Rave Reviews Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party

Hi! Sadly, the party’s over, but wasn’t yesterday fun?

So nice of you to stop by to help me clean-up the mess. You can always tell a successful party by the after-glow you feel and the amount of clutter to clear away.

If you will grab those balloons, there, I’ll sweep up this graffiti…careful not to step in the spilled cider.

Did you hear? We have Five lucky winners of the door-prizes:

Nonnie Jules, S.M. Spencer, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, Robyn K,  and Shirley Harris-Slaughter will soon receive a personal email letting them know which prize each has won.  But, I was the big winner. What a blast!  I can’t wait for next time.

If you don’t want to forget what fun we had, just read my conversation with Bunny below and all the super comments from my other guests.

Thanks for coming!

[9/16/15 post follows]

Welcome wonderfBlock Party Badge(1)ul readers! I am thrilled you came to my party. I’m so pleased, in fact, that I am giving away door prizes to five (count ’em, 5) lucky guests today. Leave your comment below and tomorrow you may be notified that YOU are the winner of the signed paperback of your choice from my published works or the winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate. In addition, three lucky guests will receive a digital copy (in your preferred format: Kindle, ePub or PDF) of the Bunny Elder series book of your choice.  How do you like those nifty party favors, just for showing up today?

It may still be warm where you live (here in Northern California it’s downright HOT), but September holds the promise that autumn is on its way. So, pull up that comfy wicker rocker on my shady veranda, sip some spiced cider (okay, a tall glass of iced tea may be substituted, since you asked so nicely) and settle in for a friendly visit.

Some of you may have read the Bunny Elder series books, but whether you’ve heard of her, or not, I’m sure you will enjoy meeting the woman herself.

Bunny, come on over here!

Bunny: Here I am, J.B. I was out back picking an apple from your tree. See how pretty it is?

JB: Yes, that tree is bearing a bumper crop this year. Be sure to take a bagful home with you. But, right now, look! We have company.

B: Well, hey, I didn’t see YOU sitting there. Hi, I’m Bunny Elder Banks. Would you like an apple?

JB: I thought we might have a chat and let our guest get to know a little more about you, Bunny. Would you mind if I ask you some questions?

B: Ask away!

JB: Bunny is a rather unusual nickname. Can you tell us how you got it?

B: My older sisters, Jean and Linda, gave it to me when I was about six. When my two front permanent teeth came in they were too big for my mouth. My sisters said I looked like a little bunny rabbit and the name stuck. I was more than happy to leave “Leveline” behind.

JB: I can understand. But where in the world did your parents get that interesting name?

B: I was told it was the middle name of a favorite great-aunt of my mom’s, but I never met her. I always figured my mother just made it up after hearing Chuck Berry’s song “Maybellene” and she was too embarrassed to admit it.

JB: You grew up in Northern California, is that right?

B: Yep. In a little mountain community called Clark’s Hallow. You’ve probably never heard of it, but I loved it, from its quaint old-west style downtown to the quiet lanes overshadowed by tall pines and cedars.

JB: Where do you live today?

B: My main residence is in Bannoch on the Oregon Coast. I also maintain a condo in Houston, Texas.

JB: How do you support two homes, if you don’t mind my asking?

B: My late husband, Max Banks, was a well-to-do business man and a savvy investor. He left me very well off. I’ve discovered managing wealth is a huge responsibility, but I try to use the money for God’s glory.

JB: So you don’t work?

B: Not so much work, but I do write and I’ve published a book which has gotten some nice reviews. I manage to keep busy with my writing, my church work, trips to Houston to oversee things there, and occasionally I take trips with friends or my sisters.

JB: That’s right! You had quite an exciting trip to Italy with your sister, Linda, a few years back. [This adventure is recounted in “Vain Pursuits”-ed.]

B: That was almost too exciting. Most of my travels have been much more restful…well, except when Max and I were captured by those nasty pirates on our honeymoon in the Indian Ocean. That was not restful, at all. [Read about it in “…and Something Blue”-ed.]

JB: Um, no, that doesn’t sound very nice, but tell us, if you have a place in Texas because of your late husband’s business, what made you decide to settle in Oregon?

B: I have so many wonderful friends in Bannoch. I’ve even been made a sort of honorary member of the First Ladies Club. [Bunny moved to Oregon in “Seadrift”- ed.]

JB: Is that a group of past presidents’ wives?

B: (laughing) No! In some churches the pastor’s wife is called the First Lady. The group is made up of the wives of some of the pastors in Bannoch.

JB: Your first husband, Eustace, was a pastor, is that right?

B: Eustace was a pastor, but he wasn’t my first husband. Max was both my first and last husband. Eustace was a rather unpleasant interlude between.

