Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Playing Cards Giveaway

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Someone purchased one of my books at a book signing in Myrtle Beach. Later, she emailed me and said my book (The Circle of Friends: Book I...Lori) had inspired her to start writing again. She was so excited that she came to see me when I toured through her home state of Ohio. It was so amazing to see her again.

What’s really touching is that I posted her photo on my site and I received an email from a man who knew her from collage and wanted to get in contact with her. She gave the okay and passed on his email. They courted and he proposed - and she said yes!

The theme of my promo for The Circle of Friends is “Get inspired to achieve your dreams.” I think she did just that and more!

Don’t forget to vote on the genre for this year’s IWSG anthology contest. Go HERE to cast your vote.


Playing Cards Giveaway


I have a deck of playing cards featuring The Circle of Friends Series to give away to one lucky person.

The only requirement - you have purchased or read one of my The Circle of Friends Books (we’ll go on the honor system here) or you’ve marked them to read on Goodreads. Leave a comment if you have purchased or read any of the books in the series or you’ve marked them to read on Goodreads. Giveaway open until July 20.

On Amazon : Book I...Lori, Book II...Sarah, Book III...James, Book IV...Mike, Book V...Heather, and the boxed set.


S.K. Anthony posted the latest installment of Writers After Dark: Awful Misguided Reviews.

And a review of one of my books was included:











What’s the nicest thing someone ever said about your writing? Do you have any awful misguided reviews? Do you want to win a deck of cards? (I know everyone is busy with IWSG today, so just come back later to watch all the videos.)

62 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Damn Diane you are all this long list of stuff and a matchmaker too? Girl you are a diamond. A diamond!

nashvillecats2 said...

Excellent post and awesome pics. Diane.
Wonderful email anout you giving this person the inspiration to write again.
Have a nice day.
Yvonne.

Medeia Sharif said...

Wonderful things here. Isn't it great to hear from our readers? :) It was also awesome seeing a video of you.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love that you inspired a reader to start writing again. That's really terrific!!

Elsie Amata said...

Forget the Millionaire Matchmaker - you're way better! What a fantastic tale! Not only did you inspire her to write again, you sparked a romance, that in itself is a story waiting to be written. So awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

That is so cool! What a great story :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is an incredible story about the couple finding each other. It's difficult to find something better than that.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sheena-kay, that they got married was so sweet.

Medeia, now everyone knows what I sound like. And know that I own way too many Minions. LOL

Elsie, it was really special.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Wow! Now, that is a cool story. It's amazing how things click and come together in this giant world.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Holy moly! Your writing litterally brought a small part of the world together. Someone get her on Oprah, stat!

www.cdgallantking.ca

Karen Walker said...

What a great story. You not only inspired someone to write, you unwittingly played matchmaker.

Nicola said...

Super post! How lovely to be someone's inspiration. That must be the biggest compliment one can receive :)

Tamara Narayan said...

Yes, I would like a pack of cool cards. I read the fifth one: Heather. Great story. That is so weird/funny about the "comic sans" review. It was in Century! Too rich.

Dean K Miller said...

Love the courtship/proposal story. If there's ever an inspiring writers story, that one is it. Cool cards and yes, I'll check back for the videos.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for posting my video.
You brought two people together. That is really awesome!

Michelle Wallace said...

You'll have to add "Spunky The Matchmaker" to your list of credentials! LOL
I loved the videos...already watched them last week or so...
Happy IWSG Day!
Writer In Transit

Yolanda Renée said...

So cool that long lost friends met because of your writing! Amazing!
Love the podcasts!
I once had a 1 star review because they didn't want to read the book. They'd gotten it for free but it wasn't their cup of tea. Gee, thanks! :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I totally agree with the others, you are amazing, Diane. thanks for sharing the videos, they're great! Happy IWSG Day!

emaginette said...

I love how networking brings people together and sometimes wonder how it ripples outward into the world beyond. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Sandra Cox said...

How cool is that. You and your writing were responsible for getting a couple together.
Loved your videos.

Bish Denham said...

Well, I'd say bringing two people together has got to be about the best compliment to your writing, ever!

Comic sans? Don't Be Koi sounds like a great read!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

CD, I'll take that.

Tamara, I know! I wish I could get Amazon to remove that review.

Yolanda, then why did they read it?

Chrys Fey said...

Inspiring someone to start writing again is huge. And you helped two people get married. That is amazing!

You have to tell me how you made those playing cards. I need to do that for a promo/giveaway some time. ;)

Lynn La Vita said...

Your "match making by accident" story warmed my heart. So simple, innocent, and touching. A random act of kindness at it's best. Bravo!

Juneta Key said...

Great post. I really enjoyed the video's so much and seeing some you guys.
Happy IWSG Day
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Loni Townsend said...

Woohoo! Inspire others to write and get married! Woot!

Sherry Ellis said...

Thanks for posting the videos! I really like yours. Cute little characters in your background.

