Monday, September 22, 2014

Overlooked and Underrated

This title applies not only to Alex's blogfest, but also to the small book fairs out there. Let me tell you about the little old Ohio River Festival of Books I had the privilege of going to this weekend...

Positives of going to a smaller book event:
  • The ratio of books sold to people passing your table is awesome!! (showing off my math skills - I estimate 30% of the patrons bought a book! And more said they would online, yay!)
  • You have more down time to talk with other authors - lots of info to share!
  • You don't have to worry about a mad rush when you leave to use the potty.
  • You get to see some lovely country on your drive to Smalltown, USA
  • You learn to research better...
  • And the best part of any book event - You meet new authors and readers!!
  • Check out more pictures on Facebook with my super cool friends, Elizabeth Seckman & Carrie Butler

Now for Alex's Underrated Treasures Blogfest
post about your favorite unknown –


I'm into music the most, so I'm linking to some of my favorite songs that didn't get overplayed (and thank goodness!)

Change by Churchill

New Low by Middle Class Rut
(Cooper's song)

Unity by Shinedown

House of Gold by twenty one pilots

Comeback by Redlight King
(my inspiration for my short story in CQ's anthology!)

I'm looking forward to reading what participants have to say and finding some gold that got overlooked!

And one more Underrated Treasure is Tammy Theriault!! She's always doing super fun interviews with others, so I wanted to interview her for a change! We did it Broken Branch Falls style...

This is the story of Feistytude the werewolf and Trong the goblin. These two sixteen year old girls live in Broken Branch Falls. Of course, Trong is a math nerd. And Feistytude is a spunky writer.

After school one day, the girls were walking to the square, talking about everything and nothing…

Trong had something on her mind, but didn't know how to ask her friend. So she asked a random question instead. "Hey, Feisty, what's the craziest thing you've ever done?"

Feistytude's yellow eyes scoped around. She grasped her books closer to her perfectly perky wolf chest and whispered, "Trong, I can't say. There's little wolverines around. But, I will forewarn...don't drink the water below the border in the Troll sector. And by water, I mean 'water.' You may end up passed out, dragged out, and brought home by warm furry friends from the den." Her eyes blinked slow, finishing them with a roll. "Besides, that was ages ago when I was young, stupid, and forgot my howling morals. It's all a journey, right?" Feisty pulled on the back of her red stiletto heel, adjusting them. "Just don't ask me for more crazy stories, I have too many to...shed."

The shorter, green-faced Trong straightened her glasses. "Exaggerate much? I always knew you were a drama queen. But that's why I like you. The craziest thing I ever did was TP some friends' houses." She covered her mouth and quickly changed the subject. "Do you have any homework tonight?"

Feisty clawed at Trong's shoulder with a quick swipe. "That was my house you TP'd, ding bat! And it took me until midnight to clean it!" She regained her composure and kept in stride with Trong who was rubbing her scratches. "I will say this, that was some dang good two-ply. Even my wolf bro said something about 'no more dingleberries'."

They both giggled hysterically. Feisty nearly drops her books, tripping over a purple caterpillar she didn't see yelling at them to be quiet. "Stupid Grotto Caterpillars. Think they know everything, writing up the school curriculum each year. I'm up to my pointed ears with Creative Writing homework now! And you know I only took that to be closer to Chet Cheetah. Meeeeeow!"

Trong stomped her foot. "Hold on. First of all, it was dark, I can't see in the dark like you. Second, watch it! Scratch me again and I won't critique your homework assignments anymore and you'll flunk out! By the way, that story about Emily was really good. Um, did your brother know it was me?" She blushed a deep shade of purple and kicked a stick. "I mean, you should ask your brother why they call Chet cheetah, it isnt because he's cheesy!"

Licking her orangey padded fingers after scarfing down some puffs from her backpack in a nanosecond, Feisty replied, "You're so corny. Of course he knew it was you! Only you would make sure each roll of TP careened around each den rock and tree in perfect symmetrical lines. And the cheetah rumor is because he's really quick with his girlfriends."

Trong's jaw dropped open.

Feisty gasped, realizing what she said. "Oh my fleas! I didn't mean it like that! I meant that I'll be next in line because he doesn't keep girlfriends long." She hung her head down. "Something about how he's trying out speeding through the dating pool."

Trong rolled her eyes.

"Don't worry, Trong. I'm a wolf, not a bat. I won't let him leave me hanging or high and dry."

Trong pointed down her throat. "I think I'm going to gag. Just don't let Chet pull the wool over your eyes. Then you'll be a werewolf in sheep's clothing!" Trong laughed so hard she snorted, which made her laugh even more and she had to hold her aching belly.

Feisty's eyes flashed red, but seeing her friend cracking up made her join in. The two friends couldn't stay mad at each other for long, they were always painfully honest. They entered the pizzeria to see and be seen.

The End.

