#30 Authors 2015: Adria J. Cimino on Dear Carolina

#30Authors 2015

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So thrilled to be part of this even again this year, here it what it’s all about:

#30Authors is an annual event connecting readers, authors, and bloggers.
Throughout the month of September,
30 authors review their favorite books on 30 blogs in 30 days.
The event has been met with incredible support from and success
within the literary community.
In the six months following the event’s inaugural launch,
the concept was published as an anthology
by Velvet Morning Press (Legacy: An Anthology).
Started by The Book Wheel, #30Authors remains active throughout the year
and you can join in the fun
by following along on Twitter at @30Authors, using the hashtag, #30Authors,
or purchasing the anthology.
To learn more about the event and to see the full schedule, please click here.

 

Author Adria J. Cimino writing on
Dear Carolina, by Kristy Woodson Harvey
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Dear Carolina

Dear Carolina… A Book About Family, But Not in the Traditional Sense

By Adria J. Cimino

As an author, I love writing about relationships, meaningful encounters and lives that entwine. And as a reader, I search for those elements too. In Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey, I found them.

Dear Carolina is written as a journal/letters to a baby girl from her biological mother and her adoptive one. Khaki and Jodi are as different as night and day, yet they have a few very important things in common: their strength, their kindness and their love for baby Carolina.

Through the voices of Khaki and Jodi, we learn about their lives, their struggles, their love for Carolina and how this baby changes both of them forever. Woodson Harvey did a wonderful job of developing both of these characters just enough, while keeping the novel smooth and fast paced. I enjoyed how the chapters switched from Khaki to Jodi and back again, presenting a well-rounded picture.

Setting is another element that fascinates me from the writing and reading point of view. As a writer, I often look at setting as if it were a character, playing a role and shaping the lives of others in the story. I set my debut novel, Paris, Rue des Martyrs, in Paris, where I live. I hoped my readers would feel as if they, too, suddenly were strolling the streets of Paris like a local.

In Dear Carolina, I was delighted to find this same sort of importance given to setting. Woodson Harvey sets the novel in a North Carolina town, and her knowledge about and feelings for this place shine through, transporting the reader to the South. I could almost smell the fresh vegetables at the market and taste the preserves Jodi prepares. I appreciated this authenticity.

Dear Carolina is definitely a book of family, but not in a traditional sense. The novel shows that family doesn’t always involve biological relations, but simply, people who care about us. So really, Dear Carolina is about love, relationships and the ties that bind us. It will fill you with hope and make you eager to read the next novel by this author.

 

Adria J. CiminoAdria J. Cimino is the author of two novels, Close to Destiny and Amazon best-seller Paris, Rue des Martyrs. She is also co-founder of indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press and a member of Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, Adria spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. You may learn more about Adria and her work by visiting her website at http://adriajcimino.com/.

On Amazon:

Paris, Rue des Martyrs

Close to Destiny

Connect with Adria on Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

 

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina.
She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodonsharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

Her book on Amazon

Connect with Kristy on Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

 

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30 Authors in 30 Days giveaway: David Ebsworth on The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

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30 Authors in 30 Days is a first of its kind event
aimed at connecting readers, bloggers, and authors.
Hosted by
The Book Wheel,
this month-long event takes place during September
and features 30 authors discussing their favorite recent reads on 30 different blogs.
There are also some great prizes provided by
GoneReading.com and BookJigs.
For the full schedule of participating authors and bloggers,
visit
The Book Wheel (http://www.thebookwheelblog.com/30-authors/)
or join the
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You can also follow along on Twitter with the
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Author David Ebsworth writing about
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel

  David Ebsworth The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

It was going to be a long summer, one of those that burn your eyeballs with the blast of lipstick colour from all those new bestsellers that Goldie Graham just finished stacking like sliced salami along his shelves.
I needed a fix. Something new. And I needed it bad. Something to get me through weeks of baking sun and sand, only an occasional dip in the ocean to break the monotony.
‘Hey, what d’ya think of this one?’ said Goldie.
When Goldie picks you a winner, you know it’s going to race home with a furlong to spare. And I could feel it in my guts. This one was a thoroughbred. Pure style. Sleek sable cover that matched the title – The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel. Snow-white lettering too, screaming at me like the little girl lost that this little number was all about.
Still, I knew there was something phoney when I saw the scribbler’s name. Benjamin Black. It sounded familiar. But when I saw his mugshot I pulled up sharp. A yo-yo on the end of its string.
‘Wait, Goldie,’ I said. ‘I know this guy, staring at the face of the Irishman. ‘Isn’t this Banville, the same finger who won the Man Booker prize a while back?’ And it didn’t end there. This Banville character was pretending to be somebody called Benjamin Black. And Black? You’ve got it, sister. He was pretending to be Raymond Chandler. Making a pretty good fist of it, too.
‘Banville works so hard at his writing,’ Goldie told me, ‘you can see the sweat stains on every page.’
He was right. In this one, Marlowe’s as tired of life as he’s always been. His only hobbies are smoking cigarettes and playing solo chess. But, once in a while, 1950s Los Angeles also turns up a case to curl the toes of the toughest Private Eye. That’s where this Langrishe broad comes in. The boyfriend, Nico Peterson, has disappeared and Marlowe’s hired to find him.
Well, by the end of the first chapter I was caught like a snapper on a Number Two keeper hook. All the one-liners. The wonderful prose of Chandler himself. And Bogey’s weary voice whispering to me through every line. As it happens, I’m no sap myself when it comes to Chandler. Hell, I know the text of The Long Goodbye and Playback like I wrote them myself. So, by Chapter Seven, I figured I knew where this one was going.
And then this Banville socked me with more twists than a sommelier’s corkscrew. Sun and sand? Yeah, there’d be all that. But there’d be the mother of all rollercoaster rides too!

The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel, by Benjamin Black (John Banville), was published in March 2014 by Mantle.

Links:

The Black-Eyed Blonde
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Black-Eyed-Blonde-Philip-Marlowe/dp/0805098143
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-black-eyed-blonde-benjamin-black/1115295574?ean=9780805098150
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/116405.Benjamin_Black
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnBanvilleAuthor

The Assassin’s Mark by David Ebsworth
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Assassins-Mark-David-Ebsworth/dp/1781321000
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-assassins-mark-david-ebsworth/1114813192?ean=9781781321003
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5780879.David_Ebsworth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Ebsworth/372113212814491
Twitter: @EbsworthDavid

BIO from Goodreads
David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain’s Transport & General Workers’ Union. He was born in Liverpool (UK) but has lived for the past thirty years in Wrexham, North Wales, with his wife, Ann. Since their retirement in 2008, the couple have spent about six months of each year in southern Spain. Dave began to write seriously in the following year, 2009.

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