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Writings from the Heart

Writings from the Heart

Stories and Poems from Around the World edited by Beth Ann Masarik was released May 2nd.

The anthology contains 30 short works – fiction stories and poetry from a diverse set of authors.

Just one of the 30 pieces comes from the author of this blog post.  ‘Jimmy Bodeilo‘ stories are always for kids, which does not mean that an adult cannot enjoy them. Jimmy is the protagonist in the story contained in the anthology.

Beth really honored me by letting me be a part of this project.  The proceeds from the anthology are all being raised for charity.  The editor’s motive?  To actually help the children’s hospital that saved her life many years ago.

For more details, check out the Literary Lunes website, or cross-reference my other blog ‘miriamspia‘ for more information.


Hello everyone! My name is Beth Ann Masarik, and I am in the process of putting together a blog tour to raise awareness for an anthology I am putting together titled Writings from the Heart: Short Stories and Poems from Around the World.

In this collection, 30 different authors came together for one purpose; to help raise awareness for pediatric congenital heart disease. Each year, over 1,000,000 babies are born and diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (I was one of those babies). Unfortunately, at least 100,000 of those babies will not survive.

The purpose of this anthology is to help raise awareness of this issue. All proceeds made from this anthology will go to the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY’s Pediatric Cardiology Unit. (formerly known as Schneider Children’s Hospital) I can personally attest to how wonderful their cardiologists are, and to celebrate my 28 years of life, I

want to give back to a hospital that gave me a second chance at life.

Each story and poem found within this anthology is written with love from each of the authors and written with children in mind. It is meant for kids ages 10 and up, and you will find most of the content within to be uplifting.

This anthology is scheduled to release on June 6th, 2012, and will be published through Literary Lunes Publications in all ebook formats and trade paperback through Amazon and

I am looking to host a blog tour from June 13 until July 4th. Why June 13? Because that is the day 28 years ago that I had my open-heart surgery. June 6th is also significant because it will mark the 12-year anniversary that I lost my friend Andrew due to congenital heart disease. I am releasing it on that day in his honor.

If you are interested in hosting me on tour, and or reviewing an ARC of this wonderful anthology that was put together and formatted solely by me, please send me an email (or reply to this thread with your email) to

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Beth Ann Masarik

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