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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Melony Teague

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Today’s guest is an author, a freelance writer and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. I was amazed at how much we have in common, when it comes to our writing process. Follow the links below to hear our amazing conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH MELONY TEAGUE!
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?
MELONY TEAGUE
WHEN?
Monday, January 27, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR MELONY TEAGUE…

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Member of ACFW. She has never met a Starbucks she didn’t love and has been known to eat vegetables for breakfast—well, pumpkin pie—same thing. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats.

Melony’s featured book is entitled A Promised to keep, published by Anaiah Press.

Description:
A Promise. A High School Reunion. And a pact that proves harder to keep.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?

Purchase links:
https://www.anaiahpress.com/product/a-promise-to-keep/62?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=2
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49344075-a-promise-to-keep

https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=A+Promise+to+Keep+by+Melony+Teague&i=digital-text&language=en_CA&linkCode=sl2&linkId=5ea81bca875c3bdbe4225374d1c7d993&tag=wwwmelonyteag-20&ref=nb_sb_noss

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-promise-to-keep/9781947327726-item.html?ikwid=A+Promie+to+Keep&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=1
https://www.bookdepository.com/Promise-Keep-Melony-Teague/9781947327726
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-promise-to-keep-melony-teague/1136050119?ean=9781947327726

Excerpt:

“The things in my life that bring regret are not so much things I did. More like things I didn’t do. Words I should have said. Moments I should have cherished. It’s funny, but in hindsight, I see them all clearly. It’s harder to recognize an opportunity you’re missing while you’re in it.” – Michael McCann, A Promise to Keep

Connect with Melony at the following links:
Website:
https://www.melonyteague.com/

Twitter:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/melonyteague/

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

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14249646.Melony_Teague

Bookbub:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/melony-teague

Amazon author page:

A Promise to Keep book club:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/490991801725364/

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 with “insoirational Journeys” in the subject matter, message me on social media with your name and email address o or fill out the contact form below.
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Weekend Wrap Up


Hello to all my readers, followers and fans in the blogosphere.

This weekend, I have learned three new things to make our writing lives easier. I’ll share the tips with you here and share the link to today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, where I discuss these tips in greater detail.

Create an invoice template for your writing business.

If you’ve been hired by a company or individual to complete some freelance work, odds are, they’ll ask you to send an invoice for the service you rendered. On Friday, I learned how to create my own invoices to send to my client. Once I put together the first invoice, I created a template to use for future invoices. Once you create your template, you can add in any additional information for a specific project, and resave the document under the project name.

Create book templates for your manuscripts.

If you have a book already formatted, you can resave the formatted document under a file name such as “book template”, in another folder. Once you’ve created the template, you can save and close out your original file. Within my book template, I keep the front matter pages as a place holder, so I can change the necessary information pertaining to the manuscript I’m working on. If you have back matter in your book, move it to another document, then cut out the text of the book itself, leaving chapter numbers, style and page breaks intact. I put 20 chapters in my template, but you can use any number that works for your book. You can add or delete chapters as needed. After you add in your last chapter, copy your back matter in your document. From there, you can copy and paste the text of each chapter into your document or start writing your book within your template. Be sure to rename the file, so you won’t lose the template you’ve created.

Store your important files in multiple places.

This tip may be the most important one of all. If you have a google, Microsoft or iCloud account, transport any important files over to one or all of these places, so you won’t lose all your hard work.

Use these three tips to save time and stress as you move forward in your writing journey. To hear my full discussion of these tips, visit:

Blessings,
Ann

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Character conversation with Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith and Kelly Dobson from Inner Vision

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, Today I have a special post that doesn’t contain a podcast episode. That’s right, I’m doing another one of my character conversation/interviews. This time I have a special treat for you!

Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith, which is in the editing phase now, is joined by none other than Kelly Dobson from my previously published book, entitled Inner Vision. I’ll start us off, but I’m going to let them do most of the talking, so sit back and enjoy the show.

Ann: Hello ladies, what’s on your mind tonight?

Becca, I have something I want to share with Kelly, and this is the only place I can do it, since we’re from two different books.

Kelly: What’s up, Becca? I thought you were seeking the truth about your own past. How did you find your way into mine?

Becca, I got a message from the Holy Spirit that you needed to talk to me.

Kelly: Well, I do need to talk to someone, because this mystery is driving me batty!

Becca: What’s wrong with it?

Kelly: No one will give me any answers.

“Becca: Answers about what?

Ann: Becca, do you need me to fill you in?

“Becca, No, I want her to tell me the story.

Kelly: (sighs and shrugs) Well, a supposed nurse told me that I was in some sort of bad operation and a doctor comes in to examine me, but nobody will answer my questions. Dad doesn’t believe I recognize this place as something other than a hospital.

Becca: That’s the outer turmoil, what about how you feel inside?

Kelly: I’m so confused. I mean I was walking down by the lake, and the next thing I knew, I woke up in a strange place. I don’t know what happened or how I even got here. What does that tell you?

“Becca: This isn’t about me, it’s about more than you realize.

Kelly: What do you mean?

Becca: Think about it, there’s a lot you have to learn about yourself, before you can find out why you’re in that makeshift hospital. I suggest that you look deep inside your soul and pray for wisdom from God. He’s the only one who knows why He put you there.

Kelly: But what about this strange situation?

