About Nina Soden

Wife, Mommy, Urban Fantasy Author, Artist, Actress, Director... I'm only as old as I feel and I try to see the good in everyone. I take life one day at a time and focus only on the moment I'm in without fear or worry about the past or the future.

The Cowboy and His Angel by Kaci Rose #giveaway

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The Cowboy and His Angel (Rock Springs, Texas Book 9) by Kaci Rose

Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance

Two Rock Springs hearts driven by a higher calling… 

Abby

After the death of my parents, I made it my mission to honor their memory by living the life they would have wanted for me. Helping others. Pursuing my career goal of becoming a midwife. Settling down with a nice guy. Unfortunately, as much as my parents would love the guy I’m currently dating, I feel exactly zero chemistry with him. To distract myself from that headache, I’ve opted to visit some freinds in Rock Springs and help out with the church’s annual carnival. Pastor Greg is as cute as they come, but a man of God seems off limits for dating prospects… 

Greg 

Knowing I’m single has prompted every member of my congregation to try and set me up with any and all available ladies they know. It had become common practice for me to politely decline, and suggest they invite them to attend service instead. Yet when Abby volunteered to help with the carnival arrangements she instantly caught my eye. I didn’t intend to kiss her on top of the Ferris Wheel, but the moment seemed right. 

Confused by her own feelings, Abby bolted. Can I convince her to follow her heart? Or will she choose the path she believes would have made her parents happy? 

Come meet the small town of Rock Springs Texas with a family that has your back, a town that knows your business, and men who love with everything they have.

This is a Steamy, Small Town, Cowboy Romance. No Cliffhangers.
This is Book 9 in the Rock Springs Texas Series.
As always there is a satisfying Happy Ever After.
If you love steamy romances with insta love, hot love scenes, small towns, and cowboys, then this one is for you.

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Kaci runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She loves her book boyfriends with tattoos, muscles, beards, and a little dirty.

Kaci loves romance books and has been jotting down ideas since she was in high school and is now putting the ideas down on paper. She believes in satisfying, happily ever afters with a lot of steam on the way.

She was born and raised in Southwest Florida but is wholeheartedly a mountain girl. She has been reading as many books as she could get her hands on since grade school and loves to travel when she gets the chance.

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Meet Author John Calia

John Calia – A Brooklyn-born, second generation American and the eldest of three boys, writing is his third career and the one about which he is most passionate.  Following graduation from the US Naval Academy and active duty in the Navy, he embarked on a career in business.  He began writing his blog “Who Will Lead?” in 2010 attracting over 120,000 readers.  It inspired him to write his first book, an Amazon five-star rated business fable titled “The Reluctant CEO.”  Currently he makes his home in Fairport, NY, a village on the Erie Canal.

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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Writing is my fourth (or maybe fifth) career.  I have been a U.S. Navy officer, a banker, an entrepreneur and business consultant.  I began writing a blog in 2010 at the encouragement of a good friend and found a following (over 120,000 readers).  My brother encouraged me to write a book, but I resisted.  Coincidentally, a development rep from a small indie publisher reached out to me right after my brother died (from Lyme Disease).  “I’ve reading your blog,” he said.  “If you ever decide to write a book, let me know.  We’d love to publish it.”  It took another year for me to complete The Reluctant CEO: Succeeding Without Losing Your Soul.  I sent him a final draft.  “It may take me a while to get back to you on this,” he said.  Two days later he sent me a contract.  The book was released the following year in May 2016.

The book was a success in the narrow audience I chose.  It received 5-star ratings on Amazon.  And that made me want to write another book.  But I wanted a broader audience.  I wrote a near-future, science-fiction novel “The Awakening of Artemis” which will be published on September 29, 2021 for two reasons: (1) science-fiction has a huge audience; and, (2) I wanted to write about the effect of artificial intelligence on society. 

What is something unique/quirky about you?

Not a damn thing!  Well, I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.  That’s not quirky or unique.  But it’s uncommon for sure. 

Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born in Brooklyn – the old Brooklyn made up of ethnic neighborhoods.  My father used his WWII veteran benefits to buy us a house in the Long Island suburbs, where I lived until I graduated high school.  I’ve only been back for occasional visits since and have lived in nine U.S. states. 

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Frankly, what I find most relaxing is writing.  Other than that, I spend time on the water in the lakes and harbors of western New York state. 

What inspired you to write this book?

The birth of my granddaughter, Emily Grace Martinez-Calia.  She is the first female in my bloodline in 90 years. I wonder what life will be like for her 30 years in the future.  What kind of world will she live in?  How will she deal with mid-21st Century reality?

