Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Kiss Is Still A Kiss


To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and
stories that uplift and encourage.

Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying. 

So it's my hope you are blessed with a message of grace through the words of authors featured here. 

Please join me each week as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories share their work.

Hi-lighted this week is a selection of short stories in many genres by many authors--including myself! It was an honor to have my contemporary short story "The Fountain" selected for this collection of short stories in A Kiss Is Still A Kiss, edited by multi-published author Virginia Smith. 

Perfect for August's contemporary women's fiction and romances, it's a great beach read (just check the cover!) and will satisfy the tastes of many readers. Enjoy!

Author: Patricia Iacuzzi

A Kiss Is Still A Kiss
Publisher: Next Step Books
Editor: Virginia Smith

A Kiss. Nowhere does there exist a stronger expression of romance. If love is the universal language, then a kiss is the alphabet by which we communicate that most basic of all emotions. As unique as the individuals who engage in this delightful expression, a kiss can be tender or passionate, affectionate or amorous, but when shared by a couple there’s no better way to say, “I love you.”

A Kiss is Still a Kiss offers a buffet of stories to tempt the appetites of romance readers. Twenty authors, from beloved, familiar names to fresh new voices, present tales of love in a variety of genres. Experience the rush of first love, the excitement of unanticipated romance, and the joy of fading love restored. Within these pages you’ll relish a surprising and satisfying collection of styles: sweet contemporary, romantic historical, delightful regency, laugh-out-loud humor, gripping suspense, and even a few whimsical tales of fantasy and science fiction. Why? Because regardless of genre…

A Kiss is Still a Kiss.

Includes stories by: Amy Barkman, Crystal L. Barnes, Jan Brand, Angela K. Couch, Deborah Raney, John H. Dromey, Kathleen Fuller, Eva Maria Hamilton, Patricia Iacuzzi, Mary Laufer, Gail Gaymer Martin, MaKayla Martinez, Sarah Monzon, Scott R. Parkin, Bethany Rae, Kylara Silvers, Jan Davis Warren, Laura Ware, Deb Wuethrich, and Anna Zogg.

Editor Virginia Smith loves reading romance in all genres. An award-winning author of more than two dozen novels, she’s discovered a new passion with this collection—helping writers polish their words and prepare their stories for a successful literary debut.

The Boys of Summer 
Don Henley ~ 1984

We're half way through August, and before we know it, summer will be gone and it will be a time for memories. Remember this...? 

Reminder: The authors presented here value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. You will be included in a drawing for a book by the author featured during that week. 

...And as a follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be added to a multiple-prize drawing at the end of this month. August's giveaway: a pretty tote filled with gifts that include this month's DVD--the Hallmark movie, "Bound by a Secret,"
 starring Leslie Ann Warren, a journal, a 25.00 gift card, lovely organic handmade bath soap and more, all reflecting this month's summery romantic mood. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario earlier this year was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.   

Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired! 
Pat Iacuzzi  


  1. Sounds great. Congratulations Pat! I love short stories. It's a great way to sample an author's work. I don't see a link to the book.

  2. Oops! Will get it in tomorrow. Almost one a.m. here!

  3. "The Fountain" was tender and heartwarming,and SO well written. I love what you did with that story. Make no mistake, you ARE a gifted writer!

  4. How exciting! I am thrilled for you. You are a gifted writer and I need to get myself a copy of this collection. This will be one of many to come I am sure of it!

  5. Thanks for your VERY kind remarks ladies....Blessings to you all!