Spotlight & Giveaway: Love in the Vineyard by Pamela Aares

Posted September 18th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 31 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Pamela Aares to HJ!
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From USA Today bestselling author Pamela Aares comes Love in the Vineyard, the seventh book in the Tavonesi family series featuring passion, mystery, and well-won love!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Love in the VineyardAdrian Tavonesi is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.
As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, will the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other ruin everything? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to the perfect, ever-lasting love?
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

NATASHA’S HAND SHOOK WHEN SHE PLACED her stack of chips on the felt surface of the roulette table. Hope laced through the desperation gripping her chest as she pushed the chips onto the square marked seventeen. Numbers had never been her friend and lately luck hadn’t been going her way, but seventeen was her favorite number. When she’d turned seventeen, she’d pocketed one of the false IDs her foster mother had counterfeited and bolted for freedom, leaving the East Coast and its troubles behind.

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

The hero, Adrian Tavonesi is a world-class polo player. But off the field he is determined to make the world a better place and be worthy of his vast fortune by developing a vineyard business that serves the welfare of his employees and is also environmentally sound. Heroine Natasha Raley is a brilliant woman with a devastating disability: severe dyslexia makes in nearly impossible for her to read even the simplest of sentences. A badly placed bet lands Natasha in a home less shelter. When the two of them meet at a masquerade ball, each has good reasons for hiding their true identity from the other.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Both Natasha and Adrian have a wicked sense of humor.

 

The First kiss…

Without the shelter of the trees, the wind whipped through her hoodie. The sweat from the exertion of hard hiking clung to her skin, soaking her cotton T-shirt and chilling her. Goosebumps formed on her legs. She shouldn’t have worn shorts. But goosebumps were the least of her worries.
“You’re cold,” Adrian said as he dropped the pack to the ground and rummaged through it. He held her windbreaker for her as she slipped into it. Her fingers were like icicles as she fumbled with the zipper.
He bent down and closed his hand over hers.
“Let me help you.”
She dropped her hands to her sides and watched his hands as he fit the zipper together and tugged it up to just below her chin.
Their gazes met.
So close, their breaths mingled, and she felt the heat of his against her cheek.
She raised her hand and traced her finger along the strong plane of his jaw.
Longing drew her closer. She felt held in his gaze in a way that soothed even as it unsettled. He touched his lips gently to hers, inviting, asking. She closed her eyes, swallowing the dark shadow of fear that rose in her throat and met his invitation by parting her lips.
He pressed his hand to her waist and drew her closer. She felt the strong muscles of his back under her palms as she pressed her body to his. His tongue teased hers, and she melted into the dizzying bliss of their kiss. This melting, transporting bliss was what kissing a man was supposed to feel like. This was what movies showed and stories talked about

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

Since I don’t want to use a spoiler, I would use the scene at the masquerade when Adrian and Natasha first meet:

When the music stopped, she felt like a woman waking from a delicious dream. But within seconds her thoughts rushed in, calling her defenses back into place like sentinels that had waited at the ready, unhappy to have been dismissed for even the briefest of moments.
“Let’s get some air,” he said. “There’s a terrace just outside the back of this tent.”
Air. Yes, air would help her return to her senses.
He took two glasses of champagne from a passing waiter and handed one to her.
The night had turned cool, the perfect drop in temperature that would lead to this season’s best grapes. The fog hadn’t yet come in, but there was a distinct chill in the evening air.
He whisked off the black doublet he wore and wrapped it around her shoulders.
“Thank you,” she said, finding her voice.
Several couples were seated near heaters at small tables lit by candlelight. Their mingled voices and laughter rippled into Natasha. Had she ever really had fun? She couldn’t remember.
“The stars are especially bright tonight. No moon,” he said.
She looked up, but he wasn’t looking at the stars. He was looking at her.
“Tell me something about you,” he said softly.
“We’re not supposed to exchange information,” she answered.
“Only identifying information is off limits. Tell me about something you love.”
Under normal circumstances she would’ve said Tyler. She sorted through possible responses and found she wanted to answer. Wanted to share some part of her with this mysterious man. But not without a reciprocal exchange.
“If I do, then after, you tell me something. One thing that you love.”
“With pleasure.”
His accent perhaps explained his rather formal English. She liked the way he spoke, the way his words wound together in unusual patterns and his accent made the words stand out, familiar yet not familiar. For so many years she’d honed her ability to listen, to see, to use her senses to make up for her struggles with written words. She was reaping the reward for honing those senses tonight. With this man in this magical setting.
She hugged her elbows close to her chest. “I love plants, everything about them. Their beauty. Tenacity. Fragility. They speak my language.”
He raised a brow, barely visible above his black mask. “Then we have more in common than loving to dance.”
“I didn’t say I loved to dance,” she said, glad that it was dark and he couldn’t see the heat creep into her cheeks.
“You didn’t have to.”
If she’d known how intimate dancing with him would feel, would she have agreed to dance? Already she felt that she’d stepped into a world with signs and signals she couldn’t read. With sensations that tumbled her thoughts and teased at her carefully held boundaries. But perhaps she was like a prisoner kept too long in a dark cell. She longed for color. For song and dance and laughter. To surrender, if only for a moment.
If only there wouldn’t be consequences.
But there were. There always would be.

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I am beyond excited bout my next book, A VERY DARING CHRISTMAS, available e on pre-order now.
In this newest book in the Tavonesi Series, an invitation to join his teammate for Christmas throws sports phenom Jake Ryder straight into the path of Hollywood sensation Cameron Kelley, the one woman he’s fighting to forget.
A surprise invitation to Trovare Castle throws them together once more. A mysterious prince and a fatherless boy complicate their already tense reunion, but they soon discover that the greatest dare is the one that leads to true love.
 

