Books – the Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy!

Books are a special kind of magic!

Books are a special kind of magic!

To me… books are a special kind of magic!

I tend to go through spurts where I read constantly – in the carpool line, making dinner, at karate, at dance, etc… Then I go through spurts where I don’t crack the spine of a book for months. Right now I am smack dab in the middle of three books, well, one play and two books. Basically, I am at the beginning of a regular reading marathon… at least for me.

Every year I set a reading goal for myself… In the past it has always been 12 books! Yeah, I know – that isn’t that many, but come on… I have a full-time job and two kids that do dance, karate, t-ball, cheer leading camp, etc. etc. etc. So, for me to find time to read even just one book a month is often hard. So, I have always set my goal low… one book a month… and hoped that I actually exceed it. In 2013 I exceeded my goal of 12 books by 5 and read a total of 17 books… I WAS EXCITED! In 2014 I raised my goal, just a little, to 20 books and I managed to read 26! Yeah, last year was a big reading year for me. This year 2015… I have decided to increase my goal again – I plan to read 30 books! It is already February 27th and I have only finished 4 books… I’m a bit behind and not getting off to a great start, but I have time. Right?

What I’m currently reading:

What I’ve recently finished reading:


So… the whole point of my post, which I never really got to is this… Books are a wonderful escape into a world you never knew existed. They are a vacation for your mind and cost only pennies compared to what most people spend on actual vacations. So, take a stay-cation… grab a good book… and let it take you to places you’ve never been.

There are so many amazing places, real and imaginary, that books can take you if you only let them.

So… where will you go on your next stay-cation?

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Nina Soden, Author
SECTOR C ~ The Chosen (book 1 ~ SECTOR C):

Author Interview – Jimi Akanbi

As you all know, I invite authors of all genres to visit my website and submit interviews. Today, I would like to welcome Christian author Jimi Akanbi to my blog today to share a little about his process and his books.

Jimi Akanbi

  • What is your name and where do you call home?

Jimi Akanbi, my home is Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Do you have a pen name?


  • 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?

Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph, the naked truth about my life.

  • Is the above book part of a series?


  • What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?

I write as I am inspired by God. I have been writing for 2 years.

  • How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)?

A professional designer from Croatia.

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  • Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)?

Yes, gospel songs.

  • How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

I relied on God.

  • Do you have a book trailer? If so where can we watch it?


  • Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books?

books and paperbacks

  • Are you a self-published/Indie author?


  • If you’re a self-published/Indie author what made you go that route instead of the traditional publishing route?

Higher royalties, more control and own rights to my books.

  • Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?

Yes, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer

  • What is your opinion of novellas?

As long as they are quality books, then they are great.

  • Have you ever read a book just based on its cover?


  • What is your favorite film based on a book?

Heaven is For Real

  • What is your favorite book genre at the moment?

Christian Living

  • What books have made it onto your wish list recently? And why?

Your Best Life Now, it was recommended.

  • What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?

Become a Better You, Paperback

  • If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why?

Tyler Perry, Joel Osteen, Max Lucado and Bishop Jakes. They really inspire me.

  • What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

Believe in your work.

  • Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing?

Sports and movies

  • Where can your readers follow you?


Books by  Jimi Akanbi


In “Taking Your Life to the Next Level”,Jimi offers unique insights that will help readers live a fulfilled life on a daily basis.In order to live the God-kind of life, you must possess divine wisdom and other Christian attitudes which will lead you to make wise decisions in life. This book will inspire and motivate you to live with more faith, divine love, discipline, peace, hope, and joy.Jimi reveals seven simple yet crucial principles that, when understood, will help you become all that God has formed youto be. The author uses down-to-earth analogies which help you to easily understand his messages and supports them with Biblical Scriptures. The text contains personal testimonies that will inspire and uplift you.In “Taking Your Life to the Next Level”, Jimi addresses topics such as depending on God and not on men, healthy eating, opening your spiritual eyes, the power of unconditional love, securing your God-given destiny, and the benefits of always thanking God for the good and bad times.As you practice Jimi’s easy-to-understand principles, you will be amazed at how colorful and stress-free your life will become.




