As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2013 Blog Ring of Power Year in Review Giveaway Hop!
We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you 22 days of “year in review” guest posts and 20 fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we’ll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping!
And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!
DAY 5: Bonnie Milani
Now…what have I been up to since my BRoP interview? Well, being a benefits broker in my day-life, ObamaCare pretty much answers that one. There’s a tremendous amount of research and explanation involved in switching every individual insurance policy written in the past three years over to an ObamaCare-compliant plan. So that pretty much accounts for my days. And evenings. And more than a few nights… On the bright side, though, I’ve been able to use my writing skills to help out others by providing a summary write-up of the law’s key terms and applications for various writers’ groups and others. I’ve gotten truly heart-warming feedback from it so I know I’ve at least helped ease some of the confusion for my fellow writers.
Book-wise: ‘Home World‘ is plugging along. In addition to distribution in the US, Canada, and the U.K., my publisher has orders from Australia, New Zealand and even India. Closer to home, I’ve been able to place signed copies at Mystery & Imagination Bookshop (aka Bookfellows on Amazon). That’s one of the last magical SFF/mystery niche bookstores where you stop in for a browse and leave with a family of kindred spirits. It’s a place where you can bump into The Names: (think Niven & Pournelle, Harlan Ellison, Tim Powers, James Blaylock, George Clayton Johnson, Dennis Etchison, Peter Atkins, and Guillermo del Toro) so I’m horrendously excited to have ‘Home World‘ on their shelves.
Writing-wise: I’ve just posted ‘Trades‘ on Smashwords. It’s a short (well…short for me) sci fi noir story full of hard-boiled men and dangerous women hiding dark secrets – with a solid dose of wry humor and just a bit of romance thrown in.
ABOUT BONNIE MILANI — Bonnie has taken what might be called the sandwich approach to writing. She started writing early, winning state-wide writing contests in grammar school, publishing an environmental fairy tale under the aegis of the NJ Board of Education in college. After earning her M.A. in Communication at Stanford, Bonnie freelanced feature articles for East Coast newspapers and regional magazines, from Mankind and Peninsula to Science Digest as well as how to articles for the late & much lamented fanzine Speculations. She stopped writing completely after marriage while building a pair of businesses with her husband. It was only with the successive deaths of each member of her family that she reclaimed her love of story-telling. Home World is the result.
Today, Bonnie lives with her husband of thirty-six years in Los Angeles. She is still a full-time benefits broker, specializing in employee benefits for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses. You can find Bonnie on Facebook.
And be sure to check out her September 2013 interview with the Blog Ring of Power:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
And now the giveaway!
Winners will be chosen from among eligible rafflecopter entries (chosen by rafflecopter) and receive a prize of our choice (from the list below). We’ll do our best to give the print books to those who don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees, so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win an e-book. Entering is easy, just use the rafflecopter below!
Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
ebook copies of Render (A story of Aligare) by Heidi Vlach (3 copies)
ebook copy of Home World by Bonnie Milani and ebook copy of Trades by Bonnie Milani
ebook copy of Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley
$25 Amazon Gift Card from T. J. Loveless
paperback copy of Going Thru Hell by T. J. Loveless
ebook copy of Medusa’s Desire by E. B. Black
signed hardcover first edition of In Retrospect by Ellen Larson
paperback copy of Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
paperback copy of Skeletons in the Swimming Hole by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
ebook copy of Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg
copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany (print for U.S. or ebook for Int. winner)
$10 Amazon gift card from Terri Bruce
ebook copy of Twinned Universes by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
ebook copy of Entwined Courage by Tracy Lane
ebook copy of Kindar’s Cure by Michelle Hauck
signed paperback of Ice Forged by Gail Martin
ebook copies of “Taste” “Reaping Me Softly” & “Unreap My Heart” by Kate Evangelista
ebook copy of “Romancing the Bookworm” by Kate Evangelista
Follow the Blog Hop!
Michelle Hauck – December 2nd @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Heidi Vlach – December 3rd @ http://www.vickilempweavil.com
Anne E. Johnson – December 4th @ Terri Bruce
Bonnie Milani – December 5th @ T.W. Fendley
A. W. Exley – December 6th @ Emily LaBonte
Gail Martin – December 9th @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Tracy Lane – December 10th @ http://www.vickilempweavil.com
T. J. Loveless – December 11th @ Terri Bruce
E. B. Black – December 12th @ T.W. Fendley
Ellen Larson – December 13th @ Emily LaBonte
Kristi Petersen Schoonover – December 16th @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Lori Sjoberg – December 17th @ http://www.vickilempweavil.com
Beth Barany – December 18th @ Terri Bruce
Lauren Jankowski – December 19th @ T. W. Fendley
Jennifer Allis Provost – December 20th @ Emily LaBonte
Kate Evangelista – December 23rd @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Juli D. Revezzo – December 24th @ http://www.vickilempweavil.com
Terri Bruce – December 25th @ Terri Bruce
T. W. Fendley – December 26th @ T.W. Fendley
Emily LaBonte – December 27th @ Emily LaBonte
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan – December 30th @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Vicki Lemp Weavil – December 31st @ http://www.vickilempweavil.com
You’ve definitely been busy, Bonnie!!! Having your book at Mystery and Imagination definitely sounds like a feather in your cap! Congrats on all your successes and here’s hoping you have a great 2014!