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A YouTube channel for Book Lovers & Writers

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


Mary L. Schmidt!
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.

Mary L. Schmidt
Monday, May 20, 2019
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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.


“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.

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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:

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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 annwrites75@gmail.com 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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves 2019 – #Free book promotion

This is for all my readers who are authors and bloggers alike. I will be taking advantage of this opportunity too.

via Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves 2019 – #Free book promotion

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Come and be interviewed for my new 2019 Author Interview Series

via Come and be interviewed for my new 2019 Author Interview Series

Here’s another golden opportunity for authors to promote their work. I have already sent off an email to be interviewed.

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Personally, I have four books published, all of which I eventually published on Amazon myself, so it just goes to show you that with a little help from writer friends and a publisher who knows how to format books, we too can publish our own books independently if we are unable to work with agents and editors.

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Announcement about my new book!



Hello everyone, today I am proud to announce the release of my brand new Electric Eclectic Book entitled Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book.


If you think you don’t have time to read, think again! This is one of many charming little books that you can read on your kindle, or the kindle app on your phone, no matter whether you have five minutes, or five hours to yourself. Here’s a bit about the book, and I’ll follow this blurb with a link where the book can be purchased, and I’ll even throw in the cover for your viewing pleasure!

Happy reading and writing, and have a Blessed Friday afternoon everybody.


“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,

there are those you want to capture,

and those you want to forget.

Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”

These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in order to do the creative work God has called her to do.

After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.

During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.

After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.

Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.

Available now on amazon at the following link:


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Interview with Guest Author Mur Lafferty

Hello readers and fellow writers, today I have the pleasure of speaking with my special guest Mur Lafferty, who is an author, podcaster and editor. Before I begin my interview with her, let me give you a little introduction.

Mur Lafferty is an award-winning author (Shambling Guide to New York City, Ghost Train to New Orleans) of urban fantasy, science fiction thrillers, and nonfiction. Her latest book, Six Wakes, has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel and the Philip K. Dick and Manly Wade Wellman Awards. She has written for Star Wars (short fiction and the upcoming Solo novelization). Her nonfiction book I Should Be Writing is based off her award-winning podcast of the same name. Her other podcast, Ditch Diggers (with cohost Matt Wallace) is a two-time nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Fancast. In 2015 she was inducted into the Podcast Academy Hall of Fame.

Ann: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Mur: I’m a writer, podcaster, and editor. I’m always doing a number of projects. I live in Durham, NC with my family, two dogs and a bunch of board games. I enjoy running but only when zombies are behind me.

Ann: When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer, and what was your source of inspiration?

Mur: I always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until reading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels and Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series did I think it was a job I could have. But they were women writing about women and girls having SF/fantasy adventures, and I wanted to do that.

Ann: What tips and tricks did you learn throughout your writing journey? How have these little gems of advice helped you improve your writing or enhance your writing career?

Mur: I took some time off where I wasn’t sure I could ever improve, which was naïve and wasteful. I’ve discovered almost every cliché is true (for me, anyway.) Writing frequently is better than intermittently. Don’t edit until you’re done with the story. Writing terrible stories will still teach you things. And wisdom from the first ghostbusters movie: When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes. (Which is what I tell myself when someone has asked me if I can handle an exciting project that I doubt myself over).

Ann: Tell us a little about your most recently published book(s).

Mur: Last year I published Six Wakes, a science fiction murder mystery about clones. It’s been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, among others. I also published a nonfic book about writing based on my podcast, I Should Be Writing.

Ann: Which is harder, writing or editing? Why?

Mur: Editing, totally. I feel like I enter a sort of zone while writing and can stream story, and editing requires slowing down, focusing, and looking for problems and pondering solutions. Writing is fun. Editing is work.

Ann: Do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

Mur: The novelization for the movie Solo: A Star Wars story comes out September 4!

Ann: What advice do you have for inspiring authors and new writers?

Mur: Keep writing and don’t quit. Every crappy story you write is like a step up the staircase toward being a better writer. Hard work beats talent, because talent will often quit once things stop being easy.

