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Who’s publishing what?


Kathy Shiels TullyChicken Soup for the Soul’s essay, “A Stroke of Blessings,” appears in the newly published Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude. It’s her second essay published in the popular book series. She’s a regular correspondent for The Boston Globe and The Boston Globe Magazine, where she writes about intriguing people, travel, food, lifestyle, human interest and parenting. Her work also has appeared in national, regional and online magazines, including FamilyFun, The Writer, NCLR’s Agenda, Lola, Boston Parents Paper, Cape Cod Magazine,, New Hampshire To Do and Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Summer’s magic

A Visit to Mackinac IslandInspired by her time at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Jen Tucker has written a whimsical children’s book, A Visit to Mackinac Island. Illustrated by Jennifer Powell and published by Braughler Books, the book “brings to life a journey to remember along the streets of Michigan’s Gem.”

The secret weapon

MS Madness!Yvonne deSousa’s memoir, MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, is a lighthearted, humor-filled, inspiring look at the year following her diagnosis. Richard M. Cohen, New York Times’ bestselling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places, said it “combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick.”

The long view

Ebook Cover Echoes of Your ChoicesDrawing from the pain and joy of her own life experiences, Sharon Dillon teaches practical methods for living a peaceful and balanced life in her first book, Echoes of Your Choices: Laughter, Peace, and Joy. She’s been a reporter for several newspapers and magazines in Wisconsin and Virginia.

Page turner

Laugh 'til You DieNew England author Sharon Love Cook has published her third Granite Cove mystery: Laugh ’til You Die. Protagonist Rose McNichols, a reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, moonlights as a stand-up comic at nursing homes. “I actually did this not too many years ago. It’s not a career path I’d encourage, however,” says Cook, who designs her own book covers. Previous Granite Cove mysteries include A Nose for Hanky Panky and A Deadly Christmas Carol.


Where are Pat and Ernie Now?Award-winning humorist Ernie Witham has published his third book, Where are Pat and Ernie Now? He writes a syndicated humor column, “Ernie’s World,” for the Montecito Journal that is syndicated through Senior Wire Service. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines and more than two dozen anthologies. He serves on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, where he has taught humor for more than 10 years.

Find your funny

Find Your FunnyBarb Best, 2010 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner, has a new book, Find Your Funny: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens. Co-written with Joanne Jackal, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and former stand-up comedienne, Find Your Funny is a humor survival guide for ages 12 and up. This fun guide is designed to help kids develop a robust sense of humor and empower themselves with the positivity of humor. Larry Wilde, declared “America’s Best Selling Humorist” by The New York Times, calls Find Your Funny, “The quintessential book on the importance of humor in our lives.” No kidding!


MissOMG BOB CoverOlivia Michele Giacomini “Miss OMG” has been writing for decades as a journalist, and in more recent years as a “bloggist.” In her new book, she celebrates the humor of life’s mundane events. From battling belly bulge, to mulling over man-scaping, to conquering the nightmarish fear of bathing suit shopping, she proves that you can either find the bright side to the bull crap in life, or at least find the “funny $#!+.”

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