Honorary Blogger Taylor V. Donovan: It’s A Serial Problem + Giveaway!


It’s A Serial Problem

by Taylor V. Donovan

Hey, all!

As you may or may not know, I’ve been on tour all over the gay romance blogiverse promoting my upcoming release. Hearsay  is Book 1 in a trilogy featuring Derrick Swain and Roman Bradford, and pretty much the beginning of their journey towards happiness. 

Yes, I’m writing another series, even though I’ve only released two titles in my other series, By Degrees

The thing is, I have a weakness for well developed characters. I want to know who they really are, what makes them happy and what makes them tick. I want to develop a relationship with them as individuals before they become someone’s better half. Long-lasting relationships, in my opinion, take a lot of work, bending, and compromising. In order for me to believe a couple will live happily ever after, I have to see them hit rock bottom first. I have to see them face stuff together, and I have to believe they’re truly willing to fight for the person they love.

People in love need time to become a real couple. They have to show their bad side, their quirks, their annoying habits, and the other person needs time to decide if that’s something they can deal with. This is the reason Bylaws was born. Derrick and Roman have serious issues to deal with, and doing so will take time. In Hearsay we’ll see one of our guys doing everything he can to get the man he wants, while our other protagonist resists the pull with everything he has. Why? Because some people think love isn’t enough… because they believe that, when you really love someone, you need to let them go. And why does our guy think that? You’ll have to read Hearsay to find out. 🙂

And speaking of finding things out…

If you’ve read Six Degrees of Lust there’s a very good chance you called me some unrepeatable names for leaving a certain scene out. I’m a few years late, but I’m about to make it up to you. 🙂  Coming soon—next week—look for Slingin’ Ink… but only if you’re already read Six Degrees of Lust. Otherwise you’ll get spoiled.

And, speaking of getting spoiled… How about you all spoil me by sharing your thoughts on insta-love versus slow build-up? I brought a copy of Hearsay with me to give away, plus a paperback, plus this cute little bag with the Bylaws logo, because, yes, I like branding my stuff, too. So go ahead. Leave a comment for a chance to win.

Good luck, everyone, and many thanks to The Blogger Girls for hosting me today.

Ta for now!



About Hearsay

Hearsay_600x900Senior associate attorney Derrick Swain wants it all: a loving husband, a fulfilling career, and a couple of kids. After years of hard work he’s on the fast track to a promotion. He’s also met the man of his dreams. A week of daily lunch meetings in Central Park provides the perfect setting to get to know him better, and Derrick thinks it won’t be long before they take the next step and go on a date. But instead of asking him out, the object of his affection stops showing up without explanation, leaving him to wonder what went wrong.

As part owner of one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City, Roman Bradford knows that professional success isn’t the be all end all. Although he’s been lucky in life, true love has eluded him for the most part. One too many failed relationships have caused him to be leery of trying again, until he meets a man that can only be described as temptation personified. A few conversations is all it takes for Roman to start believing things will be different this time around. It doesn’t matter that they are boss and employee, or that he’s feeling too much, too fast. Not when he can see the same emotions in Derrick’s eyes. Then life turns on a dime, and Roman has no option but to let his chance at happiness go.

A battle of wills ensues when a life-altering case brings them together a year later. Roman wants to do the right thing by not letting anything happen between them, and Derrick is determined to prove they’re meant to be together. Evidence will be presented and final arguments will be made. Will they be able to come to an agreement, or will they opt to have their potential relationship dismissed?


Check out the cover of Slingin’ Ink!




About Taylor V. Donovan

TVDlogoTaylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about the world; lover of history, museums and all things 80s. She is crazy about fashion, passionate about civil rights and equality for all, and shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television.

When she’s not making a living in the busiest city in the world or telling the stories of gorgeous men hot for one another, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in the mountains she calls home.

For more information, check out Taylor’s website.


As Taylor said, she’s giving away a few awesome prizes to three lucky winners!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Thursday, May 21st, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winners will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!

Make sure to follow the blog for the winners’ announcement post or check back next Friday, May 22nd, 2014, to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | 16 Comments

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16 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger Taylor V. Donovan: It’s A Serial Problem + Giveaway!

  1. jenf27

    I prefer slow build-up. I do like it when there is something about another person that grabs/intrigues one character and won’t let go, but I don’t buy that as love (unless it is a paranormal or fantasy type of story). It’s the thing that makes them want to know the other person better (sometimes despite themselves 🙂 ).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jlf827 {at} icloud {dot} com

  2. JenCW

    I will read both instalove and slow build up. Both can be written well in the right circumstances.


  3. Trish

    Huge fan! Looking forward to all the new reads from Taylor!

  4. Debra E

    While I prefer a slow build I don’t just write off insta-love books. As long as the characters grab me and and the chemistry works I’m willing to go along for the ride.

    debdeege (at) optonline (dot) net

  5. Verena

    Both insta-love and slow build can be good. It totally depends on the story. But usually I prefer something in between. Not too quick, but also not too slow.

  6. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I like both sometimes the insta love is wonderful and exciting to read but then slow build up can also make you want to read the book and enjoy the build up.


  7. Otila

    I think both can be good but I prefer a slow build, which is why I love series.

  8. Tammy

    I’m probably in the minority but I love a good insta love story. I like it better if only one character feels it and has to fight for the other’s affections – maybe that disqualifies it as insta love. I also love the “fated-mate” type of shifter stories.

  9. I’m not a big fan of insta-love. I don’t mind the idea of fated-mates as long as the relationship builds up. The attraction and sexual tension of the build up is the best part. I especially love when animosity turns to attraction then love. Book sounds really great. Thanks for the awesome giveaways.


  10. Lisa G

    I prefer the slow build over insta-love. I’m really looking forward to Hearsay and I’m so very excited about Slingin’ Ink – 515 bring it on – love me some Mac & Sam – one of my favorite series!

  11. Penumbra

    I prefer slow build-up. I love the discovery the characters make about each other and the hardships they go through to fall in love. I do believe insta-love can happen, but the fact that so many books have it happen, actually makes insta-love seem more unbelievable for me.


  12. Alaina

    I also prefer the slow build over insta-love. Though I don’t mind the love at first sight or the fated mate premise if there is some exploration and explanation of why they make such good partners. If the story is left at “well the fates decided this love so of course we love each other” that tends to be very unsatisfying.
    aegger.echo @ yahoo .com

  13. Hannah B.

    I will read both insta love and slow build, the characters have to have chemistry and the story has to grab me. Look forward to your new book.

  14. Barbra

    I prefer a slow build, even though I’ve read a lot of insta-love and have liked it. I always have a little part of my brain reminding me that NOBODY falls in love that fast. Lust probably, but love, no.

  15. Thank you all so much for sharing your opinions and entering the giveaway! Also, my apologies for not replying to your individual messages. I was a bit sick and staying away from the internet, but I really appreciate your interest in Hearsay. ❤

  16. Lisa

    I probably read and enjoy stories that have more of a slow build up, but sometimes insta-love can be fun too. What’s important is the chemistry between the characters. Thanks for the giveaway!


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