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Hidden Heart Sign-ups!

21 May

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Ecstatic to announce HIDDEN HEART is going on tour with AToMR.

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Sign-ups are already underway for the following events:

  • BOOK TOUR (May 26th – June 6th;  already filled up). Come back soon for the full tour schedule.
  • REVIEWS ONLY
If you are a blogger (not author) interested in review only click here to sign up!

New Release–The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett

23 Apr
Now available: Cindy C Bennett’s The End of Feeling After missed deadlines and pushed-back release dates, it’s finally here!

Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular
guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his
grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he
hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.
Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his
own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the façade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.
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Here’s what’s being said about The End of Feeling
The End of Feeling is a
story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Haunting,
heartbreaking, in other words, another winner for Bennett!
From the moment I picked it up, my heart was warmed, melted,
broken, and pieced back together again. A beautiful story that will leave you
aching long after the last page.
~ Jamie Canosa, author of Falling to Pieces
tale of hope and love about a couple of teens who have every reason to believe
in neither. It’s raw and real, but leaves us believing in the power of
redemption.
~ Juli Caldwell, author of Psyched
The reality both characters live makes their story
captivatingly unique, and emotionally powerful. . . Demonstrates the beautiful
truth that two people can learn to be true to themselves, no matter
what—especially while falling in love. 
~ Heather Frost, author of The Seers trilogy
The struggles in this story bring to light the
fact that beauty and truly miraculous things can be found in the everyday, and
that the most important thing any one of us can possess, is love.
Once again Cindy C Bennett’s incredible talent
shines through yet another masterpiece . . . a triumphant story of love,
compassion and human strength.
Bennett brilliantly weaves the fears and trepidation of two
teens treading the hazards of acceptance, young love, and. Curl up with this
story and enjoy the ride—it’s terrific.

Learn more at Cindy C Bennett’s blog.

Visit The End of Feeling blog to read the full reviews.

VBT–A Fantasy Christmas. Review and Excerpt

20 Nov

Authors Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon have joined forces for a Christmas anthology. Each has written a romantic Christmas short story with a fantasy theme. There are Elves (think Legolas), Witches, and  Greek gods!

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While I haven’t read the entire anthology I did read Sherry’s short story Loving Marigold. My review is posted on Goodreads, Amanzon and B&N, and decided to post it here as well.

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So here we go:

As with everything else Sherry Gammon writes, I had to read her newest story titled Loving Marigold. What a delight it was. I’m not saying that because I’m afraid Marigold will turn me into a toad but because I truly enjoy the story, the characters, and the plot line.

We find out from the first pages that Marigold, a high school freshman, is a good witch, channeling her gifts and figuring out first love. We also are introduced to Jack Mahoney, the boy that aside from being tall and handsome, also plays basketball and has a lot of girls fawning over him, including the Fartitious Twins.

I liked Jack as soon as he opened his mouth; his sense of humor laced with sarcasm makes him not only funny but he stands out on the page. Next time we meet Jack it’s nine years later, when he returns to the same town he went to school with Marigold. The two of them meet again, soon realizing the sparks they had in high school never died out. Quite the contrary.

Unfortunate circumstances throw the two of them together. Past secrets are brought to the light and their love tested once again. How do they come out of it? Well, that’s something you have to find for yourself.

What I loved about this novella is its fast pace, clean plot line, its innocent romance, a little mystery and great characters. I smiled and laughed out loud many times, Jack’s quirkiness completing Marigold’s wit like peanut butter and jelly—a match made in heaven.

I’ve been a fan of Sherry’s novels ever since she began writing, finding this particular story where her voice shines through. A great read, definitely a keeper for my bookshelf.

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EXCERPT

Loving Marigold by Sherry Gammon

The familiar whisperings of witch began as I weaved through the thick crowd. I spotted Jack sitting on a desk, a can of Diet Pepsi in his hand.

“Marigold, I’m glad you came.” He greeted me with a tight grin as he stood and came toward me.

“I was passing by when I saw all of this.” I gestured to the Mylar balloons floating about the room and the blue streamers draped from the lights and across the chalkboard. “I came in to see what’s going on and saw the cake.”

“Really?” he questioned. “Fiona and Felecia said they invited you, but you had a date with some guy you’ve been seeing over in Grantsville.”

