The Giveaway!

Howdy!

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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Giveaway Time!

In honor of the debut of Adagio, and the new ballet-focused new adult series, The Company, I’m giving away some of my favorite books!

These are all books and authors that I really love…

Frenched by Melanie Harlow

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

Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Wanna win one?

Head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment naming one of the best books YOU’VE read recently! Winners will be chosen at random from all the comments on Sunday, May 11th!

You can also add Adagio to your To Be Read pile at Goodreads!

Validation of My White Trash Roots

I have a feeling my mother will take offense at this title… I didn’t actually come up from white trash (although – does anyone who genuinely falls into this category believe that they are white trash? So maybe we are, Mom. Maybe we are…) Though since both my parents are pretty well-educated and made a point of ensuring that my brother and I valued things like travel and tax-planning… I’m thinking we’re not. ANYWAY, none of that is the point of this post. Damn, I get off topic easily. No wonder I can’t finish the book I’m working on.

The point of this post is simple: BOXED WINE.

I joined in a Facebook chat last night with some authorial types to promote Melanie Harlow‘s awesome upcoming book Frenched. And there were slanderous words bandied about (yes, that’s right, they were being bandied I tell you!) And these harsh and derogatory words had to do with something close to my heart. Boxed wine.

You know that I write about wine a fair bit. The Wine Country Romance series is my special little literary gift to the world (yes, this is sarcastic)… but I was a wine writer for a time and I sold wine for a French importer. (so I know just enough to be obnoxious, my husband says). And one of the things that I know — and pay attention because there are not many — is that sealing wine in a bag (inside your box) is a great way to avoid many of the problems that affect bottled wine (cork taint, for one, which affects 10% of bottles). Or as Forbes.com so succinctly put it:

boxed wine stays fresh a minimum of four weeks, it’s shatter-proof, portable, will never have cork taint, and is more environmentally conscious. In fact the total energy used to produce one box is about 1/3 the energy required to produce a glass bottle, leaving a carbon footprint one-half the size that of a wine bottle.

Now add to that the fact that many well-respected producers are putting wine in boxes, and it just plain makes sense. Forget that there are four bottles in one box and pay no attention to the simple glee that comes from pouring yourself a glass of wine from a little handy-dandy spout… Boxed wine can be darned good. Forget the Franzia and Gallo… we’ve moved on and if you’re not on board, I say you’re missing the boat.

Check out the Black Box wines – Chardonnay is decent and the Shiraz is pretty good. The old Bonny Doon Big House wines are in boxes now… I keep a box of Big House White around through the summer months as a rule. Anyway, no need to take my word… there are plenty of other people extolling the virtues of the box. Check it out.

So as I sit here, sipping a glass of fresh-from-the-box, I make a simple plea: Stop marginalizing boxed wine. Especially if you haven’t tried one in a while.

Thanks. 🙂 Cheers.

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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Speak Low by Melanie Harlow

You probably remember me going nuts about a book I read recently – Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow. It’s a flapper/gangster new adult romance set in the 20s – of course – and it was fabulously written. I couldn’t wait for the sequel, and luckily, I didn’t have to wait too long because Harlow is a fast writer! (PS. I love her because she is also a dancer!)

Anyway, check out the pretty (okay, so “pretty” might not be the right word…):

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Cover Reveal – SPEAK LOW by Melanie Harlow

Book 1 - Speak EasyI think I’ve talked about the book SPEAK EASY before. It’s a fantastic New Adult book with a “Boardwalk Empire meets Gastby” flavor – set during Prohibition and beautifully written by author Melanie Harlow. I, for one am super excited because there is about to be a sequel — SPEAK LOW. And NOW would be a great time to pick up SPEAK EASY – since it’s only 99 cents this week!

The Synopsis:

We always want what we can’t have.

Tiny O’Mara is tired of living in a world where men make all the rules. After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old Tiny is determined to gain her independence.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their explosive chemistry than loyalty or trust. But she’s promised him some information that will help him take revenge on The River Gang, and when he offers her a job, an apartment, and the prospect of nights spent together where anything goes, she can’t refuse—which only puts her further in his debt.

She needs gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo to help her again—when they’re not at each other’s throats, they make a good team, and her attraction for him is becoming impossible to deny. But after she rejects his offer to leave town together, he’s tempted to let her fend for herself.

As Enzo’s need for possession and power escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

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Melanie is hosting a giveaway this week – A $25.00 Amazon gift card! Click the rafflecopter link below to enter…

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And now, without further delay, check out the cover for the sequel below!
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