Thursday, October 15, 2020

What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Sep 28 to Oct 16, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 yrs +),  316 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
PublisherShe Writes Press
Release date:   Sept 15, 2020
Format available for review:  print, and NetGalley Download (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Sep 28 to Oct 16, 2020
Content RatingPG-13 + M. WHAT'S NOT SAID is rated PG-13+M because of four F-words, moderate cussing, two explicit sex scenes, and a couple of implicit sex scenes.

Book Description:

In WHAT'S NOT SAID, we meet Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman who’s on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits. Then again, Kassie is no angel. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, the separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, forcing her to decide whose life to save—her husband’s or her own.

WHAT'S NOT SAID (She Writes Press) is Valerie Taylor's debut novel. Its sequel, WHAT'S NOT TRUE (She Writes Press), will be published in the fall of 2021. While WHAT'S NOT SAID is the first installment of a series, it is written and can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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Guest Post

The Night the Lights Went Out in Venice

By Valerie Taylor

Author of What’s Not Said (She Writes Press, 2020)

 Readers often choose books by setting—whether imagined (think Game of Thrones), or real like Boston and Venice in What’s Not Said.

 They say, write what you know. Having scenes in Boston was rather easy since I had lived there, and my beta readers from there were eager to correct my mistakes, like which way the one way streets actually traverse.

 Since I’d spent a week in Venice in 2016, I felt comfortable including it in my story. Nevertheless, I returned there in 2019 specifically to experience the city again, especially St. Mark’s Square, from the perspective of Kassie, my protagonist. That way, if I’d gotten anything wrong I’d be able to edit my manuscript before its final submission.

 Venice had other ideas. You might recall, at the end of June and early July 2019, much of Europe was a furnace. Venice hit 100 degrees when I was there. I spent more time seeking out restaurants and venues that were air conditioned (clue: not many are) than following in Kassie’s footsteps.

 During my first couple of days there, I did return to the Doge’s Palace and hopped on and off the vaporetto multiple times. But I didn’t get to relax at a café again in St. Mark’s Square and enjoy a glass of pinot grigio and listen to the dueling bands. Though I tried. The cafés weren’t serving due to the blistering heat. No one wanted to sit there.

 Frustrated, but not ready to give up, on my last evening there I made one attempt at St. Mark’s Square. One failed attempt, that is. As soon as I stepped foot into the Square, almost on cue, the lights went out. All the shops, cafés, and tourist attractions around the Square’s perimeter went dark. The culprit? A band setting up for a concert. With the scaffolding and folding chairs in place, there was one last thing on their check list. Test the sound system.

 Poof. The shops went dark. The shopkeepers flipped over their “Open” signs and locked their doors. I meandered back to an air-conditioned restaurant near my hotel in a neighborhood not affected by the blackout. My glass of pinot grigio tasted just as delightful and fruity there, and I grudgingly accepted that my earlier memories of St. Mark’s Square would need to suffice.

Lesson learned? Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco. Things don’t always turn out as planned.

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Meet the Author:

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in her home state to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. She’s a published book reviewer with; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. WHAT'S NOT SAID (She Writes Press) is her debut novel. Its sequel, WHAT'S NOT TRUE (She Writes Press), will be published in the fall of 2021.

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