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February 22, 2012

In this Keyhole Conversations video, Bonnie Tharp reads a favorite scene from her novel, “Feisty Family Values” that centers around a three-legged cat. Her book, available as a hardback or e-book, can be found at   View the video below to listen.

Read below for Bonnie’s research secrets on “Feisty Family Values” and some facts that may surprise you.

Fun Facts relating to Feisty Women & Families:

  • Coffee is a great communication stimulator (not to mention a physical one.)
  • There are 38 million women Baby Boomers in the US (count me in!)
  • Seventy-five percent of US families are categorized as Non-Traditional (the key word here is “families”, regardless of the form they take, they are a unit of people loving and supporting one another, and that is GOOD.)
  • Food & talk unites and strengthens families at meal time (Yes!).
  • 2.4 Million Grandparents have responsibility for grandchildren (G-parents ROCK!)
  • Pets improve family health. More than half the US households have a pet in the family. (Let’s hear a YAY for our critters!)
  • Reading is a great stress reliever (Oh, yes.)
  • More than 80% of women in the US experience a 5year+ survival rate from breast cancer. (Awesome News)
  • There are 6 million cases of elder abuse each year. (This has to stop!)
  • Thirty percent of abused and neglected children will later continue the cycle. (Break the cycle, NOW!)

If you’re wondering what all this has to do with FEISTY FAMILY VALUES then pick up a copy and enjoy the ride.


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January 20, 2012

Keyhole Conversations is proud to present the art of award-winning author, Bonnie Tharp. As you view the slides below, consider the feelings her paintings evoke and how her selection of subject matter, use of color and brush strokes, and movement within the composition capture a love of family and an artist steeped in tradition and enduring values.

In her writing, Bonnie Tharp evokes strong images with words, layering the scenes in her novel like the layers of paint she applies to her art work. It is easy to understand how this writer won the 2011 coveted Coffin award for her novel, Feisty Family Values.

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Bonnie has selected a few of her personal pieces to show today, which includes pen and ink sketches and oil paintings.

When asked how she was drawn into art, here is what she had to say.

“I was drawn to art from a very young age. As a toddler I doodled on any flat surface, or margins of the newspaper, it didn’t matter. My grandmother pasted all my little drawings in a notebook and gave it to me when I was an adult. When I started grade school, I discovered I loved to sing and my voice wasn’t too bad. All through high school I sang in chorus and with our church choir. It was with that choir that we toured Europe singing in churches in Germany, France, Holland, and Austria.

“I tried playing guitar but never learned how really. I had a beautiful, but cheap guitar from Woolworth’s that had metal strings that made my fingers bleed, so I quit. Throughout all this time I never stopped drawing and painting. I often used art to express my feelings growing up. I was a writer, too, and kept a diary. BUT, that didn’t work out well, because I didn’t censor my writing and my stepsister was nosey. I didn’t get back into writing until after I graduated from high school and started college.”

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
                                                                                                  —Dolly Parton

A special thanks to Free Web Images for their clip art


November 9, 2011

Feeling a little feisty? Then you’ll enjoy our next exciting guest on Keyhole Conversations. Bonnie Tharp, author of “Feisty Family Values,” takes a crack at portraying her character, Tillie Dawson, gourmet chef and friend of Regina Morgan-Smith, who tries to cope with a houseful of feisty females. Take a peek at Keyhole Conversations newest YouTube video interview of this award-winning author.

If you look close at the turret window, you can see a ghostly shape reflected there. What’s the story about? Well, we’ve included a teaser, so read on.

Women’s Fiction

When Annabelle Hubbard appears on her cousin Regina’s doorstep covered in bruises, the chaos begins. Within an idyllic neighborhood of stolid, family values and century-old houses, the cousins come to grips with family secrets, the ghosts of painful memories, unruly grandchildren, a life-threatening illness, and sexual temptation. Riding through the storm in their lives, the two cousins find that faith, family, and friends are really all that matters. Rated five star. Read a sample here.  And view the video book review below.



            OCTOBER, 2011: Local author, B.D. Tharp won the 2011 Coffin Memorial Book Award for her novel Feisty Family Values at the Kansas Authors Club convention in Coffeyville. The J. Donald Coffin Award is intended to honor the best-published book written by a member of Kansas Authors Club and published within the two years prior. This makes the third award for Feisty Family Values, which was chosen as one of the 150 books that Kansans love in celebration of the state’s 150th birthday, as well as a finalist in the 2010 USA Book News Best Book awards.

A local writer for Active Aging and Womens Focus magazines, Tharp’s contemporary work of women’s fiction is a real, slice-of-life story with strong, yet vulnerable characters. Feisty’s three female protagonists are multi-faceted with a compelling story to tell that will have you laughing and crying as they discover the truth about what makes a poignant but feisty family.

A lifetime resident of Kansas, B.D. Tharp graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Women/Minority Studies and Fine Arts.  Former President of Kansas Writers Association, Tharp has published in the Sheridan Edwards Review, in the anthology A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind and approximately a hundred articles for various magazines and newsletters. She’s received awards on a state level for short stories, children’s picture books, and novels, and won an Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest for her play Feisty Fossils, based on her novel Feisty Family Values.

            A Five Star/Gale, Cengage Learning publication, Feisty Family Values (ISBN-13: 978-1-59414-849) can be purchased at any local bookstore, but is usually in stock at Watermark Books, Barnes & Noble, and Feisty Family Values is also available in e-book for Kindle and Nook. To read an excerpt, customer reviews, scheduled events, or learn more about B.D. Tharp and her writing, go to


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