Tara Taylor Quinn Brings “Maple Street” to My Place

{Well, she’s back… And I couldn’t be happier! Tara Taylor Quinn is in the house, and this is the best Saturday ever! Welcome back to my place, Tara! Your Guest Room is all ready for ya!}

I love this place!  We visited here last fall and I loved it then, too.  I believe in angels.  They come in all guises.  Even four-legged furry varieties. 

Today is a special day for my husband, Tim, and me.  Today is our first booksigning for our book, It Happened On Maple Street.  The book was out yesterday.  I’ve seen a lot of books published, but none have come out with as much fanfare, as much angst, and as much support as It Happened On Maple Street. 

Tim has seen no books published before.  He’s never seen any of his writing published.  His name’s been in print in the newspaper.  (He was a tennis ace in high school and college.)  Today will be his very first book signing.  It feels like my first as well.

We’ve been anticipating this moment for more than six months.  We’ve talked about how it will go.  Tim wanted to know where he was going to sign and what he should say.  He’s thought it all through!!  And for Christmas this year he gave me a beautiful pen, to be used for the signing of Maple Street.  It’s red.  And at the top, where the clip is, there’s a heart filled with diamond like studs.  Because he lights up my heart!

And after the book signing we’re going to have a bit of a party.  It’s a family party.  I love my family and I’m very very excited to be able to sit among them and listen to everyone talk.  To be sitting there for real.  Tomorrow will be my very first family party in some ways.  There’s no longer anything left to hide.  Even if they haven’t read the book – which they won’t have since tomorrow will be the first any of them have seen it – they know that I kept a secret I am no longer keeping.  The party isn’t for me.  It’s for my cousins who are visiting.  And I truly can’t wait.  It seems so menial as I read my words, but I am going to be normal tomorrow night!  I’m going to be at a regular family gathering, with Tim, the love of my life, just…being family.  It’s like a romance novel to me.  My husband and I, sitting there holding hands, probably having a beer, and feeling truly loved.

When it comes right down to it, what else is there?  I look at Edward Kennedy.  He seemingly had it all.  Yet his soul was lost over something he’d done as a youngster.  Something that ate at him to the point that when he was ill and knew that he was terminal, he went public with the fact that he wasn’t at peace with his past.  All the money and all the success in the world couldn’t change that.  I look at Hollywood and the quick change marriages and alcohol and drug abuse arrests.  Apparently all the money and success in the world isn’t enough there, either.  I know these are only instances; that are probably loads of successful and rich people who are also happy, but I contend that their happiness comes not from the money or the success, but from the things that exist from the inside out.  I’m all for money and success.  They certainly make paying the bills easier.  It’s nice to not have to worry about food in the bellies of our children or roofs over their heads.  But I’d rather live with my family in a one room shack then live in the dark tunnel of loneliness.  In my case, I created the loneliness with my silence.

It Happened On Maple Street is out.  I am silent no more.

This post is brought to you as part of the It Happened On Maple Street International Blog Tour.  For a complete tour schedule visit www.tarataylorquinn.com.  All blog commenters are added to the weekly basket list.  Gift Basket given each week to one randomly drawn name on the list.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, or if you suspect someone is, please contact www.thehotline.org, or call, toll free, 24/7, 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).  The call can be anonymous and is always confidential.  There is not one second of life that is worth wasting.

Next tour stop, Monday, April 4, 2011.  http://www.superauthors.com/

To get your copy of It Happened On Maple Street, visit your favorite bookseller, or www.maplestreetbook.com.

Don’t miss The Chapman Files!  Still available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Tara+Taylor+Quinn

Beginning April 1, 2001, It Happened On Maple Street is available on Kindle and Nook, too! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0757315682/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d2_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0SKJ9D86BB5XG2BPT4MV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846http://search.barnesandnoble.com/It-Happened-on-Maple-Street/Tara-Taylor-Quinn/e/9780757315688/?itm=15&USRI=tara+taylor+quinn

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for making me get all teary-eyed. 😉 I am a huge TTQ fan and can’t wait to read this book. I envy the closeness you have with your extended family. I love having my family surround me and the times when we gather for a special occasion, but my extended family is so messed up. I’m sure I could force the issue and mend fences, but I’m worried about having my kids subjected to the abuse I dealt with growing up.

    Congrats to you and Tim!! How exciting for him to experience this magic with you!!

  2. EllenToo says:

    I am so glad you have a chance to have a loving family gathering without the secret you hid for so long coming between you. ENJOY!!

