Book chat wine tasting event in Milwaukee June 5

I’ll be hosting my first book event in Milwaukee next month, thanks to my friends at Milwaukee Public Market and Thief Wine Shop & Bar. Hope you can join us for a fun talk about wine, men and music. Event details are below.

What: Book chat and wine tasting with author Lisa Mattson and Milwaukee journalist Kristine Hansen

When: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

exes-in-my-ipod cover-lm-teimi-cover-midGather your girlfriends for a juicy book chat and wine tasting hosted by Lisa Mattson, a Midwest transplant turned California wine maven and author of The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country. This lively Q&A discussion between Mattson and Milwaukee author/journalist Kristine Hansen—contributor to Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, FSR, American Way, and more—will cover everything from bad sex to best Syrahs. Event includes a complimentary tasting of wines featured in the book, such as Riunite, J, Ravenswood and Jordan, as well as snacks. Wines featured will be available for purchase at Thief Wine Shop & Bar. RSVP required. 

RSVP: Limited to four tickets per person. Please RSVP online by June 1.

Where: Milwaukee Public Market, Palm Garden, 2nd Level

400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-336-1111

Schedule: Q&A begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Market’s Palm Garden, located on the second floor above Thief Wine Shop & Bar, followed by book signing and wine tasting reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Event Price: Complimentary

Book Price: Download a digital copy of the book ($3.99) before the event. Paperback copies ($14.99) will also be sold at the event.

Background Info: Wine media veteran Lisa Mattson has released The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country, a novel that cleverly harnesses the emotion of music-triggered memories through audio speakers on mobile devices. Using a collection of ex-boyfriends’ songs, the book follows the dating disasters and pipe dreams of Miami transplant Harley Aberle, a redneck waitress from the Midwest who blossoms into a refined wine maven during her bewildering struggle to learn the difference between sex and love and the power of self-respect. View the book’s press release.

b_IMG_0256_pp_web_CROPPEDAbout Lisa Mattson: Lisa Mattson is an award-winning wine blogger and former magazine editor with more than 17 years of experience in wine marketing. Her first novel, The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country, was inspired by personal experiences. Raised in the Midwest, Mattson grew up surrounded by shotguns and beer cans before moving to Florida and discovering wine during college. Her wine career began in South Florida at The Cellar Club at The Biltmore Hotel and The Wine News magazine. Since moving to Northern California in 2001, Mattson has worked for E&J Gallo Winery, Wilson Daniels Ltd. and is currently Director of Marketing & Communications for Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Follow Mattson at or Learn more at

updated_bio_kristine_hansenAbout Kristine Hansen: Based in Milwaukee, Kristine Hansen writes about wine and wine-country travel for publications that include Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, American Airlines’ inflight magazine and As Wine Editor for FSR Magazine she tracks wine and pairing trends at restaurants. Her journey into wine writing began in 2006 over many late-night writing sessions penning a book (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee and Tea) about her other beverage crush, coffee. Hard at work on a novel set in Napa Valley, Kristine travels to California wine-country often in the name of research. Follow Hansen at Learn more at

MPMlogoAbout Milwaukee Public Market: Located in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Public Market preserves the nature of this historical neighborhood and capitalizes on the history of an area that native Wisconsinites associate with fresh food. The modern-day public market opened October 2005 and houses nearly 20 different artisans. Cooking classes and special events are also offered. Follow Milwaukee Public Market at Learn more at

THIEFWINElogoAbout Thief Wine Shop & Bar: Thief Wine is a boutique fine wine shop and bar with an exceptional selection of distinctive and eclectic fine wines from around the world. Opened in 2008 by Northern California transplants Phil Bilodeau and Aimee Murphy, Thief Wine, located in Milwaukee Public Market, stocks more than 650 different wines from both classic and emerging regions, while the wine bar offers 30-plus wines by the glass, taste or flight. Themed tastings are featured every week and monthly in-depth seminars. Thief Wine’s second location in Shorewood opened in 2010. Follow Thief Wine at Learn more at




99-cent sale on Kindle ebook for ChickLitMay and Mother’s Day

chick-lit-MayMay is finally here! The weather’s warming up, your cute new bathing suit’s all ready to go, and you’ve got the kitchen stocked with fixins for your favorite fruity cocktails. The only thing missing is the perfect book to read while you’re soaking up some Vitamin D at the beach or pool. Good thing May is also International Chick Lit Month! To celebrate, some of the genre’s funniest and most talented authors are offering their lighthearted, romantic reads for $0.99 each this week only, May 5-11! So, load up your eReader and slather on the sunscreen, because your new book boyfriends are waiting for you under the umbrella . . .

And, I’m sure there are plenty of moms out there who love a juicy romance with chick-lit style, so you might find some fun Mother’s Day gift ideas.

You can find all the participating authors by searching #ChickLitMay or #99CentChickLit on Twitter.

I’m offering The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country for $0.99 cents this week in honor of Chick Lit May (regularly $3.99). Buy the Kindle ebook here.

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