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Friday, April 4, 2008

Hillary Obama Roadshow-Posted for Nikki Leigh's Ethnic Presidency Blog Blitz

There were also mixed signals if whether being a woman would help more than hurt Clinton even with women in a wide segment of America. In a Newsweek poll in July 2007, fewer voters said they would vote for a woman candidate for president than a black candidate. Hillary scored just as dismal when asked whether the country was ready for a female president. More said no to this question than said no for a black president. The gender reluctance by big chunks of voters was in part offset by the experience factor. Hillary scored big on this in the polls.

The Hillary distaste in part explained why in February 2007 Hollywood mogul David Geffen, a long time Clinton family cheerleader and campaign bankroller sucker punched Clinton with the knock that she would polarize voters. The implication was that she would be a disaster for the Democrats if she were to get the party presidential bid. Geffen rapped Clinton at the moment that he and some other Hollywood movie big shots pumped a reported cool million dollars into Obama’s campaign coffers.

At the same moment, a slew of conservative hit groups loudly announced they had sunk loads of cash into a pack of “stop Hillary” websites, muckraking pieces and scheduled attack ads on her. They vowed this was just the start of a freewheeling, no holds barred disinformation effort to sabotage her campaign.

For much more information about Earl Ofari Hutchinson and The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Affects the Race to the White House, visit his blog blitz homepage - To order your copy of the Ethnic Presidency, visit or

Thursday, April 3, 2008

How about a free book?

I'm giving away one free copy of Under Lock and Key, the second book in the Rona Shively series. Here's the catch, to enter, readers need to be able to answer the following four questions about the first book in the series, In the Wash:

1. What kind of car does Rona drive?

2. What does Rona's friend, Norm do for a living?

3. What is the name of the Mexican restaurant where Rona and Norm have dinner?

4. What are the names of Rona's two pet fish?

You've probably figured this out already, but you'll have to read In the Wash to find the answers. Send your answers to me at and I'll draw the winning entry on Sunday, April 20th! Good luck to you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Chuck Norris

I figured that by simply titling this blog, "Chuck Norris," lots of people would want to read it. Sorry, I have that crazy song running through my head these days and I can't seem to leave it alone. You know, the "You Can't Stop Chuck Norris," song. In case, you haven't had the pleasure, here's a link to it: Chuck Norris.

Lately I haven't gotten to do much writing. I've just been trying to keep my head on straight, dealing with morning sickness and my husband's knee injury. We're having one of those years already. It's bound to get better, so I'm trying to stay optimistic. Fortunately, I'm entering the second trimester of my pregnancy and the morning sickness has let up some. I'm actually starting to feel a little more energetic, too. This is good because I've got lots to do this summer to get ready for the new baby.

Aside from that, I've been doing lots of thinking about the third installment in the Rona Shively series. I've been thinking that I don't much like the direction I'm headed in and I'm most likely going to rewrite the entire thing. Something about it just isn't clicking for me. Although I hate to scrap what I have, I know I wouldn't be happy with the story going out as it is. So, I'm starting fresh and hopefully, I'll have something wonderful by the time it is all said and done.

For those of you who might be waiting for the next Rona Shively story, just bear with me. I promise to have a great story out by next year. Keep checking my blog and my website for information. I'll try to post updates over the next few months.

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

Reviews for Rebecca Benston

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

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“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,