Friday, August 16, 2019

A Glass Of Wine Anyone? @ConstanceBretes #RomanceGems

I’m not a wine drinker, but I do enjoy festivities that have to do with wine. In Michigan, there are a lot of wineries, especially in the western part of the state. Every year, at the Ella Sharpe Museum in Jackson, Michigan, there is a wine and arts festival that features some of Michigan’s best wines, and artist exhibits. Visitors can sample wine and look at the creative artwork. It was at one of these festivals I discovered my ‘taste’ for wine tends to be of the fruity, sweet type instead of the dry type. My favorite is raspberry wine, with some dark chocolate. Oh YUM!

I also loved to visit St. Julian’s winery when it was on I-94 in Marshall, Michigan. They had great wine tasting opportunities there, as well as a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.
I haven’t been shopping in Alabama yet at the local wineries. However, I see there are plenty of places to go to and will definitely be visiting in the near future.

The idea came to me to write about wine today because my husband got a storage unit that had a nice wine rack to it. I had to claim it to put my wine in, and my chickens on it to guard the wine. I just love this wine rack. Looks pretty nifty, doesn’t it?

I have never used wine in my stories, but now as I think of it, all sorts of possibilities are popping into my head. Those ideas have prompted me to check out the local wineries here and start asking research questions for the next book I write! What a great ‘excuse’ to start wine testing again, huh?

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The search for stolen Sacred Arrows leads to much more.

Marcus Blackhawk is on a mission to locate the Sacred Arrows that were stolen from the Cheyenne Nation. When he learns that someone has seen the arrows he leaves immediately to track the person down and get more information.

Nicole Lancaster ekes out a living in a small town by helping her brother run a motel and working part-time in a restaurant. Her mundane life suddenly becomes more exciting when Marcus arrives in town asking about some arrows that she came upon years ago while hiking in the Elkhorn Mountains. The gorgeous man makes her heart beat fast, but she knows he’d never be interested in a Plain Jane like herself.

When Marcus offers Nicole a large sum of cash to lead him to the cave where she saw the arrows, she takes him up on the offer. After a three-day hiking trip through the mountains they locate the cave, but then the unthinkable happens, and they find themselves trapped inside. As they wait, hopeful they’ll be rescued, they give into the passion that’s been simmering between them.

Will help arrive in time to save them? And if so, can their night of passion ever be anything more? Marcus has no interest in an actual relationship, and Nicole wants the whole nine yards.

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  1. This sounds like an exciting book, Constance. I love pets in stories. You can tell a lot about characters by how they treat animals.

  2. I'm not a wine drinker, but I do love to visit wineries. Not sure why. The book sounds great!

  3. I like sweet and fruity, too--my friend says what I like isn't "read" wine, but we have a good time visiting wineries anyway. We'll be in Michigan in a few weeks at Grand Haven--I'm sure we'll do some tasting.

  4. I'm not a huge fan of wine but that wine rack is very nice! When I have wine in my stories, I have to ask others what kind they'd be drinking. I honestly have no idea. But the same goes for coffee since I don't drink that either. LOL

  5. Another lovely book from Constance Bretes! I love your wine rack. Wine is no longer an option for seems to kickstart a sugar binge and I'm done for then. So, it's the hard stuff for me. LOL

  6. That wine rack is pretty. I haven't seen many like it. don't usually look at them so maybe this type is common. Not a big wine drinker but agree the tours are fun. I wonder what you're thinking for your books!?

  7. Lovely wine rack, Constance. I like wine. I like what Ben Franklin said, "Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." My favorite reds are pinot noir, merlot, and sangiovase. Most of the reds we've drunk the last few years are our own pinot and merlot that Larry bottled. The whites I can't resist are champagne, prosecco, and chenin blanc. The best chardonnay I ever had was a bottle from the famous Chateau Montelena.

  8. I worked many years in the wine industry, if anyone needs research help. I'm no expert by any means, but I know my way around a varietal or two, have hob nobbed with winemakers around the world and opened my share of bottles.

  9. LOVE the new wine rack! And the chickens. :D I do enjoy wine and have many great memories of visiting vineyards around the world. Even some spooky ones. *wink* Definitely add vineyards and wine to your stories. Cheers!


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