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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Letter to My Younger Self

The following is a letter to my younger self. Keep reading to the end, to find a special writing challenge that I also talk about in the linked podcast episode.

To my younger self.
Listen, I know you’ll go through some hard times in your life and you’ll struggle to follow God’s calling for you. How do I know? I walked in your shoes once, and I learned some hard lessons along the way.

Four life lessons you should take to heart now.

1. Don’t let anybody tell you that you have to do a certain job, just because it’s marketable.

You’ll go through Vocational Rehabilitation training, or through college to learn specific job and life skills. However, people will recommend a specific type of job or even find you a job they think you’re good at. You’re better than that particular dead-end job. You’re a creative soul. You may not know it now, but God has a plan for your life. Though you may not know it now, you have the potential to serve Him in ways only He and I are aware of. Let’s say you’re a writer. If you dabble in writing while you’re in high school, stick with your writing and finish what you start. An unfinished project is not one you can be proud of, whereas a finished novel or story is one you can show off to your friends and family. I have four books published and am working on several more to prove my success, so follow your heart and don’t let anyone tell you that your dream job is not marketable. Here are five things that you should know about writing:

a. You don’t have to rush through a project to meet someone else’s deadline. I found this out when I was writing my fantasy novel. I only half finished the book and I chose to rebrand another book, so I could take my time with the first draft of the one I was working on.
b. Don’t publish your first novel until you’re absolutely sure you’re ready to be published. If you have to, get a critique partner or join a writing group to help you fine tune your work, before anyone else sees it. That way, it’ll be the best it can be, and you’ll have a creative baby you can be proud of.
c. Do your research. If you don’t, your writer friends and other readers will tell you about it. You won’t get a sale, because your readers will spot the inaccuracies from a mile away. If you do your research, you’ll be more authentic and your readers will love you for it.
d. Don’t pay to get your book published. Either self-publish your book, find a small press, or if you feel confident in your work and you’ve gotten some positive feedback you can be proud of, pitch it to an agent.
e. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Some people may tell you that you’ll never make it as a writer. However, you won’t know whether or not you’ll make it unless you try. Find people who will support you and help you hone your craft, and steer clear of those who will beat you down. If you are called to write and you want to be an author bad enough, you’ll work hard to achieve your goals.

2. You don’t deserve to be mistreated.
I had to learn this life lesson the hard way. I was in two verbally abusive relationships. Although I was blessed with a beautiful daughter, during my first marriage, this blessing didn’t mask the pain I felt after being belittled and made to feel I could do nothing right. Let me tell you, you don’t deserve to be treated that way. Don’t let others treat you in a way you don’t want to be treated. By the same token, treat others the way you would want to be treated. If you try your best to keep a positive attitude, others will see Jesus in you.

3. Give your pain to Jesus!

No matter what trials you’ve faced in your past, whether you’ve been bullied or abused like I have, or you’ve lost a loved one, God will heal your pain, if you’ll only give it all to Him. There are several gifts that The Lord has blessed us with as a source of healing. For me, I found healing through music and journaling. If you need to talk to someone, don’t be ashamed to reach out to your pastor or a Christian counselor for help. Be sure to pray before seeking help from anyone, because God will show you the source of healing that’s right for you. Don’t hold your pain and fear inside, share your lowest moments with someone you love and trust, because once you release those pent-up feelings, God can make a change in your life for the better.

4. Forgive yourself.

No matter what mistakes you’ll make or what others will do to hurt you, there’s one thing you must remember. Read Matthew 6;14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” What this essentially means is that before asking God to forgive you, you must forgive those that hurt you. This means forgiving yourself for your own mistakes. Let me tell you from experience, this will be the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do in your life. Forgiving others is sometimes easier than forgiving yourself. I was my own worst critic, and in some cases I still am. However, when God taught me how to forgive myself, I was less critical of myself than when I left the abusive relationships, I was in. Once you’ve forgiven those who have wronged you, including yourself, then will you be forgiven and find healing by the grace of God. Remember that you are good enough as you are. Don’t try to be something you’re not, just be yourself. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what has happened in your past, God loves you for who you are and I, dear younger me, love you too.

One more thing, don’t forget to Praise God in the good times and the bad, because if we didn’t have problems, God couldn’t show us how He has the power to solve them. Also share your joys with others as well as your sorrows, because your true friends will be there through the good and the bad moments in your life.

