Today’s guest blogger, Allie Boniface, grew up just about 60 miles south-east of where I currently live. Although to drive there, it would take me most of the day – mainly because most of those 60 miles are over Lake Ontario. Nowadays though she lives with her husband in the New York city suburbs and teaches high school English. Allie currently has three books out with Samhain, all of her “One Night” series.

If you’re a Facebook fan, you’ve surely been tagged on the “15 Favorite Books” note. The rules? Take no more than 15 minutes and list the 15 books that have had the greatest influence on you, or that have stayed with you years after reading them. Last week I finally sat down to come up with my list, and the results were interesting.

Since I was a lit major in college and graduate school, some of the so-called “classics” ended up on my list. But so did a few not-so-well-known books, along with some contemporary favorites. What didn’t were any romance novels, besides Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. And so I wondered why I ended up writing romance, when I never really read it.

Then I took a closer look at my list, and I realized that most of the 15 books have happy endings. More than that, they explore the human heart and human nature and the relationships people form with the world around them. And I thought, “Oh, okay. That makes sense.” Because those are the things I most like to explore in my own writing.

Yes, my novels fit into the contemporary romance genre, balancing ever-so-carefully on the edge of women’s fiction, as well. While I love writing about romance and sexual tension and, of course, creating a happy ending for my hero and heroine, I also find myself exploring the what and the why and the how people end up together, along with what they discover about themselves in the process.

What do your 15 (or 5, or 1) favorite books say about you? If you’re a writer, do you write in the same genre(s) you love to read, or something much different? Does it matter? Is your list a collection of many different genres?

Here are my favorites…wanna share some of yours?

  1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)
  3. Up a Road Slowly (Irene Hunt)
  4. It (Stephen King)
  5. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  8. The Pact (Jodi Picoult)
  9. Looking for Alaska (John Green)
  10. Alive (Piers Paul Read)
  11. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  12. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  13. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  14. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  15. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

If you want to find out more about Allie, you can visit her website: Or her blog:

Oh, and since I like to help my guest authors get something back for being my guest, don’t forget to visit Samhain’s site, and take a look at–or if you feel inclined, and I hope you will be, buy–Allie’s latest book in her One Night series, One Night in Napa.

*Edited* Allie will be giving away a copy of her One Night in Napa, or any of her backlist, to one lucky commenter. So leave a comment and tell us what your favorite 15 books are!

Can anything really change in 24 hours? Can everything?

A One Night story.

Journalist Grant Walker has one chance to salvage his job and his relationship with his domineering father. Terrorists have kidnapped a fading film star’s son, and Grant has scored the first interview with the grieving mother. Even better, a new twist has just arrived on the scene—an illegitimate granddaughter who hasn’t been heard from in seven long years.

It’s the story of a lifetime, and all Grant has to do is deliver.

After discovering a terrible secret about her birth, Kira March left home vowing never to return. With her father kidnapped and her grandmother cracking under media pressure, it’s up to her to find and destroy all evidence of that secret. Trouble is, a reporter has weaseled his way into the house looking for answers—and he isn’t leaving until he gets them.

Yet as the hours pass, Kira finds herself falling for the very man who could destroy her. And when Grant comforts her in the wake of a midnight tragedy, he remembers why it’s a bad idea to get emotionally involved with an interview subject. Especially when the family name is on the line.

Warning: This title contains a hunky hero who thinks he knows it all, an unconventional heroine who’s out to prove him wrong, a ticking clock, family secrets, and enough sexual tension to heat every corner of an enormous mansion…especially when the power goes out.

One Day with Allie Boniface

12 thoughts on “One Day with Allie Boniface

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for having me here today, Leah!

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Oh and hey, why don't we make this interesting? I'll give away either a download of One Night in Napa or any of my backlist to one commenter today. Let me hear what you have to say!

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Glad to have you, Allie – and I've edited the post to show your generous contest.

  • August 26, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Leah: As always, thanks for offering a great interview. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

    Allie: Thanks for offering a great giveaway. I enjoyed your excerpt and look forward to reading the entire book. (Sure hope I win, though!)

    Favourite books: (Leah: Notice my spelling — I too am from ON! — whee haw!) You are probably expecting to see lists of novels, but since you didn't specify (and I'm glad you didn't), I will include some non-fiction books I've enjoyed through the years!

    I have read over 400 (yes, I keep track on a numbered list!) time-management books for helpful hints in both the office and at home. My most recent was David Allen's "Getting Things Done". I keep one of his tips posted in my office, referring to it often, whenever I feel a little overwhelmed:
    1) What's the next action?
    2) Set deadlines.
    3) Set start dates.
    4) Do one 15-minute item each day.
    Sometimes I just need a kick in the pants by reading this list, and then things magically fall into place and I'm not so overwhelmed anymore.

    Years ago, I discovered Barbara Hemphill's "Taming the Paper Tiger". Her tips are still very relevant.

    Robyn Freedman Spizman's "Make It Memorable" is a great book for tips on making a gift that much more special without spending a lot of money. Always helpful to me.

    I've kept only one fiction book through the years of reading thousands of novels (and passing those others on to friends). That novel was Susan Mallery's "The Sheik's Secret Bride". Loved her humour and witticism.

    Something else I especially enjoy (though poignantly) is watching Randy Pausch's Nov/07 video clip with his "last lecture" about dying soon and time management. I've gone back and watched this often (first seeing him on Oprah years ago); he was an eloquent and energetic speaker.

    I think I'll stop here. Hope it's enough!

    Have a great day, ladies, and thanks again!

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Laney – welcome! Always thrilled hear from another Canuck. And no, you don't have to have just novels on your list, I included a non-fiction on my list too which I did on Facebook a while back.

    I guess I should share it here, though you don't have to list 15 books to get into the contest. (But one or two would be nice)

    Here are my 15:
    1. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

    2. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

    3. Richard III by Shakespeare (yeah, I was a geek in high school)

    4. Lover Eternal by JR Ward

    5. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

    6. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

    7. Erotic Weekend by Cheyenne McCray (yeah, there's the kink in me coming out)though I think some of Lorelei James' Rough Rider series are now competing with this one.

    8. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

    9. Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts (Ethan's story of the Chesapeake series)

    10. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy (how to make a character who should be unlikeable heroic)

    11. Lord of the Rings (OMG why is this #11, it's been such a major influence on me) – Return of the King is my favorite of the trilogy, but I'll include all books as one the way Tolkien intended.

    12. Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    13. Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll (non-fiction) – major geekery/nerdage here, but I LOVED this book

    14. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (first 'grownup' romance I read – it hooked me)

    15. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – another one that made me go "How did I forget this one?" Totally should be higher on my list.

  • August 26, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Man…I have no idea what my top 15 books are. That is freakin hard. I truthfully go with more of a favourite author approach. LKH, JK Rowling, Linda Howard (Mr. Perfect), Lauren Dane (Laid Bare – AMAZING), Megan Hart (Stranger), Claire Thompson (Accidental Slave)….

    As for what that tells people? Well, I like a bit of the unrealistic (scifi/fantasy) and that I may lean towards a bit of the kinky side *grin*

  • August 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I love the name of your book Allie,, One Night in Napa…got to have this books..

    As to my 15… Idon't know how I could possible just pick 15, I'll have to think about this one..

  • August 26, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    My top 10:
    Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"
    Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Chronicle of a Death Foretold
    Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha"
    Julie Garwood's "The Bride"
    Sidney Sheldon's "If Tomorrow Comes"
    Iris Johansen's "The Ugly Duckling"
    Nora Roberts' "Inner Harbor"
    Linda Howard's "Midnight Rainbow"
    Loretta Chase's "Lord Perfect"

  • August 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I can never do that meme because I just can't narrow the list down.

    No need to enter me, ladies; it's totally NOT personal, Allie. Ask Leah about my small book problem.

    I'm dropping in to thank Leah for the e-mail. I've got this listed at Win a Book for you.

  • August 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Well, I am a day behind, but that is the story of my life 🙂

    1. Change of Heart-Jodi Picoult
    2. My Sisters Keeper-Jodi Picoult
    3. Sweet Seduction-Maya Banks
    4. Sweet Persuaison-Maya Banks
    5. Wicked Ties-Shayla Black
    6. Dear John- Nicholas Sparks
    7. Sweet Restraint-Beth Kery
    8. Marley's Choice-Lora Leigh
    9. The Choice – Nicholas Sparks
    10. 4th of July-James Patterson
    11. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas-James Patterson
    There are so many others, but I am drawing a total blank.

  • August 28, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! The winner of the free download is Laney4! Laney, let me know whether you'd like One Night in Napa or one of my other stories – email me at and thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

  • August 28, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I just sent my reply email with details.
    How cool is this? VERY cool!
    Thanks to both Allie and Leah for offering such a great blog and giveaway.
    Have a great day! You've certainly made MINE!

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