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Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 2/14/13
 

Ashton Kirk, youngest daughter of a prestigious senator, fiancee 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?

Near the curb, engine still running and rock music bellowing from the speakers, idled a red pickup truck. White and yellow flames danced along both sides. Bending over the tailgate was a broad, bare, definitely male back. Yow. No wonder Jen looked like she was about to start drooling. Even one floor up, Ash could trace the outline of nearly every muscle in his arms and back. A bright red and yellow king cobra tattoo curled around his left triceps. Wavy brown hair fell across the sides of his face. His jeans, faded in all the right places, sat low on his hips. Ash squinted harder and ran one hand over her hair.

Oh God. They still make men who look like that?

“Turn around, please,” Jen commanded under her breath. As if he’d heard her, he straightened up, biceps flexing as he hauled two large boxes from the back of the truck and turned up into the sidewalk. Her sidewalk. He looked up, and Ash’s heart dove into her stomach. A neatly trimmed goatee underscored a crooked nose. He flashed a smile and winked.

“Hey,” he called up. “You live here?”

Jen nodded and jabbed a thumb in Ash’s direction. “She does.”

“I’m Eddie West. Movin’ in today.” It was hard to hear him over the noise of the truck’s humming engine and the music. Ash watched his mouth move instead.

5 Ways to Get Over Writer’s Block

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 🙂

So you’re a writer? Terrific! That means you probably have an amazing imagination, perhaps a thirst for researching little-known facts or exotic locales, and a pretty good work ethic as well, since it takes time and devotion to churn out a written product. But what happens (cue dark and depressing music) when you slam into that proverbial wall? When all of a sudden, the words seem all wrong on the page or you can’t think of what comes next in your story? What happens when your characters don’t act the way you want them to? Well, you’re facing writer’s block, plain and simple, and it’s happened to everyone.

The good news is you can get through it – I promise! And here are some of my favorite strategies for doing so…

1. Read. Take a break from being the writer, and be the reader instead. Pick up an old favorite, or a brand new work. Lose yourself in someone else’s language for a little while. You’ll find, more often than not, that freeing yourself from your own story will allow the creative juices to subconsciously flow as you’re processing someone else’s.

2. Work on something new. So you don’t want to stop writing altogether? Switch gears. Stop working on your novel and tackle that short story that’s been bouncing around in your head for the last few months. Or consider writing an article or even a blog post!

3. Break a sweat. This one often works for me. Going out for a run, or a walk, or taking a kickboxing or Zumba class, gets the endorphins flowing, which helps my mood. It also gets my mind off my writing, which is helpful. Sometimes just getting distance, and not thinking about the story at all, is the best solution. When you come back to it (after showering, of course), you’ll have fresh eyes and fresh thoughts.

4. Talk it out. One of my best strategies: talk your story through with a friend. Out loud. (Coffee or martinis optional.) It helps if this person’s also a writer, someone who can give you advice about plot structure and character motivation and such, but even a non-writer can give you feedback and/or her personal opinion. Sometimes just having a sounding board is all it takes to uncover the solution to that niggling little plot problem that’s got you all worked up.

5. Get (group) therapy. If you belong to a writer’s group, you’re ahead of the game. Having the support, encouragement, and reality checks of a team of people who know what you’re going through can be one of the best ways to beat the writer’s block blues. Go to a meeting and listen to what others are working on. Go online and chat on the group forum, post a message on the loop, let others in on what you’re trying to tackle, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll find solace and inspiration in their words.

So there you have it! 5 short and sweet ways to tackle writer’s block (okay, short and sweet might be a bit of an understatement. I know firsthand how frustrating writer’s block can be. But fear not – the good thing is that it always goes away!).

Happy writing!

 

Allie Boniface

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.

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