Call to action:
Now it’s your turn. Write a letter to your younger self. To hear me elaborate more on this topic and how I got inspired to take on this challenge, listen to the latest episode of my podcast at the following link:

I pray that this post will be a blessing to others and help them discover who they really are, along their creative paths. May this post teach readers how to use their God given tools and gifts to follow His plan for their lives. Until next time, happy writing and God bless.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational-journeys presents Special Guest Interview with Mark antony Raines

The link below will take you to a duel podcast episode. My special guest interviews me, while I interview him.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


MARK ANTONY RAINES, an author who is also the host of the Holsworthy Mark podcast show!
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?
MARK ANTONY RAINES
WHEN?
Friday, June 21, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR MARK ANTONY RAINES

Mark Antony Raines has written several horror stories with a hint of comedy. His books include: Just A Nightmare, Freddy The Freak, Freaky Fables andShort Horror Stories, some of which are available for free on his Ghostman blog. One of his hobbies is drawing cartoons.
Mark is a podcast host and a presenter on three radio shows: He Sayeth on Kingdom influencers Broadcast, Horror for all, and The Mark Raines Show on Freedom Talk Radio Wednesday night 8 pm and Saturday Night 8 pm UK time. Mark is also the owner of the Mark Antony Raines podcast radio station. When he’s not podcasting, writing horror stories and drawing cartoons, he sings and performs stand-up comedy.
He co-authored a book entitled Cartoon Occult Martial Arts alongside S. Rob

Book Description:
This book teaches the weird art of cartoon occult martial arts. This is an effective martial art, drawing on fighting, cartoons and occultism. The reader will learn to attack physically and use these methods to attack from longer distances as well. A genius work from S Rob and Mark Raines.

Purchase link:

Book Excerpt:

Cartoon Occult Arts Moves by Raines
The following are effective moves and methods of cartoon occult martial arts. First you should aim to keep your entire body strong. Find some exercises to keep your art sharp.
Stretch. Flexibility is important in almost every martial art. In learning a martial art you’re going to work muscles that tend to get overlooked.

Connect with Mark online at the following links:

Mark Antony Raines Podcast Radio Station:
https://maraines88.podbean.com

Author Page:
https://ghostmanraines.blogspot.com

Horror for all and The Mark Raines Show:
https://www.freedomtalkradio.co.uk

He Sayeth:
http://kingdominfluencersbroadcast.com/shows/index.php

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/freddy.eastwood.125

Ttwitter:

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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Laura Legendary

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

LAURA LEGENDARY, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, EDUCATOR, OWNER OF ELEGANT INSIGHTS BRAILLE CREATIONS AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE FASHIONABILITY CHANNEL PODCAST!
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?
LAURA LEGENDARY
WHEN?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR/ENTREPRENEUR LAURA LEGENDARY

Laura Legendary is a speaker, author, educator and entrepreneur
specializing in disability awareness, accessibility, advocacy, and
assistive technology. She is the owner of Elegant Insights Braille
Creations, an ecommerce store which offers a distinctive collection of
jewelry and accessories, all handcrafted, made in the USA, and embossed
in crisp, readable, braille. She is the co-founder of The
Fashionability Channel podcast, which offers relevant fashion, beauty,
fitness, and lifestyle information and education for people with
disabilities. You can subscribe to The Fashionability Channel podcast
on iTunes, or listen to individual episodes at:
http://fashionabilitychannel.com/

Laura is also the author of the Sparkle On blog, which you can find along with her Elegant Insights Braille Creations at:

Elegant Insights – As seen on The Today Show!

Laura majored in music at California State University, Northridge. Born and raised in
Southern California, she now lives near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Follow Elegant Insights on Twitter at:

like Elegant Insights on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/Elegant.Insights
and on Instagram at:
http://www.instagram.com/elegantinsights/

FEATURED PRODUCTS:


Our first product is called “The Love Always and Forever Set”, which includes matching bracelet, necklace and earrings. Each piece is made of brass with shades of purple gemstones and crystals. The necklace says “I love you” in braille, the bracelet says “always,” and the earrings are deliberately mismatched, so that one earring says “always,” and the other one says “forever.”

Our next featured product is a piece called the Autumn Abundance necklace. It is a charm dangle necklace in mostly copper, with brass accents, and forest green and burgundy pearl beads. The necklace features a gorgeous cluster of leaves, pine cones, acorns, and beautiful embellishments. The centerpiece is a long leaf braille embossed with the word “abundance.” The chain is copper, and all of the charms dangle from the toggle clasp, which is worn in front.

Our final feature is a set of four charms for mobility canes and other types of canes with straps attached. This set is called the “Charmed by the Seasons” 4-piece cane charms set. There is one each for spring, summer, winter, and fall. The one for spring has a baby butterfly, pastel beads, a flower braille embossed with dream, the summer charm has a sun embossed with shine, along with a tiny flower and bright pearl beads, winter features sparkly snowflakes, white beads and a large disc that says let it snow, and the one for fall is a maple leaf with a tiny pine cone charm and autumn toned beads, embossed with cherish.

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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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A Fun Writing Challenge

Hello everyone,
Today I have a fun writing exercise for you. This challenge was inspired b an event that is being held I the Write Around the Block Facebook group. Hope you enjoy it.
To hear the full story behind this exercise and the audio challenge itself, please listen to my latest podcast episode at the following link:

Now, without further ado, here’s your writing prompt for today:
Write a short Fantasy story, set on a boat. Any type of boat is fine; however, if you don’t want to have the story start on a boat, you can have it set on a lake or beach, as long as there’s a boat nearby. The second thing is that your characters must use either a bag of marbles or rocks, or some other object to resolve the conflict in your story. Seeing how the story has to be fantasy, you can use magic realism if you want to, or find some means for your protagonist or MC’s to defeat the enemy or resolve the conflict within your narrative.