It's nice when somebody says something nice about our writing. It gives encouragement to keep going.

Gwen Gardner said...

That's an awesome story / outcome. And all because of your book. Well done, Diane!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, L. Diane,

Great that you inspired her to write again and find her lost love.. sounds like it could the theme of your next book.... never know.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Wow! Reigniting her writing and finding her a man--that's a good book. :)

J E Oneil said...

What a cute story! And how wonderful that your writing inspired her to write again. That's one of the best compliments a writer can get.

Arlee Bird said...

Inspiring someone to start writing again is pretty cool, but maybe even cooler would be if someone said, "You've inspired me to start reading more again and buying more books and now I'm going to buy everything you've ever written." A bit self-serving I suppose, but hey--it's nice to sell more books isn't it?


Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the matchmaking story! Your videos are really cool, too.

Olga Godim said...

What a wonderful story: your book led to two people finding each other.
Great videos too.

Denise Covey said...

I love the inspiration you created! Love the vids. You have been busy! Looking forward to the ,,,Turned Me anthology! :-)

Nicki Elson said...

Your books are for lovers! That is so, so amazing the way all that started from your book being so inspiring.

Book 1 of Circle of Friends has been on my mental want-to-read list for a while and now I just added it to my Goodreads list, too. :)

M Pax said...

That's an awesome story about the gal you inspired and the love she ended up finding... a novel in real life. :)

I love getting fan mail. After a long day, it keeps me going.

Stephen Tremp said...

Diane, thanks for the clips! In Blogdom it's rare we see and hear a video clip of someone and I feel I know you a little bit better now. I'll need to do something similar soon.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

It is so nice to hear such a great story--I agree, reader appreciation can mean so much!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Diane, that's such a lovely praise that your book inspired someone to start writing. Awesome!

Rachna Chhabria
Co-host IWSG
Rachna's Scriptorium

Lynda R Young said...

you matchmaker you! I love that story!!

Pat Garcia said...

I love reading books that encourage and give hope. I haven't read The Circle of Friends series yet, but I have marked them on Goodreads. What I plan to read next before I read The Circle of Friends, is Overcoming Obstacles with Spunk because that applies to my life now.
Shalom aleichem,
Patricia

Kristin Smith said...

Wow, what an amazing story! I love it! To think that because of your writing, you were able to bring two people together.

S.K. Anthony said...

Amazing!!!! You're so inspiring, Diane!!!!

I SO love that story :D

And thanks so much for sharing our video!!! (Too bad I couldn't write this comment in Comic Sans lol)


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S.K. Anthony: The Decline in Ebooks — It’s Not What You Think

Doreen McGettigan said...

I LOVE that story! Everything really does happen just the way it's supposed too.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I LOVE that story! Everything really does happen just the way it's supposed too.

Diane Burton said...

Oh, how wonderful. All because of you, two people found each other again. hat is so romantic.

Ella said...

I love your voice and all you shared~ This is such a sweet story and maybe could be a book?! How wonderful! I have book three James.

This story could be a movie-with Minions and a roller coaster~

I wrote thank you, notes inspired by Jimmy Fallon and they were published in a magazine. My notes were more heart worthy than funny. I received a lot of emails with lovely feedback. It was during the Christmas season~

Thanks, L.Diane, for sharing this story and your voice!

dolorah said...

Those cards are a popular give away item this month. They are all cool.

How awesome to have your writing inspire . . reunion and marriage. What a compliment to thepower of your writing :)

All those video's are great.

cleemckenzie said...

Inspiring someone to write is high praise. You should be very proud of that.

Lexa Cain said...

It can't get better than being responsible for two people falling in love and getting married! That's the ultimate compliment! All those Awful Reviews were so ... awful! Especially the one reviewer of King who gave the book 1-star because it wouldn't fit on his shelf. Crap like that is fine and Amazon is taking down completely honest, quality reviews by people it thinks know the author. Where's the justice? I love Minions too!!

Shannon Lawrence said...

What fun to have been part of bringing those two together! That's a compliment in itself. But to have inspired her to start writing again, wow!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

I love that your writing/signings inspired a true love story. Thank you for sharing that!

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! She definitely was inspired to achieve her dreams. What happened seems like something that would happen in a romance novel. I can see why it's the best thing someone has said about your writing.

Karen Lange said...

What a great story! And how fun that you were so inspiring. You inspire many of us, you know. :)

DL Hammons said...

It's been awhile sine I've visited, and it's so great to see how active and busy you are. And you're running your own Press! That's awesomesauce defined!

Well done you! :)

Connie Arnold said...

That is a great story, and I love seeing your videos. It's fun to see and hear you. Makes it more like knowing you in person! Great post, and thank you for the inspiration you share!

Sandra Cox said...

Love the playing cards. A very 'novel' idea:)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Those cards look amazing! And I love seeing your Minion obsession. :) You do a great job with your videos.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What a lovely story. And Minions are so cute.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Love your videos and the card deck. Great idea!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You and your minions are very cute!