June and July Winners

Summer.

Sunshine. Swimming. Vacations. Hot weather. Winners.

Winners? Always at the Inspired Prompt. In fact, the months of June and July heated up with  winners. Who were they? Read on…

June

Melissa (Mimi) won a copy of Deborah Dee Harper’s upcoming release, Misjudge, or one of my Laramie books (winner’s choice!)

LelandandBecky won Jennifer Slattery’s book, Dancing in the Rain. Congrats!

Laura Shuck won a print copy of River to Redemption or choice of Ann H. Gabhart’s  other recent Revell novels. Woo hoo!

July

Ellen Fannon has offered an e-book of Other’s Peoples Children, to LelandandBecky. Yay!

Michael Ehret graciously gifted Laurel Blount  with an e-book version of Coming Home.  Way to go!

Marilyn R. won a copy of Laura V. Hilton’s latest Amish novel, Firestorm. Cheer!

Glenn Haggerty recently released Chase, the third book in the Intense Book series and the winner of this e-book is Karen Sargent.

Cara Lynn James has offered a paperback copy of Love on a Dime to Caryl Kane .

Linda Yezak has won 3 silver bookmarks that coincide with the Promises to Zion series by Traci Wooden Carlisle.

And I want to shout a big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We appreciate YOU!

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

Can Blogging and Fun Go Together?

By Jennifer Hallmark

Blogging enjoyable? I see y’all shaking your head right now. No way, no how. I’m part of several online and in-person writing groups and when blogging is mentioned, eyes roll and people shiver.

“I can’t think of enough to write about.”

“I forget when I get busy.”

“I don’t think it makes a difference.”

“No one reads my blog except my mom and Aunt Suzie.”

After several years of mindless and inconsistent journaling, I stopped. I dreaded blogging and what I wrote was rambling at best and confusing at times. It was time to go to God. After all, He created the people who invented blogging so maybe He could help me out.

I quit blogging and told Him about all my shortcomings, failures, and irregularities in my blogging world. Then I listened. It took some time but what finally came to mind was this: my blogging pointed to me. All about me. Me. Me. Me.

Oh.

He whispered in my soul about how others had helped me get my start in the craft, especially writers. I went to two of my critique group friends, Betty Thomason Owens and Christina Rich and laid out my heart. I wanted to give back to writers. How could I do this and would they like to be a part? They graciously agreed. Christina did the tech work, Betty edited, and I thought up ideas. 🙂

We brainstormed and decided on a blog that would spark the imagination through writing prompts. We would blog on various subjects—flowers, animals, sports, the Olympics—A plethora of topics with a writing prompt that might help someone who needed a little help. Our first post introducing our blog, Writing Prompts, Thoughts, & Ideas: Oh My! went live on April 28th, 2012.

Cue the crickets. We had a tiny following. We had contests for writing stories using our prompts and grew a tad. I went back to God. What were we doing wrong?

Nothing in the fundamentals.  But we could help writers even more by promoting them. Their books. Or blogs. And we wouldn’t worry whether theirs was a self-published book they wrote for their family or a best-seller. Our only stipulation: fairly clean reads.

Everyone did reviews and interviews so we came up with 3 Questions Wednesday. 3 simple questions and we’d promote the writer and whatever they wanted to promote. Our first guest was Jordyn Redwood. From there, the blog grew stronger. We had all types of guests from all writing levels and walks of life.

I started really having fun. I enjoyed meeting all the new people. We started adding bloggers and I met more neat writers. Books I never heard of before became part of my library. Writers and even publishers were coming to me, asking to be a guest on our blog.

We added Saturday interviews. We grew and by 2017, five years from the start, we were garnering shares, comments, and attention. Our blog morphed once more by honing in our focus on specific writers: Indie published and new to the writing world.

Now, please understand blogging is still hard work. At times, I wrestle with tech issues and want to throw my desktop in the yard. I grow tired and don’t always want to write my posts. I forget to do things on occasions.

But I’m having fun. I believe we’re making a difference.

My advice? Follow the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Take your eyes off yourself and be a blessing to others. Invite others to come along for the ride. You’ll make new friends. You could start to smile when you blog.

You might even have fun.

Click to tweet: Can Blogging and Fun Go Together? One blogger’s thoughts. #blogging #amwriting

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…

More Winners at the Inspired Prompt Blog

It’s May 1st and a beautiful day in the neighborhood. 🙂 Here, at the Inspired Prompt Blog, we have more winners…

Eva Marie Everson offered a print copy of The Final Race to one commenter. Its been won by Caryl Kane. Congrats!

Karen Sargent has been picked to win a copy of Cynthia Roemer’s latest novel, Under Prairie Skies.  Congratulations!

Readers, Sarah Van Diest is giving a print copy of God In The Dark to Cynthia Lovely . Yay!

Janie is giving away an e-book, A Wife’s Devotion, to Anne Clare. Woo hoo!

THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We couldn’t do this without YOU! (Or the chicken) 🙂

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

Springtime and Winners

Spring has arrived! Well, it’s still chilly here and there’s snow in other parts of the country but it’s supposed to be spring. :) Here, at the new Inspired Prompt Blog, we have more winners…

Kimberly Rose Johnson offered an e-copy of The Reluctant Groom to one blessed commenter. Its been won by Kathy Houser. Congrats!

Caryl Kane has been picked to win a print copy of Carrie Turansky‘s latest novel, Across the Blue.  Congratulations!

Readers, Dee Dee Chumley is giving an e-book of Some Form of Grace to Rory Lemond 

THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.

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