Vendange - Tales of monsieur petit pois - écossais!
Vendange is the French word for harvesting wine - these short stories are 'grape
Very few people are fortunate enough to be mentored in fine wine. I was lucky and the
instruction I received over many French lunches and dinners opened my eyes to the
complexities of fine wine and how the choice of the right wine for a particular dish
elevates the experience from mere grazing to hedonistic delights.
I wanted to learn more about wine and decided to go and make the vendange in whit is
arguably one of the finest areas of wine in the world - the Haut Médoc - north of
Bordeaux. What started as a 'one off' visit turned into an annual pilgrimage covering
seven years during which I found out everything I wanted to about the subject.
Vendange isn't though a dry book about the wine making process - more a collection of
anecdotes gathered in my pannier along the way. It started in the autumn of 1979 and
finished in 1986 and during that time, the wine industry changed forever. I was lucky
enough to witness the changes.
What some reviewers say:-
"Reading these stories brightened by life and lifted my spirit" Barbara Golden
"At first, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's very hard to find good short stories
but I'm glad I found this. Terrific!" John Asgard
"I'll never drink the same again!!!" Brian C. Smith
New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.
Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.
This cheerful Christmas book for kids has simple lower case text and clear, legible, numbers so little learners will be able to identify and follow along with the story. Each of the 12 Days of Christmas has its own page, complete with the number of the day and a matching number of items to count.
Children will have fun reading along with the main character, Ella, as she invites readers to join her and her Daddy in reading and counting each of the 12 Days of Christmas. It is sure to become one of your little one's favorite Christmas books for Kindle.
John Rockman and the Trials of Galactar by the Prince of Galactar is a book unlike any book you have ever read before. This purposely dreadful descent into the void of Science Fiction adventure offers an incredibly hilarious satirical rendition of current Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as a window into the narcissistic and complicated mind of the author that writes it.
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A muscular hero by the name of John Rockman pilots his spaceship JULIE towards the planet Pergos to deliver unspecified, important cargo. He and his voluptuous crewmate, Maria Ozone, are intercepted by a powerful foe with a grudge. Now the heroic and supremely hairy Rockman and the beautiful, yet unhelpful, Maria, must escape the clutches of an evil Prince of a foreign world in order to save an entire planet, even if it means Rockman must fight in the biggest Gladiator Trials in the Universe!
'Rockman had to write a little code himself, in his head. He wrote an entirely new mind program at that moment and it had only one function: resolve.'
'“Where y’all from?” he spattered towards Rockman.
“Ya’ll?” Rockman grew a little more impatient.
“Ya’ll ain’t with the little lady we found?” the top hatted human spoke questioningly.
Rockman didn’t have time to decipher this ancient dialect, he had an END SCENARIO button to find.'
'She placed her hand on the ledge of the window and, after a time, the heat from the three suns of Galactar burned her. Kind of like how Rockman burned her when he was given enough time - Rockman was like the three suns of Galactar in that regard. Also, he was hot. Also, he had a pull on her, like the gravity of three suns. In addition to those things, Rockman lit up her light-day like suns are wont to do - only he lit her light-day up three times as much as a normal sun, like the three suns of Galactar did.'
About the Author:
-- Ron Jockman is a master of many arts, and currently living in southeast Africa. There, from his self-built home, he is teaching english to the less able and spreading stories of heroism and strength where it is needed most. He has daily book signings with the local people, and is seen as a Demi-God to the primitive tribes. Ron Jockman obtained his GED in the state of Maine circa 1986 and went on to get his Certificate of Achievement in the Creative Writing chapter of the local Monastery. Unfortunately, the monastery was later the target of arsonists, rendering his Certificate of Achievement void to the state of Maine, but Ron continues to take what he has learned in his time with the Monks of Maine (M.o.M.) and implement it very successfully and artfully into his work. Ron also enjoys playing drums very well and creating magnificent watercolor landscapes. --
But when Detective Grant Carter knocks on her door two years after the accident, Marxie’s carefully rebuilt world turns upside down once more. The grim detective gives Marxie unimaginable news: Evan’s body has been found in a nearby canal.
Desperate for answers, Marxie embarks on a fascinating, complex and heart-wrenching journey to find out exactly what happened to the man she loved. And though the intriguing detective may be working under ulterior motives, he puts his whole being into helping the young widow bring closure to a mystery that haunts her every waking moment. Together, Grant and Marxie work to unearth a secret that runs as deep and murky as Savannah’s canals.
