Yay! A Book Give-Away!

I am so proud to be one of the 101 contributing writers to the recently published Chicken Soup for the Soul book: My Kind (of) America. A call had gone out for stories about kindness, demonstrating that our country is filled with people helping people.

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This is a book about hope and the true American spirit. It reminds us that a kind America is everyone’s kind of America.            ~Amazon.com

 

This is a book about Americans doing what we do best: being kind, compassionate, generous, and welcoming. That’s my kind of America.”    ~Amy Newmark

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The book happened to be published on the same day I attended a luncheon given by Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, Amy Newmark. She was in town for a conference, and so invited contributors living in the area to come together for a meal, to learn more about the Chicken Soup company, and to meet each other too.

A smiling group of Chicken Soup Writers!

Amy Newmark and Me

We all learned a lot about the company, and I met fellow writers that came from all sorts of backgrounds. A few were hoping to write their own book someday, but most just had a story to tell, and were excited to have a platform to share it.

I really appreciated the generosity of Chicken Soup Publishing, as well as the warm welcome from Ms. Newmark. She really made us all feel valued and special. And this is such a great moment for a book like this to come out. National News organizations are really good at telling us about the hard and tragic, but not so good about helping us to realize that people like you and me can make a big difference in the world. One act a time.

I would love to give away a copy of this spirit-lifting book. (I wish I had enough for everyone.) I really think you’ll love it. All you have to do to enter is make a comment on this post. That’s your entry form. This coming weekend, I’ll choose the winner.

So go ahead and make a comment, and we’ll see who ends up with a free copy of the book!

 

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60 thoughts on “Yay! A Book Give-Away!

  1. Haven’t I known you the longest of all of your non-family followers?!
    Nancy Revane told me about your blog and I have really enjoyed receiving your uplifting messages. Thank you.

    I hope you and the Ryan clan are all doing well. Status quo here in MN!

    • Hi Ann! You know, you make a valid point. Hmm….

      How nice of Nancy to mention the blog to you! Thank you so much for signing on to get the posts my email, I really appreciate that.
      We’re all doing just fine, thanks! My children are both married and living out of state. I have six grandchildren who I never see enough of, of course.
      So fun to see you here today 🙂
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Martha! You are so kind my friend. Thank you for offering to buy a copy if you don’t win. I think you’ll really enjoy it, it’s such a great theme, with some really wonderful stories.

      The retreat was really wonderful, thanks for asking. I’ll be blogging about it soon!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Debby! Consider your name in the hat for sure. And thank you so much for your constant support here and on Facebook. You are a real encourager.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  2. Congratulations on being on Chicken Soup again. Well done.

    Thank you for the book prize. Should I win, because I am not in the US, please give my book to the next person who comments after me.

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! Aren’t you kind. That’s so thoughtful of you! I wouldn’t mind mailing it, but if you’d rather, I understand your kind offer.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  3. Ceil, I am so happy for you! How wonderful! I absolutely LOVE The Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I have read several of them. Your photos are beautiful, and I love the red Gingham tablecloth and smiling faces! 🙂

    • Hi Linda! It was a fun lunch. So great to meet other writers, and to feel so valued by the publisher too. They did a wonderful job for their contributors. How fun that you have read so many of the books already!

      Thank you for coming by to comment 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Pam! I agree with the timing of the book, it’s such a needed topic. I know you’d appreciate the stories in the issue.

      It was great to meet other writers. Such a nice group of people!
      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  4. So happy for you and I will buy the book. Can’t wait to read it. You are the only author I know personally. ❤️ you!!! Dina

    • Hi Dina! I’m so glad you came by to comment! Thank you for offering to buy the book, I think you’ll really like it. It’s such a great theme, and the stories are so down to earth and true. Our country is a great place because of the great people that live here.

      Love to you too!
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Thank you so much my friend, I appreciate your kind words. It was a fun event, so great to meet other writers for the Chicken Soup books.

      Thank you for coming on over to comment 🙂
      Ceil

  5. I have read a lot of these books and always enjoy the positive message, and the short stories that you can pick up and read when you have a few minutes. Hooray for you being published in it, and I would love to be entered to win!

    • Hi Mari! Consider yourself entered! I’m so glad you’ve read these books before and like them. I really thought this was a great topic, and certainly needed these days too.

      Good luck!
      Ceil

  6. So excited that you’re published again! Love the chicken soup series and I’m sure your story is amazing! So glad I get to call you friend!

    • Hi Estelle! You must be back from camping? Hope the skies cleared and you had a great time!

      Thank you so much for your supportive words, it means so much. and I am the one who is happy to have you as a friend…I’d say we’re both pretty lucky, right?

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  7. Congratulations Ceil! How exciting. I am delighted for you. I’m sure it’s a wonderful collection. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at my blog today. Fun to learn more about you. Have a great week!

    • Hi Karen! It was fun to answer your questions, but I still think you should have answered them too!

      Thank you for your encouragement, and it really is a great theme and the stories are very inspiring. I think you’d love it.

      Have a great week too!
      Ceil

  8. Thank you for inspiring and lifting eyes upward and heart outward. You encourage a positive view and motivate kindness in action. Thank you for tapping into passion and directing purposeful, positive changes.

    • Oh my goodness Margaret, thank you so much for your comment, it was so overwhelming to read. I think I’ll have to read it over and over again when I feel like I’m lost or unable to write. You have no idea how touched I am by your words.

      You inspire me!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Kathy! Thank you for your comment, I’m so happy you’re in the raffle for a free copy. And how generous of you to respond while you’re on vacation!

      We just got back from Galena, and when I go there, I always think of your family. We had a great time, and I know you are doing the same. Have a good flight home 🙂

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  9. Congratulations, Ceil! Throughout my life I have experienced many, many acts of kindness showered on me by friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers. It is our loss that news agencies don’t consider kindness newsworthy. This sounds like a great source of hope in a time when much seems hopeless.

