Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cooking the Books by Bonnie S. Calhoun

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


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 goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; 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

My review:The author, Bonnie, is the owner of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, which I am part of, and am reviewing this book through. I have a lot of contact with her, and she is a very nice lady. However, I am afraid not to give a good review since she runs this, so I will give a good one. Just kidding :-)

I really did enjoy the book. It is suspense, which is my favorite genre', but it is also full of humor. Bonnie created some interesting and humorous characters and situations. Her main character, Sloane, is not a perfect character, but has her flaws and messes up, which I prefer over a character who is perfect in every way - that is so unrelastic.

The book is written in the first person point of view, which isn't my favorite, but it worked well for this book, and it also goes to the third person point of view sometimes.

This isn't a scary suspense novel. It has its suspenseful moments, and I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the main character in some situations, but it isn't one that will have you cowering under the covers. The humor helps. I found myself smiling a lot and laughing out loud on occasion at the antics of some of the characters.

This is the first novel by Bonnie, and she has done a great job on her debut. I look forward to reading more in this series.