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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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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That’s RIGHT – it’s GIVEAWAY TIME – AGAIN!!!

What you’ll get if you win:

$20 Starbucks Gift Card – Because I’m addicted to Starbucks
 
1 Blood Angel Series travel coffee mug
 
A Sneak Peak (PDF Advance Reader Copy) of the first 2 chapters of my new novel:
SECTOR C ~ The Hunted coming out in October
 
 

The Winner Will Be Drawn and Announced:

on Friday September 25, 2015

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo of you holding my book(s). If you have an eBook copy/copies, open the library/bookshelf on your eBook reader and take a photo of you with my book cover(s) visible. 
  2. Post your photo in the comments below, on twitter tagging me @Nina_Soden and #NinaSodenBooks, and on my Facebook page.  

 

 DISCLAIMER: You do not have to provide a mailing address at this time. However, if you win you will be contacted, through Facebook, and a mailing address will be requested. If you fail to provide a mailing address you will be forfeited as the winner, and the next person drawn will receive the prize!

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If you are as excited about this GIVEAWAY as I am, when you post your photo below, include a comment telling me and my readers why you want to win!

Do you use Grammarly? Here are my thoughts!

I was recently asked to give Grammarly a try.

“What’s Grammarly?” I asked.

THE ANSWER AMAZED ME!

Their website www.grammarly.com says that Grammarly is “the world’s most accurate grammar checker.” I decided that I should be the judge of that myself. The program allows you to either download or cut and paste your text into their online platform. Once the text is in the program, it scans for over 250 points of grammar. Now, I’m not going to list them all but some of the things it looks for are:

Contextual Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Sentence Structure
Style
Plagiarism

My Test Drive:

In order to test out “the world’s most accurate grammar checker” I decided to cut and paste, into their online platform, the latest chapter of the novel I’m writing:

The Hunted

(COMING SOON)

Just a little plug for me 🙂

WOW – OMG – SO COOL!!!

The program proceeded to mark grammar issues, words that were miss used, spelling errors, and even overused words – things that Microsoft Word doesn’t find. Things that I am sure my editor will love for me to have fixed before sending her my manuscript. Already, after only five minutes with the program, I was sold.

But wait, there’s more!

There is a FREE version!!!

Nope, that’s not all…

If you upgrade to the premium version, you can also download Grammarly to your computer and activate it in Microsoft Word. That means you don’t have to upload your manuscript to the internet or cut and paste it into the online platform. This made me feel so much safer. So, I gave it a shot.

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Once the download was complete, I opened up my current work in progress. The 176-page document (34,632 words) only took a matter of minutes to be processed. When it was done, Grammarly had marked all of the “errors”. From the use of passive voice, squinting modifiers,  incorrect use of commas, and so much more. No, I don’t like my “errors” to be thrown in my face, but trust me I am glad that there is a tool that will allow me to catch them now – before I send the completed document to the editor. PLUS – I can now use Grammarly as I type instead of going back and trying to catch the errors after the first draft is already completed.

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Here’s a little more information

Grammarly’s free version checks for the most frequently made writing mistakes.

  • 100 points of grammar
  • Contextual spellchecker
  • Punctuation checks
  • Works anywhere on the web. (Use the editor at Grammarly.com or use the free Chrome add-on)

Grammarly Premium eliminates both basic and advanced errors.

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  • 250+ points of grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Style checks
  • Vocabulary enhancement
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Document type checker (business, academic, etc.)
  • Windows Microsoft Office add-in

My recommendation…

If you are a writer – GET Grammarly NOW!

Still not convinced? Check out the screenshots below to see more things you can do with Grammarly!

Use Grammarly to help edit your emails to ensure the quality of writing.
Use Grammarly to help edit your emails to ensure the quality of writing.
Choose your document type.
Choose your document type.
Choose what types of errors you want Grammarly to find.
Choose what types of errors you want Grammarly to find.

What are your thoughts? If you’ve used Grammarly or another program like it, please share your thoughts by commenting below. 

Come along on this JOURNEY with me!

OK, this post is short – but very VERY important, and I do hope that you re-post it and share it with all of your friends.

