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A tree atop a hill…

3 Mar

Here we are officially into the 3rd month of the year and once again I’m amazed how fast time just blows by. 

I remember as a kid back in communist Romania and going to school including Saturday, and how slow time crawled. Sometime after I turned 30 I experienced this rush and time did begin to move at a faster pace.

Anyway, this post is not about the lack of or how fast time moves but about how I chose to spend it. 

Last year I began March with a post that–in reading it now–brought back lots of memories. From having Mom here in the US, to my nephew’s health issues, to book appearances that post made me re-evaluate where I am a year later.

Right of the bat I can say I’m by far healthier. I began working out regularly and falling back in love with my own body. Anyone who struggles with her body image knows exactly what I’m talking about, right? I mean, we women have a tendency to be our worst critiques, aren’t we?

I’m also happier. I find that just looking at a cloudless sky  can make me really happy. Years ago, I was either too busy to observe the beauty surrounding me or that alone wasn’t enough; I needed something else or someone to make me happy. Now I can make myself happy with little things from a cup of coffee to a book to a manicure or as simple as holding my husband’s hand. 

I’m busier than a year ago. My day job is so crazy fast-paced that I find myself arriving at the office, blinking then 4pm hits the clock an voila: time to leave. I’m doing so much more that my job title no longer encompasses what I do: personal assistant, manager, travel agent, event planner, academic personnel coordinator and occasional shopper. A dear friend of mine who opened a spa asked me to help her getting it going in terms of front desk coverage. Between August  ’14 and January ’15 I worked 7 days a week. You read it right: seven days a week. The only time I took off was when I travelled or for book appearances. I’m now only on Saturdays at the spa, keeping my Sundays for all things household, hanging out with friends or (if the Muse strikes) writing all day.

In the evening I become mom and wife. Dates about two times a week, sometimes more. Patty Cakes (don’t tell my kid I posted this here, he’d be mortified) doesn’t need my help so much with homework since Tippy Toes really cracks the whip and pushes him to study more. I know the two nicknames totally grabbed your attention, but I promise to write another time how we came to nickname my son and his girlfriend. 

After dinner I once again become something else: writer. The places I go, the people I meet, the people I get to know inside and out, even their deepest secrets–there’s no way to really capture in words how writing makes me feel. With renewed energy, my fingers run over the keyboard, transforming the voices in my head in words on the paper, one story after another.

At times I envision myself a tree atop a hill, with deep roots, always loving, always feeding, always nurturing, always creating, always protecting, always growing…. I know Camelia is a flower but hey, if I wanna be a tree I sure can, right?

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VBT–Me Tarzan You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba. $25 Giveaway

9 Feb

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Here we are again with a second tour for my newest novel titled Me Tarzan–You Jane, this time organized by the talented Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer. To get a tour organized by Kathy is like winning the lottery, and authors around the world who know her know what I mean by that.

Kathy’s efforts in putting together my virtual book tour paid off. Over 40 bloggers signed up to feature my novel. To all of them a heartfelt thank you for your interest, time and willingness to make this tour a phenomenal success.

Nominated for the 2015 Dream AwardsMe Tarzan–You Jane is offered for the month of February at only .99cents. With over 180 ratings on Goodreads and over 90 reviews on Amazon, Me Tarzan–You Jane is on its way to stardom. 

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Me Tarzan, You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

Grab your copy for just 99 cents!

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Praise:

Fun book. When it first started out, I was afraid it was going to be shallow (lots of references to hot guys, etc) but it turned out to be a thoughtful story with likable characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. ~ Author Karey White 

Great story! Loved Jane’s strength, and learning the layers of “Tarzan.” This is a great story about moving on after a tragedy and learning to trust again! ~ Author Sherry Gammon

I adored this book. The characters were so alive for me that I was actually sad when the book ended. I wanted more. Maybe the author will be kind enough to write about each of the male models mentioned here … If your looking for a heartfelt story this is the book for you. ~Solmarie

Camelia

I WRITE. I LIVE. I LOVE. I DREAM. I WRITE.

I’m a dreamer
I’m a sinner
I love my books
I conjure hooks
And heroes with good looks

Romance is my guilty pleasure
Taking me to places with new decor
Come join me if you dare
I promise not to bore

If you like to read my stories
Pray my husband continues snorin’
For he’s the one who keeps me up at night
When I give my heroes wings and flight.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 2/27/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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New Release! Of love and Magic–an Anthology

2 Feb

Loving for love this Valentines? Check out Of love and Magic! Five romantic tales wrapped in magic  coming out on February 1st! My story is titled Angel in a Black Fedora! Here are the blurbs for all the books and a link to preorder your copy!

 
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Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magic

    • Angel in a Black Fedora, by Sherry Gammon: Ciel Björk died a tragic death…but she got over it. Now she works as an undercover angel, answering people’s prayers. She’s sent to the sleepy little town of Port Fare, New York to help turn Chloe’s dreams into reality. As secrets are revealed, Ciel soon learns that things are not as simple as they seem.
    •  Wish in Her Hand, by Amberlee Day: Professor Miri Keeler’s life is perfect, and she knows just the sort of man she wants to share it with. When she meets a genie who’s willing to grant her a favor, she uses her wish to get the attention of her crush, poet Jamison Arbor. But has the genie’s magic missed its target? Miri suddenly has the attention of not only Jamison, but also of Alex, an attractive maintenance man. How will she know which is the right match for her, or what’s real and what’s magic?

