The Exes in My iPod book release: new romance novel blends music, sex and wine

My official press release announcing the debut of The Exes in My iPod.



Audio-enhanced e-book is a spicy blend of bad romances, sex, music and wine

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (October 13, 2013)—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 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.

With iTunes and Pandora app song previews, The Exes in My iPod e-book editions allow readers to play clips of each song mentioned in the novel with a simple finger tap. Available in English and distributed internationally, The Exes in My iPod e-book edition ($4.99) is now available on iTunes and Amazon, with Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel and Sony Reader to follow in early November. (An enhanced tablet version is also offered on iTunes for iPad owners.) The print edition ($19.99) will release in late October on Amazon and early November on Barnes & Noble websites. Links to free samples and all retail purchase pages can be found here.

“I hope this book inspires women to create their own Exes playlists and discover the hidden beauty of all that baggage,” Mattson says. “Our relationship failures make us who we are. My iPod has been the best therapist I’ve ever had. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need in a relationship to be happy be reliving all my dating mistakes through a playlist.” Fans can find out how to create their own Exes playlist here.

Humbling yet reassuring, The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country is a no-holds-barred account of Harley Aberle’s quest to win the hearts of a motley crew of men during her twenties—that golden decade of poor judgment where college, career, alcohol and romance run a crash course. With a musical time capsule of 13 songs, Harley takes readers on a rockin’ journey through laugh-out-loud heartaches and headaches, as this Midwest waitress from a long line of alcoholics searches for true love and her calling in life—only to find both in California wine country.

About Lisa M. Mattson

Lisa M. 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 Kansas, Mattson grew up surrounded by shotguns and beer cans before moving to Florida and discovering wine during college. She is currently Communications Director for Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Follow Mattson at or Learn more.

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