How I Met Alice Clayton – A Guest Post by Nina Bocci @ninabocci @Alice_Clayton

I’ve been following Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton via social media for several years and always wondered how this dynamic duo met and plotted their soon to be released book Roman Crazy.

Curious?  Here’s the scoop.

How I met Alice Clayton: A Lifelong Friendship

Guest Post by Nina Bocci

 

Way, way, way back in 2008, I got a message on FF.net from Feathersmmmm and it said something to the effect of, “Hey, I love your fic. It’s really funny. How about you read mine.”

 

It’s true, Alice and I were a part of the Twilight fandom and to be honest, not only are we not embarrassed by it, we’re forever grateful to Stephenie Meyer for the fade to black and for sending tons of us to ficland to find some dirty bits.

 

After those first few messages, a lifelong friendship was born. We talked every day. Emailed a gazillion times a week and we texted a ridiculous amount. The conversations were about everything, Twilight, Rob Pattinson, Peter Facinelli, why older dudes are better/worse, politics, food, pets and books. Lots and lots of books. It really didn’t matter what the topic was because we had a ton in common.

 

What’s funny, is that we didn’t physically in person meet until 2014 when we took a leap of faith and met for the first time. Not just met though, we decided to stay a full week up at The Mohonk Mountain House, Sleepy Hollow and NYC. It could have been a hot mess. We were both worried about what it would mean if we met and hated each other in person. It would have been devastating. This was solid friendship and it would have really just effing sucked.

 

Thankfully, within the first few minutes of me picking her up at LaGuardia, we knew that we would be lifelong friends. We spent the week researching and plotting and then planned a Disney World trip with our other two besties, Christina and Lauren AKA Christina Lauren. From there, we’ve had dozens of trips in just a short span of time and we’ve collectively left our mark on everywhere we’ve visited. Disney World, Disney Land, London, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and a dozen other spots. We’re hoping for a #CaptainHooker trip to Italia in 2017 ; )

 

I had someone tell me once that friends that you meet on the internet don’t last but, we’re here to tell you that not only can/do they last but that you can find your BFF hetero-lifemate online 😉

 

Thank you Nina for taking the time to write this guest post for my blog.  I’m glad you and Alice have become such wonderful friends.  I am excited and can’t wait to get my hands on Roman Crazy.

~Susi


Be sure to add Roman Crazy to your TBR!

Available –  September 13, 2016

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Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…


Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

 

About Nina Bocci 

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 Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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About Alice Clayton 

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

http://aliceclayton.com/

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What’s In The Author’s Bag? Emma Chase Reveals…. @EmmaChse

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors carry around in their bags?

Well, this segment on my blog will answer that question.

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Emma Chase revealed the contents of her purse for all to see and explained why she carries them.

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Full disclosure: I might be cheating a little bit, because I just came back from vacation so bag is still “TSA approved for airplane security” much neater than it usual!

So, what’s in my bag?

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My iphone – don’t leave home without it (I never do)! My phone has my kindle app with loads of books, Twitter and FB apps, and of course email – I feel totally cut off from civilization if I don’t have my phone.

Sticky notes & pens – to jot down book ideas and dialogue as soon as they pop into my head (because if I don’t, I’m sure to forget them).

Extra contact lenses – because I’m blind as a bat.

Lip Gloss & Raspberry Rose Kiss Lip Butter – the only makeup I wear every day.

Gum – I’m an old school gum chewer. Juicy Fruit & Big Red are my favorites.

Sun Glasses – great for sunny days and even greater to rest on top of my head and push my hair back (hair in my face drives me crazy).

Hand Sanitizer – because I have kids and they still touch everything.

Receipts – usually from Starbucks (coffee needs to be a business expense).

Wallet – filled with more receipts, photographs and if I’m lucky, a few dollars.

French Lavender & Honey Body Spray – because smelling good makes me happy.

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Thank you Emma for participating in this blog segment. I love your purse.  You have great taste too.  🙂

~Susi

Social Media Links:

Website: www.authoremmachase.com

Twitter: @emmachse

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Chase/203871846413267

 

About Emma Chase: By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, was nothing less than a dream come true.

What’s In The Author’s Bag? Kyra Davis reveals…. @_KyraDavis

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Ever wondered what’s inside your favorite author’s bag/purse/backpack?  Do they carry books, their iPads, coupons, inspirational pictures, etc.?

