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Upbeat Authors by Trish Milburn

I’ve known TRISH MILBURN – and have been a fan of hers – for a long time. When she recently posted about UPBEAT AUTHORS, it really resonated with me. I hope you’ll feel the same way. Scroll down to find out about Trish’s GIVEAWAY!

It’s no secret that the world is full of bad news, as we were reminded of again last weekend when violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, sadly led to the death of a young woman there protesting against a group of white supremacists. I’m a former journalist, so my tendency is to want to keep up with the news. But a person can only take so much bad news before it starts really having negative effects on our sense of well-being. Mine have come in the form of anxiety and panic attacks as well as a constant struggle to find the drive and energy to write. So while I’m not sticking my head in the sand and will continue to speak out against injustice, I also knew that for my own physical and mental health I needed to do something that was more positive. And based on what I was seeing on social media, I knew a lot of other authors were struggling with similar issues.

Thus, earlier this summer an idea came to me to start a group for authors through which we could coordinate messages of positivity and support, messages we could put out on social media to help alleviate some of the negativity. After doing some searches to see what names weren’t already in use, I came up with the name Upbeat Authors. I started a Facebook group for our internal use at coordinating our efforts and posted a message on my page inviting authors to join. The response was amazing. Within only a couple of days, we had grown to more than 200 participating authors.

Each week, we share positive messages on a certain theme – our favorite positivity quote, how to foster creativity, or how to improve our health among them. These messages can be shared in the form of a graphic, blog post, etc., shared on social media, all with the hashtag #upbeatauthors. I also added a board to my personal Pinterest page to share the various authors’ graphics there. You can find the link and be able to share them yourself here:

Our goal is to bring some positive energy into the lives of other authors as well as our readers and to help lift our own spirits in the process. If we regularly share positive messages, my hope is that not only will we start to think about how to bring positivity and kindness into the world but that we’ll also inspire others to do the same. There’s no doubt people are affected by and sometimes take action based on the messages they see often, so it’s important that not all of those messages be negative. I want to counter an angry, hate-filled diatribe with a message that there are good, caring people in the world and that we should all aspire to be more like them.

We share our messages on Mondays to start off everyone’s week on a positive note, especially since people are often grumpy on Mondays since they have to go back to work or school. If they’re able to encounter positive, uplifting messages at the beginning of the week, we hope that those positive feelings will carry them through the rest of the week.


GIVEAWAY: Since I’m a fan of quotes, please share your favorite positive quote below for a change to win a signed copy of a book from my backlist.




Trish Milburn is the author of more than 35 titles for Harlequin, Razorbill/Penguin, Bell Bridge Books and via indie publishing. She’s a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the recipient of RWA’s top award for volunteer service, the Emma Merritt Award.  You can find out more about her and her books and read her blog posts at and follow her on Twitter @TrishMilburn and Facebook at The next title in her Blue Falls, Texas series from Harlequin Western Romance is Her Texas Rodeo Cowboy, out in September.




Sloane Hartley is deeply rooted to her family’s ranch in Blue Falls, Texas. So she isn’t about to risk falling for a tempting tumbleweed like Jason Till. To Sloane, Jason is a handsome heartbreak waiting to happen. Like all rodeo cowboys. If she ever let herself love again, she certainly wouldn’t pick someone like him!

Jason only has eyes for one prize—the steer-wrestling championship. And he can’t afford any distractions. Certainly not a blonde beauty with trust issues like Sloane. She represents everything a cowboy on the circuit can’t have anyway—home, family, a real relationship. Everything he thought he didn’t need. But when he’s with Sloane, Jason can’t remember why winning at the rodeo seemed so important.

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11 Responses to “Upbeat Authors by Trish Milburn”

  1. I REALLY needed this post – thanks so much, Trish! I’ve been trying to come up with positive quotes – here are a few I like:

    You will never regret being kind.

    Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

    Broken crayons still color.

    Be the reason someone smiles today.

    One day you’ll just be a memory. Do your best to be a good one.

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | August 18, 2017, 9:05 am
  2. This is awesome. Going to check out your pages, Trish. Thanks for taking a proactive role for Positivity!
    My Favorite quote:
    “You can’t have a happy ending to an unhappy journey.”

    Posted by Stanalei Fletcher | August 18, 2017, 11:36 am
  3. “It’s never too late to be who you were meant to be.” George Eliot

    Posted by Janice Hampton | August 18, 2017, 12:16 pm
  4. My favorite one from Ricky Martin’s Cup of Life:

    “Nothing can hold you back if you really want it.”

    Posted by Natalie J. Damschroder | August 18, 2017, 1:29 pm
  5. Great post. I will be sure to join your facebook group.

    “Peace begins with a smile.” –Mother Teresa

    Posted by Mercy | August 18, 2017, 4:02 pm
  6. “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” By C.S. Lewis

    This quote helps me when my husband tells me, “I need help now!” And I have to drop my writing and go help him.

    Posted by Lois Miller | August 22, 2017, 10:01 am

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