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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bonnie Leon and Free Books!

PhotobucketBush pilot Kate Evan’s spunk has always gotten her through tough times, but does she have what it takes to go the distance?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the copy of MaryLu Tyndall's novel, Surrender the Dawn, is:

sunny_girl_anna@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's visit with novelist Bonnie Leon, author of Wings of Promise (Revell, August 2011).

PhotobucketBonnie Leon is the author of eighteen novels, including the popular Touching the Clouds, Wings of Promise, the Sydney Cove series and the bestselling Journey of Eleven Moons. She also stays busy speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions.

Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I hate asparagus.

--I close my eyes during violent scenes in movies.

--I love to pick blackberries.

--I cry easily when emotionally moved.

--I love deep winter snowfalls.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wings of Promise.

PhotobucketKate Evans is a lone woman in a man’s world. Spunk, determination and guilt drive her to fulfill her dream to be a bush pilot. She’s made a place for herself in the Alaskan territory, but living her dream isn’t easy. A question goads her—does she have what it takes to go the distance? Every flight tests her ability as a pilot. Every run might be the last.

Her personal life is complicated. She wrestles to make peace with her past and in the present she is torn between her affection for fellow pilot Mike Conlin and doctor Paul Anderson.

When a terrible tragedy occurs, Kate’s mind may be made up for her.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Kate and Paul are real people, like you and me. They have flaws and strengths. The challenges they face are the kind we all struggle with. Readers can relate to these two people and will find themselves rooting for them.

Most novels feature a villain, whether in the form of a person or as an entity or psychological fear. Who or what would you say is your novel’s villain?

My characters face challenges from all three of the villains you’ve mentioned, but the one with the greatest power to destroy them is the psychological fears they carry. It will take more than their own strength to prevail.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketI’d love to see Hillary Swank in the role of Kate.

PhotobucketA young Gregory Peck would be just right for Paul Anderson.

Oh, just look how gorgeous he was.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Only one? That’s a tough question to answer. However, if I must choose I’d have to say Rooms by James Rubart. It surprised me. It’s not a genre I usually read and I was prepared not to like it. But I loved it. The book kept me guessing and trying to figure out who the villain was. And it was full of spiritual gems.

What are you working on now?

I have several ideas percolating in my mind, but what’s up front at the moment is a series proposal I’m preparing for Revell. I think it’s one they’ll like. It takes place in the 1920’s at a posh resort on the Southern California coast. The working titles are A Square Peg, Susie Sunshine, and A Rose by Any Other Name. It is a three book series with a different heroine for each book. I love the way the stories are falling together, interconnected but each its own tale. As I get to know the characters I’m becoming more and more excited to actually begin the process of writing the books.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine bookstores and online via the following buttons:

733605: Wings of Promise, Alaskan Skies Series #2

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I’d like to ask you for your help—for me and other writers. If you like a book, tell others about it. Writers work hard and sometimes getting the word out about a new book is difficult. Word of mouth is the best method of spreading the news.

If you read my books and like them, I’d so appreciate a helping hand. Thank you.

Readers, since Bonnie didn't put this in the form of a question, I will. How do you tend to spread the word when you've read a book you love? 

Thank you, Bonnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Bonnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Veronica Heley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


CarlybirdK said...

When I've read a book I love, I always want to share it with my reading friends. I do book reviews on my blog, so I always love to share my thoughts about books. But, I love to tell friends about authors they may not have heard of before. I loved the first book in this series. By the way, I met Bonnie's brother and his wife here in NC a couple years ago. We all used to live in the same apartment complex and when they learned that I review Christian books, they asked if I had ever heard of Bonnie. That was right before her last book came out and I told them I had and that I was going to be reviewing her book. Small world!

Rebecca said...

I spread word about the books that I love by telling my family and friends and reviewing the books on Goodreads.

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


CarlybirdK said...

I forgot to post my email address:
sorry :-(

Kristi Ann said...

I start telling my friends about it. Books tend to come up in a lot of my conversations and I love being able to say, "Have you read so-and-so?" and lead them to a new author.

kristiannhunt (at) gmail (dot) com

Judy said...

First of all I loan my good books to my sister to read as well as a lady from our church. Of course I always get them back! I also do reviews of the good books I've read on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, CBD, and Goodreads. Plus I will post on FB what a good read it was and most often I let the author know how well I enjoyed their book. I hesitate to write a review of a book I didn't particular care for because what I might not like others might. I hate for readers to pass over a book because of what I've said.


dancealert said...

When I've read a great book I put the info on Good Reads, and I share the book with as many people as I can, friends and family members and many of my books end up in a small library in Iowa.

Please enter me for this book!
Brenda from Michigan
dancealert at aol dot com

lgm52 said...

When I read a book or an author that I like, I tell all my friends and family. Most all of them are readers and book discussion is common among us! Plus I sometimes post it on fb

windycindy said...

I spread the word about books that I like by word of mouth, email, twitter, facebook and goodreads.....
Many thanks, Cindi

rbooth43 said...

I am a fan of Bonnie's and am now reading TOUCHING THE CLOUDS and enjoying the book and the characters, the beautifully written scenes, and will be reviewing on Amazon, Good Reads, Library Thing, Shelfari and any blog that I can comment on!

Anonymous said...

I use word of mouth.


Anonymous said...

I tend to share my love of a book in conversations with friends. I also share it on Facebook.

This book looks great. I love to see how characters deal with and make peace with their past. Thank you for the chance to win!

Kelly Y. in Virginia

gahome2mom said...

I like eating blackberries. I remember picking them as a child with my family. We would go to the woods and pick them wild. Thanks. gahome2mom/gmail/com

by Pegg Thomas said...

