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Is This the End of Free Facebook Book Promotions?

Those of us trying to promote our books on Facebook will have an even harder time doing so. Continue reading to learn more:

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Character Interview with Joseph Roundtree

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another character interview for you. I’m talking with Joseph Roundtree, Becca Martin’s grandfather. Let’s see what he will be led by the Holy spirit to tell us today.

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Joseph.

Joseph: Thanks for having me, but I can’t stay long.

Ann: What can you tell us about the end of your life here on Earth, which takes place at the end of Journey to the Mountaintop?

Joseph: I can’t tell you much, because I would spoil the story for your readers. However, that Jason Miller is a very troubled young man. He loves my Becca, but he can’t truly love her with his whole heart until he finds forgiveness from God.

Ann: What do you know of the pain he suffers?

Joseph: I don’t know much, but I know that boy has been hurt in his life, and there’s someone he has to forgive, or he won’t find the peace he richly deserves.

Ann: Do you think he’ll find forgiveness?

Joseph: Eventually, but it’s gonna take a lot of praying.

Ann: What about his love for Becca?

Joseph: That will blossom once he finds true forgiveness. For now, I need him to promise to love and protect her through whatever trials she faces. That’s what I have to do before God calls me home.

Ann: Will you come back into my stories as a supernatural being, like Mary?

Joseph: That all depends on what God tells me to do. You have to pray and ask him to show you the story He has for you to tell. The important thing for you to do is tell Mary’s story, once this book is done. She can tell you what happened, for all I saw was the aftermath of the accident.

Ann: Can you give me some pointers on how this story should end?

Joseph: All I can say, is that Mary is with me during the last moments on the Earth. She talks to Becca and Jason. She must relay my message to Jason, but I cannot tell you how she does this. I must go now, for my race is nearly run. Blessings to you for writing my story and for introducing me to your readers. Good-bye, my dear. We shall meet again in another story.

Tears fill my eyes as I watch Joseph fade into the darkness. I must go and finish my story, for I can hear Mary now, making her husband’s last request to them on his behalf.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Listen to your Characters

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
I’m back once again with a brief post, but one which I pray will help you in your writing. My tip for you today is as follows: to prevent writers block, listen to your characters and fix any plot problems they point out to you. If you iron out these sticking points in your narrative, you can move forward with your story and accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Listen as I explain how I came to this aha moment in my own writing journey:

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30 Day Everyday Mom Challenge Family Devotional Book Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the book that I shared with you in a previous post. I hope you enjoy it. Please be sure to leave a comment on the original blog, if you have any feed back for the author.

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Character interview with Marleen Dawson

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special treat for you. This is not an introduction to a podcast episode, but one of your favorite types of content. Today’s post is a character interview with Marleen Dawson from Journey to the Mountaintop: A stepping stones Mystery, which will be coming out by the end of this year. Stay tuned to your online book retailors and bookstores for this exciting new Stepping Stones mystery. Without further ado, let me introduce my new character.

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Marleen. Let’s start today’s interview with one important question. Why did you decide to work for Wildebeest and Genevieve at the beginning of my book?

Marleen: I won’t give any spoiler alerts, but Jennifer is my charge and so was Lydia. That Willie McCarthy is a bad, bad man and if he gets his hooks into you there’s no stopping until Genevieve is satisfied. Oh, don’t get me wrong, he only does what she wants, to protect his little girl. But don’t let Genevieve fool you, she’s a piece of work, let me tell you. That woman is evil!

Ann What made you change your mindset and decide to help Jennifer and Becca solve the case?

Marleen: Lydia’s death.

Ann: How did her death make you change your point of view?

Marleen: I admit I was a mean old lady when I worked for Willie. That is until he left the house to do Genevieve’s bidding. Then, I provided Lydia with supplies to keep her going, so she wouldn’t be drugged like that girl he killed early on in the story. You’ll have to read the book when it comes out to see who I’m talking about. Anyway, Lydia was a bit naïve. She thought the sun rose and set in Willie’s eyes, but he wasn’t her daddy, you know. He just raised her up, because she was Genevieve’s girl. That woman despised Jennifer!

Ann: Did she resent Jennifer in any way, fashion or form?

