In the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be...CRUSHED by @deborahcoonts #CrushedTour

In Napa Valley, he who has the best grapes wins.
And in the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be crushed.

Sophia Stone is a widow on the brink of an empty nest, stuck in an unsatisfying job managing the vineyard for a mediocre Napa vintner.  Faced with an uncertain future she wonders how do you choose between making a living and making a life?  Between protecting your heart and sharing it?  Five years ago, after her husband was killed in an accident, Sophia put her heart and dreams on ice to care for those around her.  Now her home, her dreams, and her family’s legacy grapes are threatened by the greed of the new money moving into the Valley.   Sophia has a choice—give up and let them take what is hers, or risk everything fighting a battle everyone says she can’t win.

Nico Treviani has one goal in life: make brilliant wine.  A woman would be an unwanted distraction.  So, while recognized as one of Napa’s premier vintners, Nico finds himself alone… until his brother’s death drops not one, but two women into his life—his thirteen-year-old twin nieces.  In an instant, Nico gains a family and loses his best friend and partner in the winemaking business.  Struggling to care for his nieces, Nico accepts a job as head winemaker for Avery Specter, one of the new-money crowd.  And he learns the hard way that new money doesn’t stick to the old rules

Publication Date: March 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Heart of Napa, Book One


Hmm. For the record, I loathe sweet wine—in fact, the drier the better. And I also am very averse to California-style Chardonnay, buttery, oaky... yuck. So, that being said...

Schramberg Brut Rosé: American-made sparkling wine. Sublime.

Archery Summit Pinot Noir: Willamette Valley, OR. Know for their Pinots—a particularly finicky grape that loves cooler climates. Archery Summit’s wine is full-bodied yet really smooth and light.

Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): very meaty, but fruit-forward. A joy to drink if you like more robust wines.

Turnbull Rosé (CA): a flat wine (as in non-sparking) in the French style of rosés. Dry, crisp, really refreshing. They sell it only in the summer and it sells out almost instantaneously.

Domain Chandon Etoile and Etoile Rosé—I love sparkling wines—in fact, I drink them almost exclusively. And, for the price, these are exceptional.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (NZ). Very dry, with strong hints of grapefruit. LOVE this stuff.

Chappallet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) Pricy, but if you yummy, meaty reds, this will please you.

I do like white Burgundies and Rhone varietals….so, I’m not that picky.

Deborah Coonts’ mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago.  Deborah isn’t so sure—her mother can’t be trusted.  These things we are fairly certain of though:  Deborah was raised in Texas on BBQ, Mexican food and beer.  She is the author of WANNA GET LUCKY? a humorous romantic mystery set amid the glitz, glamor and gaudy of Las Vegas that was a NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist and received several starred reviews as have the five sequels. CRUSHED the first novel in her Heart of Napa series is out now.  Deborah can usually be found at the bar, but also at her website.