    • Hi Pam! I so agree with you. Wouldn’t it be great if half of the news was given over to positive things? Instead it’s treated like an oddity or something. It is wonderful that you can see how important kindness has been in your life, and how it has touched you. That’s power!

      Happy Tuesday!
      Ceil

  10. Congratulations, Ceil! That’s great about the book and exciting that you got to meet the publisher and the other writers. You don’t need to include me in the giveaway as postage to the UK would be expensive, but well done!

    • Hi Lesley! Thank you for your comment, and how generous you are in the giveaway too. I would be happy to keep you in it, but like Victor, I accept your offer. You are such a great blog friend!

      Blessings to you and yours,
      Ceil

  11. You made my day! I love Chicken Soup for the Soul and agree that the topic of kindness in America is so needed right now. I’m proud of you for submitting and making a difference in our world! Not surprised you were selected either. Hope to see you in many more books! Thank you for those prayers. They are getting me through this for sure!

    Love,
    Mary

    • Hi Mary! I’m so glad you feel those prayers for your healing. I know I am only one of many, but thrilled to hear you’re on your way!

      It’s been fun to write for the Chicken Soup series. I really felt that this topic is so needed, and I’m glad you agree. Thank you for your always supportive comments too, I really appreciate them 🙂

      Happy Tuesday,
      Ceil

  12. Congratulations on being published. I have read several of the Chicken Soup Series over the years. I will order one if I don’t win this one. Remember we have the same first name. 🙂 Peace and Blessings on you and yours.

    • Hi Cecelia! You make an excellent point about our names, I will definitely keep that in mind as I randomly choose the winner! (Love that comment though, and the sense of humor behind it.) I now that the Chicken Soup books have been around for such a long time, and have touched a lot of lives. So honored to have met a few of the contributors.

      Have a peaceful afternoon,
      Ceil

  13. Hi Ceil! I’m so excited for you! What a blessing to mean with this group of fellow writers and to meet Amy Newmark. Congratulations on this honor! I’ve read/own several of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books–they are all so good. This would be an amazing book to add to my collection.

    Blessings on your week!

    Kim

    • Hi Kim! How fun that you’ve read so many of the books, and are so familiar with the topics. They really are such an inspiration. All the stories are real, and written by people who just want to share their stories. I love that!

      You are definitely entered in the giveaway my friend.
      And thank you so much for your support on Twitter 🙂
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Jeanette! Thank you for your lovely comment my friend. It was a special day to meet Amy, and you would have loved to talk to all the writers there, I know!

      Have a peaceful afternoon,
      Ceil

  14. Congratulations lady! Oh I am so glad you enjoyed yourself so much. Chicken soup to eat or chicken soup to read….I’m all in! Just bought a chicken soup book recently for a gift for someone. I love the stories so. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    • Hi Cindy! I had to chuckle at your comment, soup to eat or read? I’m all in on that too. My husband and I were just shopping and I saw the packs of dried beans, and I was so happy that soup weather in on the way 🙂

      I’m so happy that you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. You are officially entered in the giveaway!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

  15. This sounds like a much-needed book, Ceil. I can easily see you being published in it. Your posts truly are like chicken soup for the soul. 🙂 Congratulations! That’s really cool that the publisher invited you contributors to a luncheon. That must have been memorable. Love and hugs to you!

    • Hi Trudy! Thank you for your well-wishes! It was a fun experience to meet the publisher and other writers for the series. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, a real testament to the writing community. Much like in the blog world too.

      Have a peaceful evening,
      Ceil

  16. What a great opportunity to meet Amy! And a very nice picture of the both of you. So true that bringing hope into the world through stories of everyday kindness is sure what we could always use more of! Congratulations on being part of that hope.

    • Hi Lynn! Nice to see you! Your photos on Facebook are just gorgeous, you must be traveling?

      Thank you for your kind words about the post. It has been a great experience writing for Chicken Soup publishing. I think you’d like this title!

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  17. What an exciting event for you Ceil! How wonderful that your work is being published in this amazing book! I hope to win, but if I don’t, I will most certainly be purchasing a copy of this inspirational book! So wonderful that you got to mingle and meet other writers too! Hoping that your time away was refreshing and a sweet blessing to your soul.

    • Hi MM! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on two posts, you are such a wonderful blog-friend 🙂

      It was great to meet all the writers and to experience how much the Chicken Soup publisher appreciates them. I’m happy to have been chosen to be published in this really uplifting book. You are definitely entered in the giveaway!

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  18. I have several Chicken Soup books. Each one has been most enjoyable and sometimes even comforting. I read them over and over as I feel the need.

    • Hi Jean! I know what you mean, I have books just like that too. What i like about Chicken Soup books is that they have such wonderful real-life stories, and they are short enough that you can read them easily. Each one teaches something new.

      It’s so gloomy today! I hope you’re taking it easy and relaxing 🙂
      Blessings to you,
      Ceil

    • Hi Lulu! What a fabulous idea! I only wish that was possible. The writers were such lovely people, mostly wanting to tell their story. Really, all of our lives are fascinating, aren’t they?

      Have a great weekend!
      Ceil

  19. This sounds like THE PERFECT BOOK for these times…. Chicken Soup For The Soul publishers know what they are doing!

    I LOVE that you got to meet Amy Newmark and spend time with other contributors! WOW. ANd major CONGRATULATIONS to YOU for getting your words included, Ceil. I’m thrilled for you!

    I’d love a copy of this book- of course. My gosh, every American should have one!

    • Hi Chris! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment, both for me and for the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher. I agree, they really know what themes will resonate.

      You are enrolled in the giveaway, good luck!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

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