author interviews, indie author promotions, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Mary L. Schmidt

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Mary L. Schmidt!
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 L. Schmidt
WHEN?
Monday, May 20, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube Link:

Podcast Link:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR MARY L. SCHMIDT

M. Schmidt is a retired registered nurse who won many awards in her career, a member of the Catholic Church, and has taught kindergarten Catechism. She has worked in various capacities for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son Gene is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored¬ trips for high-school children’s music. She loves all forms of art, but mostly focuses on the visual arts, such as amateur photography, traditional, and graphic art as her disabilities allow. She has written 17 books. More recently, she loves to devote precious time with her grandchildren and husband Michael. Contact her at ShaneGeneSamuel@gmail.com.

Gene D. Donley is a member of the Catholic Church and has helped his Mom with The American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. He is an Eagle Scout who earned all his badges working up the ladder through Cub and Boy Scouts and ex-asst den leader.

Featured book: Sammy: Hero At Age Five, written by M. Schmidt & Gene D. Donley.

Description:

“Kids can get hungry sometimes while on chemo,” says five-year-old Sammy, having a good day despite the malignant tumor invading his brain. Based on true events from the 1980s, Sammy’s story is imagined by his mother and brother as if the young boy might tell it himself. The result is gripping. Told in two parts, Sammy’s account first invites us into the everyday middle-American lives of a mom and her two boys. Sammy is a sweet, good-hearted kid, even as he faces the most difficult challenges in Part 2: “Cancer Arrived.” Here Sammy talks us through hospital trips and procedures, the hardest parts as well as moments of simple joy. It is not always possible to survive such a grim diagnosis, so Sammy and his family must embrace the smaller victories from one day to the next. Finally, our young hero is given one last opportunity to find his own unique path toward triumph. Listen closely as Sammy tells us all what matters most.

Purchase link:

Reader Quotes:

“..point of view of a five-year-old boy ..main focus ..is to relay the love he has for his family and how grateful he was to spend every minute he could with them.”
“This story was written in such a way that it really feels like there is a five-year-old boy telling it to you.”
“…will keep you captivated right along with Sammy as he unfolds his story about a horrific battle with cancer.”
“Sammy was a feisty little thing with a huge heart and desire to achieve his goals, and his relationship with Jesus was incredible for someone so little.”
“I highly recommend this book to families facing such trials. I know they would gather courage and inspiration along with an appreciation of life on earth and what awaits them in heaven with Jesus by reading Sammy’s story.”

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
Blog:
https://whenangelsfly.net
Twitter:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mary.schmidt.50
Facebook Author Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MMSchmidtAuthorGDDonley
Amazon Author Page:

Art Gallery:
http://MSchmidtProductions.deviantart.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

book reviews, podcasting, Uncategorized

Book Review of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Please listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Book review of the last lecture  https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Book-review-of-the-last-lecture-e3q7ah

 

In this episode I give a book review of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and my thoughts on what he had to say about living your childhood dreams, along with his quotes and my revelation by the Holy Spirit about brick walls. Brick walls have been placed in our path as God’s way of testing how badly we want to succeed and how hard we are willing to fight to push through them to do His blessed will.

 

I also give recommendations for two books: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell and Fly a Little Higher: How a Mom’s Small Prayer was Answered in a Big Way by Laura Sobiech. All three books I mention in either the episode itself or the podcast description, can be found at all the major online eBook retailers, including Amazon.

 

I hope you enjoy this Spirit led episode and I pray that it blesses you just as much to hear it, as it has blessed me to record it. Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and visiting my website. You guys have a blessed day.

 

author interviews, indie author promotions, podcasting, Uncategorized

A featured book and a guest interview

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Today I am excited to feature one of two versions of the same book. I was going to do a double feature this week, but I didn’t want to make my post overly long and I figured that you’d get more enjoyment out of seeing each author featured. Therefore, this week I have a special treat for you.

Toxic profile pic KK

This week’s  featured book is entitled Toxic – Adult Edition, written by Karina Kantas. I had the pleasure of interviewing Karina on my podcast.

