Please welcome guest Lynette Bonner

The year was 1885 and the town was called Pierce, Idaho  Territory.

A merchant named David Fraser ran a mercantile mostly patronized by  local miners. He lived in the back room. Across the street stood another  mercantile run by a Chinaman and supported mostly by the local Chinese miners  who outnumbered the whites in the area by about twenty to one that year.

Faithfully every morning, David Fraser breakfasted at the  boarding house next door to his store. So on the September morning when he  didn’t show up for breakfast, someone went to check on him. They found him  brutally murdered – hacked to death, reports said – in a pool of his own blood.

An inquiry was launched, several Chinamen were arrested, and  the events that followed would mark this story down permanently in the vigilante history of the Wild West.

Fast forward to 1997, same town, same locale, now a state,  and a burgeoning writer who reads this tidbit of history and simply has to put  the whole story down on paper. That’s how I first came to write my debut novel, Rocky Mountain Oasis.


There were many supporting historical facts that I could  rely on. Newspaper articles from the time, I pulled up on microfiche at the local university in Moscow, Idaho. A good story needs, conflict, tension,  suspense… this historical event had it all. The historical framework for my  story was all laid out for me. I just had to weave my fictional characters in  with the real, and voila! A story was born.

The second edition of Rocky  Mountain Oasis will soon be available (the first edition is currently  available at the link below) followed by the continuing sequels in the series. Leave a comment to get your name in a drawing for one of two e-copies of the 2nd edition of Rocky Mountain Oasis as a PDF.

From the back cover of the book: She’s  been living in a desert all her life. Suddenly she’s come upon an oasis. But is  it just a mirage?

Brooke Marie Baker, eighteen, has been sent west as a mail-order bride. As the  stage nears Greer’s Ferry, where she is to meet the man she’s pledged to marry,  she tries to swallow the lump of nervousness in her throat. “Can it be any  worse than living with Uncle Jackson…or Hank?” she wonders. “All  men are the same, aren’t they?” But with her parents and sister dead, she  has no choice.

Sky Jordan, a rancher, holds a single yellow daisy in his hand as he watches  the ferry cross the river. Ever since he’d found out his surly cousin, Jason,  had sent for a mail-order bride, his mind and heart had been ill at ease.
“No woman deserves to be left with the likes of Jason.” But now he  questions his own plans to claim the bride for himself. “Why am I drawn to this woman I don’t even know?”

A wounded heart. Desperate choices.  Unfathomable love.

Set in the adventure and danger of the Wild Idaho Territory in 1885.

“An intriguing tale with the perfect blend of suspense, drama, and  romance. Best keep your eyes on Lynnette Bonner. She’s a gifted  storyteller.” -Sharlene MacLaren, Author, ‘Through Every Storm’, ‘Long  Journey Home’, ‘Little Hickman Creek Series’, ‘The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series’ You can find out more about Rocky Mountain Oasis HERE

I’m giving away two copies of the 2nd edition of Rocky Mountain Oasis in a PDF format so be sure and leave a comment.


Lynnette Bonner was born and raised in Africa and has been  writing since the late 1990’s. Rocky  Mountain Oasis is her first book. When she isn’t writing, she loves to  watch her boys play sports or spend time lost in the world created by a great  book.

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16 thoughts on “Please welcome guest Lynette Bonner”

  1. Lynnette,

    Your book sounds wonderful, but I have to agree with others I love a good mail order bride story. The history you found sounds like a real thriller.


  2. Lynette,
    I can’t wait to read your book! It sounds like a great mail-order bride story. I too love the
    cover and your excerpt drew me right in.
    Have a Blessed Christmas…

  3. I enjoy mail-order bride stories. I would think it took varying degrees of courage, faith, and desperation for someone to make that choice. There are enough accounts of events, letters, and journals to draw from to put together some good stories. It sounds like you have found some good resources for your works.

    I hope the rest of the series does well.

  4. Lynnette,
    WOW, your cover is beautiful, and your story sounds SO intriguing! I love those mail order bride stories. Like Patricia, I wonder what measure of desperation, courage, fear and Lord knows what other emotions it must have taken for women to take that step. Thanks for being our guest here at Wildflower Junction, Lynnette!
    Cheryl P.

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