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Monthly Archives: March 2012

A World Apart 

Camelia Miron Skiba’s hero, Major David Hunt in A World Apart, is the interviewee today. Let’s meet this fascinating character!

Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Major David Hunt is a trauma surgeon for the US Air Force deployed to the Black Sea during the Iraq Invasion. His traits—service to God and country, sacrifice, professionalism, honor, courage, heroism, and compassion—epitomize our image of the American soldier. Yet, David is not infallible; he’s stubborn, uncommunicative, and by-the-book to a fault.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
Patriotism. Impeccable career as a fourth generation soldier and using his talent as a distinguished trauma surgeon to serve his country.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He’s weakness is clouded judgment caused by … Romanian Lt. Cassandra Toma trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army. She’s deployed at the same military base as David. He’s unable to resist her even when she breaks military procedures and is more stubborn than “the mother of all mules.” Cassandra hates judgmental, arrogant, and rigid people, qualities she believes David embodies. He has no enemies.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
David is driven by his sense of honor and his duty as a soldier and as a doctor. His priorities are saving lives and keeping Cassandra safe at all costs. In doing so he becomes a controlling nut, butting heads with her, which drives them apart.
What’s your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Music—the thing that frees him from his leadership responsibilities if only for a short time. That and his love of Cassandra, which drives him to take actions that he never could have foreseen in himself.
Answered as Major David Hunt
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
I feel as if I lived many lives. War takes you to a different dimension, where life measures in fleeting moments, priceless in saving one’s life. In the time that stretches between incoming casualties I feel old. When the Blackhawks are on approach and the adrenalin is kicking, I feel 18.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
As an active officer I’ll live wherever my country needs me.
What song would best describe your life?
Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.”
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A scalpel–precise, wielded with skill, it’s confident and serves a specific purpose.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
English is Cassandra’s second language. She’s actually cute saying something when she actually means something else. Once she told me to write her off instead of write her up. She calls jerky beef instead of beef jerky.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Just do it! Take no shit. Handle with care. Fragile. Hot to the touch. Keep out of reach of children. For adult use only. Store in a dry place. Harmful if swallowed. Refrigerate after opening. Can’t touch this. Hammer time. Do what I say, not what I do. I’m too sexy for this shirt. If you don’t know where you are, you don’t belong here. Carpe Diem!

About the Author

I Write. I Love. I Dream. I Write.
I’m Chris’ wife, Patrick’s mom and Bella’s owner. During the day, I’m the assistant to the Director at SESE at Arizona State University, and romance’s slave at night.
I moved to the U.S eight years ago, following my heart and the man who stole it. I love comedies, historical dramas and happily-ever-after stories. English is not my native, not my second, but my third language.
Camelia M. Skiba
Some fun facts about me:
Each year I participate in one big event that requires me to physically train. My biggest sportive accomplishment was the 3-day 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk.
Annually I pick a color I decree my favorite (this year it’s salmon).
I refused to text until 2010, always preferring to hear voices rather than sending emotionless messages. Politics bore me to death and I have no tolerance for arrogance.
“A World Apart” is my second book. My debut novel “Hidden Heart” came out March 2011.
Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with ham or bacon.
I’m always ready for a comedy.
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m actually shy.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could clone my dog I’d do it.
I can never be drunk because I don’t drink.

About the Book

In a war that’s not hers, she loses everything.
Everything she loses is because of him.
Forgiveness is not an option.
Or maybe…
Lieutenant Cassandra Toma, trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army starts her deployment at a joint-unit air base on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room—the only reason why she’s not reprimanded, or maybe not the only reason.
They meet. They clash. 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. Their flame was supposed to be over when destiny brings them back under the same roof, this time with a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol.
To rescue Robert, Cassandra and David put aside their resentments, uniting forces against a common enemy. Trying to forget the painful past, Cassandra opens up to give David—and their love—another chance. What she doesn’t realize is that her anguish is the result of David’s impetuous action—one reckless choice he made for which she may never forgive him.
His mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found. 

