Bonnie McCune credits her tenacity for the successes in her life, and A Saint Comes Stumbling In is proof. Since fifth grade, she has been determined to be a writer. This is her first published novel, but her interest in writing led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization and managed Denver's beautification program. Simultaneously, she’s been a free lance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. Her main interest now is fiction writing, and her pieces have won several awards. Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy.
For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. McCune lives in Denver, Colorado, where she’s been married to the same man forever, has two children and three grandchildren, and is working on a humorous novel about aging.
A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, sexist, corporate star at a business retreat in the Colorado mountains…
Years ago, Ramona (“Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving conman knocked her up. Now, at thirty-something, she’s concentrating on her career with a major telecommunications firm and funding college for her teenaged son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality in a guy Raye should avoid.
Thrown together at a corporate retreat in the wilderness, the reluctant duo struggles to complete management’s extreme mental and physical tests for a huge reward. But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister.
See-sawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple faces their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their differences to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.
“Never Retreat leads the reader into the wilderness of the heart as well as the Colorado Rockies where love surfaces between a man and woman destined for each other. Bonnie McCune dishes up a hard look at corporate America, the sometime struggle of Latino women, the meaning of family, and the ravages of nature in a breathtaking page-turner that will leave you exhausted but wanting more!” —Corinne Joy Brown, award-winning author of Hidden Star
“I cheered for these likable, relatable characters, dealing with realistic problems with a focus on friends, family, and fighting for what they believe in. Never Retreat is a real treat!” —Cindi Myers, author of The View from Here
“Never Retreat has an intriguing premise (a corporate retreat gone sideways), engaging characters (an alpha hero and a spunky heroine), and a wilderness rescue in the Rockies. A great vacation read for sure!” —Meg Benjamin, author of the Brewing Love Trilogy
“Never Retreat is a compelling story about a hard-working single mom who faces adversity head-on, learns from her mistakes, and perseveres. When a natural disaster thrusts her and her colleagues into a life or death struggle for survival, she realizes she must reassess her priorities for a chance at true love.” —Kim McMahill, author of Marked in Mexico
“A corporate retreat should be the last place where a single mother and an up-and-coming aggressive business manager would make a romantic connection, but Never Retreat demonstrates that high-stakes prizes and bonuses can attract disparate personalities from anywhere; especially when the big prize which only one can win results in a dangerous scenario where both might lose…Under less skilled hands the action might have wandered too far off-track, but McCune provides just the right blend of comic relief, interpersonal encounters, and outside environment changes to make her story a powerful blend of elements that moves readers along in logical and surprising progressions of plot. The elements of humor are a delightful surprise to what otherwise might be a serious story of love and growth…a conjoined, powerful story of changed managerial approaches to boardroom and bedroom alike. The real impact of the retreat, its underlying purposes, and the additional challenges introduced by Mother Nature wind up a powerful story fueled by two characters whose emotionally and professionally charged interactions will keep readers involved and guessing to the end.” —Diane Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Review
Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Maybe he can help her find a job. Maybe they can become friends, even share romance. Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. Joe’s consumed with challenges like the dismal local economy and an impetuous sister. Elaine butts heads with him at every turn in the rocky road. Is the problem her bungling attempts to help? Or does she remind him of a greedy, selfish ex-wife? Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire. Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory.
Headstrong. Rachel Kinsey fits the description perfectly. The divorced soccer mom may be ditzy and as sympathetic to losers as a charity, but she knows what she wants. A man completely different from her unreliable ex-husband and the outrageous characters she’s usually doomed to attract.
Enter Jim Landers, the ideal candidate. An accidental encounter introduces her to the tall, dark attorney who loves soccer and kids. The only problem? He’s not prepared for a ready-made family and a woman as comfortable as a beloved sweater rather than a beauty queen. A woman whose kindness, enthusiasm for life, and unguarded honesty may disturb a man who values order, perfection, and serenity. Jim turns to the flawless yet distant Donna as a substitute for Rachel.
She should show him how much he means to her, but rejection from an absent father and a capricious ex-husband may have ruined Rachel’s ability to connect to Jim Will she risk herself, her son and their future by revealing how much Jim means to her?
A touching, tender tale full of gentle humor, about thinking too much and feeling too little. Rachel must learn to be heart-strong in order to find her soul mate.
Can a rejected wife conquer self-doubt, trap a criminal, and win love? A patron saint might help...
Thirty-something Joan Nelson has more to contend with than a biological clock or an identity crisis. Despite her ardent belief in a conventional marriage, she finds herself deserted for a younger, slimmer woman. Lacking any skills or education, she's thrust unprepared into the nightmare challenge of making a living for the first time in her sheltered existence.
A job as a receptionist in a law firm is the first rung on the ladder to her independence. Yet the taste of success sours when Joan considers the emptiness of her personal life. How can she reconstruct her damaged life and heal her bruised ego? Ill-equipped for the singles scene, she embarks on a confusing, sometimes frightening, new lifestyle.
When Joan stumbles on a crime perpetuated by a charming cad, she must defy her boss, jeopardize her newly won stability, and reject her friends. Her namesake, Joan of Arc, provides a model of courage and insight. If she risks danger and uncertainty, will she discover that independence and adulthood can be both enjoyable and fulfilling? Does optimism beat pessimism? Who would have dreamed her final victory could solve a childhood puzzle while it brings her true love?