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Buy-3-Get-1 deal!

Just in time for holiday gift-giving! My publisher is offering a Buy-3-Get-1 deal on my Miracles & Moments of Grace series of inspiring true stories.

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First edition sold out!

Good news! The first edition of Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival has sold out! Thank you to all my contributors and to my readers!

The second edition should be available in the next few days. In the meantime, you can find a few copies in online bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and My publisher, Leafwood Publishers, is always ready to help you, too.  Read More 
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Interview with WNIV Atlanta

One of my favorite things about publishing a book is the chance to talk about it afterward! Last week, I had my first interview about my new book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival. It was with an Atlanta radio station, WNIV.

The show's host, Rick Probst, asked some great questions and let me chat for quite awhile. I got to talk about many of the contributors and stories in my book, particularly the stories in the radio station's listening area.  Read More 
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Release Day!

On a summer day, when I was least expecting it, my book Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival released!

The whirl of activity is on! For now, I just wanted to let you know that the book is available on Amazon as well as other online outlets and bricks and mortar bookstores. And don't forget -- my publisher, Leafwood Publishers, is always ready to help you!  Read More 
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Stories of Survival... coming soon!

My Miracles & Moments of Grace series keeps on rolling! In just a few weeks, the fourth title in the series, Inspiring Stories of Survival will hit bookshelves, both real and virtual.

In this book, as in the others in the series, I tell fifty inspiring true-life stories. The people in this book have faced extraordinary circumstances and found they had the faith, the courage, and the strength to survive. Caught in Hurricane Katrina, attacked by a lion, facing a gunman, trapped in a violent marriage, losing the self to Alzheimer's--in the midst of their trials, these brave people discovered that God provides the grace to persevere in the face of life's greatest challenges. The stories they tell make the heart race, yet they also reveal the sustaining power of deep courage and true faith.

Speaking about the book, Leslie Haskin says, "These uplifting stories offer encouragement for our hearts and strength for our struggles."

No one knows better than Leslie what it takes to survive. She survived the felling of the Twin Towers on 9/11, escaping from the 36th floor. She wrote about her experience in her book Between Heaven and Ground Zero. I greatly appreciate her support of my book.

I'll keep you updated here as release day approaches. Waiting is the hard part! I can't wait to share these inspiring stories with you.  Read More 
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Writers guidelines for survival book

I had a request from a writer looking for guidelines for my latest book in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series, Inspiring Stories of Survival. She was looking on my website and -- lo and behold! -- they weren't there. Big omission on my part!

So here they are, the guidelines. I hope you have a story to submit!

Miracles & Moments of Grace Writers Guidelines

Miracles & Moments of Grace is an anthology series published by Leafwood Publishers (Abilene, Texas). Nancy B. Kennedy is the series editor. Thus far, the series comprises three titles: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains (2011), Inspiring Stories from Doctors (2012) and Inspiring Stories from Moms (2013).

The fourth book in the series is subtitled Inspiring Stories of Survival and will release in 2014. The book will contain fifty brief stories.

Survival can mean many things: medical crises, a difficult childbirth, military experiences, marriages that survive tragedy, accident or crime victims, adventure stories (e.g., hikers lost in a storm), personal triumph, etc. We are also looking for softer stories or humor pieces.

The stories are similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul stories in that they evoke powerful emotions in readers. Their writers guidelines are here. They are true stories told in the first person and run about 800-1,000 words. Many storytellers speak of miracles, and expressions of faith are welcome, although not required.

To read some sample stories, "Click to Look Inside" on the Amazon pages of books in the series:

Although writers are welcome to contribute, no one has to be a writer to participate. Nancy writes many of the stories herself. The stories have varied origins: excerpts from books, expanded blog posts, reprints, original work, ghostwritten pieces, or just about any iteration of collaboration you can name. Leafwood Publishers cannot offer compensation but will send you a copy of the book when it is released and offers a discount to contributors who wish to buy additional copies. Also, the brief bio that follows each story is a great place to bring attention to other writing credits, books, blogs, careers, volunteer work and ministries. Nancy also talks up her contributors on her social media sites.

The deadline for stories has not been set, as the exact publication date is not yet known. Stories will be accepted for at least the next five or six months. Of course, the sooner the better! To submit a story or an idea for the book, please contact Nancy B. Kennedy at Thank you for considering the Miracles & Moments of Grace series.  Read More 
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