MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of “The Deliverance” Trilogy will be to readers?


A.K. I know that when I pick up a book I am hoping for a couple of contradictory things to happen – and in the best books I get my needs met – even better yet – I get more than I realized was possible. First, I want an escape from the trials and the routine of my own life.  I want to “go somewhere different and experience something new”.  Secondly, and this is the greater challenge, I want to find out how others deal with life and perhaps, if possible, gain some new insight which will help me approach my life with a refreshed view.  Those two goals are what I strive to meet every time I sit down to write.  Frankly, I write for the same reason I reason I read.  I am looking for a bit of an escape and also for something to stir my soul…something to help me along as a human being to say – yeah, I understand that, and I can relate…even better…I understand better than I did before how humanity struggles and what we are looking for in our  personal quests.


I hope that duel goal will appeal to readers – to have a new experience and gain a new perspective.






MBA&M: Which was your favorite character to write?


A.K. Eoban is not the main character but he is a very central character in a lot of ways – the same way Sam is a central character in The Lord of the Rings.  Eoban is fully human, he loses his temper and even his manners occasionally, yet he has a large heart which will risk everything to protect those he loves – even those he doesn’t love particularly which kind of disgusts him, but he has to deal with his own weakness for doing the right thing even when he’d really rather not.  I have found very few perfect people in this world – we are so complicated! – but at the same time there are those heroic souls who’d really rather not be so heroic, but have to put up with the reality of who they are.  Since I’m a bit of a coward – I love his strength….and I wish I was more like him.




MBA&M: What was the hardest scene for you to write?


A.K. In Ishtar’s Redemption Chai is a very scary guy who wants to conquer so as to please his god and in that association he has assumed that his god will take care of him.  The scene when he comes face to face with Ishtar – a guy who has already had to face the false gods of his father and attempt to break free from them – he discovers that his god has no real power to save him and in that realization he must face death without that hope.  I think a lot of people avoid all thought of death because they have refused to deal with what happens next and it is a very frightening reality if you don’t know what you believe or if your belief is undermined.  Ishtar has come to a new faith and Chai isn’t there and the confrontation is a dramatic one.  I wanted to write something that expressed the truth of both faith and despair without trying to tie up everything into neat comfortable bundles.  I leave a lot to the reader to explore in their own faith even while offering the hope that holds me together on a daily basis.


MBA&M: Which do you feel as an author is the most challenging: to keep readers interested in your stories or to get your stories published?  I realized both can be frustrating and demanding?


A.K. So far I have had wonderful responses from readers, but not much luck from publishers.  I think part of the challenge is being willing to continually improve your craft and become a better writer no matter what happens.  I have just completed my sixth fiction book and I am hoping that I can get a publisher interested…but it is sometimes a matter of timing and luck as well as skill.  I figure that I will keep putting my books out there and let the readers decide if they are worth telling others about and remembering.




MBA&M: What one word best describes your “The Deliverance” trilogy?


A.K. Hope. The Deliverance Trilogy is all about overcoming the past, facing the trials of the present, and not letting worries about the future decide your fate.  Never give up hope.


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                           Book One: ARAMaram


                           Ishtar_book2-1-1-1Book Two:  ISHTAR’S REDEMPTIONTrial by Fire


     Neb_Cover front cover onlyBook Three:  NEB THE GREAT – Shadows of the Past


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  • Series: The Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: A K Frailey (August 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989103544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103541


November 3, 2012

Aram is a man who wants to start his life over but he must deal with his haunting past, a lost wife and son and a discontented clan. He must accept the choice he has made in a new wife and face a mysterious beast which pursues him through a dangerous terrain. While keeping his people safe against all odds he encounters a new land beside a beautiful lake and there he finds his first real sense of security and joy. Unexpectedly, he finds that he is in the midst of a battleground where an innocent clan is about to be annihilated and he must decide if he and his people will become involved. In the greatest battle of his life he must face his haunting past, turn a young pagan from his father’s evil ways, and forge a new hope for future generations.



