Any Good Thing by Joy E. Rancatore, 2022 Indie Author Project Winner for Louisiana

Any Good Thing

None of us deserves any good thing. So, when one does come—it’s a gift.


Southern Literary Fiction, novel

This Good Thing

Even on the darker days, we can be thankful for this good thing—LIFE.


Christian Southern Fiction, novella

Every Good Thing, a short story collection by Joy E. Rancatore, part of Carolina's Legacy Collection

Every Good Thing

Every Good Thing comes from God—look for them. Embrace them. Give thanks for them. Live them.

Christian Southern Fiction, short story collection

Finders Keepers

The writer’s life is solitary … only if you want it to be.

Writing Craft, nonfiction

The Crux Anthology

Adventure Fantasy & SciFi Short Stories

Fantasy & SciFi


Buy Button for Support Indie Bookstores

I urge you to support YOUR Independent Bookstore! If you don’t have a local store or prefer online ordering, supports independent bookstores. If you’re looking for an independent bookstore to support, may I recommend a few of my favorites?

Slidell, LA

Logo for Dane Books and Gifts in Covington, LA

Covington, LA

The Book and the Bean Logo, Mandeville, LA

Mandeville, LA

New Orleans, LA

Click this button to purchase an autographed copy of Joy E. Rancatore's books from The Haunted Book Shop, Mobile.

Mobile, AL

Logo for The Author Shoppe in Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg, MS

Vicksburg, MS


Carolina’s Legacy Collection: One Good Thing

Status: Editing

Genre: Southern Fiction with Christian Roots, Epistolary

Expected Release: 2024

An epistolary, One Good Thing, rounds out Carolina’s Legacy Collection for readers who enjoyed Any Good Thing and want one more glimpse at Jack, including his time on the mountain, and another beloved AGT character.

Title: Elspeth’s Tale (Official Title Forthcoming) 

Status: World-building

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Release: 2025 and following

Elspeth chooses to accept her calling as Shepherdess of the Fae, but is she prepared to sacrifice all in order to fulfill the destiny prophesied before her birth? Can she unleash the power within, without allowing it to consume her? And how will her journey affect her sister-friend, Arabel—the one human who accepts her for who she is and what power she wields?


Title: “Ealiverel Awakened”

Status: Published in The Crux Anthology

Genre: Fantasy

Elspeth has accepted her calling—Faerie Shepherdess. She journeys to Temple Taepaeum where she must pass several Trials to awaken all her power within in order to begin her Training.

This short story won second place in Rachael Ritchey’s Adventure SciFi and Fantasy competition and features with other stories in The Crux Anthology, released November 26, 2018. All profits from this book go to Compassion International.


“Ealiverel Awakened” is a small part of what will one day be a full fantasy series by Joy. Read more stories from this world in the Tales of Faerie Shepherds series.

Title: “Our Good Thing”

Status: Available for FREE

Genre: Southern Fiction with Christian Roots

Who knew Baptist preachers shouldn’t dance? Not Rachael Burns—Baptist preacher’s daughter and dance aficionado.

Rachael and her best friend, Jack Calhoun, overhear Bellum’s primary gossips condemning their families for everything from dancing to playing cards.

Where will Rachael turn for comfort and guidance after the cruel words settle? Can she follow her mom’s written advice about “our good thing”? How many lessons and revelations will the wind whip her way on a blustery February afternoon?

Fans of Southern fiction with Christian roots will love “Our Good Thing,” a taste of all the books in Carolina’s Legacy Collection: Any Good ThingThis Good ThingEvery Good Thing and One Good Thing.

Fans of Southern fiction with Christian roots will love "Our Good Thing," a short story taste of the books in Carolina’s Legacy Collection.

Title: “Dream Debris”

Status: Resting (potential transformation to a full novel)

Genre: Historical Fiction


Murdoch and Osla love one another with passion that transcends separations, but will the Sea’s rage rend their feelings and cast the remnants to the waves as floating dream debris?

Title: “Walking the Parade Route”

Status: Available for Joy’s Newsletter Subscribers

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Laura wants to understand the culture of her new home near New Orleans. What better time to experience that than while “Walking the Parade Route”? She embraces the culture … and so much more … while waiting for the floats to pass and the beads to fly.

This story is my gift to you for joining my Fellowship of email newsletter subscribers! Enter your email address below to join.

Joy E. Rancatore's books on Goodreads
Any Good Thing Any Good Thing
reviews: 10 ratings: 12 (avg rating 4.83)

The Crux Anthology The Crux Anthology
reviews: 8 ratings: 11 (avg rating 4.09)