What can we expect from you in the future?

Book 2 in this series will likely be titled “False Flag.”  It will bring in some of the recently revealed pseudo-facts from the U.S. government’s release of information about UFO’s and alien visits to Earth.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

The main character is Diana Gutierrez-Adams.  She grows up in a military family and elects to join the first class to graduate from the US Space Force Academy in 2040. She is grounded in traditional values and is raised by her father to be a strong independent woman.  She cares about the cause of women in society and is encouraged by the ascension of women into leadership roles.  She is goal oriented and focused but can undermine herself when she perceives injustice, particularly when it is directed at one of her friends and co-workers.

The formative experience of Diana’s adult life came during a war.  From her underground bunker in Nevada she identified targets and launch stealth missiles toward their targets.  During her shift at the controls, her base was struck by an enemy missile.  She assumed control of the automated fire control system and destroyed the enemy.

Emerging from her bunker, she realized how lucky she was to have survived.  Engulfed in smoke and still smoldering, the base was barely recognizable.  She stumbled toward HQ, the operations center, tripping several times, once over a dead body, another over a disembodied leg.  The ground was hot! She burned her left hand when she broke her fall.  Disoriented, weak and in pain, it took a few minutes (seemed like hours) to realize that HQ was gone – completely vaporized.  In its place were smoldering ashes.  No human remains were evident.  Commanding the operations center that directed all the launch stations was Base Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Paul Adams – her father.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

The characters mirror the characters in The Wizard of Oz. 

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

Main character:  Diana: the Roman Goddess of the Hunt, protector of women and children, fierce warrior and loyal to a fault.  (Dorothy is her alter ego in The Wizard of Oz.)

Her sidekick and soul mate:  Gabrielle, chosen from the sidekick in the TV series “Xena, Warrior Princess. (Represents Diana’s heart.)

Nick Adams: An often-used name in the books written by Hemingway.  Plus my Dad was named Nick.  He’s a Nobel-winning mathematician in the book.  (the brain.)

Tony Russo: I just like the name.  (Courage personified.)

How did you come up with the title of the book?

Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo in Greek Mythology.  Diana (main character’s name) is the Roman equivalent.  The “Awakening” takes place because of the heroic journey that Diana undertakes on behalf of her grandfather (Nick Adams).

Who designed your book covers?

I hired a great graphics guy in the U.K. through reedsy.com. His name is Nick Castle.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Kristen Stewart or Zoe Kravitz.

What did you edit out of this book?

I started my writing career as a blogger.  My editor pushed me to delete sections that sounded like an essay and slowed the story.  I’ve used those sections in my author website johncalia.com/blog.

Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

There are so many great writers.  But the greatest storyteller might be J.K. Rowling.  I would love to be able to pick her brain as I write my next book. 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

MUSIC!!!  I have to have music playing to write. 

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Murder With Strings Attached by Mark Reutlinger #giveaway

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Murder With Strings Attached by Mark Reutlinger ~ Genre: Humorous Mystery

Sometimes even the most carefully conceived burglary can take an unexpected turn. Florence Palmer has her eye on concert violinist Aaron Levy’s priceless violin. Unfortunately, she finds it’s already been stolen. Her surprise doubles when the virtuoso she’d planned to burgle offers to hire her to help him steal it back. But they’re not the only ones looking for the missing violin. When Flo inadvertently becomes the prime suspect in a case of murder, she and Aaron need to clear her name. Will they find the real killer and get the violin back to its rightful owner without anyone else, especially themselves, being killed?

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Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novels “Made in China,” “Murder with Strings Attached,” and the “Mrs. Kaplan” cozy mystery series, as well as “Sister-in-Law” under the pen name M. R. Morgan. He is a professor of law emeritus at Seattle University. Born in San Francisco, Mark graduated from UC Berkeley and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington. When not reading or writing, Mark enjoys tennis, biking, playing the clarinet (in the Tacoma Concert Band), sports cars, and various arts and crafts. He doesn’t know where he finds time for it all.

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The Calling by Destiny Hawkins #giveaway

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The Calling (The Descendants Series Book 2) by Destiny Hawkins

She was given a second chance to prove that she could fall in line, but with her lack of power, that would be impossible. 

