Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Holidays! A new series and giveaway

Hi all, Taylor O'Brian here from Sonoma, California. I'm so proud to debut my new series. When my Aunt Jemma had a heart attack, I left my high paying job in advertising and gave up my condo in San Francisco to come to live in my aunt's pool house. Luckily, Aunt Jemma seems none the worse for wear after her attack. The only problem is that every time I even think of returning to my old life, Aunt Jemma feels a twinge.

So, I've decided that I'm going to stay and make a new life in Sonoma. I grew up in this famous small town among the golden hills and the vineyards large and small. The sweet scent of wine grapes in every season and the friends old and new made my decision easy. The problem is making wine isn't really my passion and it has to be a passion to do it well. But that doesn't mean I can't make a name for myself in Sonoma. I plan to do just that with my Off The Beaten Path wine country tours.

I bought an old VW van that holds a nice group of seven. It's perfect for touring all the quirky gardens, hikes and small wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties. My kitty, Clemmie, is not a fan of touring, but she keeps Aunt Jemma company while I have fun. Or that's what I imagined it would be like. I never imagined that anyone would be murdered on one of my tours, or that I would be suspected of the crime. Now it's up to me and my friends to solve the crime before my tour business has to close for good.
A Case of Syrah, Syrah is out December 12, 2017.

Happy, Holidays! I'm giving away a hardcover copy of this book. Simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite holiday beverage is and one lucky winner will be picked at random. Best of luck!

64 comments:

  1. Hot spiced apple cider. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Hot spiced apple cider. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Favorite holiday beverage would have to be hot chocolate. And I love the sound of this book! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  4. We make butter beer for Christmas. It i a lot of work so we only make it at Christmas
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. I can't wait to read this! My family and I love cranberry ginger ale during the holidays.
    bwilhoite87@gmail.com

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  6. hot apple cider, hot chocolate with marshmallows and maybe a wee bit of egg nog! suepete12 at yahoo dot com.

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  7. My favourite holiday beverage is egg nog.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  8. My favorite holiday beverage is peppermint hot chocolate. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. We're not drinkers in my family (don't ask about the 60's though). These days I keep 4 or 5 bottles of various late harvest red and whites in the closet for dinners of Sabbath meals.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I enjoy Chai tea all through the holidays. Soothing and lovely. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. A drink which I love for the winter is a special Chamomile tea. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Oh, I’m all about the nog, extra rum, please 😋 roswita.hildebrandt at gmail .com

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  13. My favorite Christmas drink is a Tom and Jerry with lots of whipped cream on top. Thanks so much for your giveaway, and Merry Christmas! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  14. Tom and Jerry.
    Too much work and way too many calories, but oh so yummy.
    Glogg/grog is pretty nice, too.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I love bubbles lots of bubbles and especially MUMS NAPA VALLEY and not just for the holiday. Napa is my hometown and I've lived just 40 miles east since 1953. Go to Napa often so this book sounds perfect for me, putting it on my want list. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  16. I love hot spiced apple cider. Yum! lkleback at hotmail.com

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  17. Pinot Grigio
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. Definitely eggnog! Congratulations on your new series! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Mary Lynette MillerDecember 8, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    I am a fan of hot chocolate with peppermint and a good book. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  20. Hot chocolate with a little bit of Almond Roca flavoring, and a good book! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  21. Hot chocolate made spicy. I add other things as well. And it’s made with fair trade coco powder. Expensive but really yummy. (Rhy Birch)

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  22. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows for me!!

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  23. I like eggnog. And I love San Francisco and Wine County. Would one of your stops be that place that makes mozzarella and you can bet the buffalo? suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I like eggnog but can’t have the dairy anymore. Or the calories.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  25. I used to work in a hospital x-ray dept where the head radiologist brought in gallons of homemade eggnog. It was spiked, of course, but very delicious. I haven't had it in many years. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  26. Hot coffee (mocha) or cocoa.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Peppermint hot chocolate. So yummy. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Hot chocolate with peppermint

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  29. Hot chocolate with peppermint

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  30. My favorite beverage is hit chocolate with whipped cream.
    cochrandcr@gmail.com

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  31. My favorite holiday beverage is coffee with Bailey's.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Chai tea

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  33. Eggnog is my favorite. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  34. Hot chocolate with whip! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Peppermint hot cocoa. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  36. Just my family get-to-gather punch..1-3oz.lemon jello.2-3oz. raspberry jello..add 9 cups water and 2 large pineapple juice..4 cups sugar, 4 cups water, mix and boil..put in freezer bags and freeze..when ready to put together thaw slightly how many you want for how much your making and add 1 or 2 sprite or 7-up..I always have some frozen left for another time or for refill in the punch bowl at the gathering......terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Terry,

      Congratulations- you won. I will be emailing you for your shipping address-
      Happy Holidays!
      Nancy

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    2. That is so fantastic..thank you so much..try the punch, you'll love it..

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  37. I enjoy cider at this time of year centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  38. My favorite holiday beverage has to be hot spiced cider. I guess it goes back to the "old days" when you couldn't get or have certain things but during the Christmas holiday. I still associate hot spiced cider with Christmas. That is the only time I drink it, but I sure love it then. Always brings back happy memories of Christmas' past too.

    I'd love to be the fortunate one selected to get a hardback copy of "A Case of Syrah, Syrah". Thank you so much for the chance! <3
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  39. My favorite beverage this time of year is hot spiced apple cider. Warm, sweet, and a kick of cinnamon for good measure!

    lovelystitches at live dot com

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  40. holiday red sangria!
    Pjstaton64114@aol.com

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  41. Peppermint Hot Cocoa. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  42. I do enjoy a glass of white wine.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  43. Cranberry juice and vodka.
    Happy Holidays,
    Lori
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  44. I guess my favorite beverage is coffee, black, no cream, no sugar. It must be since I drink so much of it.
    BUT, I do enjoy a glass of white wine. Hubby & I take spells of having a glass in the evening, going through 2 or3 bottles in the 'spell.' Our daughter is an alcoholic so we do not serve it at family/holiday meals.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  45. Snow coke. Of course you need fresh snow to have it.
    Bessert57@gmail.com

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  46. Hot buttered rum or hot chocolate with peppermint snhaps.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  47. I am not one to partake in alcohol so mine is a simple peppermint hot chocolate with lots of whip creme on top. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I like hot apple cider that has been steeping with cinnamon!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Chai tea for sure. The spicy taste reminds me of good things cooking in a kitchen.

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  50. Favorite beverage for this time of the year: Hot Chocolate with lots of whipped cream!
    Best of luck with the series, sounds like fun reading! judy
    LibraryLady80 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. Love the cover of this book! I like hot chocolate with whipped cream!
    lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I love a good Tom and Jerry----just wish I had the recipe that my father used to make it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  53. Peppermint mocha and anything spiked in the evening ;) anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. hot buttered rum!

    rlstanfill at juno dot com

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  55. It's a toss up between hot apple cider, mulled wine, or my usual champagne!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  56. excited for a new series, the cover is awesome. Georgia
    queenvictoria50@ (at) aol (dot) com

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  57. Champagne is my favorite drink for all seasons & reasons. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. My favorite wine normally is Pinot Grigio. For the holidays I live sparkling wines with an occasional eggnog thrown in.

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