Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Cocktail Cruises, The Collection by Allie Boniface

Cocktail Cruises – Box Set

by Allie Boniface
Enjoy all three of the Cocktail Cruise stories in one volume, along with cocktail recipes and excerpts from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors – available only in this collection!



Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

Hi and thanks for having me here today! I’m a full-time high school English teacher by day and a contemporary romance writer by night (and weekend, and summer vacation, and whenever I can find the time…). I grew up in central NY state, have lived in Cleveland, OH, and Providence, RI, and found my way back to downstate NY about 18 years ago. I currently live in the Hudson Valley with my husband and our 2 furry felines. Favorite hobbies (besides writing!) include traveling, reading, music, Zumba, and community activism.

1. How did you get started writing?

I’ve always loved to write, but I started pursuing publication seriously after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. When I lost friends and neighbors that day, I began to realize that putting off dreams “for another day” is the worst thing you can do.

2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write contemporary romance for two reasons: I am continually inspired by people, places, ideas, and happenings in the world around me (mostly small towns; I’m fascinated by the Peyton Place syndrome). And I love happy endings.

3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

Usually, what I have to do to get ready for school – lesson planning, upcoming school events, grading, etc. It’s very unglamorous and usually has very little to do with writing!

4. What is your favorite part of writing?

The creative process, certainly. Spending time at the keyboard and one day realizing you have created an entire world populated by very real characters is hugely satisfying.

5. What is your least favorite part of writing?

Probably the editing. Sometimes it’s torturous.

6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?

Bill Clinton and Audrey Hepburn. Both strong, passionate, sensitive to human and civil rights, and both charismatic!

7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

From people I know, from stories in the newspaper, from songs, from dreams, from random thoughts in the shower…everywhere!

8. Tell me about your ideal reader.

Someone who enjoys my books, without a doubt!

9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.

That’s a tough one. A lot of times I am inspired by the writing of others. If I’ve just finished a beautifully written book, my creative juices are flowing. But because I can’t always be in “the mood” to write, I’ve learned to just plop myself down in front of my keyboard and start typing. If I’m really not feeling it, I’ll tell myself to write a short scene or two – often that’s enough to get me writing more.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

Ooh, I’m thrilled that the prequel to this Cocktail Cruise Collection will be coming out as a special part of the Passionate Kisses 2 Boxed Set on February 17, 2015. Setting Sail takes place three years before the first book in the Cocktail Cruise series, and readers will meet familiar characters before they become heroes in their own books. Readers will ONLY get to read this prequel as part of the boxed set, so preorder yours today! http://amzn.com/B00QL8OHEK

Links to Allie’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website: www.allieboniface.com
Blog: www.allieboniface.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAllieBoniface
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AllieBoniface1
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Allie-Boniface/e/B002BM9F2Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Newsletter Sign-up: http://allieboniface.com/contact.html

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date:  December 1st, 2014                
Genre: Contemporary Romance                                           
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats
Heat Level: R-rated for sexual content; 3 Flames (Contains occasional sensual, explicit love scenes, and the language used to describe them may be graphic and direct)



Tequila Sunrise (Cocktail Cruises #1):

Louise wants to find love on board a romantic singles’ cruise – and it looks like her prayers are answered at a speed dating event.

Toby is too busy for a serious relationship; he only goes on the cruise because his best friend’s family owns the line and his sister works on it. But when he meets the luscious Louise at speed dating, his heart’s a goner.

When Lou discovers the dating service uses unethical business practices, though, she’s determined to reveal them, and the resulting publicity hurts Toby’s friends and family.

Can he convince her that true love exists beyond numbers?

Sex on the Beach (Cocktail cruises #2)

Cassidy is an elementary school teacher with a secret: a sexually adventurous online life led under a foolproof alias. Her motto? Enjoy sex and the single life as much as possible.
Bryce works for a major cruise line, which gets him all the sun, sand, and women he could want. But he meets his match in Cass, who’s even less interested in commitment than he is.
When her school’s financial crisis places Cass at the center of a firestorm, she must decide whether she’ll let Bryce become the first man she’ll trust with both her secrets and her heart. 

Between the Sheets (Cocktail Cruise #3)
Andrea is determined to merge a cruise ship career and single motherhood. But that leaves zero time for sex or love, so when she has a chance for a fling with a sexy cruise ship dancer, she goes for it.
Sebastian enjoys a low-key life as the ship’s dance instructor, a welcome change from his previous life in Argentina as the star of a hugely popular dance show. But when Andrea sweeps into his life, everything changes.
Will new love help him come to terms with his past, and convince her to find room in her life for another man? 

Here is an excerpt of  Sex on the Beach:

Bryce ran the back of one hand down her bare arm as he leaned over to flag the bartender. Electricity shot all the way up to Cass’s shoulder, and something deliciously warm and familiar tingled between her legs. She brushed his shoulder as she reached for her drink, telegraphing a message that registered in the light of his eyes.He took a long swallow of his beer, then rested one elbow on the bar and turned toward her. Two inches, maybe one, separated them. She could smell him. If she leaned forward, she could probably taste him. And damn, but that mouth looked like it would know what to do on a woman’s body.

“That pick-up line, by the way?” she said. “The good-luck charm? Weak.”

He clutched his chest as if she’d shot him. “Was it that bad?” The corner of his mouth quirked up. “I thought it had flair.” He touched the neck of his beer bottle to her glass. “Women like flair.”

Cass crossed one leg over the other and let her dress ride up. “Flair is over-rated.” She ran her fingers through her hair, loose and falling past her shoulders. “It takes more than that to win a girl over.” A nice ass will do, though, she thought. Good smile and wit helped too, and so far Bryce was three for three, though she wouldn’t tell him that.

“Decided to take the free cruise?”

“I did.”

“How’s your friend Louise?”

“She’s fine. Spends a lot of time with Toby, but I’m guessing you already know that.” She sipped her martini. “What about your buddy? The one from the bachelor party? He get married yet?”

“Yep. Valentine’s Day.” He cocked his head when she didn’t answer. “I take it you’re not a fan?”

“Of marriage? Or Valentine’s Day?” Not either one, she wanted to say.  She set her glass down after another sip. “Thanks for the drink. But I think I’ll be going.” First conversations never needed to last longer than a few minutes. She’d leave him wanting more. 

The Author
Allie was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature and is a full-time high school English teacher in the northern NYC suburbs, where she currently resides. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she and her husband love to travel both in the United States and abroad. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas and writes sensual contemporary romance because she loves exploring the emotions that connect us all!
U.S and International: 
$10 Amazon gift card, E-copy of Tequila Sunrise

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Signed paperback of The Promise of Paradise (also by Allie Boniface)

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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Cocktail Cruises, The Collection by Allie Boniface

  1. bn100 says:

    nice covers

  2. Great interview! thank you for touring with us! 🙂

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Allie, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. These three stories sound like fun. Thanks for interviewing with me, too. Love your answers!

  4. AllieB says:

    Thanks so much for having me here today! bn100 I love the covers too!

  5. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to read these!

  6. Alexia Evans says:

    Looking forward to reading your books. You’re a new author for me. One of the things I like about social media is that I meet new people.

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