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Celebrating the Little Things

I’m celebrating the small things in life as I drag my weary butt towards the end of another successful school year.

The sun is finally shining after a gloomy stretch of April showers. There was enough non-stop drizzle to have me scratching my head, questioning if I really do live in my beloved parched state of California. Yeah, Baby!

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Speaking of California, state testing is officially a thing of the past, and my darling students are now diving head first into S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders because I always save the best for last. Woot! Woot!

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And… I am in panic mode—I mean thrill mode—hammering out the crazy adventure I’m putting my main character Victoria through in my work-in-progress Wine Not? It’s the third novel in my Vineyard Pleasures Series that I will be knocking out once summer is mine all mine. Huzzah!

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In the spirit of recognizing simple pleasures as something worthy of all these corny, italicized interjections I’ve sprinkled everywhere, I have decided to drop the price of my Vineyard Pleasures Series books, Whine with Cheese and Love the Wine You’re With, to all of .99 each for the next week! Sweeeet!

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If you love a lighthearted romantic comedy, guaranteed to end with a happily-ever-after, these books are a perfect weekend read. I highly recommend pairing them with some wine and cheese while you put your feet up and celebrate some me time reading. In fact, here’s an Awesome Sauce exclamation just for you!

Just CLICK on this blatantly obvious Link:

Red Buy on Amazon

All of my novels are ALWAYS FREE in Kindle Unlimited, in case you didn’t already know and might want to go that route.

Book Descriptions Below:

WHINE WITH CHEESE

Maxine “Max” Novaline just had her heart ripped out by her ex-boyfriend, Bart Moore. Determined to bounce back, she’s ready to do some serious damage control on her shattered self-esteem thanks to that narcissistic meathead.

Max heads to Napa Valley’s Angel of the Vine Winery, maker of her favorite Moscato, to scout out tours for work and–let’s be honest–catch a glimpse of the owner’s drool-worthy son, Chase L’Angevin, as seen on YouTube.

Nothing says movin’ on like some sweet wine and eye candy. Right?

Chase, who likes the pin-up girl type, starts to pour on the charm the moment he meets this demure beauty. She even blushes over every compliment he gives her like she’s been deprived of them.

Lavish the bubbly blonde with all the attention she deserves? Of course.

When their first date rolls into a long, romantic weekend, their chemistry ignites faster than a matchstick in hell.

But, when Max’s fears of rushing into another relationship start to haunt her, and Chase becomes all too eager to keep trying to sweep her off her feet, they both find themselves tumbling down a rabbit hole of an adventure in pursuit of what true love is all about.

WHINE WITH CHEESE is about a young woman discovering her full potential while falling in love one sweet wine tasting at a time.

“Wanted to read this book just from the title alone and the author did not let me down. But rose and soared with this book!” (Wine and Late Night Mommy Reads Blog, Net Galley review)

“I love this book! I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. I would recommend to my friends.” (Renee, blogger, Net Galley review)

***This novel is a classy, passionate, sexy, funny, feel good CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE – ROMANTIC COMEDY full of twists and turns that will have you smiling from start to finish. Grab a bottle of Moscato, kick up your feet, and enjoy the ride.*** (Heat Level: Mildly Steamy)

 

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LOVE THE WINE YOU’RE WITH

SPRINKLE an emotionally unavailable woman, a lovelorn man, and some delicious chemistry into the middle of wine country then candy coat it with a whole lotta passion when a friends-with-benefits arrangement turns a vacation into an unexpected journey.  

Blanca Grazia, queen of calm, has it all under control. Headstrong. Self-reliant. Determined. She thrives on an intriguing challenge.

So, when Blanca’s bestie, Maxine Novaline, begs her to distract Maxie’s boyfriend’s cousin while he’s visiting them in Napa Valley, California, Blanca is all about stepping it up for her BFF. Hot French guy? Yes, please.

All Blanca plans on doing is the—ehem—favor. Then she’ll just friend-zone Julien L’Angevin’s butt all the way back home to France where he belongs.

