Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pre-order The Shadow Wolf

Now available for pre-order on Amazon! Click here.

And here's some cool news... DARKNESS OF THE WOLF, my Nocturne Bite that was released in 2009, will be an added feature to this print book! Nice bonus!


In other book news, I've been informed that BITTEN BY THE VAMPIRE, the first short story in my trilogy of sexy Nocturne Cravings, will be released in October. It's due to be followed in November by MATED TO THE WOLF and in December by HUNTED BY THE JAGUAR.


All three Cravings are about three triplet sisters who are half-demon, half-angel. Ancient warriors, a vampire, a werewolf and a jaguar, are assigned to mate with them to tame their dark halves... or they will be forced to destroy them.


The Shadow Wolf
will be available on August 23. I've posted an excerpt below. Happy reading!


THE SHADOW WOLF. (copyright 2011 by Bonnie Vanak)


"The roar of a powerful motorcycle drew her attention to the hotel entrance. A man parked the Harley, drew off a black helmet and swung a muscled leg over the saddle. Megan’s heart raced. The rider’s face was permanently stamped into memory from the photos circulated among Shadows of their worst enemies.

Black liquid sloshed as she slammed down her coffee cup. Her mouth opened and closed like a fish gasping for oxygen. Gabriel Robichaux. Oh God. She’d walked straight into a trap.

Immobilized, she searched for an exit as he entered the garden’s stone pathway leading to the terrace. Megan looked around, desperate to escape, but it was too late. If they left now, surely he’d see them. She slid down her seat.

The power and raw charisma he exuded felt like a tornado as he ambled onto the terrace. Tight black leather pants hugged each inch of his rock hard thighs and taut buttocks. A Harley Davidson T-shirt and steel-toed scuffed boots gave him a dangerous air. Stubble shadowing his angular jaw contrasted with his classical good looks, like a biker with the face of an angel. Dark brown hair curled down to his wide shoulders. His mouth was sultry and mobile.

Four women sitting at a nearby table gave him the twice-over. If they only knew what exactly he was, they’d run away screaming. Draicon, like her. Only not like her. Not Shadow, outcast and shunned. He was an Enforcer, who returned escaped Shadow Wolves to their island prison. "

To read the entire excerpt, click here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

New contest in April


April, ah April, month of my birthday! To celebrate, I'm going to hold a new contest and give away one of my backlist Nocturne books.


I'm thinking it just may be IMMORTAL WOLF.
This contest will be a little different.


To enter, you'll post a comment on my Facebook fan page.
Click here to access.


I am trying to get more FB people to "like" my fan page.


If you are not on Facebook, it's okay. I'll be running the contest here on my blogl


And all you need to do is leave a comment.
The contest will start April 1 and run through the entire month. I will be posting that blog for contest entries soon.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Photos from Honduras





A little about our journey there... this is the second most dangerous airport in the world to land, according to the History Channel's program, Most Extreme Airports. Tegucipgalpa, Honduras. One runway, surrounded by mountains, and a very short runway. To land, the pilot does a corkscrew, dips and suddenly drops. There had been a plane crash there just a few weeks before we arrived. It's an "interesting" landing...










This is a fruit stand we stopped at on the way back from San Lorenzo to Tegus. There's a certain type of mango that grows in that area that is very popular.



















This is a shop wall in Valle de Angeles, a tourist destination. We stopped there on the way back to Tegus, since we could not make it into the city. There was a teacher's strike in the city that turned violent. One person was killed. It was only later, when the military came in, that we were able to make it back to the hotel.








This is a happy dad with his son, who lives in one of the houses we built in Valle de Angeles. The people there love their new homes. The houses are built on the side of a mountain and the climate is cooler up there.



The restaurant where the team ate lunch. We seldom eat lunch while working in the field, as it takes up too much time. Our usual method is to get on the road around 7 - 7:30 and work through lunch. We bring snacks in the car and eat in the field. So lunch is a rare treat.






This is the boat we took to cross the Gulf of Fonseca to get to El Tigre island. The Gulf is surrounded by El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.







Fishermen in the gulf.








El Tigre island, Amapala. Very pretty, and quite poor. Population of about 2,400, they see about 200 cases of malnutrition a month.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Honduras trip


Still in Honduras. It's been a successful trip, with good stories and very sad cases, like this child here, whose parents had a cup of rice in the house to eat for the week.





Yesterday we went to an island to see some cases and how we can get food there, as there is a high rate of malnutrition. It was a lovely boat ride across the Gulf of Fonseca, a bay shared with El Salvador and Nicaragua. The turquoise water sparkled, the sun beat down hot as a breeze from the Pacific rippled across the waters.



And on the island, I got sick. Oh boy. Not fun.
I'm a little better, taking it easy and not eating during the day just in case. Being sick on an island in the middle of nowhere when the only nearby bano is a latrine is not fun...

