Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: Dominic Cardano

2014 January 22

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)In case you haven’t gotten word, there’s a new heroine in town, and she owes apologies to twelve different fellows. Here’s the scoop:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

Today, we’re hearing from Dominic Cardano:

Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now?

bigstock-Golf-Ball-Near-Hole-46593271I was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. I studied Landscape Architecture at the University of South Carolina with my sights set on golf course design. My father always used to tell folks I was born with a golf club in my hand. After college, I was hired by DC Architects, one of the most prestigious golf course designers in the U.S. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do, and I thank God every day for giving me the chance to live my dream.

How did you meet Mara Adkins and what did you think about her when you first met?

Mara Adkins walked right up to me on campus and said, “Aren’t you just the cutest thing?” Then she kissed me, square on the mouth. So I guess you could say she literally took my breath away. I’d never seen such a beautiful woman and there she was, kissing me on the mouth. I just stood there, staring at her. I was so in love with her…

Mara did some pretty ugly things to a few guys. How did you feel about her when she broke up with you so publicly? How did you handle the embarrassment?

At first, I thought she was joking. After all, she’d been the one who’d asked me out. And we had so much fun together. But then she tore my heart out. And the things she said in front of everyone in the library––she was wearing a mic––I found out about that later. Well, I actually cried I think…a little bit. I was so ashamed…I pulled my shirt over my head and ran across the green to the dorm. The next day, it was all over campus. I got teased by guys I’d never seen before.

How did I handle it? I just did what I’d always been taught to do. I sucked up the pain and kept on walking. I prayed for Mara, as Jesus taught us in Luke 6:28. “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” But it was hard. I really loved her, you know?

Be truthful here. Did you every think of paying Mara back for the cruel game she and her sorority sisters played? If so, what did you think of doing? If not, why not?

I can’t say I never thought about it, because I did. After all, I was just a kid. I dreamed of sneaking into her dorm room and cutting the heels off all her spikey shoes or replacing her facial cleanser with super glue. But seriously, I would never have gone through with any of it. My heart was tender and I hoped…I always hoped she’d repent.

I’ll tell you what I dreamed most of all and I’ve never told this to anyone. Once I grew out of my awkward stage, I had this ongoing fantasy that I’d run into her again, and I’d sweep her off her feet…

 What do you think of Mara today?

I can’t stop thinking about her. She still…takes my breath away. Our hands touched––she fell at my feet and was covered with slimy mud––I had to help her up. That touch sent a shockwave through me. She was beautiful back in college, but even more lovely now. Honestly, I think I’m still in love with her, though I barely know her. If it’s God’s will for my life––for our life, I’ll have the opportunity.

Mara’s reunion with Dominic is posted today at Write Integrity Press. His author isn’t being revealed because the project authors (and our fearless editor) believed it would be fun for you, the reader, to vote for your favorite hero. Voting will open at Write Integrity Press on the day the last hero’s chapter is presented, February 5. Voting will be opened until February 8. The votes will be tabulated, and the winning hero gets the final chapter in the novella when it is offered free on Kindle beginning February 14.

The authors hope you have joined in on the fun. If you haven’t, here are a few sights where we have been having the best time:

Mara’s Facebook page

The You Know Your Job is Odd When … Facebook page where we’re sharing funny stories, memories, etc., about odd jobs we’ve all had.


Have you read each of the hero’s interviews? If not, click on their names below. If so, do you have a favorite? Well, the time has come to vote for him at Write Integrity Press. The winning hero gets the last chapter in the book, and he also might just win Mara’s heart.

David Hansen

James Green

Collin Tate

Chip Linton

Ted Rivers

Russ Farlow

Elliott Weston

Connor Martin

Derrick Howzer

Brent Teague

Remy Perone

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