Friday, May 15, 2015

As You May Have Noticed...

Things have been pretty quiet here on the old blog (old, yes, I've kept this going since 2007, I think). That's because writing demands have increased of late and I find myself interacting with readers on Facebook more. There's a whole big crowd of you there and I'm enjoying getting to know you.

So if you haven't yet, do connect with me on my Author Page at Facebook and Like the page for news on upcoming books, giveaways, audio editions, interviews, the occasional devotional thought and fun post and whatever else I get up to. 

I'm not saying I'll never blog again (and I will keep information on this website up to date), but for now I need to focus more of my time writing books for ya'll.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tuesday Chat... come join the fun!

Tomorrow (Tuesday 4/28) I'll be chatting with readers on the Transformational Fiction Fan group Facebook page. Got a question for me about my books, writing, 18th century history, or something else?

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Release Day!

The Wood's Edge has been released into the wilds today. Hope you can catch a copy. Blessings and Happy Reading! 

Available for purchase at your favorite bookstore or online:
Barnes & Noble

PS: if you'd like to sample the story before you purchase a copy, check out the link at the top of the side bar....

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A writing dream come true...

A writing dream of mine came true today. I got to hear a sample of my debut novel, Burning Sky, read by a Recorded Books reader. 

I've been a Recorded Books junkie for decades, so this was quite a surreal experience to know that's my book she's reading. 

Burning Sky is available for Audible Audio readers at Amazon. Hope you'll check it out.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Wood's Edge: Sneak Peek #7

I shared this sneak peek yesterday over on my Facebook Author Page (link in the sidebar) but was remiss in sharing it here. 

One day late, but here it is, the newest peek into my upcoming release The Wood's Edge. Will April 21 get here already? :)

Click photo for a full-sized view

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wood's Edge: Early Reviews

The Wood's Edge (releasing April 21) will be my third published book, yet seeing those first reviews popping up (from readers who received an ARC from my publisher or from me) is an experience as surreal (and fun!) as it was the first time. 

When a reviewer takes the time to respond to the themes of the books, or the choices characters make, or any other element of my books, it's a thrill and a privilege to view the story through their eyes and hearts. It's the closing of the circle I began when I first started tapping those computer keys and turning the pages of research books.

Here are few (non-spoiler) snippets from some of the early reviews I've seen: 

Questions arise in the story.  Does God punish us for our mistakes?  When is a mistake a sin?  Is there a sin that is unforgivable? Does God expect us to forgive someone who wronged us and altered the course of our life irrevocably?  What about forgiving one's self?  Is it possible?  What does God expect in terms of restitution for a wrong done to another?

Read this enthralling novel and find out answers that you might not have expected!

March 15 Review by Trudy Koeffler, on Blogging For Books

Not only beautiful but powerful, with resonance of redemption and reconciliation that moved me to tears several times and left me deeply moved and, I hope, changed for the better.

If you have to choose only a few novels to read this year, let The Wood's Edge be one! 

February 25th review by Kiersti Plog, on Goodreads

I wanted to list my favorite characters, but that would turn into talking about most of the characters, so I’ll say this: Benton is able to tie in many lives and stories together without overwhelming the reader or having it be too much. It’s a wonderful tale of people’s decisions (both the good and bad), life happenings and consequences coming together – it’s messy, it’s beautiful, it’s life.

March 13 Review by Jamie, on Goodreads

I walked away with an awareness that our sin has ripples of consequences, and we never know the whole story behind someone’s sin (even in fiction). I also realized God’s forgiveness is only half of the healing process of repentance. There is also a need for honesty and restitution to those we’ve hurt in the process.

March 20 Review by Jessica White, at Stories that Shape the Soul

I appreciate all the thoughts being shared about The Wood's Edge. Thank you, early reviewers, for helping spread the word. 

Come on April 21!