The challenge that I participated in had a word count limit of up to 1500 words, but I’m not going to give you a specific word limit, because I want you to be able to have fun with your story. Let me know how your story turned out in the comments below. If you’d like to share your story with me, please do so by sending an email to annwrites75@gmail.com.

Until next time, I wish you many blessings, and happy writing! Also, happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the blogosphere.
Hugs,
Ann

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4 tips for planning your book series

Today I want to share four tips that I have learned and figured out on my own for planning your book series. These tips are as follows:

Number 1: Keep a series notebook or journal.

Although I have some of my series information in a notepad document, I plan to move all of this information and add even more to my series strategy plan journal in my Stepping Stones sub-folder, inside the documents folder of my external hard drive. If you need more than one document to keep track of your series, be sure to save these documents in a series plan sub-folder on an external hard drive or in the cloud, either saving them in google drive, Microsoft one drive, or iCloud.

Number 2: Make a loose plan for the number of books you want in your series and for each book.

Let me give you an example of how I’m planning my Stepping Stones Series. I have one book published already and am in the first round of rewrites and revisions of the next book. However, I plan to write two prequels and one more book to end the series. You may do things a bit differently, but it never hurts to have a loose plan for your series, no matter whether you are a pantser, a plotter or a planser, as I like to call myself. You can heavily outline each book, or just write down some notes to get you started, how you plan out your series is totally up to you.

Number 3: Keep a list of all your characters in your series.

Instead of going back and reading each book as you write the next one, to keep up with the characters in your series, why not write down a list of characters so you can revert back to them practically on the fly. Some people keep a series bible, while others write a family tree for a long running series, like the House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris. I’m not saying you should keep such a family tree, but this is one example of how to keep track of your characters.

Number 4: Keep track of your timeline.

This is especially important if you’re writing an historical fiction series, but it can also be helpful if you’re writing a present-day series as well. When I was recording the final segment of my podcast this morning, I came to understand the importance of this tip, because I had to do some math to make sure my timeline was consistent for my prequels. To hear my tips and my full explanation for each tip, please visit the following link:

Now it’s your turn. What methods do you use for planning your book series? You can either leave your answers in the comments below, or answer this question in one of two ways outside my blog. You can send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or you can leave me a voice message, which might appear in a future podcast by visiting the following link:
https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/message.

If you’d like to support my podcast, your monthly contribution of $0.99, $4.99 or $9.99 will help me chase after my writing goals, while I provide a platform for authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs to share their stories and provide tips, inspiration and encouragement to help aspiring authors achieve their writing goals through faith and courage. You can easily support this podcast by visiting:
https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/support.

Until next time, happy writing and have a blessed day.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Wendy Ledger

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

WENDY LEDGER!
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?
WENDY LEDGER
WHEN?
Thursday, June 6, 2019
WHERE?
Podcast:

Youtube:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR WENDY LEDGER

Wendy Ledger is the author of three books, Joy Returns!, Kate and the Horses, and The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Book 1: The Cats of the Afterlife Series). Book 2 of this series, The Sharpest Claw, will be available this fall. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and their three cats.


Her latest book is entitled The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Book 1 in the Cats of the Afterlife Series).

Book Description:
What happens to cats when they die?

For Jem, a calico cat, it’s a catastrophe. She knows she’s not meant to be in the afterlife. Not yet. She’s certainly not ready to face the cats she knew before. Not now. Maybe not ever.

Clearly, a mistake has been made. Surely, it can be corrected, and Jem can return home to her life on earth. All of this could then be written off as one very bad dream. But when would the nightmare end?
Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7VNC58/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Excerpt:
She descended into sound—yowls and calls, snores, and a few purrs–and landed hard on a plastic chair, bounced, and skidded on a dirty, cold floor. So her paws were back on the ground. But where was she? This certainly wasn’t her home.
“Watch where you’re going!” a skinny cat hollered as he sidestepped out of her way.
“I’m sorry,” Jem cried and lowered herself as far as she could on the ground, so he could see she meant no harm.
A striped cat with a torn ear bent down and gave her a sniff. “She’s a Shiny,” he said. “Probably her first landing.”
The skinny cat smirked. “That’s what happens when you fight the fall.”
“What do you mean?” Jem cried. She lifted her head up, but she still cowered. “I don’t understand. Where am I?”
“She really doesn’t know anything,” the striped cat sniggered.
“Welcome to the Station of New and Lost Souls,” the skinny cat called over his shoulder as he and the striped cat sauntered away.

Connect with Wendy at the following links:

Website:
http://www.wendyledgerauthor.com

Twitter:

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/wendyledgerauthor/

Wendy’s Writing Resources:

The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson:

Plot Whisperer

The Story Grid Podcast by Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl:
https://storygrid.simplecast.com/

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody:

About

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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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