Dr. Ivan Rusilko

Happy Birthday: The Winemaker’s Dinner Birthday Bash

July 31 marks the one year book birthday for
The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers.

You get the gifts! Prizes include:
$50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
Custom Silver TWD-centric charm bracelet
Custom Silver TWD charm book mark
Mollydooker Baseball Cap like Ivan wears
Set (3) of signed print books
5 – complete series ePack
5 Swag Packs
The Winemaker’s Dinner: Desserts Trailer:
Appetizers Review:

Delicious. Delectable. Divine. What an amazing journey this book takes you and your senses on. Never has a book shot through me and ignited me to my core. The authors of The Winemakers Dinner pull you in on page one and left me holding my breath until very last. The weaving of fact with fantasy presented you with two identifiable characters. I fell in love with both of them. I laughed, I cried, I got mad, and even screamed once. I found myself talking out loud to the characters. I found myself rooting for their relationship. I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

I thought the writing flowed beautifully. The character development was wonderful, the setting exciting. Ivan’s support and respect for Jaden was refreshing. Romance at it’s finest, Ivan’s expressions of love captivate you. He’s an old soul full of zest. Lives every second to the fullest and loves completely and fully. She is a strong yet fragile. She grows in his presence. She is absolutely smitten. They take nothing for granted. Ivan’s love for Jaden and his family left a grin on my face and a permanent smile in my heart.

Kudos from a music lover, having each chapter titled after a song made this book that much more enjoyable for me. I believe that there is a song out there for every emotion. Having a song for each chapter pulled me into the story even more. The lyrics to each song touched me and illustrated a different layer for this story.

Passionate,sensuous, mouthwatering. I didn’t want this story to end and admit to having already read it a second time. I can’t wait for the next course and I’m sure it will be decadent. Love is a progression. Love is beautiful. We all deserve a miracle.

Entree Review:
Pull up a chair and settle in… because you will not be able to put this book down, you will need to devour it whole. Pour a glass of Velvet Glove and grab some exquisite chocolates, let those flavors explode on your palate. This course of The Winemakers Feast is truly a carnival for the senses and will have your emotions teetering on the edge… Entree is simply mouthwatering, a mouthful of pure decadent deliciousness.

Appetizers may have been the inspiration for the menu and it set the perfect impassioned ambiance, but HOLY HOTNESS this serving of the banquet got spicy and left me salivating in overdrive. Everly Drummond and Ivan Rusilko have found the perfect blend of eroticism and reality for this meal. Their combined writing styles blends these superb raw ingredients and expertly prepares and presents them in a way that will satisfy the deepest hunger. Their combined efforts has created yet another masterpiece.

In this tsunami of emotions all the organic fixings are present. Plenty of passion, want, need, love, romance, trust, mistrust, insecurity, anger, angst, heady intoxication, and even the proverbial angel versus the devil of the conscious. All of this garnished with uncertainty.

I won’t lie, the passion and sex was amazing. At times left me a bit tingly. ~Which OMG is not a bad thing~

Ahhhh… But the pate foie gras??? The little green pills of course!!! I wonder just how many hits Google has sustained in looking these up? (So let me take this opportunity to insert an apology to all medical professionals at this time, I’ve a sneaking suspicion that if you’ve not already, you’re about to experience an influx in female patients. Just saying… you may want to get your prescription pads ready!).

So I raise my glass to the fusion that Everly and the good Doctor have plated. It has flambeed me and left my heart palpitating. Christian WHO? After this delicacy, I can’t even count to fifty let alone remember or think about another book!!!

Hope may very well be a narcotic but in the end love is always worth the fall. Love is beautiful.

This aphrodisiac has me frantically searching around for my waiter, because just like Veruca Salt, I want my dessert… and I WANT IT NOW!!! ~JH

Dessert Review:

The very definition of the word dessert is “the unusually sweet course that concludes a meal.” That statement epitomizes the final accompaniment of The Winemakers Feast in more ways than one. The decadent conclusion to this series serves up not only the finale of an amazing love story between Jaden and Ivan, but it is also the bittersweet ending to a trilogy that has affected me on a deeply personal level. With the simple introduction of Appetizers I had no idea the smorgasbord of emotions and feelings that were about to bombard me, and stay in my heart long after reading “The End” of the final page.

