born in sin

How hard is it to writer historical fiction/romance with authenticity?


CS: There is no easy answer to this question. Because fiction means free imagination, authenticity means real. So the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

I think as an author it’s important to create believable stories using the tools provided to us by the fictional world. Like everything else, writing in the historical genre—romance or not—requires a lot of research. I want my readers to feel like they are transported to that particular era, among those heroes, living through their eyes with the resources of that time. And trust me, their resources were limited, primitive and frugal.

For as long as I remember I loved history. And not just what happened 100 or 200 years ago but the kind of history that tells tales of the beginning of time and stories mankind left to us on silk maps, handwritten papyrus, and relics. The kind of history that tells stories of nations being shaped, wars, and unknown heroes. Have you ever wondered what would the US be today had Columbus not discovered this beautiful land? Or what Europe’s borders might be today had the Romans not conquered most of it?

I know I do wonder. And I had to delve into it. I was always curious how it all began (let’s not think about the fact that curiosity killed the cat. I’m very much alive J). To some people that type of history sounds boring. To me, well, I like to imagine that each one of those men making history wanted something more than to conquer a new territory, a new castle or own more slaves; they wanted love.

Compared to a lot of historical romance authors who have to do a lot of research I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Why? Because my origins stem 2000 years ago when the Roman Empire conquered the land of Dacia, Romania of today. I had a lot of history to learn growing up in the land of Dracula (and no, I haven’t met Edward Cullen &Co. while growing up nor do vampires roam freely around the country).

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, that exact moment when the first child was born out of such a union marked the birth of the Romanian nation. And I had to put my own spin on this very historical moment.

Enter my series Dacian Legends and my Dacian warriors: Ilias, Zyraxes, Galtys, Ursus and Vipero. Alone naming my heroes as such was part of the research because all these names are Latin names (for instance Ursus means bear, and Vipero means viper).

Ilias, the main hero of Born In Vengeance is the bastard son of the last Dacian King. He lives for one thing and one thing only: vengeance. Ironically he finds love in his thirst for vengeance.

Next in series is Born In Sin. Zyraxes, the main hero wanted his story told as well. It surprised me how helplessly in love he was from the beginning, so different than Ilias to whom love came later, or at least when he finally acknowledge it.

I have to admit that each one of my characters has a special place in my heart, but for some reason the connection I have with these five warriors it’s more profound, more intense, probably because they symbolize (aside from being darn handsome, fearless and broken) my passion for history and romance.

 Thank you so much for spending time with us! What an interesting tale.

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TWITTER: @CamiSkiba





BORN IN SIN –Dacian Legends, # 2

release  date 05/30/2013

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 Book Title: BORN IN SIN



Book Blurb:Loathing the thought of his beloved Oriana in the arms of another man, fearless Zyraxes delivers death upon the Roman enemy. With only the rugged land as his bed and the sky as his blanket, trouble finds him often.Summoned to aid Oriana’s father in the war against two powerful enemies—one of them Oriana’s savage husband—Zyraxes proves himself worthy of more than just noble titles and coin. But he wants none of it. What he wants is her.When Zyraxes discovers a broken and nearly dead Oriana, though forbidden, he disregards her father’s orders to leave her to her death, and instead chooses to protect and conceal her. Will saving her be enough to win her heart? Will his part royal lineage make him worthy of her love?

Who am I? Before Bastisza spoke to me I knew. Now … not anymore. I was the son of Polpium per Flavius, mender for King Decebalus. My mother the beautiful Medina of who people spoke as if she were a goddess. We lived a simple life in King Decebalus’ fortress with Father helping the ill, Mother embroidering for the king’s family, and me playing with Ilias, Galtys, and Ursus, daydreaming of the warriors we were meant to become. Mother taught me how to sing. Father shared his knowledge of herbs and medicinal remedies. I lived a sheltered life and had no siblings. Or so I thought.

Until one ill-fated night when everything changed.

I think of all the beds I’ve shared, women without a name or place where I shan’t return. Never more than a fleeting night spent in their arms, never so much as a wandering thought. They desired someone to warm their beds and who was I to deny their pleasures? Compared to Oriana their memories wither as darkness yielding to a new day.




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Legend has it … centuries after Spartacus another hero is born—Ilias, the bastard son of King Decebalus. Thirsty for revenge and eager to unshackle the Roman oppression, Ilias’ obsession to fulfill his oath has no bounds, even if that means kidnapping Nerva, the beloved daughter of Emperor Traianus. What he doesn’t know is his own heart threatens to betray his conscience.

What will prevail: his mind or his heart?


Horror pains Oriana’s face when she sees me. I wouldn’t recognize her had I seen her in a crowd. Dark bruises mar her jaw and right temple. Her hair, once beautifully braided, is now a dry mud and straw-tangled mass, framing a deadly pale face. She strains to get up, but she’s too weak. “We are lost,” she cries, “why did you bring him?”

I rush to Oriana’s side, pain splitting my heart in pieces. “My queen, you don’t recognize me?”

“Oh, Zyraxes, why did you come? You shan’t see me this way …” Oriana hides her face behind Thera’s shoulder, tugging at the torn rag covering her fragile body. She struggles to sit up, but she falls back on the ground with a cry.

“Oriana …” I place a hand on her arm, then withdraw it. She’s hot to the touch, feverishly hot. Seeing the queen of my heart so hurt and broken is harder than her rejection. I must save her, I must. The knot in my throat chokes me. I haven’t cried since my mother died.

“Oriana … remember when you broke your wrist?” I have to whisper or she’ll know how weak I am, tears of helplessness brimming my eyes.

With a little spark in her glassy blue eyes, she holds her right wrist at her chest. More bruises cover both her arms, her left hand wrapped in a dirty cloth.