  3. Judy says:

    It came yesterday; I read it, and I’m still teary. I am so proud of you, Tara, and I’m so glad to know that men like Tim really do exist. Thanks, Tara, for being brave and sharing your story. In a way, you’ve been doing it for years. The first time I read The Promise of Christmas, I knew you understood being a survivor not from an intellectual perspective but from someone who sadly knows. Every time I read one of your books, I have to mentally prepare myself, because you’re going to pull things from that closet that’s kept under lock and key. I’m grateful. There’s incredible power in knowing one isn’t alone, even if our events are nothing alike, we share in that horrible club of not having been allowed to say, “no.” Keep fighting! You and Tim and your family are in my prayers.

  4. Lee Williams says:

    Tara and Tim,
    Have a great time with the family! I heard it is supposed to be 95 there today! and when you are done there send some of that warmth back this way! Peace

  5. Karen C says:

    Tara and Tim:
    I hope that you both had a blast at the book signing and that it was all that you hoped it would be. I also hope that you can relax and, finally, enjoy yourselves at your family gathering. Still unable to buy the book for my nook, but I’ll keep trying. Thank you for having the courage to share your story.
    God Bless.

  6. Darla says:

    I’m so excited for you both at your first book signing together! I know your anxious about it now, but there will come a time of relief to have it out and off your shoulders. I’m also glad you have each other!

    Some advise for those who may be afraid to make a drastic change in order to get out of a bad situation. Don’t lose hope, if you get a chance to leave the situation then do it. I know its scary but its sure got to be better then what you may be going through. I haven’t been abused for a long time. I was very lucky and found my husband Ernie for 31 years. Unfortunately I lost him almost 2 years ago now…and you know its been nothing but change. So, recently I embraced some more change and decided to take some time for me and quit work and am going to go to school and put myself on a path I want to be on not just following because I’m frozen in place afraid to move. I wish you all well! Am I scared? You bet your bum I am, but I want this chance for me and am going after it!

    Tim & Tara…Cheers!

  7. Congrats Tara and Tim!

    Hope the signing was a blast!! And that the time with your family brought peace and fellowship.

    Thanks for taking us along this journey with the two of you!

  8. Chelle,
    Thanks for being here. And for sharing some of you, too. It’s a tough call with family that does not understand putting love first. So many people treat strangers better than they treat their family members.

    Ellen and all,

    The signing was a bit unexpected. We got there and they had a mic set up. We’d been told by our publicist that the event was a book signing. It was. But they expected me to speak first. Um…Tim and I walked around the store for a couple of minutes and then it occurred to me that all of the things we’d written for the cyber blog party would be good to share. And that’s what we did. Questions saved the day and we ended up speaking for an hour. All in all, it was a good experience. Wish you all could have been there.

    Judy,
    I am very glad to know that I have a soul sister I didn’t know I had. Even more, I’m glad that my books have connected with you without my even knowing that, and that you knew you weren’t alone. There are no easy answers, but at least there is hope.

    Karen,

    I found out yesterday that it takes B&N 4 to 6 weeks after a publisher submits the books for Nook for it to actually appear on their site. Not sure why. It was submitted the second week in March. Good news, it’s coming. Bad news, it might be another few weeks…

    Lee,
    The sun is warm and healing and I wish you could feel it, too.

    Lynda,

    The time with family was good. Funny how a brother and sister – my cousins – have such different views of their growing up. But so good to sit around a big table with three generations of close family and hear everyone’s take on what was. And on what is. We talked about new arrivals that are imminent, and about those that are gone that we miss.

    Darla,
    Oh My Gosh!!! Thank you for letting us know what’s going on with you!! I’m so proud of you. And glad for you. I have a million questions – as I’m guessing do some of the others in our cyber community who have mourned with you. What are you going to study? What do you want to be when you grow up? Please keep us posted!!

    1. Karen C says:

      Thank you for checking on the Nook; I will be patient (well, sort of) and keep checking – I will read It Happened on Maple Street!!!

  9. Kaelee says:

    Congratulations Tim and Tara.

    Hope the book signing went well and that you had a great family party. See you tomorrow on the super blog.

  10. Angela says:

    Hope the book signing went well and your blog tour is also going well. Most of all I wish all the best for you and your family. I love the title of your book. It sounds very intriguing. I will get a copy later on, but right now I’m also very busy with my own book signings and plans for an internet book launch. Please check out my blog at the above addy. God bless.

  11. Pat Cochran says:

    Happy Party!

    Enjoy the family gathering with the cousins and all!

    Pat Cochran

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