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Friday, May 9, 2008

Don't forget...

I'll be out at the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, OH tomorrow, Saturday, May 10th looking for people who want "Rona Bucks." If you're not careful, you could be handed a $5 Rona Bucks Gift Certificate!

For anyone who spends one of my Rona Bucks certificates at the website, I'll automatically enter you into a drawing to win a free copy of the newest Rona Shively book, Keeping the Faith! It will be out by the end of the year!

Good luck and I hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

An Old Chunk of Coal?

Over the next several weeks, I will be blogging about coal mines and how they appear in some of the popular fiction of today. My grandmother lived in coal country and even worked in the coal mines for a time and I have always been fascinated by this. I'll be posting several different pieces of my research here for your reading pleasure.

Stay tuned...

Monday, May 5, 2008


Yes, I'm nuts. I'm probably not the only person in the world whose metabolism kicks in just enough to make me hungrier. Though sometimes, it feels that way. I used to overeat because I was bored or frustrated. Now, I'm just frigging hungry all of the time. On the plus side of things, I have been walking every day and I've even started doing more stuff outside since learning that I had miscarried. I made a promise to myself to try and get into better shape...if only I could stop eating these damned fudge bars. It's not like a box a day habit or anything, but it certainly doesn't seem like the right thing to reach for when you're trying to lose a few pounds.

In any case, I'm struggling to get my brain back in gear and part of that means that you might be subjected to a little weirdness here on the blog. Pardon my lack of's a fudge bar haze.

Currently, I'm working on that ever-absconding third Rona Shively book. It just keeps getting away from me. I have edited and re-edited and I decided after the third round of editing that I really hated what I had written. In essence, I started over, but I'm still stuck. Not sure what I'm waiting for, but I guess I'll figure it out sooner or later. It's something akin to losing one's mojo. Perhaps.

Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer or two, and whatever other things people do for people who need a little good luck to come their way. Any day now, something wonderful has to happen. ;)

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.”

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,