  • Series: Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: A K Frailey; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098910351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103510

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM and is now available on Amazon. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Evil sorcery, dangerous raides, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember.


Neb_Cover front cover onlyNEB THE GREAT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST #3

  • Series: The Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: A. K. Frailey (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989103536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103534


August 24, 2013

Neb the Great was raised to conquer and conquer he did until he met a woman who challenged his heart and enslaved him in a way he never thought possible. From their union is born two sons, one who would change the course of history by becoming the father of a new generation which wiould lead to the birth of Aram, while the other would descend into further corruption by embracing his grandfather’s name and his gods.



Ann Frailey of rural Fillmore, Illinois has published her first book entitled “The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings” under the name A. K. Frailey. It is a reflection on the characteristics of the heroes and villains in the Tolkien classic and what influence virtue and vice have in our own modern world. Ann gives us a glimpse into the Christian ethos that was fundamental to Tolkien’s life and work.

ARAM, book one of The Deliverance Trilogy, her first fictional work is an adventure, romance and mystery all rolled into one with characters who struggle to survive in a hostile world while encountering evil from within and without. Three clans meet, clash, and battle out their differences before they come to know that they share a hidden past.

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM and is now available on Amazon. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Evil sorcery, dangerous raides, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember.

Neb the Great – Shadows of the Past, the third book in The Deliverance Trilogy, was published in August 2013 and is now available on Amazon. For the sake of his son, Ishtar retells the compelling histories of the ancestors in the clans of the first and second books and at the same time the story moves into a hope filled future.

Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. Both The Road Goes Ever On and ARAM have won the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval for 2012. ARAM is up for the Catholic Writer’s Guild Arts and Letters Fiction Contest in 2013. All three of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.

Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education and is married to John Frailey who is also an educator. They have eight children and they homeschool while maintaining a mini-farm.

Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She is a devoted wife and mother and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends on their mini-farm in rural Illinios.

Ann’s future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the Middle Ages. Visit her website www.akfrailey.com often for her newest blog, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.

Website: www.akfrailey.com
Twitter: @akfrailey



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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

AuthorImage-36AM: I am a wife of 26 years, a mother of 3 college kiddos, and a lifelong reader and writer–and Texan! I love classic literature and history. I love to travel with my husband. (Right now, that’s mostly on business trips, but that’s ok!) I wrote five novels in ten years before landing my first publishing contract. A Home for My Heart is my third published novel. But the thing I hope defines my life is a deep love for and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am constantly humbled and amazed by all that He has done in my heart. 

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “A Home For My Heart”?

AM: I really wanted to tell a story set in my husband’s home state of Pennsylvania. As I started researching online, I came upon a small tidbit about a home for “orphan and friendless” children that was in his hometown! I dug a bit deeper and discovered the home was born out of a revival on the college campus in town. The whole history just captured my heart and I knew I could write it as a gift of love to the town where my husband was born and raised. 

A Home for My Heart cover mockMBA&M: What inspired you or what was the appeal to write a story during the turn of the century?

AM: So far, all of my published novels have been set in the pre-WWI years. A Home for My Heart, set in 1910, is the earliest of the time periods I’ve attempted. I ended up writing in this era because my first published book, Wings of a Dream, was based on my great-grandparents story, which happened during the influenza epidemic of 1918. I fell in love with the time period because of the mix of old and new. It was a time of change and yet a time where things were still the same. 

MBA&M: Is “A Home For My Heart” a part of a series,if so,do you feel the readers should the previous titles first, or is this a stand alone title?

AM: All of my books are stand alone titles thus far. We’ll see if I ever get up the nerve to tackle a series! 

MBA&M: What was the most challenging part of writing “A Home For My Heart”?

AM: All of it was challenging! Seriously, the research was elusive. God did a couple of amazing things to bring a few documents to light that hadn’t been seen in years, but for the most part, I had little to go on as far as the day-to-day operations of the home. And then the characters and plotting gave me fits! i did a couple of major rewrites at the request of my editor. Many days I wondered if it would ever come together. It finally did after many, many, many days of hard work. And the feedback so far has indicated the work was worth it! 