Dr. Ivan Rusilko has become the perfect sommelier. The paring of fiction with reality, the blending of conscious and subconscious, the melding of light with dark and good with evil, left me salivating for more. In this serving of the banquet we are served a side of the good Doctor that is foreign to the connoisseur , and possibly a bit uncomfortable for some. For me, it was beautifully and perfectly plated. The raw emotion depicted throughout these pages had me feeling like I had just had the wind knocked out of me, and left my heart palpating in my chest. I honestly hurt for him. I believe the words that Ivan chose to use on these pages came from a place deep within his soul. When humans are betrayed it is natural to act out and repress emotions. The culmination of heartache and angst left my soul aching. Only when my fingers started to cramp did I realize how tightly I had been gripping my iPad, clenching it so hard that my knuckles were white. I couldn’t read fast enough but was leery to flip to the next page, not knowing what was on the horizon. Kudos to you Ivan. You did and amazing job showing us the pain that can take a person right to the edge, and bringing us right dead smack into the middle of your ‘world.’

It has been said that music is the window to the soul, and considering myself a novice music aficionado the choosing of the score was not lost on me. I devoured the title chapters, and found myself lost in the melodies. I loved the emotions that each song evoked. I loved that each of the songs set the perfect ambiance to the meal being served. I hope that all readers took the time to research the lyrics and to understand their relevance. Each of these songs was carefully chosen to add to the depth to the unveiling plot. The words to these tunes were morsels of insight, giving an additional glimpse of just where Ivan’s head and heart where at each moment of the story being shared with us. Each of them providing an additional element to the story and revealing another layer of Ivan’s feelings and emotions. These songs connected me to further to an amazingly powerful memoir.

“Love with out reason is true love.” In a genre where so many hearts are drawn to the Will’s, Kellan’s, Travis’, and Christian’s looking for their proverbial fairy-tale ending, Ivan has delectably shown us that sometimes it’s not about the ending at all, but it’s actually about the journey. “Love IS beautiful,” and although “hope may be a narcotic,” destiny is ours for the making. I know that I share the sentiment of many, and I personally hope that this isn’t the end of your career as a writer. So with that, I wonder… maybe someday in the future you’d like to sit back and pour a glass of Sauternes, and share with us the many secrets to the questions that you’ve (perhaps purposely) left unanswered? (Like what in the heck was inscribed on the inside of that engagement ring?!?! Uff!!!) So I raise my glass to you Ivan. I want thank you for taking us all on a magically beautiful ride. This has been a journey that has touched many, and left each of us in a better place having been given the opportunity to get to know you, and each other. **Cheers** XoXo ~ Jennifer

Amouse Bouche Review:

What a delectable tidbit to re-whet and tease the appetite! An amazingly delicious insight of the chain of events as seen through Ivan’s eyes. Amuse Bouche has a silky, sultry, sexy tone to it. Dr. Rusilko does an amazing job harnessing his emotion of ‘lightning in a bottle,’ and completely zaps the audience with it. We are given a beautiful depiction of love at first sight, and a front row seat to meeting your soul mate. In a short time you are completely enthralled in the attraction these two characters share. The electricity is amazing and HOLY HOTNESS did you feel the electricity!!! I have loved the entire series, but may have been my favorite yet. I really hope this is the icing on the dessert we are about to be served!!

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Appetizers: http://pinterest.com/serendipitisjh/love-is-beautiful/
Entree: http://pinterest.com/serendipitisjh/love-is-a-progression/
Desert: http://pinterest.com/serendipitisjh/love-is-the-sweetest-intoxication/
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BLOG TOUR: The Winemaker’s Dinner: Desserts Recap

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BLOG TOUR: The Winemaker’s Dinner Desserts: The Jaden Interview

Jaden Thorne Interview

How lucky am I that I was able to snag the famous Jaden Thorne while on hiatus from One Hot Kitchen. Jaden has traveled back to Miami for some well-deserved R&R but something tells me that this trip back “home”has little to do with relaxation and a lot to do winning back the love of her life. Jaden and I are meeting at the kitchen she once called home at Bianca’s.