 

Sunset Seduction.
C. R., Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What did you learn from writing your first book?
I was in a novel writing workshop when I was writing my first book so I learned all the basics of building a story, how to write in an active voice and how to clean up the manuscript. I also learned how to have faith in myself and set writing goals.
Would you consider self-publishing?
Yes. I actually have a number of books that were released back to me. I am planning on re-releasing them myself. There are two I’m hoping will be available by the end of April, but latest by mid-May.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
It depends on where I’m at on a project. I shoot for at least an hour a day.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
I make lists of things I have to do to help prioritize what needs to be done. I have a small notebook for this purpose, and whenever I think of something that I’ll need to do, I write it down in the notebook and as I do the tasks, I cross them off. I also keep another to-do list in Tasks in Outlook along with the calendar. I also tend to do a lot of my writing at night so I can get other things done during the day.
Is your muse demanding?
Oh boy, he sure can be at times, especially if I’m on deadline for one project and he gets an idea in his head for another one. He keeps at me to work on the new stuff and I have to remind him that we have to finish one thing before doing anything else or else we won’t get anything done.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
I don’t know if I should mention the instances. Don’t want to get in trouble! LOL! ;) But, yes, it’s possible that the situations will end up in my books.
What are some jobs you’ve had that would end up in a book?
Real Estate agent, massage therapist, office admin
Fill in the blank:
If I had a halo it would be dangling from a horn.

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About Sunset Desires

A blind date. A hot tropical evening. She’ll be someone he can’t forget. He’ll fulfill her ultimate fantasy.

Gwendolyn Tramonto is stunned to learn her cousin set her up with sex on the beach and it’s not the drink. But after a several year dry spell of no relationships, no dates…no sex, Gwen decides to take her cousin up on her offer and go out on the blind date. For once, she’d like to indulge in a fantasy, be wined and dined instead of the other way around, and if she and the man ended up in bed together, that would be a nice bonus.

Evan Cadell is looking forward to the date his uncle arranged for him through an exclusive matchmaking service and taking a one night break from work, life and all its demands. From Gwen’s profile, Evan knows what her fantasy is and believes he’s the man who can make it come true.
But will one night in paradise be enough to satisfy their desires?
Genre: Contemporary, erotic romance, chick-lit
Book heat level: R
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sunset-Desires-1Night-Stand-Book-ebook/dp/B0074PMFJS

Paranormal Elements, A Subtle Shade of Supernatural
by Mary Wilson, publisher Pink Petal Books.
Paranormal Elements might not be an established sub-category of contemporary romance, but it has a long history under different names. When there’s the hint that something is watching in the darkness, though the revelation shows it to be nothing, or maybe a creature wild and untamed, yet completely, totally normal, that’s paranormal elements. When a house seems to take on a life of its own, yet nothing untoward happens, there you will find paranormal elements. In the gothic romances of yester-year and in the romantic suspense where things don’t seem to be quite what they really are, paranormal elements are at play.
As an editor and publisher, when I think of paranormal elements, there are always questions left unanswered. Was he a shifter, really, or is that just my overactive fantasy-reading imagination shining through? Could a ghost have inhabited the house, even though they saw nothing, or did the characters simply have an overactive mind? Paranormal elements make you think about a story, but in a gripping, page-turning, “I’m not too sure about this” sort of way.
The great thing about paranormal elements is that while we most commonly see them in contemporary books, such as our release this month, Wolf’s Storm by Vonna Harper, they can appear anywhere, even in science fiction or fantasy. A historical book, for example, where there might be a curse upon a mirror that’s a family legend, though the reader, and the characters aren’t quite sure the curse exists, would possibly contain paranormal elements. As long as the characters think something supernatural is happening, and it appears to be, it falls under this category.
As a reader, one of the best things I find about the hint of paranormal is that it keeps me guessing. I don’t know, and by the end of the book, I’ll spend time thinking about what might be happening, how or why. Since I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, these supernatural happenings make me feel right at home as a reader. The disbelief is already suspended, and I’m along for a good read.
When it comes to editing and publishing these books, they defy categorization. But, one of the best things about ebooks is that they don’t have to be placed on one shelf, as it were. They can be shelved anywhere they fit, which makes these books fun to explore and fun to find.
Though as paranormal romance readers, we are firmly steeped in the strong traditions of vampires, magic, werewolves, and fantasy creatures, I hope that those same readers will find the paranormal elements just as exciting and just as page-turning. Think of them as just another kind of spice. Sometimes you want just a dash of nutmeg, and sometimes you want just a hint of paranormal in your otherwise contemporary, though no less erotic, romance.

Forced together by a mountain snowstorm and their smashed cars, two loners realize they have no choice but to spend the night together. As soon as the cabin door closes behind them, need takes over. They must have sex, only sex, not a relationship. But the dark wolves watching outside have their own agenda.  
Jake and Sarah want one thing, a night of sex. The wolves surrounding the remote cabin have another agenda.
Genre(s) contemporary with paranormal elements
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