29 Aug

Covers Refreshed

I’ve wanted a brighter cover for 10KH since about five minutes after publication. While I was changing that, I made some minor tweaks to WCAD to make the text less flat and help with brand consistency.

Someday maybe I’ll upgrade to mantitty, but I have a really hard time finding stock photos of men that don’t make me cringe (is there somewhere I can donate combs and razors for disadvantaged and unkempt models?), so for the time being, the not-to-market abstractions will continue.

09 May

May Sale

WE’RE OVERSTOCKED ON ALL CAPS, BOLDS, AND EXCLAMATION POINTS, SO WE’RE PRACTICALLY GIVING THEM AWAY!!!!!!!

I made a mistake, so the US-only Countdown Deal originally planned for May 9-15 and the UK-only Countdown Deal the following week are now one MEGA INTERNATIONAL 7-DAY WORLDWIDE SALE, MAY 9 THROUGH MAY 15, 2017!

In the US, a sleazier marketer than I might exploit the proximity to the Hallmark holiday by calling it a MEGA INTERNATIONAL 7-DAY EXTENDED PRE-MOTHER’S DAY WORLDWIDE SALE!

🌺 💝 📚 MOM! 📚 💝 🌺

This will be the first price drop on Ten Thousand Hours since the preorder/early adopter discount back in November, and EVERYBODY GETS THE DEAL!

US $0.99

Canada $0.99

Australia $0.99

UK £0.99

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain €0.99

Japan ¥99

India ₹99

Brazil $2.99

Mexico $17.99

And everywhere that is not one of those countries but has the ability to buy from one of those Amazon stores!

Lest you think I’m shafting our friends to the south, prices listed reflect the currency exchange on $0.99 USD rounded down to the nearest 99. When I say EVERYBODY GETS THE DEAL, I mean EVERYBODY GETS THE DEAL, even if it looks like SOMEBODY GETS GOUGED!

I’ve booked plenty of third-party promo to spread the word, but if anyone who read the book and liked it (or read it and has a scathing, GIF-laden review hilarious enough to drum up interest) would care to further boost the signal, below is a link that should localize to the appropriate Amazon store for any clicker worldwide (courtesy of BestAzon):

http://bit.ly/2oRDGxV

Copy and paste at will! Or visit the product page and grab your own affiliate-coded link if you’re into that sort of thing. No reason you shouldn’t pick up a few pennies, too!

MY LOSS IS YOUR BAR-GAIN! EVERY BOOK MUST GO, GO, GO! SUPPLIES ARE NOT LIMITED, BUT THE DURATION OF THE SALE IS, SO ACT TODAY OR AT LEAST NO LATER THAN MAY 15!

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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03 Sep

Excerpt: Ten Thousand Hours (Part 3)

Ten Thousand HoursThe following is the third 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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28 Aug

Excerpt: Ten Thousand Hours (Part 2)

Ten Thousand HoursThe following is the second 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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21 Aug

Excerpt: Ten Thousand Hours (Part 1)

Ten Thousand HoursThe following is the first 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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