Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shelter Valley Stories

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Becca's Baby

(Shelter Valley Stories, #1)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 297 pages
February 15th 2002 by Harlequin Books

Meet Will and Becca Parsons, who ve lived in Shelter Valley, Arizona, all their lives. Shelter Valley means everything to them. Home. Family. Security. Love. Everything that matters is right there in that town.

Will and Becca have been married for 20 years. It s a good marriage a contented marriage marred by only one disappointment: their inability to have children. But their dream of a baby has gradually been replaced by other interests, other goals.

In any case, Will and Becca are in their 40s now.

It s too late for babies.

Except it s not. Because Becca s pregnant. And that reality throws their carefully ordered lives into complete disarray.

A baby after all these years.

My Sister, Myself
(Shelter Valley Stories, #2)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 304 pages
May 31st 2002 by Harlequin Books

She's not who she says she is! Tory Evans is living her sister's life. Christine is dead, murdered by Tory's vengeful ex-husband, and now - for her own survival - Tory has taken on Christine's identity. Her name, her job, her new home in Shelter Valley, Arizona.

He's reinventing his life. Ben Sanders is a divorced father who's come to Shelter Valley to resume the education that was interrupted years before. He's intrigued by one of his professors, the woman he knows as Christine Evans. She's smart, she's beautiful - and she's hiding something. She's also off-limits.

Despite that, despite the secrecy and the danger, Tory and Ben are drawn to each other. Second chances really do exist. Especially in a place like Shelter Valley...

White Picket Fences
(Shelter Valley Stories, #3)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 298 pages
June 21st 2002 by Harlequin Books

What's missing in Miranda Parson's life? Nothing, she thinks--until she meets handsome, caring veterinarian Zack Foster and discovers an intense desire that shakes her safe and familiar world. Trouble is, a heart-weary Zack prefers his romances short and sweet and isn't looking for commitment to any woman. Yet the longing that ignited between them couldn't be resisted for long. But for true love there needs to be true risk--so will Zack and Miranda's quiet lives ever be the same again...?

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Harlequin

Guest Post!

I value friendship – most particularly friendships between adult women – as one of the most valuable privileges life has to offer. It’s funny because I don’t have a lot of friendships. I never have had. I was the girl who sat home alone with a Harlequin Romance on Friday nights during high school. I never went to a prom. Never went on one date during high school.

I always thought my aloneness was, well, first, because I loved books better than hanging out with immature guys around. But mostly it was because my best friend lived states away from me. We’d been best friends since she was five and I was six. She was magic, pure and simple. She got me and it always felt like no one else did.

Something I’ve realized, though, is that what she gave me was the deep rooted knowledge that there is this thing called friendship. It exists. And it’s for everyone and anyone open to it. As women that living and breathing entity – friendship – is there to sustain us through all that life throws at us. Our friends are our strength, our cheerleaders, our butt kickers, our believers…our magic. They understand us. And they are souls we can understand.

I had my 70th novel published this summer. And as I took a look back at two decades of work, I noticed something. Though a lot of my books are romances, telling of the great love between men and women, there is a thread of friendship that has always been there. This came through in all fourteen of the Shelter Valley Stories, though I didn’t know it. Or consciously see it there. But this summer my editor and I were talking about the books and there it was. I’d dubbed it the Shelter Valley heroines club in my mind. In the books, it’s a group of women – all of whom have their own books – who are friends and see each other through all of life’s ups and downs. It’s about acceptance. Forgiveness. And about butt kicking, too. The club is open to newcomers. It’s there for you – the reader. There to give you strength, hope, and acceptance as you find bits of yourself in their stories. It’s there for you to share with your friends.

And if you want to be friends…I’ve started a Friendship board on Pinterest. It’s an open board. Anyone can follow to post. The only caveat – it’s only about friendship. No sales. No causes – no matter how worthy. It’s just a feel good place for a friendship fix. We post personal pictures of us with our friends, pictures of celebrity friends, and lots and lots of friendship quotes. Sometimes we post good morning hugs. We’ve got over 1200 pinners – adding an average of 300 a month – and thousands of pins. That’s a lot of friendship. We’d love to have you join us at:

For a Limited Time! Grab all three books on sale!

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233. 

Tour Schedule
September 13th: Launch
September 15th: Mythical Books & Mel's Shelves
September 16th: Teatime and Books & deal sharing aunt
September 20th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

GRAND PRIZE (to one winner):  An eBook set of books 5 through 14 of the Shelter Valley Stories (Just Around the Corner, Born In the Valley, Sheriff of Shelter Valley, Nothing Sacred, Somebody’s Baby, Sophie’s Secret, Full Contact, It’s Never Too Late, Second Time’s the Charm, and The Moment of Truth) - INT
Print books of the last three books in the Shelter Valley Stories (The Shelter Valley Scholarship books: It’s Never Too Late, Second Time’s the Charm, and The Moment of Truth) - US only to one winner
e-book set of Born in the Valley and Sheriff of Shelter Valley – INT to one winner
Ends September 25th


  1. This looks like a cute series that would be perfect for in front of the fire on a long weekend!

    1. Thank you for saying so! There are fourteen books in Shelter Valley so far and this month all fourteen are on sale for $2.99 a piece. That's maybe two weekends worth!

      This series is seriously close to my heart. The books aren't all light - though some of them are. To me they're like walking through life hand in hand with your best friends. They all have different issues, and you get through them together. Sometimes laughing and sometimes crying. Anyway, I hope you give them a try!

  2. I haven't heard of these, but does seem like cute reads

    1. They're inexpensive this month, so I hope you'll give at least one of them a try. Becca's Baby is the first one I wrote, but if you read the back cover copies of the fourteen of them, you'll find all different kinds of stories. These books don't need to be read in any order. There isn't an underlying continuity story. They're just all set in the same town and so you get to know the people. The diner. The university. The landscape. It's small town life.