TBA: Jaden thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me for this interview.

Jaden: It’s my pleasure. Really.
TBA: How about some fun questions? What drew you to the culinary arts?
Jaden: It was something that started as a hobby with my mother and grew into a passion from nowhere, really. I like to consider it my form of art… I’m no Picasso but I think foodcan be a masterpiece and at the very least you can eat it.
TBA: As a chef, if you could have dinner anywhere in the world where would it be and what would you have?
Jaden: Well I do consider myself pretty adventurous with good food and life in general but any kitchen worth its salt can turn out proper food. I would think someplace with a view and a story would make for a much more memorable experience. I hear the Keg in Niagara Falls has an amazing menu and a view to die for. But I would be happy eating street food in Mexico City as long as it was with the right company.
TBA: What song would you use to describe your life at this moment?
Jaden: Truth? Criminal by Fiona Apple.
 TBA: How does it feel to be back at Bianca’s?
Jaden: Terrifying and amazing all at once. This place really shaped the happiest moments of my life along with a few – well…never mind. Let’s just say it’s been special being back.
TBA: Will you be doing any promotions for the show while in Miami?
Jaden: I wish I knew that answer! I am at the will of the studio. I am guessing something will come up and I’ll look forward to it.
TBA: Speaking of One Hot Kitchen, how do you feel after wrapping the first season?
Jaden: The first season was great and I loved every minute of it. The second season was a bit challenging but… c’est la vie, I guess. Life always seems to throw you curve balls at the most inconvenient times.
TBA: Okay. Let’s get serious here. Landing the show and your sudden rise to the top hasn’t been easy. Now that you have the spotlight that you coveted, was it worth it?
Jaden: I guess that’s relative. Yes, a career savvy girl with a good business head couldn’t ask for anything more. I mean, I am living the dream I always imagined and hoped for. I just didn’t know that dreams can sometimes turn into nightmares.
TBA: Funny, when we get what we think we want, we quickly learn that what we wanted and what we needed were two totally different things.
Jaden: You’re preaching to the choir here, I assure you. The best things in life really do tend to be free and it’s a shame it cost so much to learn that
TBA: Adding Damien to the show caused you many problems that not only affected your career but also took hold of your personal life in ways you never imagined. Do you feel you should have taken a stand and demanded he be removed from the show? Because at this point in time, I am guessing, nothing is worth the loss of your true love.
Jaden: Damian was nothing but a mere catalyst with green eyes. I could have complained and thrown my seniority around but I knew he would be his own undoing. What is they say about being your own worst enemy? Yeah, I know a little bit about that – and he did, too. Hindsight is 20/20. I have to tell you though; there are some days that I wish I would have never gotten on the plane in the first place.
TBA: I feel that the fight to salvage what is left of your love story has just begun. Can you shed some light on what it is that you are fighting for? What is it about Ivan that you love? We see what he portrays on the surface, his looks, social ties, and a successful career, but what is it about the man inside that speaks to you?
Jaden: Simply put, I’m fighting for what I believe to be the most sincere, precious thing I’ve ever held in my hand and in my heart. He inspired so much in me – in my heart, in my mind, in my body and soul – than I ever thought possible. I never thought I could live up to his idea or perception of me… I think I might have always been competing with or jealous of the woman I saw reflected in his eyes when he looked at me. Now I know how stupid that was and right now, more than anything, I want to see that look in his eyes again someday.
TBA: Do you feel that you both can move past the events that took place in L.A? We all know that no one is perfect and it is safe to say that not all the blame falls on your shoulders. Between the pain you felt the morning after and your internal struggle with good and evil, this has not been an easy time for you, do you still believe that you and Ivan have a chance at a happy future together?
