Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: The Magic Paragraph to Get You More Reviews

As an author who has lots of author friends on Facebook and Twitter, I come across posts or pictures like this a lot:

And I love them! They make me laugh or smile or nod in agreement, and inevitably I copy or share or retweet based on whatever social media platform I happen to be on at the time.

I came across this blog post yesterday and thought it was definitely worth sharing. How do authors get more reviews??? Well, we can ask for them. We can send out files and free books to a myriad of review sites and blogs and hope they will get picked up. We can also put this "magic paragraph" at the end of our books and hope it will help do the trick as well. It's a good blog post, worth reading in its entirety.

If you're an author, what have you found that helps you get reviews for your books?

If you're a reader, what compels you to leave a review for a book?

And for the love of all things literary, if you've read a book of mine lately and haven't reviewed it over at Amazon or Goodreads, I will raid the shelves at Target tomorrow and send you bags of Halloween candy to do so!

I'm serious. Sort of. If you like candy, and if you're at a U.S. mailing address. Just let me know ;)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Mentionables: Did You Stop by the Party?

Happy Monday, everyone! This past Saturday I joined a few other authors in talking all about our brand new releases over at The Romance Studio's party page. In case you didn't stop by, and wanted a peek at some more excerpts from Between the Sheets, click on this link that will take you directly there:

Party Posts by Allie Boniface

Today I'll be choosing a winner from all those who entered for prizes during the party: the choice of either Book #1 (Tequila Sunrise) or Book #2 (Sex on the Beach) in the Cocktail Cruise series! Stop; back here on Wednesday to find out the lucky reader!

Have a great start to your week, everyone :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Fun Facts: A Sneak Peek at a Brand New Book!

Happy Friday, readers!! For no reason other than that I love to share, here's a sneak peek at a Work in Progress that's so new, it doesn't yet have an official title. BUT it is the prequel to the Cocktail Cruise series, which means it's going to feature many of the characters you've come to know and love in these books:

Warning: this excerpt is unedited, rough, and may not even look this way in the final book. But I love the story so much that I wanted to give you a peek at the newest characters, Jace and Pearl. Enjoy!

Jace walked down the hall, registering on the edge of his consciousness the black and white photos that lined it. Dolly’s Diner had been a fixture in this neighborhood since the early 1930s. Half the photos that hung on these walls had been autographed. Everyone from vice-presidents to movie stars to foreign princes had stepped foot in here over the years, which always struck Jace as kind of funny. Besides the name, stolen from its older, richer, and probably way cooler sister city in Italy, the only thing Venice, Florida, had going for it was its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. He wasn’t sure what drew famous names in this direction, but for Dolly’s sake, he was glad something did.
          He reached the men’s room and pushed on the door, but it only moved a few inches. What the hell? He tripped over his feet and bumped up against the wall. The bulb at this end of the hall had burned out, so he couldn’t see much. He tried again. This time the door shoved back.
          “Hey!” came a female voice from inside.
          Jace backpedaled as a body full of curves and smelling like the ocean emerged from the men’s room. Long hair fell over her shoulders. She wheeled a mop bucket ahead of her.
          “Sorry,” she said. “Didn’t think there’d be anyone back here.”
          He stuck his hands in his back pockets. “Hey, Pearl.”
          She steered the bucket toward the exit door. “Hey yourself.”
          “It’s Jace. Wilson.”
Dolly’s sixteen-year-old grandniece looked over her shoulder. “I know who it is.”
          He licked his bottom lip. Two years behind them in school, Pearl DeVane had the reputation of being one of the smartest girls at Venice High. In Jace’s opinion, she was also hands-down the hottest. She wasn’t stacked, and she didn’t have a tramp stamp across her lower back or wear heavy makeup. She rarely partied. In fact, most of the time she was helping out here at the diner, mopping floors or cooking behind the grill or sometimes sitting with her nose in a book if it was slow. But she had brains and bright blue eyes and caramel-colored hair and a smile that lit up the room.
          “What are you doing here?” she asked, not unkindly. She leaned against the wall beside him, and her perfume came to him again, a combination of sea water and flowers. “Didn’t you guys graduate tonight?”
          “Mm hmm.” He couldn’t stop looking at her mouth. At her silhouette in the shadows. Without warning, he turned rock hard, and he hoped she wouldn’t glance down and see the way his shorts tented.
          “So shouldn’t you be having an official graduation party somewhere?”
          “Dolly asked us the same thing.”
          She smiled, and a tiny gap appeared between her two front teeth. Had he ever noticed it before? Had he ever stood this close to her before? They’d had one class together last year, some kind of science. She’d sat in the front, and he’d spent most of the year wanting to scratch the itch in the middle of her shoulder blades whenever her fingers wandered back to reach for it.
          “What?” He reached out for her, slipping an arm around her waist before he knew what it was doing. He pulled her into him, snug against his chest. Before she could say anything else, his other hand went to the back of her head. He tugged her hair the tiniest bit, enough that her chin lifted and her breath caught. This close, even in the shadows, he could see her eyes darken with pleasure.
          Without all the beer he’d consumed earlier that night, and probably without the heady abandon of being a fresh high school graduate, with the goddamn fucking world ahead of him, he wouldn’t have had the balls to do what he did next. But in the shadows of a diner hallway at two in the morning, woozy from the booze and Pearl’s perfume, there wasn’t a thing stopping him. Jace ducked his chin and kissed her. His tongue teased open her lips, and his thumb stroked the underside of her chin. Soft, pliant, delicious under his touch. For a second, the small sober part of his brain wondered if she’d stop him.

