Wednesday, May 17, 2023


 I am excited to say another one of my little stories has been chosen to be in 

             Chicken Soup for the Soul: Well That Was Funny. My story is titled Stuck!

It is available now in retail stores, Amazon, and the other online book sellers. I hope you'll buy copies to share with anyone who needs a lift.

I love gifting them to doctors and their staff, patients, first responders, family, and friends. Enjoy!

Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling!

KEEP Writing and submitting! You never know what will happen ...

  Like this great surprise! 

Remember the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice that Changed My Life, well, I received an email from the team. It said,

               "We are excited to let you know your story Assertive vs. Aggressive, which appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice that Changed My Life will be featured on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast.

I am so excited and thrilled that little story was chosen.

The title of the podcast appears as Great Advice for the Workplace and Beyond. If you want to check it out on May 19, 2023 and indefinitely after, go to "The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast with Amy Newmark". It is available free, with three new episodes each week. You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

I love being a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Family!

   Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling!

Friday, March 31, 2023

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice that Changed my Life


I am thrilled to announce this book officially went on sale March 2023. 
My contribution is titled Assertive vs Aggressive.

It is wonderful being welcomed into the Chicken Soup for the Soul family. All of the contributors in this book were invited to a ZOOM party. 30+ writers from all across these great United States and Canada had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Amy Newmark, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, D'ette Corona, VP Associate Publisher, Shelby Janner, Chief Publicity Officer Zilker Media, Barbara LoMonaco, book distribution, Maureen Peltier, head of marketing, and the rest of the staff who turn these book ideas into reality.
This was my second invitation to attend a Contributors Zoom party. It is such a treat to put faces to the names we see at the end of each great story. Thank you, Chicken Soup for the Soul!

There are new books in production all year round. I would love to hear that you've decided to write a story for CSS and took the leap and submit. To learn more about CSS and the submission guidelines visit

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are available in retail stores like Books-a-Million, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, etc. They are available online where books are sold. 

Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling!

Moving Past the Tough Times

 Hello and thank you for stopping to read my post. The end of 2022 and the first few months of 2023 have been tough. Serious health issues hit every member of my household beginning with the holiday season of 2022. We are only now getting back to normal. I'm BLESSED to say we are all getting stronger and healthier with each passing week. Thank you to everyone who graced us with prayers. I believe in the power of prayer and I know they've been heard.

I know it's late coming, but I'd like to use this blog post to say I hope everyone had a wonderful 2022 Holiday Season πŸŽ…filled with joy. 

Happy New Year too! πŸŽ‰ I hope 2023 is your BEST year yet.

Happy belated Valentine's DayπŸ’– I hope the romance continues to embrace you.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! πŸ€May the luck of the Irish be with you all year long.

I think I'm caught up now.

Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

I Received an email asking me for advice on Protecting our Online Writing ...

 πŸ˜“  Unfortunately, Plagiarism is all too common when posting our work on the World Wide Web. It's exciting to think people from all over the world may read our words. Yet, there are those who may decide your words are interesting enough or wonderful enough to copy it without asking for your permission.   

Here is a link with great information on this subject. I would advise everyone who reads this post to take a moment to visit the link below, especially if you are concerned about your work being plagiarized. 


As of today, the information states it was last updated August 10, 2021. The advice here relevant, easy to understand, and offers a "Print" option at the end. If you don't want the images to print, be sure to click on the text only option.

A personal thought from me, Be cautious and consider only posting articles or blog posts that you've written specifically for it to be shared. If you have work that would hurt your career or your heart if it is illegally copied, don't put it out on the web, especially if you've not registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office. There are instructions in the above link on how to notify a person using your work that you are aware and requesting they remove it. If you get no satisfaction, then consider taking legal action. After all, you have that right.

There is a lot of information on this topic on the World Wide Web. Read as much as you can to educate yourself on this topic.

I hope the fear of Plagiarism will not prevent you from becoming the great author you want to be. 

Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling! 


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Update for Chicken Soup for the Soul Too Funny


I'm excited to report that after almost four months on the shelf, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Too Funny - the book continues to land in the top 10 of the Bookscan Adult, Humor, trade paperback Bestsellers list!

How very exciting! Congratulations to Chicken Soup for the Soul and all of the contributors.

If  you'd like to enjoy the funny stories or share them as Christmas presents, they'd make a welcome gift.

And don't forget to look for my contribution, The Name Game.

Keep Writing, Keep Submitting, and Keep Smiling!


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

I Placed in the Florida Writers Association 2022 Collections #14 Contest! Book Title Thrills and Chills

 What GREAT cover art! It absolutely entices lovers of  spooky stories. Won't you support writers helping writers, purchase a book, and experience the thrills and chills.

I'm honored to say my story, The Final Waltz has won a place in this book.

I'm also excited to say another member of my writers group, John Hagen, has won a spot in this book for his amazing poem. Congratulations John!

Running concurrently with the FWA Collections book #14 contest, the FWA hosts the Royal Palm Literary Association contest. I'm thrilled to say two members of our writers group have made the semi-finals! We are wishing authors Nina Ward and John Hagen the best of luck!

I'm a judge in the 2022 RPLA contest, and I've had the honor of reading many entries. (Of course not in the categories entered by Nina or John.) This is my second year judging RPLA contest entries and I enjoy the process so much! Good luck to all of the entrants. I can't wait to hear the results.

To all writers keep writing, keep submitting, and keep smiling!