Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Taste of Chardonnay by Heather Heyford ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)

A Taste of Chardonnay (The Napa Wine Heiresses, #1)
When the richly bred, poorly raised daughter of a notorious Napa Valley winemaker competes with Hollywood’s hottest man in an unlikely race to see who can do the most good, who will win?
A Behind the Scenes Glimpse of Author Heather Heyford & the Writing of A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY

Did you know that sixty-five percent of us take in the world through our eyes—that is, through images, pictures, colors? The rest of us learn by listening or actually doing.

As a writer and artist I’m definitely one of those visual people, but as a wine-lover, I’m all about ‘hands-on!’ A recent visit to northern California’s wine country during the crush was a feast for all the senses. No wonder Napa attracts 4.7 million visitors per year.

Vineyards undulating beneath blazing blue skies, innumerable musical performances, and barrels of wine to be tasted are why they call Napa Valley, ‘America’s Eden.’ Jaw-dropping wine mansions tucked into the luscious scenery had me oohing and aahing as we passed one magnificent structure after another.
What would it be like to live in one of those grand homes? After each tasting and tour, I dashed back to the car and began furiously scribbling the deets in my notebook. (I take notes on paper, and write manuscripts on my MacBook Air.)

By the time my husband and I boarded the plane home to the east coast, my mind was overflowing with ideas. And today—cheers! Raise your glass to Book 1 of THE NAPA WINE HEIRESSES Series, starting with A Taste of Chardonnay!

The St. Pierre sisters tumbled into the Napa County jail, stopping short at the transparent barrier in front of the reception desk. Chardonnay vaguely recalled the floor plan from her last visit. From a holding cell in the rear, they could hear Papa bellowing in his unmistakable Franglais.

“I am American citizen! I have gun license! Wait until my daughter gets here. She is lawyer! I will sue your—”

Papa had always had a flair for the dramatic.

Following an interminable wait during which the incessant click of her older sister’s pacing echoed off the tile walls, they were let into a processing area and a young officer holding a clipboard came out to meet them.

“Which one of you is”—he raised the clipboard to eye level and squinted—“Sauvignon?” he said with the audible equivalent of an eye roll.

This guy must be new to the force. The St. Pierres weren’t accustomed to going many places in the valley without being recognized.

Savvy stepped forward. “I am.”

Thank heavens Savvy was an attorney. Well, almost. She’d recently graduated law school but had yet to take the bar.

“And these are my sisters, Chardonnay and Merlot.”

The cop stared.

Was it their fault Papa had named his daughters for grape varietals?

He started to smile, furrowed his brow, and then hitched up his pants with his free hand.

With a half chuckle, he said, “Cheese-oh-man. You can’t make this stuff up. Wait till I tell the folks back in Ohio.”
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Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”)While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. She is represented by the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA, @nyliterary) in New York City. The first book in her Napa Wine Heiresses Series from Kensington Publishing, A Taste of Chardonnay, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N!
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2 comments :

  1. It was great being here on Romance Novel Giveaways. I hope everyone enjoys A Taste of Chardonnay. There’s plenty more drama coming up in the next 3 books in The Napa Wine Heiresses! Congrats to Brandi D. who won a free ebook! I’ll be sending that your way soon, Brandi. And don’t forget, if you enjoy the books, tell a book-loving friend. Thanks and stay in touch on facebook, twitter, pinterest or instagram!

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