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? :)

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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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Wood's Edge: Sneak Peek #6

Happy St. Patrick's Day, which happens also to be Tuesday, which means it's time to share another sneak peek of The Wood's Edge. 

Five weeks and counting down to April 21!

Sneak Peek 6, a fateful encounter....
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Monday, March 16, 2015

I've joined Transformational Fiction

What is Transformational Fiction? 

"Transformational Fiction is fiction that deals with tough issues. It seeks to show how God's Truth transforms characters on their journey. And it invites the reader to journey with them."

Transformational Fiction is also a group of authors who write and promote this type of fiction.... and it's readers like you!

A List of #TransformFic Authors:

Nikki Arana, Lori Benton, Julie Cantrell, Lena Nelson Dooley, Terri Gellespie, Cathy Gohlke, Kathy Harris, J.M. Hochstetler, Lance LaCoax, Patti Lacy, Tamara Leigh, Julie Lessman, Kathi Macias, Deborah Picurelli, Catherine Richmond, Marlo Schalesky, MaryLu Tyndall, Dan Walsh, Jeanette Windle, Ginny Yttrup, Penny Zeller.

Connect with Transformational Fiction authors

We love to interact with readers and talk about these sorts of novels. How does that happen? Let me count the ways!

1. Visit the Transformational Fiction Facebook Page for book reviews, discussion, sales, ebook deals and news about fiction that tackles tough issues from a Christ-centered world view. Like us while you're there!

2. Request to join the Transformational Fiction Fan group. Here you'll get more of what you find on the page, book recommendations by the #TransformFic authors and other readers, more sales/promos for fiction, plus the chance for exclusive Tuesday Chats with #TransformFic authors.
Note: My first chat is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th, a week after The Wood's Edge releases. I'll be available to answer questions about the book, or the writing life, or anything else you feel like asking. It's not a live chat, but an all day event you can participate in as you have opportunity. Hope to see you there!

3. Check out Here you'll find a full list of authors and their latest releases.

4. Sign up for the Transformational Fiction Newsletter. It's mailed quarterly, and will keep you up to date on all new releases and news about the #TransformFic authors and their novels, as well as book sales and freebies.

And there you have it. I'm excited and honored to have been invited to join this group of authors dedicated to bringing you fiction that is both grounded in reality and the struggles life throws our way, and rooted in the redemptive power of Christ's love and grace. 

Let's talk books!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Wood's Edge: Sneak Peek #5

Every Tuesday prior to the release day (April 21) I'm sharing a sneak peek into The Wood's Edge

Though "The Wood's Edge" means many things in this novel, there is a literal edge of the woods to be explored...

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