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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Third time's a charm

At least that's what I'm hoping. I'm about a third of the way through writing the third installment in the Rona Shively series. That's alot of three's. It is not without some amusement that I recognize now how my birth number "3" and my date of birth, 8/3, and my daughter's age (3) and so on and so forth all tie into this weird vibe I'm getting as I write. I am a believer in signs and fate and all that good stuff. So, for me, the symbolism being played out by the number "3" is a motivator. It led me to this...

Monday, September 17, 2007

No Regrets...

I see surveys on MySpace all of the time asking questions like, "What are you wearing today?" or "What's your favorite food?" Today, I actually saw something on there that made me think. Generally, I don't do regrets. I'm not the type of person who sits and thinks about what I should have done. I take all of my mistakes as indicators of effort and of lessons in how I should approach the issue the next time around. This question, however, made me think back to a time in my life that was a little difficult to recall. The question was "If you could relive one day in your life, what day would it be and why?" This one was difficult for me because there is actually one day in my life when a decision I made was rather pivotal. I'm not really able to discuss the particulars here, but I got to thinking about all of the ripple effects from that one set of decisions and it was a little depressing.

For a moment, I felt bad. I started thinking about missed opportunities and the things I put myself through as a result of that one decision. But then I remembered that everything I have done has led up to this moment. If I had taken a different path, I might not have ended up here with a husband and daughter whom I could not live without. I might not have ended up here, talking to you about the things that I find interesting. I might not have ever finished writing one book, much less two and I certainly might not have finished college. I hadn't realized that so many "mistakes" could bring you to a place where you are content. My point is this: Don't waste your time with regrets. They only serve to make you discount the achievements you have had in your life. Regrets do not allow you to understand the moves you have made, they only serve to blind you to your strengths. Don't look back on what you have or haven't done with regret. Look forward to what you can do with a sense of hope.

Until next time...

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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