Dreaming Of Summer Blog Hop

26 Nov

As an Arizonan by choice I do not dream of summer. I have it ALL year long, or at least the sunshine. But that didn’t stop me from signing up to participate in Dreaming Of Summer Blog Hop organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and helped this time by Me, My Shelf and I.

For this hop the one obligatory rule is to host a giveaway for summer/beach read. That simple. Wearing my swim suit, a ton of sunscreen and flip-flops off I went to the beach called Amazon browsing for books. And one of the first books that popped on my browser was… Vlad All Over.

It caught my attention because Vlad is a famous Romanian name (Vlad the Impaler) but also because, in reading its blurb it says the main heroine (an American schoolteacher) goes on a trip to… Romania, the land of Dracula. Wait a minute! I was born and raised in the land of Dracula (and no, I haven’t seen vampires growing up, in case you wondered…). Now with all these tidbits, I had to know more about the book and started reading it through the look inside feature (love Amazon for this!). Needless to say it’s on my TBR list and decided to assign it as the prize for this giveaway.

Based on Amazon Best Seller Rank this book lands at # 11 in Books which means it’s a winner. And the plot happens during summer vacation, which complies with the hop’s rule.

So, for your chance to win an electronic version of Vlad All Over all you have to do is 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 was your favorite summer read this year?

Mine was The American Sniper by Chris Kyle.

Good luck! 




45 Responses to “Dreaming Of Summer Blog Hop”

  1. nrlymrtl November 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    I enjoyed the first 2 books in Gemma Files’ Hexslinger series. Excellent stuff.

    I follow via email: nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 27, 2012 at 9:48 am #


      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have to look into this series. I have a feeling is …dark and magical… am I right?

      • nrlymrtl November 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

        Yes, dark Aztec magic set in 1880s southwest USA. Like nothing I have ever read and very very good.

      • CameliaMironSkiba November 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #

        Oh, then it’s a winner. I really enjoy anything written in the 1880s or historical in general. THX!

  2. vetteklisa November 27, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Hmmm, tough one. I’ve read a lot of books this summer. I guess I’ll say Toxic by Jus Accardo was the best. It’s the one that has stuck in my mind the most.

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 27, 2012 at 9:46 am #


      is Toxic a scary one? Sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tara November 27, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    My fav I have read several times but I love it The Notebook!

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 27, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      HI Tara,
      Thanks for sharing.
      Haven’t read it but seeing you read it several times it must be a good one. Added it to my TBR list.

  4. Tara November 27, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    O and e.sadlersfan@yahoo.com is my email

  5. Dawna Newman November 27, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I enjoyed quite a few one being Bayou Myth by Mary Ann Loesch.

    Follow- email vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com


    • CameliaMironSkiba November 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm #


      Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. Never read a book by Mary Ann Loesch but it’s interesting to find new authors and read their work.

  6. Laurie Goudge November 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    My fav I have read several times but I love it The Notebook!

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm #


      You’re the second person saying The Notebook was their fav. I MUST read it. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Jenn November 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    My favorite book of the summer was The False Prince!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #


      You’re very welcome. Thanks for stopping by. Was he really a false prince?

  8. Danielle V November 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Oh, what a fun premise for a book! My favorite summer read was The Adults by Alison Espach. It was also the first book I reviewed on my blog.. I can’t say enough good things about it!


    • CameliaMironSkiba November 28, 2012 at 9:28 am #


      Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m really curious about the book too. I hope whoever will win it will like it too. Do you like reviewing? I use to be afraid of reviewing books because reviewing it’s such a personal thing: what one loves someone else hates it and viceversa. Being on both sides of the fence, as an author I know how much work, effort, time and sweat goes into writing a full novel. As a reader, I try to enjoy the book for what it is: the style, the plot, the characters. Because of that I decided to only post reviews for books that really moved me, only 4 or 5 stars.
      Happy Holidays!

  9. Judy November 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Wow, I have read so many books this summer. Most of the time, my favorite is the last book I read. One particular author that stands out is Gini Koch. She has a series called Katherine “Kitty” Kat, about Aliens and handsome guys. It was completely awesome. I bet you would enjoy it as most of the series is set in Arizona. *grin*

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 28, 2012 at 9:06 am #


      Darn! I moved to AZ thinking there will be NO Aliens. The author’s style must really pull me in because that’s one genre I’m less fond of. BUT I’m fond of handsome guys… I’ll give it a try.
      Nevertheless thanks for stopping by. xoxo

  10. Marlena Fein November 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    The Hunger Games was my favorite summer read this year although it may have been more spring-ish when I read it? LOL

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! The book sounds great!