We also met this mother, who could not stop crying because her little girl, whom she is holding, is very malnourished and ill. She needs an operation to save her as she keeps losing weight, but she's been on a waiting list for free surgery from the state since she was born. In the meantime, she keeps getting thinner and thinner and her mother keeps crying and praying.


There were some uplifting moments as well, such as seeing Naomi again. We met her last year when she was 2 months old and in danger of starving to death. We got her enrolled in a nutritional program, got her milk and this is Naomi today, nice and chubby! I didn't even recognize her! It was quite gratifying to see her and her mom so happy.


All week we have been south in San Lorenzo and Choluteca. Today we headed back to Tegucigalpa to fly out tomorrow, but there was another strike by cab drivers and this one started turning violent. They were throwing rocks at cars.
Police advised people to avoid the area near our hotel.

So while the military was moving into place to quell the violence and open the roads, we spent part of the morning at Valle de Angels, which is a tourist spot. We did some shopping, had a lovely lunch (well, the rest of the team did!) of pizza. I took my slice of pizza, cut it up and fed one of the many stray dogs in town. I usually never do that, but today I just felt like it.

Now I am waiting for a ride by our guide's friend to the local church, where I am having a Mass said for my cousin, Margi. She was buried today and because of this trip, I didn't have a chance to attend the funeral. So I'm having a Mass said this afternoon for her. It was so sweet of our hostess, she made a few calls and the arrangements. It's a little comforting for me since I couldn't be at Margi's funeral Mass.

Flying back tomorrow, hopefully no more cab strikes and good weather and I'll be feeling better. Until then, adios!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

How to donate to Japan

Many of you know I've worked for a large international charity for more than 17 years. I've seen my share of disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake. My organization does not help Asia, but I wanted to share advice about donating to victims of the horrific Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

First, beware of scams. Many NGO's (non-governmental organizations) may claim to help Japan. Check to see if they are legit organizations by checking them out on these two websites:

Charity Navigator (their website is down at the time of this posting, but keep checking back)

Guidestar

These are two sites in which you can type a charity's name and see where they work, and how they are rated in donor efficiency.

Beware of phone calls from organizations purporting to be with a legit. charity. Ask for the name of the charity and call the charity's regular phone number to check and make sure it's not a scam. Also, I'd avoid giving to anyone collecting money on street corners. Yout cannot be sure where the money is going. If a friend or group is organizing a drive, that's different.

Here are some links on good articles on giving to Japan.

Boomer Consumer

How to avoid charity scams

How to help Japan

PART TWO: What's needed?

After a catastrophe such as an earthquake, victims need food, water, blankets, tents, generators, temporary shelters, tarps, medical assistance and much more. It's best to give to an organization that is either sending these items or better yet, is already on the ground and stands ready to help.

Do not give old clothing! It only clogs up the warehouses for the more important items needed by victims.

After the Haiti earthquake, I went to a large staging compound where many NGO's were forming teams to help. We had donated a 10,000 gallon water purification unit to The Red Cross and wanted to see how it was functioning. Teams were going out into various areas and assessing needs of victims. The strongest needs where at the time for clean water, medical help, food, and shelter. But larger items to AID these organizations were also needed... such as generators, gasoline, etc. These too, are important.

PART THREE: Whom to give to?

These are organizations that say they are helping. You may check them out on Guidestar or Charity Navigator.


AmeriCares

The Red Cross (you can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to relief efforts. The charge is added to your cell bill). Personally, I'd rather send in a check and write in the memo: JAPAN RELIEF ONLY because this earmarks the money. I like the Red Cross, I've seen what good they do in disasters, but they are a large organization helping many countries and you want your donation to help the afflicted country).
Visit this link to donate online directly to Japan. You are giving to the American Red Cross, but they are saying they are in direct contact with the Japanese Red Cross to see how they can help.

Here is a link, translated, to the JAPANESE Red Cross, for anyone interested.

International Rescue Committee

Save the Children

One of my personal favs is Doctors without Borders (I saw the amazing work they did in Haiti). They have teams trying to reach the hardest-hit areas in Japan. Here is their Guidestar report; they come highly recommended.

I'm sure other charities are mobilizing and seeing how they can help. Again, check them out with Guidestar or Charity Navigator before donating.

Good luck and thanks for helping! I'm leaving for Honduras for the day job and will be offline, as we will be in very remote, very poor areas. Please keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New story alert!

I've been informed that Bitten by the Vampire, the first short story in my Ancients series, will be released in August by Nocturne. Woo hoo!

In other news, I'm busy trying to write a new proposal and getting ready to leave the country next week for the day job. I'll be in Honduras in remote areas without internet. Have a great week, all!