Do you like to read?

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In anticipation of my next book release, I am looking for readers!

Have you read Sector C ~ The Chosen or Sector C ~ The Hunted?

If the answer is no, please check them out on Amazon today. I’m seeking out readers for the first 2 books in my series prior to the release of book 3 and as an indie author, I want your opinions… I NEED your reviews!

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Get your copy by following the links below:

The Chosen (book 1): http://a.co/gxIVH1c

The Hunted (book 2): http://a.co/8OCFFJJ

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Nina Soden Young Adult/New Adult Preternatural Author

The Blood Angel Series
Book 1: AWAKEN: http://amzn.com/B008Q8ZPE4
Book 2: BEGINNINGS: http://amzn.com/B00D3G7RWM
Book 3: REVENGE: http://amzn.com/B00MUT6XQY
Book 4: PURSUIT: http://a.co/7MBC3ge
 
SECTOR C Series
Book 1: The Chosen:  http://amzn.com/0985885335
Book 2: The Hunted:  http://amzn.com/0985885343
 
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BLOG: https://ninasoden.wordpress.com
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Author Interview: Justine Johnston Hemmestad

I’d like to welcome author Justine Johnston Hemmestad to my blog. Want to learn more about her? Read on! 
  1. What is your name and where do you call home? Justine Johnston Hemmestad, from central Iowa
  2. Do you have a pen name? Nope, the same as my legal name.
  3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? “Visions of a Dream” focuses on the spiritual fire that ignites Alexander the Great’s actions as he learns from the other cultures he comes into contact with. His closest relationships vie for his love but they also provide the steel he needs to be sharpened spiritually and emotionally, for before he conquers the world he must first conquer his own mind.
  4. Is the above book part of a series? No
  5. What or who inspired you to start writing? I became interested in Alexander the Great’s story in the mid ’90s after watching a documentary about him and admiring his persistence and perseverance. In 1990 (I was 19) my car was hit by a city bus – I sustained a severe brain injury, was in a coma, paralyzed, and the doctors thought I wouldn’t recover (my story is in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries). Within a few months I was walking again and my husband and I moved to Iowa where we started our family of seven kids, and I began writing to cope with severe PTSD. I began college part-time in the mid-2000s, as I continued to research and write Visions of a Dream. I’ve earned my BLS from The University of Iowa, and I’m now working on a Master’s Degree in Literature through Northern Arizona University.  And how long have you been writing? 27 years.
  6. How did you come up with the cover? My son, Bradley Hemmestad, conceived of the idea for my cover art after reading the book. Who designed the cover of your book(s)? Bradley Hemmestad of Max Graphics http://www.maxgraphics.studio/
  7. Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)? I remember listening to “Voodoo” by Godsmack when I wrote the part about Alexander entering Babylon.
  8. How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? It occurred to me in a dream.
  9. Do you have a book trailer? If so where can we watch it? Yes!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFMe1DFLyRs&t=3s My son Bradley Hemmestad created it and it’s symbolic of a spiritual romance in the midst of war.
  10. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? paperbacks
  11. Are you a self-published/Indie author? I’m published by Turtle Shell Publishing, which is a very very small publisher.
  12. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it? Yes, the Bible
  13. What is your opinion of novellas? My first book was a novella: https://www.amazon.com/Truth-Told-Justine-Johnston-Hemmestad/dp/0692627685/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 which was a great format for me to tell my story very symbolically.
  14. Have you ever read a book just based on its cover? I hope that people are enticed by the covers my son creates for me – I would read based on his covers.
  15. What is your favorite film based on a book? Wwithering Heights
  16. What is your favorite book genre at the moment? History
  17. What books have made it onto your wish list recently? And why? Historical research materials.
  18. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? I’m just working hard on marketing my book and writing a few more historical ones I have started.If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why? James Dean, John Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe
  19. What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? Use as few words to get your point across as possible, The University of Iowa, and also a quote from Ezra Pound
  20. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing? Raising my 7 kids (though three are grown 🙂 )
  21. Where can your readers follow you? http://justinejohnstonhemmestad.blogspot.com/
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A Time to Die – Cover Reveal

It’s about time!

Author Jonas Lee has made us wait… WAY TO LONG. The long overdue third book in the Carter Gabel series is finally coming, and I am so excited to be able to share the cover with you before the book’s release date! If you haven’t already read the first two books in this series A Time to Reap and A Time to Live then you need to order them today and get caught up before the release.