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Interview with Karina Kantas https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Interview-with-Karina-Kantas-e3pjc7

 

You can also watch the interview on YouTube at the following link:

 

Toxic cover KK.jpg

Description:   Lexi isn’t your normal Malok. She craves adventure and freedom from the mundane life forced upon her. 100 years ago, the first drop of acid rain fell. Maloks fled to the mountains, building a new way of life—a desolate life—a life Lexi knows all too well.

Lexi has a plan, her ticket out of this miserable existence, becoming a ranger. Aron, her partner, believes she’s not strong enough to fight alongside him. Lexi will stop at nothing, no matter what the danger, to achieve her independence, even if that means defying him.

Amidst everything, Marcus, Lexi’s childhood best friend makes a sudden return. Before she can rejoice in a reunion, her happiness is crushed when she sees Mae, the bully that had terrorized her in her teens. Marcus was aware of the mental abuse Lexi had suffered and yet the person she loved and the person she hated the most, stand before her, together.

“A powerful dystopian thriller that captures the heart and imagination”.

 

 

Purchase link:

http://www.books2read.com/ToxicAE

 

 

Excerpt:

“Lexi,” greeted the young medic.

“Hey, Sha.” Lexi smiled.

She walked past Sha and sat down on a stool, took a sterile cloth, and wiped away the dead skin, causing her to take an intake of breath. No matter how many times she had been burnt there was no way to get used to that kind of pain.

As she reached for a jar of Dozax paste, Sha spoke. “You’ve been outside again, haven’t you?”

Lexi didn’t answer at first, as she felt the wonderful relief as the paste went to work, taking away the pain and healing the burn. The skin immediately started to regenerate and within moments all that was left on her hand was a green coloured dye, which would eventually fade. Still, Lexi needed to wear a patch that had a tiny spot of Dozax cream to complete the treatment. It was dangerous for any Malok to use Dozax in its pure form. Everything had to be diluted.

“You are such a strange Malok,” Sha said, shaking her head.

Lexi smiled. “I can’t help it. I’d go crazy if I was cooped up here forever.”

“Has your ranger training started?” Sha asked.

Lexi’s grin was wide. “Not yet. At the end of the week,” she answered, still not believing she had been accepted into the academy. “Okay, I’m done,” she said and then jumped off the stool. “See you tomorrow.”

“Oh wait. You have four inoculations to do tomorrow.”

“Four?” Lexi questioned.

“Yes, some Maloks arrived last night with the new commander.”

“Oh, yes I forgot about Jow. So sad. He was nice as a commander, and so approachable and happy all the time, you know?”

“Yeah,” Sha agreed and then giggled. “Remember when he came and said he wanted to learn basic aid? Oh my, he was so funny.”

Lexi laughed as she remembered that day and how he always made her smile. “See even now, just thinking of the late commander makes us happy. He left a great legacy behind.”

“He sure did. Let’s just hope the new one can live up to that.”

“Okay, I’m off. See you tomorrow, Sha.”

“I will have the Dozax jabs ready for you in the incubator,” Sha called.

“Super! Thanks,” Lexi mumbled.

Lexi still couldn’t get that sad day out of her mind. She even had to visit the Charmer to talk and get closure. The loss of Commander Jow was hard for everyone. A party of fifteen went out that day and only two returned. Lexi wished for peace every day, but the only way that would happen was if the Outcasts and the Maloks agreed to share.

She shook her head. Of course, that would never happen, she was kidding herself. Outcasts needed the Terra leaves to feed their addiction. Never mind that this amazing plant could cure pain, protect the body from germs, Illness and normal medical problems that come from age and a weary body. She couldn’t imagine how life used to be when young people would die, because they didn’t know the secret of the plant and the properties it possessed. So, sad, she thought, as she quickly made her way back to the residence she shared with Aron.

Everyone assumed that Lexi and Aron would marry and settle down. Her friends certainly thought so, and at the start, so did Lexi. Only now she had woken up, and the adventurous Lexi wanted so much more from life and becoming a ranger was a step in the right direction.

 

PROLIFIC AUTHOR (004)

About the Author:

 

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, OUTLAW and the loved romantic fantasy duology, Illusional Reality. She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working overtime, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction.

There are many layers to Karina’s writing style and voice, as you will see in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Tales and in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans, giving them another glimpse into her warped mind.

