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Out with the Old. In with the New–Cover Reveal A World Apart

25 May

As promised since beginning of this month I have a $ 25.00 giveaway going on for anyone stopping by to see the new cover. All you have to do is leave a comment here with what retailer you’d prefer the gift card from (and maybe a comment about how much you like/dislike the new cover!). The giveaway is open only for today May 25th with the winner announcement here on the website Friday, May 27.

For a limited time A WORLD APART is up for grabs for only .99cents. Hurry up before the sales ends!

And now . . . drumroll please!

Then                                               . . .                                      Now!

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Trauma surgeon Lieutenant Cassandra Toma begins her deployment at the Joint-Unit Air Base on the wrong foot. On her first day, she clashes with her new commander. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room. It might be the only reason she’s not reprimanded … or is it?

Major David Hunt is unsure how to handle the brilliant and beautiful Cassandra. As her commander, he can’t consider a relationship. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq.

When their paths cross again, Cassandra and David find they have a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol. To rescue him, they must put aside their resentments and fight their common enemy. And the fire between them is back.

Cassandra wants to give David—and their love—another chance. But she doesn’t know that his mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found.

Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 6–Excerpt from A World Apart

23 May

Ever since I embarked on this journey to revamp the cover for my military romance A WORLD APART I began re-reading the book and I’m so falling in love with David and Cassandra’s story all over again! These two had so much chemistry, even during a match of kickboxing, sparks flew left and right. Below another excerpt I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe who knows, convince you to pick up the book and read it.

And don’t forget to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stopped by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks😉 )

A WORLD APART–Excerpt

“Man, you’re hitting me already and the match hasn’t even started.”

Cassandra rolled her blue eyes, shaking her head. Smiling, she took several steps back. “Get ready to get your butt whooped,” and in saying that, she took the fighting position, both arms raised to guard her chin, feet apart.

“That’s a big word for a little girl like you.” David put the boxing gloves on, tightened them and took the same position, facing her.

“Which one, butt or whooped?” She jabbed at him once, twice then surprised him with an uppercut. She danced around him, trying to throw him off with a pretended punch to the liver, but going for his spleen instead.

“Actually it’s whipped; whooped is slang and a little girl like you shouldn’t use such words.” He blocked another set of rapid punches.

“I’m an adult, I can use slang if I so choose. Besides, you’re not my commander here. You can’t order my mouth be washed out with soap.”

He laughed and lost momentum when she caught him off guard with two high-speed sidekicks to his upper arm, throwing him off balance. She took advantage of his wobbly position and went for the final chin jab and a knee that landed him sprawled on his back. Before falling, he hooked an arm under her elbow, taking her down with him.

She struggled to stand and to unhook her arm, but stumbled and fell on top of David. She tried to escape, laughing so hard her body shook convulsively.

She laughed. “You play dirty, David Hunt.”

“And you take advantage of being a girl.” He laughed, too. Her body felt hot on top of his, resting easily on one elbow, her right leg bent on top of his, the other resting along his right thigh. Her breasts pressed on his chest, making him aware of the growing tightness in his groin.

“I won and quit calling me a little girl. I’m not.” She punched his ribs. “I’m a woman.”

“I’ve no doubt you are a woman, a very special one, I must say.” David squeezed her leg between his, hooked both her arms and, using his body weight, rolled her onto her back, pinning her arms.

Her laughter trailed off, and her facial expression changed from relaxed to serious. Her chest rose with her breath, her skin sleek with sweat. Her blue eyes sparkled and when she licked her upper lip and then bit her lower, David lost it. He bowed his head. The hell with everything—

“You two, I said fight, not play! Two minutes,” Hulk yelled next to them.

David lifted his head for a split second to look up, pushing his body onto one elbow and rolling off Cassandra. A bucket of iced water dumped over his head would probably have the same effect as the instructor’s words.

She jumped to her feet, reaching for him. “Two minutes. Enough time to finish you, Major Hunt.”

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 4–Excerpt from A World Apart

16 May

As  May 25th is fast approaching and the cover reveal event for my military romance A WORLD APART is just around the corner, how about we do one more  excerpt? Hope you enjoy it! Oh, and don’t forget to return on May 25th to see the new cover and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks😉

A WORLD APART–Excerpt

“Can the bombs reach us?”

“Hope not. The battle’s miles away, but the sounds and shocks travel all the way here,” David replied, his voice low, but steady.

“I’m sorry I barged in. This is my first time going through an attack and I was too afraid to stay in my barracks alone.” She hid a yawn.

“Don’t worry. I wasn’t asleep.”

