From the Personal Journal of Dr. Amanda Aligheri, December 16, 2014
Okay, this is my first attempt at doing one of these things. I’m more used to keeping a lab notebook than writing in a journal, but I’m giving this a go because I need to do something—anything—to get out of the rut I’ve been in. See, I’ve been working waaay too much (What can I say? I feel guilty), but it’s starting to wear on me.
I know, I know, you’re thinking to yourself, but Mandy, you’re the life of the party!
True. I show up, and I am a lot of fun when I’m there. But haven’t you noticed that after I say hi and make the rounds, I disappear for the rest of the evening? Yeah. I went back to my lab.
So here’s my first New Year’s resolution:
- Stop working so much
And I’ve decided that I have to get away, just for a little while, to get my bearings because if I don’t, I’m going to crack. Chase and Ann invited me up to Napa between Christmas and New Year’s to help them plan their wedding, and even though I know everyone in my lab will freak out, I’m going! My next resolution?
- Try to relax
And while I’m relaxing, I’m going to make a game plan for how to keep relaxing once I get back home. I like being organized (as if you couldn’t tell).
There’s one little crimp in my plan, and that is I know I’ll have to see him – Liam Flynn—the guy I almost loved and definitely lost two years ago up in Tahoe. He’s Chase’s friend—owns a winery, has reddish brown hair and broad shoulders and a killer smile—and, well, let’s just say it was hard to resist him the first time. But I did. I definitely did. And the problem is, I don’t know if I can do it again.
I’d better make another resolution.
- Don’t fall in love
New Year’s in Napa
by Elisabeth Barrett
Driven by guilt, biotechnology researcher Amanda Aligheri spends every waking moment in her Silicon Valley laboratory. Desperate for a change, she makes a New Year’s resolution: go to Napa, relax, and achieve some balance. The problem? There’s no chance to soul-search while tempting-as-sin winemaker Liam Flynn is around. Mandy and Liam have history together, and one glance at his easy smile reminds her exactly why she fell for him the first time.
A software engineer at heart, Liam Flynn left a lucrative position at a San Francisco tech company in order to help his dad manage their third-generation family winery, and he’s done his best to take the business to the next level. Two years ago, sparks flew between Liam and Mandy, but the moment he mentioned commitment, she turned and fled back to the safety of her lab. When Mandy shows up at his winery, she’s just as beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn as he remembers…but this time Liam isn’t giving up without a fight.
Will one romantic, wintery week in Napa be enough for Liam to convince Mandy he’s the one for her, or when the new year comes will she forget about her resolution and return to Silicon Valley—and her research—without him?
In the comments section, tell me if you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution (bonus points if you tell what it is!), and one random commenter will win a digital copy of New Year’s in Napa! Contest ends December 23, 2014 at midnight PST!