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:

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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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Original poetry and a podcast episode

Today I share a progress update and a bit of writing encouragement for my listeners. Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Progress update in writing encouragement https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Progress-update-in-writing-encouragement-e3r6gn

I also wrote the following poem after being challenged to tell people about my author world by a friend on her podcast this morning. We need to tell others that we are authors and writers, so they can find our books. Here are my thoughts on the art of sharing our dreams and our professions with others:

Welcome to my Author World

I’m a writer,
I’m an author,
I’m a dreamer girl.
How do I tell people
About my author world?

Do I wear it on a t-shirt
Or on a special jewel?
Or speak it out loud,
No matter how cruel,
The world can be
To those of us who write?
Our minds keep creating,
Both day and night.

Writing our stories
And dreaming up new ones,
Over the years I’ve realized
I am not alone.

I’ve made writer friends
Who love to sit and talk,
About how their story ends.
And when they take a walk
Or drive in the countryside
their stories are never finished.
Their thoughts wander far and wide,
Never to be diminished.

We’re afraid to mention our author world
To those who don’t understand,
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t
Try to take a stand
And tell the world of our colling
Given to us by God.
For we authors walk the path
writers before us once trod.

Don’t be afraid to tell the world
About your author journey,
For God has placed us in this world,
Made for writers Like you and me.

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Author Talk – Apply These 7 Editing Techniques Before Your Next Query

The post linked here has the link to the episode that inspired mine on scene dumps. Check it out and you’ll see why.

via Author Talk – Apply These 7 Editing Techniques Before Your Next Query

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Tips for Revising your work: Scene Dumps

In today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, I share some revising tips in response to my friends episode about unnecessary words on her podcast this morning.

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Tips for revising your work https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Tips-for-revising-your-work-e3qols

 

Is revising easy or difficult? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you, dear readers and listeners. Thanks for being a loyal blog follower and have a blessed day.

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Book Review of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Please listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Book review of the last lecture  https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Book-review-of-the-last-lecture-e3q7ah

 

In this episode I give a book review of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and my thoughts on what he had to say about living your childhood dreams, along with his quotes and my revelation by the Holy Spirit about brick walls. Brick walls have been placed in our path as God’s way of testing how badly we want to succeed and how hard we are willing to fight to push through them to do His blessed will.

 

I also give recommendations for two books: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell and Fly a Little Higher: How a Mom’s Small Prayer was Answered in a Big Way by Laura Sobiech. All three books I mention in either the episode itself or the podcast description, can be found at all the major online eBook retailers, including Amazon.

 

I hope you enjoy this Spirit led episode and I pray that it blesses you just as much to hear it, as it has blessed me to record it. Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and visiting my website. You guys have a blessed day.

 

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A Double Dose of Toxic: An Electric Eclectic Book

Hey everyone,

I presented Karina Kantas’s book feature on Saturday. But since this book was written in two different virsions by two different authors, I’m giving you a double dose feature today. Hope you enjoy.

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Two authors, two versions of the same book in two exciting genres of fiction. Karen J Mossman and Karina Kantas present, Toxic.

 

Blurb

Lexi isn’t your normal Malok. She craves adventure and freedom from the mundane life forced upon her. 100 years ago, the first drop of acid rain fell. Maloks fled to the mountains, building a new way of life—a desolate life—a life Lexi knows all too well.

Lexi has a plan, her ticket out of this miserable existence, becoming a ranger. Aron, her partner, believes she’s not strong enough to fight alongside him. Lexi will stop at nothing, no matter what the danger, to achieve her independence, even if that means defying him.

Amidst everything, Marcus, Lexi’s childhood best friend makes a sudden return. Before she can rejoice in a reunion, her happiness is crushed when she sees Mae, the bully that had terrorized her in her teens. Marcus was aware of the mental abuse Lexi had suffered and yet the person she loved and the person she hated the most, stand before her, together.

“A powerful dystopian thriller that captures the heart and imagination”.

 

 

“A romantic, thrilling read…..Karen dares to challenge relationships bringing them together in troubled times….thougthful and though- provoking.”

 

“I was fascinated by Stephanie Meyer’s book The Host, where people lived in mountains. This was a world I wanted to explore as a setting for Toxic. Living in a close environment as this, there has to be rules. Those rules don’t always have to be fair. This gave me scope to add intrigue and animosity between my characters.”

Karen J Mossman

Buy Links: https://books2read.com/KJMToxic

 

 

 

 

 

Karen J Mossman.

 

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

All Karen’s books are in collections – The Decade Series, Electric Eclectic and Just Stories.’ She is also a founder member of Electric Eclectic books and has four tales in that collection.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and two dogs. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

https://www.facebook.com/karensmagicofstories/
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9814921.Karen_J_Mossman
https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss
https://magicofstories.net/
http://karenmossman.weebly.com/

 

Karina Kantas

 

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, OUTLAW and the loved romantic fantasy duology, Illusional Reality.

She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working overtime, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction.
There are many layers to Karina’s writing style and voice, as you will see in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Tales and in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans, giving them another glimpse into her warped mind.

When Karina isn’t busy working on her next bestseller, she’s a publicist, author manager and VA. She’s also the host of the popular radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network.

