Please help us welcome author Tara Lain and the tour for her brand new release, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, from Dreamspinner Press. Enjoy Tara’s guest post an the excerpt she brought along to share with you, and also be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below for details about the giveaway.
The Champagne of Romance Novels
Hi! I’m so happy to be here celebrating the release of my new book, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son. I call this my champagne cocktail of a book and I had so much fun writing this homage to the famous romantic movie, Sabrina. But much has changed in my story, including the fact that it’s set in Napa Valley, CA. Napa is a favorite place of mine and so I got to share some of my best things – one of which is the champagne maker, Schramsberg.
Actually, it’s incorrect to call anything champagne that’s made outside the Champagne region of France, so technically Schramsberg makes sparkling wine and it makes it in the time-honored tradition called method champenoise or more recently, method classique, which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
One of my favorite things is to go to the Schramsberg winery in Napa and take a tour of their cellars to see how good sparkling wine is made. They still have caves!! In these caves they store the bottles as they do their fermentation and they “riddle” them by hand. Riddling is a process of turning the bottle a small amount regularly and gradually angling the neck of the bottle downward so that the lees (the dregs of the yeast used for fermentation) gather at the neck and are removed by freezing and popping out the little block of ice. Few wineries riddle by hand anymore, so it’s fun and fascinating to watch.
Schramsberg became “America’s champagne maker” back in the Nixon era when they received a mysterious purchase order to deliver a certain number of bottles of their Blanc de Blanc to an airport. When they arrived with their little truck full of sparkling wine, they discovered Air Force One on the tarmac. Their bottles were efficiently loaded on the plane and they were dismissed. It wasn’t until later they discovered on the news that their sparkling wine was used to toast the opening of relations between China and the US. Schramsberg has been frequently served at the White House ever since.
In Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, the magic of Napa and the wineries surrounds the story. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
About the Book
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.
But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.
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James grabbed her, picked her up, and swung her in a circle before setting her down and starting a very accomplished foxtrot.
Luca watched them dance off, his gut twisting. He liked Nila so much. Why the hell did she have to love James?
A big warm hand clamped his shoulder. His breath sucked in. Slowly, Dylan turned him, and when they were face-to-face, Dylan wrapped Luca in his arms and began to dance.
If Sasquatch had just asked him to waltz, he wouldn’t have been more amazed. “Uh, will your guests be okay with same-sex dancing?”
Dylan whispered close to his ear, rumbly and low, “Ask me if I care.”
Luca smiled. “Dylan, do you care?”
“Not one tiny fuck.”
Every hair on Luca’s body stood on end. The hairs made a matched set with his cock, which leaped to attention and saluted. Whoa. Keep your distance or he’ll know. The old song said something about needing someone all the way, and his penis nodded in agreement. I could run! Get in my new car and drive. Uh, that would be the new car Dylan practically bought for me. He swallowed. “Thank you for helping with my car. I could never have bought it without your, uh, family discount.” He laughed tightly.
“You and Francis have always been a part of the family.” The deep vibration of Dylan’s voice tickled through Luca’s chest and dove lower. “I remember when you and James used to play like brothers.”
Not a subtle reminder of fraternity. “Yeah, how many times did we turn the great room into a gigantic fort?”
“I seem to recall being turned into the enemy and attacked once or twice.”
“We did love to follow you around.”
His voice got closer and breath warmed Luca’s ear. “I should have realized you were a little too interested in the fact that all my dates were guys.”
Two could play this game. He slipped his lips closer to Dylan’s ear. “You were my role model. I used to peek out the window and watch you kiss boys under the big tree by the pool.”
Dylan laughed deep and throaty. “I finally figured out you were watching.”
“Once I saw a guy go down on you. Your head was back against the tree trunk, and I could hear you moaning.” He whispered softly, “It was the first time I ever came that wasn’t a nocturnal emission.”
The sound from Dylan’s throat sounded half snort and half moan. “I didn’t know about that time, or I might have come inside and paddled your butt.”
“I might have liked it.” He laughed. “Right after that I realized I never felt that way when I saw girls.”
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!