Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
Reviews by multitaskingmomma
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars (Based on Short&Light Read)
This was a truly inspiring and yet scary read for it tells the story of two men who love each other and yet are drifting apart. I really liked this one for it speaks of how relationships should work but people allow the petty realities like work come between them.
David is an ER doctor and he is the epitome of a tired workaholic who comes home expecting and knowing his husband Sean would be there to welcome him. Being tired is not an excuse to forgo the expected affirmation of someone's presence but it is one excuse David seems to be relying on.
Sean works most times from home so he could get more time with his husband, David. Although it worked for a while he soon realizes that this change in lifestyle only gave him half an hour of David's time. He provides the food, keeps the home clean and tidy, he even makes sure that David bathes and is comfortable. A little bit of consolation like a kiss on the cheek, or a hug or even a cuddle in bed is not much to ask for. It turns out it is too much to ask for and Sean's insecurities can no longer be denied and soon feels he is no longer enough.
When David comes into an empty home, he realizes all the 'what ifs' and is lost. He had treated Sean like he had been invisible and now that he truly is, he does not know what to do to fix things. He resolves to find his Sean but when he does, can he keep Sean with him? Will Sean even stay?
While renovating his first house with his partner, Mike, Duncan discovers a plethora of reasons to use his favourite word… Bollocks!
My Rating: 3 of 4 Stars (Based on Short&Light Read)
This is a funny read. This tells the tale of how two men decide to buy a fixer upper. Of course as men they do most of the stuff themselves, hence the title: DIY. As the two sort through the mess, they discover lots of ways to use the word: Bollocks.
Duncan and Mike buy a house and they name this little fixer-upper Gayden. Meanwhile, they are living in a caravan parked outside Duncan's home which does wonders to their sex life. (You have to think parents, thin walls, shaking caravan and moans of pleasure all in one and you get the picture.) By day they tackle the house, rewiring, stripping, you name it, they do it. They do contract some of the heavier work and hire a carpet installer to obviously, install the carpet, but overall it is mostly them.
As they work, there are lots of bollocks thrown all over the place and even if it is expected these two reach the peak of frustration and maybe some angst come in to spice up their story, there is none. These two are true friends, companions and erotic lovers who keep to their humor even when Mike's leg goes through a whole from the bathroom floor into the kitchen below. As he hangs on the three solid sides, Duncan laughs it up and fails miserably to pull his lover out. It is all fun, with bollocks thrown here and there.
Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living. Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?
My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars (Based on Short&Light Read)
This is a true tearjerker of a read but instead of going down to more misery, the light at the end of the tunnel gets visible by the millimeter and Matthew may just find his way out. I really, really liked this one. Of the three tales, this is my favorite.
Matthew lost his husband, lover and best friend one day when a bullet came in the way. As a paralegal, he is good at his job, his boss gave him the leeway he needed and his co-workers gave him space. As the months rolled in, people took Matthew's presence for granted: a walking shadow of a man who works and goes home and nothing else. He does not even talk to his co-workers anymore. He is lost in his dreams of the happy days with his husband Sam and the nightmare of being alone and lost without the love of his life.
Elliot is a lawyer new to town and he had been working in the same firm as Matthew. He had seen the man walk in, walk out, take coffee, work, work and go home. No socializing, no talking with co-workers, just work and quiet solitude. Attracted to the quiet, attractive man, he reaches out in friendship. When he sees the sadness in the eyes, the grief lining the face, he resolves to be a friend, a best friend, an anchor.
The tale of Elliot and Matthew span two years in this little short story but it shows that Elliot has the patience and the tenacity to be a loyal individual Matthew could rely on. Although for Elliot there was the love, for Matthew, it was a long road to travel. It was a gradual learning and loving and when they finally confirm their love, it was done without guilt for Matthew now moves on with Elliot but never forgets Sam.