Kyra Davis revealed the contents of her purse for all to see and explained why she carries them.

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Okay, from left to right:

1) I always carry a compact mirror, because in the age of camera phones you never know when you have to check to see if there’s spinach in your teeth.

2) I have my wallet for obvious reasons.

3) My phone that has my entire life on it from my schedule to my pictures to my music, ebooks, so on and so forth. I carry floss (see #1 for why)

4) La Mer lip balm, the best lip balm on EARTH

5) Nars lipstick in Tanganyka

6) Chanel Gossimer lipgloss in Scintillantes for when I want a little shine

7) L’Ocitane hand cream so my hands only age three times faster than my face, rather than ten times faster.

8) Allergy meds because you never know when a wind will pick up, blow some pollen in your face and drive you into sinus-pressure hell.

9) Hiding under my mirror is my Advil, for those times when the allergy meds aren’t enough to stave off a sinus headache.

10) Under all of it is a packet of kleenex because my allergies are the bane of my existence. It’s really very sad.

 

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Thank you Kyra for participating!

~Susi – Reading and Writing Between the Wines Blog

 

Kyra Davis has a new release out this week.

Just One Lie

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Check out her series and start reading today!

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What’s In The Author’s Bag? J.R. Gray reveals….. @TheOriginalGray

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Ever wondered what’s inside your favorite author’s bag/purse/backpack?  Do they carry books, their iPads, coupons, inspirational pictures, etc.?

J.R. Gray revealed the contents of his bag for all to see and explained why he carries them.

 

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The first thing I always have with me is my iPad mini and keyboard. I never know when I’m going to want to write so I always haul it around.

I keep pens and sticky notes ready as well so I can make lists for Sal, which I rarely follow, and remind myself to do things. My phone is also filled with character notes.

Sun glasses. I think I’d die without them. I cannot see in Miami during the day unless I have my aviators on. (I’m a pilot it’s none toolish for me to wear them)

I have a backup battery in my bag. I kill my phone batter so fast.

Hand sanitizer – Don’t make fun of me. I’m as germaphobic as some of my characters.

My kindle. I hate reading on my ipad so I usually carry it.

Excedrin – I get migraines and this is my life savor.

I am realizing I have way too much crap in my bag. No wonder it’s so damn heavy. I’ll also throw paperbacks in it depending on what I’m in the mood to read. There are usually magnetic bookmarks and chargers as well.

Thank you JR for sharing the contents of your bag with your fans/readers.  As always, it is a pleasure interviewing you.

~Susi

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Books by J.R. Gray

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What’s In The Author’s Bag? Victoria Van Tiem reveals… @VVanTiem_author

 

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors carry with them in their bags?

Well, Author Victoria Van Tiem reveals it all…..

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Hi, my bag changes often depending on where I’m going, but the contents pretty much always stay the same. Today I have my bright and cheery yellow coach. I’ve had this bag for years, and although it’s seen better days I still adore it’s bright and cheery disposition.

Inside I always have the essentials: keys, wallet, shades and glasses. My iPad is a must so I can read whenever I’m stuck somewhere. Just finished Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot (loved) & now I’m working through Lucy Robinson’s The Day We Disappeared. (So good!)

I also usually have snacks of almonds or carrot sticks, oh and Truvia packs. That way I can turn any tea into ‘sweet tea’. My diet’s extreme paleo (for health reasons) so I always need to have something.

Pac man and mustache pencil? I have no idea. They’re not even sharpened. At least the girl pen with pigtails works – I think.

Small makeup bag with essentials: mascara, blush and EOS lip balm. My phone’s stuffed in one pocket and my glass water bottle is usually in the other, and if I’ve been out recites would be floating about.

 

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This reminds me of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days when Mathew McConaughey and his team riffle through Kate Hudson’s purse. “Guys, a woman’s purse, it’s her secret source of power. There are many dark and dangerous things in there that we, the male species, should know nothing about.”

 

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Thank you Victoria for sharing the contents of your purse with us.  It is always fun to get to know our faves better.

xx ~Susi


 

Books by Victoria Van Tiem

Read my review of Love Like The Movies Here

 

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Love like the Movies

Ideal for McNamara & Moyes fans, a first love story for every girl who has ever watched a romantic comedy & swooned, wishing it were her.

