Tuesday, April 19, 2016

100.000 Views Special Giveaway & Guest Post - I Wish For You by Camilla Isley

 About Camilla Isley


Hi! I’m a writer of romantic comedy, cat’s lover, coffee addict, and shoes hoarder.
Besides writing, I love reading (surprise, surprise), cooking—and eating—especially pasta, going to the movies and obviously ordering a gigantic bowl of popcorn, and watching too much TV.

I understand that mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem as a part of other animals’ diet, and I don’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but I could really live without them.

 Ten Random Things about Me

1. I got married twice. Same man, different dresses.
2. In total, I’ve earned three driving licenses from three different states. I failed only one
driving test overall.
3. I did bungee jumping once.
4. I’m a picky eater.
5. I think tea is disgusting.
6. I love Coke; I hate Pepsi.
7. I love the iPhone but I can’t use an Apple iMac for the life of me. I always end up pressing apple c and instead of copying text, I delete everything that I’ve written.
8. Once I was involved in a spectacular bike accident. A classic, a lady opened her car door without looking and I rode into it at full speed. I flew over to the other side of the door and landed flat on the concrete, unscathed.
9. I’m not a morning person.
10. I used to be good at baking cakes, but lately they either burn, don’t cook, or don’t rise properly. My mom says it’s a clear sign I got married.

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Guest post by Camilla

The prompt for this post "Important events in my life" jump-started a philosophical reflection for me. I like to think of important events as important choices. I started thinking about my life as a path with each choice I made bringing me down one fork in the road as opposed to the one standing next to it. I imagined my life starting with a single line and then developing into a crisscross of wires with every choice I made. I thought about the life I’ve had up to now and all the lives I chose not to live. When you think about it, it's funny to see how a choice you made ten years ago is changing your life right now. If I had to pinpoint the most significant turning points in my life, which I think were more significant in determining where I stand in life right now, I would pick three moments.

The first one being the choice of my college and major. I feel up until high school you're pretty much on a huge highway going straight ahead. Yes, you can choose which lane to stand into, but it doesn’t really matter that much as you're headed to one goal: graduation. But when you reach the end of the graduation highway, the amount of possibilities is mind blowing. Imagine drawing a line for every college you could go to, and from each of those lines another for every major the university offers. Or as many lines for all the jobs you could start without going to college. Thinking about it, my life could've been so different right now. I always knew I wanted to go to University. At first, I wanted to study law, then I had a business-major period, and a dreaming-whit-eyes-wide-open major would have been archaeology. Yet, in my senior year of high school I discovered math (by a change in teacher), and in the end I chose Mechanical Engineering. Suddenly, my life-DOFs (Degrees of Freedom)—please pass me the physics of mechanical systems analogy—were irreversibly reduced. It goes like this, when you start life you can potentially be whatever you want. You have infinite DOFs, you can move in every direction. The more choices you make, the more constrains you set, the less wiggle room you have. You can decide to be a ballerina when you're four, you can't at forty. Same goes for I don’t know being an astronaut. Luckily, not all choices are taken from you when you choose your major. You could still go from being a mechanical engineer to becoming a writer, he he. More on that later.

However, my college and major were the first meaningful-with-consequences choices in my life. Second big moment was when I decided to study abroad for a year. I'd always wanted to experience life in a different country, speaking a different language. The idea of moving to a place where I didn't know anyone and nobody knew me was scary and exciting. I pushed this moment off until my junior year (the last one I could apply), as the scary part of doing this huge step had held me back up until it was a “now or never” choice and there couldn’t be no more "next year" excuses. So I applied, got in, and went. This choice was highly dependent on the first one, as by choosing my college I also "limited" my studying abroad opportunities to what agreements my university had.

This year abroad really triggered all the next happenings in my life. My CV was immediately so different, I had an extra language, I had the experience abroad, and I met so many people I wouldn't have met in my not-going-abroad parallel life. In particular, one person from my university doing the same exchange program told me about a graduate talent program he had applied and got into, suggesting I applied for the following year. I did, I got in, and guess what...That corporate program is where I met my husband. Ding, ding, ding.

Now to the final turning point, when my husband (not husband at the time by the way) was offered a position abroad. There went the big choice to leave my corporate career. We moved together to a different country, a different continent actually, in a smaller industrial town where there wasn't much to do. I went from a stressing office job to having nothing to do all day. So after the initial new house set up was done I started wondering: what now? We had to travel a lot back and forward so that starting a new job wasn't an option for me. That's when my dad sent me a link to an online hub that offered courses from Ivy Leagues universities for free, Coursera.org (it's very interesting...if you have a subject you want to learn or improve it's the website for you). I ended up taking all the writing classes available. On Coursera and on a similar hub with different universities edx.org . I'm not sure if I had already decided I wanted to be a writer, if it was an impulse inspiration...it happened. So you see how majoring in mechanical engineering and doing a year abroad led to me getting hitched and becoming a writer. I find it fascinating in so many ways... The Beloved, ever the romantic, says we would have met anyway is some other way. And romantic me likes to think he's right. I hope all the parallel me get to spend their lives with him, and my heart breaks for all the different versions of me in as many parallel universes who don't.

So who knows how much of where we end up in life is choices and how much is destiny... As I said it's a philosophical musing I had a lot fun indulging in.

What do think, do you believe in choices or rather in destiny?

