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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Acknowledgments for Affective Needs

As I said yesterday, I have many people to thank for offering to read early drafts of Affective Needs. 

I wanted to post my acknowledgements in a public space...it's readers and fellow writers like them that make writing and indie publishing possible.

Affective Needs Acknowledgments 

First of all, thank you Rod, Beth, and Matthew. I love you.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with my editor, Maya Packard, on this book. Maya, I appreciate all your guidance and feel exceptionally lucky to have you in my corner. May you always have a booming editorial business. (But not so much that I can't get on your schedule!)

Ruth, being not always a very "likable" character, was tricky to craft right from the start. Several kind and patient people were generous with their time and offered feedback on early drafts of Affective Needs. Thank you Emma Patterson, Corinne O'Flynn, Krista Borland, Bonnie Miller, Danielle DeVor, Christine Ashworth, Shannon Baker, David Emmond, Ryan Ackerman, Danyiel Jobe, Kate Lansing, Richard Kennedy, Amanda Sprunger, Cathy Walker-Gilman, Dianna Radosevich, Amanda Marie, Tiffany Porter, Aimee Bassett-Milligan, Melanie La Surk, Chuck Harrelson, Kathleen Briscoe, Mark Archambault, Misty Tucker, Pamela Nassiff-Coble, Sarah Kumaraperu, Johnny West, Elizabeth Law, and Kristin Nelson. I am forever grateful for your time, thoughtful insights, and for helping this writer find her way with this book.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Full Cover Spread: Affective Needs

It's done!

Here is the full cover spread for my new Young Adult contemporary, AFFECTIVE NEEDS, due out August 11th!


It's thrilling to finally be able to see this book come into the world. There were many people who were kind enough to read early drafts of this book for me and offer feedback--I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Tomorrow I'll be posting the Acknowledgments for this title thanking all those pre-readers for their time. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom


(review is based on an uncorrected proof)
When her father is abducted, 17-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom must methodically search the underbelly of the European crime world and face off against the ruthless men who rule there. Over the course of the novel, this once middle-class teen’s metamorphosis into the hard edge of cruelty she will need to become in order to save her father and herself is both fascinating and magnificent to observe. Gwendolyn becomes powerful, strong, a chiseled weapon of muscle and determination—watching her become a dark hero able to out-think and outgun the most vicious of bad guys feels like vindication. Bergstrom's plot is tight and fantastically executed, sure to please readers longing for a high-octane young adult thriller unlike anything else currently out there. However, I do have a warning. Upon finishing this book female readers may experience an overwhelming compulsion to sign up for lessons in Krav Maga. 


To say that I enjoyed this book tremendously is an understatement. 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Affective Needs

Enter my Goodreads Giveaway to win one of five signed copies of my latest YA contemporary, AFFECTIVE NEEDS! (Open International!)

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.



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Affective Needs by Rebecca  Taylor

Affective Needs

by Rebecca Taylor

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ascendant: Library Journal Self-e Select Pick

In news I missed while traveling:

The first book in my Ascendant series has been chosen by Library Journal to be a part of their new curated collection of self-published books handpicked for nationwide library exposure. This is a nationwide module available on BiblioBoard Library at any local library subscribed to BiblioBoard and participating in the SELF-e program. 

I am thrilled to have Ascendant included in their collection! 



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Affective Needs Book Launch Giveaway!

The release date for Affective Needs is just around the corner, August 11, 2016. In celebration, I'm running a giveaway from now until July 31st! You can enter for your chance to win:

  • 1 of 5 signed paperback copies of Affective Needs
  • 1 of 20 ebook copies of Affective Needs
  • 1 of 2 $25.00 Amazon gift cards

It's going to be epic!

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.


Saturday, May 14, 2016