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.

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Susi Reviews Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase @EmmaChse

 

Susi Reviews Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

 

 

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When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

 

My Review

 

“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”

 

Whenever I hear that Emma Chase is releasing a new book I get very excited.  You see, she is “the author” who expertly writes male POV. Of course, her latest series, The Legal Briefs does not disappoint.  The second book in this series, Sustained was absolutely brilliant.  Emma called it special and I can see why.  I could tell that she took her time developing this complex yet lovable lawyer named Jake Becker that I adore so much.

We first met Jake in the last book, Overruled, and he came across as a total player.  In this book, Jake gets to tell his story and what a heartwarming and sexy story it is.  This playboy has his life together.  He has a wonderful job, his own place, wonderful friends, dates any woman he wants, and has a healthy sex life.

In this story, Jake meets Chelsea and he is very much intrigued by this beautiful woman.  But, this woman comes with six kids.  Their story is a sad one, but one that brings these two together. The kids, of varying ages make for some of the funniest and heartwarming moments in the book.  For me, I loved watching Jake peel off those playboy layers little by little.  The support of the other characters which are absolutely lovable too help make this story into such a special one. Those characters: Stanton, Sofia, Brent and Presley wind up helping Jake in more ways than one.

Jake, the player starts to change and this is what I loved most about him.  Just when you think you have your life figured out, someone suddenly appears and makes you rethink your priorities.

I also loved learning about Jake’s past which made him into the man he is today, especially reading about the man who helped whip him into shape. That part of the story will touch your emotions.  Be warned, you will love discovering the many sides of Jake.

Honestly, this book has it all.  I can assure you that you will feel all kinds of emotions when reading it.  This story is well crafted, like a delicious recipe with the right amount of humor, love, lust, steamy sex, angst, empathy and happiness.

Sustained is definitely another hit for one of my favorite authors.  This story was so good that I reread it after my first reading.  You see, I really couldn’t get enough of Jake. Be prepared to laugh and read some incredibly sexy scenes too.

This powerful attorney proved to be a family man down deep inside and watching him discover this about himself was truly fantastic.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Appealed, which will be Brent’s story.

I highly recommend Sustained to all my reader friends.  Male POV can’t get better than this.

I gave this book 5 stars.

5 stars

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.

 

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About the Author:  Emma Chase

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 

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9 Ways to Fall

Release Day Blitz with Giveaway

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9 WAYS TO FALL (An Exclusive Collection of NINE Red-Hot Romances by bestselling authors, featuring Alpha Males, Fighters, Rock-Stars, Movie Stars, Sexy Bad Boys and more)

by Lexi Ryan, Kaylee Ryan, HJ Bellus, Cambria Hebert, Aly Martinez, Erin Noelle, Tessa Teevan, Ilsa Madden-Mills, and Tia Louise

What’s unique about this anthology?  Well….most of these titles have NEVER been in an anthology and a few are very recent releases, not just first books in a series.  The authors really worked hard at making this collaboration ONE OF A KIND!

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ONE-CLICK NOW – THIS 9-BOOK BUNDLE WILL BE GONE OCT. 1!!!

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Head Back to School with NINE COMPLETE (Full-Length) Romances from New York Times, USA Today, and Bestselling authors NEVER BEFORE in ONE Boxed Set!!!

 

NINE new book boyfriends are all here to make you sigh, swoon, and switch panties as you head back to school (or kiss the kids and send them out the door! *wink*)

 

INCLUDING:

 

UNBREAK ME, by Lexi Ryan: Returning home to be a bridesmaid in her ex-fiancé’s wedding to her sister, Maggie Thompson, a 21-year old college-dropout, hopes to salvage her long-tarnished reputation and strained relationship with her family. Instead, she finds herself caught in a web of secrets and deception between the man who once promised to fix her and the sexy ex-rocker who gives her permission to break.

 

LEVITATE by Kaylee Ryan: Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you realize your puzzle is unfinished. With one touch you find a piece you never thought you needed. The piece that makes you Levitate.

 

BLUE by HJ Bellus: Blue Williams shines no matter the circumstance, until one night changes her forever. The beauty is gone, and all she has left are nasty, ugly memories. The man who saved her has a story of his own, with 90 percent of his body scarred. What happens when the Beauty falls for the Beast?

 

TATTOO by Cambria Hebert: An undercover cop on vacation, a bank teller just doing her job, and a group of bank robbers waiving a gun around. Just when Brody and Taylor think they’ll make it out a tattoo changes everything.

 

FIGHTING SILENCE by Aly Martinez: I spent my life dodging the punches reality threw at me. I had worthless parents and two brothers who depended on me. Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan–neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway.

 

SPARK by Erin Noelle: Desperate to improve his younger brother’s worsening condition, Crew Elliott and his family decide to turn to unconventional treatments and move to Colorado. It is there, in the search for medical marijuana, he finds beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell–a girl who may not only hold the key to heal his brother, but to fix him as well.

 

COMBUST by Tessa Teevan: When Virgin Queen Andi Kane meets Cohen Wellington, she’s sure he’s The One… She’s never been more wrong. Three years later, he’s the man she never wants to see again, she’s the one who got away, and this time, despite her protests, he’s not letting her go without a fight.

 

VERY TWISTED THINGS by Ilsa Madden-Mills: He’s a rock star with a past. She’s the heiress who’s lost everything. Welcome to Briarcrest Academy–Hollywood style–where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

 

ONE TO LOVE by Tia Louise: Fighting, tattoos, fame, love, LOSS… It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common, until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes. It’s a story about fighting, about falling in love; and it’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place.

 

 

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Signed Paperback from the following authors:  Lexi Ryan, Kaylee Ryan, HJ Bellus, Cambria Hebert, Aly Martinez, Erin Noelle, Tessa Teevan, Ilsa Madden-Mills, and Tia Louise

 

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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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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

 

by Victoria Van Tiem

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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? 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.

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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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Release Day Blitz – Sweet on Wilde by Fabiola Francisco @AuthorFabiola

Congrats to Fabiola Francisco on her new release!

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Sweet on Wilde by Fabiola Francisco

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Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Synopsis~

Eight months ago, I made a deal with my best friend. This wasn’t your typical pact. No, we had to take a different route. The deal was that if we were still single by fall, we would join online dating. Yes…now I am that girl. Just me, though, because she met a guy and saved herself from the awkwardness of dating people you meet via the Internet.

Cheesy pick up lines.
Inappropriate messages.
Disaster dates.

I don’t want to be “Savannah, profile 8713,” but a pinky promise is a promise you keep. What I wasn’t counting on was meeting a guy at the local bar.

So what happens when you decide to open yourself up to new opportunities? You might just cross paths with someone who makes you believe in love. Parker Wilde brought out the best in me and understood the worst, but when an amazing opportunity presents itself and our lives take different directions, is being sweet on Wilde enough for us?

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