Jaden: I think I’ve always known that a happy future doesn’t always mean white picket fences and three children, each one more beautiful than the next. But if I’m being honest, my definition of happiness has really shifted in the last few months. I don’t hold the same things so dear. As long as we don’t end up as two people who used to know each other, I will be so happy. At least that’s what I’m telling myself today.
TBA: Ivan has been quoted as saying “Love is a progression,” in light of recent events what does this mean to you now?
Jaden: Progression is not always positive … He may say that but what love really is, is an experience that you have to give yourself over to without fear and without regret. Ivan also compared love and life to an education… *sigh* …I think I’ve taken the advance master class for dummies and can still only hope I’ve got enough figured out that I don’t miss out on what big love really is, or can be.
TBA: I am going to presume that the female population of Miami is ready to “thank you” for your moment of indiscretion. Fighting for your relationship won’t be easy because, lets face it anything worth having never is. If Ivan were sitting at this table with us what would you say to him?
Jaden: That I’m an idiot and I’m sorry. That I miss him…I miss everything about him and his ridiculous life – cabins and guns and beaches and mountains and Marie and John and giant dancing hearts and miniature golf and vineyards and airports and balconies and sea turtles. But most of all, I miss his laugh and laughing with him – not just because … I miss us.
TBA: After your time apart from Ivan, you have had the opportunity to step back and look at your circumstances in a different light,distance and time can truly be “dirty” words but they also allow for growth. What have you learned?
Jaden: That I don’t need Ivan to complete me, but I want him so that everything in my world is more fun and full. That I am responsible for my actions and that my insecurities aren’t anyone else’s problem to fix. And that I’d pretty much crawl across glass for another chance.
TBA: Jaden, I have to say that I am pulling for you and Ivan. We as beings are not meant to deal with pain alone, but sometimes we overlook that fact and end up causing ourselves greater damage in the process. My hope is that the two of you will be able to put the pieces back together and discover what it is that brought you both to one another in the first place.
Jaden: The thing is we will never discover what brought us together in Sarasota. Destiny is a random game of Russian roulette that worked the first time and it was beautiful. The second spin of the barrel may not be so beautiful. Thank you though. In the end if all ambitions, desires, and hopes crumble to the sea, I have learned one thing. Love is beautiful no matter what the outcome. I am still smiling here because WE happened. I hope he is, too.
TBA: Jaden thank you so much for taking this time with us! I look forward to learning how your story unfolds. You have a man worth fighting for and that alone is worth the pain, because what is love if not a progression.
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Dr Ivan Rusilko: More then just a pretty face
“Dr. Ivan Rusilko is the Medical Director and Co-Founder at the new Club Essentia Wellness Retreat at Delano. Dr. Rusilko specializes in creating healthy lifestyles that support longevity and improved overall quality of life through medically supervised and customized diagnostic and treatment programs, with an emphasis placed on personal patient attention and follow-up.
His debut novel, The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers, is the first book of a three book series which debuted July 31, 2012. The second installment “Entree” was released on December 18, 2012 and the final book, “Dessert” will be released late spring/early summer 2013. He is excited to offer a male voice in a predominantly female authored genre. Always one with a story to tell, he hopes to continue writing, exploring new genres and projects, as well as field future entertainment opportunities.

