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It’s Not Hearsay – Taylor V. Donovan’s Here With A Giveaway





Petitioner and Believer in The Fairy Tale,




Respondent and Prince in Distress.








    ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2013, an explosion of light burst through a conference room at Acosta, Bradford & Chadwick, LLP, a top tier law firm located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. It took place during the monthly meeting between the Family Law Department attorneys and the Managing Partners. Thirty-five people were in attendance, but only one soul was affected.

There are no witness statements as to how it originated other than that of the victim, a thirty-two year-old senior associate. Mr. Derrick Swain, Esq., testified under oath the meeting had concluded when he approached one of the partners of the firm. The partner, identified herein as Roman Bradford, Esq., shook Mr. Swain’s hand, and flashed a smile so wide and tempting, it blinded Mr. Swain and caused him heart palpitations and labored breathing. Mr. Bradford then proceeded to disclose the location where he would be having his lunch, and insinuated to Mr. Swain to stop by The Pond in Central Park. After that first time, both Mr. Swain and Mr. Bradford willingly and readily continued to have lunch together for the next seven days, until Mr. Bradford withdrew his offer of happily ever after without discussing the terms.

THE VICTIM has since suffered from acute insomnia; a broken heart; and the inability to show romantic interest in other men. A closer examination of Mr. Bradford’s actions indicates he was never purposely negligent in the way in which he bestowed his interest and attentions.

THEREFORE, Mr. Swain seeks to punish Mr. Bradford with all the force of his wit, charm, good looks, and seduction until Mr. Bradford admits to the real reasons of his abandonment of Mr. Swain and accepts the plea bargain that includes good times, kisses, domesticity, and a sentence of twenty-five years to life in the company of his former victim.

        Taylor V. Donovan


     Author for the Amazing Reader

        Law Offices of Romance, Character, and Plot


Hi, all! Thank you so much for stopping by and helping me kick off the blog tour for my first release in nine months.

Hearsay is Book 1 in a trilogy featuring Derrick Swain and Roman Bradford, and pretty much the beginning of their journey towards happiness.

As the title suggests, rumors run rampant in this installment. Acosta, Bradford & Chadwick, LLP has a rather active grave vine, and gossip is a sport. But they are all not fun. Get your copy on May 12th and find out how rumors threaten to destroy Derrick’s life, and whether he’ll be able to deal with the reason that took the love of his life away.

In the meantime, share the craziest gossip you’ve heard but turned out not to be true in the comments section for a chance to win a copy of Hearsay and a title from my back list.


Happy gossiping!


BLURB: Senior associate attorney Derrick Swain wants it all: a loving husband, a fulfilling career, and a couple of kids. After years of hard work he’s on the fast track to a promotion. He’s also met the man of his dreams. A week of daily lunch meetings in Central Park provides the perfect setting to get to know him better, and Derrick thinks it won’t be long before they take the next step and go on a date. But instead of asking him out, the object of his affection stops showing up without explanation, leaving him to wonder what went wrong.

As part owner of one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City, Roman Bradford knows that professional success isn’t the be all end all. Although he’s been lucky in life, true love has eluded him for the most part. One too many failed relationships have caused him to be leery of trying again, until he meets a man that can only be described as temptation personified. A few conversations is all it takes for Roman to start believing things will be different this time around. It doesn’t matter that they are boss and employee, or that he’s feeling too much, too fast. Not when he can see the same emotions in Derrick’s eyes. Then life turns on a dime, and Roman has no option but to let his chance at happiness go.

A battle of wills ensues when a life-altering case brings them together a year later. Roman wants to do the right thing by not letting anything happen between them, and Derrick is determined to prove they’re meant to be together. Evidence will be presented and final arguments will be made. Will they be able to come to an agreement, or will they opt to have their potential relationship dismissed?




40 thoughts on “It’s Not Hearsay – Taylor V. Donovan’s Here With A Giveaway

  1. Venecia says:

    Hmmm the craziest rumor… that our company was closing down because one of the managers and her husband had emblezzed company funds. Turned out to be a complete lie but I had people stopping me in the street asking if it was true. I live in a tiny town.


  2. Kim W says:

    I once heard that a manager at my office was sleeping with a vice president. I don’t know if it was true or not but the person who told me the rumor got laid off right after so I always figured it was retaliation.


  3. jenf27 says:

    Unfortunately, most of the rumors I hear turn out to be true. :-( About people cheating, harassment etc.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com


  4. Cathie V says:

    Gossip on facebook: Jackie Chan has died! I was very saddened to read those words. Then I found posts that it was a hoax and he is very much alive! I am not a fan of gossip, do not like hearing it or sharing it.


