Courage is up and running!

For fans of the original series, as well as a whole new generation of readers, book 6 in the Bonnie Books series is now available on Amazon here!

Thank you for your patience, we’re back to work on books 3-5 of the original series and hope to have more for you soon!

Hoping for the winner’s circle

A Special Kind of Courage has been entered into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards under the YA Fiction category. Their 7th contest, the grand prize and four 1st prizes are publishing contracts with advances. Winners will be notified in July after several rounds of judging and reviews. I’ll post when excerpts go up for public review so you can get involved.

Courage is also being entered into the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s (FAPA) 2014 National FAPA President’s Awards in the YA Fiction category. Winners will be announced the first week of July and honored at a banquet in August.

Barbara and I have also confirmed to share a pavillion for the Authors in the Park event in Mount Dora, FL on March 29th. Barbara will have copies of Courage, and possibly The Sweet Running Filly and A Horse Called Bonnie, at the event. I will keep you posted, but set the date aside to come out and meet Barbara. You can pick up a free bookmark, too!


Kindle your Courage!

Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 4.28.57 PMThat’s right, A Special Kind of Courage is now available on Kindle in revisions and will be up soon. [Updated 0330/15]

Don’t have a Kindle? You can download the Kindle app to any your iOS or Android device. If you have the Kindle app on your mobile device, you won’t need the reader to enjoy the books.

You can also still get Courage in paperback.

And if you have already purchased the book in paperback, let us know. You could get the Kindle for .99! We are waiting for Amazon to connect the two on their system and will let you know when the discount is available for people who have purchased the paperback.

Free to the first 100!

2013-11-13 08.24.40The bookmarks have arrived…and we are giving away 100 of them to all of you!

If you are an avid reader, you know all too well the value of a good bookmark. If you would like to add one to your collection, would like one to go with your copy of the new book, or just think it’s cool to get something free keep reading…

Our green-friendly*, 2″x6″ bookmarks feature Sally Ann Lyle‘s beautiful cover art on the front, while the back is an ode to the original five books in the series. Designing it was fun and I plan to create a new one for each of Barbara’s new books. We will be rereleasing the original books with new covers – Sally has consented to doing the cover art for all five books!


To claim one** of these beautiful new bookmarks for your very own, please send a single-stamped SASE to the following address and we will mail you one back!

The Bonnie Books
c/o Ana Maria Selvaggio
PO Box 830635
Ocala, FL 34483-0635

2013-11-13 11.54.05Make sure you include your complete address and include a note if you want to be added to our snail mail list if we do anything via mail in the future. We do not have plans currently for snail mail marketing as, honestly, it is more cost-effective to go digital, so you will not have to worry about receiving anything unsolicited. We do not sell your information. If you would, however, like to be included on our e-mailing list, please drop us an email at thebonniebooks (at) gmail (dot) com and we will make sure to keep you posted!

PS – If you live outside the US, that’s ok too! Send us enough postage to send you one and we will mail internationally.

In the saddle,

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* The company that makes our bookmarks uses recycled paper made from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that is PCF (Processed Chlorine Free) and Green Seal™ Certified. They also utilize a “waterless printing” process that is less toxic than conventional printing.

**  Only one bookmark per mailing address.


Revisiting an old friend, The Sweet Running Filly

cover_sweetrunningBook 6 out and available on Amazon now, Barbara and I are already reviewing The Sweet Running Filly for rerelease through Amazon’s CreateSpace in both print and Kindle formats.

The first of five in the original Bonnie books series,The Sweet Running Filly sold over 210,000 copies when it was released in 1971 by Signet, and was translated into several languages.

Looking to rerelease all five books in the series, we will have a better idea of what our release schedule will look like after this weekend. We are also thrilled to mention that our new cover artist, the incredibly talented Sally Ann Lyle, will be doing all five books to go with Barbara’s newest release.

We will keep you posted on our progress and might even give you a peek behind the process along the way. Till then, keep calm and Bonnie on!

In the saddle,

The Return of Bonnie

cover_Courage_goodreadsA Special Kind of Courage is officially out and available on Amazon!

The first book published by Barbara in over 30 years, we are incredibly happy to be able to share this newest installment in the Bonnie books series with all of her fans.

I’m very proud to be a part of this project and have had the chance to talk to people about the books recently. Barbara has been humbled on more than one occasion with compliments like “I read those books as a child! I love Bonnie!” and it has been wonderful to see how much of an impact her books had made on people. It is my hope that the series sees a resurgence of interest and support, through not only previous fans, but new generations as well.

Barbara and I will be on hand for her first A Special Kind of Courage book signing this coming weekend in Ocala at United Hay Sales from 12noon until around 3:30pm. More about that next!

In the saddle,


Putting the finishing touches on book six in the Bonnie Books series, A Special Kind of Courage. The original five books were released in the 70s and were very well received, selling an average of over 200,000 copies each. Released as a box set in 1975, you can still find a few copies on eBay.

Once Courage is up, we will start working on re-releasing the original five books.

This is the OFFICIAL site approved by the author.

We will be keeping you posted along the way and you can get involved by checking out our Contact page for links to Barbara’s social networks.

Back in the saddle again,
Ria & Barbara