He is proud to bring two of his passions, medicine and writing, together in this unique project. He hopes that The Winemakers Feast Trilogy will help spark an enthusiasm and ignite liberation giving women the power and the courage to reclaim their sensual side, focus on their own sexual health and ultimately achieve a better quality of life.”

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The Winemaker’s Dinner: RSVP
Meet Dr. Ivan Rusilko: He’s a doctor at a world-class medical facility in Miami, he’s got a killer apartment on Miami Beach that overlooks Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, and he’s got a great group of friends and quite the social schedule. It’s a pretty damned charmed life, but something’s missing. He’d love a special someone to share it with—someone to laugh with, share his dreams with, and someone to just plain tickle his fancy. After a string of utterly forgettable blind dates and with no real prospects on the horizon, it’s time to take action. On the long drive from Miami Beach to Sarasota, Florida, for the annual Winemaker’s Dinner, Ivan makes a decision. He’s taking charge of his love life—and his fate.

RSVP is a short-story prequel to the highly anticipated erotic romance The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers by co-authors Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. RSVP is an introduction to the romantic hero and real-life author Dr. Ivan Rusilko, and it marks the good doctor’s solo writing debut.

The Winemaker’s Dinner: No Reservations
Jaden Thorne is living the dream. Well, not exactly the dream, but her dream—if you call working sixteen-hour days in a hot kitchen a dream, which she does. She’s the executive chef at the hottest new restaurant in Miami Beach, and she’s worked her ass off to get there. When her boss suddenly falls ill, she’s gifted two tickets to the premiere food and wine event of the season. Jaden jumps at the opportunity to network, and with her best friend, Tasha, in tow, she’s soon on a road trip to Sarasota, Florida, for the Winemaker’s Dinner—and a good time.

No Reservations is a short-story prequel to the highly anticipated fictionalized erotic romance The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers by co-authors Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. No Reservations is an introduction to the romantic heroine in the series, Jaden Thorne, and is written by erotic romance author Everly Drummond.

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers
Recently named executive chef at one of Miami Beach’s hottest restaurants, Jaden Thorne is determined to make her culinary mark and fulfill her professional dreams. When Jaden is given highly coveted tickets to the ultra-exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner, she jumps at the opportunity to meet South Florida’s wealthiest and most influential food and wine enthusiasts.

Jaden’s eyes are drawn to the VIP section even before the appetizers appear, but she soon finds herself thinking less about networking and more about the intriguingly sexy stranger eying her from across the room. After dinner, what begins as a light-hearted flirtation unexpectedly catapults into a night of explosive passion. But when morning dawns, Jaden leaves her sleeping Mr. Oh So Sexy behind, sure they’ll never see each other again.

Dr. Ivan Rusilko, a handsome, young physician, boasts an extensive resume’ and a well-established position on Miami Beach’s social scene. But despite his success and glamour, he’s routinely had to suffer uninspiring dates and doomed relationships. With a romantic heart, Ivan’s not the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type. But when he awakens to find that the girl in the red dress has done exactly that, he resolves to find her–only if it’s just to ask why she left without even a kiss goodbye.

The Winemaker’s Dinner is a fictionalized erotic memoir inspired by the romantic triumphs and tragedies of Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s real life. Weaving fact with fantasy, authors Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko have gifted readers with a swoon-worthy flesh-and-blood romantic hero and the intoxicating bouquet only a heartfelt tale of passionate love can create.

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entree
Dr. Ivan Rusilko has got it bad. He’s in love—with life, his work, and his baby girl, Jaden Thorne. The nearly 3000 miles between Miami and L.A. that once threatened their happily-ever-after now seem nothing more than a mere geographical challenge—nothing a few hours on a plane and a sexy weekend rendezvous can’t trump. No time apart is too long to keep him from wanting her in his arms and in his bed. He’s absolutely sure Jaden is his dream come true.

Jaden Thorne is living the life she’s always wanted. She’s got her one-in-a-million job on a TV cooking show, she’s achieved celebrity chef status, and she’s in a committed relationship with her perfect guy… Then the network’s surprise decision to add a co-host to her show takes a bite out of her perfectly balanced life and career. With a new man in the mix, living the dream gets a whole lot more complicated both personally and professionally.

When the emotional, mental, and physical paths of true love’s course collide with frustration, secrets, and assumptions, will Ivan and Jaden pay the price? Does their dream-come-true cost something neither can afford?

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée is a decadent meal of passion, sex, and secrets, inspired by the real romantic life of Dr. Ivan Rusilko. Authors Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko have turned up the heat in this emotional follow up to The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers, expertly executing their unique recipe for blending fact and fantasy, with more than a dash of passion and sex.

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