Congratulations to our own romance columnist Christie Ridgway, who just signed a deal with Berkley to publish a new series of contemporary romance novels. Set in Napa, The Three Kisses trilogy focuses on three single sisters who are fighting to keep their struggling vineyard afloat—and the smoking hot bachelor brothers who are the sisters' biggest competitors. Or, in Christie's words: “One failing winery, two feuding families, three unforgettable pairings.” The first book is tentatively scheduled for next summer. I have very fond, fuzzy memories of a trip I took to Napa a couple of years ago—Christie, if you need help with all that research, give me a call!

If you haven't read Christie's column for June, check it out here. In my humble (and yes, biased) opinion, it's a must-read for any romance or women's fiction fan.

ETA: Anyone with Napa Valley area insights for Christie, feel free to share in the comments.

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