Friday, October 31, 2014

Sotto Voce by Erin Finnegan: Interview with Excerpt




Welcome!  Thanks for taking time out and being here today.  Tell us about your current release.
Sotto Voce is a story of love and wine, of artisan craftmanship versus corporate efficiency and in the challenges faced when a hard-charging New York wine critic is reassigned to California wine country for a year, where he must organize a high profile competition between the big wines of Napa and the lesser-known craft vintages of neighboring Sonoma. But first, he must win the support of a handsome and enigmatic winemaker who may hold the keys to his success, and possibly his heart.



Who are your books published with?
I'm published by Interlude Press, a new indie publishing house that launched in July. Interlude features quality LGBTQ romantic fiction and has roots in online fan communities.



Do you listen to music while you're writing? If so, what?
 It all depends on my mood— and what I'm writing. Sometimes I unplug, but I also think music is a good way of setting a tone for writing. While working on Sotto Voce, I listened to music that I felt reflected the sections I was working on. Sections that occurred at Rhapsody Vineyards were often written to music that has hints of folk and an agrarian feel to it, like Andrew Bird, The Goat Rodeo Sessions and Michael Kiwanuka. Latter parts of the story, after Greg and Tom start their relationship, were written to a lot of old standards of jazz and R&B, from Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding to Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. I also listened to a lot of classical and even some techno—mostly Daft Punk and Moby—when I was writing urban passages. You can find a Sotto Voce playlist on 8tracks here:



Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Please. Beatles. The Monkees had a fun TV show. The Beatles influenced generations of popular music. And I still get teary when I listen to The Long and Winding Road.



New York or LA? Why?
Despite the fact that I'm answering this while on a flight from my home in LA to my home-away-from-home in New York, it's got to be LA. I'm a California girl, born and raised. And while I visit New York a lot—and absolutely love its energy—I always exhale when I come home to a sky full of stars and a vineyard full of grapes.



Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
It depends on the season! If it's early fall, I'm either in the vineyard or the barn, working on wine. If it's summer time, a week hardly goes by when I'm not at the Hollywood Bowl. And winter? Point me to the nearest fireplace. I'll be cuddled up there with my dogs.



Do you have a website or blog?
Yes, indeed! You can find me at, where you will also find links to my Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads and Facebook pages.


Sotto Voce

by Erin Finnegan






New York-based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine. But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California’s wine country and organizing a competition between the big name wineries of Napa and the smaller artisan wineries of Sonoma, his world gets turned upside-down by an enigmatic young winemaker who puts art before business.


Sotto Voce is the story of love and wine, and how both require patience, passion, an acceptance of change—and an understanding that sometimes, you have to let nature take its course.






Tom set down the drink and found his way to Greg, locking eyes with him until they stood face to face. Without a word, he took Greg’s hand, entwined their fingers and led him down the hall and away from the noisy crowd.


“We might need another bottle or two,” Greg said, his voice shaky.


A hint of a smile crested Tom’s face. He nodded, just slightly, just enough for Greg to see. He backed down the hall, leading Greg by his fingertips. They reached the cellar door, and Tom rotated, turning Greg like a partner in a waltz so that he stood alongside the door.


Greg tried to lean into him, as if to embrace him, but Tom stepped back slightly and shook his head as if to say not here.


Greg reached into his pocket, pulled out the cellar key and opened the door. Then he reversed roles, taking Tom’s hand to lead him down the narrow staircase.


He flicked a wall switch to light the stairs, casting the rest of the space in soft shades of amber. Each step down revealed more of the stone-walled room, more utilitarian than decorative and lined, floor-to-ceiling, with racked bottles of wine. An alcove built into one wall doubled as a bar, and in the center stood a wine barrel table and two chairs.


Tom took both of Greg’s hands in his and guided him across the room in their own private dance until Greg’s back rested against the wall. He stopped, eased in close and let his face bloom into a full smile.


“I just wanted to stop by and say congratulations,” he said. And then he leaned forward, tilted his head and pressed their lips together.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Erin Finnegan is a former journalist and editor. She was born and raised in Southern California, where she lives with two sheep dogs and grows, ferments and drinks Syrah and Zinfandel in the foothills outside Los Angeles. 


Sotto Voce is her first novel.


Connect with Erin at, on Facebook at, on Goodreads at and on Twitter at @eringofinnegan





Erin will be awarding a Multi-format Sotto Voce eBook to 10 randomly drawn winners and a Grand Prize of a $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner, all via rafflecopter during the tour. A $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today's tour stop!

  2. I like the blurb, the story sounds great.

  3. Thank I really enjoyed this tour and finding out a bit more about your characters and wine, I also love this excerpt that links to the cover perhaps? :)