Friday, September 23, 2016
This little one is turning six today... Ahhh!! It seems like yesterday that I was secretly wolfing down McDonald's fries that my husband smuggled into the hospital for me as I waited to go into the delivery room. (I was starving, but they only would give me an apple and yogurt--not satisfying!)
And here we are, six years later, with this little girl who loves Frozen, ballet, books and chocolate, and always has words to astonish me. Most recently: "Mommy, I want to study ballet... and flamingo! Because they're pink, and I love pink."
She is my biggest fan ("Mommy, you wrote the best book in the whole world") and my biggest critic ("Mommy, why are you always wearing sweatpants?"). And in both instances, she makes me smile.
And she gives me the perfect excuse to re-read my favorite childhood books, like Curious George and the Beatrix Potter collection, play with Barbie dolls (OK, I'm not as joyful about this after five minutes and three outfit changes) and imagine that anything is possible. Because, through her, everything is possible.
Thank you, sweet little P., and wishing you, wishing us, more fun ahead.
Friday, September 2, 2016
As you might recall, I donated some July royalties from sales of my novel A Perfumer's Secret to one of my favorite charities, St. Francis Society Animal Rescue in Tampa, Fl.
I happily sent in my check (triple digits, yay!) late last month and also got great news about the adorable kitties pictured in the photo above. They're all doing well and have gotten homes!
But there are still many other wonderful cats and dogs at St. Francis looking for families, so if you are in the Tampa Bay area and looking for a dear companion, check them out. They also accept donations, of course, from those of us who are too far to foster or adopt.
To those of you who helped by buying a copy of A Perfumer's Secret, thank you, and I hope you're enjoying the novel. (Please consider posting a review to Amazon!)
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
You can get a croissant for about a dollar, and that's the price of my novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs today through Aug. 25th! So for a pretty low price you can get a flaky, delicious treat or a novel that will transport you to the City of Light. I hope you'll grab both!
Some encounters make a difference... Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs.
Rafael's search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile's view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love... or so she intends.
Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.
Find Paris, Rue des Martyrs on Amazon!
Friday, July 22, 2016
Exciting news that makes me smile: From today through July 31, I'll be offering all of my royalties from my latest release, A Perfumer's Secret (ebook and paperback), to St. Francis Society Animal Rescue in Tampa, FL.
Who will you be helping when you buy a copy of the book? The cats in the image above and many more homeless and injured kitties! I know of St. Francis Society Animal Rescue because I went to college in Tampa and grew up in Florida...
The folks at the shelter do an amazing job of rescuing, treating injuries and finding foster care and homes for cats and dogs. For my little initiative, I teamed up with the "cat" department at St. Francis. So let's sell lots of books and make some money for this very worthy cause!
I was actually inspired to do this after reading about little Fireheart, pictured above with a cast on one leg. Fireheart was found in a parking lot, and the rescue team thinks he was thrown from a car. He spent 12 hours in an oxygen tank due to head trauma, and St. Francis spent at least $1,000 on surgeries for this little guy. The good news is he is doing well and getting stronger each day. Needless to say, when I read about Fireheart, I knew I had to do something to help.
Now let's meet the other cats above:
Rusty was found by a homeless man and was in very bad shape. He's doing better now, but will have to have an eye removed when he gets big enough to undergo the surgery.
MacGyver was rescued from a construction site, where he was found alone.
Wunder was rescued from the local animal services shelter when she was put on the euthanasia list.
And of course, St. Francis Society has dozens of other cats waiting for foster care and homes...
People often ask me why I love animals so much, and I always say it is almost a selfish thing: They give US so much love and are such loyal friends. I've never understood how anyone could mistreat them.
So with this small effort, I hope you and I can do a little something to help the cats and the amazing team at St. Francis Society Animal Rescue. Thanks for joining me!
Find A Perfumer's Secret on Amazon, and help the cats!
Monday, July 18, 2016
Feel like a trip to Provence this summer? Well, if I can't actually visit a place, I love traveling there through the pages of a novel. This particular trip through the pages is at a good price... My novel A Perfumer's Secret is on sale for $0.99 today through July 21.
It's a story of love, family, secrets, and of course, perfume! The quest for a stolen perfume formula awakens passion, rivalry and family secrets in the fragrant flower fields of the South of France...
