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Books by Michele Scott

Murder Uncorked

Nikki Sands was like every other aspiring actress—waiting tables between jobs. But Nikki had taken serving wines to heart. She knew enough to impress Napa Valley’s golden boy, Derek Malveaux, who offered her a job at his vineyard. And though Nikki may have left her dreams of stardom behind, the world of wine is ripe with intrigue—and the seeds of sleuthing are planted…

Murder By the Glass

Life is sweet for Nikki Sands. She’s toasting her new job at Malveaux Estate in Napa Valley and balancing a love triangle with a neighboring winemaker and her boss, vineyard owner Derek Malveaux—the catch of the county. And tonight, Nikki will be on the arm of Napa’s golden boy at a Sonoma mansion for the wedding of the decade…
Nikki’s friend Isabel agreed to cater the wedding—before she learned that the groom was her cheating lover. After the ceremony, Isabel asks Nikki to bring the obnoxious bride another glass of wine. But Nikki finds the new wife sprawled on the floor—murdered. Since the dear departed made enemies easily, there’s a bushel of suspects—many of them close to Nikki. Now, it’s up to her to get to the bottom of what may have been a killer bottle of wine.

Wine Pairings and Recipes included.

Silenced by Syrah

As the Vineyard Manager at Malveaux Estates, Nikki Sands knows a lot about wine pairings, but she has a harder time making matches in her own life. Is it finally time to give up her crush on her boss, Derek Malveaux, and commit to winemaker Andr s? With big changes afoot at the Estates, Nikki’s days of wine and roses may be over sooner than she thinks…
Malveaux Estates has added a boutique hotel and spa to its beautiful grounds, and everyone in Napa is abuzz about the hotel’s restaurant, Georges on the Vineyard. Its opening has been delayed a bit by the quirks of star chef Georges Debussey, better known for his cuisine than his couth. When Georges doesn’t return to the kitchen after a relaxing Syrah bath splash at the spa on opening night, Nikki figures the bubbles must have gone to his head. But instead of bubbles, it was a bullet-leaving Nikki to wonder what kind of wine can be paired with murder…

A Vintage Murder

When things in the land down under start to heat up, murder steps in. Nikki and her boss-turned-boyfriend came to Australia to visit the Hahndorf Winery, but it seems they’ve also walked onto a movie set. And when lead actress Lucy Swanson is found dead in her trailer, bitten by a poisonous snake, Nikki must comb the vineyards of the valley to catch a killer with a venomous streak—before she’s struck herself.

Corked by Cabernet

Nikki Sands is exactly where she wants to be as the Manager of the Malveaux Estates in Napa Valley—and “shacking up” with the owner, her boyfriend Derek Malveaux. But she starts to lose control when some self-helpers arrive and steal her peace of mind…
Nikki couldn’t be happier settling into the vineyard with her boyfriend Derek. But when a guru and his followers check into the winery’s boutique hotel and spa for a retreat, she feels far from enlightened as she’s forced to take on the role of event coordinator. Their first outing on the famous Napa Valley Wine train reinforces her doubt when a member goes missing. The guru’s devotee is found in the wine storage car where someone quite literally—and fatally—put a cork in him. It’s up to Nikki to stop a killer who’s developed a real taste for murder…

A Toast to Murder

The big day is swiftly approaching for Nikki Sands—Manager of the Malveaux Estates in Napa Valley—and her fiance Derek Malveaux, who owns the winery. But when they start receiving cryptic messages questioning their belief in fate, things quickly turn fatal…
As the wedding grows closer, it seems the entire affair is cursed. A chewing gum fiasco forces Nikki to cut her hair and go platinum blonde. Then Derek’s old college buddies, along with an assortment of old flames and frustrating family relations, show up to work Nikki’s last nerve. But when Nikki’s close pal Simon is shot as he walks her down the aisle, Nikki realizes that she has to find a matrimonial murderer before her wedding becomes someone’s funeral.

A Killer Margarita

Napa Valley winery manager Nikki Sands is full of Christmas cheer and anticipating an exciting family vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to ring in the New Year. Along with her husband Derek, his brother Simon, and Simon’s partner Marco they head for sun, surf, and sand expecting to enjoy some serious R & R.
However, things turn dark rather rapidly when Nikki uncovers a dead body washed up on the shore. The victim, a woman who goes by the name Dream, was staying at the same hotel as Nikki, and seemed like a troubled soul. When someone who Nikki believes did not commit the crime is arrested, in typical Nikki Sands fashion she goes on the hunt for a killer. This time she not only receives a little help from Simon and Marco, but also—surprisingly—from her newlywed husband Derek.
When a second body turns up though, Nikki & Co. begin to realize that they might be in way over their heads on this one, as it looks like a Mexican Cartel could have a hand in the murders.
With car chases, masterful disguises, and a couple of Chihuahuas wearing ponchos and sombreros, Nikki will have to find who is behind the murders quick, or possibly find herself and her family six-feet under.

