Superstitions by Author Camelia Miron Skiba

by | Mar 16, 2012 | Author Guest Post, Books

Special  thanks to Camelia for guest posting today! You can check out my review of A World Apart ~HERE!! You won’t regret picking up a copy 🙂
 “Don’t whistle in the house. It brings bad luck,” I barged into my son’s room last night, hoping I stopped the bad luck spreading in our home.
Without lifting his eyes from his Battlefield game he chuckled and said, “Mom, this isn’t Romania, remember?”
I could’ve argued with him that no matter where you are whistling in the house brings bad luck, but then he’d bring (solid) arguments that this was only a Romanian superstition, unable to follow us all the way to the States.

 And it got me thinking: how many of these Romanian superstitions are universal and how does each nation have its own? What are superstitions? Where did they start and why do people choose to believe in them? Does it have to do with religion? With science? With education (or lack of it)? Are they more predominant in rural versus urban area? Can they be proven?

The more I think about it the more I realize we Romanians have more superstitions bringing bad luck than good luck. It’s the black cat and Friday the 13th; the left eye twitching or the priest seen outside the church; the nose itching or the broken mirror (this alone brings 7 years of bad luck); take the trash out after sunset or walk under a ladder; trim fingernails on a Friday or touch a frog. And so many more I lost count of them.
For good luck: carry a horseshoe (go ahead, place is in your new Coach bag, in the outside pocket); see in broad daylight a chimney man, or at night a fallen star; wear something inside out or see a white horse.
I’m laughing just writing these things down. As a child I did believe in them—all of them. I did fear them, being miserable a whole day after, for example, seeing a priest—I expected something bad to happen. Everyone around me believed in them, transmitted to us from previous generations by word of mouth and followed to a tee. To these days I don’t do laundry on Fridays—it brings poverty. And I don’t whistle in the house. And my eye twitching does bring bad luck. Did I bring too many superstitions with me?


A World Apart

Author: Camelia Miron Skiba
Source: Author

File Size: 574 KB
Print Length: 371 pages
Language: English

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.
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.
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Disclosure:This guest post was provided by the Author through CBLS Promotions. This is not a compensated post. This is Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s personal opinion.


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