Monday, April 22, 2013

Allie Boniface - The Promise of Paradise Author/Character Interview

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 soulmate in the place you least expect?

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Today, I’m just going to sit back and allow Allie Boniface, the author of The Promise of Paradise, and the characters from the book, Ashton Kirk and Eddie West take over.  Allie is going to have a little conversation with Ashton and Eddie.  So sit back and enjoy

Welcome to today's blog stop – I'm so glad you're here! I've been talking a lot about The Promise of Paradise over the last few weeks since its release, so I thought today I'd turn the conversation over to the hero and heroine of the book, Eddie and Ashton.  It's a bit of a leap of faith, but let's see how they do...
Okay, I know neither one of you is used to talking much about yourself, but today – 
Eddie: Hey, what do you mean? I love talking about myself. What do readers want to know? About my job? My Harley? The next tattoo I plan on getting? 
I mean talking about the real you, Eddie, the complicated guy with the tender heart, not the super-macho tough guy you make yourself out to be.
Ash: Hang on – Eddie is a super-macho tough guy. Remember the time he told off those guys in the bar who were harassing me? Or the time he walked downtown in the middle of the night to make sure I was okay, after my car died? Or the way he fixed my car the next day without even –
Okay, okay, I'm sorry. You're right, he is pretty macho, now that I think about it.
Eddie: You had to think about it?
No, not really. I always knew you were going to be the kind of guy that women would swoon for: tall, good-looking, muscles to die for, and ready to save the world at a moment's notice. No big surprise that Ash fell for you. No big surprise that readers do, either!
Ash: Tell them how you came up with me and all my problems.
I wouldn't call them problems. Let's call them challenges, instead.
Ash: Fine, challenges. The first time you wrote this story, my ex-boyfriend didn't try to find me in Paradise, did he?
Well, no. I thought giving you a family scandal and a broken heart would be enough to deal with. You were the one who came up with the idea of changing your name, by the way. But then Colin –
Ash: Ugh. Don't mention his name.
Sorry. But then your ex decided to complicate matters and reappear in your life. Yes, I know it was messy.
Ash: To say the least.
Eddie: And when I saw him with –
Ash: Sh! Don't ruin it for the readers! That part's a surprise.
Let's talk about Paradise, New Hampshire. What do you like best about the town? 
Ash: That everyone's so friendly. And that everyone knows everyone else. 
Eddie: Yup, that's pretty much it. Not always a good thing, when people know your business from the minute you get up 'til the minute you go to bed, but when you're in trouble or need something, you know someone's got your back. 
Ash: Plus it's pretty. Especially in fall, when the leaves turn. 
Why, thank you. I actually modeled it after the many small New England towns I've traveled through, as well as my own hometown in the Northeast. 
Ash: Can we talk about Lucas for a minute? 
Eddie: Oh, yeah. He wasn't even in the original story – and then he turns up in this one, all tall, dark, and handsome and lending a helping hand every time Ash needed one. 
Ash: Is that jealousy I'm hearing? 
Eddie: Nope. 
You're right. Lucas was a late addition to this story. But I wanted him in The Promise of Paradise because he's such a great hero in my next book, Beacon of Love. I wanted readers to meet him early! 
Ash: I like him. 
Eddie: Of course you do. He can build or fix anything, he's six and a half feet tall, plus he's got that whole broken-heart-in-need-of-fixing thing going on. 
Ash: I know. Poor guy. 
Don't worry! Lucas's heart gets the attention it needs in his own story. I had to make him suffer a little first, that's all. Kind of like I did with the two of you. 
Eddie: Thanks a lot. 
Anything worth having is worth the work and worth the wait, right? 
Ash: Right. A hundred times right.
Okay you two, thanks for piping up today and giving readers a break from my own voice (for the most part, anyway). Now we just have to hope all the visitors liked you enough to buy the book and read your whole story. 
Eddie: Who wouldn't like us? 
Ash: Who wouldn't love us? 
Right. Of course right. And now, back to our regularly scheduled program... 
Thanks Allie, Ashton and Eddie.  Now, if you would like to enter The Promise of Paradise blog tour giveaway, click HERE.
Just Who Is 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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