Wooh! Busy day today! Please give a warm welcome now to author Heidi Joy Tretheway who is joining us with her upcoming new adult romance release of Tattoo Thief. A book which I enjoyed, look for my review on it soon!
Books and bevvies? Don’t mind if I do. Tomorrow’s the big day—release day for Tattoo Thief—so I thought thought Reading Between the Wines friends would enjoy in a few cocktail recipes from Tattoo Thief, plus behind-the-scenes fun: real experiences that inspired scenes in this new adult romance.
Tonight I’m enjoying a Moscow Mule: a lime, vodka and ginger beer concoction that my main character Beryl tries for the first time in New York City. Like Beryl, I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and was dazzled by my first visit to the Big Apple.
While I was just a visitor, Beryl moves to New York to become a house sitter for New York’s elite, including Gavin Slater, front man for the rock band Tattoo Thief. He trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country, leaving Beryl to deal with the wreckage and unravel the mystery of why he’s gone.
These are a few real-life inspirations for Tattoo Thief:
1. When I visited New York to research this novel, I knew I wanted Gavin to be a rock star, but I wondered, how famous should he be? What would his life be like? I found my answer in Times Square when I accidentally ran into the band The Wanted. They were making a photo appearance surrounded by more than a hundred screaming girls and a beefy security detail. I instantly knew how Beryl would feel if she were thrust into the limelight with Gavin.
2. The first person who spoke to me in New York was a production assistant for the movie Birdman, which stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone. The movie crew filmed scenes right outside the window of the Hell’s Kitchen apartment I rented. In Tattoo Thief, that apartment becomes Anthony’s place—he’s the good-boy foil to Gavin’s bad-boy allure.
3. Like Beryl, I was a bi scared of taking the subway for the first time. (It’s true that the closest thing Eugene has to a subway is a bus lane with grass down the middle.) I forced myself to just hop on instead of over thinking it, and was rewarded with a performance on the ride. Should I call it break dancing? Pole dancing? The three shirtless men were incredible and I found myself digging for a few dollars as the subway slowed. That was a New York show.
4. I confess I overindulged in sangria at Sant Ambroeus, where Beryl waits for Gavin while gradually draining her carafe of sangria. We both paid for it the next morning, inspiring Beryl’s line in Tattoo Thief, “Sangria’s a saucy bitch and champagne’s an evil temptress. They had me in a three-way last night and I might be scarred for life.”
I hope you have as much fun reading Tattoo Thief as I had writing it. Pour yourself a Moscow Mule or a glass of sangria and enjoy!
For a Moscow Mule: Fill a large glass with ice and stir with juice from a whole lime, six ounces of ginger ale or ginger beer, and a shot of vodka. (Or more. I won’t judge.) For my version of the Sant Ambroeus sangria, combine four ounces of red wine (pinot noir is a good choice), juice from half an orange, a dash of nutmeg and diced apple, strawberries, and whole blueberries. Serve over ice.
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