Invitation to be a Guest on my Podcast and have Your Book Featured on my Blog Simultaneously

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on thee internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast  I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.

Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.

If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast

Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

 

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:

https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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An Announcement and a Fund-Raising Campaign to make my event a Sccess

On July 21, 2018 I am scheduled to appear at the Middle Georgia Indie Book Festival and I am excited for the opportunity to participate. For this to be a successful event I am respectfully requesting support by conducting a fund-raising campaign, and your support would be greatly appreciated. As a special thank you gift, I am giving copies of “Stories outside the Box” to anyone making donations toward the project. If you would like to support this campaign, you may do so in two ways. You can either visit http://www.ko-fi.com/annbarnes to “buy a coffee” for $3 or you can make a donation of any amount directly to my paypal account by visiting paypal.me/annHarrisonBarnes. Your support is much appreciated.

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My Indie Sunday spotlight on the Jen Lowry Writes Blog

Here’s my Indie Sunday Spotlight:
https://jenlowrywrites.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/indie-sunday-spotlight-author-ann-harrison-barnes/

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Cynthia MacGregor

Today’s guest is an author of 100 published books, a freelance ghost writer and editor, and the host of the Crimson Cloak Publishing Radio Sho. Continue reading to learn more.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH CYNTHIA MACGREGOR!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Cynthia MacGregor
WHEN?
Thursday August 15, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Cynthia McGregor…

Multi-published author and freelance editor Cynthia MacGregor can claim over 100 books of hers that have been published since 1993, when her first book came out. And that total doesn’t include books she’s ghostwritten for clients. She writes for both adults and kids; and oddly, while her books for adults are almost entirely nonfiction, her books for kids are predominantly fiction. She works 7 days a week, with time off for church on Sundays, and puts in long hours every day. People who know her call her “the Energizer bunny.” She just keeps going and going. Cyn, as she likes to be called, loves her work and her life and says, “There’s no one in the world I’d want to trade lives with.”

Our featured book is entitled Wisdom from a Happy Woman – book 2

Book Description:

This motivational/inspirational book is a follow-on to Book 1 of the same title and is composed of short, thoughtful, uplifting passages—they’re not really essays; they’re shorter than that and not at all ponderous as an essay can often be.

Purchase link: http://www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com/visit-our-shop.html#!/~/cart

Excerpt (optional):

WITHOUT DREAMS, WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE HAVE?

Dreams are the jet engines that help our hopes take flight. Dreams—it is not night dreams we are talking about here, but wishes and hopes—propel us into adventures and accomplishments we might not otherwise reach for. Without dreams, either we have no goals at all or puny ones at best.

Are you content to plod through life, drifting from day to day just getting by and seeing what tomorrow brings—which is probably “more of same”? Are you so devoid of wishes and dreams (or have you totally given up hope of seeing them come to fruition, to the extent that you’ve abandoned them), that you don’t try to improve your life in any aspect?

Even if you have a decent job, career, or profession, earn a steady income, and have no reason to worry about losing your position—even if you’re in a good relationship, whether or not you’re legally married, and you’re happy with the way things are…even if you live in a comfortable home, be it a rural farmhouse, suburban house or condo, urban apartment or loft—even if you have all these things, isn’t there something more you would like?

Dream it—and then reach for it.

Maybe you’d like to live on a houseboat. Maybe you’d like to travel to a far-off, exotic site—a rainforest, an Old-World city filled with ancient ruins, an Oriental location reasonably untouched by modern civilization, a mountaintop that only a brave and daring few have scaled. Maybe you’d like to see an invention of yours reach the marketplace and become the next hot sensation. Maybe you’d like to start a new charity or other organization that promotes a cause. Maybe you’d like to write the much-vaunted Great American Novel (although I think Mark Twain has already laid claim to that achievement—but maybe you’d like to write TGAN for this century). Or, if not The Great American Novel, then at least a best-seller.

But how will you accomplish any of these things if you don’t aspire to them?

It all starts with a dream.

Connect with Cyn at the following links:
http://www.cynthiamacgregor.com
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008501104899
(there is more than one Cynthia MacGregor on Facebook. This number string will get you to the right one.)

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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3 Tips for Making Your Book Babies Shine

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another writing related post to bring you. If you’d like to hear the latest episode of the Inspirational Journeys podcast, where I talk about the tips I’m bringing you, and share my reason behind these tips, please visit:

Last night, I started reading a book called Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead, by Cynthia MacGregor, when the Holy Spirit convicted me to revise A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. I’m glad I started on it, because I found that one of my character’s name was misspelled, along with other obvious mistakes in the book that I was unaware of at the time of publication. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are three tips you can use, to make your book babies shine.

