Wine, Women and Song: Join Deborah Grabien and Laura Anne Gilman for two events, one in the East Bay, one in the Haight-Ashbury!
Sunday, October 25, at 3:00 PM, at CLAYTON BOOKS, 5433D Clayton Road, Clayton, CA 94517
Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 PM, at the SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY, Park Branch (in the Haight-Ashbury), 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (there will be nibbles at this one!)
First, the song part of the deal: Deborah Grabien's JP Kinkaid mysteries, Rock and Roll Never Forgets (JP Kinkaid #1) and While My Guitar Gently Weeps (JP Kinkaid #2)
As While My Guitar Gently Weeps opens, guitarist JP Kinkaid is at home in San Francisco, recuperating from Blacklight's recent tour (Rock and Roll Never Forgets); a heart attack in Boston and a significant ramp-up of his multiple sclerosis have left him more physically fragile than usual.
JP is sitting in as second guitarist for a new CD by his longtime local friends, the Bombardiers. Their new frontman, singer/guitarist Vinny Fabiano, is new to the Bay Area scene, self-absorbed, and abrasive. All anyone knows about him is that he has some very expensive instruments, but no obvious source of income to pay for them.
When Vinny is found dead in the Bombardiers' rehearsal space, smashed over the head with a custom guitar, the band--already in hot water with their record label--is left without a singer or a regular guitar player. JP, calling in a favor, asks Blacklight's legendary frontman, Malcolm "Mac" Sharpe, to sub for Vinny. But Vinny's guitar tech is found murdered in Marin County, and Vinny's most valuable guitar---a $75,000 custom Zemaitis pearl-top--goes missing.
"A roller-coaster ride of sold-out concerts, drug rehab, and enduring love." Publishers Weekly on Rock and Roll Never Forgets
"Everybody knows there are dirty goings-on in the world of rock music, but nobody has ever captured them as excitingly or convincingly as Deborah Grabien's ingenious JP Kinkaid mysteries. A brilliant marriage of backstage skullduggery and suspense that draws you right in. Rock On, JP!" -- Julian Dawson, recording artist and author of the upcoming The Heart of Rock and Roll, the definitive biography of Nicky Hopkins, the world’s greatest session man
"Grabien has an uncanny knack for dialogue and relationships, making the story and characters extremely engaging and believable. The JP Kinkaid Chronicles are a breath of fresh air in the mystery novel genre, and a rockin' good read." - Mark Karan, recording artist and lead guitarist for Bob Weir and Ratdog
"From spirited discussions of blues-based rock to inspired moments of band camaraderie, this is definitely a mystery that will also appeal to rock fans."— Booklist
Deborah Grabien is a writer, musician and cook. She's lived in many places, from New York to London to San Francisco. Most recently, she's the author of the Kinkaid Chronicles, a mystery series based on rock and roll. The first Chronicle, Rock & Roll Never Forgets, was released to unanimous acclaim in 2008. Her first YA novel, the urban fantasy Dark's Tale, will be released by Egmont USA in March 2010.
And now for the wine: Laura Anne Gilman's first Vineart War novel,
Flesh and Fire
"From acclaimed bestselling author Laura Anne Gilman comes a unique and enthralling new story of fantasy and adventure, wine and magic, danger and hope...."
Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.
But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within -- magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.
In "Flesh and Fire," first in a spellbinding new trilogy, Laura Anne Gilman conjures a story as powerful as magic itself, as intoxicating as the finest of wines, and as timeless as the greatest legends ever told.
Gilman...turns a standard coming-of-age tale into something wholly new. Young Jerzy, a vineyard slave, possesses the rare and extraordinary ability of the Vinearts, magicians who create spellwines from the most potent grapes. When someone begins sabotaging the fields of the traditionally reclusive winemakers, it is up to Jerzy and his master to save their way of life. A slow build of tension as Jerzy progresses from slave to student to spy keeps the reader engaged without any need for frenetic fight scenes. The tale is dominated by vivid, absorbing characters, and Jerzy's powerful narrative voice makes his joys and sorrows dramatic, authentic and potent. This intoxicating high fantasy will satisfy oenophiles and bibliophiles alike. - Publisher's Weekly
Highly recommended for all fantasy fans. - Library Journal
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the "Retrievers" and "Paranormal Scene Investigations" series), a YA trilogy for HarperCollins, and the forthcoming Vineart War books from Pocket, while continuing to write and sell short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances for Nocturne as Anna Leonard. Laura Anne is also an amateur chef, oenophile, and cat-servant. She lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions.
Hope to see you at one or both of these events!
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...