When Karina isn’t busy working on her next bestseller, she’s a publicist, author manager and VA. She’s also the host of the popular radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network.

bw profile pic KK

Connect with Karina at the following links:

 

Facebook:

https://bit.ly/FBFPKK – FB

 

Instagram

http://bit.ly/INSTKK –

 

Twitter

http://bit.ly/TwittKK –

 

Website

http://bit.ly/BLOGKK –

 

Goodreads

http://bit.ly/KKGRE –

http://bit.ly/KarinaKantas  – Amazon author page
http://eepurl.com/daKief –  Mailing list sign up

 

Call to action

 

Would you like to be a guest on my podcast Inspirational Journeys? Would you like to have your book featured on my blog? If so, please do one of the following: send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with either featured book of the week or inspirational journeys in the subject line, or fill out the form on my website at

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.

I challenge you today to let me help you promote your book or your author brand.

 

I challenge you today, to go out there and read to get inspired, write something inspiring and share your creation with the world. For when you’ve touched one life, you’ve touched a thousand. Thanks for following, liking, sharing and commenting on my blog. You guys have a blessed week ahead.

indie author promotions, Uncategorized

Featured Book of the Week: A New Summer Garden: An Electric Eclectic Novelette by Paul White

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed my featured books about poetry. I posted these previous books in honor of National Poetry month. This week, we are working our way back to short fiction with a special featured book which launched on Wednesday April tenth. Without further ado, let’s highlight our new Electric Eclectic book.

NSGprom2

This week I am proud to feature a book entitled A New Summer Garden: An Electric Eclectic Novelette written by Paul White.

 

Description:

 

A crime drama. Sam was a down and almost out, with little prospect for the future when he meets Rachelle, the beautiful wife of the philanderous Peter, the kingpin of an international criminal business empire.

When Peter catches Sam ‘in flagrante’ with Rachelle, he ensures Sam’s simple life becomes complicated.

What happens next takes Sam on a surreal path, where the only plausible outcome is for Sam to end up in prison or dead… most probably both.

 

Please note, the following excerpt contains language and subject matter that some may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised.

 

Excerpt:

 

I have never played poker before. The only game I played with cards was ‘Snap’ when I was a child and I usually lost then. Yet somehow, by one o’clock in the morning, there was a great pile of money in front of me, bunches of twenty and fifty-pound notes.

Things were looking good.

By three o’clock my entire wad of cash was gone. So was my original three hundred pounds stake money Peter gave me.

It had all gone tits-up.

The game was wound up at four o’clock and I was in the shit. I was left with five IOU’s, totalling five thousand seven hundred and twenty pounds. The debt belonged to the two Kosovans and the big Russian, with a few hundred owing to the three Polish fellows.

They said I had one month to come up with the cash or pay with my kneecaps.

Peter laughed aloud saying it was the best three hundred pounds investment he had made in years. In fact, he said, he often paid twice that amount to fuck one of his poxy little whores.

I knew then I had been fucked over. Again.

But this was not the end of the night. Oh no, things were to get a little more complicated than just being stitched up by a jealous husband and owing a gambling debt to a bunch of unstable, possibly ex KGB type, gangsters.

It was from this point on things began to get a little bit dark.

Very dark.

Pitch black.

 

Purchase link:

http://authl.it/az2

 

About the Author

 

Paul White is a prolific storyteller, a wordsmith, tale weaver and an International bestselling author.

He writes from his Yorkshire home, situated near a quiet market town in the East Ridings.

Paul has published several books, from full-length novels to short story collections, poetry, children’s books, semi-fiction, non-fiction & military social history.

Paul has published several books, from full-length novels to short story collections, poetry, children’s books, semi-fiction, non-fiction & military social history.

He also contributes to various collective anthologies.

You can learn more about Paul, his current works-in-progress, artworks, photography and other projects, by visiting his website:

http://paulznewpostbox.wix.com/paul

 

Paul is the founder of Electric Eclectic books, of which this, A New Summer Garden is one.

You can find all the Electric Eclectic books and introductions to the other Electric Eclectic authors by visiting the website:

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

 

Like Paul on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/paulwhitewriter

 

and follow him on twitter:

https://twitter.com/fluffybunnypj

 

Call to action

 

If you have a book you’d like featured on my blog, you can do one of two things. You can fill out the contact form found at the following link:

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact

or you can send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with “Featured Book of the Week” in the subject line.

