Monday, March 2, 2020

The #WritingCommunity is Priceless

Happy March & Happy IWSG Day!
I am so thankful for the writing community and all the great friends I've made from all over the world. No matter where we're from, we can chat and laugh and share our dreams without judgment--like we're at a virtual slumber party!

Last week, I posted a self evaluation quiz about phone addiction. I was happy to see responses similar to mine. Basically we use the phone as a tool of communication and information, but we could live without it if we had to. This is probably because older generations have lived without "smart" technology. And we need to pass that revelation on to future generations, so they don't turn into zombies... ha ha

One of the best uses for the internet has been connecting with other writers. The support, advice, and shared commiseration I've received from my online writer friends has been essential to me sticking with my writing. I'm especially grateful for the continued Insecure Writing Support Group "meetings" which keep me blogging at least once a month! Thanks, Alex!

My writer friends have been especially wonderful through this latest turn of events and helping me out with my Taking Back Beast World campaign...

The Disney/Pixar movie Onward, similarly set in my Beast World, comes out Friday. So far, the reviews are not good. I'm not sure how I feel about that... I'm not going to judge it--probably won't see it until it's free on Disney +. But it's rather disappointing. Like they've ruined it for me. It also makes me want to go to Dreamworks and offer my alternative (I'm researching it, soooo hard to get a pinky toe in the door, nevermind a foot!). For now, I'm going to finish out my campaign with the help of my wonderful friends, and hope Beast World gets noticed by more folks looking for an inspirational, relatable, comical, fantasy adventure!

Last week, Jemi Fraser left me a couple of fantastic reviews -- I saved announcing them for this week as that's my campaign topic the week.

Also this week, I'm so honored to be appearing at...

Finally, I want to give some back and tell you about a wonderful romance writer I know...

She's got a fabulous new release!

by Elizabeth Seckman

Hayden Matthews is trying to get as far away from love as possible. After wasting eight years in a failed marriage, she's ready for a nice, peaceful life where she can raise her daughter to be strong, independent, and happy. But to make that happen, she must fix her own life first.

Cam Vorelli has pined for Hayden since he was in grade school. Always in the friend-zone, he stood on the sidelines, his heart breaking, as she said I do to the wrong man. A man he knew didn’t deserve her, who could never love her as he did. But what could he say? She was marrying into his family. Cam would never break a holy vow much less be disloyal to his kin.

Until he sees the bruises on Hayden. Abuse is a game changer.

Hayden knows leaving a husband like Tag, with a hot temper, a badge, and a gun will be tricky. She needs someone she can trust. Not looking for a romantic entanglement, she calls Cam, with her soon-to-be ex fearful of his former NFL cousin as a bonus.

Though Cam comes to her rescue with the purest of intentions, he won't deny fate if Hayden starts to feel the same for him...

And it's available NOW for FREE!

About the Author
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.

You'll love her style. Take it from me.

Don't be afraid to ask your friends for help. 
We're all ready to be there for each other!

Hope your March is off to a Springy start!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a fresh tomato on Rotten Tomatoes, but even the good reviews say it falls just short. I'm skipping it.
Big congratulations to Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The writing community is amazing and wonderful and I don't think I'd have ever stuck with it if it hadn't been for my writer friends. Your sweet self has helped me so much over the years- remember when you made my first "personalized" blog header because my blog was atrocious? If I never hit a best seller list, I am still rich because of all the people I have met in this world.

Thanks again for the shout out. Big hugs!!!

H.R. Sinclair said...

For me too, meeting the writing community has been just awesome. It's huge and a great support system.

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne said...

That would be mind-blowing if you got a response from Dreamworks!

Yolanda Renée said...

Mind-blowing, definitely, and yet still possible! Good luck!

About Us, is a great read!

And the blogging world, amazing!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It is beyond difficult but not impossible!

M.J. Fifield said...

Hooray for new releases and positive reviews!

I have no plans to see Onward. Every time I see advertising for it, all I think of is your Beast World.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - good luck with Beast World ... and I won't be seeing the film ... but I do hope you can get some helpful correspondence going ... all the best - cheers Hilary

Juneta key said...

Cheering you on. Congrats Elizabeth!

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Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm so grateful to my writing friends too. Congrats to Elizabeth on her new book!

Sarah Foster said...

I love the writing community, especially the IWSG!

Nick Wilford said...

The IWSG is definitely a force for good. It looks like you've done a great job of standing up for your Beast World, with the help of the excellent writing community.

Lisa said...

What a great and lively post! I wish good luck to you and to Elizabeth!!! I posted about her newest release too!

Weaver said...

I've loved my writer friends. They're so encouraging and helpful.

I LOVE your covers btw.

Jemi Fraser said...

I've picked up Elizabeth's book - looking forward to it!
Great post over at Alex's - heading to Lee's now :)
I'm really not very good at asking for help - have to learn to get better at that for sure!!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I'm so sorry about the Disney/Pixar thing. Makes my heart hurt for you. (Actually, I need to email you about something similar.) I AM, however, super proud of how you forged ahead with this series despite the garbage you had to tread through. You are a writing champion in my book. (Haha!) <3 I'll be in touch soon...

Lynn La Vita said...

I worked around the Hollywood film and television industry (years ago). It tough to break in, that's for sure.

You are terrific writer. Hopefully, the lesser known options will open up for you and help open doors.

Keep up the good work.

Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

Chrys Fey said...

Oh! In your email I read it wrong, thinking you were saying early reviews for Onward weren't good. Glad that's not the case. Well, if the movie isn't good, you can rest assured that if they did steal your idea, they didn't do it right. Or that they didn't steal it after all (the Universe can be a funny thing) and its success/failure bares nothing against your series.

SpacerGuy said...

You've got all the angles worked out just be persistent and the rewards will follow.

Lee Lowery said...

We do have an amazing writing community!

Whatever is going on with Onward, don't let it deter you. Your stories are unique. Look at the bonanza of vampire/romance/mystery/sci fi, etc., genres. Similar themes, different stories.

Rhonda Albom said...

Even after I gave up on my book, and focused just on blogging, my writer friends are awesome. Congrats on being featured on Alex's blog.

Heather R. Holden said...

The writing community is awesome, for sure! It's been great to see you and Beast World all over the blogosphere...

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Andrea Charles said...

I am sure Tara, that yourBeast World will get the undivided attention very soon. IWSG sounds like fun. It is always a party when people of similar interests gather. I am delighted to know that the group is supporting you for the campaign. I even happened to go through your self evaluation on phone addiction. And the questionnaire was quite a revelation. Thank you and Best wishes for your future writing endeavours.

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