For a moment, I could have sworn sadness touched his eyes, but looking closer into the deep pools of brown, I saw nothing.

I let the comment pass, fearing I’d lose my temper over the lie the sisters told him and feed the witch rumors. “Where are you going? Is there a basketball tournament I didn’t know about?”

“No. I . . . Uh, I’m moving to Port Fare, New York.” His voice held a strange chill now. Why is he acting so weird?“The high school there has an awesome basketball team and my parents think I’ll stand a better chance at getting a college scholarship there than I will at Podunk, West Virginia High.”

“Your dad’s giving up his job for the chance that you might get a scholarship?” The move seemed a bit impetuous. Jack had talent, but Dirk, the forward on the team, played better.

“My dad works from home so it doesn’t matter where we li—” Two of Jack’s teammates jumped him from behind and one poured a bottle of Gatorade down his back. Jack howled playfully as I jumped back.

“You’re dead, Cliff,” Jack shouted after the boy with the now empty bottle. “Sorry, Marigold. I have to get a little revenge. Maybe we can talk later.” Jack took off after his teammates and I turned to leave, not wanting to be there another moment. Was I the only one who imagined that the week we’d spent together was special? It also hurt that he so readily believed the twins about my having a boyfriend.

“Why the tears, witch?” Fiona asked. She appeared out of nowhere, blocking my escape route. She propped her hands on her hips, her short denim skirt rode up several inches. Felecia, wearing almost the exact same outfit, mimicked her sister’s pose.

“Excuse me. I don’t want to be late for my bus.” I dropped my gaze downward, too upset to try to deal with their games at the moment. I attempted to go around the obnoxious twins, only they were having none of it.

“You actually believed Jack liked you, didn’t you?” Felecia asked, flicking a strand of my frizzy hair.

I snapped my head up and glared into the girl’s watery gray eyes. “Is that why you lied and told him I had a boyfriend and couldn’t come to the party?” At least, I hoped that was what happened. Because if Jack really didn’t care about me . . .  I shivered at the thought.

“We know you’ve put a spell on him, witch. He wanders the halls searching for you between classes, and Fiona caught him doodling your name on his notebook,” Felecia bit out between her clamped teeth. “He’s clearly bewitched.”

“So you’re protecting him from me then?” I asked, stepping toward the twins.

“That’s right.” Fiona offered up a nasty sneer. “I saw him first, and since I can’t compete against your black magic voodoo, I invented a boyfriend for you. Now Jack thinks you’ve been playing both ends.”

I moved even closer as they each crept back. “Wh-what does it matter, witch?” Felicia said, her hands shaking. “He’s leaving in the morning for Port Fare. You would have lost him anyway.”

I stopped. They had a point. What did it matter? The boy I loved was leaving. The only person ever to have defended me against the witch taunts. I turned for the door, but stopped when I heard the twins’ snide laughter. It burned hot in my stomach. Before clearing the door, I casually flipped my hair over my shoulder, or at least I hoped it looked that way to my classmates. In fact, the gesture meant much more. Through my strands of hair, I wiggled my index finger at the Farious twins. A stink rose from the girls so vile people actually tripped over themselves in an effort to escape. When the unmistakable noises started, laughter filled the room and fingers pointed at the girls who would forevermore be known as the Fartious twins.

 

Review–The Werewolf’s Devotion by Mimi Sebastian

30 Oct

My Rating: stars

If someone said that I’d like another werewolf more than Jacob from Twilight, I would’ve laughed and bet a paycheck that it could never ever happen. Luckily, no one challenged me and I still have my paycheck, but not my heart because another hero came and swept me off my feet.

Who is this mystery new guy, you might ask. Let me introduce you to Brandon Ross, a secondary character in the Necromancer’s Seduction by Noemi Ghirghi, writing as Mimi Sebastian. Because of his special place not only in the novel but also in Mimi’s heart, she decided to give him the spotlight as the main hero in The Werewolf’s Devotion.

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Brandon is a man with a past he struggles to leave behind. En route to finding peace he meets Solange Neves, a doctor in a small Brazilian town. There’s something about Brandon that made me fall in love with him within pages. It has nothing to do with how handsome he is, but with his heart, his emotions he tries to keep in control, his doubts and forbidden attraction. All of the above made him human, a believable, well-rounded character with qualities and flaws one could easily relate to.