In Understanding the Benefits of Mankind, Jimi Akanbi discusses seven crucial principles from God’s perspective: money, marriage, time, sex, power, materials and life.
These seven principles given to man by God can become curses if misapplied. Jimi shows you how to align your ways with God by following these seven principles.

Life can be a battle, millions of people around the world struggle on a daily basis, but with the help of this book, people who are struggling can see the light at the end of the tunnel. By reading this book, people who have problems in their life will learn how to turn the negative problems into positive solutions.


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In Almost Lost Hope, the author “Jimi” relays a collection of true-life accounts which makes him the person he is today.

Jimi also gives an account of his success as the fastest runner of all time in his high school and state. He writes about his unusual and intriguing dating and love life.

The story includes how he constantly skipped class lectures in high school and still graduated top of his class. Also, due to a medical condition in college, went from receiving “A’s” to getting “F’s”, yet ultimately becoming a great “A” student. He shares what he went through when he did not see his little son for almost four years.

Jimi discusses how he was so afraid of public speaking and reading, but one day overcame it through a Divine act. The author gives a report about the unorthodox way he was inspired to start writing on a professional level.

To visit Jimi’s Amazon Author page or to read about more of his books click here!


Author Video Interview – Nina Soden

Recently I agreed to do a recorded interview for the blog of another Indie-Author, Jonas Lee, and he was kind enough to share the video he put together with me. I have included the questions and answers below the video, just in case I talk to fast or you miss something.


If the video above doesn’t work, you can watch it on youtube here:

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself. Who is Nina Soden?

I love answering this question. I will give you two answers and you, the reader, can decide which you like best… but they are both me!

My typical “author bio” answer… I have always been creative, be it art, theatre, film – anything but singing – you don’t want to hear that! I earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Military Science from EMU where I spent most of my time either on stage, rappelling down buildings, or working one of three jobs. After college I moved to Los Angeles, like so many other want-to-be actors, in pursuit of my dreams. I worked to by the bills… but my love was acting and I was actually somewhat successful, mostly in commercials and independent films and I had a great time doing it. I have done everything from secretarial work to business development to being the Director of a private preschool. I have fired a M16 machine gun, jumped out of a C130 aircraft, and given birth – TWICE! Though I’ll forever be a Michigan girl at heart, I now live in the South with my husband and two beautiful children. If I’m not working on my latest story, you can find me lounging with a good book, playing with my kids, or indulging in my unhealthy addiction to Starbucks coffee.

Or the not so pretty reality… I am a mom (my favorite title in the whole wide world), a wife, a daughter, and a sister! Family is the most important thing in the world to me. I am also a struggling artist, paying the bills through a typical 9-5 job while squeezing my art (writing, acting, directing) into what little free time I do have.


  1. What kinds of books do you write?

I write young adult (YA) supernatural fiction – Vampires, Shape shifters, and Witches, oh my!

You can click on the cover image below to be taken to the page for each of the books in the Blood Angel Series, or to be taken to my blog post for my soon to be released novel SECTOR C ~ The Chosen

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  1. Which one is your favorite and why?

That’s a hard question to answer. My first book, maybe, because it was my first. I think, as a new author, that my first book will always hold a special place in my heart because there can only ever be one first. Awaken was that book for me. It showed me that becoming a published author was no longer just a dream but a reality.

If you are asking based on story – Well, I love the action in Beginning and Revenge (books 2 and 3 of the Blood Angel Series). However, my latest book (SECTOR C – The Chosen: soon to be released) is probably my favorite story line so far.


  1. If you saw yourself as a character in your novels, which one is most like you? Which one would you most like to be?

When I wrote my first three books I pulled characteristics, for some of my characters, from people I know. Alee (aka Aleerah), my lead, is probably the character I wish I was most like. She has a survivor’s strength – she doesn’t give up just because things are hard. That is something my parents both taught me growing up. That is a lesson I have tried to teach my children. So, in that aspect I think I am most like Alee.


  1. Can you share anything about your next work in progress?

Of course. I am actually very excited about my next book. It is part of a new young adult (YA) supernatural series called SECTOR C.

