Writing and Poetry

Patience

Yes, again. I am feeling a little frustrated as my scheduled release date on Ingram is July 17th. but I have yet to receive the Proof copy. The books that are offered on Amazon and other outlets will be the proof copy. I have e-mailed and called Ingram and they assure me I can change the release date but it will not change.

Five books have been pre-ordered so far and they were ordered through other sources than me personally so those people will get an un-edited copy of “Hero’s Purpose.” I checked and re-checked the manuscript so I am hoping errors will be minimal.

I will do a launch party on Facebook and several posts before the actual book is ready so watch for it and order after that time to assure the best quality in your book.

In the meantime, remember to review Heroes by Design and Hero’s Journey on Amazon and Goodreads! I’m sure that God’s timing is better than mine and I have to remind myself to be patient. God Bless.

Writing and Poetry

BitterSweet

My third book of the Heroes by Design series, Hero’s Purpose will soon be published. I am waiting for the proof copy.

It is a bittersweet moment. I have come to love my characters and it is hard to let them go but also exciting to see where my writing journey will take me next. I hope to have a poetry book published by this time next year. I feel like Sela, is in a good place and her friends and she will make a difference.

The Covid 19 pandemic has made all of us take stock. We have realized that less is more. The things we thought were so important were not so important. We can do more and live with less. Time is our most important asset and using it to bond with family. Money and status are important but not as essential as our world makes them seem.

We have have begun to clean out our unnecessary, material possessions and accumulated things that have no real value. Taken stock of our personal journey and possibly found our path to be off course.

The pandemic has been frightening, and heartbreaking for those who lost loved ones but helped others to re-evaluate their place in their journey. It is my hope that all of us find a way to use this to choose to cherish each other and our world. To get rid of ingrained prejudices and bias. To truly embrace each other and our world the way God intends.

Writing and Poetry

Hero’s Purpose

Friends, I am excited to let you know that I am rounding the final curve on the, “Heroes,” journey. I am awaiting a beta review and an editorial review. The formatting is in process and Hero’s Purpose will soon be ready for publication. It is like sending your child out into the world after nurturing and watching them grow. I finished the trailer and would like to share it with you now.

Watch for Hero’s Purpose
Coming Soon
Writing and Poetry

Special moments

This post is about a very special person in my life. She is One-Hundred and Three and an amazing woman of God. We visited a month ago and she was practically bouncing off the walls of the nursing home. I wrote part of a poem on the way home from that visit.

We visited again over the weekend and she was not as perky and sharp. It made me think about how temporary this life is and how important it is to take time to learn from others. I finished the poem on the way home and would like to share.

Pauline

Dry crepe paper skin

Vacant blind eyes

Rambling words strung

Into memorized verses

Words mined from memory

To remind us of who

She Once was

She is not needy or unhappy

Not bored or lonely

Not today

Today she is glad

Glad we are here

Anxious to spend time

Time of which

She is filled to the brim

Time, she has the luxury

To waste without care

Tomorrow may or

May not come

She offers precious

Golden nuggets freely

She does not hold back

Offering all she has

All that is left of importance

Is contained in this vessel

That may or may not recall

Your name or relationship

Stories are repeated

Moments lost

Regained

New memories made

To pass to those who take

             Time to touch

        To learn

    To listen

To cherished words

Precious moments

That would otherwise

Be lost like morning fog

Writing and Poetry

Christmas Thoughts

As we approach the birth of our Savior and a new year I am reflecting on this year!

I have been fortunate to publish two books, continue to own and work in my own business, have the love and support of family and friends and enjoy good health.

I am thankful for another year of blessings and want to be sure that I personally keep Christmas about Christ. Everyday is a day that we can choose to be Christ-like…that doesn’t mean that we present our smiling face in a church every Sunday and forget to be kind the rest of the week.

I have been the recipient a few times of someone paying it forward and it felt great. I want to be a person who pays it forward everyday. Paying it forward can be a monetary gift but it can also be a kindness.

Greatest Gift

A Shining Star
Does not waiver
Holds steady for
Kings to come
Not  yet born this 
Storied Savior
The Blessed Promised One

Three Wise men
From Orient lands
Travel to welcome
A King
For-told by prophets
So by faith 
Precious  gifts they bring
 
Would we believe
Would I follow that star
In this world of  doubt and fear 
Would we have thought it strange
And scoffed at what we now
Hold dear


A child is born in Bethlehem
Below a brilliant star
The Wise Men know
And leaders fear
This babe in swaddling clothes

We remember with
Poignant hymns
The Gift given that day
The King of heaven
The Son of  God
Born on a bed of hay

D.A. Irsik

Thank You and Merry Christmas!

Writing and Poetry

Hero’s Journey Launch

Here we go again! The second book of the Heroes series will launch on November 2nd and officially on Amazon the 3rd. I will be running a promotion beginning the 3rd and one lucky reader will win a Kindle-fire in addition to the signed book and swag. T-shirts are not part of this promotion.

The Promotion code is: https://debrairsik.samcart.com/products/heros-journey

Get yours beginning on November 3rd. The first ten people will be put in a drawing for the Kindle!

Writing and Poetry

Hero’s Journey

Study Guide

Hero’s Journey

Study Guide

1. Do you ever just want things to stay the same?

Joshua 1:9

“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.

2. Do you think God was fair when Sela was punished for her disobedience?

Isiah 30:21

If you wander to the right or the left, you will hear His voice behind you saying, “Here is the road, follow it.”

Daniel 9:9

To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him.

3. Why couldn’t Sela see Joyous after she admitted she was wrong?

Proverbs 3:27

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so.

Luke 6:37

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn and you will not be condemned; pardon and you will be pardoned.”

4. How do we know what God is calling us to do?

II Timothy 1:9

Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.

Acts 15:8

Any God who knows [all peoples] hearts, gave testimony [to their acceptance] by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us.

5. Is Mara justified in her feelings about Alex’s dad?

Leviticus 19:18

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am the LORD.”

1 Timothy 5:21

I solemnly urge you, in the presence of God, and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that you obey these instructions without showing prejudice, or doing anything out of partiality.

6. Do you think Zach should have told the girls about his dad’s mental health issues?

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and therefore fulfill the law of Christ.

I hope this inspires some dialogue and exploration for my readers!

Yours in Christ

Deb Irsik