“Strength is not something that we can be born with, nor something that we should ever take for granted. Strength is something that we have earned from simply choosing to rise above our weaknesses.”
Samantha Reens, Taylor’s Bond. Page 639.
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I’m hoping to use this book to answer any questions you all have about my book-Taylor’s Bond, as well as market and advertise it as well. I’m also hoping to hear any feedback from my readers (positive, negative, constructive criticism, compliments or just straight out “there are too many typos!”).
As always, I’m also hoping to raise awareness about rare diseases, disabilities, dwarfism etc. So please, ask questions if you have them. ANY. There are no stupid question, only stupid assumptions.
Also-to all my MPS friends, family members and physicians-here is a place where you can share your stories as well. Tell me if there were any parts in “Taylor’s Bond” where you were like-“oh I’ve been there, that totally sucks” or “yeah, but when I experienced that, it was more like ____________” and even “EMMA PERKINS DID WHAT IN CHAPTER 10!?!?!” (No spoilers, but fair warning-Emma doesn’t always make the wisest decisions).
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Sneak Peak (and more of what Taylor’s Bond is about)
“Okay, don’t take this the wrong way but-“ She paused, and that is when she burst into laughter. First, she leaned her head back closer to the back of the booth, and then she went back to facing me, the smile on her face was more than back-it was bold. “How on Earth does the basketball captain need major leg surgery?”
She actually laughed, leaving me a bit speechless. Here I was, trying to be all cautious and stay away from asking too many questions-and there she was, asking me this. I didn’t know whether to laugh with her or strangle her for what she said. I decided to hesitate some more because that wouldn’t hurt either one of us. “How does the basketball captain need help from someone like me?”
Emma asked. She took a few breaths to calm down, but the smile on her face was still glued there. I waited for her to continue laughing or speaking, but suddenly I realized that she was actually waiting for an answer.
“I um.” I didn’t know what to say. “I’ve honestly been asking myself those same questions.” I chuckled out a laugh that wasn’t made out of humor. I then stared at my hands to avoid looking at Emma. “I have been asking myself those same questions.”
I repeated. Emma stopped laughing completely. There was a short pause between us, and I wasn’t sure if it lasted a second, or an eternity.
(Taylor’s Bond, page 130).
Meet Samantha Reens-the heroine of our story who once thought that she had life all figured out. She has her three best friends, a huge crush on one of the most athletic boys in school, and the most passion and talent for playing basketball that her school has ever seen. What more could a self-involved teenager need?
But, all of that fails her when she finds out that she broke her leg during a basketball game, and ironically needs to break both of her legs in order to fix the imperfections that she never thought anyone-much less herself-could have. Her three best friends become two as one walks away, unwilling to be a part of what Samantha must endure. She was never the best at flirting with her crush in the first place, but after completly embarrassing herself by using her new and catastrophe-causing-crutches to take down a candy store-she doubts that he’ll ever ask her out. And worst of all, the surgery that she soon must have, may prevent her from playing basketball ever again.
However, Samantha’s luck just might change after she meets Emma Perkins, who may or may not just become not just Samantha’s new third friend, but her new best friend as well. Emma can’t exactly fix Samatha’s whole “Crushing-a-Candy-Store” thing, but her romantic history is potentially even more dramatic than Samantha’s. As for basketball, while Emma can’t give Samantha the assurance to convince her that she’ll be able to keep her ability to continue her greatest passion-she can (unknowingly) give Samantha a new calling…
Emma has had the surgery that Samantha needs, and many others as well. She’s walked through life, even though ironically her life has made it almost impossible to do just that-walk. Emma can give Samantha exactly what she needs. The advice and answers that Samanatha can get nowhere else. The independent, limitless and contagious “can do” attitude that although gets Emma into a lot of interesting and troubled “dilemmas” (as one lake-landing-wheelchair friend may say)-is the only thing that can get Samantha past these next few months.
Along the way, Samantha just might help Emma as well. Emma may have nearly all of the answers that Samantha needs to know, but Emma has never known everything that she needs to know as well (despite what she thinks). So in return for helping introduce Samantha to the world of “disabilities” (which just might be a better world than the athletic world Samantha had been living in for the past fifteen years), Emma just might walk away with a little more courage and confidence. Both girls might just be able to earn and pass along more strength than they’ve ever had before.
Annie is a biology student at UMass Dartmouth. She has been writing books since the age of 7 (and at the time, her stories circled around her two younger sisters and herself, and how they saved “Fairytale Land” from evil monsters with their superpowers). She’s been writing ever since. Taylor’s Bond took her four years to write (from the first time she sat down at her computer and wrote the beginning of the first draft of the first chapter, to the time where she got up from her computer, and stood up and was FINALLY able to say the words “I am a published author. I just published Taylor’s Bond!”
Annie is grateful for a lot of things. She is grateful for her two parents, her two younger sisters and her dog. She is grateful for her ability to continue her education and for the opportunities that have allowed her to dream, wonder and achieve.
But she is also grateful that her two legs have allowed her to stand for as long as they have-even if they have never been able to take her as far as she wants them to. She is grateful for every near-perfect x-ray that she has seen-even if she has reason to hold her breath before stepping foot inside the radiology room every 6-12 months. She is grateful for the surgical scars that are all over her body. She is proud of the ones that people have to squint to see in bright light, and she feels even more pride when she looks at the scars whose stories she can recall with detail. Every scar has a story behind it, and as someone who is living with a rare disorder-Annie is as proud of her scars as she is proud of her grades, her ability to walk and even the honesty behinds the words “I published a book.”
She has pride, and her greatest goal is to encourage others to have pride as well. She published Taylor’s Bond in the hopes of spreading Rare Disease Awareness, Dwarfism Awareness and MPS Awareness.
When given the option between feeling shame and pride-Annie will choose pride. When given the choice of walking with pain or sitting comfort-Annie pushes herself to run. And when given the decision of being weak or strong-
-She chooses both, just for the sake of irony.
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