Interview with Ann Harrison-Barnes

Publication1I’m delighted to welcome my guest for today, Ann Harrison-Barnes.

Ann has published four books, so far, under the names, Ann Harrison and Ann Barnes; A Journey of Faith, Inner Vision, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure and Stories Outside the Box. She also has short stories in the Anthologies; Awethology Light, December Awethology – Light Volume, and Gems of Strength.

Hi Ann, welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to kick off by telling me a little about yourself and your background?

my profileI’m am a writer who is blind. I am also the single mom of a ten-year-old daughter who talks all the time about being taller than her mom. I have taken college courses in the field of communications, and I love to write Christian mysteries with a bit of a romantic twist.

 
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Although I’ve been writing since I was in about fifth or sixth grade, I came to the realization in 2003. The introduction to New Stories from the South 2001 was the inspiration I needed to kickstart my writing career.

 
What motivates you to write?

Sometimes the characters in my story can be motivation enough, while at other times I need music, a specific podcast or something else to get me going.

 
What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

The easiest part about being a writer is creating a story, but this can also be the hard part. I say this because there are times when my story eludes me. The hardest thing I’ve found about being a writer is the revision stage, although this is becoming easier and fun too.

 
Tell us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

It depends on the time of year. In the winter I’ll get up, go have a cup of coffee and breakfast, take care of my normal morning routine, turn on some music and sit down to write. However, in summer, I love to take some time out on the front porch to muse first thing in the morning, as it gets quite hot in the afternoon. Then I get started on my writing day.

 
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, because if you don’t have a cover that highlights your story, readers will overlook your book and move onto the next big thing. Although I’ve been told “don’t judge a book by its cover”, all my life, many people do the very thing I’ve been advised against.

 
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

A Journey of Faith ebookThat depends on what novel you’re talking about. In A Journey of Faith, I want people to know that no matter what happens in their lives, God will get them through these situations. I also want them to take away the message not to give up on accomplishing their goals and don’t let fear hold them back from the things they love to do. Each novel has a special message.

 
For those of us who are thinking of reading A Journey of Faith, could you tell us what to expect?

In A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, the protagonist takes her own heros journey to discover why she has had so many nightmares the past sixteen years of her life. You’ll find intrigue, mystery, and more. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, so you’ll have to read to find out what tragedy she witnessed.

 
Tell us about your favorite memory related to reading or writing?

When I was about five-years-old, I remember getting my first three talking books from the library for the blind. My favorite book was King Emmitt’s Pig. I don’t remember how he got his live pig, but I do remember that Emmitt had glass pits, paper pigs and pigs of all shapes and sizes. I am surprised I still remember that book nearly 40 years later. LOL

 
When you consider your future, what would you like to make happen for you?

I have to be honest, I’m working on making my future happen now, because I’m doing what I always dreamed of doing or at least the second dream I had. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a professional singer when I grew up. Although I love music, it turns out that I like writing even better.

 
Which, if any, of your personality traits, did you write into your characters?

InnerVisionEEcoverIn my novelette entitled Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic Book, my character Kelly has my attention to detail and she learns how to use her inner vision as I have done.

 
How do you spend your free time?

Reading, listening to music or podcasts, spending time with my family, singing in my church choir and crocheting.

 
What is your biggest fear?

Getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

 
Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet and why?

This is not one character, but I’d like to meet the Bjorklund family from Lauraine Snelling’s Red River series and other books that she wrote featuring this family and their relatives and neighbors. They seam like such a wonderful family. As I read their stories, I fell in love with them.

 
A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?

I would ask for a stand-up desk, a front porch alcove with windchimes hanging nearby and someone to drive me to a café or gathering place where I can hang out with other writers.

 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently working on two projects. One is a nonfiction book written to help writers self-publish their books on Amazon and the other is a sequel to my full-length novel. Thanks for having me on your blog and I look forward to chatting with you soon.

 
Thank you for your time, Ann. It’s been lovely talking to you.

Pop back tomorrow to find out more about Anne and her books on my Five on Friday post, which for tomorrow will be Four on Friday! 😉

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Soul by Mary Duke

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Title: Soul
Series: Of The Faye Series book 3
Author: Mary Duke
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13, 2019

 

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Sno has never had more decisions to make in her life, nor has she had consequences of each weigh on her so heavily.

Though in her heart she knows that she can’t back down from the decisions she faces, there is no looking back.

With the help of Zavery, Illiah, and Thanatos, they’re going to put an end to the war between the Faye and Demons but not in the way you would think.

Will Sno and Zavery survive this newly waged war with the Gods, or will Zavery’s hatred for his mother destroy their one chance at a new life?

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Watch for Mary’s newest series to be released soon.
Coming to Crazy Ink April 16th!

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Alyce Eryx Academy

 
Each Book in the Alyce Eryx Academy will be a stand-alone novel.

Fated Alliance follows Roselyn as she and her friends are drafted into one of the hardest programs at the Academy: the Ambassador program.

She’s going to have to figure out how to overcome her hatred for the Luther family as well as convince others that if they want their way of life to continue diversity has to be left in the past!

Preorder coming February 2019!

