“Pelican Key”, Sequel to “Rainbow’s End”

June 30, 2015

We are busy working on “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”. Joanie & Roz are busy as ever with Blossom, Joe, Burton, McGhee and Ida and helping a dear friend who is in big trouble. Stay tuned for updates!

January 7, 2015

We have started the New Year Right! “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”, is in the works. Your favorite residents from Rainbow’s End will be there and we will introduce you to a few new ones. Joanie and Roz are still front and center keeping up with all the goings on in Rainbow, dinners in Key West, and planning a cruise with their friends Silvia and Judy.  Burton, their favorite neighbor, may have a new love in his life and quite the uproar going on.  Stay posted for more news about “Pelican Key”.

 

Happy New Year from,

JB Bonds

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How “Rainbow’s End” Began by JB Bonds

Who is JB Bonds? For those of you who do not know us personally, I thought I would tell you a little about JB Bonds how “Rainbow’s End” began.

The “J” in JB Bonds, is Emily Jane Bonds McCoy and the “B” is Brenda Sue Bonds Rowell. Two sisters who grew up the valley of Roanoke, VA. We both married our high school sweethearts. We both worked as secretaries until we became stay at home moms. We both were very fortunate that our husbands had great careers that could support a single income family. We moved around the East cost with our husbands careers. Jane has a son and daughter and I have two daughters and a granddaughter.

We have always been very close sisters and have become best friends. We have always kept in touch with each other and our husbands are like brothers to each other. We have enjoyed many family vacations together and since we became empty nester’s, the four of us have gone on some great vacations together.

It was on one of these trips that the idea of our book, “Rainbow’s End” was born. The four of us went to Cudjoe Key, Fl, which is 23 miles North of Key West, Fl. We stayed at a retirement community called Venture Out. We rented a two bedroom home for a week in February 2012.

Jane and I were in the pool while our husbands were enjoying a cigar in lounge chairs. As Jane and I were doing our own version of Aqua Aerobics, I said “This place would make a great setting for a sitcom.” We started coming up with characters that would live there and their descriptions. We were having a ball visualizing these people.  Then one of us said, “It should be a book first!”. The main characters would be two sisters in their 70’s that were widows. So, sadly our husband had to die in the book before it even got started. We vowed when we left that we would start writing it.

When we got home, we each typed up story lines and emailed them back and forth to each other. There is a home down the street from me with a sign “Rainbow’s End” at their mailbox. I always loved that name and suggested our community be called “Rainbow’s End”. Then we had to figure out how we would put the authors name. Jane McCoy and Brenda Rowell? Jane and Brenda? Then we came up with JB Bonds. It just seemed perfect!

We started thinking about all the funny things that had happened to Jane and I when we went on “girls trips” thru the years and decided they would make great stories in our book. Of course, we changed the names to protect the innocent.

Jane typed up all the story lines into a story and emailed them to me. I would edit and add a few ideas and before we knew it, “Rainbow’s End” was completed. One of my friends knew we were writing a book and suggested we go to the South Carolina Writers Workshop in Myrtle Beach in Oct. of 2012. It just so happened that My husband, Chuck and I own a condo in Myrtle Beach and we were going to be there in Oct. Jane and her husband, Jim came to spend a week so Jane and I could go to the Workshop.

Going to the South Carolina Writers Workshop was the best thing we ever did. We signed up for all the sessions we thought sounded interesting for the two days. We met Authors, Publishers, Editors, and Website Designers. We learned so much it was well worth every penny it cost. We found our website Designer, Shari Stauch with Writers Win and Editor, Toni Rakestraw. Once we got home we started searching for artwork of Key West, Fl and found “April on Retro Canal” by Frank Strasser. It was perfect! Jane found someone to design the book cover and we were ready to go. Our editor uploaded “Rainbow’s End” on Kindle and Amazon Paperback for us in Oct. of 2013.

I am now doing eight, one hour conference calls with Shari with Writers Win on Social Media Marketing. Both Jane and I love the process of writing our book and are on the sequel to “Rainbow’s End” called “Pelican Key”. We never in a million years would ever dream that we would have written and self published a book at ages 63 and 65.

Brenda Bonds Rowell (The “B” in JB Bonds)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

I’ve always known laughter can change the atmosphere of a room.  It can bring groups together who don’t know each other.  It can relieve stress, gloomy feelings, and tenseness.  One of the most endearing things you can hear is an infant laughing with abandon.  There’s no way you can keep yourself from laughing along with the baby.  It’s infectious.  But it seems as we get a little older, we are told by our parents and teachers that laughter needs to be toned down, it’s disruptive, and to not draw attention to ourselves.  Why?  I can understand that laughter can be out of place at times, and can offend if directed as some kind of effort to make a situation seem less serious than it should be.  However, I have been to several funerals of very close friends and family, and laughter among those grieving when talking about the deceased and recalling a favorite memory, is a healing release of sorrow…..maybe not during the service, but certainly when everyone is gathered together around a potluck.  I’ve also always heard that laughing in church is a no-no.  Sure, you don’t want to hee-haw or disrupt the service for everyone present, but there are times that some laughter can bring the congregation together.Laugh often, and try to find the brighter side to everything in your life.  As we get older this is even more important.  You will find if you have a smile on your face, and a quick easy laugh, your day will go by so much better. We hope you get a little laugh out of our book, “Rainbow’s End”.

The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter

Humor & Laughter: Health Benefits & Online Sources

“Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”

Read more at Healthguide.org