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October 16, 2014

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

Time to Party!

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:


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, Sylvia McDaniel
11 – Paloma Beck, Lynda Coker
12 – Angi Morgan
1 – Alisha Paige Wilson, Donnell Bell
2 – Elizabeth Essex, 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
& Allie Harrison
8 – And the winners are?


8 comments:

Sylvia said...

Vicki,
I liked that movie as well. But then I'm a huge ballroom dancing fanatic. Can't wait to read Temporarily Employed. In fact, I'm hoping to get to it next week while I'm lounging on the beach.

vicki batman said...

Beach!!!??? Can I come? LOL. I hope you have a wonderful time & get some good laughs from TE.

I watch Dancing sporadically. I love Strictly Ballroom - a comedy about the ballroom dancing competitions. And Shall We Dance? I adore the Japanese version, but the newer one is fine.

Thanks, Sylvia!

Sandra Dailey said...

I'm glad you decided to take a chance and ended up in our crazy bunch.

Lani said...

I actually took years of ballroom dancing lessons. But I've still never watched that movie. Hee-hee! The interview was great! Book looks amazing!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Sandra! OMG, I was on pins and needles when TWRP said they wanted me. Me! and my baby!!!

Hi, Lani! Really, you did? That's awesome. You've got to watch the movie and tell me what you think. When we went to see it, the theater was huge and there was no place to sit. It was packed. Hugs!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Big congrats on your release Vicki!!!! Squeee!!!!!!!! Am looking forward to reading it!!!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Karilyn, and thank you. I'm ready!

Melissa Keir said...

I think it's amazing how much we put off our dreams but then when something happens, it just clicks. It was meant to at that time!

All the best with the new release!