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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life

We all know the power of positive thinking. But did you know that the power of gratitude can change your life too? People who see the silver linings, count their blessings, and maintain perspective weather the ups and downs of life much better than those who bemoan their fates and focus on the negative.

Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person — it doesn’t have to come naturally. At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we see stories all the time about people who have turned their lives around by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, by filling in gratitude journals, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.

We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.

Here are some suggested topics to get your creative juices flowing:

• Learning to smile
• Keeping a gratitude journal or doing some kind of daily gratitude exercise
• Finding happiness during adversity
• Counting your blessings
• Simplifying and finding joy in that
• Using your positive thinking to approach each day
• An epiphany that changed your perspective
• Teaching your loved ones to use gratitude
• Before and after gratitude stories
• Finding joy in friends and family
• Learning how to say thank you
• The joy of giving

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

Remember that all stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1200 words. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if it is a perfect fit for this title. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which has a list price of $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2015. The book will be published during the summer of 2016.

Please do not reply to this email address. You will NOT receive a response. For any further questions or correspondence, contact

September Meeting

September Newsletter Click to view the entire Newsletter

September 28th’s meeting:


After the initial business meeting we will have two parts to our
September meeting. We will have a guest: Dan Wells. (See more on page 2) HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR CAREER (WWW.GRANBURYWRITERSBLOC.COM) and social media Katie Carpenter and Peggy Freeman will present a program on tips to promote your career as an author. Don’t wait until you sell your first book to start this process. You start today. Katie will teach how to make a new Instagram, how to set it up, how to gather more followers, and what to post versus what not to post as an author. Peggy will show how to access our website, use the member’s forum, post a member webpage. If time remains we will do a short Pinterest demo. Bring your smart phone, ipad, laptop or note pad and pen.

Dan is a test pilot with AgustaWestland. After retiring from the U.S. Army where he’d been a helicopter pilot, a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s test pilot program, and an assignment to work with the U.S. Air Force in evaluating and testing the CV-22 Osprey he went to work for Bell Helicopter as a test pilot for the CV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft. Bell had a partnership with a European company, AgustaWestland, for development of a smaller tilt-rotor aircraft for the commercial market. Bell left that partnership, leaving the AW-609 tilt-rotor to AgustaWestland and Dan went with the aircraft. Testing for both tilt-rotor aircraft are based out of Arlington’s Municipal Airport. We will view a short video (3-4 minutes) on the V960 tilt-rotor aircraft after which Dan will talk for a few minutes (15-20) about the character traits common among test pilots, what traits should be present in any test pilot one of us might write about, and what he has seen in other portrayals that is unrealistic. Our members will have a chance to ask questions. It is my intent to have a guest like this every other month, if not more often, to help with research into our characters. There will be a homework assignment: for the October meeting each member is asked to write something, 2-5 pages

Spy Cam One ebook

FullSizeRender (9)My dog, Button, is a big fan of Digby and his adventures protecting the First Family.  On  National Doggie Day we read the book. However Button really prefers reading on my iphone.  What do you prefer…. ebook or hard copy?  Ebook out this fall and audible book coming out, hopefully next spring.

Book Launch for Connie Leonard

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Connie Lewis Leonard ~ Author, Speaker and Teacher of All Good Things

This Thursday, June 4 from 7-9 PM is my Book Launch. We’ll have some discussion questions, I’ll share some recipes and a few prizes. Please leave comments, questions and testimonies in the comments below. Or  I do hope you can join us on Facebook.

“If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.” Psalm 119:92 The Message

This is the devotion we will discuss Thursday night during my Book Launch on Facebook. I do hope you can join me. If you would like to read it, please visit the Blog on my web page.

