Sodaro's Stories

May 11, 2020

Making Sunshine Journal

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Kindle copies are now available!!!

Paperback copies available soon

Making Sunshine:  A Journal of Gratitude and Positive Energy

March 17, 2020

Last day of sale

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March 14, 2020

Whatever you Make of It

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March 13, 2020

Kindle sale

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If you ever wanted to talk to the characters in a novel, check out the first novel I ever self- published. This book changed everything, and I have enjoyed the joy of getting my books out in to the world.

Whatever you Make of It

March 2, 2020

Making Sunshine Journal

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I created a reflection journal.

Last year, about this time, I had wanted to help a friend, and I also wanted to find a way to get the message out about the powerful effects of being positive and grateful.

Last night I got my project ready for the ORDER AUTHOR PROOF stage.

So here’s what’s coming. There are four chapters: Positive Outlook, Follow Dreams, True Self, and Letting Go. For each section, I found quotes, wrote reflections of my own, and asked probing questions for my reader to ask themselves as well.

I am very excited that this project is almost out into the world.

January 5, 2020

Coming Back to my Blog

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I don’t know why it has been so long since I have blogged. I could say it was the jobs I had last year. I could say it was the personal demons I was battling. I could say it was a combination of the two…but bottom line is I dropped the ball on my poor blog. So, of course, with the new year upon us, it was the perfect time for me to revisit my blog….new year, new me rigmarole.

So, here it is 2020. I have 16 books out: three children’s books, one book about writing activities, one mystery, one book of poetry, one book about my teaching career, three in general fiction,  and six romance. I have about 90 projects started. There is no slowing down for me. I want to have more projects finished and off of my plate and out into the world. There are so many characters I want to share with my readers…so many nonfiction projects I want to share with you as well.

I also want to be more supportive of my fellow authors. We are all in this together, after all. So I will be upping my reading and reviewing game this year, so that I can share others’ literary creations with the world.

This is going to be an amazing year.

April 17, 2019


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January 7, 2019


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Last year, I had a couple of breakthroughs…I hit double digits with my books out. This was with Driven West, my first attempt at a mystery. From it, I learned what to do with my next mystery. I also learned that I finally felt like a grown-up author. Double digits…that’s a big deal.

My next breakthrough was the monstrosity that was Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. P.S. It’s you, not Me. This was my first swim in non-fiction waters, which is a breakthrough, of course…but given the subject matter, was hardly the biggest breakthrough. This book was my hardest book to write yet, and it took longer for me to get out than planned. There was a lot of baggage and boxes to go through. Teaching introduced me to people I would never have met otherwise, but also was an emotional journey I had mostly dealt with by shoving things in boxes. Huge Breakthrough.

Another breakthrough was entering into the realm of Children’s books. Two amazing friends and I decided to create TOMMY. His first book Tommy’s Moving Day opened up a whole new world for the three of us, and there is not a part of me that doesn’t absolutely love that little bat.

My final breakthrough as an author was Shades of Blue. My first book of poetry. This book has been a part of my “I need to get this out” for over a decade. It very well could have been my first book out…but everything happens in the time it is meant to, and I was finally ready to let go of my poems and share them with the world.

I also had a breakthrough that I was healed from past pains, but that is another post for another day.


November 3, 2018

Whatever You Make of It

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Every on asks me which novel of mine is my favorite, and I say each of them is my favorite in its own right.

This one is the first novel I published and for that reason alone, it will be my favorite, but it will also always hold a special place in my heart because Jac and Jyn are two characters I have loved since I have met them. I have been Jyn, in love with a friend (though things haven’t worked out for me in that front — maybe I just haven’t met my Jac).

What was fun about this novel was the interaction between Jac and Jyn and Johnathon and Rebecca. Having this as my first novel, I could have my characters ask the questions I needed to figure out.

You should check this book out. It’s a fun read and a unique book..and there has even started to be an inkling of a second novel, floating around in my mind.

November 1, 2018


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For the past six years, I have taken the month of November and hid out to participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo (or as I lovingly refer to it as “nano”).

The goal is simple: 50,000 words. 30 days. See…easy 😀

Four of the six years, I have been successful. I have gotten my 50,000 words in 30 days. I have broken down the word count to 1667 words a day, and I have reached the goal. Go me.

What I have found that works for me is

**an outline

**Prompts for plot points

**good pens

**music in my ears

**tasty beverage in my cup

**notebook for project

**comfy chair

**food I can eat with my left hand

**my wrist brace for days I have pushed too far

**abandoning friends and family in order to hit my word count

Love you all. See you in December. I will post about my other books and post updates on my progress

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