Special Book Feature: Real Love by Elizabeth Hartey

Today’s book feature is for the romantic at heart. I hope you enjoy today’s book and as always, please leave an honest review .
Hugs,
Ann

Book title:

Reel Love

Author’s name:

Elizabeth Hartey

Description”

Sometimes you land a great job, meet your soul mate and live happily ever after – nothing else required. This isn’t one of those times.
Annie Caslo is a successful young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is, until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunitites and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several dearly departed film icons.
Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the life and love she already has – unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

Purchase link:

About the Author:

Elizabeth lives and writes in Pennsylvania.

As a lover of the northeast USA, Elizabeth and her husband moved to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is, of course, the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When she’s not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys swimming, knitting, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, and spending time with her family.

Connect with Elizabeth at the following links:
https://www.elizabethhartey.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Reel-Love-1826632230886768
https://www.facebook.com/EHarteyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014957197382
https://drlizblog.wordpress.com

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Prep Talk

Hello Bloggers and WriMos in the blogosphere,
First of all, I’d like to welcome all my new followers over the past few months! Thanks for stopping by the blog, may my posts, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos be entertaining and valuable to you in your author/blogging journey.

There are four days until NaNoWriMo starts on Friday November 1st. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to create an account and announce your NaNoWriMo project at:
https://www.nanowrimo.org
If you’d like to hang out with my friend Tish Bouvier and me, and talk about your writing goals for NaNoWriMo, log onto twitter and search for the #nanocafe hashtag. I’ll see you there!

Don’t forget, if you don’t reach 50,000 words by November 30, you’re still a winner, because you’ve got more words than you had when you started. However, if you surpass the 50k word goal, you’re a winner, too. To listen to my NaNoWriMo prep talk episode of Inspirational Journeys, click here:

Blessings,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan

Today’s guest is a fantasy author, a freelance writer and a delightful person. Click on the following links to hear today’s fun and engaging conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan!
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?
ERIN SWAN
WHEN?
Thursday, October 24, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ERIN SWAN…

Erin Swan was born in a small farming town and grew up travelling around the country for her father’s military career. In all the change, books became her constant companions. She received a BA in English from BYU, and began a career as a copywriter and editor. After marrying her first love and having a daughter, she transitioned to freelance writing and editing.
About this time, with the help of the team at Inkitt, Erin received her contract from Tor and saw her dream of publication finally coming to life. She now resides in Utah with her husband, their daughter, and their dog. She continues running her freelance business, and when not working on her novel, she enjoys running with her daughter and dog, and playing video games with her husband.

Erin’s book is entitled Bright Star

Description:

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land―or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.
A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.
Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion―a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes―and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

Purchase link:

Connect with Erin at the following links:
Website:
https://erinswan2014.wixsite.com/erinswan

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

Twitter:

Instagram:
http://www.instagram.com/erin.swan

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.

this is the cover art for my podcast

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 Derek Doepker

The following interview is full of tips and advice for authors at all levels. Be sure to have a notebook, journal, or digital notes ap handy. If you’re driving when you’re listening to this, Please be sure to come back to the podcast episode often so you can capture as many notes as possible.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special guest Interview with Derek Doepker!
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?
DEREK DOEPKER
WHEN?
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR DEREK DOEPKER…

Derek Doepker is a former aspiring rockstar turned seven-time #1 bestselling author. He discovered a proven process that took him from struggling author to selling over 75,000 books. Now he shares this process with experts and aspiring authors to turn their knowledge into a bestselling book.
Visit Derek’s website:
BestsellerSecrets.com
To get his book entitled, Why Authors Fail, for free. While you’re there, sign up for his newsletter packed full of author tips.

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.

this is the cover art for my podcast

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 Lisa Sniderman (AKA Aoede

I was surprised that I have several commonalities with today’s special guest. Continue reading to learn more about Aoede.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman!
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?
LISA SNIDERMAN
WHEN?
Monday, October 21, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR LISA SNIDERMAN…

Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, author, filmmaker from San Francisco who obsessively creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Lisa’s mission is to be a light and a muse by inspiring, engaging, empowering, connecting with, encouraging, and supporting young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges, and abilities through original art and music. Her new memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. Lisa founded an online community of artists creating to heal and collaborated with more than 50 artists who are also creating to heal, culminating in an online video showcase and live multi-media performances in December 2018.

Today’s featured book is entitled A Light in the Darkness
Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude

Description:

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:
When life throws us curveballs; when we’ve lost our inspiration because of a significant change in health status, and if we live day in and day out with a chronic disease or disability, it’s tempting to want to give up our dreams, to play the victim. It’s easy to succumb to discouragement, self-pity, or even despair. But dreams and significant health challenges aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m a living example. We can live with hope, passion, and joy, even if the shape and substance of our dreams have changed!

Connect with Lisa at the following links:

Websites and social media:

Front Page


doyoubelieveinmagic.info
whataredreamsmadeof.com
isloveafairytale.com
aoedemuse.com
facebook.com/aoedemusemusic
twitter.com/aoedemuse

youtube.com/aoedemuse

Author Page on Crimson Cloak:
http://crimsoncloakpublishing.com/lisa-sniderman.html

Amazon Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Sniderman/e/B07H1XTQ9K/

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.

this is the cover art for my podcast

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

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Original Poetry: The Joy of NaNoWriMo

Hello wordsmiths, Wrimos, storytellers and writing gurus,
Today I have a poem I wrote to get you geared up for NaNoWriMo, which starts in fifteen days! Enjoy my tribute to this exciting challenge for novice and expert writers alike. Happy plotting, pantsing, plantsing and writing.
Huts,
Ann

November has been set aside
for national novel writing.
Writers from around the world
Find this month exciting.

Novices and experts
Race against the clock
Words are counted every day
As time goes by, tick-tock

Will you get your 50k
Or will you fall behind
Writing your first draft
As November unwinds.

If you don’t reach the monthly goal,
Don’t worry, you’re still a winner
To celebrate your daily word count
Why not go out with friends for dinner!

Come join your fellow WriMos
A story you must tell,
Write something new, revise something old
Break the rules and rebel!.

The pressure’s on, the steaks are high
To get those precious words penned down
You’re not alone in your writing stride,
For writers hale from far and near,
You may find some in your own home town.

Will you come along with me,
My beloved writing friend
And join this challenge in November?
The furious writing doesn’t end
Until the first day of December.

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Original Poetry: The Window to My Writing World

When you open my window
What will you see?
Pages and words
Dotted with bits of me.

Ideas that flow like raindrops
upon a fresh blank page
Words that will forever
Last from age to age.

These ideas I must write down,
For I mustn’t forget,
Each story has new characters
Whom I’ve never met.

They bring about plot twists and turns
Upon my mental movie screen,
It’s hard to know which scene comes first,
My characters play them out so well,
I have to write them in short bursts.

I mold, shape and revise each scene
developing them into. a book
for when you turn each beautiful page
you have a chance to take a look
through the window of my writing world.

The poem above, was inspired by one of the following three writing prompts I talk about in today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys.
1. Do writers bleed ink?
2. What would happen if you built a world where words appeared from out of nowhere? Where would they come from and what trials would your characters face to find the source of these mysterious words?
3. What would people see if they looked through the window to your writing world.

You can listen to the podcast episode here:

Hugs,
Ann

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