please others, write what makes you happy. Throw yourself onto the pages and people will feel that when they read your work.
What’s something personal that you’ve went through that has impacted your writing?
In my opinion everything an author writes was impacted by something that happened in their personal life. For me it would have to be my back injury. Having constant pain causes you to look for an escape in life. Writing did that for me. I was able to forget about my pain and focus my energy on something positive, writing. I chose not to surrender to my injury, I picked myself up and transferred my strength into the pages of my books.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope I’m still around. If I am, I see myself still doing what I do, writing. I don’t have to be a huge booming success. As long as I still love and have a passion for what I do, I will be happy.
How do you react to negative reviews of your books?
When I was self-published I literally went off the rails when negative reviews came in. It hurt me that someone would attack me like that. But I soon realized that they weren’t attacking me personally. It was just business. Not every reader will love what you put out. Some love it and some hate it. Now, I take it in stride. I use the negative reviews to better myself. I pull myself up and think ‘how can I improve?’ If you don’t think positively about it, those reviews will eat you alive and you’ll find yourself in despair while questioning if you should be doing this at all.
Is it hard to balance family and writing?
Gosh, yes it is! I write full time which means I am home with my family. That’s a good and bad thing. When I write, my entire attention span is focused on the screen of my computer. I fail to see what’s going on around be because I’m sucked into my story. It’s hard to put the computer down and focus on being a good wife and mother. My house tends to lean to the hoarder side on occasion. It’s an ongoing learning process for me. I don’t know if I’ll ever truly learn balance.
Tell us a little about your creative process?
My creative process is all over the place. I don’t outline my stories, if I do any bit of outlining, the pieces are written in notebooks. I literally sit down and begin to write. I like to let the stories come from my heart and spill onto the pages.
What types of books do you enjoy reading?
My favorite genre would have to be romance. In the harsh world we live in, the escape to somewhere with an overabundance of love is always welcome.
If you could meet any person (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
This might sound crazy, but I think I’d want to step out of my body and meet myself. I want to see what others see when they look at me.
In your opinion, what is writers block and how do you overcome it?
To me, writers block is boredom with writing. You sit in front of a screen, typing away and sometimes it’s extremely boring. I find that overcoming it is either a matter of changing the direction of the story or stepping away for a while to find new inspiration.
I don’t use both ends of a Q-tip. I use one end and toss it in the garbage.
Heels or flats?
Love heels, but I’m not allowed to wear them since my back surgery. So I will go with flats. Love my Chucks and I own several pair in different colors.
Dresses or pants?
Dresses for sure. I love looking like a lady.
I don’t drink.
Birds. The freedom of being able to fly is awe inspiring.
How do you take your coffee?
With enough flavored creamer to turn it light tan, then I put whipped cream on top.
What else should readers know about you?
I am tough as nails on the outside, but my insides are made of marshmallows. I love to help others and I think the key to happiness is first and foremost, being happy with who you are.
I have two gifts for you ! You can read the prologue of Saving London right below ! And you can try to win it thanks to a giveaway ! Have fun and happy reading !