author interviews

#InspirationalJourneys Presents: Jen Lowry Returns to Talk About Her New Book Entitled Off Beat

My special guest returns for an in depth discussion of her new book entitled Off Beat. Follow the links below to hear the story behind Jen’s new novel, which was released on February 1, 2020
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

JEN LOWRY RETURNS TO TALK ABOUT OFF BEAT!
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?
JEN LOWRY
WHEN?
Sunday, February 2, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR JEN LOWRY…

Jen Lowry lives outside of Raleigh, North Carolina and is a proud native of Robeson County. She is the author of a YA contemporary fiction novel, Sweet Potato Jones (2020 with Swoon Romance) and a list of other bestselling novels. Check out her fifteen published books and counting. You’ll find her enjoying every second of life spent with her family (preferably in pajamas). If you ask her what she’s reading it’s probably more than one book. Learn more about Jen at http://www.jenlowrywrites.com and follow her online @jenlowrywrites.

Jen’s featured book is entitled Off Beat

Description:

Mary Oxendine is on top of the charts and should be on top of the world. For the past five years, she’s gained millions of fans, adoring her every move as she rocks the stage as Mary Bella. They don’t know she’s hurting. No one knows just how much she’s losing parts of herself. She’s angry. She’s bitter. Will she compromise it all for fame or will she have the courage to face the true music within?

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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:
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book reviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Book Review of Cassandra and the Cowboy by Janine Mick Wills

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, Today I have a special treat for you. I am reprising a book feature from a blog post I did on July 9, 2019. However, instead of an interview, I will link my book review of the featured novel below.

Book Title:

Cassandra and the Cowboy: Texas Treasures book 1

Written by Janine Mick Wills

Book description:

Cassandra Pickett is one prayer away from giving up on God. The tragic death of her father and the devastating results of the Great Drought of 1886 have centered the family ranch, the Triple P, in the crosshairs of the Goose Neck Ridge Bank of Texas. Desperate to save the Triple P, Cassandra sees only one option: marriage to Phillip Brigham, her neighbor and local cattle baron, who promises to repay her father’s loan. When the enigmatic Matt Atkins shows up looking for a job, Cassandra wonders if the cowboy could be the answer to her prayer instead. As they work side by side, Cassandra’s feelings for Matt deepen, and she envisions the possibility of marrying for love and not out of necessity. But her dreams are shattered when she discovers Matt harbors a hidden agenda for the Triple P. Will Cassandra have to turn to Phillip after all, or will God take the shards of her broken dreams and create something far beyond what she could ever hope for?

Purchase link:
Available in Kindle and paperback

To hear my audio book review, listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Book review of Cassandra and the cowboy by Janine Mick wills

About the author:

As far back as she can remember, Janine Mick Wills, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has loved the Lord and the written word. A former pastor’s wife, she now resides in South Carolina with her retired Air Force husband, where she heads the ladies’ ministry at her church and fills every spare minute writing for the glory of God. Janine considers a Child of the King to be her most important title, but she also enjoys being called a wife, a mom, and a mamaw to seven grandchildren.

Connect with Janine at the following links:
janinemickwills.com
Janine Mick Wills – Writing for the Glory of God (Facebook)
Janine Mick Wills – Author (Twitter)
Janine Mick Wills – Author/Writer (Pinterest)

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author interviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys presents: Special Guest Interview with Janine Wills

Today’s guest is the author of a Christian Romance series, set in Texas during the 1880s. Listen as we discuss her writing process and how she became inspired to write this western style series.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

JANINE WILLS!
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?
Janine Mick Wills
WHEN?
Tuesday July 9, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR JANINE WILLS…

As far back as she can remember, Janine Mick Wills, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has loved the Lord and the written word. A former pastor’s wife, she now resides in South Carolina with her retired Air Force husband, where she heads the ladies’ ministry at her church and fills every spare minute writing for the glory of God. Janine considers a Child of the King to be her most important title, but she also enjoys being called a wife, a mom, and a mamaw to seven grandchildren.

