I’m so excited!!!

I have had the extreme honor of being interviewed for The Authors Show – an internet radio program. My 15-minute interview, promoting my award winning book, is being broadcast on MONDAY (January 25th) repeatedly throughout the day. I hope you are able to listen!

Here is the link: www.theauthorsshow.com  then click on the underlined book title link to LINKED LIVES to hear the interview. The interview plays on from Midnight to 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Zone for a period of 23 hours.

If you haven’t read the book,here’s the link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0966134214
A story of best friends

Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes epitomizes true friendship

It happened again!

Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes

Linked Lives wins another award

I’ve been so busy with moving, starting new job and dealing with the loss of a pet, I haven’t had a chance until now to share that my book, Linked Lives, has won another award! Reader’s Favorite received thousands of entries making this their largest contest ever resulting in fierce competition and the selection hard earned. Next month I’ll be traveling to Miami to accept it onstage during the Miami Book Fair International . This award is the 2014 Honorable Mention under the category of Relationships from Readers’ Favorite.

If you haven’t already read it, Linked Lives is a story of a 40-year friendship filled with life lessons learned by overcoming incredible adversity, poverty, family struggles, losses through illness and death as well as betrayals in love. This memoir appeals to baby boomer women, taking them back through time from the 1970s to present day. Readers finish the book reminded of their own close friendships and the knowledge of how important staying in contact with good friends is to a person’s happiness.

What a year it’s been! Linked Lives earned the 2014 International Beverly Hills Book Award earlier this year. I’m truly grateful and appreciate everyone who has helped me along this journey. What a ride!

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 – WeTubeU.com

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

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!

 

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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.

LINKED LIVES wins International Book Award!

I’m so happy and thrilled to announced that my book, Linked Lives, has won the Beverly Hills International Book Award in the ‘relationship’ category.

Linked Lives wins International Book Award!

Linked Lives wins International Book Award!

The judges’ comment: “Your book, Linked Livestruly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.”

If you haven’t already read this book about an incredible 40-year relationship between two best friends, if you’re in Austin, it’s available at Book People and Book Woman. For all others, get your copy on Amazon.

Want to feel good? Call your best friend…today.

I ran across an interesting article yesterday evening. It was written awhile ago by an Australia woman who cared for people who were dying. Bronnie Ware wrote in her article, Top Five Regrets of the Dying, that when she asked her patients (who were sent home to die) about their regrets, one of the most common was:

“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and then it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendship the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendship slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order, if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.”

Most of us send cute emails to our ‘friend’ list, but for those special friends, how often do we send a personal email, or even better, call them and hear their voice? I’ve always made a point of staying in touch with my friends by calling at least every few months. I don’t always reach them, but at least they know I’m thinking about them.

Sadly, my best friend passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, just over a year ago. My book, Linked Lives, is a tribute to her life and our 40-year friendship. I wrote it originally for her children, but others who have read it, say they are reminded how precious their best friends are and call them after reading the book.

So, today, take 5 or 10 minutes out of your hectic day to pick up the phone and call your best friend. It’ll make both of you feel good.

Sharing good times with best friend

Sharing good times with best friend