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Fall Carnival Giveaway Hop

17 Oct

A few weeks ago during one of my monthly meetings with the Desert Muses, my local authors’ group, we decided to organize a joint giveaway posted on all our sites and ending with individual winner announcements, so don’t forget to stop by everyone else’s sites for more chances to win awesome prizes. 

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My giveaway will consist of a $10 gift card of your choosing to either Amazon or B&N. What do you have to do for a chance to win it? It’s 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 your link. Both, my individual winner as well as the one on the Desert Muses blog will be announced on October 29th.

Please stop by my dear friend Anne Wilson and check out her giveaway.

Enjoy hoping and good luck!

 

 

Spotlight–Competing with a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager. $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

30 May

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Competing with a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…
Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…
After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the past—or so they say…
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?

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Praise:

“Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age…A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.” From author Jane Hunt.
“…Hager’s main character is representative of every teenage girl. The author really nailed the reality of a young girl’s early high school years. I think this is a valuable read for girls ages 12-18.” Review from Readers’ Favorite book reviews.
“…The story gives you so much insight into the minds of teenage girls and makes you realize that deep down, everyone has the same insecurities and everyone goes through the same things in life. Despite these insecurities and fears, the main character stands up for herself. This is such an important message for teen girls!” Amazon customer review

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Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like. and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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$25 Blog Tour giveaway

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 6/12/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Fool For Books Giveaway Hop

31 Mar

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Keep them coming, I told myself when I signed up for another giveaway. Fool for Books Giveaway Hop is organized by Kathy@ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and Mary @ Bookhounds and running between April 1st -7th. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

While is really tempting to play a prank on all of you just because of April Fools, I’ll behave and stick with following the # 1 rule of any giveaway and … give away (funny how a small space between those two words make them mean something different) a $10.oo gift card (either Amazon, B&N or Starbucks) to one lucky winner.

Sounds good? I hope so.  What you have to do to win? I keep asking people to become a follower on various social media or follow these blog but I feel we all need a change. So, in order for you to win I’m kindly asking you to either:

1. Tweet: “All Camelia Miron Skiba’s books on sale for .99 cents each! http://www.amazon.com/Camelia-Miron-Skiba/e/B007C79L1S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1”

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2. Post to Facebook: “All Camelia Miron Skiba’s books on sale for .99 cents each!  http://www.amazon.com/Camelia-Miron-Skiba/e/B007C79L1S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1”

Once you’ve done either one of those two options please post in the comments here the link showing your post.

THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK!

Same theme–different takes on it

17 Nov

When you put together creative minds something spectacular comes out: an anthology of wonderful stories meant to make you fall in love with fictional heroes and heroines. From as far as Henry the VIII’s regal court to modern day, from angels and demons to urban fantasy to alpha males and sassy women these short stories have as a common theme A great Big World’s song Say Something.

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Some songs really touch my heart and Say Something is one of them. When I first heard it, it made me pause. The lyrics gave me goosebumps, almost like a cry of desperation and pain. Watching the video totally sealed the deal for me: I will one day write a story about it. 

That day came sooner than I expected when I was invited to participate in the romance anthology called . . . Say Something, along with six other amazing authors. Its release day is fast approaching on December 1st, 2014 and I encourage you all to get a copy at only .99cents, for a limited time only. Find it on Amazon and B&N.

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Say Something–The making of a story

10 Nov

FBbannerSometime in April of this year I found myself surrounded by a bunch of friends as creative as I am: authors. For a few days while at the Desert Rose Writers Conference we breathed, ate and drunk … writing and loved every bit of it.

“Guess what?” Morgan Kearns came one morning to give me a hug.

“What?” I returned the hug, then hugged Kris Tualla and Deena Remiel, one of my favorite trio in the writing world.

“We are gonna write short stories based on A Great Big World’s song ‘Say Something.’ Then release them as an anthology. Take over Amazon and all the charts. What do you think?” Morgan said, eyes sparkling.

“Oh, I looooooooove that song. That’s too cool!” I said, my mind already humming the song.

“You in?” Morgan continued.

I glanced from Morgan to Kris to Deena, not believing my ears. “Really? You want me in it?”

Morgan thumbed my shoulder. “Not you, your story, silly.”

I pretended to wipe my forehead. “Oh, geez, I was worried for a second there thinking you want me in it. That’s what you said, right?”

Morgan rolled her eyes while we all laughed. I was ecstatic about being included, but also honored they thought my writing was good enough to be part of such a project.

My Muse shadowed me for a few days afterward. I took advantage of her presence and went hard to work. I had started Oscar and Grace’s tale a few years ago but never finished it. Somehow their romance fitted the Say Something theme and so their story took off on its own.

Fast forward to present day. Oscar and Grace are ready to entertain you in the short story titled “Meant To Be” as part of the anthology called “Say Something.” The anthology will come out December 1st, at a super low price, only .99cents available on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. But hurry up! After Jan. 1st 2015 the price will go up to $2.99. 