Don’t Rush the Publishing Process

This holds true, especially for aspiring authors. I know you’ve finished your story and you’re excited about getting your book into the hands of readers, but you want to revise and polish your manuscript before it goes out on the market. You only get one chance to shine, so you want to make it the best it can be. I learned this the hard way when I made my first publishing mistake. Since then, my writing has improved, and I’ve gotten good feedback about my book. However, I relied too heavily on the publisher to make sure it was in tiptop shape. I learned a valuable lesson when I started editing my book last night. No matter who publishes your book, it’s your baby; therefore, it’s up to you to go over your manuscript with a fine-toothed comb and make sure you’re satisfied with the end result.

Check all Proof Copies for Mistakes

If you’re working with a small press, or you’re self-publishing, make sure each proof copy of your book is as error free as possible. Taking this step will save you time and money.

It Never Hurts to Edit Previously Published Work

All you Indie authors can take advantage of this tip, especially if you’ve uploaded an eBook. Paperbacks can be updated as well, but they would be published as new editions to your book. Not only am I working through this process for my own book, I have a friend who has updated her four of her Bible devotionals after publishing her fiction work and poetry.

Now that I have shared my tips with you, I challenge you to revisit your previously published manuscripts. Are you satisfied with them? Do they need a major overhaul, or just a simple minor fix? If the answer is no to any of these questions, then you may want to consider reworking them if possible. However, if you’ve answered yes to any of them, then you’re good to go.

I hope these tips will help you during, or after your publishing process. Stay tuned for a special guest interview with the author mentioned at the top of this post. Until next time, happy writing.
Blessings,
Ann

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**New Release** The Clay in the Potter’s Hands: Southern Poetry by Jen Lowry

The title says it all!

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Interview with Lynda McKinney Lambert Part 2

Here is the second half of my fabulous chat with my special guest. To read Part 1, visit:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/2019/08/10/interview-with-lynda-mckinney-lambert-part-1/

Ann: What advice do you have for aspiring authors and new writers?

Lynda: Sign up for some English courses at a university or college. It will be worth the money, and worth the time and effort it may take. I put my education on hold so I could raise my 5 children so I was not able to return to school until I was forty-two years old. I returned with a passion.
I was on a mission and at this point I was on fire with enthusiasm for learning.
Nothing can take the place of getting yourself educated in the literary world by taking courses in a variety of genre. There, you will learn how to explicate a text, which is essential to know so that you can be informed and learn how to tear a text apart to find what is there. Always investigate the text itself in everything you read. It is not your opinion that is important because you really have no opinion unless you have learned how to explore a text deeply. Base your comments and your thoughts on what is in that text.

Ann: What are your reading habits and how have they influenced your writing career today?

Lynda: I read what I am deeply interested in – poetry and non-fiction.
Eventually you need to figure out who you are and what you need to be reading. Otherwise, you can be all over the place, and lost at sea. No one else can know what you need to read. Look inside yourself and figure it out. You will know what is best for you.

Ann: If you could have a conversation with, or be educated by anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Lynda: I would want to spend time with the most highly educated man who was born around 4 BCE, St. Paul the Apostle, once known as Saul of Tarsus in Cilicia. His birth city was located in present day Turkey. He died of decapitation in Rome, Italy around 64 BCE. Saul had the most violent and dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ.
The most memorable painting from my art history classes is “The Conversion of St. Paul,” by Caravaggio, painted around 1601. It was one of hundreds of paintings and art works I had to memorize while at the university. Fine Arts majors are required to study Art History and, in those courses, they must memorize all of the facts about hundreds of art works from many different time periods and cultures. This way of looking at things and memorizing them is what I carry to this day – I carry images into my writing – because I intentionally memorize them for that purpose.
It has been said of my writing that a reader feels like she is in a dream. That dream is a real world that I have memorized for many years.
Link to see this painting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul_(Caravaggio)#/media/File:The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul-Caravaggio_(c._1600-1).jpg
Examples of this way of close inspection of things is how I write my poems and essays. As I walk through a wood, I am surveying every detail of the plants and trees. I try to memorize the time of day, the lighting, the atmospheric effects on the plants, and the feeling and smells of this experience. I think this is one of the things that sets my writing apart – I literally am a keeper of memories for everything I can take into my mind at any given time. Art History taught me to view and explore everything this way. I concentrate on memorizing each of my senses as I view a thing.

Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?

Lynda: My official authors’ website:
http://www.lyndalambert.com

My Author’s website for book information:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

My Author’s Page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/lynda-McKinney-Lambert/

Ann: Do you have a favorite Bible verse you’d like to leave us with?

