Time to Celebrate and Time to Enter for a Chance to Win

Help me celebrate and enter to win!

Today is the one-year anniversary of the release of my book, ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE MAGIC. I know! How time flies.

In case you are new to me, this is my first book and is about an 11-year-old boy and his brother growing up during the Great Depression in Baltimore. Artie wants to be a magician, and the path he is on gives you lots to smile and laugh about while you wait to see if his dream will come true.

I have had a blast promoting my book this past year. I have done book signings, a You Tube promotion, and visited a classroom of middle-schoolers to discuss the book and encourage future writers. This I did with my 90-year-old mom, who is one of the characters, and that made it truly memorable. The kids loved her and pelted her with questions.

Writing about someone you know and love keeps you connected with them in a very unique way. This book is based on my dad’s life and was born out of my trying to remember all the stories he told about those days in the 1930s.

Initially, I thought ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE MAGIC would be for 9 to 13-year-olds, but its appeal reached their parents as well. This really blessed me as I love a book that crosses generations.

What I didn’t expect was the response I have received from folks in their 80s and 90s. I have received messages, letters, and even phone calls from people who have enjoyed a trip down memory lane to a time when things were simpler but life was hard. There you have it. My book has appeal for people from 9 to 99. I am honored.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary, I’d like to give away a copy of ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE MAGIC. If you already have one, maybe you could give it as a gift. Here’s how to enter:

You will receive one entry for each of the following:

  1. Comment below
  2. Share on social media. Be sure to let me know that you’re sharing in the comments here so you get credit. Mention Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you share. One entry per share, so double up.
  3. Follow my blog. I know many of you already do, but let’s give new readers an extra chance to win by clicking on the right column (under my picture with the monkey on my back) where it says to sign up.

That’s it! I’ll announce the winner in my post next week. As always, thank you for reading and thank you for sharing.

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  1. Vanessa Marks

     /  January 31, 2019

    I enjoy this book and read it to my 4 year old grandson. One day he will be reading it to me.

  2. Vanessa Marks

     /  January 31, 2019

    Yes, I shared

  3. Bob Anderson

     /  January 31, 2019

    great book by a great lady (the love of my life)

  4. Shared on FACEBOOK! Tell Paul she’s about to hear from two young men with lots of questions! 😉 Congratulations! 🎊🎉🎈

  5. Moggie

     /  January 31, 2019

    Bonnie I always read your blog! Even a couple of my Art ladies read it, especially Regina VanHerpin. Regina is going to read “Always Look for the Magic” in her book club, so if I win she will get the book
    Love you guys let’s get together busy lady

  6. Thank you, Moggie! And thanks to Regina and her book club, too! That blesses me! Yes, we need to get together. I miss you.

  7. Would love a book.

  8. Peggy Ballinger

     /  February 1, 2019

    I want to enter your contest so I have a book to give away!! I will share this on fb.


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