One of the most important things for an indie-author is friends and followers – READERS. With that in mind I’m reaching out to you, my amazing blog followers, and asking that you follow me here and everywhere (see links below) and that you share this post. Tell your friends, bribe your families, and blackmail your enemies into following me too!

LINKS

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BloodAngelSeries <— VERY IMPORTANT (Facebook Search: Nina Soden – Author)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nina_Soden | @Nina_Soden

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6469590.Nina_Soden

  • I have a question and answer section on my Goodreads sight – so if you want to ask… please do.
  • If you read my book(s) and enjoy it/them – please leave a review here.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/ninasoden <— VERY IMPORTANT

  • If you read my book(s) and enjoy it/them – please leave a review here.

Blog: http://www.ninasoden.wordpress.com

  •  This is where I talk about my books, upcoming projects, host author interviews, and sometimes just go really REALLY off topic and ramble about random stuff.

BOOKS

Beginnings (book 2 ~ the Blood Angel Series): http://amzn.com/B00D3G7RWM  |  http://wp.me/P1Ft9W-7J  | http://bookbzz.com/beginnings-nina-soden/ 
SECTOR C ~ The Chosen (book 1 ~ SECTOR C): http://wp.me/p1Ft9W-444
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Discounts… Giveaways… Pre-Order Offers…

Want to know when I’m offering book DISCOUNTS to my current readers?

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What to know when you can ENTER TO WIN free copies of my books and/or swag bags?

 

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Want to know when my new releases are available for PRE-ORDER before they hit the shelves?

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Just fill out the following form and I’ll be sure to let you know about any DISCOUNTS, GIVEAWAYS, and PRE-ORDER OFFERS I’m having!

AUGUST BLOG TOUR – CALENDAR OF EVENTS

I am excited to announce that I will be doing a BLOG TOUR in August 2014!

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Below is a list of my stops along the way. I hope that you will join me and follow along throughout the tour. Yes, there are a lot of ‘author interview’ posts, but I will assure you everyone asked different questions. That means that over the course of the tour you will be learning A LOT about me and the many hats I wear (mom, wife, daughter, employee, actress, adventuress, driver, and of course AUTHOR… and many many others)!!!

 

Friday, August 1st 

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATION: http://writercreations2012.blogspot.com

DIRECT LINK: http://writercreations2012.blogspot.com/2014/08/our-nina-soden-interview.html?spref=tw

Tuesday, August 5th

EVENT: Guest Author – “Top Ten Lists for Authors” by Nina Soden

LOCATION: http://iyanajenna.com

SHORTLINKhttp://iyanajenna.com/spotlight-nina-soden/

Wednesday, August 6th

EVENT: Author Interview and Book Information Announcement

LOCATION: http://authorspromotion.wordpress.com

SHORTLINKhttp://wp.me/p3SOZn-fF

Thursday, August 7th

EVENT: TBA

LOCATION: http://www.garymitchell.co.uk

SHORTLINKhttp://garymitchell.co.uk/?page_id=7

Friday, August 8th

EVENT: Guest Author Posting: Typos and Errors in Indie-Published Manuscripts

LOCATIONhttp://timothy-ouellette.blogspot.com/

SHORTLINKhttp://bit.ly/1kNDJ6v

Monday, August 11th

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATION: http://ashleenorth.wordpress.com

LINK: http://ashleenorth.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/showcasing-awesome-author-nina-soden-by-ashlee-north/   

SHORTLINK: http://wp.me/p4BsxS-3W

Tuesday, August 12th

EVENT: Author and Book Announcement

LOCATION: http://www.author-reynahawk.com

Link: http://www.author-reynahawk.com/guest-post–interviews/nina-soden

SHORTLINKhttp://bit.ly/1sSQ49f

 Wednesday, August 13th

EVENT: Guest Author – Indie-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

LOCATIONhttp://timothy-ouellette.blogspot.com/  http://www.timouellette.com

SHORTLINK: http://bit.ly/1mHGbXd

Thursday, August 14th

EVENT: Leading Character Interview w/Damian Ward of the Blood Angel Series

LOCATIONhttp://etoithomas.com/blog/

SHORTLINK:  http://wp.me/p4RYxr-Xe

Friday, August 15th

EVENT: The Blood Angel Series is MAKING THE HEADLINES – Read all about it in this exclusive Press Release!

