Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

My friends, I have a special treat for you today. I am here to introduce you to the inestimable majesty that is Amor Towles’ newest novel, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. I have written before that life often hands you the book you most need at exactly the time you most need it, and I find it…

Read More

The Literary Libations Secret: How to Pair Famous Books with Great Drinks, Explained with Funny Gifs and Sample Pairings

LITERARY LIBATIONS, the book I’m working on, is great fun because it allows me to spend a lot of time doing two of my favorite things in the world: reading and drinking. But writing drink pairings for famous books isn’t as easy as tossing back a cocktail or two, sitting in a leather armchair, and…

Read More

Literary Libations: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Check it out! The newest episode of the Literary Libations video series is out today. You’ll find out what to drink when you sit down with Ernest Hemingway’s FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, and you might even learn something about Hemingway himself. Enjoy!

Read More

New Book Alert! LITERARY LIBATIONS to Be Published by Skyhorse Press

It is my great pleasure to announce that my forthcoming LITERARY LIBATIONS: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU READ has been contracted for publication by Skyhorse Press in Fall of 2018!

Read More

Book Review: “The Vintner’s Daughter” by Kristen Harnisch

Last week I blogged about attending the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I met so many fantastic agents, editors, and writers there, some of whom I hope will be contacts for years to come. One of the most astounding connections I made was with author Kristen Harnisch, who lectured at a session…

Read More

Ambition & Abandonment

2014 really started out with a bang. My debut novel, The Sowing, has been doing great on Amazon and other online retailers. I finished writing the first draft of the second book in the trilogy, The Reaping, in late December. I’m working on a novella set in the same world, from a different character’s perspective, TBR in…

Read More

In The Cave of a Natural Winery

Whew! It’s been a crazy week. I got a really bad fever and head cold on Wednesday, was completely zonked out on Thursday, worked all day Friday, went to Strasbourg on Saturday, and yesterday spent all morning sleeping/napping and all afternoon hiking around the Vosges mountains. I hope that excuses my lack of blogging for…

Read More

Mission Statement: WWOOF

So, a lot of people have been asking what I’m doing here, in France. Why I decided to come here. Some people seem to think I’m here on whimsy, some sort of pleasure cruise through the winemaking countryside of Europe. One friend asked me if I was a “trust fund baby”, because, of course, how…

Read More

And Then I Found Myself

Over the last few days, I have found myself in a number of places and situations that, whether expected or unexpected, took me by surprise. They were also largely beyond my control. Alas, I don’t think that after three days here I can say that I have truly “found” myself in any meaningful sense of…

Read More