Friday, March 4, 2011

Book Giveaway

Things don’t always turn out as you’d hoped. Sometimes, they turn out even better.

Back in September, I was informed by the Cup of Comfort staff that two of my stories had made it into the 60 finalists for the Cup of Comfort for Christian Women anthology. I was thrilled, not because of any financial gain, which I explain later, but because these anthologies receive hundreds of submissions to consider and, to have made it to the finalists’ circle with not one, but two stories was a joy. In the case of Cup of Comfort, you generally get $100 for each story that appears in the book, but in this particular title, the pay was only $50 for each story, so, as you can see, not a big deal on the financial end of things.

As is customary, I signed the agreements for publication, read over the galleys, and didn’t give it another thought. 

A month later, I received an email stating that, alas, the new Cup of Comfort title only had room for 43 stories, and my two weren’t among them. I was disappointed, but such is the life of a writer.

So, imagine my surprise when, on the very same day as the bad news from Cup of Comfort came, I received an email from the good folks at Chicken Soup, stating that not one, not two, but three of my stories had made it to the final selection committee for two separate titles, earning $200 for each story, which was six times the amount I would have received from Cup of Comfort. The real surprise was that I had forgotten about even submitting these stories. I went back and checked my records to make sure they had the right person. J To God be the glory!

One of these titles (Chicken Soup for the Soul Answered Prayers) is still in the final selection stage, which means there’s a chance the two stories that are being considered for this title won’t make it to the end, but I have faith. J

The other title, Chicken Soup for the Soul New Moms is just being released and will be on sale in bookstores March 8, 2011.

Me and my sweet baby girl, 4 months old.
I have four of these books to give away, if anyone is interested. This book contains my story, “Adjustments,” which is about how an ordinary day in early motherhood turned out to be much more.

There are many great stories in this title, and if you know of a new mom, I highly recommend it. My sweet niece (a new mom herself) has given it a thumbs-up already. I’m actually impressed that she finds time to read.

If you’d like one of the four copies available, please leave a comment and say as much, along with a way for me to contact you, should you be one of the winners. If more than four people express interest, I will conduct a random drawing on Tuesday, March 8th, the day the book will be sold in bookstores. Cut-off time to enter will be 6:00 PM CST on Tuesday. Winners will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Dayle,
    I would love to win this book with your stories in it. While my daughter is not a brand "new" mom she is an older mom of a 2 1/2 year old and I know she would love to receive Chicken Soup for the Soul - New Moms.
    You can reach me at:


  2. So very exciting! But, no surprise... I love all of your stories :) I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you so much for the chance!

  3. This would be perfect for my daughter who is expecting #3 soon.
    Congratulations on being published (again).

  4. Congratulations on these glad tidings, Dayle! I've so enjoyed both the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort books, and would love the opportunity to win a copy of New Moms .... first to read, then share with my beautiful DIL whose baby girl is due "any time now."
    You can reach me via e-mail

  5. Wow, Dayle, great job on the story acceptances! That was super news. Sure, put my name in for the book drawing, will you? You can always reach me at Thanks, and, once again, congratulations on a job well done! Susan

  6. What a wonderful book. I am a first time mommy and our baby girl is set to arrive next week!!! Chicken Soup books have helped me along the way in this journey through life. So neat to see a New Mom one.

    Would love the chance to win this. : )
    You can contact me at

  7. Congrats! God just does things like that doesn't He? I see you have over 4 entries so I'd like my name to be in the drawing too pretty please!
    I love reading your stories.

  8. I love how the Lord surprises us at times. Congratulations on the stories and the extra money! I'd love to have this book for Rebekah. Since Nora is only 8 months old I still consider her a new mom. Thanks for the chance.

  9. Dayle, this is lovely for you!
    God is so good at surprises!!
    And what a beautiful photo of you and your daughter - so very precious!
    I'm happy for you, my friend :-)

  10. Congratulations! I can understand why your stories continue to "make the cut". They are inspiring and people can relate to them. Please add me to the list of those who would be honored to receive a copy of this book. I like to give books as gifts and am always interested in finding those that make appropriate gifts. You can contact me via fb if my name is drawn. ;-) May God continue to bless you as you use your talents to bless others.

  11. Congrats, Dayle. I'm happy for you and not surprised at all that your work is published. I think you need to start a daily devotional book. If you disagree, how about sending me a daily thought! This sister of yours would love it!

    Love you.

  12. Great news...I'm so happy for you. I would love to be considered for one of your books, I love the Chicken Soup books too. Thanks...I'm excited to be newly connected to such a wonderful woman of God. :) ♥ Sandy

  13. I am sliding in on the seat of my pants to post before March 8th....not uncommon for me these days. I seem to be running late at every turn :)

    I would count it an honor to receive one of your books. I have submitted a few stories 'round about and the book would be tangible proof that dreams do come true.

    Congratulations to you! Your writing always blesses me. Thanks for sending your link! I'm QMTJ at xanga. Qene'

  14. I'd love to win a copy!! (plus today is my oldest daughter's birthday!!)

  15. If I win this book, Dayle, I will pass it on to my dear daughter, a new mom since December 21. Her confidence is a little shaky at times, and reading the stories of other young mothers may be just what she needs that day. Thank you.

  16. hi, Dayle, how exciting to have your stories published. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Your blog is so pretty, looking very good.


  17. ACK!! Leave it to me to vacate blogland and nearly miss this. I would be so honored to have a copy of a book with your stories in it. I would love to have it and save it to give to my first "new mom" loved one of the next generation.

    Glad I didn't miss out.

    You know how to contact me, I think. But it's

    And Dayle, CONGRATULATIONS. I'm praising God right along with you.

  18. I'm too late for the draw Dayle...but just wanted to shout cheers for you. Way to go.

  19. Dear blogging friends,

    The winners have been chosen and will be revealed in my Simple Pleasurespost this evening. Please come ready to party!

  20. I am so excited for you!! Too late for the draw, but I wanted to tell you congratulations.

  21. This is a great! I love how God can turn what we consider a disappointment into something incredible. That’s so neat having three stories in one book. I’ve had two printed in one book, but I think you may hold the record!


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