Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 5


Welcome to Day 5 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Carmen Stefanescu. Catch up with more from Carmen in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.


Where is your home town?

Braila is my home town. Situated on the banks of the river Danube, in Romania, East Europe. Funny thing is that many people know my country better as Dracula’s country.

How long have you been writing romance?

Well, difficult to say. Starting with 2002 when I wrote Shadows of the Past. But writing, in general, started way back. With poetry in fact.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Paranormal. No vampires, though. Ghosts, reincarnation, past life regression and everything connected to these.

Why are Anne and Neil taking a break?

Human weakness leads Neil in the arms of Anne’s associate and friend, Gillian, or so things seem at first. A 2 year separation follows his onetime mistake.

What do they discover whilst out for a walk?

A gruesome discovery – a bejewelled cross and human bones in the hollow of an old oak tree.

Where and in what era do they suddenly find themselves?

The discovery has a strong connection with events that happened several hundred years before, in Middle Ages England.

From whom does Genevieve need saving?

Genevieve seeks salvation from the wicked Abbess, Sister Clementa, who is a witch.

Is Anne ever in danger herself from the spirits?

The Abbess’s ghost endangers both Anne and Neil.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I submitted another paranormal, light mystery this time, to the publisher and am waiting for the reply.


I already signed the contract with the same publishing house, Wild Child Publishing, for another paranormal. A historical one. Dracula’s Mistress. I see you smiling. Yes, a native of his country can’t resist the temptation to write about him.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Carmen Stefanescu


Buy links for Shadows of the Past

Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing

Buy Link: Amazon

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Find out more about Carmen from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers


Letter H on the A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today is the letter H on the A to Z Challenge. Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba. Genre: Romance

Camelia opened the A to Z Challenge with a book under letter A, if you missed it here is the link, and if you want to find out more about Camelia, check out this post when she joined the blog in our Romancing September Tour.


A woman’s journey through the darkest depths of human emotion and life. A man’s struggle with heartache, redemption and finding love again. Do second chances really exist?

Tessa Cosma is a deceptively sweet businesswoman who knows how to ride the wave of chaos in corrupt, post-communist Romania to maintain the lifestyle she so carefully built for herself. Her ideal world shatters when an unplanned pregnancy ends after a brutal assault. To compound her troubles, she must unravel a fraud accusation that threatens her reputation and career.

Alessandro Santinelli, the charismatic Italian banker with whom she spent an incredible, lust-filled night a year ago, comes to her rescue. Tessa refuses his help and chooses to rise above the devastating forces of death, betrayal and fraud to prove her innocence and discover her true self.  or

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Here is a chance to win one of Camelia’s books

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TWITTER: @CamiSkiba
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  Camelia Miron Skiba

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers taking part in the challenge, please find the time to visit their sites too.

During the challenge we are encouraging people to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Letter A on the A to Z April Challenge

Letter A on the A to Z Challenge, and we’re off and blogging our way through the alphabet. 26 posts all letter related. There are over 1900 bloggers signed up for this challenge, it’s going to be HUGE! My big thanks to Arlee Bird (check out his blog called Tossing it out, with the link I’ve set up at the end of this post) and his team of hosts, co-hosts and helpers who have worked really hard to organise this huge event.

My book for the letter A is “A World Apart” by Camelia Miron Skiba Genre: Romance


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 the joint-unit air base M. Kogalniceanu 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 honour 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, Major 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.   or

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TWITTER: @CamiSkiba

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:           Camelia Miron Skiba

Here are some randomly chosen links to other bloggers also doing the challenge, please visit them and leave comments too.

During the challenge we are asking people to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, every supportive comment is appreciated.

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Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1)Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I liked it, I liked the intense romance between Jacque and Fane, it was like a delicious bar of chocolate.

Fane is a foreign exchange student from Romania but when he moves to Coldspring Texas he finds his soul mate lives just across the road. There’s more to Fane than meets the eye, much more. He’s a werewolf, in fact he’s Prince of the Romanian Greys, and in Jacque he recognises his future mate.

Jacque and her girlfriends are enjoying the last few weeks before returning to high school and are excited by the prospect of a hottie student moving in. Jacque’s friends Jen and Sally are viciously loyal and support her through the madness which descends upon their lives. Everything is moving too fast for Jacque and the girls need to be there for her when another wolf challenges Fane for Jacque.