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Book Blurb:

Carter Gabel saved his own life, and rescued his city from destruction. But, after the Pirates forced him into hiding, he spent years holed up in Crighton, city of ghosts.  Just as he thinks the world has forgotten him, a knock on the door interrupts his life and as he opens it, his next journey begins. An unexpected foe waits for him at the end to challenge everything he knows and all that his future holds. What must Carter do to survive? And what does he sacrifice to become a legend?

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Author Bio:

Writing out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jonas likes coming up with new and creative worlds that speak to the plausible while remaining believable. With a fist-full of peanut M&Ms and a cup of coffee, he has written three novels about a snarky, supernatural teen able to time travel and more.

Beyond writing, Jonas has a gift for useless knowledge through watching trivia shows and a love for cinematic adventures. Music fuels his writing and you can see him with at least one earbud in every day.

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Author Interview: Michael J. Sahno

I’d like to welcome Michael J. Sahno, author of Miles of Files, to my blog.

  1. What is your name and where do you call home? Michael J. Sahno; Tampa, FL, USA
  2. Do you have a pen name? Nope.
  3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? Miles of Files: Dude finds out his boss is stealing from the company’s retirement plan; mayhem ensues.
  4. Is the above book part of a series? Not that I know of!
  5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? I’ve always been writing, but it really took off after grad school. Inspired by Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Faulkner, Styron, Balzac…and many more.
  6. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)? This cover is brand new for the re-launch of the novel. The designer is named Mario Lampic. I gave him some ideas, but he ran with them and exceeded my expectations.
  7. Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)? I listen to a lot of classic jazz when I write. I think for this one it was mainly Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, & Wayne Shorter.
  8. How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? I like to drop in a little “Easter egg” for my readers who read all my books. The phrase “miles of files” actually comes out of the previous novel, Jana. It was inspired by the name of a Joni Mitchell album, Miles of Aisles.
  9. Do you have a book trailer? If so where can we watch it? Not yet.
  10. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? As a reader, I love reading paperbacks, but as a writer, I sell a lot more e-books.
  11. Are you a self-published/Indie author? Yes.
  12. If you’re a self-published/Indie author what made you go that route instead of the traditional publishing route? I wanted to start my own company to publish all three novels together, and formed Sahno Publishing in 2015. When a book sells, I (the publisher) pay myself (the author). I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
  14. What is your opinion of novellas? They’re fine, but I don’t think I could ever be that concise.
  15. Have you ever read a book just based on its cover? No idea. I don’t think so, but I could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.
  16. What is your favorite film based on a book? Rebecca, which won Best Picture for 1940. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Apparently, I really love authors with French names! (I’m actually a Balzac devotee.)
  17. What is your favorite book genre at the moment? Literary fiction.
  18. What books have made it onto your wish list recently? And why? The amount of free time I have to read other authors these days is pretty limited, just because of the nature of what I do. But I did connect with another author via social media named Sherry Parnell, and read her novel Let the Willows Weep. It was really good.
  19. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? Right now, I’m in the middle of editing a collection of short stories that I’m giving away to subscribers to my email list at https://msahno.com. So I’m reading myself!
  20. If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why? Charles Dickens – because I’d like his input on writing great literature quickly; Balzac – for the same reason as Dickens, but also because I think they might fight before the night was over; Einstein – because he would blow Balzac’s and Dickens’ minds; and Joni Mitchell, because she’d keep them all in line.
  21. What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? Variations on the basic theme of “don’t give up.”
  22. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing? I’m a runner, and that’s informed a lot of what I do. It’s also just as solitary as writing, at least in my world.
  23. Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors? Yes, a ton! I’ve spent the last 15 years as a marketing writer, and I have a free e-book called Marketing for Authors available at my website: https://msahno.com.
  24. Where can your readers follow you? Biggest following is 11K+ on Twitter, but here are all of them:

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BOOK Blurb:

In Miles of Files, the main character, Paul Panepinto, an employee at Flambet Insurance, learns that his manager Graham Woodcock is stealing from the company. Paul struggles with whether or not to report the boss at the risk of losing his position. Eventually, Graham fires Paul anyway and Paul is forced to pursue justice, but the story doesn’t end as expected. Readers move through a fast-paced adventure with many twists and turns, including high points, drama, comedy, and an edge that Sahno captures through his writing.

