Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Paris Book in Time for the Holidays?

How about a tale of four Parisians as a last-minute stocking stuffer? Well, the actual book won’t be available until Jan. 5, BUT, good news: The ebook version of my novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs is now available for preorder on Amazon. Click here to order!

The print and ebook versions will officially be released on Jan. 5, 2015, so in any case, you can experience the trip into the lives of these Parisians very soon. A big thank you to all of my readers for your support this year! Happy Holidays to all! And now, for a synopsis of Paris, Rue des Martyrs

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.

What reviewers have said about Paris, Rue des Martyrs

Adria Cimino proves a reliable narrator, guiding readers through a tangled maze, and rewards them with the realization of the interconnectedness of her characters’ lives, as well as the readers' own.” – Ivory Owl Reviews (4 Stars)

I was so riveted by this book that I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it and read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed how complex the characters were, each one had a dramatic backstory and vastly different personalities.” – Mom's Small Victories (4 Stars)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More Exciting Book News...

My fellow author Vicki Lesage and I are very pleased to announce that our indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press will be collaborating with The Book Wheel to publish an anthology on the theme of "Legacy."

So who will be contributing? Some authors from The Book Wheel's 30 Authors event this past September as well as several other great writers. This exciting project will include a month of tweeting with authors as they write their stories, and of course, the publication of the anthology later this spring. And who could forget our book blogger friends? They will be an integral part of the event, from start to finish.

For details, check out Velvet Morning Press' announcement here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Who's Writing About Paris? Check Out this Exciting List!

So who will be writing about Paris? Velvet Morning Press, the indie publishing house I founded with fellow author Vicki Lesage, is pleased to announce the list of writers contributing to our first anthology, "That's Paris."

A few clues... We have the author of three fashion books, the writer of a recently released book on Rwanda, an Amazon best-selling author, journalists, a personal chef and winners of various blogging awards. For details, click here for the full author list! 

"That's Paris" is set for release Feb. 2 in print and ebook formats. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Time to Quit NaNoWriMo? 4 Techniques That Will Keep You Writing

You’ve written 20,000 words or maybe even more. Inspired, you were cruising along, and into your characters and plot. Everything was perfect. And then, all of a sudden, your brain plays the cruelest of tricks. It goes AWOL. Absent without leave, abandoning your burgeoning story. You don’t mind the occasional writer’s block. But this is National Novel Writing Month, and you’ve got a goal to attain.

As you sit there facing the page, though, you’re more tempted to quit than anything else. Is your only alternative to force yourself to write nonsense just to reach a word count? No. As frustrating as this experience may be, this doesn’t mean your writing month is coming to an end or that your book is doomed.

For my tips on how to keep writing, please click here to read the rest of my post on

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What Most Shocks Me About the Brittany Maynard Story?

Over the past several weeks, I've been closely following the story of Brittany Maynard, a young woman suffering from the same type of aggressive brain tumor that took my mother's life a few years ago. For obvious reasons, the story really hit home. 

When Maynard chose to end her life recently, I was outraged and shocked to see comments and articles criticizing her and her decision. The subjects of terminal brain cancer and "death with dignity" are two that are near and dear to my heart. I had to write about this. Please see my story "Brittany Maynard and My Mother Are Both Heroes" by clicking here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on these important issues!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Join the New Release Mailing List!

See that little box at the top of the column just to the right? The one that says “Sign Up: New Releases.” If you would like to find out when my latest book is available, please type in your e-mail address! You won’t receive junk mail; you’ll just get one e-mail whenever I’ve released a new book. Thank you very much for your support!

We haven’t set the exact dates yet, but my novel “Paris, Rue des Martyrs” will be re-released in January 2015 in print and ebook form. My second novel “Close to Destiny” will follow later this winter.

More news soon… Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tips to Get the Most Out of National Novel Writing Month!

So you're sitting in front of a few lonely words on the page and have already used up your excuses to get up and move around the room... What could you be doing? Either you're imitating me as I sit down to start a new novel or you're a participant in National Novel Writing Month. You're not alone as you struggle to produce a huge word count (and hopefully good writing) in a short period of time. 

Well, I've got a few tips I would love to share with you! Please take a look at my post on the Velvet Morning Press blog. Click here to find out how to get the most out of National Novel Writing Month! 

Happy writing!
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