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A Journey of Faith, is turning into a Christian suspense novel

Is my inspiration running dry? Not so much, especially last night and this morning. Let’s just say the incident that Becca Martin witnessed was an accident, but someone may have caused the accident to play a dirty trick on the patrons who love to visit Sweet Water Park to go climbing and biking.

Shelly Marcus, Becca’s old roommate pops up in Tensiltown to analyse some pictures Becca’s mom found on Facebook. What does this have to do with Becca facing her fears? Well, I’ll have to get the book published for you to find out. One way you, my dear readers can help me do that is by voting for it at soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison. Thanks to those of you who have already voted. Please help me spread the word.

Love and prayers, see you next time.

Ann

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A burst of inspiration went dry

Have you ever had one of those days when you get a birst of inspiration, and you write until the inspiration runs dry and when you come back to your novel, you run out of steam? That’s  happened to me just today. At about a quarter to four this morning, I had a birst of inspiration hit me for A Journey of Faith. I wrote for about 45 minutes, went back to bed, and when I woke up the steam had run out. I know Jason Miller is supposed to see something in a dream that sparks his interest, but I’m not sure what that might be.  I have a question for all you writers out there. What do you do when your burst of inspiration runs out of steam?  If anyone has been following my character interviews and the posts about A Journey of faith, you’ll remember that Becca sees a terrible accident when she was twelve. Although she doesn’t understand what she saw back then, the memories of that hoorible day are slowly making their way to the surface. She tells Jason, and her aunt and uncle about that day while eating dinner at Jo’s Diner. So, if anyone has any suggestions they’d like to run by me, I’ll take them into considderation. Yes, I’m aware that this is my story, but I love to see what readers think.

One last point I want to make before I go, Please take a moment to vote for A Journey of Faith so I can get it published, and all you lovely readers can read the final result of my musings for yourselves. To vote for my book, please go to soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison and cast your vote. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

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Future of Audiobooks & Global Trends for 2015

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Rosie Maynard, a Publishing student at Bath Spa University, explores the future of audiobook publishing in a module Digital Publishing. She examines the unpopularity of audiobooks among publishers (in comparison with ebooks), and claims that it may be attributed to “a lack of adequate financial return”. However, Maynard points out that audiobooks are not yet doomed because they are easy to incorporate into people’s busy lifestyles, and publishers who identify audiobooks’ potential have been attempting to overcome many hurdles. She evaluates the current situation of a few major audiobook publishers, and brings our attention to the importance or good narrators, who can “breathe life into stories”.

Additionally, Michael Kozlowski sheds light on Global Audiobook Trends for 2015. He also introduces some interesting facts and figures about the current audiobook industry, with a focus on the industry leader Audible, and shares his views on how audiobooks works  differently than e-books on a business level.

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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

Ann Writes Inspiration

Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.

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Chances Are By Robin Lee Hatcher, a review

Hey ladies and gentlemen,
I just read a fabulous book by Robin Lee Hatcher, entitled Chances are, about an actress who had to live in a small town in Wyoming called Dead Horse, because her daughter became sick while she was performing onstage.
Faith Butler finds work as a housekeeper at the Jagged R ranch, owned by Drake Rutledge, who is very bitter because his wife left him after a horrible buggy accident that killed his mother. Faith and her children teach Drake how to live again Faith and Drake fall in love and Drake plans to help her divorce her estranged husband, when he is supposedly killed. However, On Faith and Drake’s wedding day, George shows up out of the blue and stopps the first wedding attempt, and things become very shady concerning Faith and her two children.
Although this book was written more than ten years ago, I still love Ms. Hatcher’s writing, because she writes her story and her characters beautifully. I have learned a lot from reading her work, including her Christian fiction. I would strongly recommend that you read Hatcher’s work, because you won’t be able to put her books down.

Stay tuned, because coming up, I will interview Becca Martin From my own book entitled A Journey of faith. If you want to read Becca’s story, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, I really appreciate it.