She looks like a spunky werewolf!
Here's a little about what Tammy is currently working on.
I'm in the middle of two writing projects. One with my writing bestie, Elizabeth Seckman. It's all about virgins, the worth of "cherries," and 4 best friends. The second is a spin off from my alias PIMPBOOKMAMA that I do on my blog to pimp others' projects. Think Legally Blonde but for the writer, not lawyer. It's definitely just as comedic and totally lethargic. And on the flip side of all that, my first book, Living Runaway, I'm shrinking a two part series into one. Meaning deletions all over the place, and tons more writing to cram it all into one book. But, I'm in no hurry to tackle that sweat bath.!! So how do I stay so awesome you ask? YOU tell me! I only see awesome surrounding me when I look at all of ya'll!!

And finally, another shout out for our SHELFIE SELFIE BLOGFEST still going on - post yours by October 6th to win! Check out the entries:
A shelfie with the latest of my friends' books

Ellie Garrett

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Heather R. Holden said...

30%? Wow! Glad you had such success at that book fair!

And how cool to see Tammy being the one interviewed for once, and in such a fun way, too! :)

Jackie said...

Awesome choices! Shinedown is one of my favorite bands. They throw an amazing concert!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tammy is such a riot.
That's a great ratio of buyers. And cool you got to hang out with Carrie and Elizabeth.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sounds like the book fair was a big success - congratulations! :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Dani said...

Oh I like a lot of these songs and bands. Shinedown is a very cool band!!

Carrie Butler said...

Best shelfie ever! <3 I am so happy we got to meet this weekend. I'm already waiting for another local event to turn up!

Mason Canyon said...

Great interview with Tammy. The book festival sounded fun. I like small gatherings better. I'll have to check out your music selections.

Christine Rains said...

I'm happy to hear the book fair went so well! And awesome story. You guys are so funny. :)

Pat Hatt said...

30% is great indeed. And yeah, nice to be able to potty when you need to lol a reverse interview too, awesome.

Huntress said...

Can't go wrong with Shinedown as a choice.

Shah Wharton said...

Bookfair sounds like fun and profitable! Loved he interview and hey, I recognised a couple of things on your list too! :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

30% is awesome! Last time we did a signing it was at a comic book shop... so our number was about 5%. "Words! These books have words! Where are all the pictures??"

Also, I wish we could hang out with blog friends in real life. That looks fun. Why are there none around here?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

30% is an amazing sale rate. Treasure it!

Sarah Foster said...

Glad to hear you had a good time at the festival! 30%?? That's impressive!

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like you had fun at the book fair too.

Not familiar with the songs you mentioned, but I guess that's going to be a given for a lot of folks today.

Loni Townsend said...

That book event sounds great!

New Low is on one of my playlists. It's got such a good sound, and strong emotion behind it. From the looks of it, I like your tastes and will have to check out the other songs.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd be grateful for 30%, given how poorly I've been selling so far. At least 30% is better than a pathetic trickle every so often.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. the Ohio River Festival looks to have been so much fun and then meeting up with Elizabeth and with Carri ..

30% is good isn't it .. congratulations to you all .. cheers Hilary

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm a big Shinedown fan. Great choice!

Margo Kelly said...

30% - that's great! I'm glad the festival went well for you. :)

Chrys Fey said...

All great song choices. I especially love Shinedown. They are a great band! Thanks for adding my name and link to your Shelfie list. And the books you have in your selfie are all books I want to read. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My most recent small town event had a similar result with yours. I'm looking forward to another one soon.
I'm familiar with two of your songs. Great picks.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

J.L. also picked Shinedown as an underrated musician. Glad you had sales at the fair and hung out with friends.

Catherine Stine said...

The Ohio con sounded awesome! Interesting song/band picks. It's always good to hear about other peeps' fave music.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great event :) Thanks for sharing some underrated goodies too.

Tyrean Martinson said...

30% rocks!!! Way to Go! And nice choices!

Krista McLaughlin said...

The bookfest sounds like lots of fun! :) And it's great to be able to have time to talk to the other authors.

Great interview!

TBM said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful experience and I'm enjoying the underrated blogfest.

Robin said...

I love meeting other bloggers. It looks like you ladies enjoyed one another! That is wonderful:)

cleemckenzie said...

Your'e so right. Small is wonderful for connecting with readers and writers. Loved the picture.

Heather M. Gardner said...

What a fun interview!

So glad you got to meet up IRL w/ our fellow authors/bloggers!

Great job, Tara!


Unknown said...

love small book events too! and love the interview!

Unknown said...

That bookfair sounds awesome! Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway, I just put it in my newest post! :)

Nicki Elson said...

Hey, look at my name already on there. You're fast!

That book fair sounds great. Smaller is defintely more my comfort zone. It's so awesome you were joined by Carrie & Elizbeth AND that your sales were so great!

Adorabel interview, ladies.

Misha Gerrick said...

I love your unique take on interviews. :-D

Trisha said...

Love that pick of you with Carrie & Elizabeth! I would love to meet some fellow writers, and someday some fellow authors :P

Smaller book fairs sound like great things to be part of!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I wish those kinds of author events were more common in the UK.

I love music too, but this blogfest has shown me how narrow my choices are. I really need to expand :-)

J Lenni Dorner said...

Good selections! :)

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