#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

Connect with Kristy on Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


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30 authors. 30 books. 30 days. 2015 lineup


#30 authors

Last year, I took part in this thrilling literary event, hosted by The Book Wheel

I’m happy to announce that I will be part of it also this coming September, with a giveaway!

#30 authors talk about 30 books – not their own. Be sure to come back to see who will be stopping at Words And Peace, an author I have reviewed 3 times here!

Well, if you can’t wait to know and are intrigued to see which other book blog will be participating, click on the logo.