Friday, October 02, 2009

Finally, A Cover!

What do you think of the cover for Summer's Song??

This one took the most back-and-forth with my editor and cover artist ~ we had a hard time getting the right visual we were all satisfied with. I'm really happy with this one; it has the mountains in the background and Damian's guitar in the foreground, which are both important to the story. And I think the interaction of the hero/heroine is just sensual enough... ;)

Mostly, though, I have to say that I'm so happy this story finally has a home. It's the one I worked on the longest and revised the most, so to see the title finally on an official cover is just like heaven :)

P.S. It releases in ebook November 17th...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's Banned Books Week!

It's Banned Books Week! Now, when I mentioned that to my high school English students yesterday, they all (all) stared at me with blank looks on their faces. I didn't know whether to be annoyed that they were so clueless, or happy that they hadn't personally experienced the concept of banned books before.

Regardless, I took the time to explain what it is -- a week established by the American Library Association to raise awareness about the importance of the First Amendment and the freedom to choose which books we want to read in this country. Of course, some of the "classics" now taught in many high schools across the country were banned or at least challenged at one point, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, and Huck Finn. And many current favorites have also come under fire, including the Harry Potter series and Judy Blume's coming-of-age teen novel, Forever.

I also showed the students my all-time favorite YouTube video: John Green talking about why his book Looking for Alaska shouldn't be banned in a New York eleventh grade English class. It's worth another look, here:

What do you think? Is there ever a case where a book should be banned from a school or public library?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Mentionables

Finally got my first review for One Night in Napa, which released in ebook back in July. I don't mind waiting for this one, though, 'cause it's a good one! 5 Books from The Long and the Short of It:

Hot, hot and wow hot! One Night in Napa is packed with sensuality, emotion, and passion. A talented author, Ms. Boniface has given us a story that offers a little bit of everything and with her aptitude the story flows from one scene to the next. One Night in Napa is a classic story of two lovers defeating all the odds. And, boy! When the lights go out the fire between the two heats up.

This is the first story that I have read of Allie Boniface's and let me tell you -- I’m already searching her backlist and her future releases for more great reads. If her other stories are even close to as well-written and entertaining as this one, I'll be more than pleased.I can highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the odds of one night changing everything between two people. A mere twenty-four hours and your destiny is written.

In addition, One Night in Napa was in the running over the weekend for LASR's "Best Book of the Week" award, and as of late last night was running first in the polls. So thanks! to everyone who voted, and if you're an ebook reader who hasn't yet picked up One Night in Napa, maybe you'll want to give it a try...