Please Welcome Guest Blogger Bonnie Paulson to the blog!

on December 21, 2012

Hi everyone!  Happy Holiday Season!  Today (if the world didn’t end), I asked my good friend, Bonnie Paulson, to talk about zombies.  Enjoy!  🙂

Bonnie Paulson pictureThe Mayans Didn’t Get You… My Zombies Will…

Who isn’t talking about some kind of apocalypse these days? Like a delicious rumor making its rounds on the gossip mill. The incomplete Mayan calendar foretold today is the day for the end of the world *cue doom music*.

Welp! You’re reading this post which means they’re wrong, right? Unless it has posted to an empty world at which this is a huge waste of time… or the perfect opportunity to get some confessions off my chest – but I digress.

Oooh! Or maybe the zombie virus has been successfully created and the exponential contraction will culminate at midnight tonight. That might work. Especially if the zombies make it quick and painless (yeah, right).

Barely AliveWhat are your plans for the last day on earth? I wish I could say I had ah-mazing plans, but I’m the one who worked on the eve of Y2K while the rest of the world partied and stressed. I’ll probably hang with my kids and work on Christmas projects like fudge and cookies.

Now there’s an event worth thinking about. Christmas. How will you spend it? I hope with family and friends. Because the apocalypse will come or not, but Christmas is next week and you don’t want to waste the chance to make terrific memories – even if they have nothing to do with running from zombies or trying to carve out a new calendar.

Falling ApartAnd an aside, for those of you who have been lucky enough to meet Rebecca Zanetti, you know what I know – how sweet she is and how generous. We had a family situation a few weeks ago and she sent me flowers. So the apocalypse can come and go, but I’ve got me some lilies and roses to carry me through with the kids and apparently soon I’ll have fudge… Lemon fudge.

*light bulb* I never share my recipes, but since the world has ended, it’s not technically sharing, is it? Okay, here is my recipe for lemon fudge and it takes less than 10 minutes and needs 5 ingredients. Easy. Ready?

Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

  • 1 cup lemon cake mix (box – NOT with pudding in the mix – will never set)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • ¼ milk
  • ½ stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • White chocolate chips

Directions: Mix dry ingredients. Add milk and butter DO NOT MIX. Put in microwave for 2 minutes. Pull out and immediately stir until the consistency is like that of cake batter. Put in greased bread pan, smooth. Top with white chocolate chips and put in fridge. After it’s set, cut up and EAT.

Now that’s how to end the world… with Lemon Fudge. Add a good book and the world might wait for you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Mostly DeadBIO: Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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Lucky Seven – I’ve Been Tagged

on April 8, 2012

There’s something fun going on right now where authors are tagging other authors.  If you get tagged, you have to put page 77, line 7 and the next 7 lines on your blog.  Bronwen Evans tagged me.  So here’s my entry:  it’s from HUNTED and it looks like seven lines in the book, though more here

She jumped up.  The bedroom door probably held a lock.  “Yes.”

The plane rocked when he slid to his feet, blocking her path to the bedroom.  “Then apparently I’ve ignored my responsibilities long enough.”

He loomed over her.  She had two choices – either knock him aside or take a step back – and only a split second to decide which one to make.  The rational decision was to step back and reason with him.

F*!* reason.

Now, I think I need to tag some folks.  So I’m going to tag Sayde Grace, Bonnie Paulson, and Lynn Rush.

So yeah, I like Mac N Cheese…

on February 17, 2011

Hi all!  I’m over at Bonnie Paulson’s blog today admitting everything.  AND giving away a copy of FATED.  I have to admit, my copies are going fast, so only a few giveaways left.  Drop by and leave a comment!  🙂

Interview with Carina Author Bonnie Paulson

on February 7, 2011

Hi all!  Today I interviewed my friend Bonnie Paulson, who writes for Carina Press.  Bonnie and I are in a local critique group together called Sassy Scribes, which is a group of writers from the Pacific Northwest who also blog together.  So, I’d like to welcome Bonnie to the blog today!

1)      Congratulations on your sale to Carina Press!  Tell us a bit about your book.

Thanks so much! I’m very excited!  Maggie, widowed by suicide, fights attraction to Brodan and faces his brother’s fatal disease.  Can love heal what loss destroyed?

I got the idea from this book walking down to a trauma in Deaconess ER. The technologist I was with had lost her son the same way and she turned around. I wrote the first scene that day.

2)      What do you like better:  when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?

