Please welcome Aria Glazki here today! I can’t wait to read her new book, Tasting Temptation! Ooh, and she has a giveaway for you…
After last summer’s failed attempt at romance, Gina is absolutely done with men. And especially with millionaires. She has a good job as a fashion editor and amazing friends, and she’s decided she needs nothing else. All she really misses is the sex. But that rush just isn’t worth the risk of being ensnared in another relationship. When the hot bartender at her best friend’s Sonoma wedding suggests some harmless stress relief, she takes him up on the offer. When it’s sufficiently satisfactory, she indulges in a repeat–for the road. When she learns he’s actually the wealthy owner of the vineyard, the mix of fury and fear is damped only by the knowledge that she never has to see him again.
Hunter Cavaliere is determined to honor his grandfather’s legacy, and so far, he’s right on track. The vineyard is thriving, he has plans for expansion, and his wines speak for themselves. The only thing missing is the right woman to share it all. But through his grandparents’ marriage, Hunter learned what true love is, and he’s unwilling to settle for anything else. A woman who judges him because of his money definitely isn’t high up on his list. Still, when circumstance unbelievably keeps bumping him into the intriguing brunette from Portland, he can’t shake the feeling that she is someone he should pursue.
Gina’s poised to run the other way, but one more taste of Hunter may just prove too tempting to resist.
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Watering the Seeds of a Story
Where a story starts and where it began can mean very different things. Tasting Temptation starts in an alteration shop, but it began in a bar.
At the end of Mending Heartstrings, it was clear that the next book in this world would need to be Gina’s. (Don’t worry, Tasting Temptation is complete entirely on its own—you do not need to have read Mending Heartstrings first.) Still, months spanned between knowing this story was next and having an idea of where to start, and I can tell you the precise moment that changed.
About three years ago (June of 2013), in Paris, I went out with a couple of friends, one of whom suggested we visit the bar where his boyfriend worked, a place called freedj. His boyfriend, who managed this bar, came out to say hello and was promptly convinced to create his special drink for us—a delicious chocolaty concoction.
Amid the low lighting and the pounding music, one patron caught my eye. Though there wasn’t a clear dance floor in the front room, there this guy was, emphatically dancing away on his own to the music. It was this bizarre combination of sad and empowering, yet leaning a bit toward creepy as he bodily tried to convince others to join him, mostly by grinding on unsuspecting strangers. And as far as I could see, I was the only woman in the room at the time.
For whatever reason, something about this place—the name, the vibe, the lone dancer—clicked in my head. It seemed like a great setting for a scene between Gina and one of her friends Roger, both of whom start this book single but with very different opinions about being on their own. Honest to goodness, I pulled out a receipt and pen from my purse and started taking notes right there, even though I could barely see what I was writing.
Picturing these characters in a similar bar, trying to find a good guy for Roger, very quickly sparked the idea for the first scene in the book, where Roger bemoans having to go to a friend’s wedding alone. Many of these details from freedj were adapted to what is now Chapter Six, and that’s how Tasting Temptation was born! I even still have the receipt with the very first scribbles that many months later grew into this book. And now, three years later, it’s out in the world—with due reference to freedj, the place where it all began.
Aria Glazki’s first kiss technically came from a bear cub. Though no fairytale transformation followed, she still believes magic can happen when the right people come together—if they don’t get in their own way, that is. So now Aria writes heartfelt romances about relatable people overcoming real-world obstacles to build love that lasts.