MBA&M: What was your very favorite scene to write and your worst or most heartbreaking scene to write?

AM: One of the children in the home gets into some serious trouble. The most heartbreaking scene for me to write was when Sadie realizes she couldn’t do anything else to help him. It’s that moment you know as a parent when there are things in your child’s life you can’t fix, you can only relinquish them to the hands of God. But that is always a heart wrenching moment! 

MBA&M: What made you want to write a story about a home for Orphans?

AM: After I’d made the decision to write about the home because I loved the history of it, I realized that my heart also gravitated in that direction due to all the wonderful families I know who have been touched in some way by adoption. And what better way to remind us that we are all adopted sons and daughters of God? That is such an amazing thing to think about! 

MBA&M: What is your next project?

AM: My next project is a novel not yet titled (due out in fall of 2014) set in Oklahoma in 1917. It is about a woman pursuing her master’s degree who instead has to come home and care for her recently widowed sister and teach high school. She is also given charge of the girls basketball team. Reluctantly, she learns the game, with the help of the handsome boys basketball coach, of course! While A Home for My Heart is a love letter to my family in Pennsylvania, this next book is a love letter to the many, many teachers and coaches in my family. I have loved writing that story! 

MBA&M: Who inspires you the most to write?

AM: That’s hard to say. There have been many that have inspired me along the way. The author that inspired me to want to be an author was Eugenia Price. I read her epic novels during middle school and fell in love with history and historical fiction. My sister inspires me to write because she never liked history or reading but has learned to like both through historical fiction. Now she reads as much or more than I do! And my family inspires me to write, for in my stories I find myself saying things I want to say to each of them but sometimes find it hard to articulate anywhere but on the page. 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where to  purchase “A Home for My Heart”?

AM: I blog regularly at www.annemateer.com. I also interact on twitter (www.twitter.com/annemateer) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorannemateer). I have several boards on pinterest as well (www.pinterest.com/annemateer). I’d love to see you around any of those places! My books can be purchased in physical form or ebook at all the major book retailers, both physical and internet. (You might have to request it at a smaller brick-and-mortar store, but they should be able to get it without a problem.) 


Anne, do you have anything you  would like to add?

AM: I’d just like to say how much I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to tell you a little about me and my book. I’d love to hear from y’all, too. Being a reader myself, my favorite way to connect with new friends is over books!

Thank you, Anne, for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us today. What a fascinating story!


A Home for My Heart cover mockA HOME FOR MY HEART


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210648
September 15, 2013
Heartwarming Historical Fiction Set at the Turn of the Century

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she’ll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it’s revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it’s taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

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Marcel Proust in Taos: In Search of Times Past

So without further ado, sit back and enjoy your visit with….Jon Foyt!!

MBA&M: Hello, Jon and welcome to MBA&M! Please give our readers some insight into the life of Jon Foyt?

JON: I grew up in Indianapolis and wanted to be a racecar driver at Indy, but soon gave that up to go to college to study journalism and geography, then business at Stanford. I was in the Korean War in Military Intelligence, then worked in electronics and radio broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest, before getting into real estate development, where my late wife, Lois, and I built apartments, condominiums, and single family homes. Later, I went back to school at the University of Georgia to study Historic Preservation. Lois and I then moved to New Mexico to write novels about the Southwest, archaeology, and Native Americans. My wife and I wrote together for 20 years until she passed away, and now I continue to write. I’m 81 and active in an adult retirement community in Northern California.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Marcel Proust In Taos”?

JON: The enchantment of New Mexico is exemplified by the Taos School of Artists dating back to the1890’s. Taos is also an ancient Spanish town, plus there is the 1200 AD Taos Pueblo of Native Americans. Taos is also near the Atomic Lab in Los Alamos. All of these ingredients inspired the writing of Marcel Proust in Taos.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write about and why?

