Annyeong! My name is Kimaya and welcome to my blog.

Smart women don’t read romance novels. It’s alright for a girl in her teens to be reading romance but a woman in her tweens ought to know better. She should be reading more “substantial” books, “worthwhile” books, “purposeful” books. Not fluff.

These were the opinions of dozens of men and other women around me and for the longest time, I believed them.

For a smart woman, that was a decidedly stupid move.

I like romance. It’s not that I don’t read other genres, it’s simply that I enjoy this genre the most. And even in other genres, it’s always a welcome surprise if there are romantic elements in it. I’ll read almost any book as long as its captivating and well written.

When I’m not working or reading, I watch Korean dramas and pretend (in my head) I’m someone else. I stalk skincare bloggers online and dislike green tea. I love to eat, but hate to cook. Occasionally, I talk myself into taking a walk.

Currently, I’m not accepting any review requests. In the event that I begin to do so, a page will pop up somewhere on my site and you’ll know how to get in touch with me then.

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  1. Hi!

    I hope my novel appeals enough to you enough to write a review.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon—fear.

    Told in a witty combination of standard prose, letters, emails, and diary entries, LETTING GO, in the tradition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, is a long-distance love story that also examines race, religion, and the difficult choices we make following our passions. From the Great White North to the streets of New York City to the beaches of Bermuda, LETTING GO is a journey of longing, betrayal, self-discovery and hope you will never forget.

    If you think you might be interested, I can send a pdf, mobi, or epub file.

    Links to Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble are below. I have also included samples from the companion CD, which consists of my performances of pieces mentioned in the book, along with readings of passages that refer to them. While my book is independently published, it has definitely been edited.

    Here’s my bio:

    Maria Thompson Corley is a Canadian pianist (MM, DMA, The Juilliard School) of Jamaican and Bermudian descent, with experience as a college professor, private piano instructor, composer, arranger and voice actor. She has contributed to Broad Street Review since 2008, and also blogs for Huffington Post. Her first novel, Choices, was published by Kensington.





  2. Hi Kimaya
    I’d love you to write a review about my new novel – Under the Bridge – due for release on 14th June 2017.
    Here is the Blurb:
    When Will’s father dies in South Africa, he is left dazed and bewildered. Why should he go to the funeral? Quite apart from having no money for the trip, Will is still full of resentment about the way his father, James – tied up with his demanding and top-secret job – neglected him as a child. But when a box of James’s personal possessions arrives in England some weeks later, Will makes an unexpected discovery. Why are there so many maps of apparently random regions of France? And why is one covered in markings, including, in his father’s hand, the word ‘START’?
    Will sets out for France, determined to get to the bottom of his mysterious legacy, and to reconcile himself with the sudden death of his father. However, he immediately finds himself caught up in a seventy-year-old secret that has lain hidden since World War II. It’s the treasure hunt rather than the soul-search that unwittingly brings him into contact with some extremely menacing people. Eventually, even his own home can provide no refuge from his pursuers…
    Under the Bridge is a fast-paced and imaginative thriller that traverses a myriad of landscapes and emotions, and challenges our perception of quest and pursuit.
    Please have a look at my web site for more info: http://www.hwneild.com
    If you would rather review my first – Beyond the Surf – that is fine too. The heroine is 23 year-old Kayte.
    Let me know…
    Many thanks


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