Blog Blitz for Depths Of Lake (The McCain Saga #3) by Keary Taylor (With excerpt, interview, & giveaway)

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TITLE: Depths Of Lake
SERIES: The McCain Saga #3
AUTHOR: Keary Taylor
PUBLICATION DATE: October 14th 2014
PUBLISHER: Independent
PRE-ORDER LINK: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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It was another day at the ranch, training horses and working fifteen hour days. And then the last person I ever expected showed up. Lake McCain: a Marine, tall, ripped—and the best friend of my dead fiancé. Cal died to save Lake, and now Lake claims that he carries a debt to me that he can never repay.

I wanted to brush him off. But then my mom, the manager of the ranch, went and hired him. We spend hours working together with the horses. Lake doesn’t say much. He’s layered and dark and he tries to seem shallow and simple. But he isn’t. There are things under his surface that matter. He works, quiet and strong, and never once lets me down.

Until he confesses that he may be falling in love with me. I can’t deny that there is something between us. But a relationship? I just can’t. I’ve used up all my chances at love. My past relationships have ended in death or disaster, and now I have to live with all of that.

I’m Riley James, and there are depths to Lake—depths to myself—that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.


“Thank you for this,” I say, my voice small and quiet. “This was all you. You didn’t have to, and no one asked. But you did it. And for that, I’m grateful.”

Lake slides his hands into his pockets and takes a few slow steps toward me. His eyes drop to the ground at our feet. “You know, for a long time, I’ve felt like I didn’t really matter. If that makes any sense. Being in the Marines helped some. But you know that feeling of emptiness?” he looks up at me, his eyes opening up in a way that I can see. And I do know. “It was always there. But being here lately? It’s changed that. I love what we do here. I love working the ranch and the long days and the feeling that I’m doing something good. That I’m doing something important.”

He takes two more steps toward me. He’s close enough that I can smell him now. The sweat of the day. The scent of his shampoo from this morning. And something that is so Lake that it sends my head spinning.

“But it’s not just the ranch and the work, Riley,” he says quietly. His voice is low and warm, just like the day outside. “It’s you, too. When I’m around you, I feel like I matter.”

Something builds inside of me, something that resembles a thousand hooves beating across the fields at sunrise.

One slow, carefully thought out step at a time, he closes the space between us. He places a hand on the wall on either side of my head, boxing me in. His eyes study my face. My cheeks, my nose, my lips. His face is so close.

Something in my blood jumps to life, and I’m staring at his mouth.

“What’s holding you back, Riley?” he finally says. His voice is low and rough. And there’s a mountain of unspoken words behind it. “Why won’t you let yourself go?”


Tell us a little bit about The McCain Saga.
This is a family saga about three brothers and one sister. The McCains all have big personalities and crazy love stories. And they always have each others backs. Each book is told from a different woman’s point of view, Kaylee Ray, Sage McCain, Riley James, and Whitney Ford.

Describe DEPTHS OF LAKE in five words.

Each of the McCain books is told from a different characters point of view. Which of them to you relate to the most?
There’s certainly a little piece of me in each and every one of them. I’d say I have Kaylee’s positive outlook on life, Sage’s ambition, Riley’s independence, and Whitney’s creativity. But the one I relate to the MOST is probably Sage. We both have a bit too much pride and are always reaching for something more.

Writing adult contemporary romance is a new thing for you. What made you decide to make the jump to that genre?
I was actually working on a YA paranormal when I started feeling a bit overwhelmed and burned out. I’d just finished my sci-fi series in one year, and I needed something different. I needed something that was just FUN to write. So I sat down and started on MOMENTS OF JULIAN. It wrote it exactly how I wanted to write it with no readers in mind. It was therapy for me. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about her brothers. And that’s how The McCain Saga came to be!

So, what else have you written?
I have my most popular series, a NA paranormal romance: the Fall of Angels trilogy (BRANDED, FORSAKEN, VINDICATED, and novelette, AFTERLIFE). And then my NA post-apocalyptic romance: The Eden Trilogy (THE BANE, THE HUMAN, THE EVE, shorts THE RAID and THE ASHES). And then I have a YA contemporary standalone, WHAT I DIDN’T SAY.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Riley James is a country girl through and through. Both for the fact that she runs a ranch and trains horses, and she’s the daughter of a career Marine. She loves America, and was engaged to a Marine. And then he died. So when Lake, another soldier, comes into her life, she’s a bit broken. But she’s one of the strongest women you’ll meet.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?


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Keary Taylor
Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN’T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit

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Review for The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor

The Bane by Keary Taylor

TITLE: The Bane
SERIES: The Eden Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Keary Taylor
PUBLISHER: Independent
PAGES: 352 pages
SOURCE: NetGalley
RATING: 4 stars

Eve doesn’t know her history. She was found wandering around at 12 with barely any clothes and no memory of life before the Evolution. TorBane was an exciting new technology that was imbedded cybernetic material into human DNA and make it possible to regrow human organs and limbs. When it was first announced people were overjoyed at the possibility of finally getting the new organ they had been wait-listed for or regrowing the limb they had lost. Something went terribly wrong and the mechanical bits starting taking over. All too quickly the soul was gone and what remained was a malicious Bane determined to assimilate the rest of the population. Eve is now part of Eden, one of the last few remaining human colonies. With 30+ members, they all wondered if they were all that was left of humanity and with the Bane getting more aggressive and cunning by the day, they wondered how much longer they would last.

