Wine Runs Deep

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Patrick Ember

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Beckett is entangled in a dangerous cat and mouse game with former associates.Threats escalate to blackmail, extortion, and murder. To save his winery and his loved ones. Unable to go to the police, Beckett must either participate and probably end up in jail, or find a way to fight back.


Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama,,Suspense/Thriller,Crime

Short Summary

Winery owner, Beckett's idyllic life unravels when former friends arrive under the guise of a vacation. The drunken hijinks soon turn deadly and the villains true intentions are revealed. They want Beckett to help orchestrate a daring heist and will do anything to force him to do so.

Blackmailed into participating in the heist, Beckett plans a cunning sting of his own. Meanwhile, his partners have deemed him expendable. The backstabbing culminates in a wine cellar shootout where both wine and blood will spill. Will Beckett's sting succeed or will he or his loved ones perish?


Wine Country - Paso Robles, California plus some scenes in Las Vegas

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Nudity, Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Beckett Jensen

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Funny, Insecure, Modest, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Empathetic, Honorable, Masculine, Selfless, Educated, Heroic,Masculine,Complex,Faithful,Insecure,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Al Thurston (Thirsty)

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Sarcastic, Aspiring, Funny, Greedy, Engaging, Narcissistic, Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Criminal,Badass,Villainous,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Brooklyn (Brook)

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Sexy, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Educated, Engaging,Sexy,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Pedro Avila

Age: 36

Gender: LGBT

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Outspoken, Funny, Honorable, Charming, Engaging, Faithful, Heroic, Underdog, Adventurous, Badass

Development Pitch

Wine Runs Deep is a very unique take on a crime caper. It has everything; danger intrigue, suspense, comedy, romance, and a first class education in wine culture. Women seem enamored with the setting, the romance, and the chemistry between characters, men with the drunken hijinks, the danger and the battles. A movie could easily be made either lighter as more of a rom-com, or darker, into a suspense thriller. The overlying premise is one everyone can relate to, mistakes from your past coming back to haunt them. That's what happens to Beckett, whose life, livelihood, and loved ones are all threatened by former friends. In this fascinating story, an everyday man is faced with unfathomable danger. Facing his own insecurities, Beckett must find a way to fight back and send the villains to prison before the toll is too high. The vineyard/winery setting makes for excellent cinematography. Twists and turns ramp the tension up, setting the stage for two different life and death battles which would make incredible action scenes. Along the way, the colorful characters, intense relationships, hilarious banter, and compelling situations would make for nonstop entertainment.

About The Author

Patrick Ember took an unusual career path for an author, leaving a career in finance to try his hand at writing. A love for reading, in particular his favorite author, Elmore Leonard, inspired Patrick to write a crime fiction novel. His lifelong love for wine inspired him to set it in wine country. Delighted with the result of his first book, he has a second, Come Heavy, ready to go.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

Wine lovers

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Friesend Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available