 
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About the Author:

FB_IMG_1549996750802As far as anyone needs to know, Mary comes from a small town in rural Ohio. With a husband, three kids, a dog, a cat, and two beta fish (Fuzzy Blue, and Red Fish, if you were curious about their names,) her hands are kept busy. However, when she finds a way to escape reality, she twists words into worlds, fueling her alter-ego as the Realm Wrangler!

With her debut series, Bloodline that launched in August 2018, she has a full schedule of launches lined up to grab ahold of her readers, and drag them with her through several different adventures in 2019!

Watch for her Of the Faye Series, The Dark Soul Hunters Series, and The Alyce Eryx Academy Series!

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Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

33308484Panic stricken the man jumped to his feet and grabbed his case and the book still wrapped in brown paper; with every intention to flee, but at that moment his eyes met those of an older man now walking speedily up the lane towards them both. The young man bolted, and raced up the lane as fast as he could.

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Vampires Don’t Babysit by Candice Gilmer

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Title: Vampires Don’t Babysit
Series: Vampire Mythicals Book 1
Author: Candice Gilmer
Genre: Dark Romance, Fantasy and Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Shifter
Cover Artist: Flirtation Designs

 

Surviving should have been enough. It wasn’t.

Jake Reynolds and his fellow vampires survived the slaughter of their master, Melios, at the hands of the Immortal Knights Templar.

Call it luck. Call it fate. Call it whatever the hell you want.

Jake just knows that he should have been dead—another pile of sooty ash on the ground. Now he must find his place in the mythical world—vampires aren’t all that’s out there.

Even his doctor is a super-hot werewolf. He’s not even sure if he should find her sexy, but he does. And he wants to see if wolves and vamps are compatible.

In all the ways.

But the world’s a chaotic mess, and he’s been tasked to help fix it. Penance for previous crimes. They do what they’re told, and go where they have to, learning to live without being monsters among men. And kick ass, occasionally, in the name of Jackstone Foundation.

But when The Kid—Melios’s pet—needs help, Jake will not leave her out in the cold. She fed him too many times on the sly to leave her hanging now.

Mythicals are coming for her. And it’s up to Jake to keep her safe.

But what can one lone vampire do against an army and an ancient bloodline?

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About the Author:

USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Candice Gilmer leads a dangerous double life as a mommy and a writer.

In between boo-boo healing and fixing broken toys, she writes stories usually to the tune of children’s television shows.

IMG_9820-tweaked-Square-300x300Her books range from vampires and werewolves to mermaids and fairies to contemporary and fairy tale romances–a huge variety, just like her broad, geek-girl heart.

She adores Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, and DC, (you CAN love them all), and her hero will always be Captain America.

Growing up in the Midwest, Candice stays close to her family, especially the ones with basements when the tornadoes come around.

All in all, she stays very busy, but really, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well, maybe a little less children’s television.

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Everyone leaves footprints in your memory, but the ones that leave footprints in your heart are the ones you will truly remember.

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A special friend is hard to find, hard to lose and impossible to forget.

 

 

Vampires Don’t Babysit by Candice Gilmer

From USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Candice Gilmer…

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…cover reveal coming Monday, 11th February

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for February

These five books are next on my to-read list. I had hoped to read them by the end of February, but life has thrown me another curveball, so we’ll see!

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Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut and Salvation Emporium by Jeffrey G. Roberts 

West of the bustling metropolis of Phoenix, along Interstate Highway 10, is the magnificent and mystical desolation of the mountains of Southwestern Arizona. It is as alien as the planet Mars, and just as foreboding. Yet hidden away between the peaks & valleys and desert vistas, is a most incongruous edifice – part diner, part carnival atmosphere, with equal measure of whimsy, and just a smidge of nightmare. And it lay smack dab between the Eastern boundaries of imagination, and the Western shores of spooky. You can’t get to it by car or plane; and you won’t reach it by helicopter or even horseback. Nor is it on any map in existence. In fact – you won’t find it at all.

Unless you’re dead. For this is Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut & Salvation Emporium. Welcome. You say your spirit can’t move on until you find that 1995 issue of Jugs Galore with Miss February – before your wife does? Come on in! Never got a chance to see the dream realized of eating oysters on the half-shell? You’ve come to the right place! Not quite sure you’re actually in the dead mode? Uncle Billy will steer you on the right path! You know you’re dead, but you’re not quite sure how it happened, or where to go? Uncle Billy will set you straight!

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D: Darkest Beginnings by Chris Turnbull
(Prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret)

What makes a young boy turn to the darkness? What turns an honest man into a monster? In this prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret, journey back and learn about the life of the boy, who grew up to become known simply as ‘D’

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27405116D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his role model; and it isn’t long before women are being murdered, and the residents of Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has travelled to Whitby with her new husband, is targeted, it is a race against time to catch this cloaked monster before he kills again.

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D: Revenge Hits London by Chris Turnbull

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The events in Whitby have left all those involved shaken. With a murderer still at large, and his target believing him to have been arrested, there is only a matter of time before their paths cross again. Humiliated by the woman he loves, D seeks revenge, and will stop at nothing until he sees Victoria pay for the torment she has brought upon him. With Detective Matthews out of the way, his plan surely can’t fail.

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42848228Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?

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