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     @#!%$^&**$#!!!!!

     Really hate it when technical glitches get in the way of production. When I worked at a daily newspaper, I learned that a certain Anglo-Saxon profanity had been created centuries in advance for the precise moment when a computer crashes right before deadline.
     Production of this novel has been plagued by infectious tech SNAFU. From the WordPerfect files that reverted repeatedly to letter size despite the fact that I specified 6×9″, to our current cover issues. My talented artist Jocelyn Bailey and I have been working around the clock literally to iron these problems out. Just got word that we have to make one more fix on the cover.
     Fingers crossed and le cunamh Dé, once this is done all I have to do is take a quick peek at the final proof and OK it. The book will be available on Amazon.com right away and in the hands of local books stores and some wineries soon after.
     So watch this space, my friends. And could you cross your fingers for us… please!

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Here’s the design for the book’s cover. It was done by Jocelyn Bailey, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo. Jocelyn also designed the cover for my first novel. She felt it was important to retain a similar feel between both designs, with the graded tones. This cover was purposefully done in Riesling-ish yellow-greens, symbolizing the signature wine of the Finger Lakes.
     Once this is finished, it will be uploaded and I should get the final proof from the publisher in a couple of days. Can’t wait!

Met with the cover artist, Jocelyn Bailey, last night to preview the design for the book. Love it! Very Riesling … you’ll understand soon. Book will be sent off this week. Should be out very soon!

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What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

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The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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