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the naked sommelier  ​

Where the Law of Attraction meets the War on Terroir.
Frustrated writer Laura McLove finds the ideal way to avoid writer’s block–a younger man. Leon–flaxen hair, eyes of cornflowers, lips for kissing, a French wine expert and rugged traveller. Laura manipulates her way onto Leon’s US road trip using the law of attraction. But what about her great debut novel? And does she get the guy?

If you like your romantic fiction without the romance, and your literary fiction from the school of Fante and Bukowski, this is an unashamed how-the-hell-to-become-a-writer novel. Not from the pen of another bright–and male–young thing. No! This is a full-on, hormonal literary reclamation from a woman making damned sure she gets in on the action. Sort of.



the BUDAPEST artists' cluB​

Music. Dance. Betrayal.
Budapest, 1999. Millennium Night. Two identical violas. An instrument ‘heist’. But for what? What is the mystery of the strange three-stringed viola that has been hanging in a Romanian museum for decades? A walk through the past for Laura McLove as she returns to present day Budapest, in search of a folk dancer called Zoltán, all the while retelling the tale when she became the fall girl for a musical instrument heist in those inbetween days–post communism, pre EU. Those Were The Days ...


Will she find Zoltán? And what’s with the three strings anyway?

A little bit retro, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.
Come and join Laura and her old friend Valentin as they once again go dancing at The Budapest Artists’ Club on Franz Liszt Square. You’re never too old to fancie a folkie.


Laura McLove arrives at Hungary’s Lake Balaton to wait for her fiancé Max. 
Alone at the family villa, she stumbles on a real-life spy ring, a missing manuscript—and a mystery that leads all the way to Hollywood.

Levendula—Lavender Villa—once famous as an artists’ salon, had been under surveillance by the communist regime. What happened to Max’s father when the secret police came one night in 1972? And where is his missing manuscript? Laura befriends villa caretaker Mrs Szabó to help to find out.


Exploring Lake Balaton on foot, on bicycle, by boat, amongst vineyards and ancient abbeys, Laura uncovers one story after another until Mrs Szabó tricks Laura on the night of the Anna Ball. 

When Laura finds out she is not Max’s first fiancé, her world is thrown upside down.


In a world where everyone was informing on everybody else, does anybody know the truth? Laura takes off for Tihany Abbey by boat to meet with an old Benedictine monk where the truth begins to unravel.

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