The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#26

So today I am an anxious, happy and insecure writer – three-in-one package!

It's the cover reveal for our Composers For Relief anthology! *cue appropriate music*

                     Check out the cover!

                           IT IS FABULOUS!


Cover by Jennifer Redstreake Geary
Embark on an exciting journey “Beyond the Binding” of the imagination with 29 authors from across the globe, in a groundbreaking collaboration where music meets fiction. Surrender to soaring compositions as they surge through the veins of every story, capturing the triumphant pulse of the notes in heart pounding sci fi, enchanting fantasy and gripping slices of realism. 
All proceeds of the Composers for Relief album and Companion Collection ebook will go to Gawad Kalinga (“give care”) and GVSP (Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme), to support the relief efforts for victims of the deadliest natural disaster in Philippines’ history, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). 

Ebook available from Amazon, Amazon UK, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Sony, Diesel & Smashwords





Composers for Relief album available on ITunesAmazonCDBaby & Spotify

There are soooo many wonderful stories in this collaboration! For those who don't know about this project, here's a reminder… the 29 writers from across the globe each chose a track from the Composers For Relief Album, and composed a story of triumph focusing on the theme of Hope In Humanity.

My story, Your Heart Is Brave, is part of this collection. But to be quite honest, I'm not feeling very brave at this particular moment. I have butterflies in my tummy. My story (warts and all) is out there on display in the big, wide world for everyone to read. I'm not sure if it's even ready for public consumption… but it's too late now!

This project is for a worthy cause so I encourage you to check out the album and companion e-book. Dig deep in those pockets and support the victims of this disaster. I'm looking forward to purchasing my copies (got to have a paperback…)


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group! is a platform for all writers where we get a chance to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. The group posts the first Wednesday of every month. You are encouraged to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.                     

Don't forget to check out the IWSG on Facebook. The "News & Promo Saturday" feature is up and running. For those who don't know, the Saturday feature is a platorm where you have the opportunity to post one promotional piece and share some "writerly news" with the group, e.g. if you are planning a book blog tour, or want to share a great book cover, or maybe your book is going on sale, or will be free for a limited period… you can post your links in the Saturday post… or maybe you've landed an agent… signed a book deal… sold your 100th e-book… are excited about that long awaited for e-zine publication… secured another 5-star Amazon/Goodreads review… the IWSG facebook Saturday feature is the appropriate posting place for all this wonderful news! Check it out… and please pass this news along! Thank you IWSG'ers, you are AN AWESOME BUNCH OF PEEPS!

Oh, and one last thing… check out my blogfest coming up from 18-21st February (information and linky on the side bar…)


  1. Jacqui Murray on February 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    From someone who struggles constantly over book covers (I publish 5-10 books a year–non-fic), I love this cover. It absolutely makes me want to open it, read, read more. You need to add a link for the creator so we cover-fans can find her.

  2. stephen tremp on February 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    That is a very cool cover art. Just hope one doesn;t fall on the head. That could hurt. It's raining books.

  3. Lisa Buie-Collard on February 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I love the book cover. Very well done and welcoming. Thanks for such a newsy post! I didn't know about the Saturday thing, so will check it out!

  4. Robin on February 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    The cover is FANTASTIC!

    Yes, it is scary throwing your "baby" out there into the world. We always want our kids to be loved and cherished.

  5. Diane Burton on February 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    What a great project! Fabulous cover. Best wishes.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Stephen, I wouldn't mind being knocked out by a flying musical book – the blow to the head may just knock some fantastic ideas into place – you never know… 🙂

      Lisa, you can link your book to the Saturday FB post…

      Robin, what if my baby doesn't receive a warm welcome…?

      Diane, thanks for the wishes.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    That's awesome you have a story in the collection! Congratulations, Mishelle.

    Hope the new Saturday feature is going well on Facebook.

  7. Rachel Morgan on February 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    That is a beautiful cover for a very cool anthology 🙂 And how exciting that you've got a story in there!

  8. Charity Bradford on February 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    How exciting and what an inspiring idea! Congratulations! 

  9. J.L. Campbell on February 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm


    Congratulations!!! I've seen the cover a couple of times and didn't make the connection. Loving the cover. 🙂

  10. Shelly on February 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I will definitely dig into my pocket for this.

    Hugs and chocolate!


    Love the cover by the way. I've been teaching myself how to make my own.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Alex, the Saturday FB eature is taking off… slowly but surely…

      Rachel, it's a wonderul project that I'm very proud to be associated with!  🙂

      Charity, it was so exciting to work alongside a batch of other writers… what an experience…!

