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An author update

Hello everyone, I don’t remember if I told you this or not, but I have started working on a book entitled Embracing The Healing Power of Music: Seven Steps for Finding your way out of the darkness and into the light with God’s Gift of Song. In this book I will share my story of how I found comfort in music as a child, and into my adulthood, and how I discovered the healing power of music. I will show you how you too can embrace music for more than mere entertainment. Please help me get my book published by visiting soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/embracing-healing-power-music-seven-steps-finding-way-darkness-light-gods-gift-song-ann-harrison and cast your vote today

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Seducing MR. Nightly By Maya Rodale, book review

If you love steamy historical romances with a bit of mystery thrown in, you will love Seducing Mr. Nightly by Maya Rodale. This book will have you laughing one moment, and drive you  absolutely crazy the next.

Shy dear Annabel Swift has been pining for MR. Nightly, the editor of the London Weekly, where she writes an advice column called Dear Annabel.The sad fact is that he hasn’t noticed her for almost four years , that is until she wrote a letter to her readers asking for advice on how to get his attention. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you won’t be able to put it down.

I love this author’s writing style, and how she pulls you right into the story. You don’t  have to take my word for it, get Seducing MR. Nightly and let Ms. Rodale pull you into the jusy, scandelous, and mystifying story, and you’ll see what I mean. Happy reading, and have a blessed day.

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An inspiration for a new book idea

Hello everyone,

I have some good news. Thanks to Nikki Woods and her Write Your Way to Success training seminar, I have been inspired to pick up an idea for a book that I scrapped a couple of years ago, because I didn’t think I had the qualifications to write this book. Now, I about to embark upon a journey that will touch the lives of people around the world.

My book will be about music as a source of healing. I will implement my blog posts about music into this book, while sharing my personal story of how music was a source of healing after my divorce. If you would like me to share your story about how you found healing through God’s gift of music, please let me know by commenting here, or you can email me at annwrites75@gmail.com

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Writing: the reality

European Geeks Publishing

Sure, there are some authors out there who completely make a living off of their work. You know them all- Stephen King, JK Rowling, and numerous others. They are household names, even to those who don’t read.

But the reality of it is, most writers make little to no money on their work. They write because they have to. Writers have a story to tell, a story that consumes their thoughts and attention. A story that must be written for fear of it overtaking their reality. Most writers get rejected by literary agents and traditional publishers. They can get lost in the politics and droves of rejection letters. Some take control, choosing the self publishing route. However, they can still end up in the world of lost books because they cannot fund a large marketing campaign.

Some know that they won’t be making large sums of cash, and write simply because…

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A brief word to my readers

Hello to all my followers and readers. I do want to apologize to you all for not submitting a blog post last week, but I was sick, thus didn’t get much writing done at all. 

I do have some news for you today. I am getting geared up for Camp NaNoWriMo which starts in less than a month. Although I will continue to write A Journey of Faith between now and then, I plan on working on it during camp NaNoWriMo and getting some support and inspiration from my virtual cabin mates. Please vote for A Journey of Faith while I finish the rewrites  I need to do. If you need the link again, please don’t hesitate to let me know, but I have placed it  in several posts, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. 

Well, that’s all for today folks, but I hope you’ll join me next time when I update you on my camp NaNoWriMo experience, host another character interview, or review a fabulous book, or what else I can come up with. So long and God Bless.

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Equal Rights for Blind Americans? Author Says We’re not There Yet

The Heart of Applebutter Hill

As a member of various blindness, advocacy and guide dog organizations, it’s not uncommon to come across a request from a college student to take a survey on blindness, and I’m always happy to participate. Rarely, however, (in fact, never) have I run across one with the depth of thought displayed by Drexel student Nora Goldberg. If you’re blind or visually impaired, Nora would appreciate your thoughts, and she has offline options, though this form is accessible. Act soon, though, her assignment’s due the end of this week. http://goo.gl/UBHm7x

One of Nora’s questions is: “Do you feel as though you have the same rights, privileges and freedoms as people who are sighted? Please explain.” This one really pushed my buttons. No one ever asked me that. The answer is no, and the explanation took me all afternoon. So, at the risk of revealing too much about my inner psyche, I…

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A letter to writers block

Here’s a little something fun for all us writers. I found this particular writing prompt on a link that Nikki Woods tweeted. I am wide awake, and I gthought I would tell dear old writers block what I think about it getting in my way when I want to write. After reading my letter to writers block, why don’t you share your own letter. Ok, here’s my own creation. 

Dear writers block,

Hello there my unwanted friend, you and I need to have a serious heart to heart talk. You know how you always like to hang around when I want to write, and you disappear when I want to get some much needed sleep, like now? Well, I’m demanding thet you put a stop to this right now!
I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, (well, maybe I do) but it’s for the sake of writing. Why not come around when I want to sleep, and leave me alone during the day when I want to write. That’s the time I need you to disappear like yasterday’s garbage. I mean, you keep me from writing when I need to write, and you go away when I want to read, talk to my friends, or sleep. So do me a favor, and let me write, when I want to, not on your schedule.Ok?
not so respectfully,
Ann
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Character Interview with Asher Brooks revised

Hello everyone,

Today I’m here with Shelly and Becca’s old Boss from A Journey of Faith, Asher Brooks. As you will discover, Asher is a very mean, verry self-centered, character. If he doesn’t get his way, he wants to get revenge. Now, I’ll let him tell you a little about himself.

Ann. Hello Asher, How are you today?

Asher. I ain’t in the best of moods right now, and this chat is making me angrier by the minute.

Ann. Well, I hear that you are very angry with Becca and Shelly quitting on you. Why is that?

Asher. You should know the answer to that by now.

Ann. What about Diana Peabody, She left the firm, because she was losing her sight. Don’t you care about her health?

Asher. Nobody leaves my department, no matter what the reason. You get hired in my department, you work for me until I say you can quit?

Ann Was Diana’s accident a real accident, or did you have something to do with it?

Asher. I ain’t done nothin’ to harm that girl. All I did was help Ted Morris clean the rocks. How was I to know that she’d want to climb those stepping stones? It like

Ann. Do you believe in God?

Asher. I ain’t got time to talk about anyone’s beliefs in God or anything else, I got to get to work. (Starts to leave then turns around and flops back down into his chair.) Well, okay, I take that back. I am starting to have more faith in God, than I used to, but I’ll let the readers find out more about that.

Ann. Lord help him.

Asher. What did I tell you? I ain’t saying any more about my faith in God. I got to go find out who in tar nation is messing up those rocks. (storms from the room.)

Well, now you see what a cantankerous man Asher can be at times, but as we saw, his mood changed right quick when he thought about what the Lord has done for him.Let’s just pray that the person responsible for the mishaps, is caught before someone gets hurt. 

On another note, 

Becca has finally faced her fears, but I’ll let you read the book to find out how. In order for you to read A Journey of Faith, I need your help to get it published, by voting for it at http://tinyurl.com/qe2wwtf.

This interview has been revised and added to a little booklet of character interviews that I have put together for my interested readers. If you’d like to receive this and my book of essays about music, please let me know.