Monday, January 27, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Change Me by Lynne Taylor

Title: Change Me
Author: Lynne Taylor
Genre: Contemporary Romance


...because sometimes big changes are too much to take...
Sarah Fowler has spent her life accepting mediocrity. Being a plus-sized girl with only average looks, her self esteem leaves a lot to be desired. 
When the most perfect male God has ever created approaches her, Sarah battles with herself, wanting desperately to believe her fairy tale is coming true. Will she be able to accept his advances as genuine? Will she step out of her private, comfortable world and allow herself to be vulnerable to him? 
Dane McAllister is a heart-throb of a man who has his own demons. Having a rocky past, he has all but sworn off women. But when he sees Sarah, his world begins to turn again. There's something about her that draws him in. 
Will Dane be able to truly overcome his past and be the man Sarah longs for, or will he deepen her lifelong wounds?


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Finally, I reach the ladies’ room and quickly lock myself in the nearest stall. what am I going to do? Why didn’t I return his smile? Way to go, Sarah. Now he probably thinks you’re a total bitch. Why isn’t he dancing with some hottie? His friends are dancing, why isn’t he? It’s not like he couldn’t take his pick of any girl in the place. Maybe he wasn’t actually smiling at you, but at some girl on the floor that was in your general direction, I silently tell myself. That has to be it. Guys that look like him don’t smile at girls like me.
My thoughts are racing uncontrollable. I close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and exit the stall. Thank goodness the bathroom is void of other patrons because I need to have a one on one with my reflection in the mirror while I wash my hands. I approach the sink and there she is…in the mirror. The girl Jenna miraculously created. I had forgotten all about how I look tonight. I find myself straightening my clothes, fluffing my hair, checking my lipstick-all the things I would never normally do. Suddenly I realize, this is the beginning of a whole new me. Maybe he was smiling at me after all. I let out a slight giggle and blush at the thought.

A Thousand Years-Christina Perri
Just the Way You Are-Bruno Mars
My Heart Is Open-Keith Urban
Count Me In- Deana Carter
Rumor Has It-Adele
Start of Something Good-Daughtry
She’s Got This Thing About Her- Chris Young
Give In To Me-Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meister
Will You Marry Me- John Berry
Shameless-Garth Brooks
I’ll Always Be Your Baby- Natalie Grant
Yours Forever-Dara McLean
At Last- Etta James
For You I Will - Monica

Author Bio

I was born and raised in Michigan, though I absolutely hate winters! Why do I stay? Because I would rather freeze half to death and brave the wintery travel than to be more than a couple of miles away from my family.
I am a mother to an Awesome, Unique, Talented, Intelligent, Special, Magnificent little girl…and if you didn’t catch the acronym, she is autistic. She makes life interesting, and I am blessed to say that she is not severely affected by it. She’s a quirky little thing that holds my whole heart in her little hand, even when she is acting out. I also have been wearing the hat of stepmother to two girls much older than my six year old. I have been a major player in raising them for the last 17 years, and am glad to say they have survived and are in their early 20’s now.

My husband…the best on the planet. He is truly the other half of me. I may not have gotten it right the first time around, but I like to think of my first marriage as practice to make this one perfect…and it worked!

It wasn’t until I recently got into my 40’s that I decided to write fiction. I have always been well-versed in writing business letters and that sort of communication, but never believed I had the ability to write a complete novel. When I could no longer combat the nagging in my soul to just start writing, Change Me flowed like water.  In fact, the entire prologue was typed into my phone on notepad! Shocked by how well that went, I felt a spark in me that I could not extinguish unless I was writing. I am so proud of the book itself, but pretty dang surprised that I accomplished something I believed impossible. Now I have several more book ideas waiting in the wings to be written. It’s like I opened Pandora’s Box!

When I’m not working as a business manager of a veterinary hospital, in my very minimal free time I love to cook and dream up new recipes. I especially like to bake and create new luscious desserts. Planning and catering parties are challenges I love to take on every chance I get.  I absolutely love to be on the back of a motorcycle riding with my husband, though I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I would like. Crafts? You bet! Music-absolutely a necessity of life. But when I found myself with no time for reading I about lost my mind! Big props to the person who invented the Kindle, who thereby provided the opportunity to reunite me with my favorite pastime.

My dreams? Well, I generally am a “keep it simple” sort of person, but I hope to someday visit every tropical paradise possible! A beach chair, my kindle, and a cold drink, soaking up the sun while the surf whispers in my ear sounds like pure Heaven on Earth to me!
More than anything, I hope that I somehow leave a positive and lasting impression on the people I come in contact with, no matter what form of contact that may be.