Wine Pairing


How did the TexPat miss National Wine Day on May 25?

For National Wine Day, Medium posted an article If Books Were Wine where they paired wines with popular books. Which of course inspired me to ponder the appropriate wine to pair with my upcoming novel, In the Heart of Texas.*




A Texas wine, of course.  Upon Texas Monthly’s recommendation, I choose 4.0 Cellars by Brennan Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre.  Described as “deeply structured wine with ripe fruit and a kiss of earthiness” where notes of raspberry and blackberry “dance like dervishes in the glass,” it appears to be a perfect match for protagonist, Jo Randolph’s, calamitous return to West Texas from Hollywood.

*Lest one forgets, In the Heart of Texas is to be released by She Writes Press on October 25, 2016.

My Confessions


I’m tired of the ugly.

I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of ugly – even from people on my side of the political spectrum.  Especially from people on my side of the political perspective.

I could join in the anger.  I could keep my views to myself to avoid ridicule.  But I don’t want to do that.

I want to be honest about how I feel and keep it movin.’  So like Usher before me, I’m making “my confessions.”  For better or worse, I will roll with the punches and try to stay above the fray.

I’m for her.  This is why.