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Monday, April 16, 2012

Bonnie S. Calhoun and Free Books!

PhotobucketSloane Templeton has a half-batty store manager, an aunt who annoys the Fire Dept, and a bunch of little old people who have never read a book.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Downtown Green, by Judy Christie, is:

richmond.abigail@ . . .

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Now let's visit with Bonnie S. Calhoun, author of Cooking The Books (Abingdon Press, April 2012).

PhotobucketAs the Owner/Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Bonnie has helped use the 220+ blogs of the Alliance to promote many titles on the Christian bestseller list. She also owns and publishes the Christian Fiction Online magazine which is devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. She is the Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). At ACFW she was named the ‘Mentor of the Year,’ for 2011, and she is the current President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network. Bonnie is also the Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and HTML as recreational occupations. She also has a novel coming out in the Abingdon Quilts of Love series. Her novel Pieces of the Heart will publish August of 2013.

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

-- I’m a clothing designer in real life.

-- For 15 years I was Group Leader of Product Development for GE Engine Controls and Flight Controls.

-- I love TV crime dramas

-- I can shoot a gun rather well

-- I never want to retire

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cooking the Books.

PhotobucketAfter her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager named Felicia Tyler, better know as Fefe, bright red, tightly permed hair, wearer of noisy jewelry and ungodly bright spandex. She’s the half-batty manager of mom’s bookstore, and the batty part plays with loaded guns.

Then there’s a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week called the Granny Oakleys Book Club who smell like food, but never read books. And Aunt Verline Buford, mom’s younger sister, who fancies herself as the Iron Chef, when in reality you need a cast-iron stomach to partake of her disasters. She had her last husband die of food poisoning, but they swear that she didn’t cause it.

And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

Mix in a pair of professors, several gun toting thieves, and a couple books worth a fortune and the outcome could be murder!

What is it about Sloane that will make your readers care about her?

She is flawed, battered, and bruised by men and life but she can laugh at herself and persevere though anything that comes at her.

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

PhotobucketYikes, I hadn’t even thought of that…let’s see…Denzel Washington would have to be Det. Justice.

PhotobucketAisha Tyler would play Sloane.

PhotobucketAne Mulligan would be Fifi.

PhotobucketAnd Jim Caviezel would be Andreas…that’s about all I can think of off hand.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

Oh, that’s an easy one…finding the time to write. I need to rent a desert island and cut all internet service to keep me off email and Facebook…but then I’d probably wind up on Survivor and they’d make me eat bugs or strange animal parts…bleck!

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

I just finished The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. He’s one of my favorite writers anyhow, but this new novel takes him in a totally new direction with immortal vigilantes from the time of Moses.

What are you working on now?

I’m presently writing a Quilts of Love series book for Abingdon Press titled Pieces of the Heart. It’s a WWII story of Sloane Templeton’s grandmother.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for purchase online through the following buttons:

733888: Cooking the Books

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

Does reading a book with heavy suspense scare you?

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 Monday, April 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Bonnie's 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 Amy Wallace, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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by Pegg Thomas said...

It depends on the content of the story. Spiritual warfare can scare the beejeebers out of me. Frank Peretti scares me. Well... his books do. :) Normal, as in earthly, crime/drama type stories, not so much.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Depends on the type of suspense...sometimes it can be frightening, sometimes intriguing.

Jo Huddleston said...

When the Peretti books first came out I warned my daughter not to read them. She read one, but never will read another one--too scary. Real suspenseful mystery in books do not scare me but they sure do keep me turning pages!! Trish, thanks for the drawing for Bonnie's book.

Kimberly Rose Johnson said...

The suspense books I've read with heavy suspense (action that doesn't stop) haven't scared me, however they do wear me out and I have to take breaks because it's just too much. Your book sounds fun.:)

Ane Mulligan said...

I'm game!!!

Nancee said...

Heavy suspense, I think implies fast-moving excitement, with a surprise ending. That type of book doesn't frighten me. Murder and horror are what scare me!
Nancee in Michigan

Bethany said...

I suppose it depends on the book, but generally no, they don't scare me. In fact, I enjoy true crime books quite often :) I'd love to be entered! cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

You ladies are really great! And thanks Trish for the visuals! Yep...those would be my choices. And if you watch my book trailer that is on my website homepage...Ane Mulligan is right up there :-)

Thanks Trish for hosting me. It was a lot of fun!

Jennifer said...

Yes it does scare me but that's what makes the book good! Your book sounds like fun, scary and great all at the same time.

Soni B said...

Oh this book sounds refreshing... I am ready for it ! thanks for the opportunity ...

I am not sure scare is the right word... it is not some thing that holds my interest though, unless there is something special about it


squiresj said...

Reading a book with heavy suspense does not scare me. But I refused to read paranormal.
God Bless.
Enter me to win
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm all up for the suspense. Makes for interesting reading. And, the little old ladies sounds interesting to me, since I am one. LOL
Please enter me in the contest.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Merry said...

I enjoy reading heavy suspense as long as it îs not too gory.
Worthy2bpraised at Gmail dot com

gahome2mom said...

I enjoy a good crime drama too. Which is one that you care to share with us? Thanks


Sherree said...

I love, love suspense!! One of my favorite authors is Frank Peretti. Ted Dekker is interesting but would like to see a little more of God in his books.
Your book sounds intriguing and I appreciated the opportunity to win a copy.

Abigail Richmond said...

I love a lot of suspense! makes it more interesting.

Trish Perry said...

I love Ane as Fifi!

I don't read a lot of suspense, but I do enjoy it when I do. Like roller coasters, good suspense novels are a form of safe danger--that's the kind of danger I can live with.

I like your book trailer, Bonnie!

JackieW said...

No, I am not scared when reading books with heavy suspense in them...it's the books with a paranormal (the unknown) theme that scare me.

JOYE said...

Suspense novels are some of my favorites. I don't mind heavy suspense in a story...sometimes it makes the story more exciting to read.
JWIsley at aol dot com

DandelionViolet said...

No, heavy suspense doesn't bother me at all; in fact, that's what often keeps me reading. What does bother me--not scares me, but bothers me---is the gore and killing type of suspenseful content.


Anonymous said...

Heavy suspense doesn't scare me as I'm reading. Occasionally, I will have a dream of a similar type and that can be very scary because it seems so real.

A woman I know thought she was just hearing things in her house because of the book she was reading. Realizing she was truly in trouble, she called 911. And
the man picked up on the downstairs
phone. Now that was suspenseful & scary! She got out the window.


Wendy Newcomb said...

Not usually but it does once in a while, it depends of 'where' things take place.


Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

Whoa! Great comments ladies, especially about the prowler on the downstairs phone! Might have to use that somewhere :-)

Thanks Trish. Ane is definitely my Fifi character!
And thanks about the trailer.

kalea_kane said...

I love suspense. I don't care how heavy it is. I often have thrilling dreams, and I actually get aggravated when I wake up before the dream is resolved, because I want to know what happens next. :) The more suspense the better as along as there is no gore.




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