author interviews, podcasting, publishing

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Annie Acorn

Today’s guest is a multi-faceted author, who also owns her own publishing company. You might want to get a notebook or open up your digital notebook for this one, because it’s packed with a lot of useful information for aspiring authors. Keep reading to learn more about my guest and to hear our lovely conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


Annie Acorn!
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?
Annie Acorn
WHEN?
Thursday June 27, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ANNIE ACORN…

Annie Acorn is a prolific, internationally beloved author, whose readership recognizes her mainly for her women’s fiction, cozy mysteries and richly woven stories with a warm southern flair, such as Chocolate Can Kill and her Luna Lake Cabins – The First Year, the first entry in her acclaimed, romantic, women’s fiction series. She writes her romantic women’s fiction/family saga Captain’s Point Stories series as Charlotte Kent. She is a founding member of From Women’s Pens – A Cooperative of Women Writers.
Annie is the mother of two sons. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has done extensive technical writing as a contractor.
She owned a tri-state medical outsourcing business for a number of years and was the Director of a behavioral healthcare firm. She once flipped a comic book and collectible retail company comprised of five stores, and she has managed cemeteries and funeral homes. She is the owner of Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC.
Ms. Acorn has published in The Inspirational Writer, and she edited an in-house publication for the State of Mississippi. She is a contributor of ezine articles.
In her spare time, Ms. Acorn enjoys reading, writing mysteries and romantic women’s fiction, listening to classical music, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends – often at a restaurant serving delicious food.
Annie is the author of the blog at annieacorn.com. You can friend her on Facebook and tweet her at @Annie_Acorn or at @CharlotteKent20, which she shares with Juliette Hill. She will respond to your email sent to annieacorn11@gmail.com, and she invites you to visit her AAPub author’s pages at:
https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/annie-acorn and https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/charlotte-kent

Featured book: Two Reservations for Christmas (Luna Lake Cabins Stories Book 7)

Book description:
For centuries, Luna Lake and its surrounding natural beauty have been a source of comfort to those who have made their way to its shore. Now, Sean Adams and Liz Chambers have each returned to the cabins they knew as children, both seeking to escape painful memories from their pasts.
Three oranges, a puzzle, and a sharing of confidences result in a bond of friendship between the two, but Christmas isn’t about friendship or escape. It’s about love and all of its promise. Together, can they find their way to the paths forward they seek?
In her Luna Lake Cabins novel Two Reservations for Christmas, internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens author and publisher Annie Acorn once again weaves a warm-hearted tale of strength and survival, filled with the southern charm and Christmas spirit for which she is known.
Some stories are born classics, destined to be experienced over and over again. You don’t want to miss this one!

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

A few minutes later, the owner of Luna Lake Cabins hit the Save icon on the Reservations page before him and let out a chuckle, as he admired the view across the kitchen presented by his wife, who was removing a sheet of homemade chocolate chip cookies from the oven.
“What?” She glanced his way, once she had set the hot tray on the stovetop.
“You know how I am about single reservations that are made one right after the other – one by a man and one by a woman.” He sent her a grin as he counted off on his fingers. “Two young people, both familiar with the area, one male, one female, male sounding a bit lost, female stating she has some serious thinking to do.”
“And from this you infer that these supposed strangers are both looking for love and are perfect for each other.” She crossed the room, pleased when he reached out and pulled her onto his lap.
“No, to this I add on the fact that both of them will be spending the next four days as the only guests at the Cabins and they’re bound to run into each other.” He bent his head and nuzzled her neck.
“Which, of course, means they will both experience immediate connections, one with the other.” She kept their banter going. “What an incurable romantic you are.”
“Maybe not immediate connections,” he admitted, before he dropped a light kiss just beneath her left ear. “But they obviously have at least some things in common, because they’re both coming here on what most folks would consider a family weekend.”
“True.” She straightened. “We’ll have more than enough. Do you think we should ask them to join us for Thanksgiving dinner?”
“Definitely not.” His face filled with a shocked look that belied the twinkle in his eyes. “The male sounds as if he could work his way quite easily through two of your delectable pies at a single sitting, and I’m not that willing to share. Besides, if I’m right and Fate has brought them both here at this time for a reason, then I think they’ll be better served by our leaving them to the lake’s magic.”
“It was good enough for us.” She met his gaze, her eyes filled with love.
“A sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree.” He sent her a soft look before, this time, his lips found hers as he drew her closer and then proceeded to kiss her thoroughly.

Connect with Annie at the following Links:
https://annieacorn.com
Amazon Author Page – Annie Acorn

Annie Acorn on Facebook

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

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents Guest Interview with Kristi Bridges

Today’s episode is one you won’t want to miss. My guest is an author, a podcaster, and she hosts a daily devotion on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. Click the link below to hear this incredible conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

KRISTI BRIDGES!
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?
Kristi Bridges
WHEN?
Wednesday June 26, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR KRISTI BRIDGES…

Kristi Bridges is a songwriter, author, writing coach, podcaster, corporate trainer and the host of the 1 Moment Wiser daily devotional on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It’s her mission to help people live wisely, avoid regret and connect with their Creator. God uses a variety of voices to reach us, so she created the Share Your Wisdom Wisely Devotional Book Writing Experience to help others launch their own books, and this fall she’ll begin giving live workshops on devotional and memoir writing with fellow author Sarah Soon. Last year, she guided 11 remarkable people in writing their stories for her latest devotional, Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility.