She stifled another yawn, leaning her head on his shoulder and rubbing her upper arms, yawning more.

“You can rest here, if you want,” David offered. “I can take the other bed.”

Cassandra gripped his sleeve. “Don’t leave me.” She scooted to the wall side of the bed, pulling him down next to her. “There’s plenty room for both. Please, David, stay with me.”

Cassandra’s eyes flickered in the flashing light, her mouth half open. Only a few heartbeats away, she asked for him to protect her, to stay with her, to lay with her in the same narrow cot. The last time that happened David traveled to a world unknown to him until then—Cassandra’s body, a miracle in itself, a forbidden fruit he thought he’d never taste again.

“Please, David.” On her side, she pressed against the wall.

God, have mercy. David lay on his back, stiff, afraid to breathe, afraid to move. Long, torturous seconds turned into minutes. He heard her breathing, smelled her perfume, felt her presence next to him. God, have mercy.

Cassandra pressed against him in the narrow space, resting on her side, her head on one arm, sleeping. David looked at her, still amazed she was there, so close he could touch her.

The explosions seemed further away and less frequent. Not even the voice on the PA bothered him, or the continuous siren. He pulled a blanket over them and, with Cassandra tucked against him, he fell asleep.

A bomb exploded nearby. Acting on instinct, he pulled Cassandra into his arms, covering her with his body, expecting the barracks to collapse. When that didn’t happen, he pulled up on one elbow, looking into her face. She blinked quickly, biting her lower lip.

“Sorry, I tho—”

His words disappeared behind Cassandra’s kiss—hot, desperate, hungry. Her hands held onto him for a few seconds, moved up and down the back of his head, neck and shoulders, gripping, squeezing, digging her fingernails into his flesh. She tilted her pelvis up, pressing his buttocks with her palms, moaning against his lips. Then she found refuge under his shirt, caressing his back, up his chest, over his nipples, awakening the passion for her, the fiery passion he’d restrained for so long—stronger than a reborn Phoenix.

He fought for his breath. “Jesus Christ, Cass, it’s—”

“Don’t,” her breathing elevated, “Don’t say it.”

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 3

10 May

I know it’s cliché but books are to authors like babies: we conceive and birth them, nurture and when ready, set them free for the world to enjoy them. We root for their successes (raving reviews) and hurt for their failures (poor reviews).

They are part of us as much as we are of them. Exactly like babies. And exactly like babies they are so different than one another. We have a different relationship with each book like parents with their kids. Some books are easier to write than others and we are ready to pop open a bottle of champagne as soon as we write “the end”. Others take their sweet time to develop. “Birthing” such book equals days of intense labor, blood and sweat. Instead of champagne you reach for something with a higher alcohol % because you’re not only relieved it’s over but also so, so ready to finally have it . . . done.

A WORLD APART was such a book for me. After two years of intense research on the Iraq invasion, a plotline that came to a dead end halfway through the novel and Cassandra, the main heroine, going on a silence strike for a few months, I was beyond ready to be done with it. My only consolation was . . . David, the main hero, who kept me company (not to mention how hot he was!).

Stuck in a weird place, I began searching for images, in hopes that, by the time I have picked the cover, the story will flow again. Little did I know that as soon as I found the right images, Cassandra talked again and a much needed twist in the plot came to me during . . . a shower. “The end” was within my grasp.

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Now, several years after A WORLD APART was published I came to the conclusion that the cover—while it represented Cassandra and David perfectly—is not representing one of the main aspects of the book, which is its strong military flavor.

I had to repair this injustice, which brought me to discovering a tremendously talented cover designer in Rachel @ No Sweat Graphics. The name of her company—No Sweat Graphics—couldn’t be better fitted. She is a GEM to work with, super professional, punctual and very affordable. I just wish I discovered her earlier; a lot of my sweat would’ve been avoided.

I’m ready to say goodbye to the old cover of A WORLD APART and present you the new one. Counting days, I invite you to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stop by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks😉 )

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 2–Excerpt from A World Apart

6 May

As I mentioned in my last post, there will be a major cover reveal on May 25th for my military romance A WORLD APART. Please don’t forget to stop by to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks😉 )

In preparation for the cover reveal here an excerpt from the novel. Happy reading!

A WORLD APART–Excerpt

“Disobedient as well as disrespectful. Not a good combination for your superior to discover on your first day at work, Lt. Toma,” David said, picking a file from his desk and browsing through it.

Distinguished is another word for someone doing a remarkable job. Expressing one’s opinions shouldn’t be considered disrespectful, but rather honesty.”

