Over A Barrel: Stafýlia Cellars: Book 1 takes place over the course of 34 years and the events of one night. It tells the story of two lifelong friends who can't stop crossing the line. But they have to learn or they could lose everything, including each other.
Friends to lovers, opposites attract story about the steamy and stormy history between US Senate Candidate Baxter Schroeder, and bold, brash Tabitha Aganos. Best friends who think they can ignore fate.
Bax It’s a lovely formal event, where I’m playing my part in my custom cut tuxedo, fiancée tucked into my side and a plastered candidate smile. I’ve shaken the right hands and laughed at the right jokes. I’ve worked tirelessly and now I’m ready for the culmination of my life’s work, a run for the US Senate.
Then the evening shatters in the best way. She’s the light in all the rooms. She’s a bright shiny ball of crazy. My gorgeous raven haired lunatic best friend always reminds me to be both the buttoned-up version of myself and the kid I was growing up. Something always pulls me back to my twerking explosion of a best friend, who has kept a F@#% IT List for over a decade filled with people, places, and things she’s explored. I can’t stop myself from thinking Hurricane Tabi is the key to staying grounded as I head out on the campaign trail. Our past is so complicated but I need a little of that unhinged enthusiasm around me to lighten up my already predictable path to DC. We can be the counterbalance friends we always were, just without the complication of sex.
Tabitha In 24 freaking hours, I ended up catfighting, homeless, arrested for peeing on a duck and my boob popped out à la Janet Jackson style during a formal event. All of this further proves to my father why he was right in denying me more responsibility at our family winery. And then good ole, sexy as hell Bax, figures out a way for me to adult. My best friend once again catches me as I free-fall. Work for him to prove I’m responsible and can be trusted. If anyone can help me “grow up” in the eyes of my father it’s the most adult person I know.
Bax & I have steered clear of spending time together since he decided to run for Senate and become engaged because we mostly end up naked when left to our own devices. But this is a grown-up job I don’t want to risk losing. I don’t want to let down the only person who has always believed in me. I can keep the secret of our history tucked away just like I can tuck my boob back in my bra and get on with not being in love with Baxter Schroeder.
The Stafýlia Cellars duet is a spinoff and features characters who originated in the LaChappelle/Whittier Vineyards trilogy.
I used to create "dreams" with my best friend growing up. We'd each pick a boy we liked, then we'd write down a meet-cute that always ended with a happily ever after. Now I get to dream every day, although it's a little steamier these days. And I've discovered I can and will write anywhere I can. Keep tuned to Instagram to see all the times I fit in a sentence or two. I've published one trilogy, one duet, and a standalone this year and there's a lot more planned.
I'm a writer, married to a writer, mother of a creative dynamo of a nine-year-old boy, and currently a little sleepy. I'm a klutz and goofball and love lipstick as much as my Chuck Taylors.
Good things in the world: pepperoni pizza, Flair pens*, wine, coffee, laughing with my friends until my stomach hurts, a musician at the top of their game, getting lost somewhere I've never been, matinee movies on a weekday, the Chicago Cubs, a fresh new notebook full of possibilities, bourbon on a cold night, Fantasy Football, witty men, walking through the local zoo in the rain and that moment when a character clicks in and begins to write their own adventure. I'm just the pen.