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And for those of you who aren’t familiar with A Great Big World’s video for “Say Something”, here it is. Enjoy!

Mondays are for Excerpts

3 Nov

HIDDEN HEART– Excerpt LAST ONE!!!!

“Sorry I took advantage of knowing where the spare key was and . . . I was too tired to drive back. I promise I’ll get up early tomorrow and leave,” he mumbled visibly embarrassed to be caught in her cabin.

She sat at the table, placed the jar down and rested her palms on her lap.

“It’s okay,” she said, staring at her fingers, then up at him.

“Tessa, listen . . . I have . . . my reaction earlier was unfair to you, to what you’ve been through. I assume you’re mad at me and you have every right to be. I left your house wanting to get away from you and I ended up here. No matter what I do, or where I go, I come back to you . . .” he brushed a hand through his hair, holding the other on his hip.

Tessa shrugged one shoulder. His words shocked her. An apology that sounded like a love declaration? Did she hear him right?

“All this time I believed the baby was mine. I totally freaked out when I heard about the abortion. I’m sorry I was so judgmental.” He shuffled his weight from one foot to the other, sighing, clenching his jaw.

“There are a few things you forgot here a t-shirt, jeans and a toothbrush,” Tessa said. “You’ll find them in the spare bedroom downstairs.”

“Great. I’ll be out of your way,” Alessandro offered and turned to walk away.

“It’s not nice to make people wait in front of your house for hours,” Tessa tilted her head, looking sideways at him, then back at her fingers. “And if someone calls you until your voicemail is full, maybe they have something important to say. You might consider returning the calls.”

He turned and stopped on the kitchen’s threshold. “You went to my house?”

“Mm-hmm.”

She looked at him and once again her heart melted at the way he looked at her, his face lit up, a slow smile at the corners of his mouth.

“Did you . . . did you like it?”

“It’s okay, I guess, but the fence has to go,” she laughed softly. “And the yellow color, it’s too pale compared with the dark green shutters, I think.”

He came and knelt in front of her, his eyes sparkling like dewdrops. He took one of her hands and caressed the back of it with his thumb.

Butterflies filled up her stomach. “I’m not a bad person, Alessandro,” she whispered.

“I know.”

“It’s true, I wanted an abortion, but I couldn’t do it. I guess I’ve been punished enough for my ugly thoughts afterward, but I didn’t kill my baby . . .” She looked down at his hand caressing hers. She pushed a strand of hair behind her ear, tears rolling down her face. “I’m only human, I’ve made mistakes, but I paid for them. If you want to judge me for thinking ill, then I can’t stop you. I just wanted to make sure you know I do love you, I always did,” Tessa murmured, at last revealing her hidden heart.

Alessandro helped her stand. He cupped her face and brushed a thumb over her lips. The anticipation of his kiss made her heart throb, her knees weak.

“I love you more,” he said, sealing his words with a kiss and scooping her in his arms—the place where she belonged.

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Mondays are for Excerpts

27 Oct

HIDDEN HEART– Excerpt

Alessandro took off like a mad runner. He got into his car and drove away. He drove faster and faster, holding onto the steering wheel with both hands, so tight his fingernails dug into his palms. He dodged a traffic light turning red while he was in the middle of the intersection, but he didn’t care. He drove for hours with no direction, sometimes in circles, speeding up until he reached the town’s limit, but he didn’t stop. He just kept driving, driving away, further away from her.

“An abortion, she wanted to have an abortion,” he said aloud. “How could she?”

Ever since he’d met Tessa his life had been turned upside down. In fact, his life wasn’t his anymore. His life revolved around her, like the moon around the earth. No matter where he was or what he did, his thoughts gravitated to her, his mind humming her name, his heart drowning with love.

But it turned out Tessa had secrets. He grieved for a baby that wasn’t even his. He’d thought of that baby many times, and how devastated Tessa must’ve been when she lost it. But no, she wasn’t devastated because she’d planned an abortion. How could he fall in love with a cold-blooded woman and not know what a selfish creature she was? How did she manage to deceive him so much?

As a Catholic, Alessandro considered abortion among the worst of all crimes. He grew up in a family where children were considered a blessing, the more the better. A family where dinners were often interrupted by crying babies, by running and screaming around the table, but never ever, did one pronounce the word “abortion”. How could he forgive her?

He stopped, turned off the engine and the lights and sat there. Surrounded by darkness and silence, he pressed his head to the steering wheel, hitting the dashboard with his fist, until he felt numb with pain. He got out of the car and the sweet smell of pine tree and fresh grass tickled his nostrils. As his eyes adjusted to the gloom, the area seemed familiar; a house in the middle of nowhere with mountains guarding it—Tessa’s cabin.

“Go figure, I can’t seem to get away from you,” Alessandro snarled. He walked to the porch, ran his fingers along the upper side of the doorframe until he found the crack and the key felt cold against his fingers. As it looked, no tourists had rented the house.

I’m too tired to drive back, he thought to himself, unlocked the door and entered.

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