Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Cooking The Books

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

I had so wanted to finish this book before review time, but I'm still in the middle of this one -- not because it's tough to read, but because it's so fun! Any of you who know us know our life has been just a bit crazy lately, and this is not a book I wanted to skim through. Bonnie Calhoun's debut book is a terrifically fun cozy mystery that has a cast of characters that I wish I could meet in person (well, most of them!).

From chapter one you'll fall in love with Sloane Templeton, a woman whose life has been pulled in all directions lately by the death of her mother, disastrous relationships with all the wrong men, inheritance of a bookstore complete with it's on hilarious cast of characters, and now cyber death threats. If she didn't have a quirky sense of humor, a cast iron stomach, a caring sense about people, and a background in hunting down computer criminals she just might not make it.

Calhoun has an amazing talent for pulling together an array of characters and sub-plots in a whirlwind of activity yet allowing the reader to keep it all straight and in logical order.

I'm loving the laughs and suspense in the book so far and I can't wait to see how Sloane manages to keep the bookstore (please tell me she does), finds love (???), and gets a great meal from Aunt Verlene (ok, maybe that's pushing it). I hope this is just the first in a huge shelf full of books from Bonnie 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

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