Friday, March 10, 2017

He can't remember who he is...

Monday, March 13 is the release of The Mating Game, Book 8 in my Werewolves of Montana romance series. In the book, Xavier, the Crystal Wizard, is stripped of his memories by the goddess Danu as punishment for giving his powers to Tristan, the Silver Wizard. His memories are most precious to Xavier. And yet he still has his powers, which makes for some very interesting problems! 

I can't imagine losing your memories - all of them - let alone when you're a 700+-year-old wizard who is both immortal and powerful. Read on for an excerpt of Xavier's book. 

The Mating Game excerpt copyright 2017 Bonnie Vanak

His eyes had darkened to storm clouds. Ciara heard sounds of disapproval and glanced around, dismayed at the staring faces. “Everyone can see us. I wish we had some privacy. Someplace natural and fresh.”
Xavier waved a hand and suddenly the pool vanished. They were emerged in a crystal-clear stream, the water up to his waist. A waterfall spilled over the side of a mountain.
“Now, we are finally alone.”
Ciara looked around, her eyes wide. “The water feels wonderful. Is this your magick? What if someone at the pool saw us vanish?”
“One of the benefits of being the Crystal Wizard. I simply created the illusion we left the pool to lie in the sun.” Then his expression turned troubled. “I shouldn’t do this. You’re my charge, and the Brehon never get involved with their charges.”
A sheepish smile touched his face. “Well, some of us have done so, but I have never had sex with one of my charges.”
“Then it will be your first time too. Xavier, I don’t want some uncaring stranger who sees only my body and what pleasure I can give him. I want someone who knows my heart.”
He looked startled. Then he placed his warm palm on her chest. A thrill raced through her at his gentle touch.
“How do I know your heart?” he asked softly.
Ciara wasn’t certain. Maybe she’d sound like a fool, but it must be said in this important moment.
“I’ve had these dreams about you lately. Powerful dreams. They fade to mist when I wake, but I remember saying one thing: ‘I give you my heart so we will always be together, even unto death.’”
He stared into her eyes, his gaze growing soft. “Those words are so familiar and dear to me, but I cannot remember why.”
“You know me, Xavier. You are no stranger to me. I know you feel it as well. I want no other for my first lover.”
Xavier’s mouth parted slightly as he stared at her lips.

“Please,” she whispered. 

The Mating Game is available for purchase through Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Google and Kobo.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

New contest with $1250 in prizes!!!


I'm participating in a multi-author contest, and we're giving away $1250 in prizes! Sponsored by Best Romance Author Giveaways, all you have to do is sign up for our author newsletters to enter for your chance at some great prizes!

Click here to find out more!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Contest! Win books and an Amazon gift card!

To celebrate the release of SHIELDED BY THE COWBOY SEAL, I'm running a new contest!

I'm giving away TWO paperback copies of my new HQ release, Shielded by the Cowboy Seal, and a $10 Amazon gift card. To enter, click here.

It's pretty easy. All you have to do is "like" my Facebook page. That's it! Contest ends Feb. 27 and is not endorsed by FB or Rafflecopter. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Valentine's Day next week? Already?

Ok, this is not fair. I only took down our Christmas decorations two weeks ago, as I told DH I would NOT remove them until I turned in the third Navy Seal book for Harlequin. Soon as I emailed that manuscript, down came the decorations. So I am in complete denial. It's not Valentine's Day!

Bookwise, I'm taking a short break, doing promotional things while I gear up to start Gideon's book in full steam ahead mode. A fellow author, Alison Mcmahon, is giving a great presentation on designing characters for maximum effect. I'm going. It will be a good workshop so I can really plan Book 9 of my Werewolves of Montana series.

About that book - Gideon is the Crimson Wizard, but in his mortal life he was a Dark Fae prince, and he has secrets you will learn about a little in Xavier's book, out March 13. He is a cold, remote person, but a deep, dark passion simmers within him. It will take the right person to bring it out...and he will meet his match in the heroine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New release Feb. 1

Shielded by the Cowboy Seal is out Feb. 1! I'm quite excited about my second romantic suspense book for Harlequin. Cooper is a sexy Navy SEAL who is home on leave and has to protect a runaway heiress who needs refuge from her ex-husband. Meg hides a secret that will rattle Cooper's world once he discovers it. 

Here's a sneak peak at Shielded by the Cowboy Seal, out Feb. 1!

Copyright 2017 Bonnie Vanak

She peered upward to get a closer look at him. A thick shock of wavy dark brown hair was cropped short. He had an intense gaze, thin cheekbones and a wide mouth. Handsome, with a hint of Irish blood in those ice-blue eyes.