Connie Lewis Leonard, author“I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.” Psalm 119:93 The Living Bible
“Connie Leonard’s struggle and victory over cancer comes alive in Big C Little c. She has masterfully crafted a novel about a woman who courageously fought the same battle with cancer and relied on God for healing strength. I recommend this novel to any woman who has ever loved a cancer victim.”
DiAnn Mills

May News

Meeting On May 25 –

held in the 3rd floor game room at Lakestone Terrace. This month’s meeting will begin with a critique session from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. with a short break for snacks before the program beginning at 7:00 and runs until 9:00 p.m. If you are bringing something to be critiqued, it should be no more than five pages, 12 pt., double-spaced, with 5-6 copies for others to read along with you.

Monday May 25 Writers’ Bloc of Granbury will host author Lloyd Christensen as he presents information frLloyd Christensenom the mystery writer’s conference. Lloyd grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC in what were then farming communities, now sizable cities by themselves but moved to the Texas Gulf Coast in 1985. Later he moved to the Dallas area, spent a couple of years in Richmond, Virginia, then back to Dallas. Another move for a one-year project to San Mateo, CA, then back to Dallas and so on. he keeps coming back to the Fort Worth/Dallas area. He work in the I/T world.

Lloyd is a member of Writers’ Bloc.  His first book, Sunrise Caye, is a murder-mystery (a cozy) based on a fictionalized version of that resort. Lloyd says about Sunrise Caye, “I had in mind the Alistair MacLean books of my youth; the isolated group with little communication with the outside world and a narrator that serves as the main character and investigator.”

Page Turners

Rosemary Freskos submitted a poem to one of the websites on www.wildsound that Connie sent to Writers’ Bloc members.

Peggy Freeman had a great time at Brock Elementary in Burleson in May.  The fourth graders enjoyed a day of duclimers from David and Annette Lindsey and then she read from some of her books and taught a few writing tips.

Connie Lewis Leonard has published her interactive devotional book A Psalm a Day, and listed both her books on GoodReads. She hopes to have a book launch on Thursday, June 4.

March Meeting – Create a Book on Create Space

booksMarch Meeting 

Create a Book on Create Space

On Monday, March 23rd, Peggy Purser Freeman and Connie Lewis Leonard will share insights into publishing on Create Space.  This is a beginners workshop and will help you set up an account and understand using a  template for internal files and cover.  Bring laptop, phones, tablets or other devices to access create space to make it easier to learn how to use this publishing tool. However you can just takes notes and try at home on your own computer.

October 27 Join Us

Meeting On October 27 will be … doris bd
held in the 3rd floor game room at Lakestone Terrace. This month’s
meeting will feature a critique session from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with
our business meeting and program from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you are
bringing something to read at the critique session, it should be no
more than five pages, 12 pt., double-spaced, with 5-6 copies for others
to read along with you.
Dena Ratliff Dyer will be the speaker at our meeting this month.
Ms. Dyer is an author, speaker, editor, entertainer, and frequent media
guest. Her books include: Grace for the Race: Meditations for
Busy Moms, and one she co-authored titled Wounded Women of the
Bible. Her lastest book, Let the Crows’ Feet and Laugh Lines Come,
is about getting older with grace and humor.
Ms. Dyer has recently signed a contract with Barbour Publishing,
Inc. for a Christmas devotional book.

She and her husband Carey invite you to subscribe to their blog
Love at First Fight.
A Reminder …
If you haven’t paid your membership dues for the year, please
bring your $20 to our meeting, or you can mail a check (made
out to Writer’s Bloc) to our Treasurer, Beverly Harrison,

Pic and Post to Promote Your Book

big cTip for easy post.  Find pictures that say something to your audience or use your book cover.

  • Go to picture on your computer and open in Paint.
  • Click text (A) and click where you want the text.
  • Type message and move the text where you want it.  Do a save as so you can use your picture again.
  • Post this picture on site or email.
Dark in the park
Young adult feeling lost, in the dark as to what to do next.

You may want to engage your audience without promoting your book.  I’m working on a YA novel and want to build an audience of 13  to 18 year-old readers.  Plus maybe help kids know they aren’t alone.  Others have felt this way before.  This will go on Pinterest easy also.

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Writers’ workshop and writing group