David lifted his gaze to hers, the green in his eyes turning darker. “Your file is outstanding; after your surgery, I looked at your patient. You did a really good job. However, you know you broke procedure when you performed the surgery without being assigned to do it. And you not only acted on impulse, but you dragged a very good doctor into this mess. I’ve no choice, but to write you up.”

“Major Hunt, as the joint-medical-unit commander, I am to report to you. I didn’t break protocol because I am disobedient, as you call me, but because given the circumstances, I acted as a doctor. I’m a doctor before I’m an officer. I took an oath to save every life I can, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. The only request I have is to keep Dr. Constantin out of this. His rank forced him to obey my orders.”

Jumping to his feet, his voice growing sharper, David said, “You’re in no position to ask for favors.” He slammed both hands on his desk and walked around to face her. “You put me in an extremely uncomfortable position, and no matter what I do, I’ll be damned.”

His gaze bore down on her and Cassandra felt as if he melted her with the fire in his eyes. She wet her lips instinctively and took a step backward.

“I’m sorry, Sir, I . . . I don’t understand. How did I put you in a bad position?” She said, swallowing her pride.

David pushed a hand through his close-cropped blond hair and shook his head. Taking several breaths, he leaned against his desk, folding his arms across his broad chest.

“It’s simple: if I write you up, everyone in this hospital will talk about what an asshole I am for punishing someone for doing her job. If I don’t, then someone else will break the rules and procedures, and before long, chaos will be back in this place. And believe me, this place needs rules, more than anywhere else I’ve been deployed.”

His voice sounded so bitter, Cassandra felt a bout of bile scalding the back of her throat. The room closed in on her, suddenly too small for the two of them. Swallowing a few times, she said, “I’m sorry to be such a big disappointment to you, Sir. Thank you for informing me of your intentions. If you don’t mind, my patient should be out of the anesthesia; I’d like to see him. Permission to leave, Sir.”

David sighed and, looking down, he brushed her off with a dismissive hand.

Cassandra left the office, closing the door behind her. She rested the back of her head on the door, feeling a sense of relief and anguish at the same time. The excitement she felt hours ago when she first came to the base was short lived. More so, the excitement of possibly seeing David again faded as fast as it came—they’d started on a bad foot even before they had any chance to know each other. To hell with rules . . . I save one’s life and that’s what I get.

Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 1

3 May

Let me just begin by saying I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be. I have flaws galore and embrace them more so than my qualities. With that being said, I admit I do judge a book by its cover (I just said I’m not perfect, right?). It’s the first thing that draws me to pick up a book and give it a chance. Not the author’s name, not the title or the blurb, but that image telling me something.

I adore all my covers as much as I adore each novel I wrote and published. Each cover has its own story forever engraved in the folds of my heart and mind. I can tell with a watchmaker’s precision what it was about each image that drew me in and why I picked it.

Knowing that, you can probably imagine how hard it was to change one of them, decision that I struggled with for a few years until I knew it was time to say goodbye. And like with all goodbyes, this one wasn’t easy.

I’m talking about my second novel, the military romance titled A WORLD APART. During the writing process I found the two images of the woman and the guy that totally personified Cassandra and David, my main characters. If love at first sight exists, that was it. They couldn’t be more perfect. From purchasing the images to having a full cover I was only a designer away.

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As time passed and I graduated from the “baby” stage in the industry to that of a “toddler” I realized that my cover was missing something: the military aspect of it, and without it, it was just another cover for another romance. I needed something to make it stand out, something to let the reader know this novel is a military romance.

I can’t wait to reveal the new cover, which will be done with proper accolades and fireworks on May 25th here on my blog, all my social media accounts and several other blogs all over the world. I’d be delighted if you stop by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks😉 )

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Blog Hop–Stuck In A Good Book

20 Sep

Here we are again with a blog hop this time organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and Valerie @ Stuck in A Good Book and as it happens the theme of this hop is … Stuck In A Good Book. This hop runs between September 20th through the 25th and every single site signed up to participate has amazing prizes, so I hope you’ll stop by and see what they have to offer.

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Readers all over the world have told me that they get stuck in my books so I’m using this opportunity to offer one e-copy each of all of them: Hidden Heart (contemporary romance), A World Apart (military romance), Born In Vengeance and Born In Sin (from the Dacian Legends series, ancient worlds romance) and latest novel, Me Tarzan–You Jane (NA contemporary romance).

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What you have to do to win? Simple: either become a follower on Twitter @CamiSkibaOR follow this blog by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) OR become a fan on FB and leave a comment with the title of a book you got stuck in.

Enjoy hoping and good luck!