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Bonny Brookes, author of Linked Lives has been named as one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.” Her honor came as the result of her recent appearance on The Authors Show.

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Bonny Brookes, Author of Linked Lives, Named as One of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”

2016-Winner-master-withShadowsBrookes was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show. Her book, entitled Linked Lives is a multiple-award winning heartfelt memoir of a dedicated true friendship that surpasses all surmountable obstacles and challenges of life. Readers around the globe are giving it 5 stars.

[Valley Center CA, December 15, 2016] Bonny Brookes, author of Linked Lives has been named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”. This honor came as a result her appearance on The Authors Show. Brookes was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. Linked Lives is a deeply-moving insight into a 40-year friendship that leaves the reader feeling better for having read it, along with the desire to keep their own friendships going strong.

Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes

“It is an honor,” stated Ms. Brookes, “to be included in this year’s “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”. The fact that Linked Lives has enriched the lives of readers by reminding them how important our friendships are to create a life well lived, increases the need for recognition and publicity.  While I am excited to receive this recognition and very much appreciate it, I realize this is really only the the beginning of my work to promote the book.”

Upon the sudden death of Brookes’ best friend, Lori, the burning desire to keep Lori’s memory alive for her children and grandchildren, was the catalyst that brought Linked Lives to reality. Bonny Brookes wrote the first draft of the book in record time: just four short days.

Readers are unanimously giving this book 5-stars on Amazon.

“I just finished a book called LINKED LIVES…which I am going to send to my friend ….based on an actual friendship that lasted over 40 years. One girl stays in town, one roams the country looking for…whatever. IIlnesses, deaths, celebrations, ups, downs, they stay connected even if its only through mail and visits interspersed over the years. Bonny and Lori could be named Linda and Cheryl, with some differences, of course. The author doesn’t hold back, tells the truth in her relationships, her losses and her joy. Anyone would love this book, anyone in the boomer generation NEEDS to read this book. Finished this book searching for my kleenex.”

Another Amazon review states:

It’s been said you’re stuck with family, but have the privilege of choosing your friends. And when friendships last for decades, “till death do us part,” they are more precious than gold. Such is the story Brookes shares in LINKED LIVES, her tribute to her best friend of 40 years, Lori. I fell in love with both these gals. I shared their laughter, their tears, their ups and downs as they traveled through this journey called life. While Lori’s life ended way too early, their shared memories are what Bonny wanted to relay to Lori’s family after her passing. She’s done her friend proud. This is truly a wonderful book in every way and I tip my hat to Bonny for having the strength to tell such an intimate and personal story.


Brookes spends her time writing, photographing animals and nature, playing guitar or piano, talking to animals and exploring the world. She has one grown daughter, 4 cats, and currently calls Southern California home.

Linked Lives has earned the Beverly Hills International Book Award, Readers Favorite Book Award, Indie Excellent Book Award and received numerous 5 star reviews. The book is available for purchase at and her website:


Bonny Brookes

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just got word I’ve advanced from “nominated” to “finalist” for the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading!!

I am asking for your help, one more time because now begins a new round of voting (ends December 4th). Please, take a moment now to vote once again (my name is just a few from the bottom of the list) by clicking this link. Thanks for your support and encouragement!

Best Friends Make Life Better!

Having a best friend makes life more enjoyable. Last week we touched on the 5 top health benefits of having a best friend. But what if you don’t have a best friend outside of your family?

