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About Allie Boniface
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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An Interview with Allie Boniface
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Allie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Promise of Paradise. What can you tell us about the origins of this breath-taking romance?
AB: Allie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Promise of Paradise. What can you tell us about the origins of this breath-taking romance?
HH: What do you like best about Ashton and why will readers by cheering for her?
AB: I love that Ashton takes a chance and changes her whole life. After political scandal breaks apart her family, and her boyfriend dumps her for another woman, she reinvents herself by moving to the small town of Paradise, New Hampshire. She changes her name, takes on a new job, and opens herself to the possibility of finding new friends and a new love in a place she's never been before. I love that she lays it all on the line, and that even though she's scared of the future, she faces it too.
HH: What can you tell us about Eddie and why will readers love him?
AB: Oh, Eddie....readers have always loved Eddie. (And I'll admit: of the six romance heroes I've written to date, he remains my favorite!). He is so sexy because he's a tough guy both inside and out: he works on cars, has muscles of steel, and isn't afraid of anything or anyone. But he's also emotionally wounded, and his sensitivity makes him real and flawed and kind and vulnerable at the most unexpected moments.
HH: They had a rough beginning. What do you like best about their relationship and how it develops?
AB: I love Ash and Eddie because they are the quintessential friends who become lovers, even despite their best efforts to remain Platonic. This is one of my favorite quotes from the story, that really sums up the moment Eddie realizes that Ash has turned from being his housemate to being his soul mate:
Eddie had wanted her since the first day he’d run up those stairs and stood in her doorway. He wanted her on the days they argued, on the days he came home too tired to breathe, on the complicated days when one woman or another let herself out of his apartment. None of them mattered now. He couldn’t believe any of them ever had.
Ash was different from any other woman he’d ever met. More intelligent, more secretive, more sensual in the way she moved across a room. More heartbroken, too, though he didn’t yet know exactly what or who had devastated her. More confusing, more temperamental, more fragile some days. Was that why she turned him upside down with desire? That crazy combination that he’d never before run across in a woman? Because more than anything, he wanted to wind this amazing creature inside him, possess her, melt into her and lose a little of himself before coming up for air.
HH: What do you have in store for lucky readers?
AB: I'm so glad you asked! My next novel is a full-length contemporary romance called Beacon of Love that's coming out in May with Lyrical Press. Here's the blurb:
Welcome to Lindsey Point, Connecticut: suspicious of outsiders, loyal to tradition, and absolutely devoted to its local legends.
Enter Sophie Smithwaite, 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.
HH: Do you have any appearances coming up online or in person?
AB: I will be doing 2 different blog tours this month and next as a celebration of The Promise of Paradise -- and followers can win either a $25 Amazon gift card or a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card just by commenting on my blog posts! More information is available on my blog: www.allieboniface.blogspot.com.
HH: What is your writing schedule like?
AB: Because I work full-time as a high school English teacher, I don't have a lot of extra time to write between September and June. I do try to write for at least a couple of hours each day on the weekends, and at night if I'm not grading papers. Honestly, I do most of my writing during the summer months, when I'm not teaching.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
AB: That's a tough one! I enjoy the creative process, imagining a story and then bringing it to life. Even though it's a long, tough process for me, the moment when a book finally releases is such sweet satisfaction. And I love the readers who follow me and let me know how much they enjoy my stories. Fan email is a truly terrific thing :)
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
AB: Sometimes it's the excitement of a new story, seeing what the characters will do next or putting into words a scene that's been rattling around my brain for a while. Other times it's simple discipline, knowing that I have a job to do and a story to finish. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it!
HH: Where can readers find you online?
AB: Readers can visit my blog or my website, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or sign up for my newsletter. Or all of the above! Thank you so much for having me here this month -- The Romance Studio is a wonderful supporter of the romance reading and writing community!
HH: Thank you!