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Coming Up — Me Tarzan–You Jane — Virtual Book Tour+Giveaway

6 Feb

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It’s been a long time since I went on a virtual book tour for any of my books, mostly because I haven’t had a new release in two years. That doesn’t mean I haven’t written, quite the opposite. I finished 4 new stories since then, but I just can’t seem to find it in me to go again through the publishing and marketing phases which take time, effort, and energy, and I’d rather focus all of that toward the writing process rather than publishing (after all I’m a writer not a salesperson).

I love the flux of books published on a daily basis. Books in all genres, for old or young, everything for everyone’s taste, with the touch of a button. Wikipedia claims there were over 300,000 books published in 2013. That means there are over 800 books published daily. Add to that Amazon changing the  best-sellers list hourly, promotional adds, you can only imagine how easily books like mine get lost beneath the swelling tide of all other books.

Luckily for me there are people who organize book tours regardless of the publishing date. So I decided to re-invigorate my latest novel titled Me Tarzan–You Jane, by employing Giselle’s help at Xpresso Book Tours for a week long book tour.

https://www.amazon.com/Tarzan--You-Jane-Camelia-Miron-Skiba-ebook/dp/B00OPFMTDW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The tour starts next week on Monday Feb. 13 and runs until Friday Feb. 17. There will be reviews, excerpts, interviews and guest posts every day. The schedule is as following:

February 13th
Book Junkie Reviews >> Excerpt
Paradise of Pages >> Review
Dreamland Teenage Fantasy >> Top 10 List
The Book Sirens >> Review

February 14th
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang >> Excerpt
Musings From An Addicted Reader  >> Review
Mythical Books >> Interview
Between Books  >> Review
Haddie’s Haven >> Review

February 15th
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Guest post
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
The Bookworm Chronicles >> Excerpt
underneath the covers >> Excerpt
Thoughts in Progress >> Top 10 List

February 16th
Writers and Authors >> Guest post
Book Addict>> Review
Les Chroniques Aléatoires >> Review
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
Fire And Ice Book Reviews >> Review

February 17th
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews  >> Review
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
blogs and coffee >> Guest post
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess >> Review

This is a great opportunity for all of you to find new blogs (maybe fall in love with them?), find out what others think about my novel, read an excerpt and maybe who knows, you’ll decide to get it for yourself. I’m also going to have a giveaway at the end of the tour consisting of 1 (one)  7″ Fire Tablet (U.S only)  or a $50.00 Amazon gift card (international entry) for a participant who:

  1. Leaves a comment here or on any other blog hosting my tour letting me know where they’ve done it 
  2. Signs up to follow this blog (see the “Sign up” button on the upper right-hand corner)
  3. Follows me on Twitter @CamiSkiba
  4. Likes my Facebook Fan Page 

 See you all next week!

Rejection= what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (or so we are told…)

8 Oct

At one point or another in one’s life, we all have been rejected and there is no other way to look at them other than: rejections suck. Whether by a boy/girl, by a parent, by a friend,  you name it–rejection hurts. One can’t ever sugarcoat a rejection, no matter the delivery method: sandwiched, wrapped, bluntly. Bottom line, it’s still a rejection, a door closed, end of the road.

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Today’s post focuses on rejections I, as a writer, am familiar with and how I deal with them. It’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s just my personal take on them.

I started writing summer of 2009. I chose the self publishing path for several reasons, one of them being my insecurity about how many stories would I be able to write. Was there more than one book in me? Would I be able to deliver quality work, handle deadlines?

Since then I published several novels (5 to be exact) and have several other stories in different stages of being finished. Beginning of 2016 I decided to look for an agent, confident writing is as part of my DNA as the color of my eyes. And so the query stage begun . . .

It’s still vivid in my mind the first query I sent and how fast my heart pounded in my chest, my clammy hand pressing the “send” button, as if I was releasing a nuclear bomb, no less. The empowering surge (me, the little immigrant now a proud American who turned writing from a dream into reality) combined with OMG-what-did-I-do feeling and topped with an incredible overpowering vulnerability. Let me tell you, such a powerful cocktail of emotions brought me on the verge of . . . throwing up.

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That one query letter was followed by several others. I even made myself a beautiful spreadsheet with agent’s names and email addresses, agency’s websites, date I queried them and an empty column at the very end titled “YES/NO.” I wasn’t expecting that column to fill out too soon. All agents warn you about how long it takes to receive an answer (if any). And so the waiting begun . . .

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I remember the first rejection and the hurt it brought. The second, and the third… the deep and dark hole I was spiraling down into… the self-doubt and the acute need to be invisible so people won’t see my bleeding heart. The one rejection I received within exact 15 minutes after sending it, not as one of those automated response but written by the agent from his Iphone, as the end of the email stated. And the list can go on. Every single rejection delivered one blow after another and my hope diminished accordingly.  Somehow, by the 4th rejection something snapped in my brain and the blow, while still disappointing, it’s not hurting as bad.

