If you had to describe yourself, what three words would you use?
Ooh, good question! Probably hard-working (you can translate that to obsessive, because it seems that way sometimes when it comes to my to-do lists!), kind-hearted (right now I'm fostering a momma cat and her kitten for a local animal shelter) and high-strung (it's a constant challenge for me to remember to relax lol).
Who’s your favorite author and/or what’s your favorite book?
Wow, it's tough to pick just one... Some of my favorite authors right now are John Green and Sarah Dessen (they both write wonderful Young Adult), Jodi Picoult because of the way she tackles sensitive topics (gay marriage, teenage pregnancy, autism, genetic testing/harvesting...) with beautiful prose, and classic favorites William Shakespeare and Jane Austen (hey, I'm an English teacher by day).
In your upcoming book, what was your favorite part to write and why?
My favorite part to write in The Promise of Paradise was the scene where Eddie and Ash finally get together for the first time. This book is a friends-to-lovers story, which means by the time these two realize they want to jump each other, there's been a build-up of many chapters and slow romance and steam that was just itching to get on the page!
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
Honestly, I don't know that I would change anything about the process of first getting published. I was very fortunate to be contracted by Samhain Publishing in their early years, and I had a wonderful editor there who helped me grow and taught me a lot about the process of getting published. If I could have done anything differently, it would have been to move on more quickly after that editor left Samhain. I was placed with someone else at the company who I never really clicked with, and as a result I spent a few frustrating years writing books that didn't match the company's changing vision. I do wish I had realized that and moved on sooner. But...live and learn!
Out of all the books you’ve written, which one’s your favorite (the one you hold closest to your heart)?
I have a fondness for this very book, The Promise of Paradise, for two reasons: it was the first book I wrote (it was published in 2007 as a slightly different edition, with The Wild Rose Press), and I love-love-love the hero, Eddie West. He's the perfect combination of sexy bad boy and wounded sweetheart, and I've gotten more positive feedback from readers about him than about any other hero I've written. We all need an Eddie in our lives ;)
What’s your writing routine like?
I tend to plot out my books pretty specifically (I'm definitely a plotter rather than a pantser!), so I have an idea of where I'm going and what scene needs to be written each time I sit down. I'm not a fast writer, especially because I'm a full-time high school English teacher, which makes it tough to find time to write during the school year. I do the bulk of my drafting during the summer, and then try to revise during the year, mostly on weekends. It takes me about a year to write a book. I usually write a first draft in about 3-6 months and then spend the next 3-6 revising it!
As an author, what makes a book great in your eyes?
Beautiful writing, believable characters, and a plot that keeps me turning the pages. Easy to identify but a lot harder to accomplish!!
What’s next for you?
My next book, another contemporary romance titled Beacon of Love, just released with Lyrical Press, and I'm so excited! Here's the blurb to whet your appetite:
Welcome to Lindsey Point, Connecticut: suspicious of outsiders, loyal to tradition, and absolutely devoted to its local legends.
Enter Sophie Smithwaite, feisty travel show host, in town to film an episode about Lindsey Point’s haunted lighthouse. But digging into the story of a tragic murder-suicide and love gone wrong reveals startling connections to Sophie’s own past. When a gorgeous local handyman fills in behind the camera, Sophie’s life gets complicated by more than just her family history.
Part-time paramedic, handyman, seasonal Santa-Lucas Oakes does it all–except get attached. He’s still reeling from the death of his best friend ten years ago and the more recent infidelity of his ex-fiancee. Yet despite Sophie’s big-city nosiness and her insistence on chasing long-dead ghosts, he’s drawn to her.
But mixing with an outsider means questioning people and traditions Lucas has always defended. When a series of attacks seem to be connected to Sophie’s investigation, both Sophie and Lucas must decide if they are willing to risk everything to uncover the town’s secrets…and their own.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
My pleasure, Allie! Thanks for being here with me!
The Promise of Paradise Blurb:
Harvard grad Ashton Kirk is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she changes her name and rents an apartment in the small town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
Ash hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. The sexy auto mechanic loves his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. But Eddie is nursing his own recent loss, and the last thing he wants to do is let someone new into his life or his heart.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground and a place to fall in love? Or will Ashton’s past and Eddie’s scars keep them apart just as summer heat brings them together? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?
Near the curb, engine still running and rock music bellowing from the speakers, idled a red pickup truck. White and yellow flames danced along both sides. Bending over the tailgate was a broad, bare, definitely male back. Yow. No wonder Jen looked like she was about to start drooling. Even one floor up, Ash could trace the outline of nearly every muscle in his arms and back. A bright red and yellow king cobra tattoo curled around his left triceps. Wavy brown hair fell across the sides of his face. His jeans, faded in all the right places, sat low on his hips. Ash squinted harder and ran one hand over her hair.
Oh God. They still make men who look like that?
“Turn around, please,” Jen commanded under her breath. As if he’d heard her, he straightened up, biceps flexing as he hauled two large boxes from the back of the truck and turned up into the sidewalk. Her sidewalk. He looked up, and Ash’s heart dove into her stomach. A neatly trimmed goatee underscored a crooked nose. He flashed a smile and winked.
“Hey,” he called up. “You live here?”
Jen nodded and jabbed a thumb in Ash’s direction. “She does.”
“I’m Eddie West. Movin’ in today.” It was hard to hear him over the noise of the truck’s humming engine and the music. Ash watched his mouth move instead.
“Need any help?” Jen asked.
Eddie shook his head. “Nah. I’ve just got a couple of boxes to bring in. The rest is coming tomorrow. But thanks.” He continued up the sidewalk.
Jen cupped her hands around her mouth and yelled down. “Come up later, if you want.”
Ash elbowed her. “What are you doing?”
Eddie backpedaled and nodded, grinning wider. As he disappeared from their view, the heavy front door creaked open and, after a few seconds, thudded shut behind him.
Jen straightened up. “See? I told you he’d be good-looking.” She rolled her eyes. “He’s beyond good-looking, Ash.” She fell back against the railing, hands to heart in a dramatic pantomime. “He’s perfect.”
About the author:
Allie Boniface is a small-town girl at heart who's traveled around the world and still finds that the magic and the mystery of small towns make them the best places to fall in love and find adventure. From the New England coast to Rocky Mountain hotels to tiny European bars, she's found more character and plot inspirations than she could ever count. Currently, she's lucky enough to live in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley with her own "Hometown Hero," a guy who can fix, build, drive, and grill anything and is the epitome of the strong and silent type.
When she isn't writing love stories, Allie is a full-time high school English teacher who gets a kick out of helping her teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of writing along with the ups and downs of life (because, really, she's still trying to do the same thing!). And while she'll continue to travel far and wide, Allie knows there's really nothing like coming back to the place where the people who have known you forever welcome you home with open arms.
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