Once I receive your email, I will gladly send you my featured book of the week questionnaire, as either an attached word document or pasted in the body of an email, if you prefer. Along with the filled-out questionnaire, please send any photos you’d like me to add as either JPG or PNG attachments, as I am unable to paste a photo onto my blog that has been inserted into the body of an email.

 

Until next time, happy reading and have a blessed week ahead.

#AmReading, #amwriting, Uncategorized

Leaving behind a piece of your soul in your writing

When you read books, do you find the little nuggets of inspiration the author has left behind? Why not use that inspiration to leave behind a part of your soul in your own writing.

Here’s a post that explains what I’m talking about in greater detail. Please like, share and comment on the original blog.

Via

What If Every Book You Read Offers You a Piece of Another Writer’s Soul?

 

Y’all have a blessed one and continue to make progress on your current WIP.

indie author promotions, Uncategorized

Featured Book of the Week: Words of Life: Poems and Essays by Ann Chiappetta

Hello everyone,

Thanks to all of you who commented on Joan Myles’s book last week. This week I have another fabulous book of poetry to share with you.

words of life ebook cover

Our featured book of the week is entitled Words of Life: Poems and Essays, written by Ann Chiappetta

 

Description:

Beautifully and powerfully, the author writes about both the light and dark sides of life. Here are poems and essays about nature, blindness, social isolation, families, dogs, delightful scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first book, Upwelling, there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever.

 

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Words+of+Life%3A+Poems+and+Essays&qid=1554404844&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Excerpt:

 

The writing muscle

 

Pumps ideas from gray matter

 

The writing muscle

Is a narsisist

Caring not for other obligations

Pouting when ignored

 

The muscle

requires attention,

exercise, nurturing

 

Sometimes it even demands control like

Symbiotic partnerships

 

And then, like the actions

Demanded by a well pumped

bicep or quadriceps

It will tremble with effort and delight

Overtake the writer’s chore list

 

Odorous Laundry piles ignored

Phone calls delayed

And an occasional burnt dinner entrée

fall victim

To the whims of

The Schwarzenegger Muse.

 

A Profile no glasses cropped.jpg

About the Author:

 

Ann Chiappetta M.S. is an author   and poet.  Her writing has been featured in many small press publications and collegiate journals. Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine. And her poems are often featured in Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow.  Her first collection, UPWELLING: POEMS and FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST, released in 2016 and 2017, are available in both eBook and print formats from:

www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/.

 

 

Connect with Ann at the following links:

 

blog:

http://www.thought-wheel.com

personal website:

www.annchiappetta.com

 

Social links:

https://twitter.com/Anniedungarees

https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta

 

Call to Action:

 

If you’d like to have a book featured on my blog, please fill out the form at the following link:

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact

or send an email to:

annwrites75@gmail.com

with “featured book of the week” in the subject line, and I’ll be happy to send you my questionnaire.

Until next time, God bless you and may you find your next great read.

book reviews, Uncategorized

Review of my book entitled A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

Today I have a special treat for you. Trish Hubschman has graciously offered to review my full length novel entitled A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. Take it away, Trish!

 

Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones mystery by Ann Harrison is Christian/inspirational fiction.

Becca is climbing a mountain, which was a favorite pastime of hers when she was a child. She hasn’t climbed since she was twelve. Sixteen years earlier, she witnessed something horrific when she was on top of the mountain. She can’t recall what the occurrence was, but she has been haunted by it ever since. Now, she’s trying to face her fears, find her faith again and hopefully, discover what happened all those years ago and lay it to rest.

 

I sat on the edge of my seat with Journey. Ann draws out the suspense perfectly. There’s even a budding romance and a cliffhanger. I can’t wait till the sequel comes out.

 

Thanks Trish for such a wonderful and honest review. If you’d like to read Becca’s story, you may do so by going to the following universal link and picking up your copy at your favorite online book store:

ooks2read.com/u/ba0n96
However, if paperback is your style, you may find this book at the following link:
Until next time, happy reading and writing. May you all have a blessd Sunday afternoon.