Taylor Jenson wants nothing more than to escape the drama of her cheating ex and her self-absorbed parents. So when her half-sister offers her a job, Taylor flees to the small country town to bide her time until she starts her brand new successful life at university. The life she wants.
She didn’t expect to meet Isaiah Butler, a gorgeous country boy who is convinced there is more to her than the shallow young woman everyone else seems to see, including herself. He isn’t like any guy she’s met before and she’s completely thrown by the intense sexual attraction she has for him—something she didn’t know she was capable of feeling.
But when Isaiah reveals his past obsessive-turned-dangerous sex life, Taylor doesn’t trust that he can continue to resist what had lured him to that life in the first place. And she questions if she is enough of woman to help him stay away.
When a series of life-changing events brings them together in ways that are new to them both, Taylor soon learns that sex is not just about physical gratification, trust can be earned if you’re willing to be vulnerable, and life and love require a leap of faith to get what you want.
Behind the Story
The book is dedicated to those who have had their sexuality hijacked and are fighting to get it back.
What do I mean by “hijacked”? Our sexuality hijacked by media, big business, societal norms, religion… and everything else that influences us to be what we’re sold is “normal” or “in” to be loved and accepted.
When I was writing Say My Name, my intention was to explore individual authentic sexuality, a deeper love expressed through sex than what we typically see portrayed in media, an intimacy that is sacred, and the wounds/traumas that are obstacles to living true to who we are in our relationships.
I picked the New Adult genre because it was in my late teens when I started to experience the shutting down that was a result of my sexuality being hijacked. So I wanted to write about a relationship between a couple around that age who were made aware of this influence. I wanted to explore what these fictional characters could do, and how they could help each other, to take their sexuality back.
At the same time, I wanted to make it entertaining. I love the idea of venturing into deeper issues and presenting the wisdom that comes with that in a way that is enjoyable and exciting to the reader. The idea here is even if the underlying layers of the story don’t resonate with you, you can still read it as a romance novel with an HEA and the possibility of finding a new book boyfriend.
Gosh, I hope I accomplished at least some of this.
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Tricia Best is a dangerous writer, or so her writing method has been called, as she writes her stories by observing the visions in her head and then coming back to earth when it’s time to edit. By day she is an explorer, traversing the inner landscapes of her psyche (where she finds the best writing material) as she embraces the human experience called life. Her profoundly enjoyable life includes reading, drawing, volunteering, working as a part-time administrative assistant for healers, hanging out in nature, unabashedly eating chocolate, listening to music, indulging in frequent sensory deprivation and practicing natural movement fitness. She is highly introverted and a recluse by choice, only coming out of her cave for the most special of occasions (and grocery shopping), and lives in the Greater Toronto Area with her husband and two feline fur babies.
Say My Name is Tricia’s first book.
A sample will be made available after my beta readers and editor have taken their turns at it.
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This playlist includes songs whereby the album, artist or the specific song are referenced in the book. I was very particular about which music I used and it’s my hope you might listen to each one in order to understand the scene, the characters and their dynamic in more depth.
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The Name “Taylor”
My nephew’s name is Taylor. That’s right; Taylor is a boy’s name in my family. As for using it as a girl’s name, well, I thought it was kind of funny because I have a nephew named Taylor (I know, weird sense of humour) and it came up as a name I would associate with a popular high school girl.
The Name “Isaiah”
I am in love with the name Isaiah. It is one of those names that resonates deeply like a favourite melody.
I remember trying to read the Bible when I was around ten years old. I didn’t get very far (later I would learn the New Testament by becoming fanatical about all things “Jesus Christ Superstar”). If I had managed to read it, I might have come across the name Isaiah before reading Katie McGarry’s Dare You To.
Though Isaiah was a minor character in the book, the second book in the series was centred around him. Thankfully, I was a little late to the whole Pushing the Limits series party so I didn’t have to wait to read Crash into You. He became my very first book boyfriend (I have one other but I’m not telling who). You always fall hard for your first.
I use astrological profiles to help round out the development of my main characters. It’s always been a thing for me. So that basically means as soon as I come up with a name, I intuit their birth date and time, and where they were born.
Here are the astrological profiles for Taylor and Isaiah.
Taylor Marie Jenson
DOB: April 17, 1997, 12:46 a.m., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Isaiah Scott Butler
DOB: September 17, 1994, 1:20 p.m., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location, Location, Location
The town where Taylor lives with her half-sister, and where she meets Isaiah, is loosely based on Huntsville, Ontario. The provincial park is based on Algonquin Park. I picked this area because the very first line I wrote for the book was in the living room of our suite in the Deerhurst resort in Huntsville.
And maybe, just maybe, my muse for Isaiah’s gorgeousness (looks and presence) was working in a market there in the summer of 2015.
I can neither confirm nor deny.
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