D.G. Torrens's Blog
March 12, 2018
I am proud and privileged to share with you today an except from Author Scott Bury’s latest novel, WILDFIRE…
I have known Scott Bury for several years and if there is one thing I know for sure is that this seasoned author never disappoints. After a 20-year career in journalism, he turned to writing fiction and has never looked back.
EXCERPT – Wine and Women
At last, it’s over. A full day of Chef’s Donald’s abuse. Not to mention harassment. Oh, yes, and working my ass off in the kitchen. Now I remember why I decided against being a chef as a career. Tomorrow, I am going to look for a job in a law office.
She stepped off the restaurant’s back steps to see a man walking across the lot near the winery. “Roberto, do you always work this late?”
The winery manager turned fast, and his teeth gleamed in the light over the winery door as he smiled. “Tara, you startled me.” He came close. “All too often, I’m afraid. We had another breakdown of some bottling equipment. I’ve been working since afternoon to fix it.”
“Alan was here too. He just went home.” He pointed with his chin the Da’Silver’s house, beyond the restaurant mansion.
“Did you fix it?”
“Yeah. I hope so, anyway. We won’t no for sure ’til we run it at production speed, though. How was your day?”
“Okay,” she lied. Chef Donald is… demanding.”
“He’s a total jerk.” Roberto opened the door to the winery, flipping on a single light in the office where Tara had met Alan the day before. “Have a seat,” he said and disappeared into the winery’s shadows. He returned with an unlabelled bottle. “We just tested the line with some chardonnay, so we’re not gonna sell this, anyway,” he explained as he filled two stem glasses.
“That’s okay.” They clinked glasses. “Wow, this is really good.”
Roberto beamed his movie star smile at her. “Thanks.” He sipped from his own glass. “It’s a bit young – not our best vintage, either. But good for testing bottling equipment.”
“I think it’s excellent,” Tara settled as comfortabley as she could in the office chair. “So, wine’s really your thing, huh?”
“My family’s thing, really. My papa was a vintner and my abuelo, too.
“Grand-dad.” He refilled Tara’s glass.
“So, why are you working for Alan?”
Roberto’s smile disappeared. “My family doesn’t have its own winery anymore. We just had a small vineyard, smaller than this and it didn’t get through the crash in ’08.”
Roberto leaned back in the desk chair. “S’alright. My folks are okay now. Pop’s retired and my brothers all have jobs.”
“And you’re the manager of a famous winery.”
Roberto barked a laugh. “Not that famous. We got a couple of good reviews.”
“You make great wine.”
Roberto nodded, “We do. But tell me about yourself. Alan tells me you have a law degree from a fancy eastern college.”
“Not that it’s done me much good. I work in a kitchen, remember?”
“A famous kitchen. Cyrano’s has gotten more good reviews than the winery. But why are you working in a kitchen at all, if you have a law degree?”
Tara drained her glass. “I got a law degree. Along with thousands of other graduates this year, when you add up all the colleges in the country. I’ve wanted to live in California, ever since I was a little girl. I actually wanted to study at Berkeley, but my father said ‘no way, I’m not paying for you to go to another university when there’s a perfectly good one right here.”
“Yeah, college is expensive. I hear. “Roberto filled her glass again, then emptied the last of the wine in his own.
“Not for him, he’s a college professor, so I got my undergrad degree for free.”
“Wow, that’s great. Just a sec.” Roberto jogged into the depths of the winery again, returning with another bottle of wine. “This is something special.” He glanced over his shoulder, as if afraid someone else would see him. “It’s something I’ve been working on, on my own. A special blend of grapes I put together last year. I just made a couple f barrels to try. Not even Alan knows about it” He poured a half-full, deep purple-red glass for each of them. They toasted each other.
“Wow, this is really good. I’ve never tasted anything like this. You made it yourself?”
Roberto’s smile lit up the office. “Not quite. It’s based on my abuelo’s recipe, but with some of my own touches, too.”
“Tara sipped more. “It’s… complex. But in a good way. A great way actually.” She drank more. “It’s almost like it has a personality.”
“So, go on.”
“Go on with what?”
Tara’s words were a little slurred. It’s late. I’m getting sleepy. And if I have much more wine, I’m going to find myself sitting in his lap.
“With your life’s story. You always wanted to come to California. So you did law school, and then you came here to fulfil your dream, or something?”
“Something like that. I did some other stuff in between.”
“Stuff?” He would not let her glass get lower than half-full.
“I had a baby.”
Roberto froze. “A baby?”
Tara gulped more wine. “Uh-huh. A little girl. She’s 18 months old now. Roxanne.”
Roberto looked at her intently. “So, where is she now?”
“With my parents. They’re looking after her until I get settled in California. Fine a – I mean, find a good place for her to grow up in. Near schools, although I guess I have a couple of years before I need to worry ’bout that.”
“I guess. And where’s Daddy?”
“My father’s in -“
“No, I mean, um, I don’t want to pry or anything.”
“Oh! Roxanne’s daddy. Right.” Tara sipped some more wine. Slow down there, girl. “Daddy’s not in the picture anymore. Never was, after I told him I was pregnant. Ran for the hills.” Oh-Oh TMI.
“Too bad the jerk doesn’t know what he’s missing.” Roberto said, smiling. He sipped his wine.
