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A to Z Challenge–Letter H

9 Apr

Last week I was fortunate to start the A to Z Challenge on Rosie Amber’s blog where my novel A World Apart was making headlines for the letter A. Thank you Rosie for the incredible effort to organize this event, the love and support you show all of us, and thank you to everyone leaving comments and showing interest in my novel.

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Today I’m back again with yet another novel of mine covering the letter H in the challenge. Hidden Heart is my debut novel I published 3 years ago, a multicultural romance set in Romania and Italy, modern day. With stellar reviews, 100+ ratings and almost 1,000 readers adding it to their to-read-shelves on Goodreads I couldn’t be happier with the way people around the world received it.

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One of the latest reviewers calls Hidden Heart, “Drama galore, a hero to die for, a heroine with brains, that’s my kind of book. Hidden Heart delivers that and more.”

Please hop over at Rosie’s blog to see what else she has in store. Along with Rosie there are 2,000 bloggers from around the world featuring throughout the month of April authors from all kind of genres and what books you can read next. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Happy reading!

Giveaways at Night Owl Reviews

2 Apr

A while ago Night Owl Reviews or NOR for short opened their doors for giveaways sponsored by authors willing to spread the love for their novels.

I recently decided to take on their offer and created 4 different giveaways, for each one of my books:

Hidden Heart

A World Apart

Born In Vengeance–Dacian Legends, book #1

Born In Sin–Dacian Legends, book #2 

The giveaways run for another 3 weeks (the first three) and a month the last one. They are also posted on NOR’s site. If you click on any of the above titles you will be redirected to their site and able to enter the giveaways.

Good luck!

A to Z Challenge 2014

1 Apr

A while ago my dear friend from across the pond Rosie Amber told me she signed up for the A to Z Challenge 2014 and if I wanted to be part of it. You kidding me? Of course I want to be part of it! I can’t thank Rosie enough for her support and friendship; she’s been one of the best people I met on the blogosphere, always ready to reach a helping hand, always friendly, fair and professional.

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So what is the A to Z Challenge? It’s 26 blogs using the letters of the Alphabet all through April taking Sundays off. It’s a chance to find new friends, get new followers and promote books and your blog content across the world. This will be the 5th Year of the challenge first introduced by Arlee Bird in 2010 and it has grown in success each year. Last year over 1600 bloggers entered and during the challenge we are encouraged to visit as many of the participants as we can and leave comments. I think it is a fantastic opportunity to expand your blogging world. Find out more at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

For A, the first letter of the alphabet I’m honored to be the first to kick off the A to Z Challenge featuring my military romance A World Apart.

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In a war that’s not hers she loses everything.

Everything she loses is because of him.

Forgiveness is not an option.

Or maybe …

To find out more about my book and see what other bloggers have in store for the A to Z Challenge 2014 hop over at Rosie‘s and other blogs all over the world.

Have fun!

 

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

8 Dec

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Blog Hop:  12 Days of Christmas

Event Date:  December 1st  – 12th 2013

Hosted by: As You Wish Reviews & Confessions of the Paranormal
Sponsors: As You Wish Tours & Book Dragon Designs

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It’s my turn to share my fave cookies recipe as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.

BEST Sugar Cookies Ever! (stollen from all receipes.com)

Ingredients 

Original recipe makes 4 dozen

  •  3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup margarine, softened
  •  1 1/2 cups white sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  2.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Now that you enjoyed some sweets, let’s get to another fun part. For this blog hop I’m giving away one e-copy of my contemporary military romance A WORLD APART.

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Blurb:

Lieutenant Cassandra Toma, trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army starts her deployment at a joint-unit air base on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room—the only reason why she’s not reprimanded, or maybe not the only reason.

They meet. They clash. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq. Their flame was supposed to be over when destiny brings them back under the same roof, this time with a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol. 

To rescue Robert, Cassandra and David put aside their resentments, uniting forces against a common enemy. Trying to forget the painful past, Cassandra opens up to give David—and their love—another chance. What she doesn’t realize is that her anguish is the result of David’s impetuous action—one reckless choice he made for which she may never forgive him.

His mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found. 

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Grand Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
First Prize: One (1) eBook from Every Participating Author

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For more Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes & Giveaways – Hop along the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW

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Winner Announcement for the Great Summer Reads Giveaway Hop

13 Jul

The Great Summer Reads Giveaway is over. Using random.org the lucky winners are:

HIDDEN HEART goes to Peggy Hopkins.

A WORLD APART goes to Rhonda Peña.

BORN IN VENGEANCE goes to Shelly Hammond.

BORN IN SIN goes to Ariel.

Great Summer Reads Blog Hop

9 Jul

My awesome critique partner and friend Cindy C Bennett is hosting her very first giveaway hop. When I heard that I singed up immediately for it. 

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Everyone loves a good summer read! So this is your chance to share and giveaway your favorite. For this hop I’m giving away  e-copies of any of my novels which continue to be recognized across the blogosphere with wonderful reviews:

1. HIDDEN HEART (the story begins on a summer day so it fits perfectly)

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2. A WORLD APART (the story begins on a freezing winter day, but it does end on a summer day, so again very fitting)

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3. BORN IN VENGEANCE, DACIAN LEGENDS, BOOK #1 (of course the story begins on a summer day, what else did you expect ;) )

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4. BORN IN SIN, DACIAN LEGENDS, BOOK #2 (it starts where the first one ended, also on a summer day)

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What yo have to do to win them? Simple: FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) then leave a comment with the name you signed up under.

Good luck everyone!

Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

4 Jul

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Organized by: The Romance Troupe

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As the title of this hop hints at, each blogger must post a favorite sizzling scene. It didn’t take me long to figure out which book to pick from since I do have a few of my own novels where the chemistry between the characters is … touchable. The one I chose is not your regular scene of two people in the bedroom but rather in a gym on a military base. Wonder how it’s possible? Well, read on excerpts from A WORLD APART, contemporary military romance published in December of 2011.

And don’t forget to hop over to the other blog sites part of this hop for more fun and … sizzle ;)

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“Get ready to get your butt whooped,” saying that, Cassandra took the fighting position, both arms raised to guard her chin, feet apart.

“That’s a big word for a little girl like you.” David put the gloves on, tightened them and took the same position, facing her.

“Which one, butt or whooped?” She jabbed at him once, twice then surprised him with an uppercut. She danced around him, trying to throw him off with a pretended punch to the liver, but going for his spleen instead.

“Actually it’s whipped; whooped is slang and a little girl like you shouldn’t use such words,” he blocked another set of rapid punches.

“I’m an adult, I can use slang if I so choose. Besides, you’re not my commander here. You can’t order my mouth be washed out with soap.”

He laughed and lost momentum when she caught him off guard with two high-speed sidekicks to his upper arm, throwing him off balance. She quickly took advantage of his wobbly position and went for the final chin jab and a knee that landed him sprawled on his back. Before falling, he hooked an arm under her elbow, taking her down with him.

She struggled to stand and to unhook her arm, but stumbled and finally fell on top of David. She tried to escape, laughing so hard her body shook convulsively.

“You play dirty, David Hunt,” she laughed.

“And you take advantage of being a girl,” he laughed, too. Her body felt hot on top of his, resting easily on one elbow, her right leg bent over his, the other resting along his right thigh. Her breasts pressed hard on his chest, making him aware of the growing tightness in his groin.

“I won and quit calling me a little girl. I’m not,” she hit him lightly in his ribs. “I’m a woman.”

“I have no doubt you are a woman, a very special one, I must say.” David squeezed her leg between his, hooked both her arms and, using his body weight, rolled her onto her back, pinning her arms.

Her laughter trailed off, and her facial expression changed from relaxed to serious. Her chest rose with her breath, her skin sleek with sweat. Her blue eyes sparkled and when she licked her upper lip and then bit her lower, David lost it. He bowed his head, The hell with everything—

“You two, I said fight, not play! Two minutes!” Hulk yelled next to them.

David lifted his head for a split second to look up, pushing his body onto one elbow and rolling off Cassandra. A bucket of ice water dumped over his head would probably have the same effect as the instructor’s words.

She jumped to her feet, reaching for him, “Two minutes. Enough time to finish you, Major Hunt.”

David stood. “Don’t be so sure. If I win this match, you’ll cover my shift for one day while I’m off to the beach.” He tried a series of short jabs and forced her to take several steps backward. “Deal?”

“Deal.”

Now that you finished reading let’s move to the prize announcement. My prize is an e-copy of A WORLD APART and a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

Sounds interesting? Then for you chance to win all you have to do is LIKE Camelia Miron Skiba on Facebook and leave a comment with the name you did so. 

Winner Announcement for the Signed Book Giveaway Hop

23 Apr

The Signed Book Giveaway is over. Using random.org the lucky winners are:

Hidden Heart goes to… Lisa Vazquezanzua

A World Apart goes to  … Jolene Allcock

I Was Here–Before You Came goes to … Anne Louise.

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Signed Book Giveaway Hop

16 Apr

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Signed Book Giveaway Hop
April 16th to 22nd
Featuring Books Signed by the Author
As technology and humans evolve we authors have now a neat way of signing even electronic copies of books. Using Autograph.com any book can be signed with a push of a button then delivered to any electronic shelf (see mine on the right column, near the end of the page).
But I’m still a sucker for paperbacks. The smell of ink, the paper’s thickness between my fingers, the sound of another file being turned… that’s all part of the reading pleasure. With that in mind my prizes for today’s giveaway hop are simple: 3 winners US ONLY, each receiving a signed copy of my novels:
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Interested? I hope you are. And if you are all you have to do is fill out the form below and leave your answer to the following question: Do you have a signed item (be it a book, a DVD, a painting, a baseball, etc) by a famous person, what that item is and from whom? I have a signed poster by astronaut John Grunsfeld and one by fellow Arizonan and romance author Erin Quinn.
Good luck everyone!

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop

9 Jul

Merry Christmas everyone! Yeah, I know it’s only July, but I can start practicing now, right? I mean with so many presents to buy, christmas cards to send and visits to make I thought I’d begin practicing right here and now by giving out a … present. 
As you know Claire @ Claire Reads helped by Tess @ My Pathway to Books organized this year’s Christmas In July Giveaway Hop. This hop runs between July 9th and July 16th with the winner announcement on July 17th.

Now, I’m suppose NOT to tell what’s the giveaway for my site, but I’m a terrible secret keeper. So I left a hint. Somewhere on one of my pages (I have 5 of them: HOME, HIDDEN HEART, A WORLD APART, I WAS HERE–BEFORE YOU CAME and ABOUT) there’s a box wrapped nicely in gift paper. This box will go to one winner. It contains… well, I can’t tell what it contains, because the most important rule of this hop is not to tell what’s in it.

For your chance to win the present all you have to do is FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (between BLOG STATS and TWITTER UPDATES) and leave your answer to the question: WHAT’S THE RIBBON’S COLOR TYING THE GIFT BOX?

Merry Christmas everyone!