Available now.

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Her next novel releases this January in paperback & eBookTitle and cover reveal soon!

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What’s In The Author’s Bag? Fabiola Francisco reveals it all…. @AuthorFabiola

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors carry around in their bags?

Well, this new segment on my blog will answer that question.

Here’s what Fabiola Francisco carries in her purse.

 

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Curious about what I carry in my bag? Well here is a peek at those contents.
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I’m not one to carry lots in my purse, but I never leave the house without my wallet, hand sanitizer and lip balm.
I live in sunny South Florida so my sunglasses area must.
I also carry my tablet so I can read anywhere I go. Bookworm problems but you never know when you’ll have some time to spend with your current book boyfriend.
My phone also goes with me everywhere {along with my charger}. I love to be connected with readers all the time and my phone is  a big help for that. You can usually find me on Facebook or Twitter hanging out with readers and fellow authors.
Lipstick because a girl always needs some color on her lips.
And last but not least, I carry a journal so I can jot down notes for current projects or new ideas that pop into my head.
I’m out of the house a lot so these items help me to stay connected and continue to create stories for readers even when I’m not home.

Thank you Fabiola for participating and letting your fans/readers inside your purse.  Journals are popular for writers.  And, I too live in South Florida so I totally understand that we need our sunglasses. 🙂
xx ~Susi

Connect with Fabiola Francisco here:

Website: http://www.authorfabiolafrancisco.wordpress.com

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Books by Fabiola Francisco

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What’s In The Author’s Bag? Debra Anastasia reveals it all… @Debra_Anastasia

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors carry around in their bags?

Well, this new segment on my blog will answer that question.

Here’s what Debra Anastasia carries in her purse.

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Debra Anastasia revealed the contents of her purse for all to see and explained why she carries them.

Wallet: Has a book of stamps, all the necessary documents like my rabies shot records and whatnot.

List: Four crumpled up lists of things to buy at the store, because in my mind there is just sheer white noise and I’m very susceptible to store displays and shiny things. I need a guideline.

ID Tag: a crappy picture of me on a sparkly clip.  I don’t even need it anymore.

Little tissues. For the noses of my people.

Mints: For when my mouth tastes like ass.

Two glasses wipes. For glasses.

Two pairs of reading glasses. For the wipes.

Blister block stick. That’s sexy.

A maxi pad with a fucking face on it. Jesus.  maxi puppet

My best bro bracelet from Helena Hunting. Like Chandler and Joey? She’s Joey and I’m Chandler. She is always wearing hers and mine is always close, but not necessarily on. I’m sort of like a wild animal and I like to be unadorned. But then, when I have to be fancy I have my bracelet. This is too much information. I love my bro-celet. And my bro. Helena.

Two lips balms that ironically, Helena made for me. One from Fire Down Below and one from Poughkeepsie. They taste amazing so I snuck two into my bag at my last signing.

One single peanut (Always have to have a nut in my sack I guess.)

Random store bonus rewards cards -all with a broken hole punch from falling off my keys.

Two barrettes. See the bro-celet description.

One lipstick, Smashbox Infrared. This color is bad ass. And I wear it if I forget to wear my bra. Draws attention away from the nipples.

2 safety pins from my costume design months earlier this year.

1 dehydrated French fry tip.

3.2 pounds of loose change at the bottom.

Business cards.

1 purse hanger fancy thing for when you don’t want to put your adorable bag on the floor.

1 blue Sharpie

My ginormous iMattress (iPhone 6 plus) with a glittery case. I just got this after using the living shit out of my 4s.

Look at that! Half a stick of lifesavers. For when my meds give me dry mouth and I’m on the road and can’t drink water because we will have to take too many pee breaks.

Prescription: For toothpaste from the kids’ doc. I need to get that filled.

 

I knew you’d find one of those adorable maxi pads in there.  🙂

Thank you Debra for letting your fans/readers into your purse.  I knew the contents of your purse would be interesting.

xx ~Susi

You can stalk, I mean follow Debra on Social Media.  She truly is one of the best authors to follow.

Author Links

DebraAnastasia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debra-Anastasia/429939037076457?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Debra_Anastasia

Instagram: https://instagram.com/debra_anastasia/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Debra-Anastasia/e/B0051BO7I4


Be sure to read her books too!

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