BONNIE ENGSTROM, is a free-lance writer and former newspaper columnist. Also, wife, mom and 'NEW' grandmother. She lives in Southern California with, Dave, her psychologist husband of forty years, and Jake the Dawg, a Miniature Pinscher.
She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California, has studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, is a member of the Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship, American Christian Fiction Writers and a participant at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
Bonnie's favorite genres are romances, mysteries and 'fun' animal stories. She tries to live her life by the Bible verse,
“Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.”
A Penney from Heaven ~ Cassie is terrified of the break-ins in her community. Will the aid offered from Officer Penney calm her fears? The facts that he’s handsome, a Christian and the son of a minister doesn’t hurt.
In His Time ~ Traci questions God’s timing as she nurses newborn Michaela, alone, after her husband’s death in Iraq. When her high school sweetheart Brad shows up on her doorstep, life and emotions turn topsy-turvy.
Duel Allegiance ~ Wealthy Elaini, on a personal crusade against the displaying of pornographic magazines, confronts Abdul, the Muslim who manages a convenience store. Their hearts converge, but their worlds collide. Her strong faith in Christ leads her to convert Abdul. If only her stubborn father will accept him.
Winds of Change ~ Ingeborg Johansson is a widow whose husband died unexpectedly at sixty-seven. Although her life is filled with church, Bible study and her adult children, she misses cooking for two, and the soft snoring that used to help her drift off to sleep. Fortunately, Zeke at the senior center understands her need for Christian companionship.
The Cooking School Series
A Culinary Catch ~ Marci had learned to cope with her deformed leg. As the curator of The Bridal Museum, she felt almost fulfilled. Until the new chef arrived to oversee the Bridal Café. But, Conrad Thorstrom was beneath her educationally. His minor accomplishments and associate degree didn’t match up to her M.B.A. Besides, she was a gimp, and he was a tall, handsome Swede. An unlikely coupling.
Recipe for Romance ~ The cooking class was to be a respite for Jillian from her stressful job as a high school guidance counselor. Was meeting co-student Erik who carried a baggage of guilt for his parents’ murder and his unique way of witnessing an invitation to emotional disaster? Caught between “friendship” with Erik and her politically incorrect support of Josh, a Muslim student turned Christian, Jillie almost lost her faith.
A Winning Recipe ~ Compulsive Kate meets easy going Lance during a National Cook Off. When Kate boldly credits Christ for her success on national television, the CEO of Family Foods professes his faith. Kate’s promotion to Global Outreach Minister at church threatens her relationship with Lance, and she still doesn’t know what he does for a living.
Family Secret ~ The envelope was old and yellowed. Its inscription said: Jessica, to be opened upon your mother’s death. Her mother had been dead for over twenty years.
Grandmama’s confession implying the possibility of an incurable disease being passed through generations, changed the future of the Bergstrom family forever. Who really was Jessica’s grandfather? The one she knew all her life as Grandfather Papa, or the elusive Olaf Olmstead who appeared during a storm one night, then drifted away never to be seen again? Agonizing over Grandmama’s secret, Jessica and her daughter-in-law, Laura, search for ancestors and answers in Sweden with their little dog, Lucky.
E-mail Angels, God’s Cybersisters ~ As I raise my hands in praise each day for my godly Cyber-sisters, I am thankful for their faithful prayer support that sustains me with messages on my computer monitor. I call them my E-mail angels.
The moderator of an Internet prayer chain, I receive all requests for prayer and responses to prayer requests and shared correspondence. My training as a journalist encouraged me to save many replies that could provide faith lifts for others, as well as demonstrate how the Internet can be used for God’s purposes.