Bonnie Ramthun


Bonnie Ramthun lives in Erie, Colorado with her husband and children. Her novels for adults include Ground Zero, a thriller published by G.P. Putnam, Earthquake Games, a 2000 Colorado Book of the Year nominee, and The Thirteenth Skull. The White Gates, her middle grade mystery published by Random House in 2008, is a Junior Library Guild Premiere selection and was a finalist for the Missouri Truman Award. She is a former chapter president of Mystery Writers of America, a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and former war gamer for the Department of Defense.

There are two cherished compliments that Bonnie Ramthun has received for her writing.

A reader wanted to know if the childhood events that happened to Eileen Reed in Earthquake Games had actually happened to Bonnie as a child. She considers this a high compliment - she made a lonely Wyoming car crash and an abandoned child so real that her reader thought it actually happened.

The second compliment was when a reader wrote her a letter and praised The Thirteenth Skull, Bonnie's third Eileen Reed book. The reader loved the novel and hated the villain so much that she thought he should have died more slowly. Bonnie will never forget this compliment either, for it means that she created a character so evil and so hateful that the reader wanted him to die...harder.

Bonnie's favorite stories are the ones where ordinary people are placed in world-changing events. The people who live in her stories are fictional, but she tries to make them so real you want to have coffee with them. Or kill them.

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Blood Print
Series: Stone-Templeton, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Out of work ex-soldier Kyle Templeton is done being a hero. He's unemployed, hungry, and willing to take any job when an interview at an abandoned mall becomes a battle with deadly creatures. Are these things demons, aliens, or something else? Kyle and his fellow ex-soldier Tater Underwood must use every skill they have to fight the creatures and figure out the mystery of their origin.
The Thirteenth Skull
Series: Eileen Reed Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,360. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Detective Eileen Reed finds herself in a fight for her family’s life when a murdered archeologist and the Aztec crystal skull he excavated are found at her parent’s ranch near Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. In order to save her family from the hired killers who have targeted the ranch, she must unlock the secrets of the ancient crystal skull unearthed from the skeletal arms of an Aztec warrior.
Ground Zero
Series: Eileen Reed Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,510. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A suspicious murder leads two female detectives--one a local homicide cop, the other a CIA analyst--into a world of intrigue in this espionage thriller. The action leads from D.C. to Colorado Springs to the Middle East and the wilds of Russia and involves a terrorist who plans to deceive the U.S. and Russia into a nuclear war that will leave him emperor of a worldwide Islamic regime.

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  • The Mighty Peculiar Incident at Muddy Creek on Jan. 10, 2013

    This is a great little short story that's only going to take a few minutes to read, but it will tell you everything you need to know about the author, Ian Thomas Healey. Can he craft a gripping plot with interesting twists and turns? Check. Can he create memorable characters that live and breathe and are completely real? Check. Does this story leave you wishing it were longer, that you could stay in this world for more adventure? Check! Short stories, like a tasty little appetizer, let you know how good the author's novels are going to be. This western/sf short story was excellently plotted, well written, and just the right length because it left me hungry for more. Now it's time to go find more from Ian Thomas Healey.