… Until that wrecking ball of a man decides to cash in on a favor of his own.

All Julien wants is another opportunity to see what this wild, pint-sized, fireball of independence is actually made of. Sugar? Spice? Everything nice?

Counting on Blanca’s wanderlust for worldly adventures, Julien invites her to his home in Champagne. A traveling opportunity the Italian-American beauty can’t resist.

So what if they decide to add a little pinch of friends-with-benefits to the mix after they come face to face once more and realize that their physical chemistry can’t be denied.

Besides, their arrangement is only for one week. Then they’ll be continents apart again, and life will go on. Right?  

LOVE THE WINE YOU’RE WITH is about a young woman bent on staying single while falling in love one scintillating wine tasting at a time.

***This novel is a snarky, passionate, sexy, funny, feel-good CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE – ROMANTIC COMEDY full of twists and turns that will have you laughing out loud from start to finish. Grab a glass of Champagne, kick up your stilettos, and enjoy the journey.*** (Heat Level: Mildly Steamy)

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Wishing all of you a warm-weathered week full of lots of little things to celebrate!

Why, yes. Yes, I did.

Vineyard Pleasures Series

Why, yes. Yes, I did.

I updated the covers of my standalone romantic comedy novels in my Vineyard Pleasures Series.

While my previous covers flaunting my heroines were befitting, ladies do like to gander at some delicious eye candy, so I opted to do some people-pleasing with my updates. And let’s face it … those crystal glasses of succulent wine that even I can’t stop oogling over are making my mouth water. Admit it. You were gawking at them, too.

Oh, and one more nom … prewriting for Wine Not? Vineyard Pleasures Series #3 is plotting along nicely, and the cover is done. And, yes, it’s also yummy, I promise.

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Whine with Cheese by Brooke E. Wayne (Vineyard Pleasures Series, #1)

 

PR-WWC PinkMacs Love Quote 1SWIRL a hot mess, a savvy vintner, and a meathead ex into a chaotic adventure and indulge in a taste of humor when a sensual journey of self-discovery collides with true love.

Maxine “Max” Novaline just had her heart ripped out by her ex-boyfriend, Bart Moore. Determined to bounce back, she’s ready to do some serious damage control on her shattered self-esteem thanks to that narcissistic meathead.

Max heads to Napa Valley’s Angel of the Vine Winery, maker of her favorite Moscato, to scout out tours for work and–let’s be honest–catch a glimpse of the owner’s drool-worthy son, Chase L’Angevin, as seen on YouTube.

Nothing says movin’ on like some sweet wine and eye candy. Right?

Chase, who likes the pin-up girl type, starts to pour on the charm the moment he meets this demure beauty. She even blushes over every compliment he gives her like she’s been deprived of them.

Lavish the bubbly blonde with all the attention she deserves? Of course.

When their first date rolls into a long, romantic weekend, their chemistry ignites faster than a matchstick in hell.

But, when Max’s fears of rushing into another relationship start to haunt her, and Chase becomes all too eager to keep trying to sweep her off her feet, they both find themselves tumbling down a rabbit hole of an adventure in pursuit of what true love is all about.

WHINE WITH CHEESE is about a young woman discovering her full potential while falling in love one sweet wine tasting at a time.

 

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne (Vineyard Pleasures Series, #2)

PR-LTWYW-Red Heart-Wood quoteSPRINKLE an emotionally unavailable woman, a lovelorn man, and some delicious chemistry into the middle of wine country then candy coat it with a whole lotta passion when a friends-with-benefits arrangement turns a vacation into an unexpected journey. 

Blanca Grazia, queen of calm, has it all under control. Headstrong. Self-reliant. Determined. She thrives on an intriguing challenge.

So, when Blanca’s bestie, Maxine Novaline, begs her to distract Maxie’s boyfriend’s cousin while he’s visiting them in Napa Valley, California, Blanca is all about stepping it up for her BFF. Hot French guy? Yes, please.