Her featured book is entitled: Cassandra and the Cowboy (The first novel in Texas Treasures, a three-book inspirational series)

Book description:

Cassandra Pickett is one prayer away from giving up on God. The tragic death of her father and the devastating results of the Great Drought of 1886 have centered the family ranch, the Triple P, in the crosshairs of the Goose Neck Ridge Bank of Texas. Desperate to save the Triple P, Cassandra sees only one option: marriage to Phillip Brigham, her neighbor and local cattle baron, who promises to repay her father’s loan. When the enigmatic Matt Atkins shows up looking for a job, Cassandra wonders if the cowboy could be the answer to her prayer instead. As they work side by side, Cassandra’s feelings for Matt deepen, and she envisions the possibility of marrying for love and not out of necessity. But her dreams are shattered when she discovers Matt harbors a hidden agenda for the Triple P. Will Cassandra have to turn to Phillip after all, or will God take the shards of her broken dreams and create something far beyond what she could ever hope for?

Purchase link:
Available in Kindle and paperback

Excerpt:
Planting her hands on her hips, she looked up into the cowboy’s amused eyes. “Do you have any idea what you just did?”
“Beggin’ your pardon, ma’am, I thought I chased off an unwanted varmint. Aren’t ya glad I arrived when I did?”
Cassandra caught the word yes before it slipped from her lips.
The cowboy stepped closer. “In my opinion, that fellow needed his plow cleaned.”
“I did not ask for your opinion nor did I ask you to barge up here and interfere.”
“Well, I didn’t exactly barge, ma’am. My horse just trotted here. And I didn’t think savin’ a damsel in distress was interferin’.” He thrust a hand under her chin. “Let’s try again. My name’s Matthew Atkins, but my friends call me Matt.”
When Cassandra eyed his outstretched hand, he chuckled. “Ma’am, your name?”
“Stop calling me ma’am. My name is Cassandra Jane Pickett, and I am not a damsel in distress.”
“Plum nice to meet ya, Cassandra Jane.” Matt’s eyes twinkled a merry blue. “I meant no harm callin’ you a damsel, but you did look a wee bit in distress.”
Cassandra tried to flounce past the cowboy, but he sidestepped and blocked her path. She pulled a wry face and tried again, but this time, she tripped on the hem of her dress. Matt’s arms snaked out and caught her, his calloused thumbs brushing the inside of her wrists. Cassandra fought the quiver edging up her back.
“Would you kindly unhand me?” she asked, breaking free from his hold.
“Whoa there. Would you mind tellin’ me why you’re as upset as a prairie hen dunked sideways in the river? Where I come from, a man who doesn’t protect a woman’s honor isn’t worth spittin’ on.”
“My honor was fully under control, thank you, and I did not need your help, and I certainly don’t want your spit.”
“I don’t mean to feed your fire, ma’am, but things looked different from where I stood.”
“Maybe you should stand someplace else.”
Matt shuffled a step to his left and presented a maddening grin. “How about over here? Better?”
“That’s not what I meant, and you know it.” She stomped a foot. “Are all men so aggravating?”
“I’ll be the first to admit we men have our moments. But the one I chased off didn’t deserve a moment or the time of day.”

Connect with Janine at the following links:
janinemickwills.com
Janine Mick Wills – Writing for the Glory of God (Facebook)
Janine Mick Wills – Author (Twitter)
Janine Mick Wills – Author/Writer (Pinterest)

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

author interviews, podcasting, publishing

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Annie Acorn

Today’s guest is a multi-faceted author, who also owns her own publishing company. You might want to get a notebook or open up your digital notebook for this one, because it’s packed with a lot of useful information for aspiring authors. Keep reading to learn more about my guest and to hear our lovely conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


Annie Acorn!
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?
Annie Acorn
WHEN?
Thursday June 27, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ANNIE ACORN…