      Joy, every time I see it, the cover takes my breath away (okay, I AM biased…LOL) 🙂

      Shelly, thank you in advance 🙂 Learning to make your own covers? Wow you're really brave to tackle technology at that level. But that's a smart move too…

  11. S. Katherine Anthony on February 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    This is a wonderful idea, and the cover is awesome!

    Congratulations on being part of it, Michelle 😉

  12. joylene on February 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I've been seeing this book cover everywhere today, and it is just so awesome. 

  13. Pat Hatt on February 6, 2014 at 2:22 am

    That is one awesome book cover indeed

  14. krystal jane on February 6, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Congratulations on being a contributer!! That must be so exciting! The covers for both the book and the cd are beautiful. ^_^

  15. Lara Lacombe on February 6, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Very cool!  Great cover for an awesome project.  Congrats on your release!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

      S.Katherine, thank you so much! 🙂

      Joylene, the cover is magical!

      Patt, it is… Jennifer did an awesome job!

      Krystal, to have the experience of working alongside a batch of such talented writers on a project of this nature – just amazing!

      Lara, thanks a mil!

  16. Vidya Sury on February 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Michelle, isn't the cover fabulous! I am so excited about its release.

    So glad I am cuddling up with you in the book! 😀

    Love, Vidya

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Yes, I agree! I'm so glad to be cuddling up with you too Vidya!  🙂 What an awesome experience it's been… a real blessing!

  17. Elise Fallson on February 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Oh do I know exactly how you feel! But I loved your story, you have nothing to be worried about! Can't wait to get my copy and have it on my shelf. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

      It's been a wonderful experience Elise! I wouldn't have missed it for the world! 🙂 I'm also looking forward to adding my copy to the book shelf!

  18. Misha on February 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Love that cover! 🙂

  19. L. Diane Wolfe on February 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I love all the flying books!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Misha, thanks a mil! 🙂

      L.Diane, a reminder of The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore…? 🙂

  20. Michael Di Gesu on February 7, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Hi, Michelle,

    CONGRATS! And, yes, the cover is very cool! DON'T PANIC! You have a passion for writing and the joy of giving not to worry about your work. It's time for you words to fly with those books!!!! Let the world know of you kindness and TALENT. 

    Take a deep breath and ENJOY the plunge!!!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Michael, you sure know how to boost a writer's flagging spirit! 🙂 Thank you for the vote of conidence… 

      I will enjoy it!

  21. Lexa Cain on February 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Congrats on the cover of the anthology. It's lovely! I didn't know that about the IWSG Saturday promos. Thanks for the info. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  22. Carol Kilgore on February 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Congrats! Great cover. And a wonderful cause.

  23. Trisha on February 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Congrats on your anthology cover!! Sounds like you have reason to be excited! 😀

  24. LD Masterson on February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    This is a wonderful project and I love the cover.

  25. Michelle Wallace on February 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Lexa, you can link your book to the Saturday feature!  🙂

    Carol, thank you… yes, it's a wonderful cause and I'm glad that I could help out in my own little way…

    Trisha, excited and nervous too…!  🙂

    LD, thank you… that cover is totally captivating!

  26. Mel Kinnel (@TizMellyMel) on February 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Fabulous cover! Congrats to you!

  27. Morgan Shamy on February 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Ohhhhh… HUGE congratulations on the anthology!!!! How wonderful!!! What a feeling. I hope to feel that one day! 🙂

  28. Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Mel, thank you!

    Morgan, from your Saturday musings post, it sounds like your time is near… hang in there… 🙂

  29. Julie K Pick on February 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I read your story, and it was excellent, Michelle! It' s wonderful that the proceeds are going to such a worthwhile cause. Congrats on being part of this amazing anthology!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      🙂 🙂 🙂 Can you see I'm beaming from ear to ear?

  30. Suze on February 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Your heart is brave, Michelle! Just for putting it out there–and for such a worthy cause. Proud o' you, girl.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Reading your words gives me a boost… makes me feel proud too… even though the heart is still thumping underneath…

  31. Tyrean on February 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations!!! That's so wonderful!!! I'm excited for all of the contributors. Way to Go! It will be great when everyone reads your work.

  32. Annalisa Crawford on February 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Both of those covers are beautiful. Best of luck with the sales.

  33. Christine Rains on February 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Woot! Gorgeous cover. Good luck! 🙂

  34. Michelle Wallace on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Annalisa and Christine, thank you! 🙂

  35. C. Lee McKenzie on February 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I agree about the book cover. It really is lovely. So glad to be on board this collaboration and it's good to help out with the cause.

  36. Medeia Sharif on February 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I love the cover. Congrats on this. 🙂

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