Book review

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Review by Anniek

Ally is expecting her relationship with James to go to the next level. Instead of that James breaks up with her for no apparent reason. Ally is heartbroken and is willing to do anything to have James love her again. When James moves on into another relationship that is progressing very fast into a marriage Ally finds herself desperate for a solution. His fiancé is also a coworker of her and is not a very likable person.

On one morning Ally goes to a flee market with her mother and it is there that she finds a beautiful box. Without her even knowing it the box ends up in her home. She learns then about Arthur, the genie in the box. Arthur has been cursed centuries ago and is placed in the box to spend eternity fulfilling other people's wishes. Ally gets five wishes. One catch: these wishes have to include herself. Now she has everything she needs to get Arthur back. But will she see the love that is right in front of her? When Ally finally opens her eyes to see reality will it be to late?

This book gives you the ultimate love story. Who doesn't want five wishes and a gorgeous gentleman. If you haven't completed your Christmas wish list then you really should include this book as well. I found myself thinking about what would I do if I had five wishes. Of course I was thinking of wishes within the rules that are set in the story.

Because they have to include myself this is what I have come up with:

1. I wish to be kind and loving to everyone I come in contact with and that these people take over my behavior and spread it on to the people they meet and so on.

If I can not wish for world peace I think that the world will become a better place this way even though it might go a bit slower.

2. I wish to be rich and stay rich no matter how much money I spend.

I can't stand the fact that there are people and children in the world who are hungry or dying because of having no food or water. No person should be homeless or begging for money to get through the day. If I think of the huge amount of money that soccer players and actors make I can't understand why this problem is not solved yet.

3. I wish to have the ability to heal myself of sickness and injuries and being able to heal others too if they are near me.

4. I wish to be slim no matter what.

Now I can't even look at a glass of water without gaining so this would be a great solution.

5. I wish to be a successful writer and publisher.

While I was thinking about my five wishes I found out it was harder than I thought it would be.
 Please feel free to share your wishes with me and the other readers. I am really looking forward to be reading from you.

Now please bring me Arthur.

Giveaway

One lucky winner will win a Signed Paperback of I Wish For You. You can choose a signed first unedited edition or a signed edited version. This giveaway is open Internationally. Good Luck!

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The winner will be notified by email and has three days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

49 comments:

  1. Looks awesome. I hope I get to read it.

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  2. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?

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    1. Hi May,
      I started writing because I had an idea about a story, I had imagined this world with magic and wishes and I just wanted to get it out of my head and in writing. So one day it was just open the laptop and start typing...
      The only reason I have for writing a book is that somehow I imagined the story (usually beginning and ending... What happens in the middle is always a bit of a surprise also for me)

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  3. Thank you Camilla for your great guest post! I am not a morning person either but my son decided differently ;-), Love Anniek

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  4. This book sounds great . I would love to read it :)
    No morning person either but my kids have decided otherwise :)
    Thank you for the chance .

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  5. I'm a morning person for sure - always have been. It's perfect for the writer-girl I am. Lovely review - would love a copy! Congratulations!

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  6. Fabulous! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Looks a great read!

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  7. New author for me. Looking forward to reading her books.

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  8. Love the cover and it sounds like an AMAZINg read!

    Betul E

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  9. Sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I love the pretty cover. The book sounds fantastic and is one I just have to read. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  11. This sounds like a good book.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  12. I've heard a lot of praise for this book and it's been on my wishlist for a while.
    Sounds like a really cute love story!

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  13. Thank you for your warm comments and for the enthusiasm for I Wish for You ... It really means the world to me :)

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  14. Thanks for the great chance to win! SOunds like a great read, cant wait to read it

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  15. Looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win a copy. Good luck everyone!

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  16. Looks like a great book to read and great post

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  17. You are very brave to bungee jump! I want to but I am too afraid

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    1. I was also very young at the time... And I did it together with my best friend (we jumped from thesame elastic) ... But yeah, one less thing in my bucket list

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  18. this looks like a great read, looking forward to settling down with it xx

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  19. This book seems so good!
    Good luck everyone!

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  20. Fabulous competition, thanks for the chance.

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  21. This looks like a good read, fingers crossed.

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  22. I'd love to read your book. Sounds great.

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  23. Pam Francis GregoryApril 25, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  24. Good luck Camilla, book looks fab!

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  25. Love the premise of this. Sounds like a good read.

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  26. Another book to add to my increasingly long wish list

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  27. Thank you so much for the giveaway, this seems like a very cute book 😃

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  28. Thank you all for your warm comments ... I wish you all luck :) 💕💕💕

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  29. I like your idea of wanting to heal others. Also great cover.

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  30. I like your idea of wanting to heal others. Also great cover.

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  31. I think I'm a destiny person. I like a beer, a cig and I also have a very dry sense of humour, ho ho ho.
    I also think I'm still in my 30s when I'm knocking on 60, no make that 50

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  32. I love the cover, I think I would definitely pick it up and read the info on the back by just seeing the cover. :)

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  33. The cover is beautiful and the book sounds like my perfect read ☺️

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  34. It would be great to win
    a Signed Paperback Copy of I Wish For You by Camilla Isley.
    This sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
    I like the book cover.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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  35. Sounds really interesting! Can't wait to read it! And the cover is beautiful!
    I’m not a morning person either. Oh and I love Coke too but hate Pepsi LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway! Thinking on my five wishes xD

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  36. Nice giveaway - Looks a great read. Thank you for this chance

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  37. THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!!! thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. Can't wait to read this book . Thanks for the giveaway XOXO.

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  39. This looks like a lovely read. Great enticing cover.

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