Monday, April 02, 2012

Cooking The Books is Not a Cook Book but a Great Book!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Cooking The Books
Abingdon Press (April 2012)
Bonnie S. Calhoun

Today I bring my blog out of it's long winter's nap, know as distraction caused by deadlines and coordinating the ACFW Genesis writing contest, to do a little horn tooting for my good friend and fellow Penwrights Critique group member, Bonnie Calhoun. Her debut novel releases today from Abingdon Press and what a book it is!

I received my copy of Cooking the Books late last week, and I inhaled it over the past three days. It is a definite page-turner that keeps you on your toes. Bonnie has woven a tale full of snarky humor and serious-as-a heart-attack suspense, blended perfectly. If you like both, you can't go wrong with this one. I love how her character uses her technology knowledge to track down messages that mysteriously show up on her bookstore's computers. And when the going gets tough, she's not afraid to call in the cavalry, a buddy from the Cyber Crimes Unit she used to work at, who knows a lot more about solving cyberspace mysteries that she. The book is fun, gritty, and a page-turner for sure!


As 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.

Bonnie and her husband Bob live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff.


After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton, who Bonnie admits is a lot like her, goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager who reminds me of someone I know quite well which makes it double the fun; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cooking The Books, go HERE.

Watch the book video:

If you'd like to read interviews with Bonnie, try these:
Everbody Needs A Little Romance
A Christian Writers World
Novel Rocket
ACFW - Fiction Finder