MBA&M PROUDLY PRESENTS….
CATHERINE MACDONALD AND SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD!
ABOUT CATHERINE MACDONALD
Catherine MacDonald graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Communication Arts. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. A former school teacher, she owns and operates several small businesses with her husband. She was the vice-president of the Romance Writers of Nevada before it disbanded in 2002. Her published works include The Jeweled Path, Divine Diva, Comstock Rose, Road Queens, Coming Home, and The Way. She is a Reiki Master Teacher who has pursued the Diva trail for over twenty years and she urges everyone to empower their life by accessing their own power and creating the life they deserve atwww.supernovel.com/blog.
Her latest book is Seasons of the Vineyard.
You can visit her website at http://www.supernovel.com/
NOW WITHOUT FURTHER WELCOME CATHERINE!
MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “Seasons of the Vineyard”?
CM: The inspiration behind Seasons was a visit to Italy. We stayed in a home outside of Sienna, in Tuscany. (Okay, this was a cottage built in 1400, but it had be remodeled some.) We visited many vineyards and I wondered what it would be like to own and operate a vineyard. I fell in love with the Italian way of life. They enjoy their food and wine, and like the French, it is an artform.
MBA&M: What influences you while writing?
CM: Usually, I play classical music to put my mind in the zone. I derive my ideas from real life, and I ask myself the question: What if?
MBA&M: What scene in “Seasons of the Vineyard” stands out to you and why?
CM: The harvest stands out. The entire story built up for that moment when Francesca was rewarded for all her hard work and she understood that love was the final ingredient in the wine. Without love, the grapes will not transform–just like in life for all of us. Everything is better when it is sprinkled with love.
MBA&M: Give our readers some background on Vineyards?the research required in writing to achieve the authenticity about Vineyards?
CM: I read extensively about vineyards, visited vineyards, and learned about what it would take to operate one. At one time I had the romantic dream of owning and operating a vineyard, but it’s going to remain a dream. Weather can be fickle and so can the consumer.
Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today! What an interesting concept “Vineyards”!
ABOUT SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD
Francesca Bernard receives a call from Enrico, the foreman on the family vineyard telling her that her father has driven the truck through the barn and doesn’t remember. Reluctantly, Francesca returns with her son and notices the changes in her father and the vineyard. The vineyard is struggling and her father is slipping toward dementia. She must make the decision to stay and resurrect the Zinfandel wine, which once put the vineyard on the map, but the secret to the wine is buried with her mother. The vineyard is in financial distress and brokers are attempting to purchase the property, but her father refuses to sell. Tension arises between Francesca and Enrico and she can’t ignore the sexual energy. Francesca and Enrico have a turbulent past, which is the reason she left the vineyard.
Her mother’s spirit visits at night, startles Francesca, and urges her to help her father because he is too stubborn and arrogant to admit he’s scared and confused. Her mother’s spirit is stuck between worlds and cannot leave until her husband is taken care of. Francesca must make the decision to work the vineyard and bring it back to its once glory. The tension between Francesca and her father is thick and she prods his mind about the Zinfandel: Bella Serrano. She agrees to represent the vineyard at an event, where she meets the dashing Giancarlo, who is also after the vineyard.
Francesca and Giancarlo begin dating, which distresses Enrico so he quits, and she is left with an ailing vineyard, sick father, and rebellious teenaged son. Her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and falls and hits his head, ending up in the hospital.
Giancarlo steps up his pursuit of Francesca and the vineyard. Francesca finally understands that Giancarlo wants only one thing—the vineyard—and she isn’t selling. Nope. Her father slips further and further away. Her mother’s spirit repeatedly visits and Francesca tries to talk to her about the Zinfandel, but the spirit says the wine can wait but her father can’t. Her life is in turmoil. Her father dies. Her new vineyard manager is picked up for drunk driving, and her ex-husband shows up at the funeral. She and Giancarlo have an argument and he hits her, causing her to flee in her car. She hits a deer and ends up in the ditch. She wakes up in the hospital, where she is visited by the spirit who tells her goodbye because it’s her time to cross the great divide into the next world. Her father has safely made it. Then she tells Francesca the secret ingredient. Love. Enrico will love and support her so she grows into a world class vintner, but first she needs to make it right with him and tell him he’s her son’s father, not her ex-husband. Then love will flow through the vineyard and she will create the Zinfandel wine because the grapes will flourish when there is love.
Enrico returns when he learns of her accident. The intoxicating scent of the harvest awakens her true feelings for him. Passion resumes between them and she tells him he doesn’t’ have to wait for her any longer. The vineyard connects her with the cycles of the season. Wine is the holy substance that unites her to the vineyard. Enrico tells her they are going to love each other and because of their love the Zinfandel wine will flourish once more.
Seasons of the Vineyard Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
Wednesday, January 9
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, January 10
Guest blogging at Allvoices
Friday, January 11
Interviewed at Broowaha
Monday, January 14
Interviewed at Digital Journal
Wednesday, January 16
Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope
Thursday, January 17
Book reviewed and guest blogging at My Book Addiction
Friday, January 18
Guest blogging at Jody’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, January 22
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, January 23
Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, January 25
Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Wednesday, January 29
Interviewed at Examiner
Friday, January 31
Book reviewed at Review From Here
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