Sunset Bayou – Lil Bit…

Hello again! I wanted to share one of my current projects with you. Sunset Bayou – A fun, romantic story of second chances.  The beginning of the story, Lil Bit of Love and Everything,  goes back several years to when Alanna and Jake (and several other characters) were in high school.

My inspiration for the two characters in Sunset Bayou, book 1 (currently untitled) are Shania Twain and Patrick Dempsey. Follow Alanna and Jake through Pinterest to see what their likes, dislikes, and secrets are.  You can also keep up with the story by subscribing to Taylor’s Tidbits and this blog from this website. The story will unfold right before your eyes, beginning with the beginning – sixteen years ago. (Subject to edits, of course.)

 

So, to start out, I’ll give you a little teaser from Lil Bit of Love and Everything. (Raw and unedited so excuse the many errors – grammatical and content.)

 

Present day.

Yvonne Watson’s sixty-eight year old body was wrinkled, her body beginning to frail, but she was still the light of Sam’s life. He reached over and took his wife’s hand; his beautiful wife of sixteen years. She smiled and then they both looked out over the bayou.

From their vintage point on the balcony, they took in all of the surroundings. Across the calm waters stood tall houses accessible from the other side of the town. Looking to the left, Sunset Bayou Park Road was filled with small camps to large homes. At the first curve, Earl’s small, shabby piece of property stuck out like a foreign object with old vehicles, metal scraps, and various other pieces of unusable junk. Earl had become the go-to for scrap parts. If you needed it, he had it. Not to mention he lived on this bayou most of his sixty-something years.

Sam glanced back over at his wife and his heart swelled. It was a blessing that they met at a time in their lives when they each needed someone. Yvonne had gone through a messy divorce in her late-forties. Sam had been a widower for several years when he and Yvonne met. The evening she strolled into ‘Lil Bits was the night he knew he had to hook her.

Sixteen years earlier.

“Sam, we need you up here,” the young bartender yelled at him. “Now!” She was a feisty little thing. Sam had wondered about giving her this job, but it was a favor to one of his old buddies.

After his wife had passed away in 2000, Sam took an early retirement from the plant industry and opened the country stop. He chose the name of the bar to honor his deceased wife’s wine shop, Lil Bit of Love. Several years later, the place was a hotspot for Sunset Bayou Park.

Lil Bit of Love and Everything was a combination convenience store and bar. Attached to the store was a small bar, Lil Bit of Love, which Sam opened daily. It was nothing fancy, just a place for people in the area to sit and chat while having a drink or two. Weekends could get a little rowdy, but never to the point he had to call the law. The store, and Everything, served the Sunset Bayou Park campground with everything from fishing tackle to food items needed to prepare a full meal.

Sam strolled into the bar area from his small office. “What,” he grumbled.

“Oh please.” Maria rolled her eyes at him. “Stop grumbling. It’s doesn’t fit you. Anyway, this lady here wants to know if there are any camps for sale around here.” Her brown ponytail bobbed as she nodded her head to the woman standing in front of her.

Sam scratched his head and sized up the woman. She looked to be around his age and she was neatly dressed. She was a taller where as his ‘lil bit wife had been shorter. Her dark brown hair reminded him of a chocolate bar. Her eyes, well the little spunk in them intrigued him more than he wanted to admit.

 

Enjoy! And follow for the next segment.

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

 

Saturday Sittin’

The squirrels running around trying to steal the bird’s feed; Oscar (my lovable, spoiled cat) crouched down, ears back, and eyes focused on the prey that he will never tangle with. Yes, he’s dumped a few birds at the back door, but never a squirrel. Water droplets sliding down the (wine) glass, tempting you to take another drink to cool off your taste buds.  — This is Saturday Sittin’ in the South.

Saturday is the day for shopping, reading, visiting, and of course, Saturday Sittin’ on the back porch. Here in the South, we love the outdoors. Yes, some of us even love it when it’s almost 100 degrees HOT outside.

Pour yourself a glass of cool white wine (Pinot Grigio is today’s recommendation), grab a book, and head outside to enjoy a bit of nature’s love.  A beach romance would be a nice place to start. Put yourself in the white, sugary sands of Orange Beach. Close your eyes briefly and hear the waves crashing along the shoreline. Take a deep breath and inhale the salty air. Go ahead, give it a try. Then open Smoke and Mirrors and go on an adventure with Abby and Graeme. Their friends are awesome and Tucker’s is the best beach bar ever!

Enjoy your Saturday Sittin’

Taylor

 

Wine tasting – Reds and Whites

Wine tasting listWine tasting – reds and whites

What’s your favorite? Red or white? Dry or sweet? Where can you go to sample and satisfy your palate?

Our local liquor store, Lake Street Liquor, offers wine tastings every Friday. And for those beer lovers, Thursdays are your day. I really enjoy when the wines being presented are explained. Our gracious host did an excellent job. She described the flavors the wines held as well as the difference in oak and unoaked wines. Yes, just as it suggests, oak wines are made in oak barrels or with oak chips which lends to flavors and aromas imparted into the wine. Cedar, spice, and smoky notes are common influences, although there are many others. An unoaked wine has more of the fresh fruit flavors and is more likely to be lighter-bodied.

Wine tasting list:

  • Wycliff Brut
  • Guilhem Rose
  • Indomita Chardonnay
  • Hidden Crush Chardonnay
  • Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc
  • Castoro Sauvignon Blanc
  • Irony Monterey Pinot Noir
  • Rhiannon Red Blend 2016

This past week we were offered customer favorites in reds and whites. Our palates tingled as we started with the bubbly Wycliff Brut then moved to the Guilhem Rose.  The Brut would be great in Mimosas. By itself – too much fizz for me.The Rose was very light and refreshing. Think about being poolside and sipping on a crisp fruity drink.

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were next in line. These are two of my favorite white wines. Chardonnay is one of the most popular and most versatile white wine grapes. The Indomita Chardonnay and Hidden Crush Chardonnay pleased the palate. Flavors of green apple, grapefruit, and lime lend to give the drink a crisp fruity taste.

 

Sauvignon Blanc tends to carry aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. On the palate it is crisp fruity with a tart finish.The Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites – even before this tasting. Besides, the bottle is so unique with the glass stones. Beautiful. Reminds me of the ocean. The Castoro Sauvingnon Blanc  was crisp and juicy with a fresh finish.

Reds are my ultimate favorite! We sampled the Irony Monterey Pinot Noir. Aromas of black cherry, sweet plum, and coco enhance the tasting experience on your palate of sweet, lush fruit flavors with slight hints of almond. The supple tannins let your mouth experience the dryness without overdoing it. The Rhiannon Red Blend 2016 is worth the wait of tasting this one last. This deep ruby colored wine is a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Barbera with luscious cherry and berry aromas. Smooth on the palate and finishes with a lingering red fruit and oak hint.

Overall this experience was a win! I met some new people, tasted new wines, and found another favorite red. I went home with the Rhiannon. Now to wait and see what the next wine tasting adventure brings.

Share your wine tasting experiences. Do you prefer dry or sweet? Red or white? What do you like / dislike about wine? Not a wine drinker, that’s okay too. Share about your favorite drink – whatever it may be!

Till next time – Taylor         

 

 

Taylor has been found!

Gotta love technology! Especially when your website crashes and it takes over a week to get it back going. Really frustrating when you have promo material out there that refers back to the site. Not to mention the fact that every where I can think of, Taylor Anne’s website is mentioned – books, online presences, promo material, social media, and many other places. So, yeah, I was freaking out when the site went down.

Hang tight – it will be back to a presentable stage soon!