JB: I believe he died in a car crash, is that right?

B: Yes. Can we talk about something else? [You can read all about it in “Hollow” – ed.]

JB: Of course!  What are your plans for the future?

B: One of the first things I want to do is make certain Max really did die in that plane crash in Eastern Europe.

JB: I’m surprised. Is there any reason to think he didn’t?

B: Probably not. But his body was never found and Max’s daughter, Marki, insists she saw him alive, not long ago. It’s been bothering me ever since she told me about it. Most likely she’s simply indulging in wishful thinking, but I need to make sure.

JB: Well, that is certainly intriguing. Please let us know if you find out anything. I see that our guest has finished her drink and is ready to say goodbye. She has several more Block Party stops to make. Thank you so much for joining us, Bunny.

B: Thanks for inviting me… and thanks for the apples!

JB: Any time. Watch out for that loose step! Goodbye, Bunny.

Thanks for joining Bunny and me today at our Book & Blog Block Party.  Before you go to the next stops, be sure to leave a comment, then watch your email tomorrow to see if you’ve won. Come back, again, anytime. Look out for the loose board on that step, there.


107 Responses

  1. J.B., I enjoyed being a guest at your interview with Bunny. She has certainly had an interesting life. Thank you so much for inviting me!

  2. J. B., what an enjoyable interview! Bunny is delightful and I will have to check out the book! Enjoy this day today and I must visit here more often, as your writing is pretty good (and I love to visit blogs which house pretty good writing!). IN the voice of Arnold S. “I’ll be back!”


  3. Nice glimpse into your character’s personality. Sounds like she’s lived an interesting life.

  4. harmonykentonline

    Great interview! What a pleasure to meet Bunny and sit and have a drink with you gals. The books sound great and I shall have to take a look … in fact, I’m gonna “hop to it” now! 🙂

  5. Renae Lucas-Hall

    Lovely interview with Bunny! I really enjoyed it. You have such an engaging writing style! Also, your website is gorgeous and a joy to visit. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. Nice to meet Bunny! Will have to check out her books!

  7. I love your banner at the top. Those green eyes really pop! Love it! I also love how Bunny took a nickname that was given to her in a teasing, degrading manner and turned it into an affectionate word. Thanks for sharing her with us. 🙂

  8. I enjoyed your interview with Bunny. I like your writing style, I shall check out your books. Have fun at the party today!

  9. Yep, you nailed Bunny here today, J.B. Great post! I look forward to checking out the other books in this series. Have an awesome blog party today!

  10. As a widow myself now, I can totally relate to Bunny’s need to handle her finances with good sense and foresight! 🙂 That purported sighting of her beloved Max is certainly unsettling though… I hope for the best there and not more heartache.
    Lovely light and breezy blog page Jonna – and thanks for my favourite long, cool drink of cider! 😀

  11. Wow, Bunny’s ‘first and last’ husband may still be alive! Hope she finds him if he is.

  12. S M Spencer

    Intriguing … Must check Bunny out 😊

  13. J.B. I haven’t read your books yet, but you know that this whole exercise to acquaint us with all our fellow RRBC authors and their books. So now, I know them and will put them in line on my Kindle. So much to read, but really great books. Great party join on here! 🙂 Have fun and enjoy your day.

  14. Thanks for the interesting interview with Bunny. I must admit I’ve never heard of the name ‘Leveline’! Enjoy your day.

  15. tarafairfield

    Bunny is awesome! I hope she comes back for more! I am putting your books on my to read list! Best wishes with the party!

  16. I did a character interview yesterday and it was so much fun. I enjoyed getting to know Bunny a little better and more about the series. Well done.

  17. Thanks, John. I enjoyed your interview, too. We should introduce your John to Bunny. They are both single, right?

  18. I love character interviews, and yours was great. Well done.

  19. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi JB. Just stopping in on my way to the airport. Just want to wish you the best and enjoy the party.

  20. Hi, Jonna, I thoroughly enjoyed the character interview with Bunny! She is very charming and engaging – I’m sure her adventures are great reads! Enjoy your party today!

  21. Loved your character interview, Joanna. My best friend growing up also had the nickname Bunny and she liked it much better than Gloria Jean. We’ve lost touch for the last 20 years but I still think of her often. I hear she lives at the beach and I live at the mountains – opposite sides of the state. About fall is coming. In the NC mountains it has already started getting chilly in the mornings–about 40 degrees.

    Have fun at your party. I have one of the Bunny Elder books–“Hollow” but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It should be coming up in my TBR list soon.

    • Thanks for all the support, Kim.
      I liked hearing about your weather, etc. My oldest son has lived in Italy for over twenty years and is planning to move his family to North Carolina next year. I may get a chance to visit your beautiful state when I go to see my granddaughters.