 

    • Reality Ever After, by Cami Checkett: Pregnant at eighteen, Sydney Richland’s happily ever after is in serious peril. Her grandmother’s ghost can work miracles, but she also might ruin Sydney’s chances with the man of her dreams.
    • Prom Diaries, by Taylor Hart: Sixteen-year-old Lacy O’Donnell discovers her best friend has cast a spell, putting everyone in a time loop, forcing them to relive the same four days before prom over and over. The good thing—Lacy doesn’t remember the loop. The bad thing—Drake Davis, the guy she’s been stalking, does. Only true love’s kiss can break the spell, but true love’s kiss has to happen at a precise moment. It’s not exact science…it’s exact magic.
  • The What If Wish, by Lucy McConnell: Morana is doomed to a life cataloging spells deep below the palace unless she can make her magic bloom. If her deepest wish comes true, it would open up all sorts of possibilities. The whispers that she was a fluke of nature would hush. The King would stop stalking her. Her parents would no longer live under a cloud of shame. And, Adam could look at her as more than a friend. Despite the promises magic holds, Morana will quickly learn that the thing she wishes for most, could quickly be her undoing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sherry Gammon

 

Dreaming of Cash– $250 Giveaway

16 Jan

Who doesn’t like cash? Who doesn’t like $250.00 cash??? 

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Well, there’s your chance to win it. How? Hop over at I‘m A Reader Not A Writer and see it for yourself.

 

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize!!

Are you Dreaming of Cash? Here is your chance to win some!

1 lucky winner will receive $250 in Paypal Cash!

Sponsor List

I Am A Reader
Laurie Here – Cont Fiction and MORE
Unshelfish
The Discerning Reader
A Tattered Copy
My Book Self
Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through The Ages
Melissa M. Frye
Leisure Reads
Julie Anne Grasso Books
Bonnie Blythe Pure Romance
Author Camelia Miron Skiba
Ann Swann ~ Author of Suspense
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Glistering Bs Blog
Krysten Lindsay Hager author
Author Ednah Walters
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D.E. Haggerty author
Diana’s Book Reviews
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A Leisure Moment: A Casual Conversation About Our Love For Literature
Melanie Crouse
Jess @ Gone with the Words
Author Deb Atwood

Giveaway Details

$250 Paypal Cash

Ends 1/30/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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Good luck!

Halfway through.

12 Jan

Second week of the virtual book tour for Me Tarzan–You Jane finds me in three different locations (and yes, I can be in three places at once, and no I do not have a clone ;) )

These lovely ladies have reviews for my novel. Curious what they have to say? Hop over and see it for yourself (not to mention beautiful blogs and a chance to make more friends. 

Cocktails and Books

Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict

Reading Addict

Happy Monday everyone!

Virtual Book Tour–Me Tarzan You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba. Kindle Fire HD6 Giveaway

5 Jan

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I’m excited to kick off not only a brand new week but also my virtual book tour for my newest novel Me Tarzan–You Jane organized by the fabulous Julie @ ATOMR Tours.

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A heartfelt thank you to Julie for her hard work and to all bloggers who signed up for the tour! I couldn’t do it without you. I’m humbled by your willingness to read and find room on your shelf and in your heart for my novel.

Anyone purchasing the book during the tour and sharing the purchase on their FB or Twitter account, then leaving a link to their posting in the comments here, will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD6.

kindleThe winner will be announced on January 17th here on my blog.

Let the fun begin!

TOUR SCHEDULE

January 5th

Bookaholic Babe

Books and Fandom

Escape Into A Book

Fic Central

FMR Book Grind

Mia’s Point Of View

Smokin Hot Book Blog

January 6th

Collector of book boyfriends

Sassy Divas Book Blog

January 7th

2 Girls Book: An Asian & White Chick Walk into a Book Blog

Miss Book Eater

My Favorite Things

RoloPoloBookBlog

The Flirty Reader

Underneath the Covers

January 8th

BookJunkyGirls

Love Without You (The making of Me Tarzan–You Jane)

January 9th

Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict

January 10th

Between The Lines

In My Secret -Book- World

Musings From An Addicted Reader

January 12th

Cocktails and Books

Reading Addict

January 13th

Books Need TLC

My Book Filled Life

January 14th

Making it Happen

Sundays in Bed with Books

True Story Book Blog

January 15th

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs

January  16th

Bookshelf Dreaming

Three Chicks and Their Books

Banned Book Week Hop

20 Sep

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“Don’t touch the stove,” — “Don’t listen to that song,” –“Don’t watch that movie!” … and the list goes on. How many times have we heard these or variations of such don’t-s especially during our childhood?

Well, if that was not enough we can add one more to the list: Don’t read that book! For one reason or another some books land on the Banned Books List and while we don’t really pay attention to it on a regular basis, here we are taking one week out of the year to … celebrate these books. Why? Because some of the reasons those books are on the list are–in my opinion–very subjective (Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.” Or J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter makes the list for “occult / Satanism”).

Please join us during the week of 09/21-09/27 for the Banned Book Week Hop organized by Mary @ The Book Hounds and Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer. Find your way to lots and lots of blogs giving away tons of prizes, all of them from the same category–banned books. You’re allowed to rebel for once and no one will judge you for it, I promise.

My Giveaway: one e-copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

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What you have to do to win it: It’s simple: FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) and leave your answer to the question: What book from the banned Book List you read and loved it? I start first and say that my fave book of ALL times is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind.