The Promise of Paradise by Allie Boniface
Date Published: 2/14/13
Ashton Kirk, youngest daughter of a prestigious senator, fiancée of a hotshot attorney, and fresh Harvard graduate, is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she rents an apartment in the sleepy town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
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 Ways to Avoid the Rejection Blues
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 🙂
Now, if you’re a writer, and if you dream of someday publishing a short story/novel/article/best-seller, you’ve probably received a rejection letter from an editor or agent. Those are tough. Painful, even. But they’re part of the process, so steel yourself and get ready for them. And follow these tips to keep your pride intact:
1. Don’t take the rejection personally. Except in very few cases, you will not know the person reading your query letter. Nor does that person know you. The agent/editor/first reader is not rejecting you as a person. He or she is not telling you that you will never amount to anything in the publishing world. He or she is simply saying that, for whatever reason, the work is not right. Not for them. Not now. That’s all.
2. Read your rejection letters carefully to see if there’s anything you can use to improve your manuscript. “I would have liked a better reason for Sally to return to her hometown” can help you take another look at your heroine‘s motivation. “I have two teenagers, and they don’t talk like that” can help you refine your dialogue.
3. Keep writing. If you must, put the work that you queried away for a while. Sometimes it’s too tough to go back through and think about revising. That’s OK. Have another project in the wings. Maybe it’s your next novel. Maybe it’s an article for that gardening e-zine you’ve had your eye on. Maybe it’s a fun short story in a different voice or genre. But keep writing.
4. Find a creative place, or way, to store your rejection letters. Stephen King used to hang his from a nail (later replaced by a spike, to hold the weight) hammered into his bedroom wall. Another author I know uses hers to make papier-mâché bowls. I’ve kept every rejection letter or email I’ve received. Right now, they’re stored in a big folder, but I plan to turn them into a giant display the day I become a New York Times best-seller and do a book-signing that draws a crowd of hundreds.
5. Comfort yourself. Allow yourself the candy bar you usually don’t. Bake something delicious. Sleep in. Leave the laundry for another day. Go shopping. You are a valuable being, and in writing and submitting your work, you’re living the dream that many people talk about but never achieve.
Rejection is tough. But it doesn’t mean the end of the world for you as a writer. Just the opposite: it means that you have the guts to send your work out into the world for strangers to review. Think of how many people never even take the chance!
About the Author:
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.
Twitter – @AllieBoniface1