I have been nominated as one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. If you have read either of my books and happen to agree with that, please vote for me (my name is near the end of the list) by clicking here. If you haven’t read my books yet, they are available here. Thank for your time and effort!
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.
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!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author’s Memoir Finalist in International Book Award Contest
(Austin, TX – July 16, 2014) – Readers Favorite announced the finalists in its international book award contest. Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes is a finalist in two categories: Memoirs and Relationships.
Study after study has shown the importance of having close confidants outside of the family – for our health and sanity. Linked Lives, published by Wizard of Words, is a memoir encapsulating the vital importance of nurturing friendships and helping one another through many of life’s challenges. This story takes readers on a forty-year journey with two women facing incredible adversity, poverty, family struggles, losses through illness and death as well as betrayals in love. Their linked lives create a rock-solid friendship that deeply touches readers who have ever had a best friend.
Readers’ Favorite hosts a respected annual international award contest receiving thousands of entries from all over the world and has earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Penguin and Harper Collins.
“Competition was fierce. Often finalists were selected by extremely narrow margins and many great books could not be chosen,” says Debra Gaynor, CEO of Readers Favorite. “It was an extremely competitive year and selections were hard earned.”
Winners will be announced on September 1st. For more information about the awards and for a list of finalists, please visit: https://readersfavorite.com/2014-finalists.htm
About the Author:
Bonny Brookes is a freelance writer and photographer residing in the hill country near Austin, Texas. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Darkest Dawn.
Wizard of Words: www.Wizard-of-Words.com
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:
- SELF WORTH: Best friends make us feel like we belong and have a purpose for being
- MORALE BOOSTER: Best friends help us deal with traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss of the death of a loved one
- HAPPINESS: Best friends increase our happiness level, making our life better
- HEALTH: Best friends help reduce our stress which keeps us healthier
- 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!
Technology is great . . . when it works like it’s supposed to. But when it doesn’t, it can be infuriating!
Last week, upon the announcement of receiving an international book award, several people told me they tried to order my book(s), but experienced trouble and their orders didn’t go through. If this happened to you, please let me know, so I can get the glitch fixed . . . and ease the technology frustrations! Thanks.