Eve is that kickass female character that we all want to be. She’s strong, confident, and determined to protect Eden, no matter what. She is somewhat emotionally impaired, having difficulty understanding grief and other strong emotions, but she loves the people of Eden and will protect them until her last breath. She has negative qualities as well, with a low tolerance for deception and a recklessness that can lead to trouble. She also enviable because she can survive with less food and less sleep than anyone else. What I could accomplish if I only needed 4-5 hours of sleep per night is unimaginable.

Then there are Sarah and Avian, a brother and sister who have more or less adopted Eve into their lives. Sarah is kind and caring, helping Eve in any way she can and being the best girl friend you can share everything with. Avian is strong and intelligent. He is the official doctor of their camp, though he never did earn his doctorate. He had a couple years medical training in the army before the Bane started taking over. I find it interesting that the same parents who gave Avian such an interesting name gave Sarah such a boring one. It is pretty obvious from the beginning that Avian has a thing for Eve and I was rooting for them from the moment he gives her that necklace. ::swoons::

West is the other corner in the inevitable love triangle. He’s the outsider, the newcomer who is full of secrets, some about the past that Eve cannot remember. He basically becomes Eve’s stalker, following her around and becoming part of her hunting party and so on. He makes her feel passion, but is that all a relationship should be built on?

Then we have my favorite part, the plot. This had a very I-Robot feel to me, even though the concepts are pretty different, I couldn’t help picturing the bots from I-Robot as the Bane. Robots, even robot-human hybrids, dominating the planet holds a mystical interest for me (except the original Terminator movies, which I will NEVER watch). Seeing the humans outwit the machines is something that just fascinates me, especially when the machines have become so advanced. This mechanical virus spreads quickly. A single touch will infect you and there is absolutely nothing that can save you. With the Bane outnumbering the humans so greatly, how can there be any hope for our survival? Because the members of Eden are determined to live, to survive and annihilate the bots, even if they die trying.

This really is an amazingly intense read, filled with romance and mystery. ****SPOILER****Though the part about Eve being the original hybrid is ssssoooooo predictable.****END SPOILER**** It gets knocked down from 5 stars because I really do loath love-triangles and also because of the ending. No one important dies at then end, but someone is on the brink and I wasn’t happy about it. Really though, if you like dystopians with a bit of romance, this is for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I can’t wait to read the next one.

****Thank you to Keary Taylor Books for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

Review for What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

TITLE: What I Didn’t Say
AUTHOR: Keary Taylor
PUBLISHER: Independent
PAGES: 326 pages
SOURCE: NetGalley
RATING: 4 stars

Jake Hayes life changes forever when he stupidly decides to get into a car with his friend when they are all drunk. Four days later her wakes up in the hospital with limited memory of a car accident that hast literally left him speechless. During the crash, a T post skewed him through the throat and damaged his vocal cords to the point that what was left had to be removed during the surgery’s that saved his life. Angry at life and trying to deal with is new disability, Jake withdraws from everyone until Samantha, his dream girl, starts tutoring him in ASL (American Sign Language). Once he learns that things could have been much worse, he starts to live again and learn more about Sam than he ever thought he could.

I was hooked into this book from the first moment of Jake’s accident. I am fascinated by sign language and I found myself franticly scouring the internet looking for the symbols for the words Jake was learning, wishing that the eARC I received from netgalley would have came with a small glossary of simple sign language. It’s hard to see the story take place in your head when you have no idea what kind of motions Jake, Sam, and the rest of the cast are performing. This angsty novel quickly turned thoughtful and poignant as Jake and Sam grow closer and Jake truly sees that he isn’t the only one who has a hard time in life. I felt like Jake’s frustration with his muteness was very well portrayed. His frustrations when he couldn’t even defend himself in arguments or when for a moment he would forget and try to speak before he realized he was no longer able.

Sam was, by far, the most interesting character. She’s smart and pretty and so fucking determined to get a scholarship that she won’t let anyone stand in her way. She’s also sweet and caring. Oh, and she doesn’t believe in love. I found this idea both intriguing and hard to follow. She doesn’t believe in love? Any kind of love? I get that having an alcoholic father who bails on you early in life can cause issues, but how can you not believe in love? Especially when it is very apparent that you love your mother very much?

My only issue with this novel isn’t a major one. Jake didn’t read like a guy to me. I have a hard time believing a guy uses no foul language or crude descriptions of women in their inner thoughts. Is that sexist? Probably, but since I’m a girl and occasionally think of guys in a crass manner, I assume they do as well. Plus, I’ve read several YA’s lately that have parts through the male perspective that felt very truly male (like Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry). Like I said, not a big deal, I just wanted to put that out there.

This novel definitely had a unique premise and the writing lives up to the idea. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a peak behind what it’s like to be mute or just wants a touching love story that will make you grateful for all you have.

****Thank you to Keary Taylor for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****