He doesn’t have to get me drunk, Tara thought. Another part of her brain said, “Slow down.”
“Nom he doesn’t know,” she agreed. She leaned forward. “I think we’re out of wine.”
“I can always get more. For some reason, there always seems to be wine here.”
God, that smile could do it by itself.
She put her hand on his knee. “I think I’m a little tipsy. Help me get home.”
Wild fires swept across California wine country in 2017, destroying thousands of homes and businesses and killing dozens of people. Law school grad and single mother, Tara Rezeck finds herself in the middle of the catastrophy. When she returns to her job at the most award-winning vineyard in Sonoma county, she finds her employer’s body in the ashes.
The question that challenges her brain and legal training is: what is an accident? Or was his body buried to hide evidence of a murder?
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You can read the first two chapters for free on Wattpad.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After a 30-year career as a journalist and editor, Scott Bury turned to writing fiction and a children’s book, Sam the Strawb Part. Also, a book that bridged the genres of paranormal occult fiction and espionage thriller: Dark Clouds. Since then, he has published 12 novels and novellas without regard for staying in one genre. In 2012, he published his first novel, the historical magic realism bestseller The Bones of the Earth. His next book, One Shade of Red was a satire of a bestseller by a similar title. From 2014-2017, he published The Eastern Front Trilogy, the true story of a Canadian drafted into the Soviet Red Army in1941, and how he survived the Second World War: Army of Worn Soles, Under the Nazi Heel and Walking Out of War.
Scott was invited to write for Three Kindle Worlds, where authors base novellas on the fictional worlds of bestselling series. For Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle World, he wrote Torn Roots, Palm Trees & Snow Flakes, Dead Man Lying and Echoes.
For Russell Blake’s Jet World, he contributed Jet: Stealth, featuring the explosive duo of Van and Lebrun.
For Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye Kindle World, he brought Van and Lebrun back for The Wife Line and The Three Way.
Now he is beginning a new mystery series with Wildfire, featuring the smart and passionate, Tara Rezeck.
You can find out more about Scott Bury and his writing on his website: ScottBuryAuthor.com
February 19, 2018
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON WORLDWIDE
Abyss will take you on a journey through every emotion possible – conveyed through the art of poetry. Abyss touches on, depression, anxiety, suffering, loss, grief and much more. The words are raw and bold, expressing the deepest emotions from the darkest corners of the mind. No one is immune – no one’s journey through life is unscathed. We all have moments when we cannot cope or we just want to hide away from the world. Moments that seem endless. Emotions are a human trait – that is what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.
January 31, 2018
THE POPPY FIELDS – MILITARY ROMANCE IS #FREE FOR FIVE DAYS. DOWNLOAD YOUR #FREE COPY WHILE YOU CAN…
Fate intervenes when they least expect. Secrets and lies change the lives of three young adults forever. Emotional, suspenseful and filled with drama in this edge of your seat military romance novel.
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October 5, 2017
September 18, 2017
A NEW VIDEO FOR MY NOVEL – FORBIDDEN – CUT A VEIN AND WE ALL BLEED RED
Just click on the link for an enticing teaser…
August 28, 2017
UK INDIE LIT FEST – MY PICS AND MUSINGS FROM THE DAY…
I was so looking forward to this book signing event and when the day arrived I was not disappointed… The atmosphere was buzzing all day and spirits were high to say the least… The founder of this event, Dawn Singh, did an amazing job organising everything and did us authors proud. Dawn Singh is not just the event founder but also a very talented author too! Her tireless efforts certainly shined through at the event.
For this event I had a new author logo designed and one that was simple yet effective. I have too many books now and there just is not enough room to include them all on my large roller banner…
There were around 44 authors from across the UK. I met so many wonderful and talented authors on the day. The event was a great success and I met and gained lots of new readers too. There were workshops and an International hub for aspiring writers and this went down really well on the day.
Ingram Spark sponsored the event and also attended it too. Bradford City Newspaper, Telegraph and Argus covered the event and help to spread the word. And yours truly also got a mention…
Below are just some of the authors I had the great pleasure to meet: Elainer Chisswick, Gary M Sherwin, Chris Turnbull, Adrian Baldwin and Jackie McCleish. They were such a delight and made my day. Author Chris Turnbull was so funny and entertaining he could hold a room’s attention with very little effort and put a smile on everyone’s face…
I took my supportive team with me, (husband and daughter featured below). They had an amazing time and my daughter purchased her first author signed children’s book.
We travelled up from Birmingham to Bradford and booked into the, Great Victoria Hotel just a few minutes walk from the event venue. The building was a huge, impressive, listed building right in the heart of Bradford.Next year’s event for the UK INDIE LIT FEST, is already in the planning stages and I am looking forward to being an attending author at this event too.
July 16, 2017
GIVEAWAY: You have to be in it to win it…
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June 14, 2017
GIVEAWAY – ENTRE TO WIN! AUDIO CDs COMPLETE COLLECTION – AMELIA’S STORY – There will be five winners…
My agent, of HRM Management, are hosting an incredible audio giveaway – The entire collection of my Amelia Series on Audio CD MP3. Listen to this incredible true story being brought to life by the Amazing Narrator, Casey Turner from Lone Wolf Studios…
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