Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Laughter Heals - 'Tales2Inspire' Releases New Inspirational Book In Series - 'Tales2Inspire, The Crystal Collection'

'Tales2Inspire' is an ongoing series of books filled with inspiring and motivational stories compiled by Lois W. Stern

Author Lois W. Stern has announced the release of 'Tales2Inspire - The Crystal Collection'. The new inspirational book is a departure from previous works in the series, as it is filled with humorous, true stories.

"After publishing four 'Tales2Inspire' books of heartwarming, inspiring stories, I felt we were all ready for a change of pace," Stern stated. "Why humor? How does humor inspire us? Simply by lifting our spirits and transporting us from the here and now to several moments of pure amusement. In the words of Josh Billings, 'Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place'. Bravo to the authors of the stories in this Crystal Collection - all winners in the 'Tales2Inspire' annual ‘Authors Helping Authors’ contest.

Unlike the inspiring stories of her earlier ‘Tales2Inspire’ collections, which Stern explained “touched the heart of most every reader”, she soon discovered the challenges of collecting humorous stories. “What tickled one person’s funny bone, left another one flat. What struck one person as hysterical, struck the next as a shaggy dog story.”

“When we consider some of today’s most popular comic personalities, we realize there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to humor. Amy Schumer has received considerable  praise for the subversive feminism of her comedy, while cleverly addressing various social issues. Steve Colbert, who last month succeeded David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, brings roars of laughter for his caricatured version of conservative political pundits. Although both these personalities have enormously high ratings, other segments of the population are turned off by their brand of humor. I wanted the Crystal Collection stories to be more gentle in there approach to humor, with slice of life stories and true life episodes to which most everyone could relate.”

Cover'Tales2Inspire' is a growing collection of anthologies of varied themes, compiled by author Lois W. Stern. Stern has authored some of these stories herself, because she loves to write, but most of them come from winners of her annual ‘Tales2Inspire’ contest. Each of the inspirational stories, including those submitted by Stern herself, is judged anonymously by a peer group to determine eligibility for publication. There are no fees to submit for consideration, and winning authors receive many no-charge platform-building opportunities.

"I don’t like using the word ‘unique’ says Stern, “but Tales2Inspire is truly unlike any other writer’s contest. First, there is no submission fee. Then, even after the awards are announced, I continue to work with the author of a ‘tale’ which shows exceptional promise. I do not charge for any of these services because I am committed to the ideal of 'Authors Helping Authors'. Of course there is something in it for me too as I get first rights to publication of each winning ‘tale’."

The benefits of being a contributing author to 'Tales2Inspire' include, but are not limited to:

* Author's story published in a respected book collection

* Author’s headshot photo and mini-biography published inside the book

* Name listed on Amazon.com as a contributing author

* Story featured and promoted as the inspiring story of the week on the Tales2Inspire website.

* Story highlighted with an introductory video trailer on our  YouTube Winning Tales Channel

* Story featured  on the Tales2Inspire Facebook page, selected LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media groups

* Story featured in the Inspiring Stories monthly newsletter, distributed to hundreds of subscribers, on a rotating basis throughout the years.

* Opportunities for free and low cost promotions on the Tales2Inspire Spotlight page, the YouTube Winning Tales Channel, media releases, personal bookmarks to match author’s story, and much more.

* Discounted prices for bulk orders  of ten or more books, mix or match titles.

Full details about Stern’s annual contests, the books in the 'Tales2Inspire' series, and the authors and their stories are available on the 'Tales2Inspire' website at http://www.Tales2Inspire.com.

Lois W. Stern is available for media interviews and multi-media presentations and can be reached using the information below or by email at tales2inspire@optimum.net. All of the books in the series are available at Amazon and other online retailers.


After twenty years as an active educator, Lois W. Stern continued to pursue her love for writing, and soon became co-editor of the then popular Long Island web-zine, LI EYE. As she created and authored the column ‘Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives’, she solidified her special niche as an investigative journalist. She has put those same talents to work in creating the ‘Tales2Inspire ’“Authors Helping Authors” project/contest and working to encourage and nurture the skills of each of her participating authors. Since she initiated this project in 2012, Lois has published five Tales2Inspire books: 'The Emerald Collection' ("Beyond Coincidence" stories), 'The Topaz Collection'  (Stories of "Awakenings & Aha Moments") 'The Sapphire Collection' (Stories that "Echo in the Mind") the 'Ruby Collection' ("Gifts of Compassion" Stories) and her newest book, ‘Tales2Inspire - The Crystal Collection' (Stories that Tickle the Funny Bone), reminding us that humor is also a great anecdote for uplifting one’s mood and replenishing the soul.

Lois is available for interviews and presentations. A sought after speaker, she holds her audiences in rapt attention with multi-media presentations of her winning stories.


Lois W. Stern