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Book review, Before The Larkspur Blooms By Caroline Fyffe

If you read Where the Wind Blows, and couldn’t get enough of Chase and Jessie Logan, Gabe Garrison, Jake, and Little Sarah, have no fear, their story continues in this heart warming, spine tinngling western, which I have dubbed an unofficial sequel to Where the Wind Blows.
In Before The Larkspur Blooms, Ms. Fyffe introduces a new character named Tom Donavan, who grew up in Logan Meadows, which starts as a small town. However, with the railroad slated to have a stop in Logan Meadows, people start trickling into town, and settling in among the natives, including a hotshot rustler by the name of Rome Littleton, who made Tom take the wrap when he got shot in the head eight years ago.
In one way this book reminds me of the movie Eldorado, where John Wayne’s character has a bullet lodged in his back, accept Tom’s bullet is lodged at the base of his skull. Well, I don’t want to spoil this one for you, so I’ll say that things get pretty shady, and the characters will drive you crazy in this one too, but let me warn you, Before The Larkspur Blooms will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and it will melt your heart. However, If you haven’t read Where the Wind blows as of yet, I suggest you read that one first,because if you don’t you might get a little confused by some of the goings on in Before The Larkspur Blooms. This is why I think Caroline Fyffe wrote them as a mini series, because you can’t read one without reading the other.
Happy reading, and I hope you enjoy both of these incredible stories.

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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

Ann: It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Becca: Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ann: Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.
Becca: Well yeah, there was never a dull moment in the Martin household. Of course, my sister and I had our fights like all siblings do, but there were also those private moments when Amanda and I would have our little girl talks. We’d share our deepest secrets, like twins do I guess, but we are far from being twins, because she’s three years older than I am, but there for a while I guess you could say that we were twins at heart, that is, well–not to give too much away here–but that day we went roc climbing.
Ann: Did you and your sister spoil your baby brother?
Becca: Oh but of course! what older siblings didn’t spoil the baby of the family? (laughs) Nah really, Tommy got in the middle of our fights when he was big enough to walk on his own, but we let him win most of the time. (laughs)
Ann: I remember he used to look up to you a lot.
Becca: Oh yeah, because by the time he started school, I was the one who bailed him out of trouble with the older kids, and I beat the bullies up for him. (laughs)
Ann: Ok, I think we need to move onto something else, because we could talk about sibling rivalry all day, but that wouldn’t get us very far, and I don’t want to bore my readers. Let me ask you this, were you still as outgoing as you are now, after that terrible day out on the rocky slopes?
Becca: No, although when we got back home, I acted like nothing was wrong in front of our friends and my family, but in my room, I crawled into my mental shell and refused to come out, that is until I started having those terrible nightmares.
Ann Are you still plagued by nightmares almost twenty years later?
Becca: no, but I can’t reveal how that came about, you’ll just have to read the book. (sticks out her tongue)
Ann: Hey now Becca, we do have some younger readers out there who wouldn’t appreciate you sticking out your tongue like that.
Becca: Oh well, Ann–uh, sorry kids.
Ann: Anyway, tell me a little about your time in the big church, I noticed that your cell phone didn’t work up there. Why is that?
Becca: Well to be honest with you, my battery went dead, because I didn’t think to charge it before I hit the trail. But I will have to admit that cell service was spotty in those mountains. Although the people who worked in the church and lived nearby lived a simple life, that didn’t mean that they were amish or anything. Oh yes, they used modern conveniences like we do, but there lives aren’t dependant completely on technology like many of us are. And before you start defending yourself, I understand why you use it, but you have to remember, these are country folks, who grew up back in the days before smart phones and computers became widely available, so of course they are going to be simple folks.
Ann: Ah, I see. I know you spent some time with Hannah later on in the story. Can you tell me a little more about her?
Becca: I did get to know her a little bit better, yes. her “daughter” Esther? Is actually her granddaughter. Her mother died in child birth, and I never knew what happened to her father.
Ann: Do I need to change that in the story then?
Becca: No, do not throw your readers off like that, because Esther doesn’t know that Hannah is her actual Granny. She calls her Mommy, and in the story it should remain that way. Let’s talk a little more about me, because we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves in the story, and I ain’t about to give away all my secrets.
Ann: Ok, what types of food do you like to eat?
Becca: Well, I can’t help but love, love, love Memphis Barbecue. Otherwise, I love my favorite deer steaks, and a good ole juicy t-bone steak is nice once and a while, but I don’t eat them very often, because they are very expensive. I’ll eat my vegies, and a good chef’s salad is nice on occasion. But let me top all that off with my favorite Mississippi mud pie mm mm mm mm good!
Ann: There is one more question I want to ask about the story. We don’t know much about your roommate Shelly. Can you tell me a bit about her?
Becca: Oh, what a spoiled brat! I mean she was nice and all in college, but when she offered to share an apartment with me, that’s when she turned mean. She thought that since we worked for a fortune 500 company that she was all that and a bag of cheetoes, not so! She never gave me my phone messages, and she was the world’s worst mess maker. Oh I could go on and on about her faults, but I choose to pray for her instead.
Ann:Did you go to church when you were growing up?
Becca: Uh huh. We were raised in a good Christian home, where daddy read the Bible first thing in the morning before breakfast, and we all prayed together at night before we went to bed. The only reason you didn’t go to church, in my house, was you were so sick you couldn’t hold your head up. If you had a minor cold, you weren’t missing church, Mama and daddy made sure of that. I still had to go to church even after that horrible day at Sweet Water Park.
Ann:Do you go to church now?
Becca; Oh now I do, but that’s another story for another day.
Ann: Do you like to wear dresses a lot, or are you more casual.
Becca: Well, you know I love to wear jeans and sweat-shirts in the winter, and I’ll put on a pair of cut-offs and a t-shirt in the summer time. When I go to church, I will wear a denim skirt and nice blouse, but otherwise, I’m just as red neck as everybody else living in the back woods of Mississippi.
Ann: What about music?
Becca: Well, I do like a little classical, ant that’s only because I took piano lessons when I was ten and I learned to play some of it. Now, when I get the chance, I play folk, country, some rock, and a whole lot of blues. You can’t be from Mississippi and not know about the blues, it just ain’t possible!
Ann: Well, I can’t think of any other questions, but if there’s something else you want to add, please feel free to do so. (A note to my readers, if you have some questions for Becca that I forgot to ask, please let me know.)
Becca: Well, all I can say, is that if you want to read my story, please help Ann get A Journey of faith published by voting for it… (her cell phone rings) uh, oh! I gotta run, because I need to take care of something at home. See yall later, bye-bye!