JON: Christopher is an atomic scientist retiring to Taos, where he falls in love with the artist Marlene. He is also writing a novel within the novel about the dangers of nuclear terrorism. His character is complex, aggressive and, I think, of deep interest to the reader.

MBA&M: This is a twofold question: What was the allure to you, for writing a story on microbrewery, nuclear terrorism and love? And what made you chose New Mexico as your setting for “Marcel Proust In Taos”?

JON: I lived for 16 years in New Mexico. Santa Fe and Taos are the two places in the United States where you don’t feel like you’re in the United States, or so said D. H. Lawrence when he visited Taos in the early 1920’s.

MBA&M: What was the most challenging thing about writing this story?

JON: Writing a novel within the novel is most challenging, yet it opens up an interesting experience for the reader.

MBA&M: Which secondary character was your favorite to write, why?

JON: Marlene, the immigrant artist is a complex character, for she has left her native Germany to seek a new life in a very different venue. She has to integrate herself into the community while at the same time pursuing her art, opening a microbrewery and enjoying her love affair with Christopher.

MB&AM: Does any of the characters in this story portray you at all, anyone you know, or are they straight out of your head?

JON: These are each fictional characters, totally invented, and do not represent anyone I know.

MBA&M:  Who would you say was the biggest influence in your writing career?

JON: My high school English teacher, oh so many years ago.

MBA&M: What advice do you have for inspiring authors? AND what was the quirkiest advice or thing you did to sale a story?

JON: Write about what you know or have researched and feel about deeply. Writing is hard work, so be prepared to experience a certain amount of isolation in the process of writing, editing, and re-writing.

MBA&M: Please tell us where to connect with Jon Foyt, and where we may purchase “Marcel Proust in Taos”?

My website is

Marcel Proust in Taos is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481879162

Thank you,Jon for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us today! What an interesting story!


Marcel Proust in Taos: In Search of Times Past MARCHEL PROUST IN TAOS


  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481879162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481879163

A novel; A Los Alamos physicist, Christopher, retires to Taos, New Mexico to write a novel about nuclear terrorism. There he meets aspiring artist Marlene, and the two fall in love. Together they open a microbrewery and find themselves confronting terrorism of a new sort-in unmapped emotional territory.

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priarie songWELCOME MONA!

A Journey into the Unknown


Mona Hodgson

 Covered wagon First Step

What would drive people from the familiar into the unknown? What would cause men to venture into a harsh wilderness, leaving their families behind? Or uprooting them?

For the Israelites, it was captivity in Egypt and the hope of freedom in a Promised Land that drove them from the prison they’d known for generations.

In the early 1840s, emigrants from the Eastern United States began traveling overland by covered wagon to escape grief, persecution, and poverty. Driven by desperation, curiosity, and greed, several hundred thousand people sold the bulk of their possessions, bid family and friends adieu, provisioned a covered wagon and took bold or timid steps toward what they hoped would be their promised land. A land of boundless opportunity. They’d heard stories of the wide open spaces, big forests, rivers and streams teeming with fish, flowers that bloomed all year, and abundant land for farming. Developing cities ripe for businesses. Gold, silver, and copper sat ready to be mined.

That is the backdrop for the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company in Prairie Song, Book 1 in my new Hearts Seeking Home series. The women in the Saint Charles Quilting Circle—from The Quilted Heart novellas—have been devastated by the War Between the States. From the youngest to the oldest, they’ve lost brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers. Not only were their plans changed, they were crushed under the heavy weight of endings, some gradual and some abrupt. But their faith is anchored in a faithful God. Fresh starts await them on the horizon.

Carrying their friendships in their hearts, some of the women will travel west to rebuild their lives, in search of home.

Life is a journey. You and I navigate winding roads in our family life, friendships, schooling, work place, communities—in all our spheres of influence. And any journey carries with it a process of discovery in which we can learn in experience who we are in God’s heart, our true home, and what we’re capable of in His strength. We all find ourselves stepping out into the unknown. Taking leaps of faith. Or, most times, tentative steps into a new normal.

