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

#30Authors 2015


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

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

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Book review: Before Paris – I love France #152

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Before Paris

Before Paris


Before Paris
Adria J. Cimino

Publisher:  Velvet Morning Press
Pages: 25
Publication date: April 5, 2015

Genre:  Literary fiction
Source: Received from the author for review  


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I recently reviewed here Close to Destiny by Adria J. Cimino, and last year her excellent first novel, Paris, Rue des Martyrs. So I am delighted today to present to you one of the characters of that novel. Let’s follow him in the events that lead him to go to Paris.
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Adria J. Cimino: My Adventure in Writing

Close to Destiny :

My Adventure in Writing

At the beginning of the month, I had the pleasure to review Close to Destiny, by Adria J. Cimino. Today, I’m thrilled to post her guest-post:

Writing, just like reading, is always an adventure, transporting us to new places far from our everyday reality. How do I write? I collect adventures, interesting scenes and moments, memories of fascinating people and store all of this material in my mind. And then one day, there is a spark, bits and pieces connect, and a novel is born.

The story of “Close to Destiny”? Here’s how it all began…

Part I in the writing adventure


My inspiration started where much of the story takes place: In an elegant London hotel. I used to stay there for brief business trips a few years ago, and there was always something very mysterious about the place. Long, mazelike hallways, an eerie sense of calm, muted lighting… After a busy day, I would walk through the halls in the evening, expecting to see activity, and yet, everything was strangely calm. I would hear laughter from time to time, but impossible to find the source.


The words “What if…” came to mind, those exciting words that to me always mean a novel is taking shape. And so the adventure began late one night in my hotel room. Curled within a nest of overstuffed pillows, I scribbled a few descriptions, a few thoughts into my trusty fiction notebook. (A writer must always travel with her notebook.)


The setting began to emerge, along with the protagonist, Kat, who like me, was bewildered by this unusual place. Then, as always in the writing adventure, I broke from the reality of the hotel and myself, and the creation process took over. Kat took on her own very distinct identity. The setting grew into something quite imaginative.


Part II in the writing adventure


A lovely cruise ship, formal night, fine gowns and tuxedos. My husband and I wandered into the casino, and there met two extremely charismatic young men, who I knew would end up in one of my novels. The initial image, the feeling, my mind took a snapshot right then and there.


Part III in the writing adventure


And then of course, there is all that is imagination. That resulted in the final product: “Close to Destiny.” Once I had a couple of those “real life” elements stirring in my mind, my imagination had all that it needed to start working! The rest of my writing adventure took place on paper and in my mind. My characters came to life, inviting me to follow them on a voyage that was much more exciting than the little business trips that sparked the whole idea. And that is how it should be. As a writer, I hope my most exciting adventures are on the page and that I may share them with you!


A glimpse of “Close to Destiny”:

Does déjà vu have a deeper meaning?

A puzzling gift from a stranger in a hat shop. Whisperings and footsteps in a dim luxury hotel. Dreams that transport to elegant parties where champagne flows like water. Kat is both frightened and intrigued by the events that have plagued her since she arrived in London, in a final effort to save herself from anorexia and recover from her latest suicide attempt.

Most disturbing is an encounter with a mysterious woman who introduces Kat to Will. And this lovely messenger has information she desperately wants to share with Kat: an incident from more than a century ago that could transform Kat’s future. But will Kat listen?

A story of the role of destiny in life… and of righting the wrongs of the past.

Click here to find “Close to Destiny” on Amazon!


Adria J. Cimino

Adria J. Cimino is the author of “Paris, Rue des Martyrs,”
a novel about four strangers whose lives entwine in a Parisian neighborhood.
Adria lives in Paris and enjoys sharing her adventures in the city
and thoughts about the writing life in her blog “Adria in Paris.”

Previously, she worked as a journalist for more than a decade
at news organizations including the Associated Press and Bloomberg News.
Adria, who grew up in the sunshine,
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

Website | Blog  | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter @Adria_in_Paris

close-to-destiny-cover-3DIn full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free
from the author
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.


Close to Destiny
Adria J. Cimino

Published by Velvet Morning Press

ISBN 978-0692346945

212 Pages

March 2, 2015

Literary Fiction




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VERDICT: A hat may have more to it than it looks! Evolving in between the blurred lines of reality and past experiences, Cimino focuses on relationships between people. Rich literary fiction with a twist.


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