If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred.

Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, right before turning thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun . . . except for two teeny tiny challenges—she’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, and her sister bought her a book, Nice to Naughty in Ten Easy Steps, and dares her to master every step. Sage never backs down from a challenge.

Garrett Rye is Ryeland Farms. He grew up under his father’s wing and has now taken over operations. Working the fields was nothing compared to the hassle of managing, but keeping the farm running without hiccups is what’s expected. His brother and sister may run The Yard, but Ryeland Farms is the rock of their family. No matter how many changes swirl around him, Garrett intends to keep it that way.

It’s New Year’s Eve and Sage, who’s had too much tequila, is realizing it’s easier to read about “naughty” than actually put it into practice. Instead of a wild night, she ends up tucked into Garrett’s truck, spilling her heart. Now, Garrett is finding it impossible to concentrate on keeping things business as usual when the woman he’s only noticed behind the bar suddenly wants to raise the bar.

Both stirred and shaken, Sage and Garrett will have to decide whether to keep mixing things up or if they should put their feelings on ice.

Quotes

“This was worse than the wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park. He suddenly wasn’t sure what to do with his hands, whether to scream or laugh. He had no idea what to do with her. Well, actually he did, lots of ideas it turned out, but this was a farmers market.”

“She let out a slow breath, listening to the low, rhythmic lilt of a country song she didn’t recognize. Jack made himself comfortable and rested his head on her lap. Sage peeked at Garrett, driving silently beside her, his face lit by the dash, and her heart settled into her chest, content to stay right where it was. Her eyes were heavy and as she drifted off to sleep, she heard tequila, in a voice that sounded a lot like her own, say, “I love you, Garrett Rye.” Oh, me too, tequila, me too”

Reviews

“The story showed how love can be messy, intrusive, and confusing as can be.”
Angel

“This is an engrossing read, and Sage and Garrett are likable, complex and genuine. They work hard to learn to trust each other and find their forever. Their chemistry is captivating and Ms. Ewens does a great job of creating seduction behind closed doors.”
LJT

“The prose was always gentle, loving, careful.”
T Van

“Another endearing, sexy romance that will get readers drunk in love.”
Adriana

“…a fantastic story about what really matters in life…”
Laura

Chapter One

Sage Jeffries never backed down from a challenge. “There’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it” was practical- ly a family motto growing up. She and her three sisters spent their childhood outsmarting, outrunning, and out-achieving one another. Hollis graduated high school in three and a half years; Sage did it in three. Annabelle rode in her first competitive horse show when she was seven, so their youngest sister Meg made sure to win her first blue ribbon by the same age. To say the Jeffries girls were competitive was an understatement. So, it took the family by surprise when Sage bowed out of corporate life to become a bartender in Los Angeles. “Not simply a bartender, a mixologist,” she had said, but her sisters mocked what they called her foolishness while her parents offered up some extra cash. She’d been in LA almost three years now, and mixing drinks wasn’t all that different from building robots. She’d always loved pieces and parts—figuring out what worked together and fixing things that were broken. Shortly before turning thirty, she’d announced during a family dinner her desire to experience more than what she’d learned in a classroom or the boardroom. She wanted stories and adventure. Since renting her little 1960s-style, one-bedroom bungalow, Sage had become an experience junkie. She went to festivals, had jumped out of a plane, traveled, hiked, and competed in cocktail competitions. She loved her job and after reading a book on giving back, she’d become involved in her local community center. In a few months, she would be teaching bridge, which would have made her grandmother so proud. Sage was up for anything that brought her closer to life—real life.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
    Carlene
    Carlene (Tap)
  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
    TeriLyn
    TeriLyn (Playbook)
  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
    Becky
    Becky (Exposure)
  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
    Wishful Miss
    Wishful Miss (Brew)
  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
    Rachel
    Rachel (Smooth)
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Farmers Market Sunflowers. 👩‍🌾🌻⁣
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I’ll have to look because if not, these gorgeous bursts of orange need to be on the page somewhere. 🧡⁣
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These books looked so lovely together when I unpacked that I’ve left them just as they are on my shelf. ⁣💛💙💜♥️
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I have this practice of reading books on my Kindle first and then buying the ones I love for my shelves. These are all fantastic stories. ⁣
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Fun fact: In my book CATCH, Jules reads TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN at the suggestion of Millie and Auntie N. 