I put book reviews up on my blog, Facebook, Amazon.com, Goodreads, and if it's a book I can donate to our church library, I include a book review in our church bulletin. Happy to help spread the word on what's out there to read!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Bonnie Leon said...

How amazing, Carlybird! It is a small world.

And so glad you enjoyed Touching the Clouds. Thank you for the review.

God's blessings.

Bonnie Leon said...

Judy, thank you for your kind considerate heart. Writers love good reviews but we understand that what is a jewel to one reader might not be to another and to hear a reviewer say that shows a mature understanding of literature.

So often a book I love or didn't love is viewed quite differently by my reading friends.

Bless you.

Bonnie Leon said...

It's so wonderful to hear how so many of you are spreading the word about books you love. Thank you! And I say that for all writers. We need you.

Happy reading to you. :-)

Bonnie Leon said...

Rebecca, I can't wait to hear your final verdict. I hope you love it.

Thank you for letting others know.

Bless you.

Bonnie Leon said...

2mom -- The blackberries are just ripening. I'm going out this weekend for my first picking. I've got to get them before the deer do. And it's so easy. We have tons of blackberries right here on our property.

This year I managed to freeze strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. The blackberries are my favorite though.

Blackberry pie for Thanksgiving -- YUM!

Trish Perry said...

I have to second Bonnie's thanks to Judy for NOT posting a review when you're not particularly fond of a book. That's the position I take about reviewing books now. I know in the past (before I was a writer), I almost took offense at books I thought were poorly written. Many reviewers are like that, and they feel inclined to post poor reviews as a form of closure after reading a book they don't care for. But most published writers honestly write with the best of intentions, and angry or extremely negative reviews don't serve much of a purpose.

In answer to your/my question, Bonnie, when I read a book I love, I usually post about it on all of the online book sites (and sometimes here on my blog), and I tell as many people as I can. It's fun to discuss books you've enjoyed, isn't it?

Krista said...

When I read a good book I tell my friends about it (if they like the same books as me). Also- I work at a Christian book store... so of course I'm always recommending the books I really love (Bonnie's being some of them!).


Scribbler said...

I belong to two book clubs, and that's where I usually spread the word. Also, when my family and I talk about books, I mention the books to them.


Cindy W. said...

I have a blog that I love to review the books that I read. I also am very verbal to my family and friends. I love to pass books on as well. Sometimes to family and friends and other times I hold giveaways on my blog.

Would love to be entered to win this book. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Helen said...

I tell my sister first of all, because we love sharing good books with each other. I will also tell my friends, and I will post a review on the blog I run with my sister. We both love reading so running a blog together is a fantastic way of sharing the love around!

Thanks for the chance to win this book :)

Brenda said...

When I read a good book I always tell my friends and my daughter also reads a lot of my books and tells her friends. I just tried my hand at reviewing and hope to do more.
I enjoy reading books that have a heroine that had a profession that is usually only held by men.
I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Bonnie Leon said...

Trish, when I love a book I post my reviews and how many stars all over the net and mention it every chance I get.

I used to belong to a book club -- loved it. Discussing books is on my list of best things to do. :-)

Bonnie Leon said...

Krista, I love you! Having a comrade who works in a bookstore is a gift from heaven.

I have a friend who works in a bookstore and she's always speaking up for my books -- it helps that she loves them. I'm so grateful for her.

And thank you sooo much!

Bonnie Leon said...

Cindy and Scribbler, you are doing a good deed every time you pass the word along.

Blessings to you.

Bonnie Leon said...

Helen, I'm like you. My sister is one of the first people I tell.

She's visiting this week from Alaska and I'm sending a couple of my favorite books home with her. She'll donate them to her church library after she reads them.

I love Alaska, but I wish she didn't live so far away.

Grace and peace to you.

Bonnie Leon said...

Brenda, Kate definitely has a job that is usually held by men -- back in the 1930's. I hope you'll have a chance to read the book.

God's blessings to you.

karenk said...

bonnie...thanks for the chance to read your latest novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Bonnie Leon said...

Karen, I hope you read it and love it. ; - >

Lisa E. said...

I know I'm always more likely to read a book when it's been recommended to me by a friend. When I love a book I recommend it to friends and family, usually on Facebook. I've also posted reviews of favorites on CBD.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Bonnie Leon said...

Lisa, telling friends is such a great way to tell the world about a good book, because they will read and tell someone who will tell someone and so it goes--we hope. I also use facebook and post at online sites.

When I find a great book I want to share it with my friends and as a Christian writer I write for The King of Kings and so do so many of my writing friends. We're working together.

Bless you.

Anonymous said...

I tell friends and family about
good books. Never thought about
Facebook since I am not on it
much. Will certainly do that in
the future. I also am part of
a small email group and I tell
them. I have reviewed books
on Amazon that I bought there.

jeane reads{at}sbcglobal[dot]net

apple blossom said...

I've never read any of your books; I'd love to win one so I could read it though.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I have several friends that all love to read. We each take turns recommending books or authors that we have recently discovered. It's always fun to share and to get new ideas!

This sounds like a great story and I'm looking forward to reading it!


Bonnie Leon said...

Jeane I like the idea of your email group.I love being part of a readers group, but time is always a problem. An email readers group might be a good solution.

Bonnie Leon said...

Randi, it's so much fun to have reading friends. Keep talking to each other. Writers love that!

wfnren said...

I share on twitter, FB, word of mouth and I've started a blog where I'm putting reviews of books I've read.


Patsy said...

I let others know if I loved a book by word of mouth. I try to tell them a little bit of what it's about without giving away the whole story. I usually say something about the author too. Letting them know that the author is good. I am the librarian at my church so I recommend a lot of books.




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