Ann: What are your reading habits and how have they influenced your writing career today?

Mur: I listen to audiobooks mostly, ever since I started listening to audio fiction via podcasts in 2005. I’m not sure how they directly influence my writing, except that I know that stopping reading will make my writing worse. You always need to “fill the well,” as it were.

Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?

Mur: People can find me via my website at


and they can follow me on twitter at


Thanks for stopping by my blog for a brief Chat, Mur. I know you are a very busy woman, and I wish you much success.

As for you readers out there, all I can say is check out I should be writing and Ditch Diggers, I love these podcasts myself. If you’d like to be a guest on my blog, simply fill out the contact form, which is the third page you’ll see when you hop onto my site. Send me your name, email address, a link to your website if you have one, and let me know what type of writing you love to do, and I will send you the same interview questions, so you and I can have a virtual cup of coffee while we chat.

Happy writing, and God bless.

Photo: curtesy of JR Blackwell

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Don’t throw out the baby! Why #Amazon doesn’t want your #BookReviews

via Don’t throw out the baby! Why #Amazon doesn’t want your #BookReviews


This is why we indie authors can’t get honest reviews on Amazon, because they are so strict with their review policy. I can’t even review vooks that I ordered for free, or bought with an amazon gift card. Please share this, and if you really want to review a book, my suggestion is that you review it on Goodreads.


My Camp NaNoWriMo experience

Hello everybody,
I kept you updated about my NaNoWriMo experience, and my WIP, but I did not tell you about my camp NaNoWriMo experience. Well, I do want to say that camp NaNoWriMo was a bit slower paced than the writing I Did for NaNoWriMo. I personally worked on two projects, even though you can only put in the WIP for one particular project.

My Main Project

The first project I worked on and updated my word count for was a novel called A Journey of Faith: The Chosen Path, Book 1. This is the first book of my Chosen path series that I started writing ideas for last year.
Let me tell you a little about the inspiration behind this novel. After my divorce, and even after I came back to live with my parents, I had dreams about climbing. I started reading books about mountain climbing, beginning with Savage Summit, a book about five women who climbed Mount K2, and either died while climbing this mountain, or died climbing other mountains such as Everest.
Late last year, I had an idea that was given to me by the Holy Spirit to write such a novel. Little did I know until I spoke to my brother’s friend about the book, that I didn’t have a real reason for Becca Martin’s journey. This is the reason I started rewriting this book, because as Jim and I talked, I discovered that there was something missing in my book and it was going in all different directions. The ideas came to me, and I was rewriting parts of my book well into the night. That’s why I can say on my twitter feed that my best writing happens after midnight.I’ll explain more about how I was inspired to create such characters, and you can also get some of this information from my recent character interviews I posted here. I will tell you though, that my novel was originally over 100k words, and now it’s down to 62k or so.

My Secondary Project

On the side, I started working on a book called Embracing the Healing Power of Music: Seven Steps for finding your way out of the Darkness and into the Light, with God’s Gift of Song. I started this project a couple of years ago, because I personally found Music to be a God Given source of healing after I was emotionally abused by my ex-husband and his family.
When I told a friend about this idea, she told me that it would take years for me to write this book because I would have to become a music therapist first. Little did I know, that I had the expertise through my own experience, and education from the school of life, and my extensive research, until I participated in a teleseminar hosted by global visibility expert Nikki Woods, called Write Your Way to Success. After the seminar, I woke up feeling overwhelmed and inspired to write this book.

Call to Action

Here’s what I need you all to do after reading about my experiences. If you have any experience with finding music as a source of healing, and you want to share your story, please leave a comment or email me at annwrites75@gmail.com.
I could also use your help to get these books published, all you have to do at the moment is vote for A Journey of Faith at tinyurl.com/qe2wwtf and Embracing the Healing Power of Music at tinyurl.of6popv.
Thanks for sticking with me throughout this long post, but I thought I’d share with you a little about the projects I’m working on and what inspired me to write them around camp NaNoWriMo.