02 Dec

Cover Refresh

I’ve been designing more covers lately than writing, during which I stumbled across a shinier piece of stock art I could use for WCAD.

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The ebook is working through the system as I post. Paperback refresh coming soon.

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Nothing inside is changing, but if you want the new cover on your Kindle, you can contact Kindle customer service and ask that they push you the most recent version.

13 Nov

Someone Asked: What and when?

Several people have whipped through 10KH already and asked something along the following lines.

Q: What’s the next book about, and when can we expect it?

A: As to what, I don’t talk about works in progress for a multitude of reasons, but I’ll give you a visual hint.

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Yeah, the cover is done already, whereas I have only a notebook full of notes, an outline, and chapter one of the actual story. It becomes increasingly obvious the production process isn’t going to happen the same way twice, which makes prognostication all the more difficult.

Pursuant to the aforementioned, I can’t tell you when the book will be finished, either, but not soon. Nothing good happens when I rush. Not gonna do it. Probably not later than November 1, 2017 (a year after the last book), but probably not that far off because I’ve scaled back on non-writing work.

On the other hand, shit happens (such as the KU debacle that necessitates scribbling a lot of porn and designing a few covers in a hurry to supplement my income), so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you sign up for the new-release newsletter, you’ll never have to wonder when again. I will send you all the details on release day. (Here is an example of what you will receive.) (I swear on my hardback of The Gunslinger, you will receive nothing else from me because I hate an inbox full of useless crap at least as much as you do, and that is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me ka.)

If you prefer, you can “follow” me on my Amazon author page (click the button under the RB), and Amazon will send you an email when/if a preorder becomes available and when a new book is released (more like 5 to 10 days after in each case, but who’s in a hurry?). I have no control over what they do, but I follow myself, and so far they’ve sent me only those two emails, so I cautiously endorse that method of being updated.

I think if you follow me on Goodreads, they’ll also notify you about a new book, but I can’t follow myself there, so I don’t know how well that works. Same for Bookbub, including the “no idea how or how well it actually works” part.

The only other things I can tell you without triggering my “THOU SHALL NOT PASS” protective instincts are that the book is definitely not part of a series; it is definitely not titled Beautiful Bastard (my nickname for the individual who inspired the male protagonist) because being able to advertise is nice; nor is it titled Between the Sheets (which was briefly perfect because it nods at both beds and musical composition) because a belated search revealed that’s already the title of 31,078 romance novels and, while nobody can call dibs on a title, it is ungood to end up on page 47 of the search results because you couldn’t be a little more original at the naming stage.

That concludes this lengthy yet uninformative “answer.” If you’d like to watch me evade and obfuscate some more, drop your questions below. (If they’re about the past rather than the future, I’ll try to be more forthcoming.)

06 Nov

Unicorn Review: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

I very rarely do this (it’s like a unicorn sighting, hence the title of the post) because I very rarely finish a book feeling impressed, but here we are. I’ll put some maybe not for you ifs at the end because Differences, but I have nothing negative to say about this book.

Oh, and it’s $1.99 for Kindle right now, so, you know, minimal investment risk.

I have no relationship with this author, I purchased this book with my own money, and I am not compensated for this review in any way unless you click the link and buy it, which is not my motivation or I’d be telling you a book was amazeballs twice a day instead of once upon a never.

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03 Oct

Ten Thousand Hours Q&A

I’m not going to do a walkthrough for 10KH because I was substantially less cowardly while writing it and don’t have guilt driving me to explain every word I wrote (or didn’t).

I have gotten some questions (okay, one so far), though, so for the sake of having something to call blog content, I’ll presume the answers are of general interest and share them here.

Q: The sample I read is all in Ivy’s point of view. Is the whole book like that?

A: No.

WCAD had a fairly strict alternating POV because it made sense chronologically for that story. I’m not a slave to that as a formula, though.

Part 1 of 10KH is all in Ivy’s POV because it’s a story unto itself (character has a problem, struggles with that problem, and arrives at a resolution, The End). That story belongs to Ivy. Griff doesn’t share her problem. He’s a tool she uses to help get to her resolution. He has no stake in the outcome of that story, so he doesn’t get POV privileges in Part 1.

Part 2 is the Official Romance Novel, and you get Griff’s POV first thing. According to my admittedly imprecise count, he gets 34 scenes. Ivy gets 48 (in Part 2) because she’s dealing with greater degrees of conflict, and although there’s a point where Griff is willing to make her problems his, there are some demons she has to fight alone. (Figuratively speaking. There’s no demon battle in this book.)

You do get to peek into Griff’s head, but he has it too easy to steal half the scenes.


If you have any other questions, please stick them in the comments. I’ll give you short answers there. Longer answers will help me out with post topics.

01 Oct

It’s a book!

I know, I know. Ebooks are real books.

It still feels different to hold your physical book in your hands, so I’m going to show you pictures like I just had a baby.

Look at its cute little wraparound cover!

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And its adorable graphic title page!

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Aww, it has its mama’s internal images for Part 1 and Part 2!

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(Pretty little unnecessary things I can’t do in the ebook without increasing my delivery charge to the point of unprofitability.)

And my customary gestational timeline.

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To think, this time last year, it was just a twinkle in a notecard’s eye.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to shove it in a box and get busy making the next one.

18 Sep

Excerpt: Ten Thousand Hours (Part 5)

Ten Thousand HoursThe following is the fifth and final excerpt from Ten Thousand Hours © 2016 by Ren Benton.

The excerpts posted here will be part one of the book (Tick), which encompasses the whole one-night stand and is told entirely from Ivy’s point of view because this part is predominantly her story. In part two (Tock — also known as the novel proper), which is about what happens when one night isn’t enough, you’ll hear from Griff, as well.

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11 Sep

Excerpt: Ten Thousand Hours (Part 4)

Ten Thousand HoursThe following is the fourth excerpt from Ten Thousand Hours © 2016 by Ren Benton.

The excerpts posted here will be part one of the book (Tick), which encompasses the whole one-night stand and is told entirely from Ivy’s point of view because this part is predominantly her story. In part two (Tock — also known as the novel proper), which is about what happens when one night isn’t enough, you’ll hear from Griff, as well.

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