My sister and fellow bookish peep has started doing a monthly “Author of the Month” on her blog & Facebook page. Instead of just reading one book, book club style… we’ll be dedicating an entire month to our author of choice. Learning a bit about their writing style, and really jumping into their catalog. The Author of the Month could be a “new-to-me” author, or someone I’ve already read, but want to spotlight and share more about. So… without further ado…
This month, my chosen author is Nina Bocci. I’ve been watching Nina’s journey to “authorhood” for a few years, and I’ve LOVED everything I’ve read from her. She’s a master at touching, funny, relatable happy-ever-afters. I’ll be using this month to share her with all of YOU, and to get caught up on the stories I’ve missed.
First for me will be her brand new release, THE INGREDIENTS OF YOU AND ME. I was lucky enough to be given a review copy of this from the publisher, and I’m SO excited to read it! Look for my review to be coming in the next few days!
After selling her successful bakery back in New York, Parker Powell decides to visit her best friend Charlotte in Hope Lake, Pennsylvania to figure out her next steps. As she acquaints herself with the people in town, she begins to wonder why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls (a.k.a. the senior citizen women who hold court), the response from the town to her sweet treats, and Nick Arthur, the ever-charming local owner of a landscaping business she spent time with during her last visit, Parker finds a community of cheerleaders who encourage her to get her baking mojo back.
At first, everything is great—she collaborates with the Golden Girls to put new twists on traditional confections, and thanks to Nick’s advice, she’s quickly learning the stark differences between big city and small-town business practices. Although Nick has quickly become her friend and confidant, Parker’s determined to keep things platonic—especially since his girlfriend isn’t a fan of their friendship. But just when things fall into place so they can finally be together, Parker’s dream bakery is threatened by a major corporation who wants to take her down using the very bit of advice that Nick gave her.
With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep the business—and man—she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Nina’s first published novel was a joint venture with another author I simply adore, Alice Clayton. If you haven’t read ROMAN CRAZY, you should *definitely* get that onto your TBR list, ASAP! So, so good!
I mentioned that I’ve been following Nina’s author journey for a while. This includes getting to meet her a few times, though the years, as she fulfilled her “day job” duties as a publicist for other authors that I happen to ALSO love!
If you’re already a fan of Nina Bocci… I hope you’ll chime in with your thoughts on the books, and your experiences with her. If Nina is new-to-you, I hope you’ll have as much fun discovering her as did.
So… who’s gonna be reading along with me this month? Are you reading Nina, as well? If not, what author will YOU be choosing?