Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time to give back!

I find that the closer I write to my heart, the more I am published. 
Readers want to read more than the headlines, they want a glimpse into your life. This year my true stories have been published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul Books. I am thankful, and I plan to give back. CS writers are compensated only one time for each story. So a book signing garners nothing for us, but it does help the independent bookstore/small business owners and of course, Chicken Soup for the Soul. This is our fourth annual multi-author FOOD DRIVE and book signing. Please, won't you come out and support our effort? Buy a CS book and receive 20% off your entire store purchase.

              Fourth Annual “Chicken Soup for the Soul,
                Canned Soup for the Body” Book Signing
Ten local Chicken Soup for the Soul writers will sign books at three independent bookstores in the St. Charles/St. Louis area on Saturday, December 8, 2012. The annual combination book signing and canned food drive has expanded this year from its original venue at Main Street Books in St. Charles to include the other two stores in honor of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s upcoming twenty-year anniversary. Customers may bring in a canned good to be donated to area food pantries and receive 20% off their entire purchase that day. Participating stores and authors are:

10-12 noon, All on the Same Page (Contact: Robin Tidwell, owner)
11052 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 314-567-4144

Nina Miller, former Children's Area Specialist at Borders Creve Coeur, has just finished The Ultimate Storytime Guide, to be published soon by McFarland & Co. This book will offer parents, teachers, booksellers and librarians information on creating a complete story time experience that includes music, art, movement, food and literature.

Theresa Sanders is a frequent Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor, with fifteen stories published by the series. An award-winning technical writer and former manager of a documentation and training department, she is currently completing a novel.

T’Mara Goodsell is an award-winning multi-genre writer who has six stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as other anthologies and newspapers. More of her writing can be found at
1-3 p.m., Main Street Books (Contact: Vicki Erwin, owner)
307 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 636-949-0105

Cathi LaMarche is the author of the novel While the Daffodils Danced. Her stories appear in eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as well as other anthologies. She currently teaches composition and literature, and she writes in her spare time.

Linda O'Connell has been published in seventeen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and many other anthologies, magazines and books.
Lynn Cahoon is an Alton, IL contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined-ranging from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. She blogs at her website ( about writing, lessons learned while surviving breast cancer, and living the dream.

Pat Wahler resides in St. Peters with her husband, dog, and cat. She is a grant writer by day and freelance writer by night and has been published in dozens of local and national venues. A life-long animal lover, Pat ponders critters, writing, and life's little mysteries at

4-6 p.m., The Book House (Contact: Michelle Barron, owner)
9719 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 314-968-4491

Beth M. Wood is a mom of three, marketing VP and freelance writer. She is a devout reader, semi-fanatic editor, and not so great golfer. Follow along at

First-place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Competition, Donna Duly Volkenannt lives in St. Peters with her husband and grandchildren, who inspire her and fill her with joy. Learn more about Donna at
Sioux Roslawski is a 3rd grade teacher with the Ferguson-Florissant School District. A freelance writer, she also rescues dogs for Love a Golden Rescue. Her writing can be found at

Since 1993, more than 112 million copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies have been sold in the United States and Canada alone, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, is a world leader in life improvement. For more information, please visit:



Bookie said...

Oh you KNOW I love that book store and would LOVE to be there with you! But I wish you well and know you will have some great times. I can say that I stopped at the St. Charles bookstore and supported them very well at that time, ha-ha. Have first day of December....

Val said...

I was shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that my youngest son has never been to a bookstore. He's 14. And never been to a bookstore. I am ashamed. I really need to do something about that.

Pat Wahler said...

I'm looking forward to this. A great way to get in the holiday spirit!

Critter Alley

Sioux Roslawski said...

I too am looking forward to it. However, I might be in danger. I will be spending time in a bookstore where I've never been. I'm sure to buy at least one book.

Susan said...

Hi Linda....Hope the food drive is very successful. I don't understand why writers would be compensated for only one submission. If you've had four stories accepted, you should be compensated for four stories, in m mind----different stories, different book subjects. What gives with Chicken Soup?

Yes, the little Christmas story books in a small basket works nicely in our downstairs bathroom. It's a small rectangular basket, pink, and the books fit nicely inside it.

I also add booklets with poems by the Salesians. Know which ones I mean?

Take care, Linda, and thanks for all your visits and sweet comments. Susan

Anonymous said...

God bless the food drive!

Tammy said...

I'm looking forward to it, too. I plan to sign and then visit the other two! Should be a great time!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

I love going to book signings, Linda, but this is a tad far for me. :)

I think this is a great way to sponsor a food drive and encourage the small bookstore. My brain is on overdrive, thinking about how I can apply this in my area.

Janet, said...

What a nice thing to do. Sounds like a wonderful bunch of writers in your area.