Friday’s Fun Find: A Positively Swell Winner!

ImageI laughed when Mr. Randomizer (over at Random.Org) spat out the name for the Booooook Giveaway. And not because the winner is funny (She is, actually, very funny!) or even because she’s funny-looking (She’s not too funny-looking. I mean, um…she’s not funny-looking at all.)

I laughed because she has more than a couple kids who’ll enjoy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids. And that she’ll read it, too, because she’s a writer who’s always reading to get a leg up on a market. But mostly, I laughed because of ALL the names in the comments, from places ALL over this wonderful world, the winner lives down the road from me. And now, I don’t have to pay any postage.

Wheeeeeee! I just love Fun Fridays!

(If your name is not Debra Mayhew, then you might want to check out Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids here. It’s really a fun read, but more than that, it’ll positively make the kid in your life’s day!)


It’s a Halloween BooooooooooK Giveaway!

599271_w185Remember a couple weeks back? When I told you I was going to do a book giveaway for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids? Halloween is the perfect day for it. And here’s why:

My story, called “Better Safe Than Sorry” is all about a scary moment from my youth. I mean the way, way back youth, when I was just a 10-year-old kid. (And no, that’s not the scary part.)

So, my mom sent me to a camp out in the sticks somewhere in South Carolina. (Still not the scary part.)

And on the last night of camp, we gathered in a big circle and roasted marshmallows and sang songs and the older kids were allowed to stay for the (here comes the scary part) ghoOOOoost stoOOOoories. Since my friend was one of the older kids, I got to stay with her.

And then

Well, you’ll have to win the boooook to find out what happened next. Or if the suspense is killing you, get your own Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids. It’s such a gooOOooOOOood read!

(All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment, and on November 8th, I’ll draw a name. And please make sure you have some kind of contact info included. If I can’t mail your book, that’s beyond scary. It’s downright horrible!)

Friday’s Fun Find: Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids!

2013-10-10 13.05.44Opening a box with books never gets old, but opening this box was especially fun. I couldn’t wait to read the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids!

I knew a couple friends had stories inside, and it’s always fun for me to see a byline I know and read that story. Sioux Roslawski, who often drops in to comment here, had a story called, “Help By the Bagful” which just about had me in tears. Her story reminded me of an old Andy Griffith episode when Opie wouldn’t give his money to a charity fund. He was saving up for something special. Which just goes to prove that generosity doesn’t just happen in make-believe, but also in the hearts of little boys in Sioux’s class.

Writer friend, Beth Davis Cato (I mentioned her latest success last August) also had a story called, “I Pledge Allegiance.” Her 7th grade courage and patriotism was so inspiring, I got choked up all over again.

Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Think Positive for Kids will go on sale at the end of October. For that Fun Friday, I’ll have a book giveaway and tell you about my story. And maybe a few more encouraging stories. Honestly, these are such good stories–and even grown-up kids need to think positive!