Latest Amazon Reviews

Hooray! Only one review away from the magical 50 reviews on Amazon.

If you’ve read War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation  and haven’t yet posted an Amazon review, would you consider becoming reviewer #50? It’s painless and simple. Thanks so much to all who’ve already taken the time to share your thoughts!

Compelling Stories from the Greatest Generation

on January 4, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am not much of a reader. I found the stories compelling and the writers compassion for her subjects comes through in her thoughtful style of writing. Love, we sure need more of it these days and this books delivers that for sure.
 5out of 5 starsthe beautiful couple on the cover of War Bonds

on March 27, 2017
There’s a reason they are called the “Greatest Generation”. Couples from this generation endured unimaginable hardships and heartache, yet they remained strong and persevered. I’m so grateful to Cindy for capturing these legacy stories in her book so that future generations can look back at this generation for guidance and inspiration, and read some of the stories that earned them their name, the “Greatest Generation”. On a personal note, I am the proud granddaughter of Roy and Mary Grayhek, the beautiful couple on the cover of War Bonds, and their story is featured in the book, too. My grandparents were so honored to have their story shared, and this book has made its way into four generations of our family, and we look forward to sharing it with many generations to come. Thank you, Cindy, you have given us a precious gift.
on April 8, 2017
I first read a story by Cindy Hval in one of the “Chicken Soup…” series. It drew me to this book. I loved this book and all the wonderful stories. I love history. I love true love. ❤
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Christmas in October!

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I LOVE Christmas and I received an early gift when the UPS man dropped off this box of books!

I’m thrilled that two of my stories “Christmas Glow” and “Wishing for a Silent Night” have been included in the latest addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series: The Joy of Christmas.

My work has been featured in 10 volumes of this wonderful franchise and I’m happy to be part of a series that offers words of inspiration and affirmation to readers all over the globe.

Pick up a copy today and spread the “Joy of Christmas”!

The Power of Gratitude

I read a quote from Yoko Ono this morning that’s lingering in my mind. Speaking about her life with John Lennon, she said, “We just accepted what was there for us and lived in grace and appreciation.”

Appreciation. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Powerful words that have the ability to transform our lives.

My story A Wedding and Funeral has been included in the recently released book, Chicken Soup the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.

The story chronicles a memorable day in which my husband and I attended the funeral of a young man who overdosed on his depression medication; and a wedding for longtime single friend who finally said yes to love.

Most days aren’t filled with such epic events, but every day offers us a chance to breathe in grace and breath out appreciation.

Gratitude. It’s powerful.

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A Bookshelf of Our Own

Running my hands along the spines, I can scarcely believe it– 14 books featuring my stories.

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From the first time a writer picks up a pen or pounds out a story on a keyboard we wonder if it will ever be read by more than just a family member, close friend or teacher. Rarely in love with our own words, we weigh, sift, edit and groan over balky transitions and awkward phrases. We look back at our first stories and they sometimes seem like primitive scratches in the sand.

And if we’re really lucky, we find our tribe– a group of supportive readers and writers, who push us to do better and who ask for more

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And we celebrate their publications, adding their books to our shelves, always leaving room for the next volume.

How wonderful to take a moment and realize no matter how arduous the journey from idea to print, it is possible to achieve out what every writer longs for– a shelf of our own.

Of Cats and Chicken Soup

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Getting a box of books with your stories in it never gets old.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good, Very Bad Cat,”  is the 8th volume in the series to feature my work and the thrill of seeing my words in print in this popular series is still exciting.

This one hits bookstores across the nation on February 9 and includes my stories, “Another Baby Boy” and “Fat Cat.” One story per cat 🙂

When novice writers ask me how to get published I always tell them Chicken Soup is a great place to start honing your nonfiction skills. The principles of writing are the same whether you’re writing your memoir or laboring on the Great American Novel. You need to be able to tell an engaging story.

The submission process is simple and all online.  They are constantly adding titles and sending new story call outs. Authors are paid $200 for each story, retain the rights to their work and receive 10 free books. You can also purchase more books at a discounted rate.

So while you’re slaving away on your manuscript, sending out agent queries or entering writing contests visit Chicken Soup for the Soul and submit a story.

After all, Chicken Soup can cure just about anything– even writer’s block.

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