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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

.@VickiBatman - "a life lived in fear is a life half-lived" #MFRWauthors #MFRWorg #RLFblog #TWRP

What is your fear? 

My Journey began a few years back when I took the challenge to write something. I am a huge reader. However, deep in my being was a tiny bubble, a kernel and I didn't dare admit anything to anyone about my secret desire: I wanted to write a book. 

But I was scared. Because writing a book meant showing it to someone to read it--right? Because books are meant to be read. Which meant what if readers don't like it? 

The idea of not being liked stifled me; so I shelved and shuttered the idea until...I was challenged. 

One of my favorite movies is Strictly Ballroom, a Cinderella story set in the ballroom scenario. A not-so attractive girl who everyone takes advantage of desperately desires to blossom by becoming a ballroom dancer. A young man has the chance to be ballroom champion if he picks the right partner. These two come together and fulfill their dreams. 

Right before the big show, the young man admits his fear about dancing in a new way. The girl quotes an old family saying, "A life lived in fear is a life half-lived." Wow!

Knowing this, I decided to push myself where I'd "never gone before." I decided to have my manuscript published. 

It took a long time. And in between, I grew and bettered my writing and developed great writing friendships. Finally, The Wild Rose Press took a chance. 

I'm happy to announce the launch of:


Squee! 

A fun bit from TE: New Job. New Love. And Murder.
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite Insurance Company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. 

Detective Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.

Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?


How did I do?  If you like TE, find it at:
TWRP paperback book

           Time to Party!

And if you like parties, I'm hostessing a great one tomorrow with giveaways (think Kate Spade handbag!), excerpts, virtual cake, champagne, and great authors at:VB's sassy writer FB & party 

Please invite your friends and join our fun with: 

with guests:
10 cst – Vicki Batman, Elizabeth Essex
11 – Paloma Beck, Lynda Coker
12 – Angi Morgan
1 – Alisha Paige Wilson, Donnell Bell
2 – Sylvia McDaniel, Karilyn Bentley
Kimberley Troutte
3 – Liz Lipperman, Kristina Knight
4 – D’Ann Linscott Dunham, Tina Gayle
5 – Magdalena Scott, Betty Bolte
6 – Melissa Keir, Kayelle Allen
7 – Alexa Bourne, Barbara Barrett
8 – And the winners are?

Special giveaways, excerpts, laughs and virtual champagne for all! 

6 comments:

karla eakin said...

I am thrilled you overcame your fears and decided to write. Your short little books are the perfect antidote to a long day. Bugs and Other Stuff was a great collection of laughs,tears, and love. Temporarily Employed is another hit with lots of bumps and pleasant stops along the way.

vicki batman said...

Thank you, Karla. The biggest fear is how to deal with criticism. Eventually, it rolls off and the important parts stick and I worked on. I appreciate your support. Hugs!

Angela Adams said...

Great -- and inspirational post.

vicki batman said...

Oh, Angela, thank you so much. I've learned a lot and hopefully, it shows in my work. Hugs.

florence cronin said...

Vicki, inside each writer is that little kernel of doubt and fear. It is how we deal with it that makes us who we are.

I came to this very late in life ... after marriage, divorce, kids, grand kids, retirement and finally I said ... why the heck not?

I might get into the record books as one of the oldest people to publish their first book ... but the effort I have made, what I am learning and the joy it has given me far outshines my insecurities about being too old.

I enjoy your humor and your wonderful take on life and love. I know TE is going to be a smash hit :)

vicki batman said...

Hi, Florence! You know the Dear Abby thing--what age would you be if you didn't? So might as well give life a shot. Right? Thank you so much for caring. And crossing fingers.

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