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Bonnie Toews

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"Bibi" and "Babu" are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa, and when grandparents Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen go to Central Africa, their tour guides fondly call them, Bibi and Babu. These nicknames stick, and as they share their journeys in a series of armchair adventures to faraway lands, they introduce you to countries and people who live in different worlds from the one you know. Their memoirs, however, are not meant to be travel guides. They are meant for adults and children to read and discuss together. Bonnie and John believe: "Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can strengthen the bonds between you. We also want to encourage everyone to sideline you from living to your fullest capacity." While ...more

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Bonnie Toews I had two singing coaches when I was nine and sixteen -- the first was an Allied agent whose cover was a church organist in Berlin in WWII, and the se…moreI had two singing coaches when I was nine and sixteen -- the first was an Allied agent whose cover was a church organist in Berlin in WWII, and the second had been the director of the Amsterdam Opera Company. She was a British agent and her husband served in the Dutch Underground. When the Gestapo tracked them down they had to live in hiding and barely survived. My parents were setting me up for a singing career but I was more interested in the lives of these teachers and why they risked their lives. Luckily I lost my singing voice when I was 21 and had to figure out what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. I didn't acknowledge my heart's desire to write a novel until my late 40's when their stories came back to me. I didn't feel I had the right to tell their stories but I embodied their quiet courage and beliefs in my characters. (less)
Bonnie Toews While writing THE CONSUMMATE TRAITOR, I developed a habit where I would tell my subconscious that I had arrived at an impasse and I needed a solution …moreWhile writing THE CONSUMMATE TRAITOR, I developed a habit where I would tell my subconscious that I had arrived at an impasse and I needed a solution by such-and-such a time before I went for a walk to clear my head. At first the "solution" did not come by the time I "ordered" it. The walks seemed to be the break needed to re-stimulate the brain, but then the idea started to come within the time frame I gave it. Awesome! For the current novel, I've had so many interruptions this approach hasn't been possible to follow, but if I can retrieve blocks of creative time, I am going back to this method. I've proved to myself it works.(less)
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The Consummate Traitor

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Treason & Triumph

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COVERT DENIAL #15

Picture I n the next few months, WHISTLER HOUSE PUBLISHING will be releasing Novel 2 in my TRILOGY OF TREASON. For my readers who have been waiting far too long to see this book, I am beginning a series of weekly excerpts to start you reading this story that is very close to my heart. Not only does it follow up to THE CONSUMMATE TRAITOR with a plot related to those original characters, it deals wit Read more of this blog post »
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