Lynda: you saved the best question until last.
I am delighted to tell you what my favorite Bible verse is and why it is my new favorite verse.
Just this week I received a short teaching on a Bible verse which really made me consider what it means to be saved and who we really are after we have that encounter with Jesus. We are not the same, we are changed. Bob and I were transformed one night in October 1973 when we asked Jesus to come into our life. He did! Christianity is all about the indwelling of the Lord God Almighty. He is not “out there somewhere,” and we don’t have to go through any sort of ritual to locate him – he is inside of us and that is for all time. Our God lives inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit.
At some point, I must ask, who am I, in Christ?
And here is my favorite verse to answer your question:
Ephesians 2:6 gives me a perspective and a world view from which everything I write is channeled.
I began to understand that we are already in heavenly places – it is not a dream for the future or a wish. We are IN Christ Jesus – already.
We ARE seated IN Jesus Christ at this very moment – …according to Paul, who wrote in Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

I hope you have enjoyed this interview and I want to thank Lynda for being my special guest. If you have any further questions or comets you’d like to make, please do leave your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time, Happy reading and writing.
Blessings,
Ann

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Interview with Lynda McKinney Lambert Part 1

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
I have a very special treat for you. Today’s special guest is my good friend and fellow writer, Lynda McKinney Lambert. She was unable to be a guest on Inspirational Journeys, due to technical difficulties, so I invited her to be a guest on my blog instead. I hope you enjoy my chat with Lynda, and I pray that you find some valuable takeaways for your own writing life.
Ann: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynda: I will be 76 years old on August 27. I am a wife to Bob whom I married when I was 17 and he was 20. We still love each other. In fact, we now know what love really is as we age together.
We have 5 children who are all grown. And we have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bob and I live in the rural Village of Wurtemburg, in western PA. Our ancestors settled here in the mid-1700s and this is where we choose to spend our lives. This is always the place that is “home.” No matter where else we ever went. I feel like I walk on the same paths as my ancestors walked – and it seems like we are an overlay of those courageous people who left everything that they had, to come live in America. I carry their dreams inside of me and I am grateful to them for what they gave to be here.
Bob and I like to work in our yard and in our flower gardens. Bob is a retired welder and auto body man – he was a blue-collar worker and I come from a steel workers family – so I hold those values for my own life.
We feed feral cats when they come visiting; we have adopted our 2 dogs and 2 cats from shelters or picked the up when they were abandoned in the woods near our home. We love creatures of all sorts.
These are the things from which my writing evolves. It is the ordinary, mundane events in our common life that I celebrate in my writing. I think of Flannery O’Connor and William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman – American writers who taught us to look to America for our source and our themes in writing. That is what I do – I write about a walk in the woods; an object that belonged to my grandmother; a wish for a new-born baby great-granddaughter; swimming in the creek; birthday event. It is the common threads that we all share that interests me.

Ann: When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer, and what was your source of inspiration?

Lynda: I cannot remember a time when I chose to be a writer. I know that in high school I was in love with Shakespeare and the Beats. I was crazy about the new wave of BEAT POETRY and was very aware of happenings in New York City in the poetry world as a high school student.
I’ve always been a watcher. I am really a rather quiet person because I am listening and watching the world around me. I am a keeper of memories for my time on this earth. I hold on to those memories, and I bring them out in my writings. I help other people by reminding them of who they are, where they have come from, and why they are here. Most people have forgotten their past.
I also give something else to everyone through my art and writing – and that is beauty. I bring the things that are beautiful to their attention, for sometimes they have forgotten them. There is a spiritual source of beauty that I see all around me and I share that with my readers and those who see my art works. I am here as a reminder of what is beautiful and I am restorer of memories that were forgotten. That is what I bring to this world through my creative work.
During my academic pursuit of 3 degrees in Fine Arts (Painting) and English, I wrote all the time and always took courses that were labeled as “Intensive Writing Courses.” Art History gave me a ton of experience in writing – enough to qualify me to be accepted into the MA in English program after I got my BFA degree. And, of course while working on my MFA in Painting, I was writing intensively for those 2 years – working my Art History papers, and my 2-year Thesis document. So writing is as natural to me as breathing. Along with my twelve years of academic writing, I was passionate about doing research for so many papers. I used to take my books back to the library in a laundry basket – that is how many books I had at home, from which I did research at any given time.

Ann: What tips and tricks did you learn throughout your writing journey? How have these little gems of advice helped you improve your writing or enhance your writing career?

