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News and Inspiration From the Heart and a Book Launch Announcement

Dearly beloved readers in the blogosphere,

Welcome to News and Inspiration from the Heart. I will be sharing some blogposts in the coming weeks to give you a behind the scenes look into my poetry, Kidlit, and editing life.

In the meantime, I have an exciting announcement to share! My dear author friend and sister in Christ Allison Hendrix is launching  a new children’s chapter book entitled Tumdrum and the Fairyfriend Legend on November 23, 2022! You can preorder the book here.

Here’s what I want you to do: tell me what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving in the comments below. I will pick three winners at random from those who comment and you will get either a free eBook of Tumdrum and the Fairyfriend Legend.  If Children’s fairy stories isn’t your jam, that’s okay, because I also have free US and UK audible codes for my poetry book entitled The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart. Winners will be announced during Alison’s Facebook launch party, and by email on November 23rd. If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, please leave your email address in the comments, or contact me  with your response along with your email address. Be  sure to follow my blog if you haven’t already done so, because I will be posting a link to the Facebook live, so you can join in the fun.

I look forward to chatting with you soon. God Bless and happy reading.



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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Kyla Sims (AKA Author KMJ)

Today’s guest is an Indie Children’s book author, who published her first book at the age of 16. Now at age 22, she’s releasing her second book in her Duck’s First series. Keep reading and click the links below to learn more.

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.

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Kyla Sims, also known by the pseudonym KMJ, is the author of children’s literature, Duck’s
First Day of School and the young adult novel, Laws of Passion. KMJ has always had a passion for
writing. She penned her first book, featuring the popular character Duck when she was 7 years old. It was
not until KMJ turned 16 years old that she decided to pursue publishing under the advisement of her
mother Latrice.
Now at the age of 22 years old, KMJ continues to cultivate her craft and writing career. Currently,
she is in the process of releasing the next book in her Duck’s First Day series, which follows the theme of
teaching children to appreciate the differences of others. When KMJ is not publishing she enjoys
interacting with fans across social media and posting about books and publishing on her blog titled, KMJ
Book Reveals.

Book Title: Duck’s First Day of School
“Duck is entirely based on my life and my experiences growing up. I really took it from me and what I
went through going to elementary school – being scared and having those feelings.” – Kyla Sims
(Author KMJ)
Duck’s First Day of school entails the trials and tribulations that a young boy named Duck
experiences while attending school for the first time. Will Duck make new friends? Or will bullies get
in his way? If you have a child that is going to school for the first time, or is special needs, or is even
homeschooled this delightful tale is just for them. Duck relates to everyone by showing you can
conquer your fears with courage that just multiplies. In addition, children will learn to appreciate the
differences of others.

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Book Title: Duck’s First Day of Giving
Duck’s First Day of Giving entails Duck learning the importance of giving back. Also, see
what happens when a new student moves to Barnwell during giving back week. Will Duck complete
his giving mission? Or will Duck’s fear of failing prevent him from giving back to his community?
Finally, will the new student be welcomed with open arms? If you have a child that is going to school
for the first time, or is special needs, or is even homeschooled this delightful tale is just for them.
Duck relates to everyone by showing you can conquer your fears with courage that just multiplies. In
addition, children will learn to appreciate the differences of others and understand that there is
strength found in friendship.
Release date: October 5, 2019

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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 or fill out the form found at:
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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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.

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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


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


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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”.



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“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.



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.

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Connect with Karina at the following links:


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Here’s an interview with yet another talented author. She and I have so much in common. Please share and leave a comment on the original post.


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Introducing Electric Eclectic Books: A Guest post by Karen J. Mossman

Although I have posted about the Electric Eclectic books brand before, I have envited Karen J. Mossman, owner of the Magic of Stories blog, to come onto my blog and give us a full overview. Take it away, Karen.

Electric Eclectic Books

Karen J Mossman

What are they?

They are e-book novelettes by different authors and different genres.



Two reasons, 1. They can introduce you to an author you may not have discovered before and, 2. You might love reading, but don’t have a lot of time. Most of the books can be read in an evening or a weekend.


How Much?

All books are just £1/$1/E1

Where Can I get them?


They are available on Amazon, and other digital formats sites.

Tell us More?

Electric Eclectic Books are very new, launching in November last year. On May 15th we had ‘Book Blatt’ to tell everyone we are here. You may have seen posters and teasers around the Internet.

Electric Eclectic even have their own website where you can find out more, enter the quarterly competition, meet the authors and see all the books together in one place.

People are so busy these days, me included, and I love reading, but settling down to a novel is sometimes impossible. So being entertained by a shorter read is perfect. Especially as the summer is just about upon us where we travel to our holiday destinations. Many of us like to fill the journey with a book, or just read on the beach, how perfect is that? With EE books, you get a complete story and a great choice of themes.

I published my first book under this banner at the beginning of December and it was appropriately called One Christmas. I always wanted to write a Christmas story and this family drama fitted the bill perfectly.

As a multi genre writer, it is great for me to explore different themes and I am trying to work my way through as many as I can. Electric Eclectic is the perfect stage to showcase my work.

After Christmas I released my first science fiction story, Distant Time, a time travel story going back to WW2. This was closely followed by Down by The River. One I had written a long time ago after being inspired by Richard Marx’s Hazard in the 90s. I would describe it as thriller crime novel, with a touch of paranormal. Then finally I went for a soppy love story with a little twist at the end and called it A Cry in the Night.

I have plenty more ideas for EE books and look forward to getting them out there. In the meantime, I would love you to discover the many great authors that write under this banner.

Electric Eclectic Website:

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Murder Monday

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This author is one of my fellow EE Books authors, and I encourage you to purchase her books as well as my own.

Happy reading and enjoy these little quick reads.

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The Secret Behind Disappearing Amazon Reviews? | Tina Reber

via The Secret Behind Disappearing Amazon Reviews? | Tina Reber

This article brings to mind one question for all Indie authors: Is it better to get Amazon reviews or book reviews on goodreads?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, after reading the article above.

Happy reading and God bless

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Author spotlight: Sandra W. Burch

Sandra W. Burch is an award-winning poet and the author of the Seaside Series. Her work has appeared in over a dozen venues, including Piker Press, Torrid Literature Journal, Best New Poems, Room magazine and Page & Spine. She is an editor with Revival Waves Publishing. You can visit her at and connect with her on social media @sandib966 on Twitter.

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