HOUSE OF KINGS - Available Now!


Alivia’s father left her a letter before he died, begging her to stay away from the King and the Royals. But it was a plea made in vain. She never could have run from this life, not when she might be Cyrus’ resurrected queen. The King has arrived in Silent Bend and with him, he brought the end to Alivia’s mortal life. 

Uncontrollable bloodlust and an ever-shifting world rule her nights now. These twisted politics are deadly enough, but now her heart is the newest battleground. There’s no hiding from the one who hates everything she was born to, a spy who embraces everything she’s become, and a King who vies for someone she may soon remember. 

The games have begun. The House of Conrath is growing. Blood will be shed, the bodies will fall. Alliances will be tested and old enemies look like harmless children compared to the new ones rising from the shadows.





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2016 Plans and Goals

A real blog post, and not just a book announcement?  Wuuttttt?

Yep.  I thought I'd jump back on the horse for a minute and do a real post.  And with it being the beginning of 2016, what better time to talk about plans and goals?

First: my goals for 2016.  I'm not usually one to really make resolutions.  I figure why wait for the beginning of a new year to get something done, so I do it when I get the idea.  But, my one goal I do want to make is to READ more.  I only read 21 books in 2015 (yikes!) and I want to make that closer to 35 for 2016.  You can check out everything I read in 2015 HERE.

So, plans!  I think this is the first time EVER that I've shared my publishing plans for an entire year, but it's also probably the only time that I've ever planned this many books out so far.  Here is what you can expect from me in 2016, and a tiny bit of 2017.

HOUSE OF PAWNS: December 15, 2015 (yeah, I know this is already out, but only by a few weeks...)

HOUSE OF KINGS: March 8, 2016 (available for pre-order now)

UNTITLED HORROR STANDALONE: Sometime in June-ish 2016

HOUSE OF ROYALS # 4: Sometime in the fall, probably October 2016

HOUSE OF ROYALS # 5: Probably January 2017

Want a REALLY rough synopsis for that standalone?  Here you have it:

The really demented thing is that this story evolved from the most heart-wrenching, sickly sweet love story you’ve ever heard.

Her: I went to him because I couldn’t deal with the after when the before was so perfect.  I needed closure.  I needed answers to what I had found after he was gone.

Him: She came to me because the living always seek answers.  But what we found?  What we learned?  She should have left the past in its seemingly beautiful, un-deadly little box.

This.  THIS…is not a love story.  This is a possession story.  A story of lies.  A story of two faces.  This is a story of death and violent echoes from the other side.


So, are you excited for what is to come this year?  I know that I am!

House of Kings - Coming March 8, 2016


BOOK THREE IN THE HOUSE OF ROYALS SERIES, 
COMING MARCH 8, 2016
(Note: this series is NOT just a trilogy...)

Alivia’s father left her a letter before he died, begging her to stay away from the King and the Royals. But it was a plea made in vain. She never could have run from this life, not when she might be Cyrus’ resurrected queen. The King has arrived in Silent Bend and with him, he brought the end to Alivia’s mortal life. 

Uncontrollable bloodlust and an ever-shifting world rule her nights now. These twisted politics are deadly enough, but now her heart is the newest battleground. There’s no hiding from the one who hates everything she was born to, a spy who embraces everything she’s become, and a King who vies for someone she may soon remember. 

The games have begun. The House of Conrath is growing. Blood will be shed, the bodies will fall. Alliances will be tested and old enemies look like harmless children compared to the new ones rising from the shadows.

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House of Pawns - Coming December 15, 2015


BOOK TWO IN THE HOUSE OF ROYALS SERIES, COMING DECEMBER 15, 2015

The town of Silent Bend is about to explode into a war. Alivia swore to take the House from Jasmine after what she did, but it won’t happen without retaliation. The whole town is caught in the crosshairs of their manipulation and the body count is climbing. 

The explanation for Ian’s change is one he just can’t accept. To Alivia, it should fix all their problems, but Ian has become everything he hates most. And Liv accepting her fate and position will test their relationship to the breaking point. 

The threat of the King’s arrival looms just weeks away, and Alivia knows he will kill her as soon as he comes. She’ll need supporters at her side—immortal ones. And that means turning old enemies into loyal subjects…

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On Being a Writer AND a Mother

Confession time:

This summer has been a STRUGGLE for me.

