Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway- I Have People by Taylor Dean

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

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. 

Two Kinds of LOVE 

Love can be described and felt in many different ways. In I Have People, my main character, Holly, learns the difference between conditional love and unconditional love.

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When we love someone else unconditionally, we put their needs, wants, and desires above our own. It is an expression of complete unselfishness.

The opposite kind of love is ugly and cruel, based solely upon what one person can get out of the relationship, with no thought to the other. It is not love. It is an illusion of love.

Someone may say they love another person, they may even announce it effusively and often. But if they turn around and yell at that person or strike that person when they say or do something that displeases them, it is not love. The perpetrator may apologize profusely and declare their love rather demonstratively after the fact.

Don’t buy it.

That isn’t love. It’s control.

Remember the old adage, ‘actions speak louder than words.’

This is the lesson Holly learns in I Have People.

Here’s a quick excerpt:

Holly spent the next few days deep in thought. She’d been waiting for things to return to normal, for Cal to be happy again. But realization had dawned that this was Cal’s true nature and nothing was going to change. What should she do? Cal was a loose cannon. Totally unpredictable. He was so wonderful one minute, but he could turn on you the next. And if he turns on you, look out. It won’t be good.
On the other hand, he’d never hit her. So he had a temper, so he threw things once in a while, so he yelled . . . so what? He was all bark. Rationalizing helped to console her. But then she thought about the time he’d pushed her against the wall, his hands gripping the collar of her shirt. And what about the time he’d pulled her through the store by her hair?
But he loved her. He always apologized. He always felt bad afterwards.
So what? Bad behavior is bad behavior. In the end, it didn’t matter how much a perpetrator loved their victim. They still hurt them. Right?


I Have People delves into these two extreme types of love and explores the sometimes dark differences.

I Have PeopleI Have People
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Create Space


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.


I Have People by Taylor Dean was an interesting read, different from what I  usually read. The cover gives off a happy romance vibe which is very untrue. The book is difficult, filled with issues of abuse. I can't really give many details because that would end up spoiling the book.

The book starts off with Holly Sinclair waking up in the hospital after being in an eight month coma. She remembers that she is happily married to Gabriel and they are trying to have their first child soon. She doesn't remember the incident which led her to being in coma or what happened before that. All she remembers is Gabriel and her love for him.

I Have People deals with spousal abuse. Holly is in a relationship she can't get out of and is suffering in silence. This book makes you really aware of things and what any woman may be going through in her life. It got really dark and horrible at parts where the abuse was described in vivid detail.

I kept on thinking how Holly should finally be standing up for herself but unfortunately it came too late. Holly had people who would help her but she realized it late and it was understandable because she had trust issues. Holly has spent her whole life in a foster home and thinks she doesn't have anyone to rely on. There are two guys in the story and the mystery is kept quite well.

The book moves from the present to the past and then the present again. But as we come to know Holly's past and what she'd been through it becomes very clear who she's going to end up with. I really loved Holly's best friend Angela. She was strong and supportive and wanted the best for Holly. I Have People was not an easy light read I was expecting but it was a good read none the less.

*Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. We thank the author.


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!


  1. thank you Sarika and Janhvi for hosting. thank you to Taylor Dean as well for the cool giveaway and for providing an opportunity to international readers like me to win as well. :)

    one cliche i could think of would be "sneaky as a slithering snake" instead of "sneaky as a rat" lol!

    thanks again! :)

  2. What a lovely Giveaway and blog Tour Janhvi, And Your Reviews are always helpful :). Thank you. Yesterday only Sarika told me that you are looking into Historical romance, I must tell you that I have been deep into them couple of years back... Would love to catch up someday :)


  3. Honesty I though that this is an easy and fun read. Boy was I wrong. I really like the sound of the story even though it's not flawless. Great review and thanks for the giveaway :)
    For clishes I always say means something like really in my language! :)

  4. oh wow.. judging from the cover I would have thought that this would be fun and cute! But it sounds intense!! I'm definitely interested in it... Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  5. Hi Janhvi! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing I Have People! And thanks for being a part of the book tour! Much appreciated!


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