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To date I’ve accumulated ten rejections. Some of my author friends burn them. Some frame them. Some use them as background for dartboard.

I’m by nature a control freak and shy so putting myself out there was never an easy thing for me, afraid people will judge me and I’d never rise to their expectations. This whole querying process is one of the hardest journeys I’ve embarked on that has taught me a lot of things about myself. My mind is my own enemy so I have to constantly talk myself out of (or in) something but one day, I’ll learn to stop self-doubting myself or so help me whichever power reigns over this universe!!!

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Blogging–How LOVE. WITHOUT YOU started

18 Apr

Back in the day when I began writing romance novels, I had no idea what to do to reach readers and how to promote my books. I was told I had to create a blog–like yesterday, and use the power of the internet to my advantage. So, I started doing some research online, asking people around me and following several bloggers. I sure did envy them a lot for the numbers of followers, wondering how could I too have a successful blog.

A friend of mine suggested RapidWeaver which is a web design software so here I was purchasing it. Then I signed up for three years with GoDaddy and off I went creating my blog. 

The intent of my blog was always to share from my writing and publishing journey. Once in a while I intended to post something personal so people could relate to me. I also knew how I wanted it to look, but soon I realized that RapidWeaver was really limited, or at least I couldn’t figure out how to use it. Add to that the intricate and rather hard to navigate GoDaddy content, I found myself hating blogging.

If I remember correctly I started my blog sometime in September of 2010. A year later, I probably had about 60 views (I bet 59 of them were me checking it). Frustrated doesn’t even describe how I felt and more than once I just wanted to throw it all out the window. 

But, A WORLD APART, which is my second novel was about to come out in December of 2011 and I needed to do something to change that pathetic blog of mine.  So, I went back to the drawing board and checked several platforms that hosted blogs. I narrowed my choices to bloglovin and wordpress. 

I chose wordpress because it seemed easier, especially for someone like me, whose nickname is “I’m-not-technical” (that pretty much sums up exactly how I feel when it comes to anything that had the tiniest bit of technology in it). I revamped the title from Author Camelia Miron Skiba to LOVE. WITHOUT YOU, asked my dear friend Iwona Adamkiewicz (who is the model on my debut novel HIDDEN HEART) for a  photo I could use for the site’s background and posted my very first post on wordpress end of September 2011.

It was not until 2012 when my blog began to attract steady visitors. Some began to follow my blog, and I remember squeaking in delight with each new subscription. 

Today 3 1/2 years and counting my blog has almost 10,000 followers and I couldn’t be happier. There are several followers who became dear friends and whose input always makes me smile.

Did I struggle? You have no idea. Did I learn anything? You bet. Was it worth it? I leave it up to you to judge. 

Meet my Character Meme–Blog hop

25 Aug

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Peeps, prepare to go behind the scene, inside my novel in ways you haven’t ever expected. My dear friend Noemi Ghirghi writing as Mimi Sebastian tagged me and I thank her for the opportunity. What are the rules for what’s called MEET MY CHARACTER Meme? It’s simple:

This highlights a main character from one of my soon to be published work. Here are the questions to answer about the main character from a WIP (work in progress):

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Her name is Jane Sullivan and she’s a fictional person. 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set in present day, part of the novel happening in the US (Arizona and California) and part of it in Paris, France.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Jane is a widowed make up artist whose goal is to keep her husband’s memory alive and raise their 4yr. old daughter, Ella Rae. She’s very traditional, uptight and lives a simple life. Arrogance and shallowness rub her the wrong way–always. She doesn’t believe in second chances.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

She gets unwanted attention from Lucas Oliver, an acclaimed model whose face and chiseled abs appeared on thousands of romance novels.   

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Jane is passionate about writing and pursues her dream of becoming a published author.  

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title is Me Tarzan–You Jane. Momentarily I’m shopping around for an agent. More updates soon!

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

We’ll have a press release in the next few months.

I hope you had fun learning a few things about my newest finished work. Now hop over at Mimi’s blog to see what she has in store for you (she writes incredible urban fantasy).
To keep the game going I’m tagging the following authors:

Ana Calin and Carmen Stefanescu. Both women are fellow Romanians writing in English and their prose is outstanding. Check it out for yourself.

Thanks for playing!

I write. I love. I dream. I write.

12 Feb

My interview for the Phoenix Magazine February edition is not random. Nor is the subject; romance writing. Why romance?

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Well, it’s simple; I’m a sucker for all things romance. For as long as I remember I’ve been in love. Starting with kindergarten and the boy with blond curls who took my hand each morning I enter the class, crying for my mommy, and ending with my hubby who stole my heart many years ago and still refuses to give it back.

I write romance because love is the universal language uniting two hearts regardless of their background, color, age, religion. Love conquers all. And since February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day the article comes at the right time to shed light into writing romance and what it takes to publish in today’s fast-paced industry and the era of electronic books.