All Blanca plans on doing is the—ehem—favor. Then she’ll just friend-zone Julien L’Angevin’s butt all the way back home to France where he belongs.

… Until that wrecking ball of a man decides to cash in on a favor of his own.

All Julien wants is another opportunity to see what this wild, pint-sized, fireball of independence is actually made of. Sugar? Spice? Everything nice?

Counting on Blanca’s wanderlust for worldly adventures, Julien invites her to his home in Champagne. A traveling opportunity the Italian-American beauty can’t resist.

So what if they decide to add a little pinch of friends-with-benefits to the mix after they come face to face once more and realize that their physical chemistry can’t be denied.

Besides, their arrangement is only for one week. Then they’ll be continents apart again, and life will go on. Right?

LOVE THE WINE YOU’RE WITH is about a young woman bent on staying single while falling in love one scintillating wine tasting at a time.

Both books are available in PAPERBACK and eBOOK on Amazon. And, as always, they’re both FREE in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

Love the Wine You’re With is … done!

Love the Wine You’re With is done.

Err. Technically, my initial edits are done, and she’s in the keycoverhands of betas, but … yay… ‘tis finished, bust out the Champagne! A New Year’s Resolution I actually kept!

Her predecessor, Whine with Cheese, was a labor of love that took me about nine months—a true book baby if you ask me. This little darling, she arrived in two-and-a-half months. Of course, I marinated on her plot for about a year, which might be the reason behind such a quick delivery when it came time to write her.

98% plotter, 2% pantser, if you ask my last thirty pages.

Whoa, did the ending take a turn from the original plan. But I love it.

What surprised me most about writing the second book in my Vineyard Pleasures Series is, when I finally sat down to write her, she flowed seamlessly from my fingertips. I can honestly say that I would’ve been done sooner but finishing the last thirty or so pages fell between the cracks of starting a new school year—mine and our daughters’ school year, that is. I can’t believe I just embarked on my twentieth year of teaching English. Wow. I fantasize about saying the same as an author.

I’d say the hardest part of writing Love the Wine You’re With was finding Blanca’s voice. She’s strong, sassy, opinionated, unconventional, caring, adorable, and a pain in the ass to the people who love her the most. Once I heard her, though, she just wouldn’t stop talking. And I fell head-over-heels. I think my readers will, too.

You’d think my biggest struggle would’ve been the 110-degree weather in July that I was suffering through while writing a Christmas story. But nope. Eh, actually, Love the Wine You’re With is only mostly centered around the Christmas season—but about a third of the book makes for any season kind of reading. I intend to release her November 1st though, if not sooner … we shall see.

The most exciting part about writing Love the Wine You’re With was all the feels that came with it. I embedded more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Blanca’s journey is definitely an adventurous one that might have my readers craving a taste of her wanderlust.

PR1macs-heart-mugs-qt.jpgAfter releasing Whine with Cheese this past July, it has been such a learning curve on how to promote my titles. I’m pulling Whine with Cheese out of KDP Select once my contract is up, so I can distribute my novel through Smashwords and broaden my outlets. So, so many reasons why. I’ll do the same for Love the Wine You’re With, too.

WWCeBookCoverBlWnIn fact, I’m burning through my last two days to give Whine with Cheese away for FREE on Amazon this September 30th and October 1st. (Click on FREE to go directly to the novel on Amazon) That’s it. No more freebies, but then a reader can buy the novel just about everywhere else once I’m contract-free mid-October. Likewise, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you have until the 7th before I pull the plug on KU. The only exception to the novel remaining FREE is that Whine with Cheese is currently available on Net Galley by request only for book bloggers and reviewers through the entire month of October.

If you’re just discovering me and want to get lost in a Romantic Comedy, download it over the weekend and enjoy :0)

I’m gearing up to get ready to knock out my next novel. It’ll be the first in a series of five novels centered around a coffee house in a beach town that Blanca and Maxie visit in the first part of Love the Wine You’re With. I’ll give you a hint…

One word: Fabrewlicious.

Until next time …

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