First of all, that’s not all that uncommon. Did you know 1 out of 4 people don’t have a best friend – a confidant to share their hopes, dreams, fears and sorrows with?  And that number, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review, is growing. Surprisingly, despite emails, tweets and texting; it’s face-to-face contact that is most important. If you don’t have a best friend, there’s still hope (there’s always hope!). Here are 8 ways to find a friend:


Linked Lives = Friendships

  1. Chat with people while you are out getting some sunshine and fresh air. Take the kids or pets for a walk, go to a park, etc. Everyone has a story. Be curious about others. People love to talk about themselves and you just may meet someone you have a lot in common with!
  2. Get in shape, join a gym or the local YMCA or take an aerobics class and get to know the other people there. You already have one thing in common…
  3. Make a break. Start a weekly or monthly lunch or coffee group with some people you are acquainted with, but don’t really know. You may be surprised!
  4. Go have some FUN! Don’t be so quick to turn down invitations. Sure, you’re tired or you don’t feel like doing things; but do it anyway. Your energy level will rise and you just may have fun.
  5. Do you know what your talents are? Did you have childhood dreams about singing onstage, or sewing beautiful clothes, or taking photographs, or whatever. Have you ever told yourself ‘someday, I want to do…’; well, there’s no time like the present. Carve time out, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week, to devote to doing something you love. Volunteer at hospital, church, animal shelter, museum, women’s shelter, senior center…offering them your special talents. By doing so you could meet some fascinating people.
  6. Have you ever thought I don’t make a difference? Well, you do. And one way to do that is to become involved with something you’re passionate about, whether it’s community events or politics or your kid’s schools. Join committees, be heard, make a difference.
  7. Let your spirit soar. Another great way to meet like-minded people is at a place of worship by not only attending regularly, but by getting involved on committees, in the choir, or even acting in church productions!
  8. Finally, another great way to meet kindred spirits is socializing. Check out for groups in your community. There’s a wide variety to choose from…so be choosy, only join those that really perk your interest.

Have fun meeting and making new friends!!


Benefits of Having a Best Friend

When I wrote the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award Winner, Linked Lives, I did so in honor of my best friend. For forty years we kept each other sane through the worst of times and celebrated the best of times. Without her in my life, I don’t think I would have made the choices I did or be the person I am today. So when I discovered one out of three people don’t have a best friend (family members don’t count), I thought about why that is and uncovered some very interesting research!

Did you know that having a true best friend (someone who doesn’t judge you, someone who listens to you, someone who loves you unconditionally) positively affects your health? It’s true! Studies from the Mayo Clinic, psychology professors and other reliable sources all agree, having a best friend improves our health.

Below are the top 5 reasons to have a best friend:

  1. SELF WORTH: Best friends make us feel like we belong and have a purpose for being
  2. MORALE BOOSTER: Best friends help us deal with traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss of the death of a loved one
  3. HAPPINESS: Best friends increase our happiness level, making our life better
  4. HEALTH: Best friends help reduce our stress which keeps us healthier
  5. HONESTY: Best friends tell it like it is

So, if you are lucky enough to have a best friend, call (texting or emailing doesn’t count) or jump in the car to visit with him/her, now! If you don’t have a best friend, then be sure to read next week’s blog giving 8 ways to find a friend!



Linked Lives – A brilliant memoir about best friends, reminding all of us how special our true friends are. 5-Star Rating and 2014 International Book Award Winner.

Another Bookstore now carries my books!

For those of you near Marble Falls, Texas . . . my books, Darkest Dawn and international award-winning Linked Lives are now available at Calvary’s Road Christian Books & Gifts located at 510 Highway 281 North in the Salem Center in Marble Falls. Head over there to pick up your copy, and let them know you heard about them through this blog!

SXSW goes down in history, marked by tragedy.

Sunday the masses left town as spring break, the rodeo, Jimmy Fallon’s show broadcasting from Austin and SXSW came to a close. Unfortunately this year’s SXSW was marked by tragedy. A drunk young man decided to steal a vehicle and drove to Austin. When police began pursuit, the man drove through barricades into the party-goers at SXSW, hitting dozens of people. Three people are now dead, with one more hanging in there, but still listed in critical condition. As I wrote about in my book, Linked Lives, all of us are linked together…our decisions do affect others. If we would all take a moment to think ‘is this the right thing to do, how could it help or hurt others,’ this world might become a safer and more loving planet. Something to think about.


On a happy note, spring is here…finally! I saw my first bluebonnet of the season alongside Interstate 35 on Sunday and, of course, took a photo.