About Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance. In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there. Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out. My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

Who Needs A Shot In The Arm? by @TaylorLeeWrites

Shot In The ArmWe all do. That shot in the arm I’m referring to is the Covid 19 vaccine. We now have passed the one-year anniversary of living amid a devastating pandemic. The statistics are horrific. Thirty million people in the United States alone have been infected by Covid 19 and more than five hundred and fifty thousand Americans have died from the virus.  Untold millions of people—men, women, and children—have suffered economically, socially, personally, and medically from this once in a century catastrophe.

My guy and I are social beings. We love music, art, the theater, and hanging out in sports bars. We are super connected to our families and can’t imagine not celebrating every holiday and special occasion without them. And, yet, that is what we have had to do this last challenging year.

Along Comes a Shot in the Arm

But then the miracle of scientific miracles came along in the form of a shot in the arm. We now have not one but three—with more on the way—life saving vaccines.

I got my second shot in the arm in a huge sports area along with thousands of other excited and grateful people. I was far from the only one who jumped out of my car and insisted that I get my picture taken with the first responders giving the shots. It felt like we all were part of a determined army insisting that we truly could turn the corner.

Now to my dismay I’m hearing about a scary new issue. Vaccine hesitancy. For some, it’s fear from past discriminatory practices associated with vaccines. For others, it’s a fear of what they see as medical conspiracies. And now there is a new group who say they won’t get the vaccine for political reasons. Ouch!

Let’s Live Life! Get That Shot!

I’m spoiled; I don’t mind admitting it. I want to eat in restaurants. Going to a movie theater is a favorite pastime of mine. I want to watch my sports teams in person. And most of all I want to hug my grandsons. I’ll also admit I’m a caring person and would never forgive myself if I caused someone to get sick or die because I refused to take precautions.

So please, guys, whatever your fears or reasons, let’s join together and defeat this Covid 19 monster. Roll up your sleeve and get that shot in the arm.

And while you’re waiting for your shot, treat yourself to my latest book in The Olive or Twist Saga.

Challenging Year

He’s a hard as nails police chief.  She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance.  Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the third standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga, a steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, cops, courts, and scorching passion, then you’ll love this sizzling thrill-ride. Grab You Can’t Always Get What You Want to get hot under the collar today!

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And while you are at it pick up a copy of Unforgettable Revenge: Glory and Satisfaction. Eight New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors have joined forces to bring you fast-paced love stories so filled with passion and danger, you won’t want to put it down.

Topaz

 

My book in the collection is Topaz, part of the provocative Ladies of the Night series. The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

A Challenging Year … Enter “Mattress Mack” by @TaylorLeeWrites

To say this has been a challenging year is a massive understatement. But then how do we describe, much less fathom, a year when half a million Americans have died from Covid 19? Add that millions of people have lost their jobs, foodbanks are running out of food, schools are operating at half-mast… the list goes on. A breathtakingly challenging year indeed.

But I’m an optimist at heart and was beginning to think we might be turning the corner. On a personal level, my “guy” underwent months of radiation treatment and his prognosis is encouraging. We made it through the holidays. Hopefully next year I will be able to celebrate with my daughters and grandsons. The election drama is over. Help from the federal government to people in desperate need seems to be on the way. I got my first vaccine shot. Yep, I thought, maybe the challenging year was behind us and things were beginning to look up. I decided we might be able to get back to living life again.

And then the storm of a decade (century?) hit Texas. As of Sunday, more than 14 million Texans were under orders to boil their water before drinking it–or did not have water. Millions lost power.  We saw pictures of families putting on all their clothes and huddling under covers with their kids in below zero temperatures. Across the state, neighbors lined up at municipal spigots for water, melted snow to flush their toilets, and lined up for food at poorly stocked grocery stores and food banks. The scenes were devastating. So much for optimism.

Just when I was about to give into depression, along came Mattress Mack! In case you missed the story, Mattress Mack, otherwise known as James F. McIngvale, is a Houston furniture store owner who was known to dress up in a mattress in his television commercials. According to the Associated Press, seeing his fellow Texans cold and hungry, with little shelter from the winter storm, Mattress Mack opened his doors. In the last week thousands spent a few hours on armchairs and couches to warm up, or slept on their choice of beds in the 100,000 square foot showroom. Little kids played on playground equipment. They ate donated food or food paid for by Mr. McIngvale. McIngvale said, “When my people are dying and freezing, I am going to take care of them,” he said. “That comes before profit every time.”

I don’t know about you, but knowing that there are people like Mattress Mack, selfless beacons of hope in decidedly crummy times, is inspiring.  It might even confirm that being a “cock-eyed” optimist is at least worth considering. Onward.

On a decidedly optimistic note, my latest book goes live today.

Challenging Year

He’s a hard as nails police chief.  She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance.  Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off. You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the third standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga, a steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, cops, courts, and scorching passion, then you’ll love this sizzling thrill-ride. Grab your copy of You Can’t Always Get What You Want to get hot under the collar today!

Please Christmas: Be Done!

Admit it. Even those of us who love Christmas and all it means to us and our wonderful family traditions–we occasionally think: Enough already.  Please Christmas: Be Done.  Let’s face it, decorating the tree, buying and wrapping the gifts, planning the menus, baking, cooking, holiday parties etc., etc. can be a tad overwhelming.  But we quickly get over it and joyfully celebrate the glorious season.