Lynda: My experience is that nothing can take the place of long hours of research and reading in the discipline you are working in. For me, it has always been in fine art, philosophy, history, and English literature.
My best advice to anyone is to discover who you are, and then follow your passion. Don’t imitate any other writer – look at many of them and enjoy them but never imitate them.
I’ve never learned to do anything in a flash. After all these years – well, over fifty years of writing- it still takes me a long time to get projects done. I always say I am slow when it comes to writing projects. It feels like it is slow to me, but to others it seems that I do things quickly. My brain just never stops thinking about what I am doing and the layers of other things I plan to be doing.
I think the most important thing for me was education. It grounded me and centered me and helped me to know exactly who I am and what I want in life. I’ve never been floundering and undecided. The many educational projects I did kept me focused in that direction.
I am inspired by several notable writers from across a long period of time.
I’d begin with the Greeks – I’ve always loved the Greek Mythology stories. They are memorable and they are relevant today, when you really understand them. I carry them with me.
I’ve already mentioned the remarkable work of Flannery O’Conner – she sets the standard high for us all – those of us who want to share a world view and the zeitgeist of our time.
I loved the Beats, as I said; I loved Whitman – and I am still in love with him just as much today as when I first encountered his work as an undergraduate student in the mid-80s. Walt Whitman teaches us to have joy in our life experiences and to be honest about our challenges. He was an overcomer and he showed us a path to walk on as an American writer. He gave us pride in who we are – Americans.
Other influences on me are William Carlos Williams, John Donne, Robert Bly, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
My most meaning full inspiration is the Bible. I am a born-again Christian and the Bible is my User’s Guide for my life. That ancient text is my Road Map. I am on a pilgrimage from one place to another. Passages that I read become so alive to me that they often inspire my poems and essays.

Ann: Tell us a little about your most recently published book(s).

Lynda: I’ve been busy keeping my feet on the path that runs through the woods, along the creek.
Being in nature gives me the energy to keep on writing my poetry, books, and non-fiction essays.
My newest book just came out on July 15.
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019. This book was inspired when I read Genesis 1:14.
I began to think about the imagery in this verse and began to imagine what it might look like as a work of art, or in writing. From those musings, I began to develop the 4 parts of the book.
The book has 145 pages, divided into 4 distinct parts and 54 poems.
It is a collection that spans my career from an early poem (1988) to the present.
I am proud to say that my second book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stores & Poems is now available as an AUDIBLE choice. You can buy it in print, e-book, Kindle, or Audible. This is very exciting to me and the narrator for my book is Lily Rowe. She brings my word to life in such a way that people tell me they forgot it was not me telling my own stories. I am getting calls and messages to let me know how people love this narrated version of my book.

Ann: Which is harder, writing or editing? Why?

Lynda: I think they are so distinctly different from each other that I cannot say I think one is harder than the other. Both are essential. It’s kind of like asking what is more important to a healthy lifestyle, exercise or nutrition. Both are 50/50 on the importance scale. You cannot be fit without either of them.

Ann: Do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

Lynda: Yes, on the heels of my announcement that my latest book was published on July 15, I can now say that my first chapbook is in the process of being published, too. I call it, first snow, and Finishing Line Press has a contract with me for the production of this little chapbook of 30 wintry-themed poems. I am excited because Winter is my favorite season. But you know, I am also planning on writing 3 companion chapbooks – one for Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
I am pleased to say that first snow will be published in January.
Beyond that, I have 2 other books in the pipeline.
One will be a revised edition of my first book Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.
I wrote this book from my journal entries during the years I taught a course in Austria each summer.
I wrote some of the poems when I was in graduate school, some when I lived in California for 2 years, and others from my travels. It’s a nice collection and I am proud of it – and with the revised edition, it will be even better.
In addition, I’ve outlined a new book with the working title, Under the Blueberry Moon, which will be a memoir. I’ve outlined it and will begin to seriously work on developing the pieces for it in 2020.
I am often told, that I’ve lived such an adventurous life that I should write a book about it. Well, I am!

This is part 1 of my interview with Lynda, Stay tuned for part two.
Ann: What are your reading habits and how have they influenced your writing career today?

Lynda: I read what I am deeply interested in – poetry and non-fiction.
Eventually you need to figure out who you are and what you need to be reading. Otherwise, you can be all over the place, and lost at sea. No one else can know what you need to read. Look inside yourself and figure it out. You will know what is best for you.

