Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Guest Blog: Allie Boniface

Allie Boniface – Blog Tour – One Night in Memphis Audio Book Release 

I write “24-hour romance” which means my One Night books take place over a single day and night. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again and they decide they’d like to spend more than 24 hours getting to know one another. I’m often asked “why that city?” or “why 24 hours?” when people first find out about my books. And if you’ve been following my blog tour stops these last few days, you already know the answer to both those questions!

But I’m not often asked “what’s the theme?” which is why I was so tickled by today’s blog host when she wanted to know that. So…what’s the theme of One Night in Memphis? Pretty simple, actually: that second love is possible.

Dakota, the heroine, deliberately leaves her hometown in rural New Hampshire for a whirlwind weekend with her best friend in Memphis, Tennessee. All she wants is to get away from the man who broke her heart. She doesn’t think she’ll ever find a guy she can trust, but that’s OK. She needs to figure out who she really is and what she wants from a relationship, anyway. And she needs to know that it’s OK to be by herself for a while.

Ethan, the hero, is mourning the end of a marriage. He’s spent the last year trying to pick up the pieces and go through his daily routine, but his heart isn’t in it. Deep down, he doesn’t think he’ll ever find anyone to replace his former wife – and that’s OK too. Some people are meant to fall in love just once, and that’s that.

But as Fate will have it, Dakota and Ethan meet on the first sunny afternoon she’s in town. And though they exchange only a few words, when they meet again that night (coincidence? Karma?), both feel a powerful stirring of kinship and attraction.

The theme of this story is really that love can bloom again, even when your heart is broken and even when you’ve sworn off relationships indefinitely. It can happen when you least expect it to, and in the places you least expect it to – but if you are open to it, it can also work miracles.

Thank you so much for having me here today! And if you’d like to hear the story of Dakota and Ethan’s newfound love for yourself, check out One Night in Memphis at www.audiolark.com.

The blurb for “One Night in Memphis”:
    What if a woman, tired of broken hearts and bad choices, traveled a thousand miles to the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, and spent a night forgetting her past in the blues clubs of Beale Street? What if a man who lost his wife to cancer ventured to Beale Street's social scene for the first time in over a year? And what if they met and realized love was still possible for them both? Dakota James and Ethan Meriweather have both given up on finding happiness in a relationship. When they meet in downtown Memphis, at a crowded nightclub, neither has romance on the brain. But as the evening unfolds, and small talk turns to the stuff of hopes, dreams, and shared loss, a kinship grows that surprises them. Before the night is over, though, Dakota's past will catch up with her in the form of a violent ex-boyfriend. As dawn approaches, and tragedy threatens to tear Dakota and Ethan apart, both will have to make a decision that could change their lives forever. Is new love worth putting your life on the line for someone you've just met?


Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

OOh how exciting. I've always wanted to go to Memphis. Looks like a great read, Allie. Can't wait to get my copy.


Allie Boniface said...

Thanks Wendi!

Aimee said...

I actually just finished this book today. I loved it! I reviewed this on my blog and on shelfari so all my friends will read it.

Anna L. Walls said...

You must be a firm believer in whirl-wind romances - good for you. ;-)

Diane Craver said...

Sorry I'm late - trying to catch up after the work week. I read One Night in Memphis and I loved it. It has it all - action, romance, and suspense. I also loved Allie's One Night in Napa. It's another satisfying page-turner!