From Rejection to Spectacular Success


Joanne Guidoccio​ shares a success story and her new release as part of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul​ anthologies!

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By Joanne Guidoccio

While querying the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I kept myself motivated by reading the success stories that started with stacks of rejection slips.

Here is one of my favorite success stories:

In 1992, teacher and motivational speaker Jack Canfield decided to compile all the stories he had shared on the self-help circuit. Intrigued, promoter and salesman Mark Victor Hansen joined this venture.

While culling his stories, Jack searched for narratives that were “inspiring, healing, motivational, and transformational.” Jack wanted to include 70 stories but was persuaded to increase the number to 101. During his years as a student ambassador in India, Mark had learned that 101 is the number of completion.

The title “Chicken Soup” appeared to Jack in a dream: The hand of God scrawled these words across a chalkboard.

Once the first volume was completed, Jack and Mark found an agent and flew to New…

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The End of Summer #FreebieFriday #Romance


Photo by rovenimages.com on Pexels.com August is over, can you believe it? The seasons seem to slip past in the blink of an eye. Maybe it's getting older, or maybe I just appreciate summer more, but I wish it could stick around for a while longer. How about you? Do you love those warm summer … Continue reading The End of Summer #FreebieFriday #Romance

Series or Standalones- Does it Matter? #amwriting #Romance


Series or Standalones That was the question posed by a member of The Story Empire earlier last week. You can read his full thoughts here– well worth your time. I’ve read many great standalone books, (Cinderella anyone?) but have to admit I enjoy stories set in a series much more. There’s a deeper connection to a) the characters, … Continue reading Series or Standalones- Does it Matter? #amwriting #Romance

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SENTENCE #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense​ share lines with the theme- SENTENCE. Do you have one from your #WIP? Share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SENTENCE

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


In midsentence her pen halted, the air thickened and the oxygen whooshed from her lungs as the news anchor announced her friend Callie’s name in the same sentence as murder.

Marian Lanouette


“You told me once it wasn’t just sex–”
“We made love,” Scott completed her sentence.

Marsha West


Nate picked up his coat and gun. “What about Jack?” Cassio responded, “If you come with me, your lord will be free from the death sentence.”

Sharon Wray


His hold on me tightened as he whispered in my ear, “I’m hungry.” That phrase.

Vicki Batman


His words were cut off mid-sentence, the stunned shock turning his face into a clownish mask of pain.

Jacquie Biggar


Mercy knew when Reagan’s sentences deteriorated into single words, he was…

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Search & Destroy by @JulieRoweauthor #Suspense #Reading @authorspal


Meet the Author: Full-time author, freelance writer and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. Julie’s articles … Continue reading Search & Destroy by @JulieRoweauthor #Suspense #Reading @authorspal

A short Teaser from my upcoming #WomensFic #WIPWednesday


Photo by Lum3n.com on Pexels.com I've had heroes on my mind lately. From Dictionairy.com: noun, plural he·roes; for 5 also he·ros. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal: My older sister is my hero. Entrepreneurs are our modern heroes. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc. Classical Mythology. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.(in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.(in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com In my novels I try to create men/women who have many of the qualities above, along with vulnerabilities that create empathy … Continue reading A short Teaser from my upcoming #WomensFic #WIPWednesday