Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to Savor Fine Caribbean Rum Guest Blog & Giveaway with Marsha A Moore

Thanks, Roxanne, for inviting me to be your guest today on Fangtastic Books!

How to Savor Fine Caribbean Rum

When you think of rum you immediately think of the Caribbean, lying back in a gently swaying hammock and watching the waves crash over the distant coral reef. Whether you are knocking back a shot of overproof in Kingston, drinking a pina colada in Old San Juan, or just relaxing with an Admiral Rodney in Rodney Bay. the Caribbean has been the home of rum for hundreds of years, from the dark days of slavery and plantations, the pirates and buccaneers, to the present days of exotic frozen cocktails enjoyed by tourists.
Two years ago, when I moved to the Tampa area, I was delighted to feel the vibe of the Caribbean seeping into the local atmosphere, and it inspired me to write. The result is my new fantasy erotic romance book, Tears on a Tranquil Lake.

One of my favorite settings in the book takes place on the Haitian island of Tortuga, an unruly pirate hangout during the mid-1600s. My main character, a mermaid named Ciel, makes her first visit to the island and learns the wonders of drinking fine Caribbean rum, among many other pleasures and vices. She gets a lesson from her pirate friends in how best to enjoy some expensive aged blends.

In case you’re curious…after you pour the sample into the glass, lift it up to the light and check for clarity in the rum. Aged rums will have a golden or mahogany hue from their extensive aging in oak barrels. This color indicates what to expect when you taste it. Lighter rums tend to be lighter and drier, and darker rums richer and heavier in flavor. Once the rum is poured into the glass, give it an initial sniff from the far side of the glass. Master blenders use sense of smell the most when creating their rums. Then swirl the rum around in the glass. Now take another whiff of the rum to see if more of the aromas have been released by swirling. Some of the bouquets you may detect: wood; nuts; honey; spice; vanilla; cocoa; orange.

Now for the best part--tasting. Take a small sip and swirl it around your mouth. Let the rum linger on your tongue and then the rest of your mouth. After swallowing the rum, allow the taste to linger and assess the "finish" which will probably be your most important memory of the rum. The length of the "finish", how long the taste remains in your mouth and nose, tells a lot about the complexity of the rum. What did you taste? Oak, vanilla, molasses, caramel, fruit, cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, tobacco, coconut? How would you describe the rum--sweet, smooth, full-bodied, harsh, or well-balanced?

Come join Ciel in Tears on a Tranquil Lake, as she develops a palate for fine Caribbean rum and a few other pirate pleasures.

What a surprise for a young woman, to find herself suddenly transformed into a mermaid.

Ciel’s first thought – track down the merman who changed her and make him reverse his magic.

Unable to find him, survival in her new world becomes paramount. She eagerly accepts help from a dashing pirate captain who takes a fancy to her, lavishing her with finery. When her merman does show up, he competes for her affection. One look into his eyes makes her life more complex -- he is her soul mate.

Which man will she choose – pirate captain or merman? Which life – human or mermaid? Caribbean adventures and dangers chase Ciel as she searches for decisions and the key to her happiness.

Warning: This book contains Haitian vodou, sultry wenches, foul-mouthed scalliwag pirates, overindulgence of fine Caribbean rum, and amorous encounters on deserted beaches.

Publisher: http://museithotpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-926931-29-6
Purchase Link

Would you like to win a copy of
Tears on a Tranquil Lake?
One lucky commenter will win a copy of the ebook courtesy of MuseItHot Publishing.
The contest ends at midnight February 22nd.
To enter leave a comment on this post.


Soli said...

Thanks for the info on selecting/sampling rum. I didn't know it was as sampling wine. :)

I haven't come across a novel of paranormal romance involving a mermaid, or the other mentioned contents contained,yet...This one sounds very intriguing. I would like to be entered, please?

SandyG265 said...

It'd be nice to be in Bermuda right now drinking a Bermuda Triangle.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks for your interest, Soli!

@Sandy I'm kind of partial to rum runners!

Thank you both for stopping by!

BLHmistress said...

I hadn't any idea about rum, wondering what kind they use in rum and coke? (my fave). I haven't I don't think tried to drink rum by itself.

I love books with mermaids, been seeing more come out, or maybe since I started blogging I am seeing them but either case I am excited.


Marsha A. Moore said...

Hi BLHmistress! I've noticed a couple mermaid paranormals, but I don't know if they're gaining in popularity or not--I'm a bit skewed since mermaids are always "in" here in Tampa.

Stephanie said...

I love mermaids and paranormals and your book looks like a great mix of both.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks for your interest, Stephanie!

Danielle Gorman said...

Wow this looks good. I haven't come across many books with mermaids. Definitely want to read this one.


Danielle Gorman said...

Wow this looks good. I haven't come across many books with mermaids. Definitely want to read this one.


Anne said...

Considering the warning at the end of the post, who wouldn't want to read this book!!?? ;-)

Estella said...

I love books with mermaids !

booklover0226 said...

Oh, did someone mention "foul-mouthed scalliwag pirates?"

Yeah! Right up my alley.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Cindy L said...

Ooh...what a great love triangle! A mermaid, a merman and a pirate! Hmmm..wonder who she'll choose...

Lisa said...

What a love triange!

Marsha A. Moore said...

@Danielle and Estrella -- I'm very partial to mermaids too!

@booklover -- I am grateful to Johnny Depp for making pirates so sexy!

@Cindy and Lisa -- it is quite a problem for Ciel to choose. Personally, I'd have a horrible time deciding!

Julie S said...

Mm I love Caribbean rum! I've never though to sample it like people do with wine though. This book sounds really interesting. I'd definitely like to read it.


Tore said...

I haven't read any books about mermaids yet but I would love to very much. I love anything paranormal. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books. Tore923@aol.com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Most of my rum consumption has been via the frozen drinks. I'd love a good mermaid story. Been awhile since I've read one.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Leni said...

Your description of tasting the rum and discovering the flavors was a nice introduction to prepare me to jump right into the book.


Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks to all who participated.

The winner is booklover0226!