Bonnie Leon

The Journey of Eleven Moons: Northern Lights Series

20th Anniversary Edition

(Historical Fiction)

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A successful walrus hunt means Anna and her beloved Kinauquak will soon be joined in marriage. But before they can seal their promise to one another, a tsunami wipes their tribe from the rugged shore … everyone except Anna and her little sister, Iya, who are left alone to face the Alaskan wilderness.

A stranger, a Civil-War veteran with golden hair and blue eyes, wanders the untamed Aleutian Islands. He offers help, but can Anna trust him or his God? And if she doesn’t, how will she and Iya survive?

 

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In the Land of the White Nights: Northern Lights Series

20th Anniversary Edition

(Historical Fiction)

“… First published in the 1990s … has been revised and updated to reflect current trends … the second in the Northern Lights series … is a beautifully written book including descriptive details of Alaska in the 1860s without overwhelming the plot … Bonnie Leon is a talented author who has brought back to life one of her best series and improved upon it.”
~4 Stars, RT Book Reviews

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The lure of the nineteenth-century gold rush calls to Erik, a civil-war veteran. He and Anna, his Aleutian bride, set sail for a new life together in Sitka.

Anna stands strong against the adversities of the new land with its unfamiliar culture and fearsome challenges. She fights the prejudice of others, while growing her newfound faith in the white man’s God.

When forced to move farther north and begin again, Anna refuses to give up, allowing nothing to stand in the way of her family’s happiness. They discover joy as well as heartache in the Alaskan wilderness. But will Erik’s love of gold put all they’ve worked so hard for in jeopardy?

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Return to the Misty Shore: Northern Lights Series

20th Anniversary Edition

(Historical Fiction)

Return to the Misty Shore is a beautiful read with well-defined characters who are sweet, caring and are wondering if there is more to life outside their comfort zones. The descriptions of the landscape are incredible, and one can experience both the emotions and sounds of the area. Leon is a talented author and did an awesome job updating her beloved Nothern Lights series.”

~4 Stars, RT Book Reviews

In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. Against her parents’ wishes, she elopes, believing love will be enough to bridge the gap between the civilized world of Juneau and the primitive culture of Nicholas’s small village. After all, before Luba was born, her mother lived on a wild Alaskan island until she was forced to leave when a tsunami destroyed her people. But from the moment Luba arrives at Nicholas’s home, she struggles to adapt and learn the village ways.

Will the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship?

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To Dance with Dolphins

(Contemporary Fiction)

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Nominated for the 2015 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Inspirational Novel, and the long list of the INSPY Awards for Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense.

 

“Chronic illness and invisible disabilities are rarely addressed, though prevalent in society. These illnesses can often steal one’s dreams, but Leon’s characters remind the reader that God’s plans make it possible to cope with daily battles and still live life to the fullest. The author’s personal experiences are evident in the accuracy of details.”
–RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars, Top Pick

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Twenty-two-year-old Claire Murray has suffered from a mysterious disease for years. Her social circle has shrunk to a small support group for people with chronic illness and disability. But what if life could be about more than doctors, pain, and medications?

Claire and three others—old-grouch Tom, hippy-holdout Willow, and moody Taylor—hatch plans for a cross-country trip to swim with the dolphins in Florida.Only a day into the trip, they unexpectedly need help. And who happens to be hitchhiking along the highway but a young, good-looking loner named Sean Sullivan? However, the last thing he wants is to be harnessed to a bunch of ailing travelers.

Though the journey proves difficult, following God’s plan might be even harder. Will they find the courage to follow their dreams and dare to live again?

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“Deeply felt and courageously expressed, Leon explores the difficult intersection of faith and pain in her adventurous first foray into contemporary fiction.”
—HILLARY MANTON LODGE, Author of the INSPY-Nominated A Table by the Window

“This unusual mix of people discover true courage and friendship as they travel cross-country together. Their growing relationships will tug a few tears, and leave you thinking twice about what steals contentment and keeps you from following your dreams. Poignant, funny, and inspiring, To Dance with Dolphins is a beautifully authentic tale of trial and triumph from a master storyteller. I loved this story and highly recommend it!”
—CAMILLE EIDE, Author of Like There’s No Tomorrow and Like a Love Song

To Dance with Dolphins is a heart-warming story filled with adventure, faith, and friendships. Bonnie Leon’s powerful writing transports readers on a cross-country journey—both over the highways and into her characters’ hearts. Highly recommended!”
—ANN SHOREY, Author of the Sisters at Heart Series

“Bonnie Leon has crafted an engaging tale of bravery, adventure, and friendship. Readers will root for these unlikely travelers as they trek across the USA, finding strength to overcome their circumstances, and become the heroes of their own stories.”
–Cathy Elliott, Author of A Stitch in Crime

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Storytelling has always been an integral part of Bonnie Leon’s life. From childhood, she cherished the legends and family history handed down through her Aleut ancestors.

Throughout the ensuing years, Bonnie dabbled at writing but didn’t seriously consider becoming a professional author. Instead, as a young woman, she happily stepped into the full-time profession of homemaker and mother. Pollywog hunting, finger-painting, blackberry picking, and creating fun messes in the kitchen with her children are some of her most precious and irreplaceable memories.

When her youngest child was nine years old, Bonnie decided it was time to return to the working world. She took a position in her hometown, working with the elderly and handicapped.

Then on June 11, 1991, her world was shattered when a logging truck hit the van she was driving. The accident left her unable to work, and after months of rehabilitation she was told by physicians that she would never return to a normal life. Facing a daunting fight to reclaim her life and feeling as if she had nothing to offer the world, she asked God to give her something to do that mattered.

His answer came when she received a scholarship to attend the Oregon Christian Writer’s Summer Conference. That conference ignited Bonnie’s passion for literature and for writing, and she has been writing ever since.

Two of her series, The Sydney Cove Series and The Queensland Chronicles, published by Revell, were published in Dutch-language editions by Ultgeverij De Banier bv, an organization based in The Netherlands. Her books are truly being read across the globe!

And with each book she writes, her love for the craft and the challenges of writing grows. “The learning never ends,” she says, “But I relish the challenge of becoming a writer known for quality storytelling.”

In addition to her work as a writer, Bonnie has a passion for teaching of all kinds, especially on the art and intricacies of storytelling. She teaches at conferences and workshops and says, “There’s nothing more thrilling than to see a student’s eyes light up with understanding as she grasps the concepts of the writing craft and begins to believe she can tell stories someone else will want to read.”

Bonnie is also a regular speaker at women’s church groups, writing groups, and business organizations. For more information on Bonnie’s speaking topics and schedule, please visit her personal website.