BONNIE VANAK SAYS...
I've been writing since childhood, when I penned adventure stories and poems. After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Florida, I worked for several years as a journalist. I left newspaper reporting behind when I took a job writing for a large international charity. A few years ago, I discovered I needed a diversion from the emotional strains of traveling to poor countries and encountering horrific suffering. So I began writing romance novels. THE FALCON & THE DOVE is my first book. It won the historical category of the 2001 RWA Melody of Love contest.
THE COBRA & THE CONCUBINE, my third historical from Leisure, takes place half in England, half in Egypt. It features a heroine who was enslaved to an evil sheikh as a child and an English nobleman who purchases her as his concubine after she rejects his marriage offer. Cobra is followed by THE PANTHER & THE PYRAMID, my 2006 release, and THE SWORD & THE SHEATH, released March 2007.
Why romance novels? I've been reading romance novels since childhood. Some of the first authors I read were Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden, Mary Stewart, to name a few.
I've always enjoyed reading romance novels as an escape. Two years after my mom died of cancer, I started writing them as an escape. During the day, I keep busy working as a journalist for a large international charity. My travels have taken me to Haiti, Nicaragua and other poor countries. Writing romance novels provides a healthy balance to some of the horrible suffering I've witnessed.
Forget the rules!
FALCON came about in the summer of 2001 after I listened to some very wise advice by author Susan Elizabeth Phillips given at a romance writer's conference. She told everyone to chuck the rules and write what you love.
I listened. After picking up a National Geographic article on "The Pharaohs of the Sun," I became intrigued with the mystery surrounding Akhenaten and his worship of the sun god, Aten. Although his first wife, Nefertiti, was well-known, little was known about Kiya, a minor wife. Seems she mysteriously disappeared and her name was erased from a temple called the Maru Aten. Why? No one knows.
And so I created the legend... and the book...
TIGER followed FALCON, simply because I adored Nazim/Ramses so much and he needed his own story. So I gave this "warrior of love" a tale of his own, set partly in the barren wildness of Egypt's Arabian Desert. The gold mine in TIGER is based on an actual gold mine worked during the days of the pharaohs. But the "secret of one hundred kisses" Ramses employs on Lady Katherine is a Khamsin tradition I invented.
Contrary to what some readers have told me, the Khamsin are NOT an actual Egyptian tribe. They are pure myth, birthed from my heart and a desire to create a warrior tribe who embrace ancient Egyptian mysticism and tradition.
Most of my research was conducted at the library and on the Internet. I am very grateful to the good librarians at the Broward County Library. And I promise, I will never, ever, ever be late again with books...
Ok, I promise to try!
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Nicolas was the strongest and fiercest of the Draicon, until he was banished for a trumped-up crime.
Now the werewolf has only one path to redemption: find the Draicon's long-lost empath, the woman who will save the pack--and Nicolas himself--from terrible danger.
Maggie Sinclair is a veterinarian, dedicated to healing. She has no idea of her true nature, the magic waiting in her soul--or the man coming to claim her.
The survival of their pack depends on them finding each other, on their ability to become one. But their enemies have also found Maggie, and will kill to stop her awakening to an all-consuming passion...
Recently, I had the good fortune to read THE EMPATH, and as a great fan of Jacob (Taylor Lautner) of The Twilight fame, I enjoyed Nicolas's story very much. But I'm in a dilemna now. Are vampires hot OR werewolves hotter?
Friends, what do you prefer? A cold, dead, 107 year old guy who stalks you at night OR a sizzling hot, with six-pack abs, werewolf, who redefines the meaning of HOT DOG?