Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Undiscovered Treasure is One of the Most Popular Books in the World



The past month has been exceptionally hot here in Paris, and when the temperatures climb, one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a great book.

I know… Most people do this when the temperatures drop, but I've always had a “counter-trend” mentality. And this is exactly why it took me so long to read the series that currently has me under its spell. 

Can you guess what I’m referring to? 

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, of course. The book and TV series had gotten so much attention, that I, with my love of poking around bookshops for undiscovered treasures, pooh-poohed Outlander for a long while without even paying attention to what it might be about. I figured it was one of those very commercial adventure sorts of stories and left it at that. (Shame on me.)

And then one day last year, more by accident than anything else, I happened to read the Outlander blurb/book description. Hmm, this sounded right up my alley. REALLY right up my alley. Counter-trend I am, but unbendable I am not. I would give this thing a try. And hence, the love affair began.

But as I devoured the first book, I actually didn’t regret my late-to-the-party status. I have an advantage that the earlier readers do not. I don’t have to wait for the next book! With a little luck, I’ll finish the current titles as the next one is published or afterward. 

For those of you who weren’t late to this literary party, I don’t have to tell you why Gabaldon’s series is so fabulous. I will tell you why I became addicted to it after the first few pages. It’s clear that Gabaldon knows how to do her research, and that’s impressive, but what I most love is her storytelling ability. She is a born storyteller. Pure and simple. 

After all of this, will I now give the bestseller lists a chance rather than passing them by for the more off-the-beaten-path selections? Probably. Selectively. Once I’ve finished the Outlander series






Thursday, May 11, 2017

5 Ways to Deal With Mother's Day Without Mom



Mother’s Day means joy for many, but for those of us who have lost our moms, it brings an experience that rubs salt in the wound. I lost my mom eight years ago, in early May. And one of my worst moments was when, a few days later, a cashier at the grocery store said to me “Have a Happy Mother’s Day!”

Since then, I’ve had my Mother’s Day ups and downs, but one thing is for sure: I realized that just because Mom isn’t right here with me doesn’t mean I have to stop celebrating her. Mother’s Day isn’t only for those whose mothers are here right now. Those of us who have lost our moms can still honor those incredible women who made us who we are today.

Here are a few tips for celebrating Mother’s Day – even if Mom isn’t around. 

1. Laughter is the best medicine.
My mother’s funny stories still make me laugh. So this is the perfect time to remember them and share them with those around me. Just because Mom and I can’t get together for lunch and a facial today doesn’t mean she isn’t in my heart.

2. Spend the day with someone you love.
Your child, your husband, your cat, a good friend… Make this a day to enjoy time with someone else who makes you happy. Transform this day into a celebration of the people (or pets) who make your life better on a daily basis. Or share your day with someone who is lonely. Brightening someone’s day is a sure way to take the chill out of this holiday. 

3. If you know a child who doesn’t have a mom, follow the French example…
Here in France, there are certain schools that no longer do arts and crafts for kids to bring home for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Instead, they help the kids do craft projects for “someone I love.” The reason: More and more, children are raised in “nontraditional” families. And then there are children who have lost a parent. The thought of those poor kids having to suffer through the traditional preparation of Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts makes me cringe. So I absolutely love this way of designing a new holiday that everyone can enjoy.  

4. Stay away from social media
We love social media for lots of reasons. But if I’m feeling extra sad without my mom around and everyone else is posting selfies of themselves with their moms, it might be a good idea to take a social media break. We can still be happy that our friends are enjoying the day with their mothers without following the details on Facebook.  

5. Focus on books
One of the best ways to honor Mom? Read one of her favorite books, flip through her cookbook, read some of her old letters or emails… I have a few of my mom’s last emails to me saved. When I read them, they bring her back to life with all of her vivacity. I haven’t had a look at them in a long while. But maybe this Sunday will be the day.

Whether you spend this day with your mother or another important person in your life, I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day… 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THAT'S PARIS is on Sale for $0.99!



Do you feel like strolling the streets of Paris this spring? Well, if you can't make the trip (or even if you can), you'll love That's Paris, a collection of short stories set in the City of Light. And it's on sale through April 22nd on Amazon.

I wrote three short stories for the collection, joining other Paris-loving authors who shared their views of the city through their stories. Some are hilarious, others will make you cry and still others will make you think.

In one story, I wrote about a young Chinese woman's quest to find love and herself in the City of Light. In another, a girl fights the "Love Locks" that are destroying the city's bridges--and makes an interesting encounter. My third story is about a ballet student at the Paris Opera's famous school. I loved exploring Paris through the eyes of these vastly different characters.

Find That's Paris on Amazon!

Happy reading!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

A PERFUMER'S SECRET is on Sale!



A Perfumer's Secret, my novel of passion, family drama and professional rivalry -- all in the beautiful South of France -- is on sale! From today through March 19, you'll find it on online retailers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and India for $0.99 cents (or local equivalent). 

What people are saying about the book:

"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

"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!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#ChickLitLove Hop! Happy Valentine's Day... and a Giveaway!




Hello, everyone, and Happy Valentine's Day! I'm delighted to be participating in the #ChickLitLove Hop! 

This event is taking place on Facebook, so please follow me to my author Facebook page for all of the fun... including a sweet-scented giveaway! 










Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paris, Rue des Martyrs on Sale in UK, Canada, Australia and India!


Readers in the U.K, Canada, Australia and India: Paris, Rue des Martyrs is on sale through Jan. 22 on Amazon for 99 cents (or the equivalent in your country's currency). 

The story of four strangers whose paths cross in the City of Light is both a Paris read and novel of relationships: mother-daughter, father-son, friends, lovers. 

Here's what other readers are saying about the novel:

"This book was a slice of Paris...I could see it...I could feel it...I could taste it." -- Veeolette on Amazon

"... both an intriguing story and a treat for those who might be at least a little familiar with the neighborhood." -- Glynn Young, Amazon Vine Voice.

"... an excellent book and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys atmospheric settings and lives that intertwine." -- Jael on Amazon

Find Paris, Rue des Martyrs on sale on Amazon:
UK
Canada
Australia
India

Happy Reading! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Giveaway for UK Readers!



Today I'm holding a giveaway specifically for my UK readers! (Readers in other locations, don't worry: I'll be thinking of you for the next one.)

I'm giving away a copy of WHO WE WERE BEFORE by Leah Mercer, a story of love, loss, and a modern couple's difficult yet poignant journey together. And like my novel PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS, this book is set in Paris!

You can enter through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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