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Excerpt from Love in the Vineyard:

He couldn’t know how much she would like to do exactly that.
Yet Natasha’s fears of giving over to the sensations jolting through her at his touch were stronger than her impulse to let go and enjoy the evening, the moment and the man. Her lucky night, he’d said. She didn’t want to think about luck. She’d had the dream again the previous night—always the same sequence of events, always the same words. It wasn’t right. Surely her mother wouldn’t mock her from the grave.
But the man’s firm leading caught her up, and soon she was twirling and dipping and dancing and laughing.
Until the music ended.
And Natasha snapped back into the room.
She stepped away from his hold. A rush of coolness swept between them as if someone had opened a door or a window, but there was neither in sight. He dipped his head toward hers and she panicked, thinking he was going to kiss her.
“One more?” he asked, smiling. “And then we should get something to drink.”
Relieved that all he wanted was a dance, she nodded.
But then the DJ cued a slow song, a song she’d never heard before. As his hand slipped to her back and down to her waist and he drew her close, her heart rumbled a beat far faster than the slow tempo of the lovely ballad.
He ran his other hand along her arm until his fingertips met hers. He twined his fingers in hers, then lifted their joined hands and rested them against his chest. Through the edge of her palm, she felt his heart beating, keeping time with hers, keeping a tempo that had nothing to do with the DJ or the party or the place. She tilted her head back and caught him smiling down at her as he swayed and drew her into the first slow steps of the dance. The music played not only around her but through her, melding with the beat of his heart against her palm and the feel of his other hand at her back, guiding her, meeting her, caressing her.
And she let go. Surrendered to the pulse of energy flowing in her. And danced with the mysterious man with the beguiling smile.
When the music stopped, she felt like a woman waking from a delicious dream. But within seconds her thoughts rushed in, calling her defenses back into place like sentinels that had waited at the ready, unhappy to have been dismissed for even the briefest of moments.
“Let’s get some air,” he said. “There’s a terrace just outside the back of this tent.”
Air. Yes, air would help her return to her senses.
He took two glasses of champagne from a passing waiter and handed one to her.
The night had turned cool, the perfect drop in temperature that would lead to this season’s best grapes. The fog hadn’t yet come in, but there was a distinct chill in the evening air.
He whisked off the black doublet he wore and wrapped it around her shoulders.
“Thank you,” she said, finding her voice.
Several couples were seated near heaters at small tables lit by candlelight. Their mingled voices and laughter rippled into Natasha. Had she ever really had fun? She couldn’t remember.
“The stars are especially bright tonight. No moon,” he said.
She looked up, but he wasn’t looking at the stars. He was looking at her.
“Tell me something about you,” he said softly.
“We’re not supposed to exchange information,” she answered.
“Only identifying information is off limits. Tell me about something you love.”
Under normal circumstances she would’ve said Tyler. She sorted through possible responses and found she wanted to answer. Wanted to share some part of her with this mysterious man. But not without a reciprocal exchange.
“If I do, then after, you tell me something. One thing that you love.”
“With pleasure.”
His accent perhaps explained his rather formal English. She liked the way he spoke, the way his words wound together in unusual patterns and his accent made the words stand out, familiar yet not familiar. For so many years she’d honed her ability to listen, to see, to use her senses to make up for her struggles with written words. She was reaping the reward for honing those senses tonight. With this man in this magical setting.
She hugged her elbows close to her chest. “I love plants, everything about them. Their beauty. Tenacity. Fragility. They speak my language.”
He raised a brow, barely visible above his black mask. “Then we have more in common than loving to dance.”
“I didn’t say I loved to dance,” she said, glad that it was dark and he couldn’t see the heat creep into her cheeks.
“You didn’t have to.”
If she’d known how intimate dancing with him would feel, would she have agreed to dance? Already she felt that she’d stepped into a world with signs and signals she couldn’t read. With sensations that tumbled her thoughts and teased at her carefully held boundaries. But perhaps she was like a prisoner kept too long in a dark cell. She longed for color. For song and dance and laughter. To surrender, if only for a moment.
If only there wouldn’t be consequences.
But there were. There always would be.

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Book Info:

A one-night stand brought Natasha Raley the greatest gift of her life—her son. She wants to give him a better life than she had, but a gambling bet lands both of them in a homeless shelter. When the shelter director gives her a ticket to a masquerade ball, Natasha finds herself dancing with the most intriguing and mysterious man she’s ever met.
Adrian Tavonesi is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California, determined to be worthy of his vast fortune by making the world a better place. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.
As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other threaten to ruin everything. Adrian is kind, generous, and sincere—Natasha knows he would be the ideal father for her son. But will her past and the devastating gamble she once made destroy her new world? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to the perfect, ever-lasting love?
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Meet the Author:

Pamela AaresPamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family.
Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.
Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.
Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination.
If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at http://www.PamelaAares.com.

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31 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Love in the Vineyard by Pamela Aares”

  1. Suzanne

    I gave up my career so that I could go with him on his job. I did not even think it over, just went with him.

  2. marcyshuler

    I took my first flight across the country alone to meet someone I’d only spoken to over the phone and through letters. This was before the internet.

  3. kermitsgirl

    I’m not sure I’ve ever done anything really daring in the pursuit of love. I did take an older boy’s AIM screen name at a party, knowing my mother wouldn’t approve (he was my brother’s age and in college, and I was a senior in high school). We ended up dating for 2 years.

  4. lrhubble

    it wasn’t at first for true love but lead to it – moving to a completely new city and state and not knowing anyone when I first moved.

  5. Bonnie Gonzales

    Taped a piece of fabric with my perfume on under his cars bumper, think I read about it in a teen magazine.

  6. Pennie

    Canceled wedding plans and eloped, married 26 years to my best friend and would not change a thing!

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