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It’s a Zin to Tell a Lie by Pamela Gibson πŸ’• Book Blitz & Gift Card Giveaway πŸ’• (Contemporary Romance)




Emma Bradford, world class pianist, is tired of living out of suitcases and wants to change her career. When she returns to Napa to consider her options and play for a friend’s wedding, she discovers a nasty surprise. The man who called off their engagement two years ago will also be there and there’s no way to avoid him.

Antonio Reynoso is a dissolute playboy living on a Caribbean island. At least that’s what he’s let his family believe. He’s purposely stayed away so he won’t be tempted to break a promise and try to win back the only woman he’s ever loved.

But when he and Emma are unexpectedly thrown together during a violent storm, Antonio’s resolve begins to weaken and he wonders if leaving her had been a mistake. His wine country family says yes, and with a little well-intentioned meddling, he and Emma might just get a second chance.


Emma padded back in wearing baggy yoga pants and a long T-shirt. She’d combed her hair and secured it loosely with a scrunchie. The pants were a bit short, but she looked more comfortable.  

“The pearls are a nice touch.”

“I’d take them off, but I don’t want to lose them.”

“Your mom’s. I remember.”

She sat on the edge of the bed and curled up in one of the blankets. The walls seemed to be shaking, and a roaring gust blew open the French doors to the balcony, knocking over the lamp while several perfume bottles on the dresser flew across the room.  Emma screamed. Tony leaped up and strained to close and lock the doors. 

“We’re going to have to move the dresser in front. Are you up to the challenge?”

“Tell me what to do.” 

“Go over to the closet and slip into whatever shoes can cover most of your feet. Then help me push this sucker over to the doors.” He’d already moved the chair out of the way. They worked together and inched the heavy piece of furniture. When it was positioned in front of the doors, they both collapsed on the bed.

“My arms feel like lead weights,” she said. 

“What are you talking about? Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t have done better.”

“Ha.” 

Tony rolled onto his side, propping his head on his hand. “Em, try to get some sleep. You have to be exhausted.”

“I can’t. Are we going to die, Tony?”

“No.” He drew back the bed covers. “Crawl in and lie down.” He turned off one of the two battery-operated candles, filling the room with a soft glow, then lay down next to her and brought her in close to his body. “I won’t let anything happen to you.”

  He arranged his arm under her and tucked her head against his shoulder. She closed her eyes and, with body heat keeping her warm, exhaustion won and she finally fell asleep. 

God, he loved this woman. How could he have let her go? Her career sounded draining rather than exciting, and it made him rethink the conversations they had about how she wanted something different…a home, children, him.

He tightened his hold and buried his nose in her hair. It smelled like lavender. If he kissed her, she would taste like peppermints. No, she said she didn’t have any. She’d taste like zinfandel. 

His heart thumped as his throat tightened. Had he thrown away the only woman who ever meant anything to him because of a lie? Had her father lied to him when he said she was hell-bent on a career and would resent him if he married her and kept her and her incredible talent buried in the Napa Valley? 

He was so convincing. But he’s a lawyer. It was his job to be convincing. 

Emma had sounded tired. Defeated. 

He tightened his hold as the hurricane whistled and thundered around them, the sounds as loud as a jet engine, the walls shaking. 

He’d promised to keep her safe. God, he hoped he could manage it.



  




Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso is furious. After a six-year absence, her boss—big-city entrepreneur Jake Madison—has returned, only to announce he’s selling the vineyard. Paige has always dreamed of buying Garnet Hill, which sits on land where her ancestors first settled, but without the cash, she’s out of luck. And then there’s an even bigger problem…she has a serious thing for the surprisingly tempting man who’s just destroyed her dream.Jake’s in a tight spot. With his other business ventures struggling, he needs cash—fast. The last thing he needs is the too-lovely Paige convincing him the grapes are an effective long-term investment. Or needing Paige herself, whose spirit and heart bring his to life. But as their attraction grows, Jake knows he’s not in a position to offer her anything beyond this moment. Because Jake has a big secret…and it has nothing to do with sour grapes.


  






This bad boy just got an eight-year-old surprise...Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is in a small seaside town in California to evaluate an old mansion. When the home’s owner shows up to “help” the evaluation along, Lindsay is furious. Especially as the owner is former bad-boy tennis star Christopher Brandt...her one-time fling and the father of Lindsay’s son. Only he doesn’t know it.As far as Chris is concerned, the old mansion is tied to a past he’s better off leaving behind. He’d rather bulldoze the thing and move on. If only his gorgeous consultant would let him. Even while fighting over the demolition, the chemistry that once brought them together is smoldering stronger than ever.But honesty is very important to Chris, and Lindsay has an eight-year-old secret...


  








Is it love or just another Napa crush?

Always impulsive, winery event planner Mariel Reynoso dreams of earning the respect of her family by proving she is as competent as her successful older sisters. When an arrogant ex-lover threatens to get in the way of her promotion, she decides to find a fake boyfriend to discourage him.

Zack Leoni is big, sexy, and intimidating. Best of all? He owes her.

Now a Deputy Sheriff, Zack is a man whose career is in danger. Falsely accused of a crime, he’s got time on his hands while an investigation concludes. When Mariel asks him to help her, he’s shocked. Five years ago he embarrassed her in public, an action he’s long regretted. A chance to make it up to her is just what he needs. The problem is he might not be able to keep his hands off her.

Old hurts quickly disappear as proximity flares into passion. But Zack and Mariel must learn to trust each other before their relationship can mature and be as intense and satisfying as a bottle of fine Merlot.


  






Is it friendship or is it love?

Sarah James has always wanted to be part of a family. Her divorced parents are estranged and she has no siblings. But she does have friends, especially Sam, who’s always underfoot…eating her food, fixing stuff in her house, and seeking advice about his love life.

Aspiring winemaker Sam Reynoso has taken care of Sarah since the sixth grade. She’s smart, comfortable, and indulgent. They’re best friends until a wine and food pairing competition throws them together in an intimate, tension-filled setting.  As feelings neither of them expected start to emerge, each will have to decide if their new relationship will evolve , or if their newfound love will be nipped in the bud by a crushing secret.


  






Can she trust a man who broke her heart?

Spunky Beth Sawyer is determined to save a debt-ridden historic house she inherited from her grandmother. The Victorian mansion might be spared foreclosure if she can get a handful of cranky boarders out in time to open a bed and breakfast. Instead they’ve declared war and enlisted the aid of a man who still holds a piece of her heart.

After a dangerous assignment nearly takes his life, investigative reporter Aiden Reynoso limps home to Santa Marta to recover and rethink his career. He craves peace. Instead he finds chaos and a sexy new landlady, one he reluctantly left years ago after a brief fling.

The cliff-side mansion guards its secrets well, and so does Beth. Her beloved grandmother had an obsession. If revealed, it will ruin her reputation in a town that revere’s her memory. But the clock is ticking and Beth needs an ally. Can she trust a man who once broke her heart or is she destined to fight alone while her dreams turn as sour as spoiled wine.


  


Author of eight books on California history and fifteen romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of Ralph, the Rescue Cat. If you want to learn more about her activities go to https://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her quarterly newsletter and occasional blog. Or follow her in these places:


    

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