FREE Kindle Wine Novel…

June 1, 2012

This summer’s must-read Wine novel “Broke the Grape’s Joy” is FREE!

Pomerol and poetry, Saint-Emilion and sinister goings-on, Bordeaux and bad, bad men…

FREE on kindle from the 3rd to the 8th of July.

PLUS this edition includes the first chapter of the sequel “A Devil in Every Grape”.

“What a delightful, heartwarming novel it is. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Peter May, Wines Editor, Bella Online

“…full-bodied, spicy with fascinating and fruity overtones.” John Walker, Author of “The Jagermeister’s Apprentice”

This Kindle version contains an extract from the sequel “A Devil in Every Grape” to be published in 2013.

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Broke the Grape’s Joy in print

April 14, 2012

The print version of my latest book Broke the Grape’s Joy will be launched on Amazon on the 1st of June.

The paperback is available NOW from the publishers, Feed A Read, at the special discount price of £6.99 + p+p here.

“This is a book I wanted to finish and yet was enjoying the journey so much that I forced myself to ration the chapters to make it last longer. I just hope this is the first of many such books from this very talented writer with a mastery of bitter-sweet tales.”

– Peter F May, Wine Editor, Bella Online


COMPETITION! Win a Saint Emilion Grand Cru . . .

March 23, 2012

. . . PLUS a basket of French gastronomic goodies courtesy of the Restaurant du Délice in Normandy AND a signed copy of Broke the Grape’s Joy . . .

Love French cuisine? Grand Cru Bordeaux wine? Think you could do a short voice-over? Then read on. . .

Broke the Grape’s Joy by Patrick Hilyer, published by FeedARead Publishing, is out in paperback on the 1st of June. The talented young French filmmaker, Jacques-Henri Heim, is producing a short promotional video for the book which will be screened on Amazon and YouTube. We would like YOU to read and record a few lines to use as a voice-over in the video. The voice of the book’s female central character is British English, but everyone is welcome to take part.

All you need to do is:

  1. Download the FREE preview (to your web browser or eBook device) of the Broke the Grape’s Joy from Amazon here.
  2. Read aloud from “I wondered, as I often did . . .” to “. . . like the chimes of the angelus that rang clearly over the empty valley to announce midday”, recording your voice using a PC, Mac or other digital recording device.
  3. When you’re happy with your recording, email the audio file to p.hilyer@mediamanche.com, along with the answer to this question: Where did the title Broke the Grape’s Joy come from?

The selected winner – whose voice will be used on the video – will be announced on the 1st of June and will receive their tasty prize by post along with a signed copy of the book!

If you have any questions or comments please post them here on the blog.

Good luck, find your voice, don’t be microphone shy and enjoy!

Patrick.


Published! My latest book – Broke the Grape’s Joy

November 20, 2011

Sun, Saint-Emilion and Sex (well, a bit…) My latest book, Broke the Grape’s Joy, is now on Amazon and Smashwords. Travelling around le hexagon a couple of years ago gave me plenty of time to think about story lines. The vineyards and the people who manage them were my inspiration. My story is, I suppose, in the A Year In The Sun vein, but there are no leaking sceptic tanks or mysterious chicken thieves in my book. But you will find murder, deceit, bipolar disorder, synaesthesia and Aspergers syndrome… plus the world’s most fabulous wine and an orange 2CV and a Jack Russell, to boot. All that in 80-odd thousand words and all for less than 2 quid!

Get the e-reader format here http://bit.ly/utyvDQ

Get the Kindle version here http://amzn.to/tsszpW

Hope you like the story… Let me know what you think!


Organic Grand Cru Saint Emilion

October 12, 2009

IMG_3527The Ouzoulias family have been making Saint Emilion wine for generations. Their top wine is organic (AB certified) and the 2005 is beginning to show the huge potential of natural viticulture coupled with an enviable position on the village’s limestone plateaux.  2005 produced lakes of great Bordeaux wines but few remain with an affordable price tag like this one…

Château Franc-Pourret 2005 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

A bright carmine robe, medium weight, cerise highlights… so far so good.  First impressions come from a rich blackcurrant fruit and the perfume of violets; next, a wild sandalwood backbone and a hint of something minty.  Firm and juicy but delicate with a long finish on the fruit and a touch of vanilla.  Still way too young but should mature into an elegant, gracious old age.

Photo025For details on staying at Château Franc-Pourret click here…