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Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Life and Times of Rona Shively
<-----Fiesty, Fearless and Fabulous----->
Vol. 1, Iss. 1 September 8, 2007

In this issue...
What's new!
Upcoming Events
Fun Facts
What's new!

Under Lock and Key: The Rona Shively Stories was released in July and so far, it's getting great reviews! says of Rona, "Rona Shively is a delightful character. I loved her off-beat, quirky personality and her outstanding sense of humor." gives praise, "Recommended as a fun read that will satisfy any mystery fan." I'm excited to hear so many good things about the book so soon! I hope you will share your comments with me as well!
I'm currently working on the third book in the Rona Shively series. Rona will be facing many challenges in the next story. Her father is very sick, her ever-lacking faith is in question and to top it all off, her biological clock has finally started to tick. In the midst of all of this, a new romance may be on the horizon as Rona begins to take herself and her job more seriously. Faced with a case that seems hopeless, she musters up the courage to do the unthinkable in order to clear her client's name. You won't want to miss this! I'm in the midst of a great debate with myself over three different titles and without giving too much away, I'd like to check in with the readers on this. Based on my description of the story, would you go with faith, judgment, or grit for the title? Weigh in by e-mailing me at! I can't wait to hear your suggestions.
Don't forget to visit my blog at From time to time, I post contest announcements, news and other items on there. Stop by when you can!
50 States by 2008-I'm hoping to get the Rona Shively Stories into libraries and bookstores in every state by this time next year. Please tell your friends to request my books from their local libraries! Let's get Rona on the shelves!
Fall Reader Appreciation Contest-Got Rona Shively? All you need to do to enter is send a picture of yourself holding a copy of either In the Wash or Under Lock and Key to my e-mail address at The winner will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card and a great Rona Shively T-Shirt! That's a pretty nice prize package for simply showing some love! Enter today! Deadline is October 30th!

Upcoming Events

Right now I'm taking a break from what has been a very uplifting book tour! I have met so many wonderful people and look forward to meeting many more! My next scheduled book signing will be on December 8th at the Waldenbooks in Columbus, OH's Polaris Mall. More details will be available on my website as the date approaches.

Thank you to all who have come out and shown your support for the books!
Fun Facts

In every issue of this newsletter, I'm going to include some bit of trivia about Rona Shively and/or some of the characters in her book. Pay attention to these tidbits because they will be on the test later! Actually, a few months down the line, I'll be giving away a big prize to the person who can plug the correct answers into a Pop Quiz!

This month's tidbit-Rona Shively was born in Mt. Calvary Baptist Hospital in Clarkston, Ohio. This hospital is the same hospital where she will be visiting her ailing father in the third book in the Rona Shively series.


As always, I appreciate your support and hope you will continue to enjoy the Rona Shively Stories!

Until next time...

Rebecca Benston

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A Little Bit of Mystery: Short Mysteries to Confuse and Amuse

Where I've Been...

Listen to my interview on the Jeffery S. Miller show.

Listen to my interview on Calling All Authors.

Listen to my interview on the Let's Just Talk w/Kathryn Raaker.

Listen to my interview on Radio Free Baxter.

Where I'll Be...

After a short break in the summer, I'll be at the following locations:

8/11/09 Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI 6:30 p.m.

Looking for something entertaining for your library or bookstore patrons? Looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours? Do you love mysteries? Then you need to schedule a Tea & Mystery event for your library or bookstore! The fee is minimal and the presentation is fun and informative! Attendees will be given the chance to win great prizes and share their thoughts about the mystery genre and their favorite mystery writers!

E-mail me today at for details on how to set up your Tea & Mystery event!

Books by Rebecca Benston

Reviews for Rebecca Benston

“You'll find yourself looking forward to more stories from the files of Rona Shively.”

Michelle Shealy, Reviewer for


“Rebecca Benston has written a detective with plenty of suspense…I hope there will be a sequel…”

Annick, Reviewer for Euro-Reviews


“The story is good, the plotting great. Rebecca Benston draws you into the story from the first page. Read the book.”

Lucille P. Robinson, An Alternative Read


“Rebecca Benston’s twists, turns, and descriptions are utterly engaging.”

Tracy, Fallen Angel Reviews


“In The Wash is like a 1930’s film noir detective story that had a modern, edgy twist and a female lead.”

Janet Davies, Once Upon a Romance Reviews


“Under Lock and Key is an enjoyable, fun book! Rona Shively is a delightful character. I loved her off-beat, quirky personality and her outstanding sense of humor.”

Connie Harris,


“Talented author Rebecca Benston shows the reader just how complicated life can get suddenly and how people you thought you knew, aren't who you thought they were.”

Anne K. Edwards,