I write journey stories because exploring unwelcomed change and struggles tempered by God’s grace reminds us that we are not alone in our passages. Each of my historical novels and novellas feature a focus verse. For Prairie Song, its Joshua 1:9.

Have I not commanded thee?

Be strong, and of a good courage;

be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:

for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (KJV)

God was there…on the road with the Israelites. In their hardships, failures, and triumphs…providing for them.

Their job? To trust the Lord their God and to follow His lead.

Join Anna, Caroline, Lorelei and the others in their goodbyes in Saint Charles, Missouri, and on the trail as they make those discoveries for themselves.

Thanks for taking part in my journey. I hope you’ll connect with me on my website (www.monahodgson.com), blog, Facebook, and/or Pinterest.

God bless~


Thank you Mona, for spending time with us today! What an amazing journey! Love the covered wagon picture. Thanks so much!


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Will traveling west prove to be their “promised land,” or did they leave it behind?




Colorado Springs, Colo. – In the first novel in the Hearts Seeking Home historical romance series, Prairie Song (WaterBrook Press, 8/6/2013), popular western author Mona Hodgson moves an endearing, ensemble cast from St. Charles, Missouri into the wagon train life headed for Sacramento, California.




People in the Eastern half of the United States suffered captivity in the throes of a civil war during the 1860s. Like the Israelites, a tight-knit group of survivors embark on a journey full of promise and fraught with peril.




Though it means saying good-bye to the beloved friends of her quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boone’s Lick Company Wagon Train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression, and Anna hopes a fresh start in the Promised Land of California will prove revitalizing to them all, especially to her mother who has turned to alcohol for solace.




Caleb Reger has his own reasons for keeping his past a secret as he enlists as a trail hand to help lead a wagon train west, but the load of regret proves to be a heavy burden to cling to when he encounters Anna traveling alongside him.




As Anna and Caleb’s mutual attraction grows, the darkness of both of their pasts threatens to tear them asunder. Can they both learn to let go of what they cannot control and instead trust in God’s grace and forgiveness?







Mona Hodgson is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride. Mona’s writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems and is an active speaker. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob. Learn more at monahodgson.com or connect with Mona on Facebook.




Text Box: Fiction/ Historical Romance<br />
ISBN: 9780307731166 ● Paperback ● 320 Pages ● $14.99 U.S./$16.95 Canada<br />
eBook ISBN: 9780307731173<br />

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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.

Links to connect with Camelia:

WEBSITE: LOVE. WITHOUT YOU       http://authorcameliamironskiba.com/
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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?”


Amazon buy link.  http://www.amazon.com/BORN-VENGEANCE-Dacian-Legends-ebook/dp/B00CPY8JWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370454964&sr=1-1&keywords=born+in+vengeance






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


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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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Join David Seaburn, author of the literary fiction novel, Chimney Bluffs, as he tours the blogosphere April 1 – April 26 !






When state park ranger Clancy Brisco discovers two bodies and two sacks at the bottom of 300 foot high Chimney Bluffs, he is shocked. When he discovers what is in the sacks, his life is changed forever. Chimney Bluffs is a story about the power of relationships to foster hope and enable healing.


Kate and Mitch Duncan adore their young son, Danny; when he dies unexpectedly after a brief illness, they are inconsolable. Mitch believes their only option is to join their son in the afterlife so he will not be alone; Kate agrees to Mitch’s proposal of suicide, not because she believes in the afterlife, but because she feels responsible for Danny’s death. They put two sacks in the back of their VW van, one containing their son, the other containing his toys, and go to their favorite place, Chimney Bluffs, Ice Age spires carved out of the Lake Ontario shoreline. Mitch jumps to his death; Kate lives.


Clancy and his young co-worker and friend, Bobby, are overwhelmed by what they find in the sacks. Clancy, furious at what he thinks has been the murder of a little boy, curses Kate as she lies silent on the shore.


