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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Camelia Miron Skiba!


Please help me welcome author Camelia Miron Skiba to FMB!

Camelia Miron Skiba is author of Hidden Heart and A World Apart.


Holly: Hi Camelia! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Photobucket Camelia Miron Skiba: Hi and thanks for having me over. I’m Chris’ wife, Patrick’s mom and Bella’s owner. During the day, I’m the assistant to the Director in SESE at Arizona State University, and romance author 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. Each year I participate in one big event that requires me to train. My biggest sport accomplishment was the 3-day 60 miles Susan Komen Walk. Annually I pick a color I decree my favorite (this year is lavender). I refused to text until 2010, always preferring to hear voices rather than sending emotionless messages. Politics bores me to death and I have no tolerance for arrogance.


Holly: How did you first start writing?


Camelia Miron Skiba: Summer of 2009. I’ll never forget, driving down the road with Patrick, my son one day and talking about childhood dreams, the need to fulfill them, the need to dream more even as adults. He told me his, I told him mine. I told him one of my childhood dreams was to write novels. I also told him about all the heroes I had in my head, and their incredible stories. But I also told him I doubted myself. My heart drummed in my chest, fearing my own son will think I’m crazy. He listened and said, “I know you can do it, mom. Just sit at your desk, and write. Whatever comes to your mind, just put it on the paper.” And for some inexplicable reason, I did as he suggested. He trusted me I can do it. Probably I could disappoint someone else, but not my son. Fast forward to 2011, I published two books, Hidden Heart in March and A World Apart in December.


Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your first novel, Hidden Heart?


Camelia Miron Skiba: Believe it or not, I cringe when people ask me this question. Because I know that I have about 30 seconds to say something so interesting, that the person who asked is intrigued enough to try to find more, and eventually want to read the book. So, start the countdown: 30-29-28… Hidden Heart is a multicultural women’s fiction novel, with a strong romance influence. Did I put you to sleep? Just checking. If not, it’s a tale of love, betrayal and friendship. A woman's journey to forgiveness and redemption. A man's fight for a second chance. Dark secrets threatening to destroy everything and more. I’d tell you more, but the 30 seconds are up J


Holly: Was this your first finished novel, or just the first you published?


Camelia Miron Skiba: Both. While waiting for the final edits of Hidden Heart I went on and re-wrote the second draft to A World Apart, which had the beginning and the ending, but not the middle. For some reason I can’t explain, the story came to me broken that way and I had to find the middle in order to finish it.


Holly: Your new novel, A World Apart, came out just last year in December. Can you tell us a little about this novel?


Camelia Miron Skiba: It’s a multicultural novel that, while set in the middle of the Iraqi war, is about the romance between two opposites. Maj. David Hunt is an American doctor in the US Air Force, and Lt. Cassandra Toma is a Romanian doctor in the Romanian Army. Fate has them both deployed to the M. Kogalniceanu (try to say this word, please) Joint Air Base shortly after Saddam Hussein’s execution.


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.


Holly: What was your inspiration for this novel and its characters?


Camelia Miron Skiba: The Iraq War. The story goes back to the end of 2002. It all started with some headlines in a Romanian newspaper announcing the Romanian government signed an agreement with the US government to grant complete access to one of the airbases at the Black Sea. The base was strategic in the war against Iraq starting several months later, in March of 2003. The news kind of leaked into the media because at the time there was no official announcement that the US prepared for an invasion, and so the Romanians were quite confused with the agreement.


Without knowing what was the real reason Americans were on our soil, I began making up stories... Enter Romanian Dr. Lt. Cassandra Toma deployed at the Black Sea to work with American Dr. Maj. David Hunt. She's too outspoken and rebellious to be in the army, or as David sees her, "the mother of all mules." She's in the army for all the wrong reasons, which eventually will determine her actions later on. David on the other hand is the quintessence of the American soldier, who takes pride in his rank and work. That and more is about to change the minute he lays eyes on Cassandra.


I've never lost anyone at war. I can't imagine how a family left behind goes on with their life after losing a loved one on the front line, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere else our soldiers fight the enemy. Yet, they do it, and because of that I need to do my part and give back, keeping alive our soldiers' memory.


A World Apart is my dedication to all men and women in uniform serving in the army. I can't bring back the ones we lost, but I can give them life through my story. Their story. A World Apart.


Holly: From what I understand you have three upcoming novels?


