My forthcoming book, Daily Grind, is centered around Grounds N’at, a coffee shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Brian’s coffee shop, Grounds N’at doesn’t exist, but there are a lot of coffee shops in Squirrel Hill and in Pittsburgh, as well as coffee roasters. Pittsburgh is quite the coffee town. There are, in fact, too many places to mention. But I’ll list a few of my favorites.
Commonplace Coffee is a roaster and coffee shop that’s made the national lists for darn good coffee, and several of the local shops carry their beans. They have several shops in the Pittsburgh area, including on in Squirrel Hill.
Nicholas Coffee and Tea in Market Square is a perennial favorite of mine. It’s been there since 1919 and they know their stuff. I’m lucky that they’re just a quick walk from the building I work in.
One of my favorites back when I lived in Squirrel Hill is the 61c Cafe, named for the local bus line that used to pass by its door. (It’s now just the 61).
I also like Coffee Tree Roasters, another local roaster with several location, but I frequent the one in Squirrel Hill.
Last but not least, is my local haunt—The Coffee Buddha. While the layout of Grounds N’at is closer to one of the Squirrel Hill shops, I kind of plucked Brian’s philosophy from Coffee Buddha.
It’s a coffee house—in an actual house—that is also a neighborhood gathering place.
I wrote parts of Daily Grind sitting on its front porch, watching folks from my neighborhood breeze in and out. It’s a hub, with locals, both old and young, who come in every day. They also make their own syrups and have, I think, some of the best drinks of any of the shops. I may be biased…but man. If you’re ever in town in the autumn, try the Harvest Moon.
I say in the acknowledgements of Daily Grind that Grounds N’at is love letter to Pittsburgh coffee shops, and it really is. I love coffee lots, and Pittsburgh coffee shops even more
Oh! If you’re wondering about the name Grounds N’at, it’s a riff on a phrase of Pittsburghese—n’at, which is essentially a conjunction of “and that” and means “and so forth.”
Coming February 21, 2017
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A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.
Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.
As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.
But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
Read Jaime’s Review Daily Grind – Review by Jaime
Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
With a penchant for suits and ties both on herself and others, she enjoys coffee, tea, good books, and fine wine—as well as the best diner fare and pies made with lemon. Give her a Ruben, and she’s happy.
She fell in with a roving band of romance writers at Seton Hill University, earned and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and never looked back. She also has a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
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