Over the course of several months, Clancy, Bobby and Kate will not only become friends, but will live together, their private stories mingling in an unexpectedly transformative way. Clancy, the failed husband who always hoped for a family; Bobby, whose brother’s death when he was a boy destroyed Bobby’s relationship with his father; and Kate, who struggles with loss and guilt and, in the end, healing and hope.


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David B. Seaburn is the author of three previous novels, including Charlie No Face, which was a Finalist for the INDIE Excellence in Books Award in 2011. Seaburn is a retired family psychologist and Presbyterian minister. Seaburn lives in Spencerport, NY; he is married and has two adult daughters and two wonderful granddaughters.








Chimney Bluffs Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule




Tuesday, April 2


Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book


Wednesday, April 3


Interviewed at Review From Here


Thursday, April 4


Up Close and Personal at Between the Covers


Friday, April 5


Guest blogging at Alive on the Shelves


Monday, April 8


Interviewed at American Chronicle


Tuesday, April 9


Guest blogging at Allvoices


Wednesday, April 10


First Chapter Reveal and guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts


Thursday, April 11


Interviewed at Literal Exposure


Friday, April 12


Guest blogging at Confessions of a Reader


Monday, April 15


Book spotlight at My Book Addiction and More


Tuesday, April 16


Book spotlight at Book Him Danno


Wednesday, April 17


Interviewed at Digital Journal


Thursday, April 18


Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book


Friday, April 19


First Chapter Reveal at CelticLady’s Reviews


Monday, April 22


Interviewed at Examiner


Tuesday, April 23


Interviewed at Yahoo Voices


Wednesday, April 24


Book spotlight at Authors and Readers Book Corner


Thursday, April 25


Guest blogging at My Cozie Corner


Friday, April 26


Book reviewed at Maureen’s Musings


Saturday, April 27


Book spotlight at Mary’s Cup of Tea



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“Erotic romance  that rocks*






Olivia CunningOlivia Cunning

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Raised on hard rock music, award-winning author Olivia Cunning has been known to travel over a thousand miles to see a favorite band in concert. She lives in Galveston, Texas where she enjoys sitting on the beach with her feet in the surf and penning naughty books about rock stars.

Visit Olivia at: olivia@oliviacunning.com

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Olivia Cunning Quick Facts
Despite the encouragement of her English teachers to pursue writing, she majored in biology in college.

Olivia earned a master’s degree in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine. After her beloved grandfather died of a heart attack, she aspired to find the cure for atherosclerosis, but found biomedical research tedious and frustrating, so switched to teaching.

Olivia loves to attend metal concerts. She regularly embarrasses her college-aged son by headbanging in public and gets accused of not “looking like” a metal head.

Olivia finished writing her first contemporary series romance novel at age 19. It remains unpublished.

Olivia has always had a vivid imagination. At age three, she had seven imaginary friends and still remembers the stories she made up about them. One, named Splinter, was a giant talking skunk.

Olivia is an army brat. She has lived all over the United States and in Germany. She tends to move every three to five years. Her most recent move to Galveston, Texas will hopefully be her last.


Sinners on Tour, Book 4  -  Hot TicketFourth in Olivia Cunning’s hard-rockin’ erotic romance series, Hot Ticket delves into the oh-so-skilled sensuality of Sinners’ enigmatic bass guitarist, Jace Seymore.

When Jace walked through the doors of Aggie’s dungeon, the last thing he expected was to find self-forgiveness and the love of a remarkable woman. But when a terrible accident sidelines Jace during the band’s tour, the burdensome chains of his past wrap ferociously around his heart. Determined to crack through Jace’s armored shell, Aggie must go beyond her usual methods to mend his heart to love again.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402245831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402245831


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Book Description(from Amazon)

Release date: February 5, 2013
As the Belle Epoque dawns, Paris attracts artists from everywhere. One is Jeanette Palmer, daughter of a prominent Ohio family, who has left Vassar College under a cloud of scandal.

Amid the city’s great bohemian neighborhoods and teaching studios, Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success. And her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other.

