Guest Blogger: Bonnie R. Paulson

Today our guest blogger is Bonnie R. Paulson, author of BREATHE AGAIN.

Maggie Lachlan is struggling to get over the death of her husband. After being overcome by emotion during a shift in the E.R., she's suspended indefinitely. Making things worse, she needs a place to stay after the quick sale of the house she shared with her late husband.

Fortunately, her friend Ryan Stewart offers her a room while she gets her life in order, much to the chagrin of his brother and housemate, Brodan Steele. Brodan doesn't want to like Maggie, not when he questions Ryan’s feelings for her. But it's hard to deny the attraction he feels for her when she's sleeping under the same roof.

Being so close to Brodan awakens something in Maggie, something she never felt during her marriage. But as long as she's haunted by the past, she can't open herself up to the future...

Bonnie will be giving away one digital copy of her contemporary romance novel to one lucky commenter who comments here before midnight Pacific time on Thursday, August 18, and post the winner in the comments on Friday. You can learn more about Bonnie and her new release at her blog:

Now, here's Bonnie.

Finally! I made it to the Tiki Hut. Kids at home with my mom. My husband is off down the beach somewhere running after the waves and I’m settling in with a virgin Pina Colada. Oh, they have the best Adirondack chairs here. My lap top rests on my legs, waiting for my fingers to dance across the keys. I’m very excited to write this story.

An umbrella shades everything. I’m not a fan of the sun, but the soft tropical breeze is more than welcome. Ahh. Yeah, baby. I breathe, long and drawn out. I’ve left laundry, dishes, volunteer responsibilities, work and deadlines on hold for my vacation.

Do I dare write? Do I have the strength of character to be self-disciplined in what can only be described as Heaven?

Do I even attempt to get into the world of my characters? I don’t know that I can. I have a book releasing August 22. I’m planning on crab for lunch. And oh, hello. The chiseled chest of my hubby crests over the beach. I’m on vacation. I know I should be resting. But what the heck? I’m married to the Marlboro man (minus the smokes) and the kids are absent. Adult only time!

I never take a break. Never. I work 24/7 as a mom, medical transcriptionist, wife, church volunteer, mother, writer, housecleaner, chef, disciplinarian, blah, blah, blah. Forget it. I’m off to make my own romantic scene. Carol, you’ll forgive me, right?

Brian! Wait up! (reality – hubby is HOT! Reality – I’m not, BUT Under the Tiki Hut rules state I can be as svelte as I want to be) Running across the sand, nothing jiggles but my muscular thighs and perky… things that haven’t been perky since my first kid. Never mind. Yay for me. I love this place!

BREATHE AGAIN releases August 22, 2011 from Carina Press.


Laura Eno said…
Hah! Nice one. We can always be perky in our imaginations. ;)
Clarissa Draper said…
I love the premise of the book. I love it when unlikely people are thrown together in a situation.

Wow, Bonnie, you're a really busy person. That's wonderful that you still write and love writing.
Manzanita said…
Thank you, Carol, for hosting Bonnie.

Bonnie. It sounds like the promise of romance is in the air... both in your book and "on the beach." You are one busy lady (and a beautiful picture, I might add) so give that Hubby his time, too. :)

Linda G. said…
LOL! Sounds like my kind of vacation! :)
Anonymous said…
Good to meet you, Bonnie! Good lick with your success of Breathe Again.
V Barkowski said…
Perky? No jiggling? Wow, I need to make a reservation for the Tiki Hut!

I agree with Clarissa, great premise, Bonnie. I love stories where friendships are pitted against attraction. They're always character driven and emotionally charged.
Terry Odell said…
Ah, the 'reality' of imagination. Where the person in the mirror is the same as the one in our heads.

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery
@Laura - Perky... sometimes I think that's a word I'll never reach again - maybe not even in my imagination : )

@Clarissa - Thanks Clarissa! I love when the people fight against their attraction - it makes their coming together that much sweeter!

@Manzanita - Thanks for your kind words! Hubby is a hotty too. Maybe I will copy a pic. : )

@LindaG - I know and this site is BEAUTIFUL!

@Stephen - Thanks! Good luck to you as well!

@V Barkowski - No jiggling - AT ALL. I agree with the emotionally charged - and that's the best part of a romance. The emotion. : )

@Terry - I love your line so much! Do you have that as a tagline or something? GREAT!

Thank you so much everyone for stopping by. Good luck with the giveaway. And I always follow the commenters. So watch for me on your blog (hehehe)
Maryann Miller said…
What fun these guest posts have been. Absolutely cracked up at what jiggles and what doesn't - maybe because I can relate. LOL

Also love the cover of your book, Bonnie.
Isis Rushdan said…
How could you resist making your own romantic scene while on vacay when you're married to the Marlboro man, sans smokes, :).

Wonderful to meet you!
LR said…
Off to make a pina colada right now. Yippee. :)

P.S. I like the "chiseled chest"
Janet, said…
I enjoyed your post, Bonnie. Good luck with your book!
I enjoyed your post, Bonnie. Sounds like a great book. Good luck with it.
Brooklyn Ann said…
Not entering the contest because I already pre-ordered my copy of BREATHE AGAIN. But I just wanted to confirm that Bonnie's hubby IS hot. :) I nicknamed him "Pretty cute for a short-haired guy" But Bonnie's gorgeous, too. Dang, now I want crab for lunch!
M Pax said…
Congrats, Bonnie! Lovely plot. Hope you sell lots :D
@Maryanne - Yes, I'm a jiggler and it's not because of Jello - well I have eaten that too. : ) so maybe it's contributed. Thanks!

@Isis - I have 4 kids, doll, I make romantic scenes whenever I can steal free time! : ) Thanks for the smile.

@LR - I love those. *sigh* Drink one for me!

@Janet and @Brenda - thank you so much!

@Brooklyn Ann - thanks so much! He is UBER yummy! but don't tell him I said that. We don't need a vain AND hot hubs. That would not do. : )

THanks for coming by everyone!
Sounds like a great romance. Both the book and the reality hubby and writer. :)
Lydia K said…
Oh man, you mean at the Tiki hut I can get rid of any misbehaving, sagging body parts cause by my three kids? Sign me up!

Nice to meet you Bonnie! (Sorry to get all weird on you, but you have gorgeous blue eyes, btw.)
Arlee Bird said…
The book sounds like a real life story and your visit to the Tiki Hut sounds like something out of a steamy romance novel. Real life and fantasy often overlap don't they.

Tossing It Out
Anonymous said…
As everyone else has said, I too am happy to meet you, Bonnie. And this sounds like a great read. Good luck with it!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets
Anonymous said…
Great post! Congrats to you success! :D
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks for commenting everyone. Bonnie will be here in the morning to announce with winner of of Breathe Again.
Fun post, Bonnie! What jiggles, hrm. Who needs self-discipline on vacation? Your book sounds very interesting.
@Kathi - Thanks so much. HUbs is my inspiration! : )

@lydia - Thank you for the nice comment. *Carol, can you pass this nice lady a drink on me?* And yeah, sagging body parts are gone here. I wonder if Carol adjusted the gravitational pull just for me!

@Arlee - that is hilarious.

@Ann Thanks! Happy to meet you too!

@ibdiamond - Thanks!

@Carol - Thanks so much for having me!

@Shannon - the question would be - what doesn't? lol Thanks so much!

I will post in a bit. Thanks so much everyone for visiting. Hugs and love!
And the winner is Brenda Kay Ledford! Please email me at and let me know if you prefer the epub version or hte pdf.

Thanks again everyone so much! I had a blast. Back to jiggling. : )