Rayah’s entire life, she’d always been different from everyone else, and in Lytonia, being different was treated as a crime, but in her case, she was granted a pass. In only a few months, she had to present her abilities to the council and prove to them that she was worthy of walking the halls of Monroe Academy, but Artemis, her tormentor and superior officer, would stop at nothing to keep her from excelling. Being powerless and not proving herself meant that she would be transitioned into a slave, and Artemis would become her master. What Rayah realized was that she wasn’t as powerless as she thought. For weeks she had been able to do things that only the elite lighters could do, and even though this meant that she was strong, it made her more different than she could have ever imagined. Rayah went from being weak to possibly being as strong as a Gods Daughter, and she couldn’t tell anyone. The standard colors of a Lytonians powers are white, royal blue, and turquoise blue. Hers were black… 

Bestselling author Destiny Hawkins brings you the second installment of a gripping dark fantasy where a powerless girl must survive in a society that doesn’t accept the weak…or the defective.

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Destiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.

She enjoys working on her graphic designing business : Vibrant Designs LLC, writing, listening to music, reading, and of course watching some anime! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult.

Destiny loves creating stories and building worlds that both teach and entertain! When writing she sticks to her slogan: Where beauty can be found in darkness.

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Cover Reveal… Magissa by Kassandra Flamouri

Kassandra Flamouri holds a degree in Music from the Sunderman Conservatory of Gettysburg College, which she uses to moonlight as a folk musician while juggling writing, teaching, and earning a second degree. Her past works include The Fruit of Our Thorns: A Collection and The Roots of Our Magic: 6 Stories Inspired by the Folklore or Greece (a bilingual collection), both available on Amazon, as well as her recent debut novel, The Chalice and the Crown, available at most online retailers. More information about her past and upcoming work can be found on her website at www.flamourifiction.com.

After fourteen years in America, Chrysa Markou returns to her native village in the remote mountains of Greece an orphan. Crushed by grief and plagued by feelings of estrangement from her family, she feels like an alien in a new world. Nonetheless, she is hopeful for a fresh start.

Despite her best efforts to move forward, Chrysa finds herself beset by vicious gossip, family secrets, and a magical heritage that could derail the future her parents wanted for her. To make matters worse, the one responsible for orphaning Chrysa has returned to unleash a reign of terror over her new home.

With the help of a handsome but cantankerous Seer and a pair of burly guard dogs, Chrysa scrambles to protect her village from an onslaught of dark creatures commanded by her parents’ murderer. As the noose of malice draws tighter, Chrysa must grapple with festering doubts. Is she the true cause of the carnage?

Triumph over evil seems worth any cost, until it threatens to unravel everything Chrysa believed she was fighting for.

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 23, 2022




The Descendants by Destiny Hawkins #giveaway

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The Descendants (The Descendants Book 1) by Destiny Hawkins

Genre: Dark Dystopian Fantasy

Fail the tests and become a slave. Display defectiveness and be put to death.

Monroe Academy was built to separate the weak from the strong. Pass the biyearly leveling and be released into society upon graduation. Fail to be promoted and be stripped of rank and forced into servitude. That was a rule that applied to all but Rayah Bardeau. A student of Monroe Academy, branded as a Null because of her absence of Lighter energy.

With her mother standing as a slave in her place, Rayah was given until the age of twenty to make level six, but at nineteen-years-old and with only eight months until her twentieth birthday, she was only a mere level one. The same level she’s been since she was ten. With the stress of her upcoming test, the loss of a friend, and the constant wrongdoings towards her, Rayah could only dream of escaping from Lytonia, and escape she did. Only, when she awakened in her dorm, she couldn’t distinguish if she had only dreamt of meeting Soren, a wild and adventurous defect in the Wild Lands, or if she had somehow used her Lighter Form to get there.

But only the elite ― the most powerful of Lighters ― could tap into their Lighter Forms. Right? And what was the dark energy she used when she and Soren were attacked by Depleters? Was Rayah really as powerless as she thought? Was she a defect? And if she used dark energy, could she call herself a Lighter at all?

Bestselling author Destiny Hawkins brings you the first installment of a gripping dark fantasy where a powerless girl must survive in a society that doesn’t accept the weak…or the defective.

Content Advisory: The following book contains vivid depictions of violence and death. Reader discretion is advised.

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Destiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.

She enjoys working on her graphic designing business : Vibrant Designs LLC, writing, listening to music, reading, and of course watching some anime! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult.

Destiny loves creating stories and building worlds that both teach and entertain! When writing she sticks to her slogan: Where beauty can be found in darkness.

Get ready for The Unbroken, Book Three of The Descendants Series!

