Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Mansion, Inspiration for Lancaster House....

On tour with Prism Book Tours...

Lancaster House
Lancaster House
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Createspace


Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.

The Middle Aisle (Lancaster House)The Middle Aisle
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Create Space


Zoe Grayson is back in Lancaster House, ordered to bed rest for the duration of her unexpected pregnancy. Doctor Wade Channing, her overzealous psychiatrist, is living in Lancaster House, taking care of her, waiting on her, and tending to her every need. It seems to be the perfect arrangement.

There’s just one catch.

She has to tell him her story—everything that has happened in her life since the moment she escaped from Serenity Hills. It’s been quite an adventure to include renovating another home and a walk down the middle aisle.

But, that’s all over now. Nothing is real. It never was.

How did she end up in this miserable situation?

The mansion that served as inspiration for writing Lancaster House
*If you missed Phantasmic Reads' post, creep back down this cobwebby hallway and learn about a personal experience with another old, creepy mansion . . .

I grew up in San Jose, California. We spent many a holiday visiting and touring the infamous Winchester Mystery House. If you’ve never heard of it, check it out, it’s something else! The basic story behind the house is that the Winchester’s earned their money through the proceeds taken from the Winchester rifle. When Sarah Winchester lost both her husband and baby, she was sure that it was retribution for living on blood money—in other words, the Winchester rifle killed people, and they earned their money from the rifle, hence they were being punished. She was sure that she was going to be the next victim. Sarah was told by a medium that she needed to build a home for the spirits, to appease them—and that the construction should never cease. Building on the Winchester House never stopped, 24/7 for thirty-eight years! The results were a huge monstrosity of a home. The weirdest thing is that there are doors that lead to nowhere, strange staircases that end at the ceiling, secret passageways, a labyrinth of rooms, etc.

That alone right there ought to spark your imagination, right? I know it did mine. It’s a fascinating house to tour and I highly recommend the experience to thrill seekers.  There’s a definite feeling of creepiness though. If you’re one of those people who love to be ‘safely scared,’ then you’ll love the Winchester Mystery House.

So, how does this all relate to my book? In Lancaster House, I decided to have my hero actually work as one of the many employees who worked on the Winchester House. He loved the oddities so much that he incorporated them into the building of his own home, Lancaster House. Hence, Lancaster House is filled with hidden rooms, passageways, and strange staircases—and much more.
bedroom in the Winchester Mansion, CA 
*To read an excerpt that describes Lancaster House, come back and make your way into this mysterious bedroom to  The Reading Diaries . . .

(Pictures can be sourced through http://pinterest.com/burgandyice/secret-passageways/)

Taylor DeanAbout the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle, available in print or eCopy from Smashwords or Amazon:

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The Tour:

2/11 – Unputdownable Books – Guest Post
What inspired me to write a paranormal romance?
2/12 – I AmA Reader, Not a Writer – Guest Post 
The American Idol performance that inspired Lancaster House
2/13 - Fundinmental Guest Post 
Lancaster House contains many secret passageways and hidden rooms.
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review
thought-provoking romantic read that isn't afraid to confront darkness
2/14 – Oh,The Books You’ll Read – Review
I didn't think that this book would be as good as the first one but I was wrong.  Taylor Dean is a literary genius.
-          Proud Book Nerd – Excerpt
2/15 – LDS& Lovin’ It – Review
I wanted to actually leap into the book and visit the place, old and damaged or not.  I loved the idea of secret hiding places and staircases that go nowhere

2/17 - PhantasmicReads - Guest Post
The Hayes Mansion . . . is it haunted?
-          Lavender & Camomile Press Highlight
-     Colorimetry - Guest Post
The mansion that served as inspiration for writing Lancaster House
2/18 – TheReading Diaries – Excerpt
2/19 -  Living a Goddess Life – Review Lancaster House
the imaginative Lancaster House within the novel really captured my attention.
-          Beck Valley Books – Guest Post
I Scared Myself!
2/20 – Living the Goddess Life –  Recipe
2/21 – Passion and Life – Guest Post
-          Books Mystify – Goodreads Review
2/22 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review

2/24 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review
2/25 – Living a Goddess Life – Review
-          Icultgen – Guest Post
2/26 – Who’s Thanny?  (Byzinha) – Review
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review
2/27 – Living a Goddess Life – Recipe
2/28 – A Buckeye Girl Reads – Review
3/1 – Grand Finale TBA...