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Books are brilliant that way. The gorgeous colors are a bonus. ⁣🥰
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This is one of my favorite pictures- me, Michael, and our son in Kanazawa, Japan. It was a funny night, and I was in such a great mood. ⁣
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I'm a notoriously bad picture taker. Seriously someone pulls out a phone, and I lose my mind. ⁣
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Four months after this trip, I found out I had cancer.  I keep this picture in my office even though it is bittersweet. It reminds me that everything is temporary- the good and the bad. ⁣
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Ann Patchett surprises me with the gift of the extraordinarily ordinary every time I read her work. ⁣
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THE DUTCH HOUSE and these words will stay with me forever. ❤️⁣
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All book birthdays are special to me, but CATCH - A LOVE STORY survived breast cancer, moving, and a global pandemic. Well done, Jules and Tyler, you two are magic. Now, off you go. 🥰⁣
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Happy Tuesday to all #amwriting and #amreading! ⁣
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CATCH is out tomorrow. 🥰📚⁣
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We just moved into our new place (still emptying boxes), but I think Jules would approve of my new office view. ⁣
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I’m so excited to finally share Jules and Tyler’s story. I hope you love them as much as I do. 💋⁣
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Me: Cliché phrase. 🙄⁣
Also Me: Stevie elevates everything. 🙌⁣
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Michael racing Newport to Ensenada.❤️ ⁣
Why have I not written a sailor yet? 🤔⁣
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Photo by @katlynewenss, which may or may not piss off her brother @cotter_ewens. Although, I'm guessing he's pretty secure in his abilities. 😘⁣
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So many words to write this week but first…Monday flowers! 💐 
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My oldest’s new addition. The cuteness is strong in this one. 🐾😘
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Finally!  Catch - A Love Story will be everywhere in ebook and print on June 8th. Audiobook by the end of June. 

Ebook up for pre-order. Link in bio. Netgalley coming soon. Happy Reading. ❤️
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Tap is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #teddyhamilton and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Cade and Sistine to life. ❤️
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Smooth is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #wenross and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Patrick and Aspen to life. ❤️
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Calling all #plantlovers. Can someone tell me what this is? I thought it was a gardenia, but now that it has bloomed and isn’t fragrant, I’m stumped. 🤔
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Brew is now an audiobook and available everywhere audio is sold!  Thank you to #sebastianyork and @onenightstandstudios for bringing Boyd and Ella to life. ❤️
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The best time to wear a red sweater is all the time. ❤️ 
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This photo was on my vision board while I was writing Brew. Granted, Boyd isn’t quite that grey and Mason is older, but for me this image captured the ease of their relationship. 

I am revisiting all things Brew lately since I just finished listening to the new audiobook (thank you, #sebastianyork), which will be available everywhere in the coming weeks. 

When I know I’m going to love a book or any new release by my favorite authors, I will get the audiobook and the ebook at the same time so I don’t  have to stop the story when Jack needs a walk. 

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Attempting to make something happen today. Happy 2021 everyone. How’s it going so far? 🤪
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Goodnight sun. ☀️ 
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Fall 🍁 
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Jack! 🎃 👻 
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Anonymous ❤️
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We need the tonic of wildness... ❤️
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New view 💛
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Last blooms before things get really🔥 here in the 🌵
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Life is always happening and waiting for us to notice. - @msmeljolly 
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Just in case you need some Jack. ❤️
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Oh, Nature. I needed this today. Thank you. ☺️❤️
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Yeah, I might have a @blackwing problem. 
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A bit of extra cleaning, and my little library is going strong. #socialdistancing #besafeoutthere #littlelibrary #imnotalibrarianbutiplayoneonmystreet
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Noticed this awesome bit of yellow after lunch today. Why do all of my characters drive trucks or not drive at all? This Bug is practically begging for A Love Story and I’m on it. 🥰
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It feels so good to be back. #grateful  #fuckcancer #writersofinstagram #amwriting
Bodega Bay is named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra even though he discovered modern day Tomales Bay instead. History is quirky that way. 
The word “bodega” means store room or wine cellar. Bodega y Quadra most likely had ancestors who worked with or owned goods and wine. Names are cool that way. 
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BookBub Alert! Blow- A Love Story will be featured on 10/17. Only $0.99 for the ebook on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple. 
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