I am so excited to be here today during Tour of Italy for the Charade Blog tour. Charade is the second book in the Heven and Hell series and in this book the main characters travel to Italy on a school trip… and because Heven and Sam have a mission to complete.
For today’s Tour of Italy Post I have brought along a page from Heven’s travel journal. So sit back and relax and be transported to Italy!
Well we just got off the plane and this place is amazing. The scenery is so wonderful I don’t even notice that we are on a tour bus with a group of laughing and loud American teenagers. Sam said I hogged the window… and I think he was right. Ha ha ha. But once I sat down and looked out the window I was lost in the rolling hills and scenery. I’ve never seen anything like it – especially not in Maine.
Our first stop is a vineyard that we are taking a route by on our way to our first hotel. As we pulled up I was in awe of the rows and rows on grapevines. They all grow so evenly and look so organized. I like it. And the green of the leaves against the green of the grass creates an amazing pattern of color and texture. I’ve never seen so many shades of green until now.
The villas sitting a distance away are the color of butter and seem to rise right out of the hills. I wonder what it would be like to live in a home like that and wake up to the rows and rows of grapes each day.
They took us on a walking tour where we learned about the vineyard, culture and history.
We also learned the basic steps to make wine. First you start with the vine and the grapes. Climate, soil and other environmental factors determine the quality of grape. Then the wine makers have to determine the best time to harvest the grapes. They have to be peak condition to make the best wine. Handpicking is the best method for harvesting because it ensures less bruising but they also use machines to harvest.
Next, the grapes are prepared and crushed. They get separated from their stems and leaves. White Grapes usually get separated from their skins while red grapes remain with their skin to promote color and flavor.
Then the wine is fermented. That’s when the sugars in the grapes turn to alcohol.
Once the wine is fermented is gets separated from any leftover particles and then bottled. Some wines can be drank right away while others are aged for some time before being sold.
It’s an interesting process. They wouldn’t let us try the wine. But that’s okay because Sam and I snuck a grape right off the vine. I think that the grapes probably taste better fresh than fermented anyway.
This was a fantastic start to this trip. I already feel relaxed and I actually think that I will enjoy this trip and Italy instead of worrying the whole time I am here.
And here are a couple of snapshots:
Aren’t the vineyards beautiful. I thought they were really peaceful and a great way to begin our trip to Italy!
And that is an exclusive peak at one of the pages of Heven’s travel diary. Be sure to follow along on the Tour of Italy week to see all the exclusive pictures of Heven and Sam (and Cole!) during their trip and on the final day of the tour you will be able to enter to win a One of a Kind, super exclusive (I don’t even have one) swag. Heven’s Travel Diary. Complete with each journal entry and all the pictures of her and Sam! There will be other goodies as well.
About the book:
Dying at the hands of a psycho was a shock. Having my life returned to me by an angel was incredible. Being named a Supernatural Treasure and being given Sam as my guard was pretty darn awesome. Acquiring a debt for it all—well, I should have seen it coming.
Now here we are, fighting demons from Hell, caring for a boy that I just don’t trust, and traveling to faraway places to return a treasure to its rightful place. Nothing is as it seems. Everyone wears a mask; everyone puts on a charade. It’s up to us to separate the truth from the lies and reality from fiction. A hard task when my new reality involves fallen angels, witches and dragons… and did I mention Hell?
Anchoring me down through it all is Sam. Sam, who must face tragedies of his own and is put to the test again and again.
If we fail in our task, life as we know it—life as you know it—will end. Forever.
Links to Purchase:
(Paperback and Ebook)
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