Writer’s Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Help Locals Drink Better Bloody Marys

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The Drunken Tomato - bloody mary book

Shelly Buchanan has written the first comprehensive bloody mary city guidebook for Southern California. She has launched a crowd-funding campaign to publish it.

After drinking ninety bloody marys during the ninety days of summer, Long Beach-based writer Shelley Buchanan is putting her research to work by publishing The Drunken Tomato, Southern California’s first bloody mary city guide.  With over 90 in-depth reviews accompanied by detailed, full-color photos, this comprehensive guide book takes readers on a bloody mary-filled journey through the best cocktail-slinging bars and restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County. 

On October 3, 2014, Buchanan launched a 28-day Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $3,000 to cover costs associated with self-publishing the book, including cover design, interior design and page layout, editing and the initial printing costs.  Pledge levels range from $5 to $100 and offer rewards such as print and digital editions of the book, a limited edition T-shirt, and an all-inclusive “Bloody Mary Enthusiast Package.”

“Bad bloody marys are just plain bad, “ Buchanan said.  “I want to help people avoid the heavy, salty, paste-like messes that give bloody marys a bad name.”  After reviewing bloody marys from Portland, Oregon to New York City to Geneva, Switzerland for the past two years, Buchanan has set her tomato-based cocktail sights on bars and restaurants in Southern California, ultimately creating the first comprehensive bloody mary city guidebook ever made.

For more information about The Drunken Tomato and to support the project, visit the Kickstarter page.

About the Author: Shelley Buchanan is the founder of The Drunken Tomato, a blog dedicated to reviewing the best and worst bloody marys from around the world.  From her ocean-side abode in Long Beach, California, she enjoys writing, short walks on the beach, and well-garnished bloody marys.

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