  5. Susan says:

    The gossip was that the director of our company was sleeping with a consultant and when she transferred, then was fired, we all assumed it was true. Her reputation was totally trashed.


  6. RhoMelie says:

    When I was young and single I started dating a high profile, much sought after, good looking man where I worked. A rumor started making the rounds that I gave blow jobs on my lunch hour. I later learned it was the ex-girlfriend who wanted him back after she broke up with him. So, blow jobs on the lunch hour? Line ’em up boys! It’s lunch time! … Get real. Best revenge? He married me. She was later fired around some serious controversy. I worked there for 20 years total.

    Work place gossip can be vicious. I learned then that my skin was pretty thick and that I own my own feelings. In order for someone to hurt me I have to give them permission to do that.

    Interesting topic, Taylor!! I can’t wait for your new book!


    • Congratulations on marrying the guy! And yes, work place gossip can be vicious, and, in the case of Acosta, Bradford & Chadwick, our fictional law firm, ludicrous. :-)

      Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy “Hearsay”!


  7. I read a lot of celebrity gossip (guilty pleasure here). But after all I take it all with a grain of salt. Who know’s what true! but I hear a lot of crazy stuff. Hard to pick the craziest.


  8. chickie434 says:

    LOL, that was awesome! Very creative Taylor, just freaking awesome. As for the craziest gossip? I don’t really pay attention honestly. Though the craziest gossip I ever heard that WAS true was that Dumbledore died in book 6 of Harry Potter.


  9. Lisa G says:

    Huge fan – love your By Degrees series. Can’t wait to read Hearsay! I tend to stay clear of gossip because most of it is vicious and hurtful. I can’t think of an instance where something I heard was not actually true


  10. H.B. says:

    I’m not really one for the gossip mill. I’ve heard things and a majority of the time it has turned out to be true.

    One that wasn’t true : i use to work for the booming business. The executives were said to be in a “mens club” (i.e. they were sleeping with each other and that was why some people were getting better pay for work that wasn’t being done). I’m pretty sure the gossip wasn’t real since the head honcho was kind of homophobic.


  11. Issa says:

    The worst I heard was that one of the secretaries was pregnant. She hadn’t said anything and did gain weight. I heard someone surprised her with a baby gift which mortified her because she was being treated for a medical condition that was causing the weight gain. Just reinforced to me never, ever assume things like that.

    Looking forward to the new series!


  12. boomonday says:

    Hi Taylor!
    Here’s one for you:
    My old boss was engaged to a woman who was later outed as a stripper on the Jenny Jones show, complete with live-in boyfriend in
    another state! Yikes!
    Lisa 💛

    I can’t wait until the 12th!

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  13. Real life gossip ALWAYS bites me in the ass, so I’ll tell my favorite recent celebrity gossip.
    GEORGE CLOONEY GETTING MARRIED?? No way! I didn’t believe it even when People Magazine said they had an “inside source” saying it was true. I believed it when his future bride’s law firm confirmed it.

    George Clooney is getting married. Imagine that.

    Can not WAIT for Heresay Taylor!It sounds delicious. :)


  14. Craziest gossip I ever heard was in high school. Apparently I was sleeping with half of my class and pregnant, too! Pretty damn good for a seriously unpopular virgin! lol My ex’s new girlfriend was a jealous little b*tch. She didn’t like it too much when my friends cornered her and made her admit what she had done in front of everyone.


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  16. The craziest rumor was that one of my fellow attorneys belong to the BDSM club that the city was trying to shut down…turned out to be true. I don’t know why I was surprised, she was always in a foul mood. so I should have known someone was beating the snot out of her everyday:D That would make me cankerous too.
    She has since married her dom and the City has shut down the BDSM club, but they are now meeting at one of the members mansion.


  17. Su says:

    Sadly the only rumours I have bothered to pay attention to have turned out to be true and one of the most humourous (maybe not for either party that was caught in an embarrasing situation) was at my previous job. The rumour was that a female temporary member of staff had fainted in a directors office, then had to be sent home sick and next her contract was terminated. The next version was that she had fainted and landed face first onto the lap of the director, during a one-to-one meeting in his office (still not something you should get sacked over ?). But the last version was that his PA had come in, after hearing alarming sounds coming from his office, found a bj in progress and both embarrased parties said that she had fainted and accidentialy fallen onto his lap! I think the director was sent to another office after this and another rumour was that they had started a secret affair.


  18. Good morning, Cathie V, guess what? Rumor has it you’re the lucky reader who’s won Taylor’s giveaway of Hearsay and any book from her backlist.

    Congratulations to you! I’ve already emailed Taylor with your contact information, so expect to hear from her soon. :)


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