LOCATION: http://hiddentreasurebooks.wordpress.com

SHORTLINKhttp://wp.me/p3VtKz-2q

Monday, August 18th

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATION: http://www.thedead.us

Once you have reached the main page click on [Interviews] at the bottom of the screen.

Tuesday, August 19th

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATIONwww.nicholasrossis.me

DIRECT LINKhttp://nicholasrossis.me/2014/08/19/author-feature-nina-soden/

SHORTLINK: http://wp.me/p4h3m4-tw

Wednesday, August 20th

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATION: www.jroneillwrites.com

DIRECT LINK: http://www.jroneillwrites.com/blood-angel-author-nina-sodens-blog-tour/

SHORTLINKhttp://tinyurl.com/kpsnmqq

Thursday, August 21st

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATIONhttp://headfirstintothedeepend.typepad.com/blog/

DIRECT LINKhttp://headfirstintothedeepend.typepad.com/blog/2014/08/the-interrogation-room-nina-soden.html

Friday, August 22nd

EVENT: Author Interview

LOCATION: http://www.jemsbooks.wordpress.com

SHORTLINK: http://wp.me/p2WiHJ-tV

Monday, August 25th

EVENT: Behind Locked Doors – Special Release

LOCATION: http://booksauthorsand publishing411.com

DIRECT LINK: http://booksauthorsandpublishing411.com/2014/08/19/behind-locked-…-by-nina-soden/

SHORTLINKhttp://wp.me/p39D6U-hv

Blood Angel Series – Kickstarter Project – Followup

The Blood Angel Series Kickstarter Project was a Success!!!

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I want to say a special thank you to the following Kickstarter Project donors for helping to make this series a reality:

Kathryn Dougherty

Harvey Howell

Mom & Dad (I love you both)

Smith Family

Grandma June

Michael Mullin

Arlene

Jamie Young

 

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WHAT IS THE BLOOD ANGEL SERIES ABOUT?

The Blood Angel series is set in a world very much like our own, yet Atlanta isn’t just an ordinary city and Alee Moyer isn’t just an ordinary girl. Having barely survived her childhood, it will take the death of her father for the truth of her bloodline to come out, even if it means losing her life or her identity. Watch as Alee struggles to understand her true destiny as the first surviving Dhampir in history. Surrounded by a new world ,where the horror films she grew up watching have become her reality, the most unlikely characters have become her lifeline. Follow as Alee discovers herself and her purpose.

Camouflaged by the mundane happenings of a high school existence, Alee would never have guessed what was happening below the surface in, “The Underground”. If she thought hunting in the wild and drinking blood was bad, what will she think when she becomes one of the hunted?

Will Alee be able to survive her destiny, or will it prove to be more powerful than she is?

The Blood Angel Series by Nina Soden

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nina Soden, Author
Nina Soden, Author

I have always been creative, be it art, theatre, film – anything but singing…trust me, you don’t want to hear that! I earned my bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Military Science from Eastern Michigan University 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 starry-eyed actors in pursuit of fame and fortune in tinseltown. While there, I worked to pay the bills but my love was always acting. I was able to achieve some level of success, mostly in commercials and independent films, and I consider those experiences as some of the best of my life.

After some major life changes, I self-published my first book entitled PRIVATE WORDS UNSPOKEN, a compilation of self poetry. Since then, my literary interest has grown and I would like to think my storytelling ability has improved. I have done everything from office administration, to business development, to being the Director of a private preschool. I have jumped out of a C130 aircraft, fired a M16 machine gun, and given birth – TWICE! But I always return to my art.

Though I’ll forever be a Michigan girl at heart, I now live in the South where I am married with two wonderful 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.

To learn more about me and my books you can check out my website, or follow me on one or all of the various internet/social media sites.

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