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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sara's Smile Tour: Guest Post with Sandra Bunino + Giveaway!

Author Bio:
Sandra Bunino began a love of romance stories while penning a creative writing assignment in high school. The story ended with the heroine receiving a long stem red rose in her locker on Valentine’s Day. Since then, all of her stories feature the hero presenting the heroine with roses. Sandra is constantly searching for different ways to achieve a heart-pumping, stomach-flipping, breath-catching reaction from her readers.
These days, Sandra lives on a wooded mountaintop not far from New York City with her family. She always looks forward to hearing from her readers and she may be contacted at [email protected]. Come back often to find out more about her current and future releases. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@sandrabunino). Remember, following is sexy! 

Guest Post:

Books are fantastic mini “staycations” aren’t they? What’s a vacation without a cocktail? When I begin sketching out the heroines of my stories, one of the first questions I ask myself is: ‘what’s her cockt
ail?’ Why? Because what a girl orders at the bar says a lot about her. In my first book, Marooned in Miami, Stephanie was a lover of pomegranate martinis with a sugar rim (of course). Like Stef, the pom martini is sophisticated with a hint of sweetness. The heroine of my new release, Sara’s Smile, is a bit younger and more na├»ve than Stef. She’s just starting out in her career and she’s happy to waive good-bye to her keg party days but doesn’t want to drink anything too hard core. What does Sara drink? Here’s an excerpt from Sara’s Smile:

Michael ordered a draft beer and Sara decided on a club soda with lime. “Hold on,” said Michael. “This only works if we toast the project with our favorite drinks. Now, I’m a simple southern boy, so mine is a beer. But I can bet that yours isn’t club soda with lime.”

“Maybe it is,” she said seriously.

Michael turned to Chris. “What does Sara usually order here?”

“Sara and her friend usually drink Cosmos or Margs when they come in. It depends on their mood,” Chris said, laughing, and gave Sara a smirk.

Michael looked at Sara and raised his eyebrows. “Hmm. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Ms. Wiley’s favorite drink is a Cosmopolitan.”

Sara tried to remain serious but broke out into a grin. “You got me. Okay, a Cosmo it is. After all, I wouldn’t want to doom the project.”

They carried their drinks over to a small table at the back of the bar and toasted the Hanson House. After some small talk and a few sips of her drink, Sara started to relax. ”You said you’re a country boy, but I don’t hear a hint of a southern accent. Where are you from?”

“I grew up in Richmond, so technically not really the country. Since moving north, I’ve tried to keep any accent I may have in check. I guess you can say it’s better for business. Once in a while, it comes out, though.” He took a swallow of beer and gave her a direct look. “So, I have to ask, what’s up? Is it my imagination or have you been deliberately avoiding me?”

Sara laughed. “No, really, I haven’t. It’s just that this is by far the biggest project I’ve ever handled, and I want it to go off without a hitch. I have every confidence in you and your team, so I didn't feel the need for a lot of extra communication before we started. I’m sorry if I offended you.”

“That’s it? Nothing else?” he asked suspiciously and took another swig from his beer.

She surveyed him as she took a long, slow sip of her Cosmo. The inhibiting effects of the vodka on an empty stomach worked in overdrive. Her eyes lingered on his strong, calloused hands, then lazily traveled up to his lips where they covered the mouth of the glass bottle. She realized she had probably stared a little too long when his mouth upturned into a smile.

“Nope. Not a thing,” she said as she placed her half-empty glass on the table and slid it firmly to the side.

Oh yes! The Cosmo will get you every time!
They may look innocent in their fancy chilled glass with a little lime wedge hanging from the rim, but as Sara found out above, they pack a punch.
You’ll find Cosmos dangling from the hand of women with good taste at swanky bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The fab four single NYC ladies of Sex in the City made the drink even more famous.
There are many variations of the Cosmopolitan but here’s my simple favorite recipe:

  • 2 ounces citron vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Slice of citrus


  • Shake the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a citrus slice.

My tip for the perfect Cosmo: fresh lime juice is a must! Sure, there’s not much juice in those little suckers so you may need to squeeze a few. The hard work is worth it because the resulting concoction is simply delish.
Here are some fun variations to the tried and true favorite:

Champagne Cosmopolitan (add champagne and a dash of Grand Marnier)
Pomegranate Cosmopolitan (add some pom juice)
White Cosmopolitan (sub white cranberry juice and add simple syrup)
Tequila Cosmopolitan (sub Tequila and Grand Marnier)
Caribbean Cosmopolitan (sub rum for vodka – RUM, JJ, yes RUM!)
Raspberry Cosmopolitan (use raspberry flavored vodka)
White Grape Cosmopolitan (use white grape flavored vodka)

And how about this one:
Cosmopolitan Morning (use coffee flavored vodka) Good morning to you!

So make yourself a cocktail and enjoy these scenes from SARA’S SMILE. What is your favorite cocktail and why? I will gift a copy of my new release, SARA’S SMILE, to one commenter.

There’s nothing like your first love, is there? Spanning five years, SARA’S SMILE will take you from young love found on the carefree beaches of Martha’s Vineyard to rekindled passion in the heart of New York City.


As an architect who specializes in restorations, Sara Wiley is a genius at returning neglected structures to their former glory. But when it comes to her own life, she has no idea how to reclaim the ruins, which are all that remain of her first true love.

When the biggest opportunity of her career and a sexy contractor comes her way, she’s thrilled…until she learns that the client is the long-ago boy who captured her heart and continues to invade her dreams. Is it a bittersweet coincidence or might there be a chance, after all, for Sara to revisit the mistakes of her past and build the future she has wanted for so long?

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Email: sbunino (at) gmail (dot) com
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Sandra Bunino said...

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Natasha!

Natasha said...

Your welcome! It was my pleasure!

Leigh Savage said...

Sandra do have a estimated time when the sequel to Marooned in Miami will be out?

[email protected]

Sandra Bunino said...

Hi Leigh,

Lusted in Las Vegas will be released this Monday, July 2nd!

Thanks for your interest. :-)


Leigh Savage said...

YES I'm so excited :)

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