I pray she remembers. Her nod gives me hope.

“Remember the splinter and the bandages I wrapped your arm in and told you not to remove for three weeks?” She nods again. I take her wrist and kiss it, then stroke it. At first she tries to pull away, but now her arm rests in my hand. “And remember how I threatened to tell your father about you climbing the tree when you took it off only a week later?”

Oriana smiles between tears. Her voice is above a whisper, “I do not want you to see me this way …”

“I am not. I only see you need my aid. Please, Oriana, let me serve you. Please?”


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Who I was yesterday … I’m no longer today, nor will I be tomorrow. Each day I grow a little. I stumble, get up, and learn something. I wish and dream and want and look to the future.

Who I am is not important, but what I leave behind is.

Copyright © 2013 CAMELIA MIRON SKIBA





TWITTER: @CamiSkiba

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:           Camelia Miron Skiba



BORN IN SIN by Camelia Miron Skiba is an interesting Historical Drama/Romance. An epic love story of Oriana and Zyraxes. A battle between the Roman’s and the Saxon’s. A love story told from the male point of view instead of the woman’s point of view was an interesting take. Fast paced,quick read filled with wars,drama,danger,romance and love. If you enjoy historical aspects of a story along with the romance,than “Born In Sin” is the story for you,it is packed full of historical as well as guts and gore and of course romance. Received for an honest review from the author.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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A Novel

by Karen White


We’re letting you in on a secret: Karen White knows what readers of women’s fiction want. 


Her fans, growing exponentially with each new publication, have discovered her talent for creating affecting, three-dimensional characters; complicated intergenerational relationships; sharp dialogue; an ever-unfolding plot that hinges on family secrets; a deeply rooted sense of place; and stunning, perceptive prose for which she has been celebrated. Now, with the publication of THE TIME BETWEEN (NAL Hardcover, on-sale June 4, 2013), we hope you’ll share in the pleasure of reading Karen White.


THE TIME BETWEEN, White’s first novel to be published in hardcover, will resonate with readers of Kristin Hannah, J. Courtney Sullivan, Elin Hilderbrand, and Dorothea Benton Frank.  Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the novel is a beautifully-wrought, compelling story about the complicated bond between sisters, the enduring legacy of family, and the ultimate power of forgiveness.


Karen White’s growing fan base first landed her on The New York Times bestseller list with the 2011 publication of The Beach Trees.  Since then, White’s three subsequent novels have also hit national trade paperback bestseller lists, with her most recent novel After the Rain appearing on the Times list in January.  Based in Atlanta, White—and her books—are beloved by book clubs, booksellers, and bloggers around the country, and celebrated by dedicated fans at signings from North Carolina to Florida to Pennsylvania and beyond.  With the publication of THE TIME BETWEEN, she is poised to garner national attention as a fast-rising star of women’s fiction.


9780451239860_TheTimeBetwe_FC.inddIn THE TIME BETWEEN, thirty-four-year-old Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister—and for falling in love with her sister’s husband. But when her enigmatic boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, Eleanor accepts, hoping this good deed will help atone for her mistakes.


On the barrier island of Edisto, a landscape lush with sweet grass and salt marshes, Eleanor bonds with Helena over their mutual love of music. Drawing the older woman out of her depression, Eleanor learns of Helena’s life in Hungary, with her sister, before and during World War II. She hears tales of fiery passion and heartache, defiance and deception. But when the truth of Helena and her sister’s shocking past comes to light, Eleanor may finally learn what will help heal her relationship with her own sister—and set her free.


by Karen White

New American Library Hardcover

On-sale: June 4, 2013

$25.95; ISBN: 9780451239860



KarenWhite-Publicity PhotoAbout the Author:

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone with the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book, In the Shadow of the Moon (published in August 2000). This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including two more RITAs, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and she has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for her novels, Learning to Breathe and On Folly Beach.


White currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2011, her thirteenth novel, The Beach Trees, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number fifteen and her fourteenth novel, The Strangers on Montagu Street, debuted at number fourteen on the New York Times bestseller list.


White hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog named Quincy (who also appears in several of her books).


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~The Paris Game (Le Chat Rouge Series #1)~



The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer


THE PARIS GAME (June 17, 2013)
On the darker side of Paris, it’s dangerous to not pay your debts…

A singer in a jazz club past its prime, Sera Durand must come up with thousands of euros to pay back her boss, a ruthless gangster. A confrontation with her ex, an art dealer profiting on the wrong side of the law, leads her into a questionable wager, but one that could solve her problems.

Marc Perron knows a winning proposition when he sees one. Seducing a shy young woman of Sera’s acquaintance will be the easiest thing in the world, and the prize, to have Sera in his bed once again, is worth the chance of losing a sizable sum. What he didn’t expect was the depth of Sera’s desperation.

When one of his deals goes awry, Marc’s solution could cost them more than money…

*Available soon, in trade paperback and ebook!*

ISBN-13: 978-0-9920065-0-1 (Kindle)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4848348-2-4 (Trade Paperback)


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Alyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. Her novella PROHIBITED PASSION and short story BETTING THE FARM are available as ebooks. Her short story VEE is in the charity anthology FELT TIPS (edited by Tiffany Reisz). She’s currently working on two new projects, one of which is a novel set during the gangster heyday in Chicago in 1925. You can find her online at, or on Twitter @alyslinn.

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The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

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Thanks to Alyssa, we are offering 2 lucky commenters a digital copy of  THE PARIS GAME.  Yes, 2 winners have a chance to win. Giveaway will run from June 7 until June 14,2013.




“My Thoughts” on this title coming soon.


Alyssa will be stopping by on 6/17 for an interview and maybe a few more surprises.