A dusting of black hair covered his muscled chest. Washboard abs rippled beneath smooth, tanned skin. He was mouthwatering, a prime example of masculinity. Meg stared, still struggling with the unreality that this man had rescued her from the cold and warmed her with his body.

“You’re Cooper Johnson?”

“The one and only,” he drawled. “Your host over the next several days.”

She pulled the blankets up to cover her breasts, well aware her lacy red bra provided thin covering in the chill, and her nipples had turned rigid.

From the cold. Not the pull of attraction toward this handsome stranger. It didn’t matter if her libido sat up and started shimmying.

All she had to do was think of what Prescott would do if he found her, and her heated blood turned to ice.

“Where’s Sophie?”

Cooper lifted the bottom of the blankets. Snuggled at his feet, wedged partly beneath the covers, her dog snoozed. Relief filled Meg. She tossed back the covers, climbed down the length of the bed and gathered her dog into her arms, checking her over anxiously.

“She seems okay.” Meg drew in a deep breath as the awakening Sophie licked her face.

Sheer male interest flared on Cooper’s face. He rearranged the blankets around his waist. Realizing he must have had a bull’s-eye glimpse of her rear end, Meg flushed. She clutched the dog just a little too tightly, and Sophie squirmed.

The interest faded as his expression shuttered. He scratched the bristles on his hard jaw. “You feeling okay now, Princess?”

At her nod, he flung back the blankets, displaying a pair of long, muscled legs. A dusting of hair didn’t hide a wicked-looking scar on his left thigh. Her fascinated gaze traveled upward to the black Jockeys he wore…

And the very large bulge beneath them showing a blatant male reaction.

Seems as if Cooper Johnson was equally attracted to her.
Not that she’d do anything about it. Not in her lifetime.

His mouth curved into a knowing smile as he reached down to the floor, retrieved a pair of jeans. Cooper slid into them and stood, buckling the belt.

“Had to get you warm. Can’t help the consequences. I’m a guy, and you’re a very attractive woman.”

He shoved a hand through his thick hair and the move flexed the biceps of his right arm. A tattoo of a snake writhed with the motion as well. Sailors got inked, from what she knew. And he was a Navy SEAL.

Click here to purchase! 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Happy 2017 and boxed sets

Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2017, with health, success, joy, and only good things.

I'm kicking off the New Year by finishing my third Navy Seal book for Harlequin. Temporarily titled Navy Seal Nomad, it takes place on a horse ranch in Tennessee. Soon as that is finished, I"m turning my attention to producing two boxed sets of my Werewolves of Montana series. This will make it easier to purchase all the current stories in the main series in reading order. 

I have the covers designed already by the fabulous Kim Killion. 

Release date for these boxed sets is TBA. Targeting some time in February. I'll post more when the date is firm. 

Next release is Shielded by the Cowboy Seal on Feb. 1, and in March, Xavier's book, The Mating Game.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

RIP Carrie Fisher

I’m shocked and sad over the death of Carrie Fisher. Oddly enough, I dreamed last night that I went to the set of a Star Wars movie set, only the movie was reflecting the world long before A New Hope. There was a fighter jet that was orange, with a death’s head logo on it like The Punisher movie, and George Michael was going to play the part of the pilot. Everyone was cheering him on, and there was a big party. Maybe it was my internal feelings that she wasn’t going to make it.

Back when Star Wars first opened, she became my icon for female empowerment, for she was only a little older than I was. My good friend Amy and I were blown away by Star Wars. I loved Han, Luke and Chewie and the whole world, but Princess Leia was a breath of fresh air. She got to boss the men around, had a blaster and her whole world blew apart and yet she survived and carried on. She had POWER, and courage and such strength, and purpose. And yet she cared deeply, just as a princess should. She could kick ass and still look stunning, and yet she didn’t give a hoot about her makeup or her hair. Remember the “hairy earphones?”

We couldn’t wait to see The Empire Strikes Back. I moved to Florida and Amy and kept in touch for a while, signing our letters “May the Force be with you.” But we drifted apart and when I went to see “Empire” it was with other friends. Princess Leia had changed, just as I had. She loved Han. She was still strong, but in a more reserved, more important way. She knew what it was like to risk everything, including your heart, and still had the courage and strength to love.

When “Postcards from the Edge” came out, I went to see that movie about my idol, Carrie Fisher. It was a thoughtful, gritty and fascinating look at a woman who portrayed my idol, and dealt with her own very real struggles, and survived.

RIP Carrie Fisher. May you shine in endless stars in the galaxy far, far away.