But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum—and as the world opens its arms to Jeanette, and the society around her is transformed by cultural and scientific innovations, she must resolve a conflict utterly new to so many women: the choice between ambition and love.

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257784



Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Katherine graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English and earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the publicity department of the New Orleans Public Schools, taught in the expository writing program at Yale University, and served as the executive editor of the book publishing program of the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, John Keenum, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

For more information,please visit her at: http://www.katherinekeenum.com/

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#REVIEW AND #FEATURE: CHARLE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx


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Meet the Author:

Mary-Helen Foxx retired in 2009 after a long career in public education with the Peoria Unified School District where she worked primarily in library services and IT. She has written widely on genealogical topics and has authored four books on the histories of prominent Southern families. Mary-Helen was also a contributing editor for three years with “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and has won awards for her writing.

Daniel is Professor Emeritus of History at Ottawa University in Phoenix and has been published in various academic and historical journals. He is the author ofI Only Laugh When It Hurts (Reissued by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2009). His latest book, Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigmawith Eddy W. Davison (Pelican, 2007) was a National Book Awards nominee, received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for biography, and was finalist for the 2008 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award.


Charlie's Girl



  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559681

Book Description:

Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.




CHARLIE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx is an inspirational fiction set in the 1960’s, South Carolina. Follow young Rosalind,an orphan, on an emotional and thought provoking journey of discovery,family secrets,memories,foster care system,loss,family,friends and faith. Rosalind,Grace,Rosalind’s grandmother,Mark William,Hank and Emily will find many surprises,along their journey. I found “Charlie’s Girl” to be well written,the characters engaging,and the plot interesting. If you enjoy small towns,finding joy in life again,faith,hope and love you will enjoy this title. BEWARE: it does have  a cliff  hanger,but that does not take again from this story,it only makes you want the next installment to happen faster. A very compelling and emotional read. Well worth the time. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


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**Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.**


JULIE: I’m so excited to be here today for another stop on my Release Me blog tour!  Be sure to leave a comment so you’re in the running to win a copy of the book!

Today’s topic ties right in with the book.  Release Me is an erotic romance, and I’ve been asked so many times about how difficult it is (or isn’t!) to write the sensual scenes that I thought that would be a great topic to handle today.

Truly, though, the answer may surprise you.  Because the scenes aren’t hard to write at all … not so long as the sex flows from the characters’ honest interaction.

The fact is, sex is emotional, intimate, arousing, sometimes funny, sometimes awkward, hopefully mind-blowing. It can be slow or fast, rough or tender.  It can bring two people closer or build walls of embarrassment and unfamiliarity.  It can release a free spirit, or trap someone in low self-esteem and uncertainty.  There are as many possibilities with a sexual scene as there are people, and all those possibilities flow from the way the characters are relating to each other before they actually—how shall we say?—get down to it.

My favorite part of writing sex is the part that comes before.  The intimate dance when the characters lead up to consummation.  My least favorite part is choreography, because while writing a sex scene is absolutely 100% not about inserting part A into slot B, you still have to get all the body part placement right, otherwise your reader will be left scowling at the page, turning the book this way and that as they wonder how in the world the characters got into that position.

Copyeditors are a real blessing in that regard.  But before the copyeditor it helps to have a movie running in your head.  I know I do. R or NC-17.  Not X, no matter how hot the actual scene might be.  Because to my way of thinking, X means it’s about the sex.  R and NC-17 means it’s about the characters who, at that moment, are connecting both emotionally and sexually.  And that, after all, is what the story should be about.

I hope you check out Release Me!  Hard to believe it’s going to be hitting shelves tomorrow!

And be sure to have a safe New Year’s Eve—and I wish you all a wonderful 2013.




J. Kenner is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes as J.K. Beck).  Release Me, an erotic romance, will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. on January 1, and in over a dozen other countries later in 2013. 

You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website, www.jkenner.com, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliekenner





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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345544110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345544117
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.


Release Me by J. Kenner (an excerpt)


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