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SECTOR C – The Chosen

Set in a futuristic dystopian where society is governed by a council of vampires and lycanthropes, selection students are sheltered and raised in a deceptively utopian world. Strict rules are imposed to control population growth, education, and even personal interactions with other members of the Sector, all in the name of safety.

When ‘A’ comes of age she, like all youth throughout Sector C, and her selection classmates aren’t sent out into the world to find jobs, make money and lead happy carefree lives. They are forced to endure the rigorous physical and mental testing of Selection Week before choosing their destiny or being forced into a fate far worse. Those that make it out alive are announced as sector residence, given a position within the society, and allotted all the privileges of their chosen “culture.” However, when your only choices are vampirism, lycanthropy, breeder, blood donor, or banishment to the Wastelands, what choice do you really have?

Suspenseful, intense, passionate, and awash in paranormal delights, Sector C captures the enchantment and mysteries of the supernatural world and the power of friendship.


  1. If you could pick the main actor/actress to play your characters on film, do you know who you would pick?

I will answer this question in terms of my newest novel. When I wrote The Blood Angel Series books (Awaken, Beginnings, and Revenge) I had character profiles in mind – what they looked like, their characteristics, etc. but I hadn’t actually selected actors/actresses that I envisioned to play the characters. With SECTOR C – The Chosen I actually have written the manuscript with specific actors in mind to play many of the roles. Granted, authors don’t typically get to select the actors to play their parts… nor am I saying this book will ever be turned into a movie (Fingers crossed that it will). I am just throwing out there that these are the people I envision when I am typing…


SECTOR C – The Chosen (Wish List Cast of Characters):

A (lead female): Adelaide Kane

C (co-lead female): Rose Leslie

M (lead male): Torrance Coombs

Remy (Sector Leader): Liam Neeson

Serenity (Councilman female): Tricia Helfer

Gunner (Professor/Instructor): Joe Manganiello

Teagan ( Sector Counselor): Elizabeth Reaser

 OK, that is a very short list… just to give you a taste. Other actors/actresses that I have posted on my character wish list board while I have been typing: Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Kit Harington, Selena Gomez, Toby Regbo, Dove Cameron, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Nina Dobrev, Maia Mitchell, Keegan Allen, Evan Hofer, Drew Barrymore, and Catherine Bell.


  1. Do you believe supernatural creatures exist in real life?

If we are talking about vampires, shape shifters, and witches—then no. I believe that there are cultures of people that call themselves “vampires” but, no I don’t believe they survive on blood alone. Other than that… no. I believe supernatural creatures are fiction, but a wonderful fiction they are. I grew up watching the movies and reading the books, and have loved all things supernatural for years.

If we are talking about ghosts – yes, I do believe there are spirits that exist around us.


  1. What do you like to do in your spare time, when you have it?

Spend time with my family. Movies with the kids, board games, building lego’s with my son, and if we have lots of time… vacation!


  1. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?

BOTH! The writer in me says read and the actress in me says watch the movie. Honestly, I love to do both. If I read a book and love it – I will watch the movie. If I watch a movie and either love it or see that there was potential in the story I will read the book. Like many people, often time, I find that books are better than movies. That isn’t to say that movies aren’t great – it’s just that books allow for more detailed descriptions and they allow the reader to create a picture in their head. Movies require you to see things the way the director sees them. Therefore, when I see a movie that is either really good or just has the potential to be – I will read the book and find out what the author wanted me to see.


  1. If you could meet one famous person alive still today, who would you choose and why?

There are so many, but if I have to pick just one… Stephen King. He is one of the first authors that really made me love reading. I have fallen in love with so many of his books and read them multiple times. The way he creates characters and plot twists is magical.


  1. Lightning Round:

    1. Coke or Pepsi – Coke
    2. Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion – Zombie Apocalypse
    3. Scooby Doo or Scrappy Doo – Scooby Doo
    4. Beach or Mountains – Beach
    5. MP3 or Records – MP3
    6. Video Games or Board Games – Board Games
    7. Facebook or Twitter – Facebook
    8. Twilight or Vampire Diaries – Twilight to read but Vampire Diaries to watch
    9. Christmas or Halloween – Thanksgiving
    10. Pop Tarts or Toaster Strudel – Strawberry Pop Tarts without frosting and not toasted


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