I liked the input of the Romanian words and the way the author wrote about the relationship between man and wolf, the telepathy was fun too. I’m undecided if the story had too many echoes of Twilight or just coincidences. With this being the first book in a long series I’m sure it will take on more of its own persona in the next few books. I was sad when the book ended without the couple bonding but perhaps that would have left no room for the storyline to continue.

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Romancing September author Camelia Miron Skiba (Day 27)

Day 27 of the tour and our guest author today is Camelia Miron Skiba. She’ll be answering questions about her book “Born in Vengeance” then giving her views on writing romance in today’s society over with Stephanie in a few hours time.

Camelia Miron Skina

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Chandler, Arizona, but was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania.

2) How long have you been writing?

Since 2009.

3) Have you always written romance?

I’m a sucker for all things romantic so the answer is yes.

4) “Born in Vengeance” is a historical romance, can you tell us where and when it is set?

BORN IN VENGEANCE is set in old Dacia (the land of Romania today), approximately around 117 A.D.

5) What made you choose this time and setting?

History tells that Roman soldiers combined with Dacian women. I use “combine” on purpose because they didn’t marry them as they were beneath their status as victors, but rather enslaved them. I try not to think much about how the Romans took Dacian women by force, but I do know that, the exact moment when the first child was born out of such a union marked the birth of the Romanian nation. I had to put my own spin on this very historical moment.

6) In the story, Ilias is seeking revenge on the Roman’s, why?

Ilias’ father was King Decebalus, the last Dacian king before the Romans conquered Dacia. Not only does Ilias want to avenge his father’s death, but he wants his land back as well.

7) How did “Love” find Ilias and with whom?

Thirsty for revenge and eager to unshackle his people from Roman oppression, Ilias’ obsession to fulfil his oath has no bounds, even if that means kidnapping Nerva, the beloved daughter of Emperor Traianus, and his biggest enemy. What he doesn’t know is his own heart threatens to betray his conscience. Ironically he finds love in his thirst for vengeance.

8)The story doesn’t end with this book does it, can you drop a few hints about the sequel?

That’s correct. The story ends with a battle but the outcome of it is where the second book starts, BORN IN SIN, which is Zyraxes’ story and his quest for love. In BORN IN VENGEANCE the reader is introduced to Ilias loyal men, five of them, including Zyraxes. Each hero will have his own story and book. BORN IN SIN was released end of May 2013. BORN IN DARKNESS will come out in 2015. I don’t have titles for the rest of the stories but I do have the outlines.

9) Tell us about your other work that has a Romanian theme.

So far all my books have something Romanian, be it characters, places, settings, traditions, culture, etc. I’ve released 4 novels so far (HIDDEN HEART, A WORLD APART, BORN IN VENGEANCE and BORN IN SIN). The general public knows Romania either as the land of Dracula, the place where the world’s famous gymnast Nadia Comaneci was born, or because of Communism, but there is much more to that country. I like to believe that by incorporating my upbringing in my novels I give the readers an opportunity to learn about my beautiful homeland. Guilty – Nadia was pinned to my bedroom wall!

10) What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a contemporary romance (no title yet) set in the States and all characters are Americans (a first in my writing). The novel is a quirky and witty combination between Maid in Manhattan and When Harry met Sally.


Award winning model Lucas Oliver’s face and chiselled abs appear on thousands of romance novels, and he has an ego to match his fame. Meeting someone who doesn’t adore him is rare, but when it happens, he finds himself drawn to the one who refuses to fawn all over him.

A stickler for puritan values, makeup artist Jane Sullivan discovered the hard way that forever doesn’t exist, and letting go opens doors she’d like to keep closed. She’d rather keep her husband’s memory alive than worry about a dating pool full of sharks and piranhas.

The two meet when Jane’s dream of becoming an author suddenly becomes reality, and it’s hate at first sight. Lucas is everything she despises with arrogance to spare, but is there more to him than meets the eye? His confidence and courage are what she desperately wants … even though she won’t admit it. She is everything he thinks he doesn’t deserve. Can Lucas persuade the shy, uncompromising single mom Jane to give him a chance?

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Thank You Cami and Good Luck with the new books and the rest of the Dacian Legends series. Don’t forget Stephanie’s half of the interview over at  

Romancing September author Ana Calin (Day 25)

It is Day 25 of our Romancing September Across the World Tour, and today we are going to meet Ana Calin and her book “The Blacksmith”. Then you can cross to Georgia in a few hours and read her views on writing romance in today’s society with Stephanie.

