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Title: Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2)
Author: Shell Taylor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction
Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. One phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.
Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.
Hi, everybody! Shell Taylor here. I want to thank Prism Books for having me. It’s my first blog post here and I’m so excited to share some behind-the-scenes tidbits with you about Resurrecting Hope. This is the first book I’ve written to a playlist, so I wanted to share a few of the songs with you. They pushed me through difficult moments of writer’s block and a couple really helped shape the plot.
I shared on Dreamspinner’s website that a pivotal scene in the story was based around the song Say Something by A Great Big World. I think it was playing on a commercial one day while I was doing something random, not even paying attention to the TV, and I so clearly heard Elijah in my head screaming at Adam. “Just say something, dammit! I’m starting to give up on you!” I built the rest of the plot around that scene (and the background info I already knew about Adam of course).
If you’ve read Redeeming Hope, you know Adam had a traumatic childhood and was abandoned by his parents. If you read the teaser for Resurrecting Hope, you know his birth mother tries to contact him again after twenty-some years. I had to go back to my college days and pull Perfect by Simple Plan out of my old files to add to the playlist. This song captures so well the struggle Adam has as he deals with his birth mom suddenly springing back into his life, begging her to just accept him for who he is.
The book isn’t all doom and gloom. My husband was listening to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran almost on repeat right before I started writing Resurrecting Hope. I fell in love with it too and felt it captured the never-ending, all-consuming love Adam and Elijah have for one another. They struggle and fight and separate in this book, but Adam, and especially Elijah, never waver in their love for one another. (Though I hope they love each other past seventy)!
Then my friend, Meredith, shared a remix of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Sleeping At Last, and I fell in love with the song. (I’m not a huge fan of the original version—at least not big enough to listen to it in such a small play list over and over!) It’s so beautiful so if you haven’t listened to this version yet, run quick and listen.
There were a couple others I listened to that didn’t really influence the story but the repetition of the same six songs really gave me a tunnel vision I needed for the book to pour out as well as it did. I hope you look up these songs if you haven’t heard them and that you enjoy Resurrecting Hope.
If you haven’t read Redeeming Hope yet, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy! And please come find me! I love talking to new people ☺ I hang out mostly on Facebook, but if you follow my Tumblr or Twitter, you’re likely to see a lot of mooshy boy-love, Once Upon a Time flailings, and Marvel flailings.
“Hey, Chloe,” Elijah said as he waltzed into the foyer. He carried two trays. “I brought you a sundae.”
“Oh. Thank you, Elijah,” Chloe said, her wide eyes darting between Adam and Jessica. “How thoughtful.”
“I try every now and then,” he said as he placed both trays on her desk, wriggled one of the cups out for her, and bent down to pick up Adam’s forgotten water bottle. “Did you drop this?” Elijah slid the bottle into Adam’s hand and allowed his fingers to linger against Adam’s. The grin he offered was solely reserved for Adam. Elijah hadn’t noticed Adam’s mother yet. His back had been to her since he walked in the door, but with that small smile, Elijah unknowingly bolstered Adam’s confidence. Adam smiled back.
“Thank you. Maybe Chloe can call someone out here to collect those. There’s someone you need to meet.” Elijah swiveled around to see Adam’s birth mother sitting in the corner. He closed the distance between them and held out his hand with all the confidence of a multimillionaire CEO.
“Hi, there. I’m Elijah Langley. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Terror written all over her face, Jessica stared at him for a moment and then looked toward Adam.
“This is Jessica… Lancaster.” Adam spoke quietly, but he knew Elijah heard because his entire body tensed. He could imagine the look on Elijah’s face, given the way Jessica quickly averted her eyes.
“Oh.” Elijah dropped his hand and returned to Adam’s side.
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About the Author
Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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