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Pleasure Cruise by Katherine Moore #giveaway

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Pleasure Cruise (A Cruisin’ Around Novel) by Katherine Moore

Genre: Feel Good Romance

Sometimes a marriage just needs a little help.

Rosirene Callahan is used to acting as a sounding board for the people who end up on her massage table, but when Julie Coleman books treatments for every day of a ten-day cruise, the massage therapist senses that something is seriously wrong with her client’s marriage.

Ben Parks might be the world’s greatest mixologist but he’s not so much of a people person. Still, when Geoffrey Coleman hides out in the bar every day instead of enjoying the many amenities the ship has to offer, it doesn’t take a shrink to figure out that all is not well in Geoffrey’s world.

He and his wife booked the adults-only cruise as a substitute for a honeymoon they never had. But now it looks like the honeymoon is over.

Unless Rosi and Ben can bring them back together while figuring out how they feel about each other.

Was it ever this complicated on The Love Boat?

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Born in Washington, D.C., Katherine Moore now lives in a small Pacific Northwest town very much like Silver Birch. She has worked as a food writer, a caterer, and a movie extra as well as a freelance lifestyle reporter and staff writer for magazines in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Richmond, Virginia.

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Simply Mine by Kae Galla #giveaway

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Simply Mine (A Perfectly Stated Novel) by Kae Galla Genre: Paranormal Romance

Brin
Tossed aside like garbage, I never knew who my true parents were. The woman who raised me never showed an ounce of motherly affection toward me, only a sense of responsibility.

When I’m forced to flee from the only home I’ve ever known, I fear death is all that awaits.

Until he finds me.

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My name is KAE Galla and I’ve loved writing since before I knew how. I’d sit with my mom and grandma telling them exactly what I wanted my story to be, and they would write it down under misshapen scribbles I tried to pass off as art work. It wasn’t until years later that I finally decided to go full throttle with my passion and share it with the world. Now, thanks to the support of my loving family, great friends, and an amazing team, my dream of becoming an author are reality. My heart is in Paranormal Romance, and Romance in general, but I love challenging myself and broadening my horizons so you can bet there is more to come!

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Rumpled Rhett by Rachel Rossano #giveaway

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Rumpled Rhett (Once Upon a Duchy Book 3) by Rachel Rossano

Genre: Romantic Medieval Fairytale Retelling

Rhett is a Huntsman, skilled, secretive, and mysterious. A wanted man, he spends his life on the move. His sole retreat is the outskirts of an isolated village in the northern reaches of the duchies. Then one fall, he arrives to find his hovel burned to the ground and the village reeve offering a new arrangement.

Catherine knows her father, the village miller, only cares about what she can bring him. The latest scheme of marrying her to the Huntsman is not the miller’s first attempt to sell her. Cat’s dread wanes when she meets the Huntsman. There is something honorable about him, and he treats her with respect, unlike her father or brother. Perhaps she can escape her father’s influence forever.

Despite his suspicions, Rhett agrees to the deal and frees Cat from her father’s tyranny, at least for a time. But can he protect her when enemies from his past catch up to him?

Inspired by Rumpelstiltskin.

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Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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Sand and Shadow by Laurisa White Reyes #giveaway

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Sand and Shadow by Laurisa White Reyes ~ Genre: SciFi Horror

Winner of the Houston Writer’s House Competition★

Seven Survivors.

One Monster.

Nowhere to hide.

Mission Specialist Adán Fuentes awakes from cryo-hibernation to discover that most of his fellow crewmates are dead and the shuttle Carpathia is not where it’s supposed to be. Surrounded by a vast barren landscape, he and the other survivors wonder how they can accomplish their mission, to establish a home for future colonists.

When an unseen creature attacks them, the Carpathia’s crew must turn their attention to surviving and solving the true purpose behind their mission.

Inspired by the 50’s sci-fi flick FORBIDDEN PLANET, SAND AND SHADOW plumbs the depths of the human psyche and the power of its influence. As the Carpathia’s crew’s secrets and flaws are revealed, readers may find themselves compelled to examine their own dark places.

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Laurisa White Reyes is the author of sixteen books. Her middle grade novel THE STORYTELLERS won the 2015 Spark Award from The Society of Children’s Books Authors & Illustrators (SCBWI) and her young adult novel PETALS received the 2017 Spark Honor Award.

In addition to writing, Laurisa also is the founder and Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press, which publishes quality fiction and non-fiction for a variety of readers. She also teaches English composition at College of the Canyons in Southern California. To subscribe to Laurisa’s monthly newsletter, visit her website at www.LaurisaWhiteReyes.com

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