For those who will judge me and leave nasty comments, you can stop reading now.  Because I'm being honest here and telling it like it is.  Judgers can go judge somewhere else.

See, I'm a self-published author who, over the last five years, has gained a decent following.  I have dedicated readers, many of them have read all twelve novels I've written, as well as my three short stories.  Many of them write reviews for me, many of them are part of my street team.  I've garnered a good following after five years of being on the market.

But I'm also a mother to two children, ages seven and five.

Finding the balance between the two has always been tricky.

I wrote my first book when my oldest was less than a year old.  I would literally breastfeed her with her little body balanced across my forearms while I typed out words on my laptop.  During nap time I would quietly sneak out of her room and return to my computer and type out words as quickly as I could while she snoozed.

The first book I ever published was written during the exact length of my pregnancy with my second child.  My self-imposed "finish by" date was a week before my due date.  Repeat the same process with child one, only my nap time windows were more spastic and varied.

And life continued.  I played with my toddler and infant, and then with my two toddlers, seeing as my children are less than two years apart.  And then gradually they moved up into preschool and I was so very grateful for year round preschool so they could go and play and learn in the summer and I had three hours a day, three days a week to keep spinning stories, and eventually start earning an income that helped support our family, and then I could play with my children and have a blast and have balance and not stress that I was neglecting one or the other.  Because we found a great routine that worked beautifully for our family.

But then something happened.  My kids got older.  My oldest just finished first grade and my youngest just finished his last year of preschool, and there's no more year round because now we're living in two places (I won't go into this too much, but we live on Orcas Island, WA in the summer, and in Utah during the school year).

Last summer (2014) was insane.  I wrote like you wouldn't believe.  How else would I have written and published four books in less than one year?  And I felt guilty because I was working all summer instead of playing.

Finding balance is difficult when you're a working mother.

So this summer, I vowed that I wouldn't work so much.  I was going to take time to go on adventures with my kids.  We'd go to the lake and the beach, and take hikes.  And we've done all that.  It's been a blast.  There's been loads of sunscreen, and sand everywhere in my car all the time, and a constant rotation of towels through the wash, and frogs, and so much laughter.

But it's been stressful for me.

Because there is a direct tie to the number of hours I put in working on writing and marketing and how much money I make.  If I take a few days off, I see a dip.  Direct.  Cut.  Dry.

Because get this: there are around 2,000 books published EVERY DAY.  That's over 700,000 books in one year. 

Not kidding.  I did some research on this today.  The numbers vary because it's difficult to track everything with self-publishing, re-prints, public domain works, etc.  I was finding sources that said anywhere from 800-5,000 per day, but the most reliable one I found works out to be 2,000 EVERY DAY.

So as you can see, the competition to be found and READ is fierce.  That's a lot of product in a market that is constantly changing, dropping, climbing, swerving in how many people are reading.  Reading avidly.  Finding the time to read.  Actually reading the books they one-click.

I feel it.  Every hour I'm not working.  I feel myself being buried.  I feel like I'm losing ground, that ground I've spent the past five years building.  The pressure to produce more and more and faster and faster is huge.

Thankfully, I do have a solid foundation underneath me.  Even though it feels like I'm losing it, it really is still there.  Not all, but MOST of those who have been with me from the beginning are going to wait.

And I thank them for it.

Because even though it's hard, even though it sometimes causes my anxiety to peak-taking the time off, being a mother is my most important job.  All the other stuff is going to have to wait.  Because I will never have another summer with these kids while they are seven and five again.

I love it.

I'm Keary Taylor.  I'm a writer, but mostly I'm a mother.  Finding the balance between the two is HARD.  But it's all about perspective and daily reminders in my children's laughter as they grow up every day.  They inspire me every day and it's my job to set an example for the kind of adults they will be someday.

To my kids: I will keep doing the very best I can.  I love you guys infinity.

HOUSE OF ROYALS - Available Today


If you loved BRANDED, you won't want to miss HOUSE OF ROYALS, Keary Taylor's newest dark, romantic read. 

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


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House of Royals

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood. 

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes. 

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House. 

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


Coming June 21, 2015