 

http://bit.ly/FBFPKK – FB fan page
http://bit.ly/INSTKK – Instagram
http://bit.ly/TwittKK – Twitter
http://bit.ly/BLOGKK – Website
http://bit.ly/KKGRE – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A sensual, erotic read…Karina dares to figure out the nature of passion…thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

“It was a pleasure to read an erotic story that had an actual plot.  The genre itself is probably the most misunderstood.  The plot drives an erotic story and the sex just adds to the enticing nature of it.  You’ve done a great job building a world for your reader.

Buy Link – https://books2read.com/ToxicAE

 

 

 

 

“Toxic is based in a future world where acid rain forces the people, the Maloks to build their cities inside mountains for protection. What is also amazing is this book has two versions, the romantic and the erotic. In both books the story focuses on a female Malok called Lexi, who is determined to become a Ranger and help society guard against the Outcasts. Only Lexi has little support, even from her own boyfriend, Aron. Mix in a childhood sweetheart, in the shape of Marcus, and the unexpected arrival of Mae, Lexi’s childhood bully and things begin to get interesting. Toxic is the story of Lexi’s determination to satisfy her ambitions, both professionally and personally. The Erotic Toxic tells the same story but delves deeper into Lexi’s sexuality and passions. Whichever Toxic you chose, you find yourself living the fantasy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

“Lexi,” greeted the young medic.

“Hey, Sha.” Lexi smiled.

She walked past Sha and sat down on a stool, took a sterile cloth, and wiped away the dead skin, causing her to take an intake of breath. No matter how many times she had been burnt there was no way to get used to that kind of pain.

As she reached for a jar of Dozax paste, Sha spoke. “You’ve been outside again, haven’t you?”

Lexi didn’t answer at first, as she felt the wonderful relief as the paste went to work, taking away the pain and healing the burn. The skin immediately started to regenerate and within moments all that was left on her hand was a green coloured dye, which would eventually fade. Still, Lexi needed to wear a patch that had a tiny spot of Dozax cream to complete the treatment. It was dangerous for any Malok to use Dozax in its pure form. Everything had to be diluted.

“You are such a strange Malok,” Sha said, shaking her head.

Lexi smiled. “I can’t help it. I’d go crazy if I was cooped up here forever.”

“Has your ranger training started?” Sha asked.

Lexi’s grin was wide. “Not yet. At the end of the week,” she answered, still not believing she had been accepted into the academy. “Okay, I’m done,” she said and then jumped off the stool. “See you tomorrow.”

“Oh wait. You have four inoculations to do tomorrow.”

“Four?” Lexi questioned.

“Yes, some Maloks arrived last night with the new commander.”

“Oh, yes I forgot about Jow. So sad. He was nice as a commander, and so approachable and happy all the time, you know?”

“Yeah,” Sha agreed and then giggled. “Remember when he came and said he wanted to learn basic aid? Oh my, he was so funny.”

Lexi laughed as she remembered that day and how he always made her smile. “See even now, just thinking of the late commander makes us happy. He left a great legacy behind.”

“He sure did. Let’s just hope the new one can live up to that.”

“Okay, I’m off. See you tomorrow, Sha.”

“I will have the Dozax jabs ready for you in the incubator,” Sha called.

“Super! Thanks,” Lexi mumbled.

Lexi still couldn’t get that sad day out of her mind. She even had to visit the Charmer to talk and get closure. The loss of Commander Jow was hard for everyone. A party of fifteen went out that day and only two returned. Lexi wished for peace every day, but the only way that would happen was if the Outcasts and the Maloks agreed to share.

She shook her head. Of course, that would never happen, she was kidding herself. Outcasts needed the Terra leaves to feed their addiction. Never mind that this amazing plant could cure pain, protect the body from germs, Illness and normal medical problems that come from age and a weary body. She couldn’t imagine how life used to be when young people would die, because they didn’t know the secret of the plant and the properties it possessed. So, sad, she thought, as she quickly made her way back to the residence she shared with Aron.

Everyone assumed that Lexi and Aron would marry and settle down. Her friends certainly thought so, and at the start, so did Lexi. Only now she had woken up, and the adventurous Lexi wanted so much more from life and becoming a ranger was a step in the right direction.

 

Buy Links

Toxic Adult Edition – https://books2read.com/ToxicAE

Toxic Romance Edition – https://books2read.com/KJMToxic

 

 

Karina and Karen and proud to associate Toxic with Electric, Eclectic books.

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Original poetry: Night Fall

Darkness falls as the sun sinks behind the clouds

Birds fall silent as they tuck their heads beneath their wings

The Earth is covered in shadow as the stars glide soundlessly across the sky

The moon follows in close proximity, covering the world in a nightly glow

It’s time to drift into the world of dreams,

As you lay your head to rest in preparation for the new day.

God’s grace is sufficient for you my child

As you travel down the path He has set for you.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Amen.

 

This poem was inspired by the last episode of my friend Jen’s podcast. As I was listening to her tell of poems that she was afraid to share, the Holy Spirit laid this poem on my heart. If there’s someone out there who is going through a trial in their life, then this poem is for you. If you’ve lost a loved one, this poem is for you. No matter what trials you’re facing, let these words be of comfort for you and give you hope in knowing that God will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray that He will give you strength to face the trials in your life. May God richly bless you and keep you wrapped safely in His loving arms, for His grace is sufficient for you. Have a blessed day.

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