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Wow, now that’s a word that would delve some lengthy discussion. It is a word holding a significant importance in one’s life. It is a prodding suggestion that everyone gets at one time or another. Whether that person is highly in-tune to the sensitivity or not, they still somehow find inspiration. It could come from an innocent child suffering under plight or poverty-stricken conditions and wanting to do something about it; it could be a veteran of past wars suffering from something he felt called to do and wanting him to feel appreciation or something as simple as a song or even as faint as a whisper in a light breeze in an open, green meadow that brings a sense of joy. Inspiration is everywhere….
Receiving inspiration usually comes from a person, place or thing. It is a one-on-one awareness that engulfs deep into one’s soul. Trying to explain where inspiration comes from and why it is there is difficult. Usually, one has to experience that exact moment when something warm washes over you and moves you with such strong emotion that it can give life meaning. Most times, trying to explain to someone else where the inspiration came from or how that inspiration arrived just doesn’t work. It comes from another realm deep within us. When it’s amazingly understood with that said person, there is a connection; a mutual inspiration; a sense that we somehow know them better.
¶    Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
¶    The condition of being so stimulated.
¶    Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
¶    The quality of inspiring or exalting
¶    Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
¶    The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.
Inspiration may stay only moments or possibly days. It can change with time. If that certain inspiration never leaves one it then turns into passion. That word in itself is all-encompassing and I won’t even attempt to go there with it.
All-in-all, I believe that when you feel that inkling of inspiration tap on your shoulder, reach around and embrace it. Life will open up to you in a new way, a way you would never have imagined and before you know it you have a deeper meaning of who you are and why you are here.
For you true philosophers, let me know what your views on Inspiration are.
What is your inspiration?
Author:  Carol Gambill
Books: Once Wild , Serranto’s Redemption, Brannigan’s War (coming soon)

Book Blurb for Once Wild:
Reckless in his youth, Shaun MacGregor was never one to care about what people thought of him. But then he returned to the small coalmining town of Ashland, Pennsylvania after serving eight years in prison, and had a literal run-in with town socialite, Maria Bellicia. One night with Maria leads Shaun on a turbulent path to confront all the layers of his destructive past, and face all of the pain, guilt and regret that comes along with it. Each layer that Maria helps peel away reveals yet another adversary and complication that Shaun must either run away from, or fight against. As Shaun struggles to make the right decisions that will finally allow him peace of mind and approval as a citizen of Ashland, Shaun is catapulted to an ultimate crossroad where he must face the biggest obstacle of his life: flee Ashland once and for all, or stay and fight for the only woman who has shown him true love and acceptance.

Shorter blurb
Returning to Ashland may take more than determination and resolve to stand against the men wanting Shaun Macgregor punished for his past but when Maria Bellicia is hurled into that turbulence, Shaun has to choose – flee or fight.
The small metal slot of his confinement cell slid open to a sliver of light. “MacGregor, you’re gonna rot in there or what? You, my Irish friend need to rethink your attitude about playing nice with others,” the guard noted with a smirk. Shaun squinted at the light that pushed from the outside, but he could only see eyes that looked in on him with mockery. Silence filled the small, dark room where he had been placed after slamming another inmate’s head onto the dining hall table. Fortunately, the metal table surface had come in handy, considering the man had threatened Shaun for the last time. Shaun hadn’t given the man a chance to find him alone in some secluded area. Sure, Shaun had been out of control, but he felt vindicated. He was mad at the world. Although being in prison for killing Matt had been entirely justified, he would gladly serve his time for what he had done, but he would no longer put up with the aggression of other inmates.
He sat on the mattress, then leaned back against the concrete wall. He rubbed the back of his neck. Counting his meals so far meant that Shaun had only been in solitary confinement for three days. Strangely, the three days of quietness here and what was meant as punishment, now only seemed like relief. He could think here, but unfortunately that time was spent in other memories of that one day he tended to relive again and again.
A key at his cell door told him that the guard had been giving him a rash of shit and that he would very soon join the general prison population. He had been in Frackville Prison for just under two years, and yes, there were still eight more years to go, and he had been in and out of solitary confinement more times than he cared to remember. He knew his life had to change. He was tired of fighting everyone and everything.

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  1. Thanks, Sassy for the opportunity with promo and to chat with readers.

  2. Please count me in!

    I'm an old follower. My GFC name is Cherry.

    I sometimes get inspiration from the books I read. Sometimes the lessons to be learned in the stories is applicable in real life :)

    Re-posted your contest at:


    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. Thanks, Cherry, for entering! You're right on with that, books are a great source of inspiration. Gotta love music too, especially when it evokes that one special moment of the past to be relived or when a song seems written just for you.

  4. You are welcome, Carol! Thank you so much for your book donation and for coming here to AR today!

    Good books inspire me, especialy those that leave me pleasantly stunned and even disappointed that the book came to an end. :)

  5. Hi Cherry! Thanks for the RT, the re-post and the follow.

    Lovely to see you here.

    Good luck!

    Oh, and I read your post after I replied, but you are so right - a good book can be so inspiring on so many levels.

    I also love good non-fiction 'success in business' books and find them really encouraging.

    Have fun!


  6. Thanks again, Sassy, for the opportunity for authors to share their work on AR.

    I came across a very inspiring quote the other day and I would love to share it.

    "Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
    Love the people who treat you right.
    Forget about the ones who don't.
    Believe everything happens for a reason.
    If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
    If it changes your life, let it.
    Nobody said life would be easy.
    They just promised it would be worth it."

    God Bless and remember to look openly for that inspiration.

  7. You are welcome!

    That's a lovely, inspiring quote, Carol. Thank you for sharing it.


  8. Count me in, thanks:) The book looks fantastic.

  9. Thanks Kaya and good luck!


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