I hope you’ll join me next Tuesday evening, 11/9/21 at 7:00 PM Mountain Time for the launch of my new book, The Secret Next Door. The event is hosted by Bookbar here in Denver and will be moderated by author Carter Wilson.
This past weekend was the Women’s Fiction Writers Association annual retreat in Albuquerque New Mexico. Every year they announce the winners of their STAR Award for published fiction and the Rising Star Award for unpublished manuscripts.
I’m thrilled to announce that Her Perfect Life won the STAR Award in the General category!
The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is a wonderful organization for writers (not just women!) who are actively working on manuscripts that fall within the “women’s fiction” domain. They regularly offer fantastic workshops that provide education on a wide array of craft and publishing topics.
Not to mention, they have some of the most knowledgable, charitable, and kind members I have ever met!
Thank you WFWA for this tremendous honor. And I’d like to send a special thank you to all the judges and event organizers that help make opportunities like this available to authors.
My publisher, Sourcebooks, is currently giving away 25 print copies of my new book, The Secret Next Door, on Goodreads. The official release isn’t until November 9th, so this is a chance to win a copy early! Here is the link.
It’s the perfect neighborhood, filled with not-so-perfect people.
Alyson Tinsdale is giving her son the childhood she never had: a stable family, loving home, and a great school in a safe neighborhood. When they move into the home of her dreams in one of Denver’s most sought-after developments, Alyson works hard to fit in and impress the other mothers.
Bonnie Sloan is the neighborhood matriarch. With her oldest son headed to Yale, and her youngest starting kindergarten, Bonnie is now pursuing her own long-held political aspirations. But it’s her middle child, Elijah, and their private family struggles, that cast a shadow over her plans.
When the open space behind some of the most expensive homes gets slated for development into an amusement facility, the neighborhood becomes deeply divided. The personal pressures and community conflicts ratchet with every passing day, but it’s when a thirteen-year-old boy is found dead beside the lake, that simmering tensions boil over into panic.
Gossip flows, lies are exposed, and accusations are made as cracks run through the community’s once solid foundations. The neighborhood’s faith in exterior appearances is eclipsed by the secrets every house keeps.
Rebecca Taylor, author of Her Perfect Life, returns with this fast-paced, engrossing novel that reminds us that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems.
The NetGalley listing for The Secret Next Door is now live from my publisher. If you are a book blogger/influencer I hope you’ll consider checking it out and requesting it for review. Here is the link. If you do post a review, please be sure to let me know so I can share it with my readers and on social media. Feel free to email me the link to your site or the review: rebecca (at) rrtaylor.com
I just had the marketing meeting with my agent, Kevan Lyon, and my publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, earlier this week, and I have to say I’m super excited about what they have planned for the coming months as we get closer to the November, 9th launch date. Please stay tuned for information about future book giveaway opportunities, author visits/signing, and interviews.
And this brings me to… Are you a book blogger? Do you think The Secret Next Door is a good fit for your readers? Would you like me to join you for an author interview as we barrel toward the release date? If so, leave a comment below or email me directly at rebecca (at) rrtaylor.com and we can get something on the schedule.
The Secret Next Door:
It’s a perfect neighborhood, filled with imperfect people.
Alyson Tinsdale is giving her son the childhood she never had: a stable family, a loving home, and a great school in a safe neighborhood. When they move into the home of her dreams in one of Denver’s most sought after neighborhoods, The Enclave, Alyson works hard to fit in, and impress, the other mothers—despite the growing sense she’s out of her league among their affluent social clique.
Bonnie Sloan is The Enclave’s matriarch. Her family built this neighborhood. With her oldest son headed to Yale and her youngest starting kindergarten, Bonnie is now pursuing her own long-held political aspirations—a Colorado senate seat. But it’s her middle child, Elijah, and their private family struggles, that cast a shadow over her plans.
When the open space behind some of the most expensive homes in the community gets slated for development into an amusement facility, Extreme Golf, the neighborhood becomes deeply divided on the issue. The Enclave community page suddenly erupts with long-held grudges, grievances, and verbal abuse. Seemingly overnight, Alyson’s dream neighborhood has devolved into a war zone while her once stable marriage is fracturing before her.
The personal pressures and community conflicts ratchet with every passing day, but it’s when a thirteen-year-old is found dead beside the neighborhood lake, that simmering tensions boil over into panic.
Gossip flows, lies are exposed, and accusations are made as cracks run through the once solid Enclave foundations. The community’s faith in exterior appearance is eclipsed by the secrets every house keeps.
A brutally honest, cuts you to the bone observation of modern-day motherhood, wifedom, and the biological and sociological shackles that (some) women both love to wear and struggle to maintain a personal identity with. There were so many lines and paragraphs in this book that succinctly nail what it means to live every day along the chaotic spectrum of motherhood, from the heights of immeasurable joy to the deepest depths of depression. Again, and again, and again Yoder captures the often unspoken everyday experiences of the mother-wife-women expertly while wisely choosing to communicate them through the only medium that could bear the full weight of conveying such a narrative–it’s a Grimm’s fairy tale of the truest sort.
It’s Sunday and I’m working on my planner set up for the week. Actually, I mean planners since I’m now operating out of seven separate ones. (If you didn’t catch my Happy Planner haul video last week, here’s the link). So I’m surrounded by washi tape, markers, stickers, and my lists and I realize it’s about time to really start thinking about the rollout for The Secret Next Door.
Specifically getting the word out, “Hey, I have another book coming out soon.” And all the events that go along with that like giveaways, blog posts, reviews, etc, etc. If you were a fan of my last book, Her Perfect Life, I think you’re going to love The Secret Next Door. Feedback from the author blurbs and pre-readers has been fantastic. “Page-turner” “Impossible to put down” “Kept me up all night”–exactly all the things I love to hear about my books because these are some of the very qualities that I love as a reader too.
And if you already know you love my books, well then here is your chance to be a huge support to this author by placing your pre-order for The Secret Next Door (which I hope you’re going to LOVE.) Pre-orders are kind of a big deal in publishing. I was trying to think about how to explain it to anyone outside of publishing, but Google had the best answer:
Why are pre-orders important? For an author, pre-orders can alert retailers and consumers that they should pay attention to your book. From the bookseller perspective, the pre-order quantity is a good early indicator of a book’s success and can lead to retailers increasing their initial orders.
So this is my first of probably many promotional book posts that will be coming over the next few months–sorry, but it’s sort of part of the author deal. You have to plug your own books. But I promise it won’t be a constant stream of “buy my book” because:
If I don’t want to write only ad copy here then I know you definitely don’t want to read only ad copy here
Other people have written some killer books that will also be landing in the next few months so I’ll be reading and posting about those too
Planners. I want to write more blog posts and record more videos about planners. If you, like my husband, don’t understand this, I’m sorry I can’t explain it
Life. Maybe I’ll like go out to dinner somewhere that isn’t my kitchen and I’ll have some nice food pictures to post
My NEW, NEW book, as in the one I’m currently writing. I’m excited about it
Which brings me to the topic of productivity
Also mental health
Which reminds me, my daughter is leaving for college…I have some feelings about this