3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

Good morning! It is a great pleasure to welcome back my friend, Jennifer Slattery, to Inspired Prompt. Jennifer has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She does this through speaking, blogging, and writing novels. I’m eager to learn even more about Jennifer. How about you?

Good morning, Jennifer.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Jennifer: This is hard–largely because I’m not sure I can do anything in three words. ha! I had to ask my husband. He said energetic, talkative, communicator.

I totally agree. I’d add in loyal friend. But that’s two words. 🙂 Next Question:

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Jennifer: Hmm … I think one of the beach towns in northern Washington, like LaConner or Cooperville, because I love the west coast and small, unique towns pregnant with history.

Washington is a beautiful state. Now…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Jennifer: “Never Once” by Matt Redman. God’s never, not once, has God forsaken me. 🙂

A great choice. Here’s a sample…

 

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Readers, Jennifer is offering to giveaway a book to one reader, Kindle (Mobi or PDF, readers choice), so please leave a comment to be entered.


 Dancing in the Rain

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains.

Unbeknownst to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CSH8F97


 Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels maintains a devotional blog found at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.

She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

 

 

Is Twitter a Good Tool for Authors?

By Jennifer Hallmark

Twitter is a part of social media and that, in itself, can be a useful device for authors. With Facebook, you often have local community friends to share your latest writing news and fun or not-so-fun things happening in your life. Instagram is a good place to also gather community friends and family and post photos and memes sharing your books and love for writing and reading. And Pinterest is just plain entertaining. The biggest thing to remember about social media is the word “social.”

Twitter is a bit different. If you go to the “about” page on Twitter.com, you’ll find these words…

Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now.

I  find that true in my own experience. If there is something new going on and I want to know about it, I don’t go to Facebook or Instagram or even Pinterest. Twitter is my first stop because it’s all about breaking news and information going viral.

Twitter is simple. You join, set up a profile, and start tweeting. What’s a tweet? Simply a message you share with the world. One important part of this way to communicate is the use of hashtags. Hashtags identify messages on a specific topic.

Go to Twitter, type #write in the search box and it pulls up an avalanche of writing-related tweets. You need to add one to three hashtags per tweet for optimal effect. As a writer, some of my favorites are:

  • #amwriting
  • #amreading
  • #fiction
  • #writing
  • #WriterWednesday
  • #Fridayreads
  • #ACFW

So now you have a super simple introduction to Twitter. How can authors use this happening place to their advantage?

According to a Jeff Goins article I read, Twitter is a “networking event.” I agree. For me, my aim is to find people with similar interests and share information that I think might be helpful to them.

Note I did not say try to sell them everything I can.

The quickest way to be blocked from my Twitter friends is to constantly try to sell something. Or to be a single guy with a “fake” military pic or something romantic for the avatar. I’m not buying.

The Golden Rule works on all social media, just like in real life. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I keep my tweets very specific. I tweet about:

  • Writing
  • Reading/books
  • Acts of kindness
  • Faith-based topics
  • Sports/mainly football

If anyone follows me, this is what they are going to find. Not 10,000 totally unrelated subjects. I’m intentional in my use of social media, except Pinterest. I’m very ecletic on the boards I have but with Pinterest, it works.

Because of my intentional topics, I’ve found my messages often shared or myself added to lists. Both are positive and help spread word about yourself and subjects of interests you enjoy. People trust you and then and only then can you occasionally mention a book or products you have to offer and make a sale.

That part is the same on all social media.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here but if you want to know more about Twitter, go to Edie Melson’s blog and type in Twitter in the search box. She has a slew of interesting articles filled with helpful information.

Or better yet, follow Edie on Twitter. Tell her I sent you 😊

Click to tweet:  If there is something new going on and I want to know about it, I don’t go to Facebook or Instagram or even Pinterest. Twitter is my first stop because it’s all about breaking news and information going viral. #write #Twitter

Writing Prompt: Jill grabbed her phone and started to chunk it out the window. But it wouldn’t help. She wanted the book she’d written to go viral on Twitter but instead…

3 Questions Wednesday with Deborah Dee Harper

Deborah Dee Harper now writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after living in Alaska for a year where she chased bears and moose and generally made a pest of herself. She writes inspirational, humorous books for both children and adults, and when she’s not writing or visiting grandchildren, she enjoys herb gardening, photography, and very, very amateurish astronomy.

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Deborah!

First question—Can you describe yourself in three words?

Forgiven, funny, maternal

Forgiven because I’m a Christ-follower, funny because I write humor and try to see the lighter side of life, and maternal because I thrive as a mother and grandmother. I’m not married now, so my focus for the past several years has been to provide the best care and devotion I’m capable of toward my children, their spouses, and their children. Part of that focus is presenting a Christ-like model, and humor is my way of enduring life’s difficult times.

