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Cloaked by Taylor Hobbs - Book Tour + Giveaway

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by Taylor Hobbs


GENRE:   Historical Fantasy Romance



As the Cloaked Shadow, Fawkes has made his career breaking into prisons for any contract with 
a large enough purse. He takes advantage of the kingdom's impending revolution by playing both 
sides of the conflict. Each rescue contract he fulfills turns a tidy profit until he angers the wrong duke.

Charlotte is a criminal-in-training who yearns to crack her mentor’s guarded façade, 
but is unprepared to confront the depths of his dark past. As her sense of right and wrong blurs, 
Charlotte discovers just how far she will go for the Cloaked Shadow and the sacrifices he requires.

Now hunted throughout the land, Fawkes must face long-buried secrets in order to survive, 
but they could destroy him. Charlotte risks everything, including her heart, to set Fawkes on the 
path to redemption.

Will Charlotte have the strength to pull Fawkes into the light, or will she follow him into the shadows?



Fawkes’ attack pressed Charlotte backward, and soon they were outside. 
As Charlotte’s feet slipped in the mud, she realized she had lost her size advantage. 
Lightning cracked across the sky, illuminating her surroundings long enough to blind her, 
and she failed to anticipate the next punch. It landed hard on her right shoulder and spun her around.

Before she could steady herself to counter, her arm was wrenched behind her back. 
Fawkes had a grip on it with one hand, the other around her throat. She stood flush against him, 
feeling his harsh breath and pounding heart as it beat against her back. They stood like statues, 
neither one of them wanting to the first to break the spell.
The roar of thunder made her jump and brought them back to reality. “I’ve gotten better, haven’t I?” 
Charlotte couldn’t help asking. She’d meant it as a quip, but it came out too hopeful.

She felt Fawkes sigh, tensing his hold on her before dropping his grip. With her back still to him, 
she waited for his answer. Instead, his hand brushed wet hair back from her face before a finger 
traveled down and traced her jawline. Charlotte leaned into the touch, but then it was gone. 
She turned to see only darkness, and then a flash of lightning showed his tall frame heading back 
to the cave.


Guest Post

Overcoming Rejection

Most authors have a long road to success, whether they chose to do self-publishing or try to get traditionally published. Both routes have obstacles, with the entire world telling them, “No.” Over-saturated market. No audience. Too quirky. Too boring. Close but not quite. Already have a similar project. Busy right now, try again later.
So how can authors get past all this to actually hold our books in our hands one day? Persistence.

237 rejections.

That's how many times I was rejected over four years of querying agents and publishers with three separate manuscripts. Here's the breakdown of this journey:

My 1st book was a YA Fantasy. It was filled with so many cringe-worthy tropes that I can't believe I queried it. I shelved the novel after 98 rejections. I guess it took me a long time to get the hint that this wasn't going to be my breakout novel. But I had finished a book, which was the important part. I knew I could do it again, and do it better.
My 2nd book was an Upmarket Women's Fiction. I actually had multiple full requests for this one from agents, but no offer of representation. This one received a grand total of 82 rejections. I was on the right track with my concept, but lacked the skill for stellar execution. This one is on the back burner for now, but I plan to rewrite it eventually.
3rd book: Cloaked. I felt like this one was it as soon as I finished it. My previous two novels had given me enough experience to tackle this story the right way. I queried both agents and small publishers, but the 57 rejections still stung. Then I got a partial request from Wild Rose Press wanting to see more. Then a full request. Then the email from my editor offering a contract!

The hardest part was just deciding to move on to the next novel, and the next, and the next, all while wondering if publishing was in my future. But whether it was my third novel or the twentieth, steady improvements had to get me there eventually. To everyone struggling on the same path to traditional publishing, just keep going. You can do it. It just takes one to say, “YES!”

Even if you aren't a writer, how do you deal with rejection or disappointment? Readers, do you have any inspiring stories? I'd love to hear them!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Taylor Hobbs lives aboard a 38 ft sailboat named Story Time with her husband, baby girl, and dog. 
They are a military family who love to travel, whether it is by sea or air. When she's not writing, 
Taylor enjoys doing yoga and planning her next adventure. You can keep up with their crazy life at or follow on Twitter at @tayhobbit.

Cloaked is her debut novel and can be found at

Buy links:



Taylor Hobbs will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner 
via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Congratulations on your debut release! An intriguing synopsis, this sounds like an excellent read.

  2. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  3. Are any of the characters in this book based off of real people that you know? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for sharing :)

  5. Thank you for hosting, Jasmine. So sorry I missed the actual post date, we were evacuating from Hurricane Florence!

    1. You're very welcome! :) And no worries. Hope you stay safe!


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