As Becca, stated a moment ago, I could really use your help to get A Journey of Faith published, so please vote for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, your support is greatly appreciated.
Until next time, God bless and happy reading.
Ann

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Interview with Becca’s sister Amanda. from A Journey of Faith

Hello everybody, How are you on this very cold February morning?
Today I am talking with Amanda Martin, Becca’s sister from my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Amanda is very shy, so she may not have much to say, bot she graciously offered to give me a brief character interview, so here goes.

Ann. Why good Morning Amanda, it’s nice to have you here today.
Amanda. Hey yall.
Ann. I understand that you are a registered nurse, is that right?
Amanda. Yep.
Ann. So will we see you much in A Journey of Faith or in The Chosen path series at all?
Amanda. Well, you won’t see me much until the second book, when I end up being my dad’s nurse. You see, I work in the ER, but Doctor Andrew Martin, (a very distant cosin) decided that he wanted me to nurse my father back to health. Usually, nurses don’t work on patients who are family members, but I guess Daddy was the exception to the rule.
Ann: Ah, I see. Well, to change the subject, do you still go rock climbing?
Amanda. All the time.
Ann. Did you see the incident that scared your sister off the mountain?
Amanda. No, I did not. I tried to get her to finish racing me to the top of the mountain, but when I looked back, Becca just stood frozen in place, for a few moments, then she turned and ran back to the car, as you already know. After that, she was very quiet, like she was hiding in her own little shell.
Ann. Oh, ok. Well, can you tell me more about that day on the rocky slopes at Sweet Water Park?
Amanda. No, I don’t want to get into that, because it would ruin the story. Listen, I’m getting a call, I got to go back to the hospital. I’ll talk to you later. (runs from the room.)

Well, I don’t know what that says about Amanda Martin, but we’ll have to learn a bit more about her in the next installment of The Chosen path series. In the meantime, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison. Stay tuned for more character interviews in future posts.
For, now, I will say so long, until we meet again.

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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

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Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.