Ana Calin author

Let us find out more about Ana;

1) Where is your home town?
My hometown is Constanta, Romania. (I’ve been living in Germany for four years. Constanta is yet the place where the story unfolds).
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing fiction for one year but researching for two (needed the research as background for what is happening with the ‘superior beings’ in the story). (Technically, I’ve been writing for over ten years since I was an English major in college and Creative Writing was a must. After I graduated I started working as a translator and writer for web sites)
3) Has your writing always included an aspect of romance?
The Blacksmith is my first novel. Romance is its central point and will remain so in the following novels as well.
4) “The Blacksmith” is a romantic thriller, where did the idea for the story come from?
The idea for “The Blacksmith” came from observation and a lot of psychology reading. Observing that many couples who’ve been together for over seven years become disappointed and start chasing the new, often even leaving their partners for a fresh start, I became obsessive on getting to the bottom of happiness through love: should one challenge the old and established for one’s dream? Or should one fight to reignite the fire of infatuation in a long time relationship?
5) The character known as “The Blacksmith” is an unknown murderer. Does his name have a significance?
The meaning behind the Blacksmith’s alias is even more important to the story than his identity. He is  a superhuman whose main purpose resonates with his alias.
6) How does the romance evolve? Does Aurelia become obsessed?
Aurelia first becomes obsessed with discovering who the Blacksmith is. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll fall in love with him so deeply.
7) What happened to Aurelia’s husband?
Aurelia’s husband, Damian, is present throughout the story just like the boy she secretly desires, Ivan. One of these two men IS the Blacksmith.
8) What does Aurelia have to do to find the answers she needs?
Since she is the one to discover the first victim, Aurelia feels compelled to find out who the villain is. Having no reason to trust what she’s certain are corrupt policemen, she will start an investigation of her own, aided by an attorney, a psychiatrist and a biochemist. She will discover that the one she chases is no common man and she’ll go unveiling secret powers buried in her own psyche.
9) Does “The Blacksmith” have an equal love for Aurelia?
We don’t find out how the Blacksmith truly feels for Aura until the last chapters. He might be madly in love with her or long to kill her in the cruellest way.
10) Are you working on a sequel to this book? Or do you have another book that you are writing?
I’m currently working on a sequel, “Cries of the Blood”. I’ve started posting the chapters on my blog, Of course, I’m avoiding spoilers for The Blacksmith. When the book is finished the chapters will be cut to trailers.

NOTE: the book contains some measure of erotica (not going overboard though), so it is recommendable for mature audiences.
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Thank you Ana for being our guest today and Good Luck with the new book. Now step over to for the rest of Ana’s interview.

Born in Vengeance by Camelia Miron Skiba

BORN IN VENGEANCE (Dacian Legends, #1)BORN IN VENGEANCE by Camelia Miron Skiba

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short historical story set in the land which became Romania. It tells of the Dacian empire and Ilias,the son of the King, seeking revenge on the Romans for killing his family and taking over their land. Revenge, romance and an ending which will lead in to the next book.

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Guest author Carmen Stefanescu

Today my guest is Carmen Stefanescu, please join me in welcoming her to the blog and learning a little more about this author.

1) Tell me your name
Carmen Stefanescu
2) Where do you live?
Romania, better known as Dracula’s country, in Eastern Europe.
3)When did you start writing?
I started writing short satirical poems as a student. Then short stories. All were in my native tongue Romanian, as I am not a native English speaker. I lived all my life in Romania, known to many as Dracula’s country. After the fall of dictatorship in 1989, things changed a bit and the access to the Internet and the opening to the world helped me start publishing. Poems in English, first. Some of them were selected for a collection of contemporary English poems, Muse Whispers, and were published in 2001 and 2002. Now novels.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?
Paranormal. I am fond of ghosts, reincarnation, past lives and karmic retribution. Not vampires even if I live in Dracula’s country. I believe that our soul is immortal. Should it be my fear of the eternity of nothingness? May be! I can’t really say.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.
1-Keep your writing clear and coherent, and avoid pretentious or overly formal language.
2-Ask someone else to read your writing and critique it.
3- Select the strongest nouns and verbs before you select adjectives and adverbs.
And above all: Read! Write! Read and write!
6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin. 5 stars.
7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.
Shadows of the Past.
Thank you for hosting my interview!

Dear readers,

If you don’t know already, I’m taking part in the A to Z Challenge which starts on Monday (apologies to everyone who already know!) Please drop by and read my posts as I blog about books for 26 days in April using the alphabet.