Living in the fast lane @ Arizona Dreamin’

3 Jun

Wow! What a weekend I had. And not just any weekend, a looooong/ incredible/ fun/ energetic/ interesting/ educative/ relaxing weekend which started on Thursday with the official release of my newest historical romance BORN IN SIN, and a virtual party on Facebook to celebrate  it.


Later in the afternoon I met the committee organizing the AZ Dreamin Conference, Arizona’s FIRST Romance Reader Event and began preparing to welcome the attendees. Beginning Thursday night I didn’t get home until after 10pm only to do it all over again the next morning starting at 8am. I have to admit that while my energy level sunk progressively toward the afternoon I operated on Carmel Machiattos which gave me the exact needed boost. Whoever invented Carmel Machiatto: God Bless You!


Friday morning during the Buildin’ The Dream Event I took some interesting workshops about The Pitt falls of Self-publishing with the sassy Morgan Kearns, Creating Your Brand with the one and only Kris Tualla, and Characters To Love and Hate with Erin Quinn and Erin Kellison.  I also wanted to attend Deena Remiel‘s workshop about Marketing your books, but it was given at the same time with Morgan’s workshop and unfortunately my clone wasn’t there to join me. I’m humbled and honored to have spent hours in their lovely companies while learning more about the crafts of writing and publishing.

While I met old friends I made new ones. Loved catching up with everyone, and being introduced to new authors. Sharon Hamilton is one of them. Not only is she a sweetheart, but Sharon is also a mother of a SEAL, which brings both of us on common ground since I’m a sucker for all things army. Tami Vinson, KC Klein, Amber Scott, and so many more have also been added to my fave list of new authors.


photo-3The highlight of Saturday night was the contest “Man Of Our Dream.” Tall, handsome, packs of muscles, corky, funny–you name it, the guys had it all. They gave us a ton of reasons to laugh and enjoy the view while entertaining us with their sexy persona and not only. And that’s as far as I’m going to disclose what happened there… I would only add that James D Magnussen won. Look at the photo below and you will understand why…


Sunday morning’s author panel brought everything to a point we all dreaded: saying goodbye. I already miss “my girls”, but I also look forward to keeping in touch and seeing them next year at the 2014 AZ Dreamin Conference.

For those of you interested to meet new authors, make new friends with the same passion for books you can also join us. Kris, Morgan and Deena are hard at work organizing already the next event. For more info click here. Check regularly for when tickets go on sale. I know this year we were sold out at least a month in advance so get your ticket in time.

Goodbye AZ Dreamin 2013. Hello AZ Dreamin 2014!

9 Responses to “Living in the fast lane @ Arizona Dreamin’”

  1. Morgan Kearns June 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    What a GREAT post highlighting an AMAZING time!! Thank you so much for all of your help, but more importantly, thank you for your friendship. I love you!!! ❤

    • CameliaMironSkiba June 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      Morgan, hon, all of the above and more. Whatever power brought us together had a plan and I’m beyond thrilled to call you my friend. ❤

  2. Virginia Nelson June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    What a great write up on a great event. After everything you did, I can’t help but wonder what is keeping you going. Personally, I took the day off and am still in my jammies. Will resume work tomorrow.

    • CameliaMironSkiba June 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Virginia, love you babe. The only reason I keep going is because what I’ve done wasn’t work but fun. So good to spend time with you. Xoxo

  3. Cindy C Bennett June 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Wow, Cami, sounds like you had an absolute blast! I’m glad you had fun and hope you learned lots. I know when I go to writer’s conference’s I always learn more that I’d even hoped.

    • CameliaMironSkiba June 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Oh, Cindy, you’re so right. It’s a lot to learn/ understand/ make notes in a short time but in the end it’s so worth it. I just wish I could do it more often. Maybe we start one? 🙂

  4. L.I. Adams - Author June 4, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Love the blog. And remember what happens at Arizona Dreamin’ stays at Arizona Dreamin’. Just saying… James was an absolute doll and a real gentleman. I know I’ll be at Arizona Dreamin’ and Building the Dream 2014 next year. Love to have met you and know we’ll be friends a long time.

    • CameliaMironSkiba June 4, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks, Linda. So many incredible people and hopefully a lot of them will turn into long-lasting friendships.
      Looking forward to staying in touch!

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