Monday, October 12, 2015

Redeeming Hope by Shell Taylor - Blog Tour with exclusive excerpt



Title: Redeeming Hope 

Author: Shell Taylor 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase 

Length: Novel – 206 Pages 

Release Date: October 5, 2015 

Blurb: Home for Hope: Book One 

Fifteen years ago Elijah Langley’s world came to an abrupt halt with the death of his high school boyfriend. He keeps his past—and his sexual orientation—hidden until he attends a fundraiser for The Center for HOPE, an LGBT youth center, where he meets Adam Lancaster, HOPE’s infuriatingly stubborn and sexy founder. 

A survivor of a turbulent childhood, Adam understands better than most the challenges his youth face. He’s drawn to Elijah’s baby blues and devilish smile but refuses to compromise his values and climb back into the closet for anyone—not even the man showering time and money on HOPE. Months of constant flirting wear down Adam’s resolve until he surrenders to his desires, but Elijah can’t shake his demons. 

When a youth from the center is brutally assaulted, Elijah must find a way to confront the fears and memories that are starting to ruin his life, so he can stand strong for those he loves.


Eli clutched the glossy eight-by-ten as tears welled in his eyes. He could hardly believe the emaciated, washed-out figure in the picture was the same person he’d centered his entire world around just a few weeks earlier. Eli would recognize that face anywhere. God knows, he’d spent enough time staring at it—running his fingers over those soft lips, sucking on the kidney-shaped birthmark just below the ear. He never imagined he’d see those eyes so lifeless.

“It’s him,” Eli whispered, dropping the picture on the officer’s desk.

His mother rested a hand on his shoulder. “E.J.—”

“Don’t pretend to care, now that he’s dead.” Eli shrugged out of her grasp and clenched his jaw to hold in the gut-wrenching sobs brewing in his chest. “Will I need to identify the body in person too?”

The officer avoided Eli’s eyes, but his voice was kind. “If you’re certain, this is good enough for us. He’ll be released in the next thirty-six hours. Will you be claiming him, or will the city keep him?”

Eli’s eyes widened, and panic ripped through his heart. He’d never expected the search to end with a dead body, and there was no way he’d be able to give his boyfriend the funeral he deserved—the one Eli owed him for his own part in Brian’s death. Prepared to beg, he turned and met his father’s eyes for the first time since Brian disappeared from their house almost three weeks earlier.

“We’ll take care of his arrangements.” Eli’s mother spoke quietly but firmly, and his father dipped his chin in silent agreement.

Relief carried Eli back to his parents’ car, but grief consumed him as soon as he slid into the back seat. Burying his head in his knees, he shut out the rest of the world. Eli didn’t leave the quiet safety of the car until long after he arrived home, his cheeks crusted with salty tears from mourning the loss of the future he’d been so sure of.

Adam stepped forward, closing the distance between them. “Stop.” He pointed a finger in Elijah’s face. “This is not under your control, and it is not your decision to make. If you want to rescind your offer to help with the remaining purchase of the inn, that’s up to you. But if you think for one fucking second that I haven’t done all of the research necessary to determine that this is our best bet to open a safe place sooner rather than later, you don’t know me at all. Those kids don’t need the fucking Taj Mahal—they need a roof and food and some small sense of security. A mattress to sleep on at night is icing on the cake to them.”
Elijah stared at Adam, and once again, the seriousness of what Adam dealt with, day in and day out, hit home. Looking down, he pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed. “This place is a dump.”
“What’d you expect? I’m buying an entire hotel for a million dollars. Did you really think it would only need a new paint job? I told you there was some roof damage—”
“I thought that meant it leaked—not that there was a fucking forest in room eighteen.”
Adam continued as if Elijah hadn’t spoken. “I also told you there were plumbing issues in some of the rooms and that some had been broken into. We have volunteers who are willing to put in the manpower to fix this place up. All we need is to buy the materials. If you could get your head out of your ass for five minutes, you could see that not everyone in the world drives a… a Lexus LRA and uses gold-threaded handkerchiefs to wipe his ass.”
Adam’s voice had risen throughout his entire spiel, and his arms flailed a bit more wildly with each passing statement. When he was finished, he huffed and stared at Elijah with his hands on his hips. If looks could kill, Elijah would’ve been gone before Adam even started rambling about make-believe cars.

“What the hell is an LRA, and who told you I wipe my ass with a gold handkerchief?”



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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