Those are great words that go together well. Next question—

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

I’d go to Israel. I’ve long wanted to visit the land of Christ’s birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. I can’t imagine all the ways a trip there would change my life, but at the very least, visiting the places I’ve only read about in the Bible and other supporting books and articles certainly would give me a new perspective. Learning through books those places He visited, the roads He took to move around the country, and the vistas He saw is one thing. Seeing them for myself would bring them to life vividly. I know people who have made the trip and their reports are all the same. It’s life-changing, awesome, and moves your heart, mind, and soul in ways nothing else can.

What a wonderful choice! It would be life-changing. And speaking of life, here’s the last question—

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

I believe “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” would sum up my life very well. I’m still a sinner and no doubt will be one until I take my last breath. Knowing my sins have been (and always will be) forgiven is something I cling to daily.

I love that, Deborah. Readers, Deborah Dee Harper has some exciting news!

I have two books coming out this summer! Misjudge is the third book in my Road’s End series, and Laramie on the Lam is my children’s adventure series coming out in six different books, one per week. To date, four of the books are available.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of my coming release, Misjudge, or one of my Laramie books (winner’s choice!), leave me a comment to enter.

Here’s more about the books:


Misjudge is the third book in my Road’s End series, and Laramie on the Lam is my children’s adventure series coming out in six different books, one per week. To date, four of the books are available.

In Misjudge, the POTUS returns to Road’s End, Virginia, for an international peace conference, despite Road’s End being the most cantankerous place in the free world. Love is in the air, Emma River comes face-to-face with her history, and the citizens reveal unusual things about themselves. It will be published this summer. I hope readers will take away the message that we all, no matter our age, have valuable contributions to make to society.

In Laramie on the Lam, 11-year-old Laramie Wyoming finds himself in hot water when he holds open the door for some men not realizing they’re robbing the bank. When one of the men stashes $30,000 in Laramie’s backpack, his life changes forever. He and his family and his worst enemy (and now foster brother) travel across the United States in a motorhome so his mother can gather information for her travel books, and the bank robbers chase them every inch of the way. They visit interesting locations, encounter wildlife, lots of adventure, humor, and some mysterious help along the way. Book #1 is pictured and they can all be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y6vh3szc

Laramie on the Lam teaches youngsters

  • The importance and value of depending on their parents, and the joys of visiting interesting, historic, and scenic places around our country
  • How to get along with others—even if that other kid is your worst enemy
  • The comfort of knowing God is always watching over them

You can find Deborah Dee Harper on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authoredeborahdeeharper/

Amazon Author Page: Deborah Dee Harper

Her website is currently under construction.

Did the Inspired Prompt Say Something About Winners?


Why, yes we did! In fact, the month of May showered us with four winners. Who were they? Read on…

Davalynn Spencer offered an an e-copy of An Unexpected Redemption to Polly Delk. Congratulations!

Melissa Henderson won a copy of A Home For Fritz gifted by June Foster. Woo hoo!

Dawn M. Owens has offered an audio copy of her new book, Like Me or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction, to LelandandBecky. Congrats!

Kate Lloyd graciously gifted Susan Collins‌ with a signed copy of one of her Amish books, readers choice. Yay!

And as always, a big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We appreciate YOU!

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner…

3 Questions Wednesday ~ Ada Brownell

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome back Ada Brownell to the Inspired Prompt. Ada’s new book is What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of Articles. 

Good morning, Ada.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ada: Born again. Thinker. Mother.

Good words. Especially the last one. Next question . . .

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Ada: Colorado’s western slope. My family has lots of history there.


Stunning views and family history combine for a fantastic trip. 🙂 Now for your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

In The Garden. “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own!”

A lovely classic. Thank you for dropping by, Ada.

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Readers, Ada is offering an e-book of What Prayer Can Do to one person who leaves a comment!


What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of Articles

Does God still heal bodies, work miracles, and answer prayer?

Ada Nicholson Brownell’s latest book, What Prayer Can Do contains amazing testimonies of how God intervened in people’s lives when they prayed. Read about a blind man instantly healed, even after he learned Braille. A child with hydrocephalus healed after prayer.  A forest fire turned away. Sinful rebellious people changed in a moment. Marriages saved, and many other miracles.

Fifty-five chapters and wonderful testimonies written by Ada Brownell about What Prayer Can Do originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DESIRED MIRACLE DOESN’T COME? The book begins with an introduction from the author, “Why I Still Believe God Heals,” that explains why she knows God still does miracles even though she lost a daughter to cancer. The article was first published in the online version of Enrichment Journal, a magazine published by the Assemblies of God for Spirit-filled ministers.

Read the article on her blog:  http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com

Buy the whole book, What Prayer Can Do here:  http://ow.ly/9CEI30h4IdL


 Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer.

After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to freelance for Christian publications and publish non-fiction and fiction books. She occasionally writes op-ed pieces for newspapers.

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