Blog Tour ~ New Year's in Napa by Elisabeth Barrett Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

It is my pleasure to have Elisabeth Barrett here today talking about her latest release in a special holiday...

Is it too early to think about New Year’s? For me, that holiday packs a mighty wallop. The old year is ending and a new one is beginning. Time to let go of things you’re holding on to, and open yourself up to new possibilities. It’s nostalgic and sad and poignant and hopeful, all at the same time. When I was younger (but old enough to babysit), my siblings and I would stay at home while my parents went to a New Year’s party. We’d sit around and watch TV to see the ball drop in Times Square and toss confetti in the air at the stroke of midnight.

And then, being the good children we were, we’d pick up all that confetti. Every last piece.

For many adults, New Year’s carries with it a sense of tension about where (and with whom) to be as midnight approaches. I’ve gone through many stages of comfort (or discomfort) during various New Year’s, depending on whether I felt like I was on the right path (or not). The awkward college years, the (slightly) more sophisticated grad school ones, the footloose-and-fancy-free post-grad days—and now, when I always feel like I’m in the right place on New Year’s Eve because I’m with the man I love (hi, Mr. B!).

Mandy Aligheri, the heroine in New Year’s in Napa, really isn’t sure what she’s going to be doing on New Year’s Eve. She’s gone up to Napa after Christmas (at the bequest of friends), and plans to stay for a few days and then return to her Silicon Valley laboratory where work awaits. Except there’s an issue—she starts to fall for Liam Flynn, a guy with whom she has history—and when he invites her to join him at his family winery’s New Year’s party, she’s sorely tempted to accept. It takes a lot for Mandy to overcome her issues and open up her heart, but celebrating New Year’s in Napa with a sexy winemaker who wants nothing more than to be her forever guy is a good place to start.

When I was writing the book, the famous Frank Loesser song, What are you Doing New Year’s Eve? kept running through my head. Here are the first couple of stanzas:

Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight

When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Year’s Eve

It’s a sad song. Wistful and melancholy when you listen to it. But it’s hopeful too, and I love it. And this New Year’s, while I’m curled up with Mr. B in front of the fire with our kids sleeping soundly in their beds, I think I’ll sing it to him.  ~Elisabeth

What special New Year's memories! Thank you for stopping by and sharing part of what inspired you to write this story. ~Grace

Title: New Year's in Napa
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Series: West Coast Holiday #2
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars - Excellent

About New Year’s in Napa:
Driven by guilt, biotechnology researcher Amanda Aligheri spends every waking moment in her Silicon Valley laboratory. Desperate for a change, she makes a New Year’s resolution: go to Napa, relax, and achieve some balance. The problem? There’s no chance to soul-search while tempting-as-sin winemaker Liam Flynn is around. Mandy and Liam have history together, and one glance at his easy smile reminds her exactly why she fell for him the first time.

A software engineer at heart, Liam Flynn left a lucrative position at a San Francisco tech company in order to help his dad manage their third-generation family winery, and he’s done his best to take the business to the next level. Two years ago, sparks flew between Liam and Mandy, but the moment he mentioned commitment, she turned and fled back to the safety of her lab. When Mandy shows up at his winery, she’s just as beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn as he remembers…but this time Liam isn’t giving up without a fight.

Will one romantic, wintery week in Napa be enough for Liam to convince Mandy he’s the one for her, or when the new year comes will she forget about her resolution and return to Silicon Valley—and her research—without him?

A delightful holiday read!

I was first introduced to Amanda as Ann’s best friend in Christmas in Tahoe.  There was just enough of Mandy in that story to spark enough interest for me to want to know more about her, and Elisabeth Barrett did not disappoint!

Two years ago Mandy and Liam shared a searing kiss, and then she quickly ran off to delve into her lab work…nonstop. When she heads to Napa for some relaxation and to meet up with some close friends at Liam’s winery, she has to revisit the emotions she desperately tried to bury a few years back.

I loved, loved, loved this holiday novella! Mandy is fiercely loyal to her work, and Liam is fiercely loyal to his family. Both teach and take away something from the other while sharing some pretty serious, sizzling heat.  I adore the setting of this story so much that I found Ms. Barrett beautifully paints the Napa Valley landscape with memorable descriptions and scenes.

New Year’s in Napa can be read as a stand-alone. It’s one of those quick holiday reads that you spend a quiet afternoon curling up with. There’s very little drama and what drama there is isn’t really over the top. It’s a story about learning to live life and embracing love. Such a romantic and delightful holiday read!

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About Elisabeth
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won't eat, and sing in grand choruses.
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Elisabeth is giving away one e-copy of New Year's in Napa