Includes festive drink and recipe pairings!

A Perfectly Purloined Pinot: A Wine Lover’s Mystery Novella

Nikki Sands is back! In this short story Nikki discovers that a rare and extremely expensive bottle of Pinot Noir has been removed from the Malveaux Estate Cellar and everyone she knows and loves is a suspect…
When Nikki’s newlywed husband, Derek, asks her to locate the only bottle left of the very exclusive, collectible wine of Pearl’s Pinot for a couple of special clients, she figures that it’s not a problem. The problem that she sees is that Derek seems to have forgotten that the evening he has invited these important clients to dinner also happens to be her birthday.
Priding herself in her organizational and management skills, Nikki is shocked to discover that Pearl’s Pinot has disappeared from the cellar. There are only a few people who have access to the private cellar and they include two of her closest friends–Simon (Derek’s brother) and Alyssa, as well as the new chef at the gourmet restaurant on the vineyard.
Nikki refuses to give up trying to find who took the perfectly purloined pinot, and as with all of the mysteries this modern day Nancy Drew solves the answer as to whodunnit is sure to surprise!

Dog Gone: A Wine Lover’s Mystery Short Story

In this Wine Lover’s short, two of your favorite characters get to take center stage–Simon Malveaux and Nikki and Derek’s beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback Ollie.

While dog sitting, Simon decides to take Ollie out on a little shopping spree, but when Ollie goes missing, it’s Simon’s turn to put on the Miss Marple hat and play detective. If he doesn’t find Ollie in time, he knows he’ll be a dead man at Nikki’s hands!

This short story takes place in between Corked by Cabernet and A Toast to Murder.

The Dead Celeb: An Evie Preston Mystery

What happens when a small town girl moves to Hollywood to pursue her dreams and winds up smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation, haunted by famous dead celebs, and working for the biggest pop star in the music industry?

Introducing Evie Preston: Small-town girl and under-the-radar healer, currently trapped in a po-dunk Texas town but yearning for something more. When fate gives her the opportunity to move to Hollywood to follow her dreams, Evie finds herself navigating through the land of glitz and glamour, and the realm of (dead) celebrities…

Saddled With Trouble (The Michaela Bancroft Suspense Series Book 1)

Equal parts suspense and understated contemporary romance, “Saddled with Trouble” is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.
Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle Lou is found murdered in a stable stall, impaled by a pitchfork. The distraught Bancroft vows to find the person or people behind the senseless homicide, but the deeper she digs into her uncle’s secretive past (an ill-managed business venture involving an artificial insemination breeding program, rumors of infidelity, mysterious payoffs, etc.), the more potential suspects come to the forefront. Even Bancroft’s closest friends — trusted veterinarian Ethan Slater and her fun-loving roommate, Camden — become prime suspects. Ignoring the advice of hunky detective Jude Davis, Bancroft continues snooping around and soon finds herself the killer’s next target….

Death Reins In (The Michaela Bancroft Suspense Series Book 2)

Racetrack veterinarian Bob Pratt is missing. When Michaela Bancroft’s good friend Audrey reveals to her that her brother has been gone for a few days, Michaela assures her that she will do what she can to help.
Then when Audrey is viciously murdered, Michaela is certain Bob’s disappearance is related.
Michaela will go digging for answers that will lead her from Palm Desert to Malibu, where a killer awaits to answer her questions personally.

Tacked to Death (The Michaela Bancroft Suspense Series Book 3)

When polo rider Sterling Tabor is clubbed to death with a polo mallet, suspicion falls on Michaela Bancroft.
Of an alleged affair with the murder victim send Michaela into a rage and on the hunt for her own answers.
When a seedy secret from the past comes to light, Michaela finds herself in the worst kind of trouble— the deadly kind.
A new tack shop and a gala polo match are reasons to celebrate for horse trainer Michaela Bancroft—until equestrian Sterling Tabor is found clubbed to death with a polo mallet. Worse yet, suspicion falls on Michaela… Read more…

Silent Harmony: A Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover’s Mystery (Fairmont Riding Academy Book 1)

Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going on—she is also an “equine empath,” someone who has the ability to read horses’ minds and moods. When she receives a full scholarship to attend Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school with a famous riding program, she struggles with homesickness, hazing by the school’s snooty drama queen, intense competition in the sport of three-day-eventing, and the not-altogether-unwelcome interest of a hot guy. On top of all of that the horse given to Vivienne via the scholarship is an animal that she cannot “read” or understand. When Vivienne learns that her new horse Harmony belonged to the school’s vet, who recently died in a freak accident, she senses that the horse’s aloof behavior may be the result of her witnessing this accident. But as a connection begins to unfold between Vivienne and Harmony, Vivienne begins to believe that the vet’s death was no accident at all–but rather murder–and she resolves, at considerable peril, to track down the killer.

Dark Harmony: A Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover’s Mystery (Fairmont Riding Academy Book 2)

As seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor returns to Fairmont Riding Academy for the second semester, she just wants to get past the drama that dominated her first months at the school.
Reunited with her beloved horse, Harmony, Vivvie vows to focus on riding, particularly with the announcement that a select group of students will be chosen to compete at a Three Day Event in Kentucky, with access to world class coaches afterwards. Making the team is exactly what Vivvie needs to get to the next level. Yet she’s hardly back before her talent for reading the animals’ minds gives her a slew of troubling insights, not the least of which is that certain horses seem to be walling themselves off from her. The horses make her increasingly suspicious of everything from new student Joel’s actions to her boyfriend’s troubled past. But it’s not until someone incredibly close to Vivvie goes missing that she realizes she must seek out the truth no matter the risks.
As Vivvie trains for the hyper-competitive Three Day Event, she must not only solve the mysteries around her and tune into the horses she loves so much, but she must listen to her own heart, too.

Perfect Harmony: A Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover’s Mystery (Fairmont Riding Academy Book 3)

Vivienne embarks upon the summer of her dreams as one of the few students selected for a training program back east at Liberty Farms. But as focused as she is on her riding, Vivvie also has a secret agenda: to investigate the death of Joel Parker, her friend who she believes was tragically murdered.
Vivvie has hardly set foot in the state-of-the-art barns before things start to go amiss. Her gift for communicating with horses reveals that some of the creatures are harboring dark secrets. When people turn up from Vivvie’s past who she’d rather avoid, including one trainer she suspects of drugging ponies, Vivvie struggles to keep her focus. Meanwhile, ex-boyfriend drama threatens to interfere with her growing feelings for Austen, a handsome rider who wants nothing more than to keep Vivvie safe.
The mystery surrounding Joel’s death deepens and as Vivvie edges closer to the truth, unexpected revelations threaten her future. Will Vivvie play it safe or will she risk it all to protect those she loves while staying in the ring?

Happy Hour

Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her “go to girls” The friends that she can turn to who “get it.” The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley

The Clover Siblings and the Evil of Desmal

This is a perfect book for children between the ages of 8-12 years old!

Mason and Carter Clover only agree on two things–their baby sister Isabella is a royal pain and their favorite video game, Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge, is totally awesome. But fantasy turns to reality when Zamora’s evil face appears across the brothers television screen. Claiming to have kidnapped Isabella, the queen challenges the boys to a daring rescue, inviting them to her island–the Island of Desmal–before she takes over their sister’s soul.

Zamora’s plan is to use the baby as a human vessel to travel to Earth and dominate the world. Once the brothers figure out how to get inside the video game, they are hurled into the magical land of Boysen where they meet their helpful guides: a sage, a quirky mermaid, and a Pegasus (who flies them to each thrilling level of the video game), and toward the evil on the Isle of Desmal. Read more…

A Writer’s Workshop

Michele Scott is the author of the bestselling mystery “Murder Uncorked,” and the Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s) Mysteries, which are currently being produced for a network television series. She has also written the highly acclaimed novel “Happy Hour,” in addition to several international bestselling thrillers under the pen name A.K. Alexander. Her thrillers have reached top 10 bestseller lists in the U.S., and the U.K.
In “A Writer’s Workshop,” the author recounts a variety of workshops she has taught over the past several years, covering everything from plotting and characterization to revising and sub-plotting. She has updated the book to include the hot topic of traditional publishing versus indie and e-book publishing. The author has also included helpful worksheets for writers to utilize throughout their own writing process.
This study guide will help the new writer to jump start their first novel, as well as for the seasoned writer to refresh their knowledge of the writing fundamentals and gain inspiration.
In an entertaining and conversational approach, “A Writer’s Workshop” offers a little something to anyone who has taken a leap of faith and followed their heart into the writer’s journey.