Character interview by
Greetings, readers! I'm super-excited to be attending the Indie Romance Convention in October! I've published with traditional small presses in the past, but 2013 marked the very first time I waded into the indie publishing waters, with my contemporary romance novel The Promise of Paradise. Currently available in e-book, print, and audio, this is the story of Eddie and Ash, two people from completely different worlds who find themselves living in the same house for one long, hot summer:
Ashton hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. Eddie likes his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. While he's looking for a no-strings romance, though, he gets more than he bargained for in Ash, who sees through his bravado to the pain of a loss too fresh to mention.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground, a place to fall in love and build a future? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?
Now, blurbs are great, and if you want to know what reviewers said about the book, you can visit my website (www.allieboniface.com) or any online e-book retailer.
But I thought you might really like to hear from the hero and heroine themselves today, so I'm turning the blog over to them. If you like what they have to say, don't forget, Eddie and Ash will be joining me at the Indie Romance Convention on October 4 and 5. Hope to see you there!
The Promise of Paradise
Allie: 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?
Allie: 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 –
Allie: 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?
Allie: 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! Did you hear that one reviewer called you "drool worthy"?
Eddie: Oh yeah. That's what I'm talkin' about. (winks)
Ash: Okay, lover boy. Don't give anyone any ideas. You're all mine, remember?
Eddie: How could I forget? I barely had a life before you moved in upstairs from me. Thought I did, 'course, but...
Ash: (blushing): Allie, I have a question. The first time you wrote this story, my ex-boyfriend didn't try to find me in Paradise, did he?
Allie: 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.
Allie: 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 –
Allie: Shh! Don't ruin it for the readers! That part's a surprise.
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?
Allie: 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 anything, 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.
Allie: 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.
Allie: Anything worth having is worth the work and worth the wait, right?
Allie: Okay you two, thanks for piping up today and giving readers a break from my own voice! Remember, you can find out all about Eddie and Ash in The Promise of Paradise – or by chatting me up at the convention in October. See you soon!