Published as… Contemporary Romance
A Chat with…Nico
Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Nico Treviani: CRUSHED by Deborah Coonts. Yes, it’s a story about wine and love, two of my favorite things. A wonderful woman comes into my life, Sophia Stone, and she has cultivated some very unique grapes. And in Napa Valley, great grapes can bring out the worst in people.
Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Nico Treviani: I’m a winemaker, by trade, quite successful at it, if you don’t mind a bit of bragging. But, my brother and I really were the team. My brother just died, you see. His daughters, thirteen-year-old twins, have come to live with me. I never had kids of my own, so things are a bit….crazy right now. And then, I don’t know if I can make good wine without Paolo—we balanced each other. Just when you think you have life figured out…
Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Nico Treviani: Deborah? She’s nice enough. She let me tell my story, which I like. But she sure complicated my life, and just when I felt I’d hit my stride. Paolo and I were making incredible wine, life was going good. Then Deborah kills Paolo and life takes a ninety-degree turn. Change, it’s inevitable, I know, but couldn’t she have let me enjoy the smooth part for just a bit? And then, taking my brother away… I don’t like that at all. If you see Deborah, tell her that for me, will you? She broke my heart. But then, she did give me the girls…
Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Nico: It’s a wonderful story, evocative and sensuous…just like wine…and just like Sophia. Wine is about love, and friends, and family.
Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Nico Treviani: I’m a character in a book? I guess we each are the stars of our own lives. so, to the extent that’s what you mean, of course I like it. I’m made some choices I regret, born some burdens perhaps I didn’t have to, let a bit of the free-run juice slip through my fingers. But that’s life, right? The only real mistake is to not learn from your less than ideal choices. I try to do that. Men aren’t very self-aware or introspective. Most I know aren’t particularly interested in personal growth. I try to do these things. My mother, she is very strong and she has made my brother, my sister and myself.
Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Nico Treviani: Complicated. I’m Italian, and surrounded by women—my mother, my sister, my nieces—need I say more?
Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Nico Treviani: Oh yes, many more. The story of Napa, and of Sophia and her friends has just begun. The valley is a fertile place where money and ambition collide.
Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Nico Treviani: Do people really think this way? I’m not a movie star; I’m a wine maker. But, to indulge you, whoever he is he would have to love children, find passion in life, be enamored of women, and appreciate the art of wine.
About the Book
In Napa Valley, he who has the best grapes wins.
And in the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be crushed.
Sophia Stone is a widow on the brink of an empty nest, stuck in an unsatisfying job managing the vineyard for a mediocre Napa vintner. Faced with an uncertain future she wonders how do you choose between making a living and making a life? Between protecting your heart and sharing it? Five years ago, after her husband was killed in an accident, Sophia put her heart and dreams on ice to care for those around her. Now her home, her dreams, and her family’s legacy grapes are threatened by the greed of the new money moving into the Valley. Sophia has a choice—give up and let them take what is hers, or risk everything fighting a battle everyone says she can’t win.
Nico Treviani has one goal in life: make brilliant wine. A woman would be an unwanted distraction. So, while recognized as one of Napa’s premier vintners, Nico finds himself alone… until his brother’s death drops not one, but two women into his life—his thirteen-year-old twin nieces. In an instant, Nico gains a family and loses his best friend and partner in the winemaking business. Struggling to care for his nieces, Nico accepts a job as head winemaker for Avery Specter, one of the new-money crowd. And he learns the hard way that new money doesn’t stick to the old rules.
About the Author
Deborah Coonts’ mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago. Deborah isn’t so sure—her mother can’t be trusted. These things we are fairly certain of though: Deborah was raised in Texas on BBQ, Mexican food and beer. She is the author of WANNA GET LUCKY? a humorous romantic mystery set amid the glitz, glamor and gaudy of Las Vegas that was a NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist and received several starred reviews as have the five sequels. CRUSHED the first novel in her Heart of Napa series is out now. Deborah can usually be found at the bar, but also at her website.