Marleen: A bit. Plus, she felt guilty for killing Angela Grace, who would’ve raised that girl right if she’d lived. I’m kind of glad she left that journal for Jen to find. Tells a girl a little about her maw, don’t you think? Anyway, like I said before, Genevieve couldn’t stand Jennifer getting close to her Lydia, but Willie would have none of that nonsense. He loved his girl to death, and he wanted her and Lydia to have a chance to bond like sisters, you know, so that’s what they did. Though Jennifer never knew the truth until that girl was killed needlessly.

Ann: That doesn’t explain Genevieve’s bitterness toward Jennifer.

Marleen. Genevieve wasn’t bitter toward Jen per se, she was bitter because Willie wouldn’t let her have her own way. He controlled how she raised the girls, he made sure they had a roof over their heads and made a life for themselves, when all Genevieve wanted to do was throw Jennifer in a foster home.

Ann: Would the truth have come out in the book itself if we hadn’t had this conversation today?

Marleen: In bits and pieces, but not all of it.

Ann: What do you mean?

Marleen: I ain’t going to spoil it for your readers, but there is a lot Genevieve would have left out of her story, because she’s in denial. She doesn’t believe she did anything wrong, because she only sees what she wants to see. That’s why, when I discovered the truth, I had to get out of there, before I was accused of something that I didn’t do.

Ann: What did you do?

Marleen: Me and the Lord had us a long talk. I told him about my sins, and how I was wrong for working for those goons. I prayed that Willie would get saved before he had to go to jail. I also asked for His forgiveness. That’s when I decided to help the police solved Lydia’s murder.

Ann: Did this talk between you and God happen as you climbed back down the mountain?

Marleen: No! I told you, I talked with the Lord, before I decided to help solve the case, so obviously that happened before I volunteered to go with Jennifer and her friend Becca.

Ann: Where did you have your initial talk with God about what you’d done?

Marleen: After Lydia found her way out of the rose room, I used it for my prayer closet. It’s a nice place to hide from prying eyes, if you know what I mean.

Ann: okay, so what happens during your trek down the mountain?

Marleen: You’ll have to write that part of your story and see. However, I can tell you one thing, you made Mary disappear? That ain’t right, so you’d better write her back in there, because she and I have a nice long talk.

Ann: Yes ma’am! Tell me one thing, what did you talk about?

Marleen: Nope, can’t tell you that. You’ll just have to listen to our conversation to find out. Now, I got to get back to my journey, because I got two girls to save from impending doom. (Marleen walks away humming her favorite hymn.)

Well, there you have it, folks. We now know a little more about Marleen Dawson, and I have a character conversation to eavesdrop on. I highly recommend that you read A Journey of Faith, while I’m working feverishly to get this next book out, for if you wait to read this one, you’ll be lost. I have included the promo information and a cover photo below, so you can get your hands on a copy of my novel. Until next time, happy reading and writing, and have a blessed day.
Love and prayers,
Ann

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as childhood memories resurface in her nightmares. During the investigation at Sweet Water Park, Jason meets Becca and asks for her help, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere? Find out how God helps her and the Tensiltown Police find the culprit as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.
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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Mary Rodman

Today’s special guest is a farm girl, a motivational speaker and an author of a daily devotional series. Continue reading to learn more.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH MARY RODMAN!
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?
Mary Rodman
WHEN?
Monday July 22, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR MARY RODMAN…

Mary resides in Radnor, Ohio with her husband, Jim. Together they enjoy family, friends, farm life, and vacations. She is a farm girl at heart who discovered her niche as a Christian author and Christian speaker. She is the author of the Bloom Devotional Book Series which includes Bloom Where You’re Planted, and #1 New Release Amazon Best Seller, Live Life in Full Bloom. Her devotional books are filled with flickers of laughter and moments of tears as you relate to her daily life with Jesus. Her unique style of writing intertwines the gospel with life stories as she turns your path of the mundane and the mayhem into extraordinary living with Christ.
She is an active member of the Central Ohio Emmaus Community and her local church. Her greatest joy is helping others cultivate and grow their relationship with Christ.

