Thursday, May 11, 2017
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
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!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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
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
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Friday, January 13, 2017
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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Thursday, January 5, 2017
I started the New Year off in one of my favorite ways: writing. A short story that might inspire me to create something longer. I fell in love with the characters over the first few pages and wanted to spend more time with them...
But when? That's the big question. As an indie author whose name isn't a household name, the practical side of me knows I have to focus on marketing the books I actually have published. That inconvenient idea of "making a living" (never easy as an author) rears its ugly head.
I can't ignore the practical me. So I will talk about the four books I've already written, even though I'm more eager to get to the next project. (Is it the writer's curse to always be yearning to write that next book?)
Still, the writer in me won't be kept down for too long. The call of words is too strong. The voices of my characters too tempting. Maybe 2017 will be the year of finding the perfect balance between writing as a business and writing as a passion...
Hope your year is filled with happiness, and of course, books!