Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guest Post: Author Macy Beckett

Raise Your Glass!

Hey, everyone, and a big thank you to Bells for hosting me today. Macy Beckett here, toasting you with a yummy mimosa, which is oh-so appropriate considering I’m gearing up to talk about booze.

If you haven’t already guessed from the title,  alcohol is one of the themes in my debut romance, Sultry with a Twist. June Augustine, my main character, has spent the last decade scrimping and saving to achieve her dream of opening an upscale martini bar. But her liquor license is held up pending the resolution of an old warrant from her hometown , forcing her to return for a month of community service…under the supervision of her first love, Luke Gallagher. And that’s just the beginning of her woes, because her hometown of Sultry Springs, Texas is smack-dab in the middle of a DRY COUNTY. 

Oh, the horror!

But despite her setbacks, June’s determined to serve out her sentence and open her bar. Here’s an excerpt where she explains her passion for mixology to Luke:

“Well, first of all, I’m good at it. Everyone needs to feel like they’re good at something. Look at you—building houses and running a charity.”


“Whatever. Using your hands to create a home, that’s your talent. Maybe I’ll never build a house or be a legendary cook like Grammy, but you know what? When people get married in Austin, they come see me before they visit the florist or the bakery. Because they know I’ll come up with a special drink for their wedding that people won’t stop talking about for years. You know how that makes me feel?”

Luke nodded, a sympathetic grin curving the edges of his mouth. “I can imagine.”

“And you gotta love the magic of a good drink. There’s power in alcohol—it boosts your confidence, helps you relax, makes you more affectionate—and I like harnessing that power. Show me something else, well, something legal, that can do all those things.” Luke started to reply, but she cut him off with one important clarification. “But I don’t condone getting wasted, and I can’t stand sloppy drunks. That’s one of the reasons I’m passionate about Luquos. It’s a classy place for people to enjoy one or two cocktails, not some pit stop along the bar crawl.”

I couldn’t agree more with June! I don’t condone—nor do I enjoy—getting sloppy drunk, but I can say with 100% certainty that I’m a better human being after a glass of Merlot. Besides, studies show the antioxidants in red wine can be good for the heart. As if I needed further convincing. J
So I raise my glass to you. Clink! 

It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? The virtual bar is open. What can I get for you?

Macy Beckett writes hot and humorous romances set in Sultry Springs, Texas: where first loves find second chances. Her debut novel, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, is now available in stores, and two more Sultry Springs romances will follow in 2013. Macy loves to hear from readers, so feel free to say hello on Facebook  or via her website.


I've got 1 copy of Sultry With a Twist to giveaway!  Open to US, Canada only.  Please leave an email address with comment.  Giveaway ends 10/24/12 at 12PM EST.  Good luck!

When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she'd never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.

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  1. Hey, Bells! Thanks for having me. One tiny thing,though. It's Beckett, not Bennett. :)

    ~Macy, posting as her super-secret identity.

  2. I think I agree - I'm a much better person after a glass of Merlot, lol!


  3. That was a great guest post! There's nothing like a good mixed drink to make you remember a special night. :)

  4. A toast is a great way to celebrate something. This sounds like a sweet story.


  5. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  6. Thanks for entering, everyone! It's six o'clock, so I'm going to pour myself a glass of wine. :)


  7. CONGRATS on your debut romance! Did I miss the drinks? :) I think this will be the first romance I read where alcohol is one of the themes... and I am so OK with that:)

  8. I love romance novels.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  9. This book sounds like a wonderful romance, and I would love to read it. What a name for the female character! Thanks for having this giveaway.