"Once again Stephanie Morrill has perfectly captured the joys and dramas of a teen girl's world. This is one 'sweet' read!" ~ Jenny B. Jones, Award-winning author of THERE YOU'LL FIND ME & A Charmed Life series
"THE REVISED LIFE OF ELLIE SWEET is a fast-paced, fun story with vividly real characters. Touching on lots of the everyday issues teens face, it is an intriguing look at relationships and high school ups and downs. A must-read for young adults, who will relate to Ellie and her struggles to be true to herself." ~ Melanie Dickerson, Award-winning author of THE FAIREST BEAUTY, THE MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER, and THE HEALER'S APPRENTICE
"Glimpsing a peek inside Ellie's thoughts and fears brought back reminders of my own teen journey, when life was messy, complicated, and out of control. Ellie offers a heartfelt and highly entertaining warning of what happens when we insist on doing it all ourselves--and the blessings that come when we let go." ~ Betsy St. Amant, Author of ADDISON BLAKELY, CONFESSIONS OF A PK
Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since.
Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com.
Holly thinks Nick is a careless loser. Nick thinks Holly is a too-serious choir nerd. Can one party and a crime spree change their minds about each other? And can Nick and Holly remember the miracle of Christmas and find the answers to some of their hidden questions?
Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold.
Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it. . . .
New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.
Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa Mercer's girls is an escape from the griefs of her past. She's not supposed to be a bride, though, just a cook for the girls. But when they land, she's handed to Joe Denton and the two find themselves in a knotty situation. She refuses to wed him and he's about to lose his land. With only a few months left, can Joe convince this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
Sixteen-year-old Janelle knows something's not right with her father when they move to their new home in Florida. He refuses to evacuate them from the coast when a hurricane bears down on them, despite the fact that all their neighbors have gone. Even worse, it seems like there's something he wants to tell her, something terrifying, but he's not quite opening up.
Then Janelle's life flips upside down when a teenage boy, Gary, materializes out of the storm right in front of her. He bears a strange marking on his arm, a gray spiral that matches the one she was born with. Perhaps her strange birthmark means something after all. But when she points out Gary's mark to her father, he refuses to speak more about it.
It's up to Janelle to find the truth about the connection she and Gary share. When she tracks Gary down again and discovers it, it's far more terrifying than she could ever imagine: she and Gary share a powerful, deadly curse. Worse, learning the truth is only the start of Janelle's horrifying adventure into a world she had never imagined.
***Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series) is a 2010 Amazon Breatkthrough Novel Awards Semifinalist in the Young Adult category***
"Meteorology may seem an odd literary motivation, but this novel puts weather at the center of a solid young adult fantasy-adventure."--Publishers Weekly
***Books 2-5 of the Destroyers Series are now available***
Inferno (#2 Destroyers Series)
Outbreak (#3 Destroyers Series)
Frostbite (#4 Destroyers Series)
Ancient (#5 Destroyers Series)
Also by Holly Hook:
2:20 #1 Timeless Trilogy)
Rita Morse and the Sinister Shadow
Rita Morse and the Treacherous Traitor
After These Messages
***About the Author***
Holly Hook is the author of the Destroyers Series, which consists of five young adult books about teens who are walking disasters...literally. She is also the author of the Rita Morse series, a young adult fantasy series still in progress, and After These Messages, a short ya comedy. When not writing, she enjoys reading books for teens, especially ya fantasy and paranormal series with a unique twist.
Captain Nova Whiteside is assigned to the elite Vanguard task force assembled to combat an increasingly dangerous rebel force. Her no-nonsense new commander is of an enigmatic and reclusive species that soon figures most decisively in the balance of power.
Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Commonwealth-dominated Targon sector where the line between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur.
On their quest to recover a dangerous, living weapon in rebel hands it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people and Nova must choose between duty to her command and loyalty to her friends.
Although the Targon Tales are numbered chronologically, each book is a complete adventure. The volumes describe common themes, settings and characters but can be read in any order. chrisreher.com
"More adventures with the fiery redhead as she dazzles the universe. Chris You are headed to the top of my author list with this series. I know who I want as my co-pilot when I go to space."