Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Aloha to Rachel Goodman and SOUR GRAPES (Blue Plate No. 2)


Reminder: I have a special giveaway for Military Appreciation Month at this link.

Uncork this delectable Texas Hill Country romance from the critically acclaimed author of From Scratch, the “smart, sexy, and funny” debut that “piles on the Southern charm” (Publishers Weekly).

Margaret Stokes is bitter. And not in the robust fine wine or tangy dark chocolate kind of way. She just got dumped, is fed up with her job as a glorified party-planner for the rich, and can’t possibly listen to one more veiled insult from her impossible-to-please mother. So she retreats to the comfort of her grandmother’s ramshackle bed and breakfast, where the wide open vineyards are filled with surprises, from the shockingly delicious wine to the aggravating yet oh-so-tempting man who makes it.

Ryan Camden’s easy approach to life encourages Margaret to loosen up and have a little fun, despite her better judgment. She resists the urge to micromanage every detail, embracing the welcome distractions of her surroundings and letting their relationship unfold at a natural rhythm. But when a health scare forces Grammy J to give up the B&B, Margaret begins to wonder if Ryan really is the man he promises—and whether the problems she tried so hard to escape ever really went away.

Rachel Goodman

Rachel is a mojito lover, cheese enthusiast, wanderluster, book junkie, romance writer, and an engineer. She is a Colorado native displaced in Texas and university professor. When she's not creating optimization models or traveling the world, eating her way through city after city, she is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up stories and typing away on the computer. She lives in suburbia Dallas with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Oliver Pancake and Rigby Peanut.

Learn more about Rachel and her books at rachelgoodmanbooks.com.

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Pinot Gris grapes by Andrew Fogg
Creative Commons (link)

I am giving away "wine" swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your favorite wine ... or non alcoholic drink.  My favorite wine is Pinot Grigio.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, May 28, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 29.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. My favorite is any cabernet savignon! We have a glass with dinner every night.

  2. I don't drink wine. One of my favorite drinks is lemonade.

  3. I don't drink wine even though I just reviewed a wine glass on my blog today. lol But I do like ice coffee, tea and chai latte.

  4. I am not a fan of dry wines, although I am developing a taste for them. When we lived din California, we found a nice, small winery and fell in love with their Green Hungarian and Sweet Marie wines. unfortunately they were bought out by a large company and no longer make these two.. A shame, they were really good.

  5. I like most white wines. A touch sweet is always good.

  6. I like most white wines. A touch sweet is always good.

  7. love wine but like coffee many ways the most really

  8. Mine is Peach Bloom Wine from the Charlotte Village Winery in from Charlotte, Vt. My home town.

  9. I like Riesling. It is a wonderful wine.

  10. A Mocha Shake or Moscato Wine.

  11. The only wine I've ever tried is Moscato. I don't drink but the Moscato is a wine I could drink once in awhile.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (atl) aol (dot) com

  12. I love myself a good glass of merlot

  13. Zinfandel - I prefer a medium flavored wine, fruity - not too sweet, but not so dry that it makes me pucker