Ann: If you could have a conversation with, or be educated by anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Lynda: I would want to spend time with the most highly educated man who was born around 4 BCE, St. Paul the Apostle, once known as Saul of Tarsus in Cilicia. His birth city was located in present day Turkey. He died of decapitation in Rome, Italy around 64 BCE. Saul had the most violent and dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ.
The most memorable painting from my art history classes is “The Conversion of St. Paul,” by Caravaggio, painted around 1601. It was one of hundreds of paintings and art works I had to memorize while at the university. Fine Arts majors are required to study Art History and, in those courses, they must memorize all of the facts about hundreds of art works from many different time periods and cultures. This way of looking at things and memorizing them is what I carry to this day – I carry images into my writing – because I intentionally memorize them for that purpose.
It has been said of my writing that a reader feels like she is in a dream. That dream is a real world that I have memorized for many years.
Link to see this painting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul_(Caravaggio)#/media/File:The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul-Caravaggio_(c._1600-1).jpg
Examples of this way of close inspection of things is how I write my poems and essays. As I walk through a wood, I am surveying every detail of the plants and trees. I try to memorize the time of day, the lighting, the atmospheric effects on the plants, and the feeling and smells of this experience. I think this is one of the things that sets my writing apart – I literally am a keeper of memories for everything I can take into my mind at any given time. Art History taught me to view and explore everything this way. I concentrate on memorizing each of my senses as I view a thing.

Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?

Lynda: My official authors’ website:
http://www.lyndalambert.com

My Author’s website for book information:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

My Author’s Page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/lynda-McKinney-Lambert/

Ann: Do you have a favorite Bible verse you’d like to leave us with?

Lynda: you saved the best question until last.
I am delighted to tell you what my favorite Bible verse is and why it is my new favorite verse.
Just this week I received a short teaching on a Bible verse which really made me consider what it means to be saved and who we really are after we have that encounter with Jesus. We are not the same, we are changed. Bob and I were transformed one night in October 1973 when we asked Jesus to come into our life. He did! Christianity is all about the indwelling of the Lord God Almighty. He is not “out there somewhere,” and we don’t have to go through any sort of ritual to locate him – he is inside of us and that is for all time. Our God lives inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit.
At some point, I must ask, who am I, in Christ?
And here is my favorite verse to answer your question:
Ephesians 2:6 gives me a perspective and a world view from which everything I write is channeled.
I began to understand that we are already in heavenly places – it is not a dream for the future or a wish. We are IN Christ Jesus – already.
We ARE seated IN Jesus Christ at this very moment – …according to Paul, who wrote in Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Kyla Sims (AKA Author KMJ)

Today’s guest is an Indie Children’s book author, who published her first book at the age of 16. Now at age 22, she’s releasing her second book in her Duck’s First series. Keep reading and click the links below to learn more.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH KYLA SIMS (AUTHOR KMJ)!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
KYLA SIMS
WHEN?
Friday August 9, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR KMJ…

Biography:
Kyla Sims, also known by the pseudonym KMJ, is the author of children’s literature, Duck’s
First Day of School and the young adult novel, Laws of Passion. KMJ has always had a passion for
writing. She penned her first book, featuring the popular character Duck when she was 7 years old. It was
not until KMJ turned 16 years old that she decided to pursue publishing under the advisement of her
mother Latrice.
Now at the age of 22 years old, KMJ continues to cultivate her craft and writing career. Currently,
she is in the process of releasing the next book in her Duck’s First Day series, which follows the theme of
teaching children to appreciate the differences of others. When KMJ is not publishing she enjoys
interacting with fans across social media and posting about books and publishing on her blog titled, KMJ
Book Reveals.

Book Title: Duck’s First Day of School
“Duck is entirely based on my life and my experiences growing up. I really took it from me and what I
went through going to elementary school – being scared and having those feelings.” – Kyla Sims
(Author KMJ)
Duck’s First Day of school entails the trials and tribulations that a young boy named Duck
experiences while attending school for the first time. Will Duck make new friends? Or will bullies get
in his way? If you have a child that is going to school for the first time, or is special needs, or is even
homeschooled this delightful tale is just for them. Duck relates to everyone by showing you can
conquer your fears with courage that just multiplies. In addition, children will learn to appreciate the
differences of others.

Purchase link:
https://www.amazon.com/Ducks-First-School-Kyla-Author/dp/0615995063

Book Title: Duck’s First Day of Giving
Duck’s First Day of Giving entails Duck learning the importance of giving back. Also, see
what happens when a new student moves to Barnwell during giving back week. Will Duck complete
his giving mission? Or will Duck’s fear of failing prevent him from giving back to his community?
Finally, will the new student be welcomed with open arms? If you have a child that is going to school
for the first time, or is special needs, or is even homeschooled this delightful tale is just for them.
Duck relates to everyone by showing you can conquer your fears with courage that just multiplies. In
addition, children will learn to appreciate the differences of others and understand that there is
strength found in friendship.
Release date: October 5, 2019

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