OOOHH!! Great question. I like starting the book the best.  But on the other hand, nothing feels quite as solid as wrapping up the story and typing The END. 

3)      Your current sale is a contemporary romance.  Do you plan to stay in this genre or do you see yourself writing in more than one genre? 

Carina Press acquired my contemporary romance (sweet) for release this August. I write both romantic suspense and contemporary. I think, for now, I’ll stay with these two subgenres. I’ve always read historical and paranormal but, let’s face it, to read a historical/paranormal versus researching and writing one are two ENTIRELY different things – one requires the love of the story and the other requires huge kahonas!

4)      What’s next for you?

My next manuscript I turned in to my agent is a romantic suspense, Broken Choices, and my current work-in-progress is a contemporary romance with a fun premise.  Just keep revving it on is my motto.

5)      If you weren’t an author, what career path would you choose?

Actually, I have two degrees, one of which is as a Radiologic Technologist.  I’d probably head back in the direction of the medical field if writing suddenly turned on me.

6)      How long did you submit work before being accepted by a publisher? 

It was less than three months.  But the call started a terrific two days.  This past November (the 4th and 5th to be exact) on a Thursday, I had just settled three of my four kids down for afternoon naps. Naptime is my writing time – literally only get three to four hours a day of this diamond time and there aren’t a lot of things I consider “worthy” enough to take away from it – this includes phone calls.

 

Most of my friends and family know this. So when the phone rang and the number was uber weird, I rolled my eyes and almost didn’t answer it.  But something told me to. So I answered – annoyed.

“Hello?”

“Hello, is Bonnie Paulson there, please?”  Very sweet voice, but way-too-professional.  Lady had to be selling insurance – only insurance salespeople are that nice on the phone.

“This is.” Another eye roll, extremely curt.

“Hi Bonnie, This is Angela James from Carina Press,” yes, you read right! “I’m calling about your manuscript Whispers of Me that you submitted.” 

“Uh huh.” Great, what’d I do?  Horribly offend someone?  Send in a virus that corrupted the entire Harlequin database?  Did I somehow and very unwittingly, but albeit totally me do something to upset someone?

“You did submit this, correct?”

“Uh huh.”  And this where I’m sure Ms. James had to think she’d gotten a loony bin on the phone. 

“Well, Mallory, one of our editors, read it, really liked it and suggested it go to acquisitions. I’d like to offer you a contract.”  Or something to that effect.  I honestly can’t remember past Mallory really liked it. I do remember saying the next line because Ms. James tweeted about it and it was very hilarious – hindsight and all that, you know.

“I think I’m going to throw up.” Me, very serious and truth be told, I’d had a hot dog for lunch and this I do not suggest!  But in my defense, I hadn’t thought I’d hear from anyone by phone – in fact assumed most things happened over email.  Anyway, back to the throwing up. 

“Okay, don’t throw up. You can cry, I’ve had people cry, but don’t throw up.”  Wow, she was so nice – and tolerant!

“I’m not the crying type, throw-up, okay, crying, not so much.”  Was I seriously debating what action to take with THE Angela James?  I was loony. 

The rest I don’t remember.  I remember floating and wanting to basically dive into some tiramisu or coconut cake but I called my writing friend first and we talked FOREVER about it.  The next morning I took that offer and contacted an agent I’d been eyeing for almost three years and signed with her.  November 4th and 5th were great days – oh, and the baby got his first tooth that day too (surprised I noticed, to be honest).

 

7)      I know you donate a lot of your time to judging contests.  Based on what you’ve seen this last year, is there any advice you have for new writers?

This is a funny question because I still consider myself new! From the contests though, I’d say work on your manuscript more than just getting it into the word processor.  More often than not, the style and quality of the writing is what grabs low scores for contestants. You need to approach a contest like approaching an agent or an editor. POLISH. And when you’ve reached the fifth edit and you feel it’s perfect, have a critique partner look at it and revise again. (I love my CPs! And CG)

8)      What’s one question you’ve never been asked yet you’d like to answer?

How do you eat your pizza?  Any toppings and I rip them and the cheese off first to eat then push the sauce to the crust and eat that. Yeah, I’m weird but it’s so good! 

P.S. Thank you so much, Rebecca, for having me. I’m so excited for the next book in your series to come out.  I loved and I mean LOVED Fated. Congratulations again!

Oh, and four-strokes rule!  (Bon is an AVID dirt biker!)

If you want to find Bonnie on the web, here’s her site:  http://brpaulson.blogspot.com/