But Christmas isn’t always wonderful.  Particularly if you are dealing with the challenges facing the family in my story.  Seven year old Liam is determined to find Santa and beg him to come to their house this Christmas.  When his teenage sister refuses to take him to the Santa Parade–insisting that she hates Christmas and would never be seen with her ‘baby’ brother, Liam sets off by himself.

Many hours later, District Attorney Miles Stark comes home from a thirteen hour day to a dark house.  To his horror, he discovers his housekeeper gone, his teenage daughter sequestered in her bedroom and his young son nowhere to be found. Frantic with fear, he discovers that none of Liam’s first grade friends or their families have seen Liam since school ended hours before. A message from the police station indicating that his son was found at a deserted city park fills him with relief… and pain.

In that his young son could have been seriously hurt hunting for Santa, and all his hostile teenage daughter wants is for “Christmas to be done”, Miles Stark acknowledges, not only did he lose his wife to cancer, but he might be losing his children.

Meantime, Adalina Cruz, the gorgeous, hard-as-nails detective assumes she will despise the prominent district attorney, whose young son might have been killed hunting for Santa. To her surprise, she acknowledges the powerful man struggling to deal with his grieving daughter and young son was as complicated as he was arrogant. It didn’t help that he was handsome as heck and honorable to boot.

This is a story about love and loss.  The love between a father and his children threatened by his wife’s death.  What used to be a loving relationship between a brother and sister grieving the loss of their mother. And a disillusioned man and woman certain that love isn’t in the cards for them.

But, it is also an uplifting story.  One about the power of love and redemption. A story that ultimately confirms the magic of Christmas and its power to heal the most challenging wounds.

Here’s wishing you a Merry and Joyous Christmas.  Eat lots of cookies! I have it on the best authority….who happens to be chubby and wears a red suit, that wine goes as well as eggnog does with Christmas cookies!  

And enjoy Dear Santa – 2020 AB Christmas Collection, 24 great Christmas stories that will warm your heart! 

Check out my new release: Ain’t No Place for No Heroes, the first standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga, a hard-driving, steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, political intrigue, and scorching passion, prepare to be wowed by the sexy law enforcement gang that hangs out at the Olive or Twist tavern.

Happy Turkey Day! Time to eat too much and time to be grateful!

Turns out Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should reflect and take stock of all the positive things in our lives. In fact, there is scientific proof that being grateful is just plain good for you. According to some “gratitude” researchers, here are some ways to integrate scientifically endorsed gratitude into your life.

Write Down What You’re Grateful For. 

Begin your day by listing ten things that you are grateful for. A wise friend told me that when I was facing some seemingly insurmountable problems.  At first I thought she was crazy.  The last thing I felt at the moment was gratitude.  But, I tried it.  At first I could only get to four or five things that I was grateful for but within days I was having difficulty stopping at ten.  It’s now become such an ingrained habit that I not only start the day but I also end it by silently making my “gratitude lists”.

Gratitude researchers confirm I was on track. They’ve discovered those who keep at gratitude journals exercise more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were generally more optimistic about the upcoming week—compared to their negatively focused counterparts.

Even a Single Act of Kindness Can Go a Long Way.

Every act of gratitude counts. It can be as small as saying thank you or telling someone important how much they mean to you. Scientists studying positive psychology found that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. The happy effects disappeared within three to six months which shows that gratitude is an act to be repeated again and again.

Want to improve your love life?  Tell your partner you’re grateful he/she is in your life!

While being grateful is good for you, being on the receiving end of it can do wonders for your romantic relationships! A recent study found that after receiving gratitude, participants noticed that their partner was more responsive to their needs and overall more satisfied with their relationship. Gratitude was shown to have had a long-term effect that was seen six to nine months later.

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So, yes by all means eat anything you want on Turkey Day.  Why not? But most of all, as you sit down to the fabulous feast, be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.  And please know how grateful I am that you are in my life.  I’m grateful that my stories come alive in my imagination in mystical ways.  But the real magic happens when my readers open the books and enter the worlds I created. Talk about squaring a magical circle.  Many thanks!

A few gratitude quotes to help keep your life in perspective:

“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”  A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” 
 
Alphonse KarrA Tour Round My Garden

 “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  Willie Nelson

And just in time for Thanksgiving, grab my two new books–at the special “I appreciate you! price: $0.99 each!

Against the Odds

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State of Play

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Against the Odds: Book 1; The Candidate

Desperate for campaign cash, Gia is determined to get the wealthy tech magnet to support her candidate.  She insists she doesn’t want him, she just wants his money.  That assertion lasts until she meets him.

State of Play: Book 2: The Candidate

When her pedophile candidate crashes and burns, Gia accepts that her life as a hotshot campaign manager is over.  Given the profoundly corrupt candidate who is now a shoe-in to win, Logan challenges her to run for the office–something she swore she’d never do.  When Logan refuses to take no for an answer, for better or worse, Gia concedes.

If you like smart characters, tough-talking politicos, and scorching passion, you’ll love Taylor Lee’s sizzling thrill-ride.

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Get hot under the collar today!