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Press Release​
Turner Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of

Root Cause by Steven Laine


October 25, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – Turner Publishing announced today the upcoming publication of a new Mystery/Thriller novel for February 2019, Root Cause, by Steven Laine.


In Root Cause, Steven Laine pairs his experience in the wine industry with his passion for writing and world travel to create a mysterious international thriller that will have wine lovers all over the world on the edge of their seat.




Can you imagine a world without wine?


Corvina Guerra is a flying winemaker who dreams of one day settling down in her native Italy on her family’s vineyard. On a visit to a vineyard in Italy, Corvina makes a startling discovery: Phylloxera, a menacing plant louse that devastated vineyards in Europe more than a hundred years ago, has infested the vines.


The deeper Corvina and Brian search, the more they become convinced that Universal Wines holds the answer to everything, and the harder they pursue their investigation the more surprises pile up for both of them.


In spite of devastating consequences, Corvina and Brian vow to continue their investigation and do what they can to contain the spread of the infestation – but time is running short and they always seem to be a step behind. Unless they can find a way to stop the attacks – vineyards around the world will be ruined for decades; potentially causing the collapse of the wine industry. Can Corvina and Brian get to the root cause and save the international wine industry from ruin?




About the Author:


Steven Laine’s first wine thriller, Root Cause, was released in 2019, by Turner Publishing. Kirkus Reviews called it “An entertaining, wine-soaked mystery.” The Washington Post wrote; “If Michael Pollan and Dan Brown sat down over a bottle of Barolo and brainstormed a novel based on the neuroses of the natural wine movement, they might have come up with something like ‘Root Cause’.”


Steven is a French Wine Scholar, an Italian Wine Scholar, a Spanish Wine Scholar, a Canadian Wine Scholar. He is the only North American ever invited to join the Champagne Academy in France and is a member of International Thriller Writers.


As an award-winning restaurateur and hotelier, he has travelled the world working in luxury hotels for international brands including The Ritz, Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Jumeirah, and Pan Pacific. He developed his passion for wine as a Sommelier and Beverage Director in London, England. Since then, he has visited hundreds of wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.


During the pandemic, he worked the 2020 harvest as a harvest cellarman for three months to learn the winemaking process firsthand from the winemakers at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in British Columbia, Canada’s Best Winery, 2019. In 2021, he worked at Trius Winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario where he put his winemaking and forklift-driving skills to use once again as a cellarman.


He is currently living in London working on his next wine thriller, The Somm, and looking forward to releasing his latest wine thriller, Jupiter’s Blood, in the near future. He is taking the WSET Level 4 Diploma, the pre-cursor to the Master of Wine program.


Book Specifications:


- Publisher: Turner

- Format: Trade Paperback

- ISBN-10: 1684422590 / ISBN-13: 978-1684422593

- Publication Date: February 19, 2019

- Price: $19.99

- Page Count: 400 pages

- Full distribution through Ingram

- Genre: Fiction | Mystery | Thriller | Wine

- Website:




For more information, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at or (805) 807-9027.



Appearance or Interview:

If you would like to contact this author or request them for an appearance or interview, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at or (805) 807-9027.

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