She didn’t. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: Grab a Drink and Feature Your Work: New Promo Opp for Authors

Calling all authors! If you're looking for a promo opp, a chance to get your latest work or your Facebook and Twitter page links in front of readers, here's a chance for you:

I'll be putting my three Cocktail Cruise novellas into a single bundle and releasing it in mid-November (for all you non-ereader owners, yes, it will be available in print!).

I'm including a special section, never before published, called Spirits for All Seasons which will feature drink recipes of all varieties, alcoholic and not. Soooo...if you have a favorite drink, go ahead and give it a jazzy name, tie it to a holiday or special occasion if you like, and send it my way. I'll include your recipe, along with any book excerpt or blurb you choose to include, your author bio, and any links you'd like as well.

Drop me an email at, and I can give you more information. I'll be looking to collect all the information from participating authors by the end of October. Hope you'll join me!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Mentionables: A Thank-You and a Free Ebook!

Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to share the super-exciting news that the Passionate Kisses Boxed Set has now sold over 55,000 copies! Woo hoo!! Thank you readers for your awesome support!

(Not one of the 55,000? You can still get the set for the low price of $0.99. Check out the links below:)

Buy the Set on Amazon Kindle
Buy the Set on B&N Nook 

Also...if you're in the mood for a FREE ebook to read and review, check out Choosy Bookworm's Read & Review program, newly launched! (You'll see a familiar cover there if you're one of my readers...)

Have a great day, everyone! Read on :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Fun Facts: Where Stories Begin...

So I thought it might be kind of cool today to talk about how and where and when stories emerge. Of course, everyone has a different process. Sometimes every book is a different process. I remember when I first started thinking about the story that would eventually become my newest release, Between the Sheets. I had just started going to Zumba classes at my local gym, and I soon became friends with a group of women in the class.

One night we all went out to dinner, along with our instructor, and I mentioned that I should write a book about our adventures. They all wanted to have input on character names, so I grabbed the closest thing I had and started scribbling. 5 years later, I still have the napkin:

The final book changed shape MANY times over the years, and it's a lot different today than where it started. But I did keep two names from this original napkin, Roxy (friend of the heroine) and Sebastian, the hero. I love looking back at this and remembering where it all began!

Sneak peek for all you blog readers (no one else knows this yet!!): I'm hard at work right now on the prequel to the Cocktail Cruise series, and while I didn't write my first notes for that one on a napkin, I did use long-hand to start drafting:

If you look closely, you can see the names of some of my characters from the Cocktail Cruise books...yes, they'll be appearing in the prequel! Stay tuned to find out more...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Writer's Wednesday: It's Release Day for Between the Sheets!

Hey everyone, look what's available TODAY!!!! The third book in my Cocktail Cruise Series:

An affair with an exotic cruise line dance instructor might be just the escape single mother
Andrea DeMarco needs…

Andrea is determined to merge career and motherhood, which she’s (barely) managing as a cruise line marketing manager and a single mom to six-year-old Drew. That life leaves zero time for sex or love, so when she has a chance for a no-strings fling with a sexy cruise ship dancer, she decides to go for it.

Sebastian is enjoying a low-key life as a dance instructor on a singles’ cruise ship, a welcome change from his previous life in Argentina as the star of a hugely popular dance show. Tired of women who only wanted him for his moves on and off the dance floor, he’s content to teach basic waltz and foxtrot and keep to himself. But when the lonely, enigmatic Andrea sweeps into his life, everything changes.

Can he come to terms with his past? Can she find room in her life and her heart for another man? And is the possibility of new love strong enough to make them both want to?


Only $0.99 for the month of September!