Curl up with this great book!

Do you like juicy murder mysteries with a taste of romance? I read Kelly Marshall’s 6 White Roses, a 5-star rated book, from cover to cover. Every time I thought I’d knew ‘whodunit,’ a new twist came up that kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend reading this book when you want a few hours to relax by yourself!

Kelly Marshall-6 White Roses

Murder Mystery

** Bonny Brookes is the author of “Linked Lives” and “Darkest Dawn.” Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Again? When will it stop?

I was disheartened to read this morning that there was yet another school killing. This time in Oregon.

It all started on a spring day just over fifteen years ago at Columbine High School. Since then, the unheard act of children murdering children has become nightly news fare reducing the shock value to almost an inconsequential event.

Why is this? Because parents no longer discipline their children nor teach them right from wrong? Because “it’s not your fault” has replaced “own up and take responsibility for your actions”? What has caused this huge problem in America where students and teachers need to put their life on the line? Obviously the use of tax payer money to pay the expense of locked campuses, hiring armed police and searching for firearms is not preventing the problem. Otherwise the shootings would end.

Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on how this can be stopped.

Ever heard of International Friendship Day?

Have you ever heard of International Friendship Day? It’s a day that’s been celebrated for nearly five decades by several southern South American countries. But why celebrate friendships? What’s the big deal? The day originated in acknowledgement that friendship plays an important role in maintaining peace between people (and countries/cultures). Through the years, study after study has also shown close confidants outside of our families are very important to our health and sanity. Today it’s celebrated around the world and this year International Friendship Day falls on Sunday, August 3rd.

LINKED LIVES, the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award Winner – Relationships (ISBN: 0966134214 / Publisher: Wizard of Words) by Bonny Brookes, beautifully portrays such a friendship. This story, as shown by the reviews below, is filled with raw emotion, successes and tragedies, encapsulates the truest form of unconditional love and support between two best friends and the reason to celebrate and recognize our dearest friends on Sunday, August 3rd—International Friendship Day:

“The story could be the story of any friendship and this is the powerful message of the book. No matter what kind of life you have and whether you’ll find “the one,” go to college, have a career or raise children, if you have a Bonny-Lori kind of friendship in your life, you can conquer anything, from illness, poverty or addiction to achieve happiness and fulfillment.” -Teodora Totorean, Readers’ Favorite

Linked Lives reminds us all of the beauty and joy of long-term friendships. I finished it with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.” – Kelly Marshall, Author of 6 White Roses

“Brookes’ memoir tells a beautiful life story, with all life’s challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, and I loved reading every single page.” – Faridah Nassozi, Readers’ Favorite

“Well written with a heart. Get the tissues ready.” – Lane Elliott, CEO –

Linked Lives shines as a bright light into the recesses of the mind, and exposes wisdom and discernment as each woman does her best with what she has. Interesting, yet somewhat poignant, I recommend it.” – Patricia Day, Readers’ Favorite