Thursday, October 23, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Sotto Voce by Erin Finnegan


Giveaway: Erin will be awarding a Multi-format Sotto Voce eBook to 10 randomly drawn winners and a Grand Prize of a $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner, all via rafflecopter during the tour. A $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.
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Highland Homecoming
Title: Sotto Voce by Erin Finnegan
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Published October 21st 2014 by Interlude Press
Length: 270 pages

Blurb:
New York-based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine. But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California’s wine country and organizing a competition between the big name wineries of Napa and the smaller artisan wineries of Sonoma, his world gets turned upside-down by an enigmatic young winemaker who puts art before business.

Sotto Voce is the story of love and wine, and how both require patience, passion, an acceptance of change—and an understanding that sometimes, you have to let nature take its course.

Book Links:  http://store.interludepress.com/collections/frontpage/products/designs-on-you-by-carrie-pack

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Author Interview: 

What was your inspiration for Sotto Voce? 

I'd love to say that I mined some deep thoughts to develop Sotto Voce, but the fact of the matter is I was inspired by a hot guy driving an old, topless International Scout truck. I had been working in my vineyard and needed to make a supply trip to my local garden center when I saw an absolutely stunning man driving one of these old, iconic trucks. I couldn't get the thought of him out of my head the rest of the day. The next thing I knew, I was drawing up a character outline of Greg Kennedy, the artisan vintner and owner of Rhapsody wines.


What message do you want readers to take away? 

There's a phrase that has become a part of the tagline for the book that I feel is kind of the takeaway: "Sotto Voce is the story of love and wine, and how both require patience, passion, an acceptance of change—and an understanding that sometimes, you have to let nature take its course." The very best relationships can take time to grow and mature into what makes them special, just like a great wine.

What type of story are you planning to write next?

I've just begun research on my next novel. Without giving too much away, it will be set in an obscure corner of the world of sports and feature Southern California's diverse cultural environment. There will be romance, and Lycra.


What genre would like to try writing that you haven't yet? 

There are two genres I'd love to try. One I suspect I will: Young Adult. I hope to write a love story with characters that LGBTQ teens can identify with. I think that's something that for years was sadly lacking from the romance genre landscape, and is only beginning to take shape. This audience deserves more, and I am happily working with a publisher that is dedicated to making that happen. I'd also love to write a suspense/thriller, but I doubt that I'm clever enough to pull that off!


Do you have any booksigning/publishing horror stories? 

I'm happy to say no, though if I had a publishing horror story, I doubt I'd broadcast it. Some things are best kept private.

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Excerpt 1: 

Kennedy took the glasses, rinsed them and the wine thief, and then moved on to another tank. Repeating the procedure, a velvety red wine was deposited into the glasses.

“Mezzo, the Zinfandel.”

“I’m sensing a trend here,” Tom said. “Rhapsody Wines? Allegrezza? Mezzo?”

“Mm. Yes,” Kennedy responded, sounding truly uninterested in the conversation.

“Is there a reason for the choice of each name for the particular wine?” Tom asked.

“If you can’t tell, then I haven’t done my job very well.”

Tom again checked the color, the legs, the nose, then sipped at the rich, lively Zin.

“It has the brightness of fruit, without the feeling that I’m eating a bowl of jam—which is happening altogether too often lately.”

Kennedy smirked—the closest thing to a smile since they met, Tom thought.

“Let’s see. The Roussanne? Allegrezza. It’s bright, cheerful, like a bouquet of spring flowers.”

The winemaker’s head might have been turned, but Tom could still see the slightest smile slip across his lips.

“I’ll have to take a stab that Mezzo is your in-between wine. Not bright and summery like the Roussanne, but there’s something else you’re making that’s darker, richer—something with deeper tannins. So the Zinfandel is Mezzo.”

“Yes.”

“And it’s lovely,” Tom said.

“Thank you. Syrah’s next.”

“And it is?”

“Appassionato.”

The thief slipped samples of a dark, sinfully lush wine into the glasses. The color looked like it belonged on the runway, like haute couture. It clung to the glass like silk cut on the bias. A swirl, a dip of the nose—Tom closed his eyes.

“Blackberry, pepper and... something else, almost smoky, with a hint of sweet, like... maple?”

He took a sip, held it on his tongue. He sensed Kennedy’s eyes on him.

“Bacon!”

Kennedy dipped his head as the corners of his mouth rose, revealing dimpled cheeks.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erin Finnegan is a former journalist and editor. She was born and raised in Southern California, where she lives with two sheep dogs and grows, ferments and drinks Syrah and Zinfandel in the foothills outside Los Angeles.  

Sotto Voce is her first novel.

Connect with Erin at erin-finnegan.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ErinGoFinnegan, on Goodreads at Goodreads.com/ErinFinnegan and on Twitter at @eringofinnegan.
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Giveaway: Erin will be awarding a Multi-format Sotto Voce eBook to 10 randomly drawn winners and a Grand Prize of a $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner, all via rafflecopter during the tour. A $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.


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13 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting the tour stop. I really enjoyed the interview!

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  2. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt!

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  3. I love the inspiration for your book. Nothing like a hot guy to get the thoughts going!

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  4. Sotto Voce sounds wonderful. I love wine and enjoyed both the interview and excerpt.

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  5. I really enjoyed your comments and loved the blurb.

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  6. Great interview and excerpt! I'm a SoCal girl and love to visit the vineyards - this books looks fun!

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  7. Thanks for the great excerpt! And the interview was good, too!

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  8. I like the inspiration for the story

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  9. I enjoyed the interview and further information about the inspiration for the character and story, also the planned books for which I look forward to. Its possible you could do a mystery for the vineyard, someone could be stealing the vines or parts are dying off and its happening to lots of artisan growers in the valley, so they have to investigate...possible?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion! I am actually already researching my next book, but it won't be in the world of wine. I do love these two characters, though!

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  10. Great excerpt. I can never figure out what the "notes" are for wines, even when I enjoy them. Leather, moss, peat? Who wants to drink that? I like the idea of comparing them to music instead - that makes a lot more sense to me. I'd rather drink a "passionate" syrah than a jam-bomb, too!

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