    Happy Holidays,

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am #


      The pleasure is mine. Glad you stopped by. I never read HG but saw the movie (only at my son’s insistence and I’d do anything to spend time with him, including watching a movie not my type). I have to admit that I have a tough time with the whole concept of a nation idling by while kids kill each other to survive. It shouldn’t hurt to be a child. I also have a tough time with powerful governments that lead by fear and manipulation as a person who was born and raised under communism. So the whole concept of the book bothers me on too many levels therefore it won’t ever make it on my shelf. As an author I applaud Mrs. Collins for her tremendous success. I’m not excluding reading other novels of hers because she’s very talented, but I won’t read HG.
      Lots of love to you and Happy Holidays!

  11. Sarah p. November 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    The only book I got a chance to read this summer was The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser, I do most of my reading in the winter 🙂

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 29, 2012 at 8:15 am #


      I assume your summer is really busy, huh? But at least you got the chance to read The Mirror. Now with the winter around the corner, how big is your TBR pile?
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Jacklin Updegraft November 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    My favorite was probably A Great and Terrible Beauty! Such a great read!

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 29, 2012 at 8:13 am #


      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll look into it. I love it when I can add books to my TBR pile.

  13. Filia Oktarina November 29, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    My favorite book of the summer, i think it was Reality Check by Karen Turf 🙂

  14. erma November 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    My fav read this year was shattered souls.

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm #


      I’ve heard of that one. It sounds promising.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. April Holgate (@grapeaprilrain) November 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    My Favorite read this summer was Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. grapeapril75(at0gmail.com

    • CameliaMironSkiba November 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm #


      I bet this one is a paranormal, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Angie Edwards December 1, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Wow! The cover of this book looks amazing! I read the blurb on Amazon for this book and it sounds like a terrific read. Good choice! My favorite Summer read was “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I’ve always known about the book but never thought it would interest me until a friend actually made me sit down and read it. Needless to say I couldn’t put it down! I was so surprised that I liked it so much. Now I understand why it’s a classic. It’s one of those books you’ll be thinking about for months after finishing it. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. It has hundreds of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but I also added my review to it because I just want people to read it. It’s incredibly beautiful. Anyway, moving on from my gush-fest, thank you for your generosity and this great giveaway! 🙂

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 1, 2012 at 11:06 am #


      The pleasure is mine. Thanks for stopping by. My son had to do a project on TKAM and he couldn’t stand the book. MAybe because he is a guy… or maybe because it was a long book. He tried every excuse on the planet and then some to get out of presenting his project. I made him do it anyway. I haven’t read the book :/
      Lots of love to you and yours!

  17. Beckey December 1, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    The Hathaway series (sorry, several books in it) by L Keyplas.


    Newsletter signed up 🙂

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 1, 2012 at 11:02 am #


      The best part of being a series is that you get the chance to continue reading about other heroes you liked and wanted to know more about but they were just secondary. So the more the better. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favs with us.

  18. Darlene's Book Nook (@DarleneBookNook) December 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Oh, gosh, there were quite a few. Cinder by Marissa Meyer was one of my faves.

    Email subscriber
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm #


      Cinder is on my TBR list, yuppiee. One of these days, I’ll put my feet up and delve in my pile… until then lots of love to you and yours!

  19. Kathryn Anne Merkel December 2, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    This summer I read the Hunger Games trilogy.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #


      Thanks for sharing. I assume you liked the HG trilogy… only saw the movie.
      Happy Holidays!

  20. Marlene Breakfield December 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    My favorite read this summer was Tangle of Need by Singh.

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Marlene. The title is sure intriguing.

      • ruthhill74 December 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

        e-mail subscriber
        Sierra by Taylor Dean

      • CameliaMironSkiba December 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm #


        so glad to see you stopping by. Lots of love to you and yours for this holiday season. xoxo

  21. June L December 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Confirmed email subscriber. My favorite summer read this year was Pride and Prejudice.

    • CameliaMironSkiba December 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Oh, June,

      I had P&P as a giveaway a few weeks ago, but as a DVD. Lovely, classic, heartwarming.
      Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays!

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