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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.
Well yeah, there was never a dull moment in the Martin household. Of course, my sister and I had our fights like all siblings do, but there were also those private moments when Amanda and I would have our little girl talks. We’d share our deepest secrets, like twins do I guess, but we are far from being twins, because she’s three years older than I am, but there for a while I guess you could say that we were twins at heart, that is, well–not to give too much away here–but that day we went roc climbing.
Did you and your sister spoil your baby brother?
Oh but of course! what older siblings didn’t spoil the baby of the family? (laughs) Nah really, Tommy got in the middle of our fights when he was big enough to walk on his own, but we let him win most of the time. (laughs)
I remember he used to look up to you a lot.
Oh yeah, because by the time he started school, I was the one who bailed him out of trouble with the older kids, and I beat the bullies up for him. (laughs)
Ok, I think we need to move onto something else, because we could talk about sibling rivalry all day, but that wouldn’t get us very far, and I don’t want to bore my readers. Let me ask you this, were you still as outgoing as you are now, after that terrible day out on the rocky slopes?
No, although when we got back home, I acted like nothing was wrong in front of our friends and my family, but in my room, I crawled into my mental shell and refused to come out, that is until I started having those terrible nightmares.
Are you still plagued by nightmares almost twenty years later?
no, but I can’t reveal how that came about, you’ll just have to read the book. (sticks out her tongue)
Hey now Becca, we do have some younger readers out there who wouldn’t appreciate you sticking out your tongue like that.
Oh well, Ann–uh, sorry kids.
Anyway, tell me a little about your time in the big church, I noticed that your cell phone didn’t work up there. Why is that?
Well to be honest with you, my battery went dead, because I didn’t think to charge it before I hit the trail. But I will have to admit that cell service was spotty in those mountains. Although the people who worked in the church and lived nearby lived a simple life, that didn’t mean that they were amish or anything. Oh yes, they used modern conveniences like we do, but there lives aren’t dependant completely on technology like many of us are. And before you start defending yourself, I understand why you use it, but you have to remember, these are country folks, who grew up back in the days befor smart phones and computers became widely available, so of course they are going to be simple folks.
Ah, I see. I know you spent some time with Hannah later on in the story. Can you tell me a little more about her?
I did get to know her a little bit better, yes. her “daughter” Esther? Is actually her granddaughter. Her mother died in child birth, and I never knew what happened to her father.
Do I need to change that in the story then?
No, do not throw your readers off like that, because Esther doesn’t know that Hannah is her actual Granny. She calls her Mommy, and in the story it should remain that way. Let’s talk a little more about me, because we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves in the story, and I ain’t about to give away all my secrets.
Ok, what types of food do you like to eat?
Well, I can’t help but love, love, love Memphis Barbecue. Otherwise, I love my favorite deer steaks, and a good ole juicy t-bone steak is nice once and a while, but I don’t eat them very often, because they are very expensive. I’ll eat my begies, and a good chef’s salad is nice on occasion. But let me top all that off with my favorite Mississippi mud pie mm mm mm mm good!
There is one more question I want to ask about the story. We don’t know much about your roommate Shelly. Can you tell me a bit about her?
Oh, what a spoiled brat! I mean she was nice and all in college, but when she offered to share an apartment with me, that’s when she turned mean. She thought that since we worked for a fortune 500 company that she was all that and a bag of cheetoes, not so! She never gave me my phone messages, and she was the world’s worst mess maker. Oh I could go on and on about her faults, but I choose to pray for her instead.
Did you go to church when you were growing up?
Uh huh. We were raised in a good Christian home, where daddy read the Bible first thing in the morning before breakfast, and we all prayed together at night before we went to bed. The only reason you didn’t go to church, in my house, was you were so sick you couldn’t hold your head up. If you had a minor cold, you weren’t missing church, Mama and daddy made sure of that. I still had to go to church even after that horrible day at Sweet Water Park.
Do you go to church now?
Oh now I do, but that’s another story for another day.
Do you like to wear dresses a lot, or are you more casual.
Well, you know I love to wear jeans and sweat-shirts in the winter, and I’ll put on a pair of cut-offs and a t-shirt in the summer time. When I go to church, I will wear a denim skirt and nice blouse, but otherwise, I’m just as red neck as everybody else living in the back woods of Mississippi.
What about music?
Well, I do like a little classical, ant that’s only because I took piano lessons when I was ten and I learned to play some of it. Now, when I get the chance, I play folk, country some rock, and a whole lot of blues. you can’t be from Mississippi and not know about the blues, it just ain’t possible!
Well, I can’t think of any other questions, but if there’s something else you want to add, please feel free to do so. (A note to my readers, if you have some questions for Becca that I forgot to ask, please let me know.)
Well, all I can say, is that if you want to read my story, please help Ann get A Journey of faith published by voting for it… (her cell phone rings) uh, oh! I gotta run, because I need to take care of something at home. See yall later, bye-bye!

As Becca, stated a moment ago, I could really use your help to get A Journey of Faith published, so please vote for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, your support is greatly appreciated.
Until next time, God bless and happy reading.
Ann