Welcome to my post for The Promise of Paradise book tour! Make sure to comment on this post and others in the tour for a chance to win a $25 gift card! I have a guest post from the author, so, without further ado, let me introduce the book and turn it over to Ms. Allie Boniface:
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?
5 Favorite Books & Why
Thank you so much for having me here today! Welcome to my "5 Things" virtual book tour, otherwise known as "Two Weeks Getting To Know a Little More About Allie." While I'm touring with Reading Addiction Blog Tours to let readers know about my newly released book, The Promise of Paradise, I'm also chatting about my writing life (and okay, sometimes my non- writing life too). Anytime you leave a comment on one of my blog posts during these 2 weeks, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate. So comment away! I'll be popping in here all day to see what you have to say :)
Books – whether they're in paperback or hard cover, on our e-readers or in our hands, we love 'em, right? And the beautiful thing about them is that there's such a choice. Horror, memoir, nonfiction, romance, women's fiction, historical fiction...the list is almost endless. Sometimes as a writer it can be awfully hard to find time to read, especially when working on a new manuscript. But I do try to keep up with my "To Be Read" pile, even though it grows faster and faster each year!
I always think it's interesting to look at people's favorite books, ones they've loved and read more than once. While I have many, many favorites, here are my most recent "Top Five," in no particular order:
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Green is a brilliant Young Adult author, one of the best. This particular book is about teenagers with cancer – I know, sounds depressing – but that's not really what it's about. What it's really about is two people falling in love and realizing that life is too short for B.S. They are wiser than the adults in this story, and Green blends love with humor with sadness in a wonderful balance. Honestly, if you don't read any other book in 2013, read this one.
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This best seller, set in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, chronicles the fictional account of the black "help" in rich white homes in Mississippi. Why do I love it? Two reasons: the characters are detailed and well-developed, and the book brings to light a very real part of American history that I knew very little about. I know people criticized it for being stereotypical, but honestly, any book written about race relations is going to be a target. It's still a great story about strong women!
3. The Pact by Jodi Picoult – I love Picoult's writing style, first of all. Sometimes when I'm struggling with writer's block, I'll pick up one of her books to remind myself what rhythmic writing should sound like. I like this book especially because it is a very realistic account of the pressures that teenagers deal with every day. As adults, I think we forget how much everything hurts and how much everything matters when you're a teen. Picoult reminds us in this book, which opens with a young girl's suicide and follows her boyfriend's trial for murder. It's not a particularly uplifting book, but every parent and anyone who works with teenagers should read it, to remind themselves how, when you're 17, it really does feel sometimes like the world is going to end.
4. It by Stephen King – I'm not a horror aficionado, but I'm a huge King fan, mostly because he knows how to tell a story like few other authors out there. Want to know how to write cliff hangers? Pick up any one of his novels. I think next to the term "page-turner" in the dictionary it should say "Stephen King's Complete Works." Besides the compelling nature of his books, I like this one because it's about friendship. It follows a group of young kids in a small town who vanquish a bizarre serial killer through the power of their friendship – which lasts into adulthood, when they have to return to the town to try and vanquish the killer again. How can you not love a book that combines goofy friendship with young love with adult hope that we can recapture the bliss of youth – and then put all that together with horrific murders? Brilliant.
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I fell in love with this book as a young teen and still love reading about the heroine, Francie, as she grows from childhood to young adulthood during the Great Depression in New York City. The characters are so richly developed, you'll feel like you know them, and you'll miss them when the book's over.
As you can see, I've always loved stories that explore the relationships between people and the power of love and friendship. Maybe that's why I write contemporary romance, because to some degree, I've enjoyed reading those types of books the most (even though there's no actual romance titles on this list!)
What about you? What books are in your Top Five, and why?
About the Author:
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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