Book: Pairs With Life
Author: John Taylor
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Romantic-Comedy, Wine-Themed, Has-Been Rockstar
Publisher: Hurn Publications
Publish Date: September 15th, 2020
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Book Overview

Forty-eight-year-old Corbett Thomas, a one-hit wonder of the 90s, now works as the lead sommelier at Napa Valley’s hippest restaurant. Set to become one of the few Master Sommeliers in the world, Corbett self-destructs during his final exam, ruining his last chance at capturing the stardom and adoration he got a taste for in his youth.

When billionaire game designer, Brogan Prescott, asks Corbett to consult on a major vineyard acquisition, Corbett sees it as a shot at redemption, until he learns of Brogan’s ridiculous vision of a virtual-reality, Woke Ant Colony Winery. Disgusted, Corbett decides to buy the vineyard himself and preserve its magic and history. Cashless, clueless, and with his reputation in tatters, Corbett enlists the help of his bass-player-turned-lawyer Seamus O’Flaherty, who may have finally lost his stomach for Corbett’s bad ideas; his uber-rational daughter Remy, who wants Corbett to uncork some family secrets he’d rather leave in the cellar; and Sydney Cameron, whose sudden appearance in Corbett’s life may repair his heart or shatter it forever.

With their help-and sometimes despite it-Corbett discovers what Brogan has known all along: a four-billion-dollar gold deposit lies beneath the vineyard. If Brogan acquires the property, the ensuing gold rush will destroy Napa Valley.

But if Corbett can get out of his own way long enough to purchase the vineyard first, he’ll be faced with the hardest decision of his life: take the fame and fortune he desperately craves, or save the soul of the valley he loves so much.


So this book. Wow. What can I say about this book other than I loved it? I read this in a single shot. I started it this afternoon and finished this evening. I could barely put it down to go to the bathroom. That’s how much I wanted to continue Corbett’s story…

Most of all, I loved that the characters are just human. There is so much more to this novel than just vineyards and wine. It’s a story about self-discovery and second chances, and realizing that sometimes, dreams do pay off. Pairs With Life is a funny, laugh-out-loud-while-simultaneously-ripping -your-heart-out novel that is wonderfully written and one hell of a debut. Thank you Voracious Readers and John Taylor for my copy! I will be looking forward to his next book!

-Mc Chanster, Goodreads Reviewer

Corbett, the main character, has made many poor choices in the past, and these choices have given him a bad reputation. He wants to redeem himself and have the fame and fortune he always dreamed of, but there is a consequence, he must give up what is very close to his heart. Many of us probably must choose between what we want or do the right thing once in our lives, and we all know that it is a decision that is not easy. This book covers many significant situations that we probably have dealt with something similar at one point in time. The characters are relatable, funny, and fascinating. A story that will capture your heart and show you that second chances are possible and beautiful.

Jen, Goodreads Reviewer

John Taylor’s debut novel offers a hilarious look into the Napa Valley wine scene from the perspective of a self-involved sommelier who can’t seem to catch a break (though it’s mostly self-inflicted).

This is the first book I have read in a long time that has actually made me laugh out loud – and often! Taylor certainly has a way with words, and comes up with the most startlingly accurate similes, spot-on observations, as well as amazing, quotable expressions (“precious awake juice” as a synonym for coffee comes to mind). 

The protagonist’s charm quickly wins over the reader, and your fingers are crossed the whole time that he will follow his heart in the end. No spoilers though!

Definitely recommended to all wine-loving bibliophiles.

Mel, Wining With Mel

Book Excerpt

Book Release Party Invitation

The day has FINALLY come, PAIRS WITH LIFE by John Taylor is live and released into the world!! You still have time to order your copy and qualify for the giveaways we’re hosting tonight for the Book Release Party! Can be anything from the paperback version to the audiobook version, all you need is proof of purchase!

John Taylor, the witty guy who wrote this book, will be hosting an online book release event on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you’re following him! We have 5 gifts for anyone who preordered (or orders today) a copy of Pairs With Life through ANY retailer! John will be raffling these off prizes during the online book release party so make sure you’re present, you have your receipt and you’re ready to have an awesome time!

You’ll also get to enjoy a reading from Pairs With Life, just like we would if we were hosting this event at a local bookstore. So, schedule us in for September 15th, 2020 at 7pm PDT (California Time). Grab your favorite wine, ask however many questions you’d like and see if you win one of the many prizes we’re giving away!⠀

About the Author

John Taylor has been writing about wine since 2012, but his meanderings on life began way before that. Born and raised in San Diego, California, John moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue dreams of screenwriting and filmmaking. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Shattered Dreams and False Hopes, with a minor in Getting Gut Punched By Reality. After being handed a degree in Journalism in 1987 as a consolation prize, John dove into a career in music. Because getting gut-punched just isn’t painful enough.

By 1996, John and his band, The Uninvited, had produced four independent albums and became one of the most popular acts in the western United States. This lead to a deal on Atlantic Records, which released the band’s self-titled debut album in 1997. The band had two Top 100 hits, and toured nationally with Dave Matthews, Blues Traveller, Third Eye Blind and many other acts. Their music appeared in the TV shows Beverly Hills 90210 and Party of Five, and in the motion pictures The Commandments and North Beach. The band can also be heard in several HBO Documentaries, video games and on that annoying “One Hit Wonders of The 90’s” station your co-worker always plays on Spotify.

In 2001, John’s vast experience in shattered dreams was once again called into play as the band hung up their touring shoes for good. After a brief but horrifying career in real estate, John got wise and made a career out of his favorite hobby – wine – and has held various sales & marketing positions in Napa Valley since 2011. John’s writing career started in earnest at this point, with blogs, essays and short stories appearing in various publications. John is the author of three novels, including the aptly-titled Pairs With: Life, which will be released by Hurn Publications in September 2020.

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