In Defense of Pink

When I was a little girl, I refused to like pink. Or more specifically, I LOVED pink, but I got the clear impression that everyone around me believe I was SUPPOSED to love pink. So naturally, I declared that I hated it. I was impossible like that. Just ask my mom.

But in my late twenties (and by late twenties, I MIGHT mean early forties)… I am comfortable enough to admit that I absolutely love pink. I don’t wear a lot of light ballet pink, but I love salmon and I own probably too many things in bright pinks (including pants, cuz that’s how I roll). I have two pairs of pink trousers that I wear regularly to work. And maybe it’s because I work in a conservative environment, or maybe it’s because it just isn’t all that common, but I always get comments. And sometimes, if I’m telling the truth, I can tell that they’re those backhanded compliments people offer when they feel they must say something but aren’t sure exactly what they want to say. Or else they’re afraid you’ll kick ’em in the taco if they say what’s really on their mind. But you know what? I don’t give a pink petunia at this point.

However, I do have a beef with some pink judgers out there. And this goes back to my defense of boxed wine, I guess. Pink wine, y’all. Many of us in the states have a very bad perception of anything in a wine glass that is pink. And that is because we spent far too long ignorantly swilling something called White Zinfandel and not knowing any better. In many cases, that White Zin wasn’t even made from Zinfandel grapes!

You can still get the low rent rosés if you know where to look (7-11 anyone? Well, not in MD, but you get my drift). But there are plenty of pink wines that are well made and absolutely lovely — especially as the days get warmer. And pink is my choice for barbecues and deck parties, so I end up explaining myself more than I’d like.

Blush Wine Bottle And GlassWhere does pink wine come from? In most cases, the pink color is the result of the juice being left on the skins just briefly enough to impart a little bit of structure — and color, of course. So rosé wines can be made from most red varietals (and so you can have real white zinfandel… this is where ideas like “white merlot” and “white cabernet” come from.)  The rosés I like best are based in Grenache, which is the varietal most often used in the Rhône wines, which I tend to favor in general (see A Rare Vintage!)

Pink wines come in all concentrations — from almost fuschia to light light pink (often called Vin Gris). They come from all over the world – my favorites are from France and Spain (where they call it Rosado), but Bonny Doon makes an incredible Vin Gris. They range from sweet to dry, and there’s even a bubbly variety! They’re all gorgeous in the glass and super refreshing.

So I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend… raise a glass of pink to the men and women who’ve sacrificed so much for our freedom.

 

 

The Giveaway!

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In honor of Adagio’s upcoming launch, I’m running a giveaway — Whee!

You can win one of five ebooks of ADAGIO…

Or and ecopy of one of these awesome books:

Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

Frenched by Melanie Harlow

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Tempting the Cowboy and One Night with a Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

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Meet Author Emma Hart

I’m excited to host a friend and fellow author today! Meet Emma Hart, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and fellow mom! Here’s her official bio:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Her new book, The Right Moves, comes out this week. To help promote it, Emma agreed to answer a few questions for me!6451162

In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?

I live in southwest England and I’m a born and bred Devonian.

Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?

I have an older brother. There’s eighteen years between us, so he’s more of a best friend than a brother. We’ve never fallen out.

How did you meet your best friend?

He messaged me on Facebook saying “Fit as!”

We now have two kids.

When did you begin writing?

When my daughter was about one. I needed an outlet for my post natal depression, and writing became it.

What has surprised you most about the process of being published?

The amazing support of the indie community. The friendships built are definitely life-long.

Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?

It is my day job. If you ignore the two tiny people that take up the rest of my time.

What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?

I’ve never eaten a Jelly Belly in my life… Wait. What is a Jelly Belly?

If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?

Zinfandel rose.

What was the last book you finished?

Writing – Late Call, my first adult erotic romance. Reading – Forever With You by Laurelin Paige.

What has been your favorite writing project to work on?

Hmm, probably Late Call. It pushed all my limits as a writer, and my MC Dayton, is a blast.

Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?

Yes. I still live with Abbi and Blake in my mind every day because their story is so close to my heart.

What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)

Really, I’m not sure. I’d like to see a real ballet one day.

Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…

From Late Call, since I’m revising:

“Your game is very, very dangerous, Miss Black.”

“And you get to play it for a whole six weeks. Aren’t you lucky?”

He curls his fingers around mine at his belt. “The only luck here will be if we leave Vegas without me f*cking you against every wall of our suite.”

Thanks, Emma!

Here’s the info for Emma’s book, The Right Moves, and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom!

The Right Moves UK CoverHer past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they’re too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they’re the healing the other needs.

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Bloodlust – A Barbarian Love Story by Nicole Zoltack

Hi, everyone! Nicole Zoltack is a friend, and she’s asked me to help share with you the cover for her upcoming release. Ta Da!

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Isn’t it just beautiful? And it’s perfect for the story.

Here’s the blurb for BLOODLUST, a NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…

Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

The cover is so fitting, am I right?

The story will be released on February 24th.

Be sure to look for it on Amazon on the 24th — but for now you can add it on Goodreads.

 

Bio:

Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend

time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horsesNicole

(pretending they’re unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in

garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about

Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.

Cover Reveal: Frenched by Melanie Harlow

COVER REVEAL

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By Melanie Harlow

New Adult/Adult Sexy Contemporary Romance

Releasing March 4, 2014

Cover designed by Tom Barnes

Mia Devine plans over-the-top weddings for a living. So when it comes to her own nuptials, she spares

no expense—hand engraved invitations, Vera Wang gown, luxury honeymoon in France. And since her

fiancé is Tucker Branch, playboy heir and notorious flirt, local media is obsessed with every little detail.

Which is why it really sucks when he jilts her a week before the wedding.

Mortified, Mia wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a

funeral for her dignity, right after blabbing to the world how fitting it is that Tucker will inherit a bolt and

screw company, because that’s all he wants to do—screw, and bolt. And he doesn’t do either with much

finesse.

When her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, she grits her

teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of a week in Paris alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The free-spirited musician’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but

when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris

isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she

might as well enjoy La Vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with him is better

than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

About the Author

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She’s

a 20th century fanatic and gets her kicks from historical fiction and TV series like Boardwalk Empire,

Magic City, Deadwood, Mad Men, and Downtown Abbey (although she wishes it were more HBO and

less PBS). Her debut novel, Speak Easy, was inspired by Detroit’s fascinating Prohibition-era history.

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Cover Reveal: The Accidental Socialite

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THE ACCIDENTAL SOCIALITE

BY STEPHANIE WAHLSTROM and SWOON ROMANCE

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Releasing April 15, 2014

New Adult/Adult Chick-Lit, Romantic Comedy

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January.

Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was

a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just

what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man

on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that

she’s having an affair with a married footballer.

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly

when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging

doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to

London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London

are forever.

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About the Author

Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and

acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for

women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized

that writing was her true passion.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a

Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts (that’s a fancy term for Film School) from Red Deer College. After a

fateful trip to Mexico in 2006, Stephanie decided to move to New York City to work in film development.

A year later she went back home to write My Green House, a factual TV series. Stephanie moved to

London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also

works in Children’s Television. The Accidental Socialite is her first novel.

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