Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for having me! These questions are so unique and fun, they really got me thinking.
I’m ready to jump right in!
Welcome! Thanks for agreeing to answer some of my questions! What does your significant other and family think of your writing career? My hubs thinks my career is very promising, but then he supports everything I want or dream of. He’s the husband that you read about in books.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books? I thought for sure I was a romance writer, but as I’ve been writing, I’ve discovered that I do best with thriller/suspense/mystery genres and I love them!
What was the scariest moment of your life? The scariest moment of my life was when I thought I had lost my 1 and 2 year old as well as my husband when a car drove through my apartment in Las Vegas. I was pregnant at the time with #3 and I remember scrambling over the back of the car sticking out of my dining room wall. I grabbed my kids from my husband and he passed out. He’d waited until I’d gotten there, protecting our children as long as he could before he allowed himself to succumb to the injuries of being driven through an oak table and multiple appliances. I still have an increased heart rate just thinking about it.
What group did you hang out with in high school? High school? Ugh. I was the cheerleader that beat up the boys. I didn’t hang out with anyone in particular. I ran track, kick boxed, debated, drama, basketball, cheerleading, blah blah blah… it goes on and on. I even scheduled in boyfriend time – lost one because I couldn’t find time in my day to kiss him. Yeah, that was fun.
What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing? I love dirt biking. Adore it. But as long as I’m with my family, I can be happy doing anything. Even laundry. But I hate laundry, so that says something about my family.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer? Writing. If you don’t write, the voices in your head will drive you nuts. Seriously. I know this. *wink*
Thank you so very much for having me. I love such interesting questions. I had a blast! Thank you – which I can’t say enough.
Thank you!! I wish you every success with your career and loved finding out more about you!
Into the End – Book #1
Rachel Parker in Into the End can IDENTIFY fear, she can DEFINE it, but she doesn’t feel it. Not anymore. Not since the tests.
Her inability to feel fear may be the reason why the rest of America is screaming in terror.
America’s end is near.
No one knows why, but the great country is under attack.
After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.
Rachel loses the love of her life in a house fire as they escape with their children to the nearby Rocky Mountains following the first round of air raids. In refuge, she faces her husband’s best friend, Joshua, but doesn’t want to face his ill-harbored feelings or her own inability to face fear.
Her sister, Brenda, escapes the fallen city, and, mistaken for Rachel, is captured. Terrified and alone, Brenda is protected by the enigmatic Daniel even while he helps keep her captive. Through torture and mind games, Brenda discovers information about her sister’s work that could spin the free world into a tumultuous frenzy where the unknown is safer than reality.
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This fast-paced book kept me rapidly flipping the pages and fully engrossed all the way through it. There is mystery and intrigue surrounding Rachel that is only hinted at as the author doles out tiny bits of information grudgingly within the unfolding events. The United States has a new Western seaboard; various (natural?) disasters have crippled the country and killed millions. Security and National defense seem to be nearly exhausted. Rachel and her children have managed to get to their emergency mountain retreat, but her husband was not as fortunate.
This novel captivated my imagination and held me spell-bound in its grip up to the end. However, the ending was a disappointment. I would have been happy to have seen this installment wrap up one chapter sooner. There would still be plenty of fodder for the next book in the series, and to me, it seemed like a natural end to this adventure. Instead, we are left dangling while a major turn of events chaotically unfolds. Unfortunately, in my opinion anyway, a near perfect series beginning changed into the first part of an ongoing serial. Fortunately, book two, Through the Flames, and the final book, Out of the Ashes have already been written and released, so, as soon as I can clear out my TBR a little, I will be moving on to Through the Flames. This is an exciting and rollicking adventure that is sure to please a diverse segment of readers.
This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Allies = All Lies
America is burning. The unknown blinds the citizens from fighting.
Dr. Rachel Parker’s worst psychological designs are loosed on America by an unknown enemy. She leaves the safety of the mountains for the destruction of town to face her co-designer, Daniel, whose role is blurred by the smoke of deception. Captured by militia, Rachel has to find the answers she’s seeking. She’s not prepared to look within her own damaged mind for the solutions. Rachel’s frame of sanity and emotional stability lay on the line parallel to the country’s circumstances.
Brenda Krous, Rachel’s sister, possesses information that could change the face of the war. Sacrifices to get there become more and more personal until the “Brenda” she was and the “Brenda” she is becoming hit a crossroads. If she finds the compassion to help her sister, her patriotism to the nation might be sacrificed.
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Out of the Ashes – Book #3 (Final Book)
America can rise, but the cost is high.
Traumatized by previous exposure to her own tests, Dr. Rachel Parker has to complete the methodical steps she swore would never see the light of day… on herself. Her sister, Brenda Krous, may be the only one capable of pulling her through intact.
If they can accomplish the feat and find resolution together, the answers they discover can help the rest of America rise up and reclaim itself from the protection of destruction.
But a nation’s fall has a time frame and pride can get in the way. Rachel and Brenda must find what they need in each other to conquer the fear in others.
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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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