      • That would be nice, Joanna. I bet you can’t wait to see him and the granddaughters. We love it here, but this is the only state I’ve lived in and haven’t ventured too far away either.

  22. Reblogged this on Kim's Author Support Page and commented:
    Love Character Interviews, so I’m reblogging this.

  23. I loved the interview with Bunny! Took me right back to the books. It is so easy to get into Bunny’s character. I am so excited for what the future holds for Bunny and her friends!!

  24. This was so fun to read! Thank you! Will have to check out Vain Pursuits – sounds delightful plus Italy is one of my favorite places! Have a great time on your featured day and beyond!

    • Hi Lisa. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoy Vain Pursuits. My oldest son and my three granddaughters live in Northern Italy, so I’ve had the chance to visit a few times. I love it, too.

  25. What a clever and fun idea for your blog! Wishing you and Bunny every success!

  26. Interviews with characters often are able to bring out some facets that might otherwise be lost. Bunny sounds interesting!

  27. I’m so glad to meet Bunny! I just loved her in The First Ladies’ Club! I’m looking forward to reading about more of her adventures! What a spunky old gal! Great blog post and prizes! Have a glorious tour day! I’m an AVID READER!

  28. Nice interview with Bunny today, J. B. Enjoy hosting the block party today!

  29. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Another stop on the RRBC Book & Blog Block Party with J. B. Hawker!

  30. I have missed Bunny since I finished her last story! Wonderful to hear how she is doing. And I am hoping that it perhaps includes a tease about a new tale??? Thanks, Jonna.

  31. I enjoyed your interview with Bunny. She is a very interesting character. Have a great party today!

  32. Hello, Jonna! I have thoroughly enjoyed your Blog Block Party! This concept of character interview is quite intriguing. It really is a fantastic way to introduce others to your work. Best wishes to you on your blog day!

  33. Sounds like an interesting character! 🙂

  34. What an interesting post. I’m glad I stopped by. I hope you have a great day! 😃

  35. What a vibrant blog site! I wish you great success with your party today Jonna. It was good fun to meet Bunny and learn more about your writing.

  36. Jonna, your First Ladies Club series sounds like a good deal of fun! Enjoy your party!

  37. Intriguing character, Jonna. I thought she was a young girl to start with!

  38. I agree – character interviews are great fun.

    For the reader of the book, it can give them more perspective and understanding of the character. Plus if it is a series it can gap the time between stories.

    For the author it is a great way to “get into character” and keep their mindset (for the next chapter of the story).

  39. Love the interview with your character will try and buy some books hope you have a lovely time at the party

  40. Very fun interview and post.

    Any idea where in Eastern Europe the plane crashed? I can ask some of the Bratva boys from The Budapest Experiment to help you out haha!!

    Nice way to keep the party going.


  41. Jonna, I love your colorful header! Love the crisp, clean look of the blog! Love everything about Ms. Bunny. I’ll have to buy this book to see if Max is really dead!

  42. Bunny sounds like a great lady! Wondering about Max now… mmmmm?? Glad I came by.

  43. Thank you so much for your wonderful interview with Bunny and for your generosity!

  44. Loved the interview! Good luck with your books!

  45. I enjoyed this so much, Jonna! Thank you for sharing, and for this awesome post! And for all you do as such an awesome, supportive RRBC member.

  46. Loved your interview with Bunny… 🙂 Great PARTY, awesome prizes and I’m following you, my new #RRBC author friend! 🙂

  47. What a delightfully clever interview. I enjoyed it so much that I will have to check out this author and her unique characters.

  48. Hi JB!
    Love the header on you blog – is it your original artwork? I also enjoyed being a guest listener as you interviewed Bunny – she sounds like quite an interesting character!

    Thanks so much for hosting yet another great RRBC Back to School Blog Block Party – Best regards – ML

    • Thank you, Michael. The artwork came from a royalty free image site and I agree with you. It is super. Thanks so much for visiting with Bunny and me today. Guests like you made our party a blast.

  49. Hi Jonna,
    Wonderful to learn more about you and your work! Bravo. Love the look and layout of your website too. Cheers. 🙂

  50. I love these character interviews. it really connects them to the reader. Great job

  51. S M Spencer

    Wow, I’m so excited to be a winner – now the hard job … Working out which of your fabulous books to buy with my gift card!!! I’m off to Amazon to investigate. Thanks again for the party gift 😊😊😊

  52. Like the sound of the undead book I really hate zombies but this sounds more interesting will try and buy when I can and read and with you when I can enjoy the party sounds like you’re having a blast

  53. Michelle Carlson

    What a fun way to let folks get to know Bunny better! I just LOVE her myself! 🙂

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