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Vanak, Bonnie (Blair Valentine)

Vanak, Bonnie (Blair Valentine)


Married; husband's name Frank. Education: Graduated from the University of Florida.


Home—Deerfield Beach, FL. E-mail[email protected]


Writer. Worked variously as a journalist and as a writer for an international charity.


The Falcon & the Dove, Leisure Books (New York, NY), 2002.

The Tiger & the Tomb, Dorchester (New York, NY), 2003.

The Cobra & the Concubine, Dorchester (New York, NY), 2005.

The Panther & the Pyramid, Leisure Books (New York, NY), 2006.

(Under the pseudonym Blair Valentine) Cinderella's Rebellion, (Akron, OH), 2006.

The Sword & the Sheath, Leisure Books (New York, NY), 2007.

Maintains a blog at


Bonnie Vanak is the author of numerous romance novels, her work falling into the subgenres of historical fiction—often set in Egypt—and paranormal romance. She began writing stories and poetry as a child, and went on to receive a degree in journalism at the University of Florida. Vanak worked for a number of years after graduation as a newspaper reporter before moving on to work for a major international charity as a writer. However, the travel to poverty-stricken countries and the suffering she witnessed on these trips eventually convinced Vanak that it was time to look for a more upbeat career. It was at that time that she began to write romance novels. In an interview on her home page, Vanak explains the appeal of romance: "I've always enjoyed reading romance novels as an escape.… My travels have taken me to Haiti, Nicaragua, and other poor countries. Writing romance novels provides a healthy balance to some of the horrible suffering I've witnessed." Vanak's Egyptian historical novels including The Tiger & the Tomb, in which Lady Katherine Kalila Smithfield sets out to prove that her father has been framed for the robbery of a local museum, and finds herself following the route on a stolen map to uncover a hidden tomb. John Charles, writing for Booklist, declared that the book "is perfect for readers who enjoy sizzlingly sensual historicals." Other volumes in the series include The Sword & the Sheath, The Panther & the Pyramid, and The Cobra & the Concubine. Reviewing the last of these for Booklist, Charles referred to Vanak's books as "vivid, lushly sensual historical romances."

Vanak told CA: "The most surprising thing I've learned as a writer is discovering my dark side. I've grown increasingly darker in my books and the characters I create. It makes them richer, more complex and three-dimensional. Forcing them to look deep inside themselves to overcome past or present traumas gives my characters depth and adds layers of emotion to the book. I can see my growth as a writer with each successive book, and how I've progressed from writing mainly plot-oriented fiction to character-driven books. It's been a fascinating journey, and I look forward to continuing to explore this new facet of my writing."



Booklist, November 1, 2003, John Charles, review of The Tiger & the Tomb, p. 485; May 1, 2005, John Charles, review of The Cobra & the Concubine, p. 1575; September 15, 2006, John Charles, review of The Panther & the Pyramid, p. 51; February 15, 2007, John Charles, review of The Sword & the Sheath, p. 43.


Best, (October 1, 2002), Cynthia Meidinger, "Ancient Lovers Born Again"; (August 22, 2006), Marilyn Rondeau, "Exciting Egyptian Adventure"; (July 16, 2007), author biography.

Bonnie Vanak Home Page, (July 16, 2007).

Bonnie Vanak MySpace Page, (July 16, 2007).

Fresh, (July 16, 2007), author biography.

Historical Romance Writers Web site, (July 16, 2007), author biography.

Romance Reader Web site, (July 16, 2007), Cathy Sova, interview with Bonnie Vanak.

Roundtable Reviews, (July 16, 2007), Sylvia Cochran, review of The Panther & the Pyramid.

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