Book Description:

“You can be anything!” they say. In a sea of possibilities, which way do you go? Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility is a devotional book for those who are drifting, unsatisfied. Through 31 days of scripture-based discussion and personal exercises, you’ll examine your gifts and the situations which motivate you. You’ll hear the stories of 12 remarkable people, including an award-winning bodybuilder, an artist who doesn’t need a day job, and a podcaster who moved across the world for love, years after a map pin foretold it. They demonstrate that even the worst experiences don’t wreck God’s plans for you. In 31 days, you’ll be navigating with your Creator’s clear direction for your best possible life.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

Day 9 – Your Real Name
Revelations 2 NLT
17 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.
I’m six years old, sitting in a dark hallway with my classmates, trying to stay quiet like the teacher said, but how does a six-year-old stay quiet? I have so much to say! I’m wearing my yellow dress. The boy across the street (who always shoots me down when we pretend we’re in Star Wars) says it makes me look like a butterfly. Apparently, yellow butterflies get defective force fields, but wait! Ssh! We’re moving! Single-file, we cross the stage, and now it’s okay to speak. I speak to the clock in the back of the cafeteria, just like the teacher said. Then we all sing a song, as loud as we can, and it’s the best feeling I’ve felt in all 1,971 days of my life. The part of me I was meant to be is ALIVE!
From that day on, I sing Dorothy’s song while on my swing set every afternoon. I’m a bluebird wanting to fly. Who needs a wizard? I only want a Hollywood agent to discover me, as he wanders through the woods in Beulah behind my house, because I think that’s where agents go to scout new talent.
At six, I decided I’d run off to Hollywood the moment I graduated. Most kids change dreams periodically, but for me, it wasn’t just a career choice. I claimed “actress” as my identity. This was useful, even though I didn’t get any more speaking roles for several years. I went to eight schools, and being dramatic gave me confidence and the determination to rise above rejection.
I needed that determination. In sixth grade, a classmate called me names from the other end of the lunch table every day for two weeks. I returned the favor but finally broke and ran to the bathroom crying.
On my thirteenth birthday, I was dressed like Madonna, washing dishes to prepare for my party. My then-stepfather sat at the kitchen table in his usual dark mood, calling me similar names. I’d have traded my fingerless gloves for boxing gloves in an instant. Finally, I lost my temper and mouthed off. He canceled my slumber party.
In the next few years, I got a few roles. My characters were the over-the-top type who died in the first act. Off-stage, I sought a twisted kind of respect by living up to the names I’d been called.
When people label us, we might fight back at first, and then find ourselves defiantly living up to their labels. We can’t stop their insults, so we act like they’re not so bad. We wear hateful names as badges of honor. It’s a survival technique, but God has a better way.
Our Creator is the only One who was with us before we were born and will be with us every place we go. We’ll leave the snobs, the users, the bullies behind and keep moving forward in the plans He has for us. He will uncover our true identities, like layers of one Christmas gift wrapped around another, until at last we pull out a white identity stone which truly describes us.
Sound good? What can we do?
No matter how you feel about yourself and even if you’ve repeated some mistakes, read God’s thoughts about you. When Jeremiah 31 was written, He was speaking to Israel, but the Lord gives His heart to every person who loves Him. He’s speaking to you through His word today.
Jeremiah 31 NLT
3Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. 4I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines. 5Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there.”
God loves you faithfully and wants to restore your innocence so you’ll be lighthearted and dancing. He sees you doing something profitable and enjoying the results of your labor.
Pause for a moment and SEE what God sees. Absorb it. God’s word is reality.
Now, take a look at these verses. Can you see some of these qualities inside yourself? Can you see some you’d like to strengthen?
Colossians 3:12 NLT
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
1 Corinthians 9 NLT
25All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
Proverbs 22:1 ESV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Pray.
Lord, You’ve heard the things people have said about me and seen how I’ve acted unlike the me You created. You know how it feels. People lie about You, too. Thank You for being right here, breathing love and truth and hope into my life. I will contemplate Your vision every day. I will revel in innocence and enjoy the results of the work You give me.
Think.
What do you think your identity stone will say? Write a few sentences describing your talents, special quirks, and godly characteristics.
Act.
Be the person who sincerely points out the good in people. Pray before speaking and don’t be overwhelming or gushy, but be the voice which reminds them of their true selves, created by God.
Author bio:
Kristi Bridges is a songwriter, author, writing coach, podcaster, corporate trainer and the host of the 1 Moment Wiser daily devotional on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It’s her mission to help people live wisely, avoid regret and connect with their Creator. God uses a variety of voices to reach us, so she created the Share Your Wisdom Wisely Devotional Book Writing Experience to help others launch their own books, and this fall she’ll begin giving live workshops on devotional and memoir writing with fellow author Sarah Soon. Last year, she guided 11 remarkable people in writing their stories for her latest devotional, Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility.

Connect with Kristi at the following links:

Website:
http://1MomentWiser.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/1MomentWiser/

Twitter:

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4nV86xJj-DNplDR2TRgeJA?view_as=subscriber

Helpful links:
https://www.writersdigest.com/
https://www.toastmasters.org/

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

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

#amwriting, Personal reflections

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:

For every season, Elegant Insights has braille jewelry and accessories you’ll fall for…

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

#amwriting

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

#amwriting, #WritingTips

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:

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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.

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book reviews

Featured book and book review of Walking by Inner Vision by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric. She uses images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric. She uses images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117