Spotlight, Author Interview & Giveaway with @alice_clayton

Spotlight with Alice Clayton

I don’t know if you all know this, but I’m a big Alice Clayton fan. I mean HUGE Alice Clayton fan. Whenever I’m in the mood for laugh out-loud, steamy romance, this woman is my go-to. I adored Nuts (you can read my review for it HERE) and was immediately hooked on her brand new Hudson Valley series. Because let’s be honest here…hot farmers. Yeah. Don’t ask me why I find it so hot, cause I won’t be able to tell you. But it is. It SO is. So suffice it to say I’ve been absolutely itching to get my grabby little hands on Cream of The Crop (releasing July 12, 2016) ever since getting a little peak of Natalie and Oscar in the first book.

So I am beyond excited to have Alice at DGR today answering all my very pertinent questions regarding Oscar, cheese, and Cream of The Crop!

Oh and P.S.

If you haven’t read Nuts yet, I’m having a flash giveaway for (1) paperback (US only) on my Facebook page. You can enter here)

Now read on for the interview!

DGR: Hi Alice! I’m so excited to have you here at DGR today! Can we start out with a quick introduction?

AC: Hi there, I’m Alice. It rhymes with Alice.

DGR: Now let’s chat about your Hudson Valley series. Can you tell the readers a little about it. Sure thing.

AC: The Hudson Valley series is set in the fictional town of Bailey Falls in the Hudson River Valley in upstate NY. It’s mostly set in and around town, although Manhattan being only a 90 minute train ride away I kind of use that as our 2nd Lots of farmers and food and cakes and cows and hot boys and hotter girls.

DGR: The hero in Cream of The Crop is a sexy dairy farmer (cue dirty dairy jokes). And speaking of those, do you have any good ones for us today?

AC:  Oh my god I literally have ZERO farmer jokes. But I do know a good one about a pirate. Did you see that pirate movie? It was rated rrrrrrrrr.

DGR: Did you have a visual in mind for Oscar when you were writing him? What about Natalie?

AC: Playing the parts of Natalie and Oscar in the movie that was running in my head the entire time I was writing this was Ashley Graham and Jason Momoa.

DGR: Now I’m partial to a good brie, myself. Do you have a favorite cheese?

AC: I am a sucker for a lovely Pecorino.

DGR: The H/h couldn’t be more different. Natalie is a big city girl and Oscar is…not. Was it fun writing about opposites attracting?

AC: YES! I loved these two. Especially writing Oscar, because it was kind of fun to write a hot guy that’s a bit of a grouch. And Natalie KILLS IT.

DGR: What would you say is your favorite thing (trait) about Natalie?

AC: Her confidence. 100%.

DGR: And what about Oscar?

AC: His honesty. He calls it like he sees it, without fail.

DGR: Did you have a favorite scene to write in Cream of The Crop?

AC: I had fun writing the scene in the barn, where she finally tells him what she’s been thinking but has to hide in the other stall to get it out.

DGR: Can you share a favorite quote of yours from the book?

AC: “Size-eighteen women weren’t supposed to show off their legs, which I did. They weren’t supposed to show off their cleavage, which I did. Size-eighteen women were supposed to wear trench coats in the winter, long sleeves in the summer, and somebody better cancel Christmas if they wore a dress that showed off some cleavage. Size-eighteen women were supposed to dress like they were apologizing for taking up too much space. Fuck all that noise. I took up space. I took up space in a city where space was at a premium, and I never apologized for it.”

DGR: Any hints about what’s up next with the Hudson Valley Series?

AC: We’re going up to the mountain….

DGR: Anything else you’d like to leave the readers with?

AC: My pants?


CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley #2)– releasing July 12, 2016


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is…cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…love?

NUTS (Hudson Valley #1)


The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts,the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.



  1. I’m not sure how I missed this! Awesome interview, woman!! xo

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