Another aspect I enjoyed is Mimi’s ability to play with words. Her descriptions are clear, elegant and gracious. Like a painter is comfortable with colors and brushes, Mimi paints the surroundings and the characters effortlessly and very vivid. That’s a true talent and I applaud Mimi for it.

The story is short and geared toward the readers of the Necromancer’s Seduction, the first book in the Necromancer Series (urban fantasy). And since this is Mimi’s first release, I applaud her intricate plot development, her unique style and voice. Give her novels a try—you won’t regret it. 

As a prize for launching Brandon’s story Mimi is offering The Werewolf’s Seduction as a giveaway via various contests, blog spots, etc. If you comment on her blog today, between now and 12:59 p.m. Arizona time, she’ll pick one commenter to receive the booklet. The winner will be announced tomorrow 10/31. 

Good luck everyone!

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop

18 Jul

Featuring books in the western genre and sub-genres let me introduce you to The Western Roundup Giveaway Hop.

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This hop runs from July 19th – 31st 2013 – and is organized by by MK McClintock. Whether it’s cowboys, wizards on horseback, magical beings in the old west, or pioneers on a wagon train, historical or contemporary all bloggers have awesome giveaways for you. Just stop by and enter their giveaways, it’s something for everyone.

For this hop I decided to give away one e-copy of my favorite western romance titled COOPER’S REDEMPTION by D’ann Lindun.

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I absolutely loved this book and I encourage everyone with a soft heart for all things cowboys to read it. My review is listed on GoodReads and Amazon as well.

Now to the fun part. For your chance to win this e-copy all you have to do is . . . I really don’t know. Let me think for a minute. Facebook liketwitter followblog follower … hmmm. How about you pick any one of these and leave a comment which one you picked.

Happy summer!

…And the stars pour…

23 Jun

Lately I feel like all the stars have aligned for all the love and recognition my books get. I got a note from Carmen Stefanescu, a dear friend of mine who happens to be a fellow Romanian author as well letting me know how much she enjoyed reading BORN IN VENGEANCE. She calls it, “Gripping. Fast paced. Cami Miron Skiba has offered the readers a quick and entertaining read and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend it to those who love a historical/light romance story, and give it five stars.”

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I can’t thank Carmen enough for the love she showed my book. For her full review click here. And while you are on her blog, look around at her works. If you are a fan of paranormal genre, Carmen’s debut novel called Shadows of the Past might be of interest to you. 

Happy reading!

Happy in–Nag out

19 Jun

Let me tell you a secret: as an author you doubt yourself a lot. No matter how many books you’ve written, no matter if you are successful or not. Those voices in your head aren’t always only your imaginary friends that turn into amazing heroes wanting nothing more than to find a portal to the outer world and have their stories known to anyone willing to give them a chance. No. Along with those voices you hear a few nagging ones: “This wasn’t good enough.” “Write faster.” “Your rating dropped.” “Can’t you do better?” At times those voices are louder than of your heroes. And doubt spreads through your mind eventually leading to discouragement when all you want is throw it all away. Yup, this was me for the past few days.

And then a little miracle happened. My assistant Tina received a message from Brandee Price  @ Bookworm Brandee who agreed a while back to read and review my Dacian Legends series BORN IN VENGEANCE and BORN IN SIN. Curious about her reviews I went to her site and read them. With each new sentence I read, a smile made it’s way to my face, at first shy then larger and larger. At times like this (when I smile with my whole face) I’m glad I have ears, otherwise my mouth would stretch all the way to the back of my head. Because that’s exactly what Brandee’s reviews did to me: made me smile with my whole being.

I recommend you stop by her blog not only for her reviews of my books but because she has some other really great reviews. Not sugarcoating, but insightful and clear.

I know the naggers will always be in my head. If is not my books they complain about it’s my weight, my wrinkles, my dark circles, my fine hair, my… do they sound familiar? Well, I don’t know how to stop them forever. But I know they can be tuned out even for a day. And that’s what I chose to do today. Taking a break from my naggers.

Have you tuned your naggers out?