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About the Author: 

Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. Eventually, he was selected for Editor-in-Chief of his high school literary magazine. The quality of his work led to several honorary titles and academic awards by his senior year, which made it clear he was predestined to serve a role in literary excellence.

Mr. Sahno earned his Bachelor’s from Lynchburg College and later went on to earn his Master’s in English from Binghamton University.

After college, Mr. Sahno served in several management positions, including Director at a marketing research firm, Assistant Vice President at a Tampa-based mortgage company and college professor in the field of English composition.

Sahno became a full-time professional writer in 2001 and, in the following years, wrote more than 1,000 marketing articles on a wide range of topics. His quality copy put him in high demand, and his work has appeared in a variety of national magazines, including Fortune, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

Mr. Sahno has written and published three novels: Brothers’ Hand, Jana, and Miles of Files. He is the founder of Sahno Publishing and available for professional speaking engagements upon request. For further information, contact info@msahno.com.

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The Process: A Writer’s Perspective

Guest post by: Marie Lavender

It starts with the seed of an idea. For a writer, it’s one of the most exciting parts of the book process. Perhaps it’s the flash of a scene in your mind, stemming from current events, something you read or witnessed in life. Or an object caught your interest, a mere speck of dust from the comet streaking across the night sky.

Suddenly, a plant has begun to grow. Scenes materialize in fits and starts, gradually forming a loose storyline. If you’re lucky, you know some of what might occur from the beginning. If that’s not the case, discovering each section of the whole is akin to the exhilaration of an archaeologist on her first dig. Soon enough, however, you’ve accumulated sufficient knowledge to get an idea of the overall picture. If the writer has any hope at all of finishing the project, he or she might consider writing an outline for the book.

Then begins the hard work. Diving into the project, writing based on an outline, allowing for changes based on the character’s whims, and, of course, researching so many aspects of the book that the writer’s head begins to spin. Comfort appears through items of sustenance – bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, and herbal tea, a long forgotten yet half-eaten meal nearby and cookie crumbs on one’s fingertips. Intensity consumes you, your need to tell a character’s story your driving force. Not water, not food, not sleep – most writers in the midst of a project get very little of that. The writing continues while perched on sofas, in one’s bedroom, on the patio table outside during pleasant weather, or hunkered down at your computer, anywhere to help you focus on getting those final details down before time becomes your enemy. All the while, both family and pets make their presences known; daily demands abound, and most usually regard this ‘writer’ as an extraterrestrial. For who would willingly put themselves through such dire conditions?

At last, you lean back, amazed at what has happened. Time has indeed flown. The work is complete; the hard-won fight over. Perhaps it took a month, several months, a year or more, but alas, it is finished. You wrote a book.

Now you may bask in the glory of a job well done. Go out and celebrate. Have a wonderful meal, perhaps a drink, and relax.

Just remember…editing begins soon enough. Of course, not every journey is the same, but all of us end up in a similar place, the manuscript completed and a chance to look forward to the moment a book reaches readers.

The process itself is a writer’s joy and pain. A writer’s life. And we’d have it no other way.

About the Author:

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Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 23 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 24 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.

Links:

http://marielavender.com/
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http://www.ambrosiainnovations.com/
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https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarieLavender/posts

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Upon Your Love ~ By Marie Lavender

Upon Your Love

Publication date: February 28th!!! Mark your calendars! 

The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

Fara Hill, mother, and faithful wife is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?

Chloe Hill, loving wife, and young mother questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?

Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?

Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.

But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…

Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?

Q&A – When I asked Marie, what inspired you to write this story and does your writing reflect your real life in any way? This is what she had to say…

I wanted to not only finish up the Heiresses in Love Series in a satisfactory fashion but also to tell Adrienne’s story. Adrienne is a woman quite out of her time (since the setting is Victorian), like a female warrior. I wanted to draw out the many facets of her character, sometimes impish, brave yet also strangely innocent and protective of those she loves. With this book, I was able to go into more than her tale, and give the continued stories about the family which readers had been begging for.

If Marie’s use of imagery sounds intriguing here, wait until you read the full story. Check it out on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29083654-upon-your-love

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When your characters piss you off!

For all you authors out there… have you ever been writing and all of a sudden your character(s) does something you weren’t expecting and just really pisses you off?

And to all the readers… have you found this to be true… You’re reading a book and suddenly it takes a turn, the character(s) surprises you in a way you don’t like?

Well, I’ve been working on my latest novel and something just happened in the story line that I was not expecting at all! NO… I DON’T OUTLINE! I’ll just put that out there. I have in the past outlined my stories, but I find that they always take on a life of their own, so I don’t even bother anymore. It is my style, it isn’t everyone’s style. That is to say, that it might not work for everyone, but authors are unique… we all have our own styles.

The thing is, I know my characters as if they were real living people. I know their stories… their backgrounds… their futures, or at least I thought I knew their futures. So, it takes a lot for them to surprise me. That is why when something happens in one of my stories that just completely blindsides me I GET PISSED. Don’t get me wrong, I think that what has happened – HAD TO HAPPEN – even if I didn’t know it before I typed it. Even if it upsets me… AND I HAS…in a really REALLY good way!

I’m just wondering if I am alone in this. 

As a reader, when something like this happens in a book you are reading, does it make you put the book down and stop reading? I hope not. In the end, I think this twist will lead to the ending the book is meant to have, but I will admit… it is a hard pill to swallow right now.

Just wondering what your thoughts are on the subject. Share your comments if you care!

 

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NaNoWriMo 2016

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Have you joined the craze? Jumped on the bandwagon? Taken the plunge and started writing your novel?

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2016. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! On November 1st, all us crazy authors, want-to-be writers, and those just excited about getting a story out will set off on a 30-day journey to write a 50,000-word novel.

50,000 WORDS!!!!

If that sounds scary to you, trust me it’s scary to all of us. Besides the fact that it feels virtually impossible every time you sit at the computer and stare at a blank screen.

If you give yourself the full 30 days of November to write your novel, you are looking at needing to produce 1,667 words per day! That might not seem so bad, at first. Then you sit down to type and your ideas start to pour out of you. The first day you make an easy 2500, by the end of day two you’re at 4600 and feeling pretty good. By day ten you’ve slowed down, can’t find the time to write, or don’t know where your story is going. Maybe you’ve got 21,000 words at day fifteen and struggling to keep your excitement going.

Well, don’t worry – it happens to all of us.

It is day five and my story has just taken a strange and unexpected turn…

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I scream at the characters in my head.

But, I’ll take a deep breath, step away from the computer for a break and come back to them with an open mind. I figure they know their story better than I do.

All this just to say good luck. Have fun with NaNoWriMo 2016, and I’d love to hear your experience. Comment below and tell me the title of your novel, if this is your first, second, or fifteenth time participating, and anything else you want to share.

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Happy Halloween… BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

To celebrate Halloween 2016…

I have released PURSUIT (book 4 ~ the Blood Angel Series)

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Meet Phoebe Wenham…

Growing up in the most powerful coven of witches Atlanta, Michigan has ever known, gave Phoebe all the resources she needed to develop her craft. However, it wasn’t until the tragic slaughter at the annual Founders’ Celebration, when she lost her mother, her sister, and both of her grandmothers, that Phoebe really started to find her calling, her purpose. Her cousin Aleerah was the only surviving dhampir in history and her sister Petra had been a gifted, naturally talented, tracker. Magic didn’t come as easily for phoebe, but desperation leads to desperate measures, and Phoebe was bound and determined to carry on where her sister left off. Starting with the ancient ritual of the taking of blood Phoebe not only developed her tracking abilities she pushed herself physically, mentally, and magically until she became the High Council’s leading tracker.

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NerdCon… Meet Me LIVE!

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I am excited to be attending the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library’s annual NerdCon on October 22-23 at the Downtown Huntsville Library location (915 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801). If you haven’t been before, you’ll want to check it out this year. It is supposed to be even bigger and better than before.

Rocket City NerdCon is a family-friendly event to celebrate all things NERDY! If you love pop culture, comic books, movies, tv, books, games, collectibles, crafting, cosplay,, etc. thenNerdCon is the place for you! Come mingle with others who share in your nerdy obsessions and let your nerd flag fly as you geek out with others just like you!

I, along with numerous other authors, will have a table set up to talk about my books and do a signing. If you have questions about my writing process, how to get published, my novels, or just books in general – LET’S CHAT! I do hope those of you in the area will stop by and say hi.

NerdCon Hours:

  • Saturday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NerdCon Event Tickets:

PRE-NerdCon Event:

  • Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Kick-off Party at Yellowhammer Brewing (2600 Clinton Ave W, Huntsville, AL 35805)
    • This party is free to attend and will feature live geek music favorites Foot Pound Force and Mad Gear

 

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