Camelia Miron Skiba: There are actually more than three, but while the others are only outlined, these three are already in the stage of first drafts.


Holly: Do you think they will be published in 2012?


Camelia Miron Skiba: Not all of them. For sure one of them will come out by the end of 2012.


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?


Camelia Miron Skiba: From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading my stories. All your letters and emails mean the world to me, reinforcing the fact that my books have found a loving home on your shelves.


Holly: If you could live in either Hidden Heart or A World Apart, which would you choose and why?


Camelia Miron Skiba: It would have to be A World Apart. I have a (very) soft spot for people in uniform and although I love all my characters to pieces, David Hunt is by far my favorite hero, with his flaws, his need to do the right thing torn between love and duty.




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“You need to calm down,” David inched closer to Cassandra, fixing her with such intensity her face caught fire.
“Calm down? You want me to calm down?” she snorted, jutting her chin up, hands on her hips.
“Yes. You need to calm down. What was that all about? Why are you so furious?”
 “You want to know why I am so furious?” Cassandra grounded her feet apart and pushed her chin forward.  “You really want to know? I’ll tell you why. I’m so sick of your bigheaded attitude, of your ‘I’m an American—I do whatever I want’ arrogance!” She shoved a finger at David’s chest, poking it and leaning forward. Her gaze locked on his, their faces close. “You act like some god on our grounds, like you’re doing us a big favor, honoring us with your royal presence as if we are a bunch of idiots you cannot stand. Anything that comes your way that is Romanian, you dismiss with such vehemence one might think it’s poisonous. Nothing we do or have is good enough for your nose.
“But let me tell you something, my friend. My people might not have everything so technical and so advanced, but they are good and hard-working people. They have good hearts and above all, they have dignity. When you live for generations under communism and are treated the way we were, maybe only then you can understand what it means to be so ‘primitive’. To be given nothing and be expected to work wonders. Your standards and ours obviously don’t match, but who are you to judge us? What do you know about us that gives you the right to treat us this way? Huh?
“And for your information, in case nobody had the courage to tell you, this is not our war.” She made a large circle with her arms. “We haven’t asked for it and we are doing you a favor allowing all of you to be on our soil. And not vice versa.” Cassandra straightened her back, pushed away a curl that fell on her face and held her arms up. “Here you have it, I said it.”
She walked around David, opened the door and before leaving, said without looking back, “And don’t forget to write me up.”




A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba


"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."

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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.


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. Politic bores 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.


Email: cami.skiba@gmail.com
Blog: http://cameliamironskiba.wordpress.com/


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12 comments:

  1. Holly, thank you so very much for the fun interview and for being part of the book tour. I really appreciate it.
    Looking forward to our next visit ;)

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  2. Camellia, you are so amazing! Your accomplishments are so impressive, and what a role model you are to women everywhere. You not only know 3 languages, moved to another country and started a family, but also hold down a day job AND followed your dream of becoming a published author! WOW!
    I can't wait to read this book! Best wishes for 2012 to bring you wonderful opportunities!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  3. Greetings:
    What a great interview. The story about Cami Skiba's
    talk with her son, brought a tear to my eye. Was so
    touching. Also, about the Araq war, and how her book
    took shape was so interesting. Would love to snag
    a copy of her book. cheers dayleb at telus dot net

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  4. Camelia's books are fantastic. They are wonderful romance stories that most compare to true life not your everything is perfect fairytale. Make sure you have tissues nearby when you read it, because you will laugh and you will cry as you feel like you are right there with her characters.

    If you love romance, do yourself a favor and read this book!

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  5. Camelia,
    I enjoyed your interview. It sounds like you're writing fast now. I wish you luck in your journey. Warmly, fellow author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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    1. Kathryn, that's so lovely of you to stop by Holly's blog and read my interview, thank you so very much. I'm honored. Hope to hear soon from you.
      Much love :)

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  6. I love this book!!! I love Cami. She puts so much heart into her books, and for me, she is a must read author!. Great blog post!

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  7. This book looks so good. And what a great interview. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  8. I've read this book (I'm on the tour!) and I love, love, love the book. I was completely taken with the characters.

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  9. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good and interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  10. Thank you everyone for stopping by and entering the contest as well as leaving comments.
    A big warm thank you (and a hug) for Holly for hosting my book on her blog.
    Much love to everyone!
    Cami

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