Becca: You don’t want to have the physical answers handed to you now, because you won’t learn to trust your journey and your process. These things take time, sweetie. Believe me, I know all about trusting the process. When I started this journey, I wanted to turn tail and run, but I couldn’t, because God wouldn’t let me. Besides, If I had, I wouldn’t make the discoveries I made along the way.

“Kelly, let me get this straight, you’re saying there’s more to this than my waking up in a strange hospital?

Becca: Yep, but I can’t tell you what. You’ll have to find the truth on your own.

Kelly: So, I need to dig deeper than the here and now? But what about the dreams I’m having?

Becca: It’s all part of the process, baby. A lot of my dreams haunted me for years, but now, my dreams are God’s way of guiding me through my own journey. Listen, sweetie. You got to trust God, trust your process and trust yourself.

Kelly: What will I learn?

Becca: A lot about yourself and deeper truths than you will, simply by demanding answers. The journey is the most important part of your story. I mean, the ending payoff is what readers and you want to see, but that’s the icing on the cake, it’s not about what’s waiting at the journey’s end, it’s all about how you find the answers to your burning questions. I got to go; Jason wants me to ride up to Sweet Water Park with him. Remember, trust God, your process and your heart. Love the process. (blows Kelly a kiss, before running out the door).

“Kelly: Oh well, there are no easy answers, so I got to start digging my way through the rubble. (Quietly slips out the door).

That brings us to the end of another riveting character conversation. Authors, tell your characters to trust their process. Until next time, happy reading and writing.
Blessings,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Kathy C. Guerry

Today’s special guest is a nursing home care giver, turned author. Follow the links below to hear her incredible story and some of the amazing stories she shares from the perspectives of some of her former residents.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH KATHY C. GUERRY!
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?
KATHY C. GUERRY
WHEN?
Monday January 20, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR KATHY C. GUERRY…

Kathy C. Guerry’s nursing career spans over three decades in varied specialties, including geriatrics. She is active in women’s ministries as a speaker, teacher, mentor and writer. She has published devotional articles and special interest columns in various magazines and newspapers. Kathy and her husband are enjoying life in South Carolina on their small farm.

Kathy’s book is entitled Grace at the finish line: Recollections from a nursing home caregiver

Description:
In a stage of life that is usually devalued,

these stories from the nursing home remind us that all life is sacred and every moment is a gift. In Grace at the Finish Line, Kathy has found a way to keep the memories of her friends alive by sharing their stories—stories of compassion, struggle, grace, and magic in the mundane.

Purchase link:

Excerpts:

From page 42: Ms. Gertie had no tolerance for whining and she enjoyed taunting other residents who continually complained. When she wanted something, she would yell curse words and threats. Luckily for us, the 3 nurses she aimed her fists at happened to be the fastest gals on our unit. In another stroke of good luck, we found and confiscated the knife under her pillow before she tried to use it. Overall her transition went pretty well…we soon found the way to her heart with coffee and sweet snacks. I am not above bribing folks with food when the situation warrants it.

from page 57: Then there was an obstinate elderly man who was known for being oppositional. One day he suffered a fainting episode. Sally, Dell and I rushed to his room to revive him. After a few moments, his eyes fluttered slightly but he would not respond to our questioning. Sally gently shook his arm and shouted, “Mr. Gregg, Mr. Gregg, can you hear me?” Without moving or opening his eyes, Mr. Gregg said clearly, “No!”

Visit Kathy’s blog at:
http://www.kathycguerry.com/p/welcome.html

And connect with her on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/bookaddict/
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 with “Inspirational Journeys” in the subject line, message me on social media, or fill out the contact form below.
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Weekend Wrap Up and Blurb Tips

Hello everyone in the blogosphere:

In today’s weekend wrap up, I talk about the goals I’ve accomplished this weekend and I share some tips for writing blurbs for your fiction. I’ll break down the notes to ponder here, but I go over them in greater detail in the podcast episode. Your Blurb elements are as follows:

* Name your main character(s).
* Briefly describe your setting.
* Name the problem your characters face.
* Provide questions to make your potential readers want more.

To hear today’s episode, visit the following link:

If you’d like to be a guest on Inspirational Journeys, you can do one of three things: Send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with “Inspirational Journeys” in the subject line, message me on social media with your name, email address and whether you’re an author, creative artist or an entrepreneur at:
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Blessings,
Ann

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Celebrating 100 Episodes of the Inspirational Journeys Podcast

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, Today I am celebrating my 100th episode of the Inspirational Journeys Podcast!

In honor of my 100th episode, I am giving away a free audible code for one of four audio books by Jen Lowry. She has graciously offered these codes to be given to four lucky winners at random. Here’s how you enter the drawing:

Please answer the following questions by Friday evening at 7 PM Eastern. I’ll announce the lucky winners on Saturday morning.

Looking back over the last 100 episodes, who was your favorite podcast guest?
what was your favorite podcast episode, and why?
Answers to either one or both of these questions will qualify you for the drawing.

You can answer the question(s) in one of four ways: send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with 100th episode giveaway in the subject line, private message me on social media, leave me a voice message at:

Or fill out the contact form below with your answers. Please let me know if you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter in your email or message. As a new list subscriber, you’ll receive a free short story.
If you leave me a voice message or private message me on social media, don’t forget to leave me your email address, so I can send you the audible code for one of Jen’s books and the access link, if you’re a lucky winner.
Thanks for being a loyal listener and have a blessed day.

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