It’s Sunday and like everyone else I do enjoy a lazy-ish day. With my coffee in one hand I grabbed my iPad in the other and sat by the pool until the heat ushered me inside the house. Arizona is already hot.
In case the weather strands you in your home and you would like to read something interesting you might want to stop at Christy’s Cozy Corners blog. She has a ton of books to introduce you to, book reviews, product reviews, giveaways, recipes and much more. One stop for all, right?
Among the wonderful things on her site Christy wrote a review for my upcoming historical release BORN IN SIN. I’m very grateful for her review. If I’m good at books she’s great at writing reviews. Hop over and see it for yourself. Oh, and did I mention she has a giveaway associated with the review? What did I tell you about one stop for all?
Happy Sunday Everyone!
Another beautifully written review for BORN IN SIN gracefully offered by the wonderful Paula Mitchell at the Community Bookshop.
Here what she has to say: “I love the way Ms. Skiba is able to weave these great stories involving history, wars, romance and to be able to serve up a book everyone is eager to swallow whole. I look forward to seeing where her next book takes us.”
For the full review click here.
Paula also read and reviewed BORN IN VENGEANCE (Dacian Legends, #1). For her full review click here. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway she has going on
Paula, thank you so much for the kind words!
My historical romance BORN IN VENGEANCE (Dacian Legends, #1) originally published as a short story titled I WAS HERE–BEFORE YOU CAME) is officially out! This stand-alone version includes an expanded storyline and excerpts from BORN IN SIN (Dacian Legends, #2) coming out May 30th 2013.
To celebrate these releases several bloggers lent a helping hand to promote them and I’m extremely grateful to have such a great support group around the blogosphere. THANK YOU ALL!
Today I’d like to thank Sandy and Georgianna from The Reading Cafe for taking the time to read and write reviews of BORN IN VENGEANCE and BORN IN SIN. There’s a giveaway associated with their reviews, so don’t forget to enter it.
Here is a little of the reviews: “The battles and plans are very interesting, the situations well thought out and executed and the story in all is one I really enjoyed. In all, a very good beginning to an interesting series.” BORN IN VENGEANCE
“This is a good story, romantic in the sense of men of action finding love with the women of their hearts. No really steamy love scenes…just good old fashioned promises. It has intrigue, adventure, history and battle – heroic action and brutal villains.” BORN IN SIN
For the full reviews click here.
Because I’m a huge fan of author Sherry Gammon, naturally when she released Souls In Peril I had to have the book.
What I like about Sherry’s work is that she talks openly about real life situations in a fictional world, builds characters that anyone can easily fall in love with, and writes endings that leave you wanting more. And Souls in Peril delivers exactly that. Her narrative is smooth building up tension and ending with a well-drawn climax. Not for one second did I know where the story headed, but rather flipped page after page impatiently wanting to find out.
This young adult novel is one of my favorite reads this year. Max, the main character, goes through one of the best arcs I’ve read in a long time. He’s the perfect guy (senior in high school) living in a perfect world. He’s not arrogant, but he’s not humble either. I’d say confidence is one of his strongest qualities. Unfortunately tragedy strikes and Max falls deep, losing everything and then some.
Next, we follow him through a brand new journey with trials, conflicts and doubts to fill a lifetime. Enter JD, the school’s most bullied student with whom Max has no other choice but to… coexist for a while.
Sherry drives the reader to real emotions masterfully creating trials, conflicts and doubts. You’ll cry and laugh, ache and root for these heroes. I also liked the messages that come with this book, that life is worth living, that we should never give up and we should always try our best. As life goes on and routine sets in we have a tendency to forget how important these things are. Truth is—tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.
I recommend this book to everyone loving a good, clean YA for themselves or their teenagers–so worth reading it.
My review is up on Amazon, GoodReads, B&N and iTunes.
It is with great pleasure I host my dear friend and partner in literary crimes Jeffrey Moore’s virtual book tour for his 4th novel, JERICHO SOLUS. I’m one of the fortunate people to have read Jericho’s story while Jeff wrote it and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. I’m shy when it comes to writing reviews, but Jericho Solus so deserves it. Jeff writes speculative fiction, taking his readers to worlds beyond imagination, alien creatures and intriguing plots.
The closest I’ve ever been to a different planet / world is… my own lala land where I escape reality.
That changed after I read Jericho Solus. Although human, Jericho Solus is unlike other humans. He’s been around since the beginning of humanity, living through wonderful tales of bravery, betrayal, and love. Even though Jericho Solus’ journey is fascinating, Jeff’s signature is incontestable. He portrays a multidimensional hero, an absolute must for such a novel.
Leaving aside the fact that Jeff has been my critique partner and friend for a long time now, Jericho Solus is the best piece he’s ever written. Jeff’s ability to take the reader into alien worlds is an art, an innate talent that comes to him so effortless. His novels are not your average novels, but rather for people with an understanding and a vision of other worlds. Deep, analytical, intriguing. Prepare to embark on the journey of a lifetime, spanning over centuries and artfully brought back to present time. Prepare to root for a hero so out of the ordinary, he will jump out at you from the first page until the last. Prepare to unlock the world’s secrets and find clues about its history. Prepare to discover a universe no money or spacecraft would take you. Untold tales of untouched places.
5+ stars for Jericho Solus.
For the last day of my virtual book tour on 03/29 there was a review from Calum scheduled @ The Secret Writer. Unfortunately Calum’s computer decided that was the perfect time to crash (I’m telling you, these machines have a mind of their own).
Between that and the time zone difference (Calum in the UK, me here in the States) I had to come up with a quick solution … but not quick enough. I already had the draft ready to come up, then when I saw the time ticking I moved it to later on, then again, and again but forgot sometime in the afternoon to re-schedule it. So it did come up looking like this: “Calum loved the book, calling it, “….”
I didn’t realize until late at night the post was up in the air and wasn’t finished. Needless to say I frantically removed it from the blog, praying no one saw it. As it turned out, my prayers went answered. Calum wrote yesterday and teased me: “How did you know I loved the book?” I wrote back: “It was wishful thinking.”
It is my pleasure to give you (for real this time) excerpts from his review: “This though, is not your usual type of romance novel. Richly written, cultural and historical issues are interwoven throughout the story. There are also military action scenes that take place during a period of active service in Iraq. These scenes are written so vividly, that the reader will not find it very difficult to imagine themselves standing beside the main characters within this story as the military action scenes are played out.” more
Jacque @ Good Family Reads had reviewed A World Apart a while ago and I’m truly grateful for her touching way she described my book. Today I’m back at her blog for an interview. Even though there were lots of interviews throughout my book tour there are still things about me and my work you don’t know. For example, did you know what was the working title of A World Apart? Or what I crave for–sweet or salty snacks? Join me at Jacque’s website to find out the answers to these questions and more.