As a speaker, Mary provides insights from her own life and challenges you to live an extraordinary life for Jesus. Her topics range from a season of grief where she made “Something out of Nothing” to “Bloom Where You’re Planted” where she shares how to BLOOM through all of life’s circumstances. Book Mary for your next event at maryrodman.com/speaking and learn more about her weekend retreat, “Who Are You? Discover the woman God created you to be.”

Her Bloom Daily Devotional Series includes the following titles:

Book 1 – Bloom Where You’re Planted released in October 2016

Book 2 – Live Life in Full Bloom

Description:
Bloom: A flower, especially one cultivated for its beauty.
Use these devotions to discover a renewed awareness of Jesus in your life. Through her words, Mary will remind you to BLOOM in all of life’s situations. Experience the joy of seeing God daily and transform your life into extraordinary living with Jesus.

God calls us to be a beautiful flower in the mundane and the mayhem of life. Mary challenges you to look past the tragedies in your life, your humdrum routines and your daily chaos to see Christ. These devotions point to His presence in every part of our lives, when we simply take the time to notice.

Rediscover the awe of God’s creation of the white iris and be humbled by the hidden blessings that can be found through tragedy as you join Mary on this journey.

The phrase “remember the toilet” will become a reminder to look at the positive side of an ungrateful person or a challenging situation in your life.

Chuckle as Mary shares her rotisserie experience at the sleep clinic, and how she was humbly reminded of the blessings in her life which she had taken for granted.

Purchase link:
http://www.maryrodman.com/shop

Excerpt:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

I visited a different church Sunday and the pastor closed with the scripture above. I am familiar with this passage of scripture but not from The Message. As I followed along, I highlighted the reference so I could focus on it later. As I reread the passage again it occurred to me, the reason this scripture spoke to my heart is because it is the theme of my books! Bloom! Stop what you are doing—the daily grind—and focus on God.
Often times we walk through life in a blur. Our daily lives become routine. You brush your teeth, grab your coffee, and drive to work. Routine is good, but look beyond your routine for the aspects of God. He is everywhere, every day. He is even with you in the dull daily routine. He doesn’t want your life to feel monotonous. He wants you to feel alive.
The next time you brush your teeth, thank God for the toothpaste on your brush. Thank Him for the job (whether you like it or not) which provides the money to purchase your toothpaste. Are you stuck in traffic? Take a look around. Do the other drivers look happy, sad, frustrated? Rather than post the traffic jam on social media, say a prayer for them as you patiently wait. Is there a long line at the coffee shop? Have some fun, pay it forward and purchase for the car behind you.
Rather than constantly asking God, “What do you want me to do?” Get involved where you are—BLOOM today. God isn’t waiting for you to go on a mission trip to Zimbabwe. He wants to use you at this current moment in your life and in your current circumstances. Include God in your day to day, routine, humdrum, life because, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones (Luke 16:10a).”
By all means have hopes and dreams to serve God in big ways. I believe He desires for us to grow and plan for the future, but He also expects us to accept our current situations and see Him in the small pieces of life.
God wants you to be patient and focus on Him, so you will learn to bloom. Once you begin to see God the small parts of your life, you will find yourself able to Live Life in Full Bloom! When you live this way, when you understand God is with you all of the time: “You’ll be changed from the inside out.” You will begin to grow and serve in ways you can’t even imagine. Amen!

Connect with Mary at the following links:
Website:

Home

amazon.com/author/mrsmaryrodman

Twitter:

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsmaryrodman/

Pinterest:

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

GoodReads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16036691.Mary_Rodman

Mary’s resources:
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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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Kristi Bridges interviews Yours Truly for her 1 Moment Wiser podcast

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special treat for you. If you listened to or watched my interview with Kristi Bridges on the Inspirational Journeys podcast, you won’t want to miss the interview she conducted with me for her 1 Moment Wiser podcast. Here’s the blog post with all the important links to the podcast episodes and some earlier blog posts that I published as show notes for my podcast and the link to the podcast itself.
I hope you enjoy this three part interview. Have a blessed day.

The Insightful Ann Harrison-Barnes

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Dyane Ford

My guest for today’s podcast interview is a published author, freelance editor and the founder of the Christian Creative Nexus blog and the Lost Pen Magazine. Continue reading to learn more.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

DYANE FORDE!

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?
Dyane Forde
WHEN?
Friday July 19, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Dyane Forde…

Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading and of words in general. She is a self-published author, founder of the Lost Pen Magazine, a digital Christian art and lit publication, the founder of the Christian Creative Nexus, an online support and promotional resource for Christian creatives, and the founder of Focus Writing Services, a freelance writing and editing service. Her short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies.
Her publications include:


– Lost Pen Magazine

Description:
Lost Pen Magazine features God-centred pieces from international creatives seeking to glorify the Master Creator. We do this by using our gifts and talents to share His message of love and grace with the world. The theme for the first edition was deep unto deep, inspired by Psalm 42:7.

Subscription links:
Issuu:
https://issuu.com/dyaneforde/docs/lpm_june_2_2019
– Mailchimp PDF:
https://mailchi.mp/f4dac6ee4268/lostpenmagazine

– Rise of the Papilion trilogy: The Purple Morrow, Wolf’s Bane, Berserker

Book Descriptions:

Book 1: The Purple Morrow:
The Rovers were sent to decimate the Southernlands. Instead, they awoke its savior.

Ten years have passed since the Rover army tore through the Southernlands, leaving behind a trail of devastation and death. Most believed the attacks were random acts of brutality. The wise, however, knew the truth: the Rovers sought to destroy the one thing powerful enough to thwart their conquest. They were searching for the Papilion.

A new commander, bent on completing the mission left unfinished by his predecessors, leads the Rovers back into the Southernlands. Fierce and determined, he comes armed with a precious artifact and a secret purpose.

While the Southernlands reel under the new terror, the Purple Morrow, a harbinger of hope, appears to Jeru, an unsuspecting and solitary clan hunter. Finding himself enmeshed in a series of incredible events beyond his control, Jeru is compelled to take the first steps towards discovering his ultimate destiny.

Book 2: Wolf’s Bane:
The Purple Morrow is destroyed. However, its promise endures in the form of a champion, mankind’s only hope against the destruction spawned by an ancient, sinister evil.

The Rovers have invaded the Southernlands, sending its inhabitants fleeing for respite. Waylaid in a defunct desert town, and reeling from revelations about his past, a powerful, emerging evil lures Kelen to seek vengeance. Though he resists, Kelen soon learns that the Shadow Man will not relent until a terrible, ancient claim is fulfilled.

As Marathana quails under the burgeoning darkness, Jeru’s clan looks to him to lead. Jeru, however, knows his path lies elsewhere. Leaving everything behind, he braves the Badlands, a hellish desertland only the hardiest dare tread, to awaken the latent spirit of the Papilion within him. Jeru learns much in that place of desolation, including one truth which could turn destiny on its head. Now more than ever, Kelen, the Wolf of the North, threatens everything he holds dear. Jeru must choose: save the people he loves, or sacrifice them to save Marathana.

Book 3: Berserker:
“Love…can destroy, it can build, or it can do both at once…”

With the Papilion’s whereabouts unknown, the Shadow pursues its plan for Marathana’s destruction. In control of the Northern tribes and strengthened by allies in the Deep Southernlands, the Shadow prepares to unleash its ultimate weapon, the berserker.

Jeru’s sudden reappearance reveals the presence of a powerful, new will at work. Blessed by the Lightbearer and supported by a ragtag group of survivors and unexpected allies, Jeru prepares to lead the small army into enemy territory.

As war breaks, Kelen and Jeru clash one last time. One seeks to destroy, the other to save. The strongest will prevail, sealing Marathana’s ultimate fate.

Purchase link:

Connect with Dyane at the following links:
Websites:
– Focus Writing Services (FWS): https://www.fordewriting.com.
– Christian Creative Nexus (CCN): https://www.deliatalent.wordpress.com.

Facebook Pages:
– DyaneFordeWriter: https://www.facebook.com/FocusWritingServices/
– Christian Creative Nexus: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianCreativeNexus/
– Lost Pen Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/LostPenMag/

Twitter:
– (FWS) https://twitter.com/PurpleMorrow
– (CCN) https://twitter.com/DeliaTalent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christian.creative.nexus/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dyane-forde-a52a8b7b/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11441024-dyane-forde

Email:
– FWS: fwritingservices@gmail.com
– CCM: deliatalent@gmail.com

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