Here is what people are saying about A Perfumer's Secret:
"Filled with the vivid sites and scents of alluring Provence, Ms. Cimino delivers an intriguing story of love, family ties... and French perfume. With a deft eye for detail, and a wonderfully drawn cast of characters, this novel will keep you turning the pages to the very end!" -- Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso
"A beautifully descriptive journey into a perfumer's world where lush French scenery, long-held family secrets, irresistible romance, and magnificent scents are brought to life on the page by this talented author." -- Juliette Sobanet, best-selling author of Meet Me in Paris
"I loved A Perfumer's Secret. How could I not? From the first line, I was caught up in it and unable to put it down." -- Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend
"Adria J. Cimino is indeed a talented writer who brings a beautifully written plot to readers. I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere." -- Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
Find A Perfumer's Secret on Amazon!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Want to make your summer reading about the empowerment of women?
I've teamed up with Lindsay Cameron, the author of BIGLAW, on a giveaway for both of our novels. What do our books have in common, and what do we as authors have in common? Lindsay and I worked in these worlds of law and finance, respectively, and we each decided to create a story set in the environment we got to know so well...
BIGLAW by Lindsay Cameron
The Devil Wears Prada meets One L, BIGLAW provides an insider's view of the cut-throat world of big New York law firms.
Mackenzie Corbett has always dreamed of living in New York City. Now, almost two years into her job as an associate at a premier Manhattan law firm, she's living her fantasy--big salary, high profile deals, cute boyfriend, designer bag on her arm. The giant bags under her eyes from lack of sleep don't fit into the fantasy, though. To make matters worse, she's being tormented by a bitter, bitchy senior associate, her boyfriend is annoyed she never has time for him, and now she's stuck on the deal from hell with a partner whose biggest claim to fame is throwing a stapler at a cleaning lady because she touched his ficus plant.
With the opportunity to secure a prestigious secondment on line, the overachiever in her is determined to endure whatever it takes to close the biggest deal in the firm's history. But when Mackenzie finds herself the focus of a devastating investigation her dream job begins spiraling into a nightmare.
The Creepshow by Adria J. Cimino
An empowering story of friendship, love and one woman’s fight against workplace discrimination.
Wanda Julienne was the perfect employee. Until she had a baby.
Wanda, a thirtysomething single mother, would love to spend more time with her newborn daughter, and maybe even rekindle the flame she once had with her baby's father. Instead, she's stuck fighting discrimination and harassment at her horrid job.
After maternity leave, Wanda returns to her fund manager position and finds her world turned upside down. Suddenly, everything she does seems wrong—at least in the eyes of management. Add in a dose of sexual harassment, and Wanda, who can't afford to lose her job, is trapped.
At home, the situation isn't much brighter. Wanda struggles to balance her baby's needs and her tough work schedule. Her best friend, Galina, and the ex-boyfriend Wanda never thought would return, Max, offer support, but the attention only suffocates her.
Wanda turns her back and isolates herself, submerged in a downward spiral, until Galina suggests a way out—but the exit won't be without drastic consequences.
Enter the giveaway!
Monday, June 13, 2016
After weeks of rain, flooding and roof leaks in the City of Light, it was hard to imagine that warm temperatures, sunlight and clear skies would return. And then, as if by magic, just in time for the most magical night in Paris, the clouds passed.
So what evening am I speaking of? The Dîner en Blanc, when sparkling threads of white glide through the streets, all moving toward a magnificent unknown destination. And then they converge, and like a blanket of white settle down for the most elegant picnic on Earth. Picnic baskets, champagne, the finest silver, candles and flowers. All this under a Parisian sky that turns from periwinkle to indigo, illuminated by stars and lanterns and the spark of sparklers.
Can you tell this is my favorite night in Paris? No. It’s my favorite night anywhere! Why? Well, this is as close to time travel as I’m going to get. This evening feels like stepping back in time, into a world where we all dress stylishly for dinner, some wearing hats and gloves, all smiling, laughing, sharing drinks and culinary creations. (These revelers don’t pack sandwiches, but instead roasted chicken, quiche, barbecue, and layer cake. They don’t drink soda, but instead, champagne and rosé. So in addition to being beautiful, this picnic is also delicious!)
With this thought of time travel, I feel as if I might meet Jay Gatsby at the next table... So far, I haven’t met Jay, but I have met many interesting people, some of whom have become friends I look forward to seeing on that same evening a year later.
This year, we settled down to dinner in the opulent Place Vendome, which makes an appearance in my novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs! The Dîner en Blanc was like the latest jewel in this crown-shaped circle of shops and offices. It was an evening set to the rhythm of music, laughter and friendship. (And books: I couldn't resist taking this shot with my latest novel, A Perfumer's Secret.)
And then, as always, the clock strikes midnight, and like thousands of Cinderellas, party-goers gather all traces of their presence and disappear into the night…