Annie Acorn is a prolific, internationally beloved author, whose readership recognizes her mainly for her women’s fiction, cozy mysteries and richly woven stories with a warm southern flair, such as Chocolate Can Kill and her Luna Lake Cabins – The First Year, the first entry in her acclaimed, romantic, women’s fiction series. She writes her romantic women’s fiction/family saga Captain’s Point Stories series as Charlotte Kent. She is a founding member of From Women’s Pens – A Cooperative of Women Writers.
Annie is the mother of two sons. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has done extensive technical writing as a contractor.
She owned a tri-state medical outsourcing business for a number of years and was the Director of a behavioral healthcare firm. She once flipped a comic book and collectible retail company comprised of five stores, and she has managed cemeteries and funeral homes. She is the owner of Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC.
Ms. Acorn has published in The Inspirational Writer, and she edited an in-house publication for the State of Mississippi. She is a contributor of ezine articles.
In her spare time, Ms. Acorn enjoys reading, writing mysteries and romantic women’s fiction, listening to classical music, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends – often at a restaurant serving delicious food.
Annie is the author of the blog at annieacorn.com. You can friend her on Facebook and tweet her at @Annie_Acorn or at @CharlotteKent20, which she shares with Juliette Hill. She will respond to your email sent to annieacorn11@gmail.com, and she invites you to visit her AAPub author’s pages at:
https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/annie-acorn and https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/charlotte-kent

Featured book: Two Reservations for Christmas (Luna Lake Cabins Stories Book 7)

Book description:
For centuries, Luna Lake and its surrounding natural beauty have been a source of comfort to those who have made their way to its shore. Now, Sean Adams and Liz Chambers have each returned to the cabins they knew as children, both seeking to escape painful memories from their pasts.
Three oranges, a puzzle, and a sharing of confidences result in a bond of friendship between the two, but Christmas isn’t about friendship or escape. It’s about love and all of its promise. Together, can they find their way to the paths forward they seek?
In her Luna Lake Cabins novel Two Reservations for Christmas, internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens author and publisher Annie Acorn once again weaves a warm-hearted tale of strength and survival, filled with the southern charm and Christmas spirit for which she is known.
Some stories are born classics, destined to be experienced over and over again. You don’t want to miss this one!

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

A few minutes later, the owner of Luna Lake Cabins hit the Save icon on the Reservations page before him and let out a chuckle, as he admired the view across the kitchen presented by his wife, who was removing a sheet of homemade chocolate chip cookies from the oven.
“What?” She glanced his way, once she had set the hot tray on the stovetop.
“You know how I am about single reservations that are made one right after the other – one by a man and one by a woman.” He sent her a grin as he counted off on his fingers. “Two young people, both familiar with the area, one male, one female, male sounding a bit lost, female stating she has some serious thinking to do.”
“And from this you infer that these supposed strangers are both looking for love and are perfect for each other.” She crossed the room, pleased when he reached out and pulled her onto his lap.
“No, to this I add on the fact that both of them will be spending the next four days as the only guests at the Cabins and they’re bound to run into each other.” He bent his head and nuzzled her neck.
“Which, of course, means they will both experience immediate connections, one with the other.” She kept their banter going. “What an incurable romantic you are.”
“Maybe not immediate connections,” he admitted, before he dropped a light kiss just beneath her left ear. “But they obviously have at least some things in common, because they’re both coming here on what most folks would consider a family weekend.”
“True.” She straightened. “We’ll have more than enough. Do you think we should ask them to join us for Thanksgiving dinner?”
“Definitely not.” His face filled with a shocked look that belied the twinkle in his eyes. “The male sounds as if he could work his way quite easily through two of your delectable pies at a single sitting, and I’m not that willing to share. Besides, if I’m right and Fate has brought them both here at this time for a reason, then I think they’ll be better served by our leaving them to the lake’s magic.”
“It was good enough for us.” She met his gaze, her eyes filled with love.
“A sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree.” He sent her a soft look before, this time, his lips found hers as he drew her closer and then proceeded to kiss her thoroughly.

Connect with Annie at the following Links:
https://annieacorn.com
Amazon Author Page – Annie Acorn

Annie Acorn on Facebook

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