It’s the first cover reveal of 2016 at Traveling With T! Prepare to feast your eyes on this gorgeous cover from Adria Cimino!
Look for A PERFUMER’S SECRET on May 15, 2016 (in the meantime- why don’t you visit Goodreads and add it to your Goodreads “Want To Read” list?)
Let’s go and take a good look at this cover!
Summary from Goodreads:
The quest for a stolen perfume formula awakens passion, rivalry and family secrets in the fragrant flower fields of the South of France…
Perfumer Zoe Flore travels to Grasse, perfume capital of the world, to collect a formula: her inheritance from the family she never knew existed. The scent matches the one worn by her mother, who passed away when Zoe was a teenager. Zoe, competing to create a new fragrance for a prestigious designer, believes this scent could win the contract—and lead her to the reason her mother fled Grasse for New York City.
Before Zoe can discover the truth, the formula is stolen. And she’s not the only one looking for it. So is Loulou, her rebellious teenage cousin; Philippe, her alluring competitor for the fragrance contract; and a third person who never wanted the formula to slip into the public in the first place.
The pursuit transforms into a journey of self-discovery as each struggles to understand the complexities of love, the force of pride and the meaning of family.
A Perfumer’s Secret
By Adria J. Cimino
(release May 16, 2016, Velvet Morning Press)
“Are you going to Grasse?” Joy had asked Zoe as she followed her outside to the sidewalk. The question played over and over in Zoe’s mind as she stirred a swizzle stick in her martini glass and ignored the vapid conversation of the group chugging beers at the other end of the bar.
A few stray tears fought for liberation as she thought of the faraway look that often had come over her mother. But as always, those tears refused to fall, as if shamed by their very existence.
Barbara Rose had never cried. At least not in front of her daughter. She kept the sadness hidden deep within as she formulated happiness the child could smell. When Zoe was a toddler, Barbara Rose created the scents of bubble gum, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and lemon meringue. For every birthday, a new scent. And as Zoe turned nine, ten, eleven, the scents became more abstract and sophisticated. Her mother created the scent of a cloudless sky in the month of May, of water droplets on bright green leaves in a rainforest, and of sunshine at daybreak. For a living, Barbara Rose concocted personal fragrances for private clients. For her leisure, she created magic.
Zoe scolded herself for her own naivety, for thinking her mother was a genius, born with the perfect nose. Of course Barbara Rose grew up in a perfume family. How else could she have honed her skills with precision at such a young age? And she had passed this gift on to Zoe.
How could Zoe not go to Grasse? She had too many unanswered questions. First of all, the Fontaine family. Who was left? Had they been unaware of her existence as she had been unaware of their existence? She didn’t need their acceptance. She simply wanted to learn the truth. And the most important question: Who was her father?
Zoe examined her reflection in the depths of the glass. Wide, sad eyes expressing emptiness. The face of an adult orphan. And this sadness mixed with twinges of anger and resentment. Barbara Rose had denied Zoe a past, left her in a cocoon of solitude. Zoe wanted to condemn her mother for this, but memories of the pain in Barbara Rose’s eyes crushed her darkest thoughts.
Zoe had to make the trip to Grasse. She acknowledged this with a firm, silent voice. But something was stopping her. She pressed her fingers to her temples and massaged them slowly. The problem was the juice. She couldn’t leave without submitting at least two samples, and so far, she was batting zero. They wanted something by next week. And then, as she held her head between her hands and thought back to the letter from Grasse, she had an idea. Suddenly, she could feel the blood pumping through her veins at a furious pace. Zoe downed the martini, grimaced as a trail of fire burned its way through her body, left a few bills on the counter and rushed out the door.
Adria J. Cimino is the author of novels A Perfumer’s Secret (release May 16, 2016), 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. 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/.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T