I won’t lie;  when I met Brian Goddard, the art director for the photo session I was a nerve-wreck. But Brian is a pro; he talked art–my kind of language, and soon I was comfortable enough and loosen up a little to even laugh. My son Patrick was there (to cheer me up, of course). I remember the exact moment when Brian took this photo because I was looking at Patrick, and I love it!

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At the end of the session Brian asked if I were okay reading a snippet from A World Apart, one of my books. In front of the camera. Say what??? My heartbeat became erratic, my palms clammy. “Can you do this?” Brian asked.

“Sure, why not?” I said, trying to sound as if I’ve done it a million times. The truth is no one ever heard me reading from my books (I’m very aware of my accent). The reading is posted on the Phoenix Magazine’s youtube channel for everyone to see it.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop

14 Nov
Here we are again for the 4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop 

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This hop is organized as always by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and runs between 11/15 until 11/30.

As the title suggests this is a giveaway meant to reward my followers, my fans and my friends. Without you giving me a chance, my books wouldn’t be where they are today: on your shelf, on your tablet or on your TBR list. Without you stopping by my blog on a regular basis I wouldn’t have the connections I have and most importantly, the friends some of you became since the beginning of this crazy journey down the path of writing and publishing. And I THANK you ALL for that. Your are my rocks, each one of you!

To celebrate YOU here and now I chose to give away a $15.00 gift card of your choosing. You tell me which vendor you prefer and I will make that happen.

Sounds fun? I hope so. In order to enter the giveaway I won’t ask you to follow/befriend/tweet or the likes (but if you chose to do so, it’ll be highly appreciated). Instead I’m going to ask you: What are you grateful for this year? Your comment bellow is your ticket into the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner  on December 1st.

Good luck everyone!

Virtual Book Tour–Too Sexy for His Stetson by Mal Olson

10 Oct

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Too Sexy For His Stetson

by Mal Olson

Contemporary Western Romantic Suspense

Categories:  Action/Adventure

Publisher:  Anessa Books

Release Date:  April 29, 2013

 

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Available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Too-Sexy-his-Stetson-ebook/dp/B00CLELPSE/

Description:

Anguished over his father’s lack of morals, Deputy Blade Beringer struggles to conquer self-doubts. When he and his K9 partner Rambo arrive in the mountains of northern Idaho, Blade is faced with a band of white supremacists, a homicide investigation, and a murder cold case, not to mention the task of training a gorgeous blond rookie.

Trainee Brandy Wilcox is bent on clearing her mother’s name of a wrongful murder conviction. While working the homicide investigation with her sexy new training officer, she discovers a connection between the victim and her mother’s case. The two deputies struggle to resist their mutual attraction and abide by the no-fraternizing rules, but passion blazes and teeters on the brink of love. With a killer targeting them and danger lurking at every turn, Brandy doubts their love can blossom, especially when she puts Officer Skip Coogan—Blade’s best friend and father figure—at the top of her suspect list.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

About the Author

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Award winning author, Mal Olson, writes adrenaline kicked romantic suspense. She enjoys skydiving, ski jumping, SCUBA, hang gliding, big wave surfing, car racing, mountain climbing—that is, vicariously through her characters, who are always kick-ass, and often boss her around rather than allowing her to spin her stories the way she intends. (She did, however, personally engage in zip lining this past summer.)

Her debut novel Shadow of Deceit , released by The Wild Rose Press in 2012, is an edge of the seat romantic suspense-thriller set in Milwaukee and parts of northern Wisconsin. Shadow of Deceit  earned Mal a spot as finalist in WisRWA’s 2013 Write Touch Reader’s Award contest for published authors.

A couple of her favorite reviews came from Beverly at The Wormhole, who said, “Wow! This one has it all! Non-stop action, hot and sexy characters, betrayal, smokin’ romance, and a thrilling plot–” and Gothic Mom’s Book Review, which stated, “In the 150+ books that I read per year, there are very few that receive a five star rating. Shadow of Deceit  did just that. Non stop action, sexual tension, an adventure that had me on the edge of my seat…A fantastic book that had me from page one…”

Too Sexy For His Stetson is another romantic suspense-thriller. This time Olson’s bossy characters lead her to the mountains of Northern Idaho, where a deputy sheriff and his female rookie deal with menacing white supremacists, a homicide, a murder cold case, and a threat to a nearby dam—all while trying to keep their hands off each other. Meanwhile, Rambo, the hero’s retired K-9, quietly steals the show.

Olson also offers two short stories. Danger Zone , which has spent months in the Kindle top 100 free romantic suspense category, is a guaranteed fifteen minute pulse pounder where two strangers survive a rock ‘n roll landing on an icy Milwaukee runway and chase a could-be terrorist into the danger zone. Me and Brad , a feel good romance, features an irresistible K-9 and was ranked in the Kindle free top 100 list for months in the Contemporary Romance category.

Connect with Mal Olson

Website: http://www.malolson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mal.olson.3

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5754848.Mal_Olson

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Prize is a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Oct 12. Must be 18 years of age of older to enter. For your chance to win click HERE.