Monday, August 23, 2021

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

Join us for this tour from August 9 to August 27:
Book Details:
Book Title:  What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+,
Genre Womens Fiction, Chick Lit 
Publisher:  She Writes Press
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction
2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction
Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection
Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”

Kirkus Reviews

Book Description:
What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman 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. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.

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Book Details:

Book Title:  What's Not True by Valerie Taylor
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+,
Genre Women's Fiction, Chick Lit 
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages
Release date:  August 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:  What's Not True has several sex scenes and some bad language.

What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review
Book Description:

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).

Guest Post
Reading and Writing — That Delicate Balance

By Valerie Taylor

Author of What’s Not Said (She Writes Press, 2020) and What’s Not True (She Writes Press, August 2021)

 It’s safe to say that most authors read a ton of books. The definition of a ton for one, though, may be different for another. 

For example, before I retired in 2016, my career as a marketing and communications professional was my priority. As such, I was satisfied if I read a book a month. Thinking back to those working years, there was probably a fifty-fifty split between fiction and non-fiction, with most of the books selected by a book club discussion group I attended nine months out of the year.

 Not surprisingly, my life has changed since retiring. I’ve replaced the daily corporate grind with a 24/7 author life. You’d think writing would be all consuming, leaving little time to bury my head in a book. Actually, the opposite has happened.  

 Over the past few years, I started tracking the books I read on Goodreads. It appears I’m now reading more than three times as many books annually than I did during my working years. A quick scan revealed that just ten percent are non-fiction, three percent are memoirs, leaving a whopping 87% novels. Within fiction, there’s a range of historical, thriller, mystery, and women’s. I do try to read at least one classic each year, such as Jane Eyre, The Old Man and the Sea, The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, to name a few.

 What drove this major shift in my reading habits?

 Several life events. First, I’m now a professional book reviewer for, and they provide me with titles to read. Second, I belong to four book clubs, so there’s those books. Honestly, I’m thrilled when a club decides to read a book I’ve already sunk my teeth into. Takes some pressure off! Often I just have to scan that book, or Google it to refresh my memory. Though occasionally, I’ll re-read a monthly selection. Such was the case this past year with Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and Circe by Madeline Miller. Both are worth a repeat read.

 What am I reading now? Well, I have an itch to write a cozy mystery. So, I’m studying the genre, watching Murder, She Wrote, and reading Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library, which was published 80 years ago!

 Bottom line. Writers must read. It’s in our DNA, our lifeblood. Reading books, in our genre and outside of it, provides us with essential nutrients. Each book we embrace sharpens the saw, making us better at our craft. We learn, we refresh, we apply. And, hopefully, in the end our ability to balance our love of books with our love of creating stories will benefit readers forever. A dream come true.

 Please contact me at:

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Twitter: @ValerieEMTaylor

Instagram: ValerieETaylor

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. Valerie is 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.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule: 
Aug 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 - Nikki's Bookstagram – books spotlight
Aug 10 – A Mama's Corner of the World – books spotlight
Aug 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – @twilight_reader – books spotlight
Aug 13 – Westveil Publishing – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 13 - Sefina Hawke's Books – books spotlight
Aug 16 – ajbookreads – books spotlight / author interview
Aug 17 – Kam's Place – books spotlight
Aug 18 – Celticlady's Reviews – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 20 - Books for Books – books spotlight
Aug 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sadie's Spotlight – books spotlight
Aug 26 – Stephanie Jane – books spotlight
Aug 27 - Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

WHAT'S NOT SAID Spotlight Book Tour Giveaway


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