Gabrielle Faust celebrates the release of her novel, Revenge

I met her about a year ago. There she was, with geisha eyes, platinum hair, porcelain skin, wrapped in a vintage dress and stepping out of a vintage hearse to be engulfed by a crowd of the most prominent social media people in Texas. This fashionable vampiress was one of the winners of the 2011 Texas Social Media Awards. Social media is just one of her talents and writing is another.

Now celebrated horror novelist, Gabrielle Faust, is set to release her eighth book, REVENGE, with a book release party at Dive Bar & Lounge,1703 Guadalupe St., from 8pm to 2am. on Wednesday, January 18.

Gabrielle is known for her vampire series ETERNAL VIGILANCE, so I was expecting that REVENGE might also be in the same genre. When I asked her what it’s about she described it as “Lord of the Rings meets Dante’s Inferno.” So the main character, this guy Marcus Glenfield, commits suicide and through some dark turns becomes the Demon of Regret. As if that’s not a bad enough day, he ends up in a fight between heaven and hell over the rights to govern purgatory. So it’s not really a children’s story? “Angles and demons, horror, strangled love and an epic quest,” says Gabrielle with a casual smile.

Gabrielle asked What Are You Drinking? to be one of the sponsors for her book release party. Having this blog involved with a horror book might seem like a stretch, but reportedly lots of authors appreciate a fine drink.

How do you celebrate the release of a book like that? With an Angles and Demons costume party — with great prices — at a relaxed bar, listening to the author and friends playing live music while nibbling on hors d’oeuvre provided by caterer HipHarpy.  The bash is also sponsored by Lucid Absinthe, Dripping Springs Vodka and Lerin Wines, so wine and specialty drinks concocted just for the party will be offered for only two bucks. Add to that, the first 30 people get an additional $1 off any drink.

I was fortunate enough to provide input to the selection of the themed cocktails developed by the skilled bartenders at Dive Bar. Here’s what we came up with.

“Angel Tears”
In a rocks glass, or a shot glass with one rock (depends on the price, I like the shot glass version as it need to be sipped and it’s a powerful punch)
Equal parts:

  • Lucid Absinthe with splash of water
  • St. Germaine
  • Rumplemintz
  • Green Chartreuse

In the shot glass I do a 1/2 oz pour of each (so 2 oz. plus the splash of water).  In the rocks glass I would do 3/4 oz of each.

“Divine Intervention”

  • Pour Sambuca into a martini glass, swirl to line the glass and dump it out
  • In a shaker with ice, 2 oz. Dripping Springs vodka (infused) and 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Shake and strain into a martini glass
  • “Sink” 1/2 oz. Patron XO (coffee-infused) over a spoon

Garnish with coffee beans

“Heaven & Hell”

  • Chill martini glass with ice
  • In a shaker with ice pour  2 oz. Dripping Springs vodka, 1 oz. Pineapple, dash of agave, shake VIGORIOUSLY (so pineapple foams), pour into martini glass
  • “Sink” 1/2 oz of Chambord

Gabrielle will bring copies of the book and will sign autographs. REVENGE was co-written with poet Solomon Schneider and published by Barking Rain Press. This is the first book in the series and she is already mapping out the sequel. She got started writing as a kid, inspired by her poets and playwright grandparents. She became a full time writer six years ago and discovered it’s her greatest passion and can’t see herself doing anything else.

She gets her inspiration for her books from humanity. Gabrielle likes to analyze human nature and break it down. She looks at religion, and government and why we do the things we do. Through fictional characters she explores the philosophical ideas she has. I asked if she was a demon or angle? “A little of both,” with a wry smile.

Which will you be at the party? A demon or an angel?

What are you drinking?

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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