Today I’m excited to say we have a guest post from one of my favorite authors, Jen Lane. She wrote the uber-fabulous CONduct Series and has just come out with a new YA novel.

I know what you’re thinking – YA doesn’t belong on a site that embraces wine so lovingly. But I say this book is not just for YA-ers. Plus we’re having a one-day giveaway with lots of fun prizes. To enter, just leave a comment!

Without further ado, here is a guest post from the talented Jen Lane:

What better place to have a launch party than a blog featuring delicious wines? *clinks glass with Syrah and Chardonnay* Thank you, ladies, for helping to celebrate the release of Streamline!

Streamline is a Young Adult romantic suspense novel:

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter–her father–is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.

Syrah and Chardonnay typically review adult stories (and wrote lovely reviews for my two adult romantic suspense novels, With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior). But I think fans of adult fiction will enjoy this story too, since it covers many “mature” elements like psychotherapy, prison, and drug addiction, as well as adult themes of healing and redemption.

One complaint I have about some YA novels is that they completely ignore the parents, so in Streamline I focused on the dynamics of two military families, including the parents and siblings. Perhaps my lead characters Leo and Audrey can’t legally partake of the delicious wine served here, but WE can, as we read about their adventures!

So when you’re sipping your wine . . . Streamline!