Cooking the Books    -     By: Bonnie Calhoun
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Abingdon Press / 2012 / Paperback

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After her mother dies, Sloane Templeton leaves the Cyber Crime Unit to take over her mom's bookstore. Her batty store manager and the Granny Oakleys Book Club keep life fun---until she receives cyber threats and discovers her mom didn't die of natural causes! Can she use her computer skills to discover what really happened to her mother?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426733887
ISBN-13: 9781426733888
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After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”  
A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?
"Bonnie Calhoun's first Sloane Templeton mystery, Cooking the Books, is one of the most delightful new fiction voices I've read in years. My only complaint--waiting for the sequel. If this book doesn't have you ROFLOL, you'd better check your pulse!"--Jeanette Windle
"Bonnie Calhoun's debut novel, Cooking the Books, is as fun and quirky as the author herself. The cast of characters brims with unexpected humor and heart, and Sloane's take on the world around her keeps the reader eagerly turning pages to see what she'll say or do next. I look forward to more Sloane Templeton adventures."   Sandra D. Bricker, award-winning author of the Emma Rae Creation series that began with Always the Baker, Never the Bride
"What do a gangsta ex-boyfriend, gunslinging grannies, computer hacking, two very unusual books, and the world’s worst chef all have in common? You’ll find them in Bonnie Calhoun’s debut novel, Cooking the Books. It’s a one-of-a-kind a potboiler filled to the brim with plot twists, romance, and humor. A tasty treat for romantic suspense fans."
--Rick Acker, author of When the Devil Whistles and Dead Man's Rule"Bonnie S. Calhoun is a master weaver of snarky humor and suspense. Cooking the Books is fast paced, laugh out loud funny with enough suspense to make you shiver. Sloane is an oxymoron: tough as nails on crime and injustice, yet her Aunt Verline and Fifi, her nutty store manager, manipulate her. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation. It's a must read." -  Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket
"Bonnie S. Calhoun pens a heroine with snap and pizzazz. Sloane Templeton wonders why an old book is cause for bullets, and whether her refusal to sell her business justifies harrassment. A fast-paced mystery full of colorful characters and a last minute twist--what's not to love?" ~ S. Dionne Moore, Author of Promise Brides, 2010 and 2011 Carol Award Finalist

Author Bio

Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publishes of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named 2011 Mentor of the Year. She is President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and also Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff. Her website is bonniescalhoun.com.

Publisher's Weekly

Sloane Templeton inherits a Brooklyn bookstore after her mother dies, a bookstore that’s in the sights of a realty company that would love to add the land to a development project. Sloane’s urbane psychiatrist boyfriend is an improvement over her ex, a gangbanger type. Her aunt Verlene is a cooking show run amok. Not long after Sloane refuses the offer to sell the store, bad things start happening on her store’s computers, and she must deal with a rare book worth a million dollars. A lot of ingredients get thrown into Calhoun’s plot pot. Her mashup of comedy, urban fiction, romance, and suspense doesn’t hang together, and some of the comedy is juvenile (boogers, anyone?). On the plus side, Sloane Templeton is a fierce, sometimes funny voice. Harder editing would better channel it. Agent: Terry Burns. (Apr.) 2012 Reed Business Information

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Readers are thrown headfirst into an imaginative mystery when they open the pages of Bonnie S. Calhoun's debut novel, Cooking the Books. Her main character, Sloane Templeton, used to work in a Cyber Crimes Unit investigating computer forensics. She decided to give up that life when she inherited her mother's bookstore. Now she works hard to juggle looking after her eccentric aunt and her zany customers. But the real mystery begins when Sloane starts getting cyber threats.

Things keep getting worse for Sloane as the story progresses. The threatening emails and messages on her work computers are easy to ignore. Her abusive ex-boyfriend, Trey, is not. Sloane wonders if it's safe for her to continue dating the stunningly handsome Andreas. Aunt Verline and the bookstore manager, Fifi, contribute a lot to the story while attempting to keep Sloan out of trouble. The real uniting feature among the female characters is their lack of respect from the men in their lives. Verbal and physical abuse unites them. Sloane and her lady companions grow as the novel progresses, and they learn to look at themselves as "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139: 14).

For a first novel, Bonnie S. Calhoun has woven an admirable tale. Cooking the Books, with its quirky characters and twisting plot, would be best enjoyed by women who are interested in urban mysteries. It is by no means limited to that crowd though. This reader would recommend it to avid cozy mystery fans and Christian readers looking for a light enjoyable book. Katelyn S. Irons, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Located in: New York
Submitted: July 28, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Bonnie S. Calhoun is the publisher of ChristianFictionOnlineMagazine.com. She is also the Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the Vice President of Christian Authors Network (CAN), and the Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. In her day life she is a seamstress and clothing designer, and conference speaker for writing techniques and website and social media design.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Entertaining an audience of readers, and showing how the human spirit can triumph over all odds when we lean on the Lord.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A stronger spirit and the knowledge that we can do all things thru Christ who strengthens us.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I think once you get a story on paper and it is complete, it lets you release the burden that you had for that particular cause.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Since I write suspense, that is also my favorite genre to read. Some of my favorites, not in any particular order, and not a complete list by any means are: Brandilyn Collins, Terri Blackstock, Robert Liparulo, James Scott Bell, Randy Ingermanson, Eric Wilson, and Bill Myers.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Everyone has a story!

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