Frayed is live!! Day 8 of Eight Days of Frayed.

Weekend Reads! #Win ALL the ebooks! Days 5 & 6 of 8 Days of Frayed.

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What a teaser! Day 4 of 8 Days of Frayed.

Found is #Free ! Day 3 of 8 Days of Frayed.

Ready to Run! Day 2 of 8 Days of Frayed.

Welcome to day 2 of 8 Days of Frayed!

Today I have some great prizes to give away. I’ve got an Aurora Sky “Bite Me” backpack from author Nikki Jefford, a signed paperback of Collide by Christine Fonseca, and an Orla Kiely glass water bottle (the Penny future is now!) with a bamboo lid up for grabs. Everything a person needs to run away and hide for a few hours!

Here’s a pic of the water bottle. I’m kind of obsessed. :)


And now you know what the closet in my office looks like. Ha! That’s totally the prettiest part – the rest of it is covered in Post-it notes, calendars on the wrong month, children’s art projects, and chewed-on pens.

Oh! Here’s the contest:
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Eight Days of Frayed begins today ~ #Contests, #Giveaways, and #Free books galore!

To celebrate Frayed coming out on December 8th, I decided to do eight days of contests, giveaways, and freebies. Today, I’m gonna take you all the way back to the beginning of the Retroact Saga (Zellie Wells trilogy + Penny Black trilogy) and give you an awesome deal on the ebook of the Zellie Wells trilogy.



Right now it is only 99 cents! That’s 7 bucks off, yo. Click here to purchase it on Amazon. Today is the last day to get it at this amazing price!

Already have the ebook? How about a signed paperback copy of the Zellie Wells trilogy and Found (Penny Black #1)! My lovely friends at Bookli are running a Rafflecopter giveaway.

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After you enter to win the signed paperbacks, make sure to sign up for a Bookli subscription if you haven’t already!




Want to get Frayed the instant it comes out? Pre-order it now on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.


Check back tomorrow for more Frayed fun!

Zellie Wells trilogy is 99 cents for a very limited time!

The Kindle Countdown Deal for the Zellie Wells trilogy just went live! You can get Glimpse, Glimmer, and Glow together in one volume for only 99 pennies! It’s usually $7.99, so, y’know, YAY!



Peace and Goodwill from Lee Strauss!

 a Christmas novella
by Lee Strauss
So good to fall in love
So hard to say good bye


Peace & Goodwill

#4 in a connected book series

(no need to read the others to enjoy this)

Belle gets the best Christmas present ever, a man in uniform! Ian is a soldier home on leave. Neither of them have any idea how good it will feel to fall in love or how hard it will be to say good-bye. 
Anna is spending the holidays alone again with only her faithful dog Angel to keep her company. She can’t afford to pay the rent and her landlord is threatening to kick her out. At least she’s finished with her chemo treatments. She can be thankful for that. Plus, there’s Rhys, the handsome visitor with kind eyes. 

One fateful, cold and snowy night a chance encounter changes everything. Love is lost. Love is found. Life will never be the same. 

Early Buzz:

This is truly a stand alone novella. You don’t need to be familiar with any of the other stories in the series. It’s a quick, feel-good read which is perfect for Christmas! – Melanie, Amazon Reviewer

This one will tug at your heart strings. – Aimee Brown, Amazon Reviewer

You can trust me when I say that it is not lacking in the emotions. Oh no! They are there. Sweet and sad all rolled into this surprising little novella.

5 Pulls At Your Heart Stars! – Mandy @ireadindie – Amazon reviewer


Haven’t read the other books in the series? No problem!



Lee is giving away iBooks promo codes for Flesh & Bone and Heart & Soul (Sun & Moon is already free!) to everyone who asks for one in the comments! 

Yes, THERE IS A SONG! Listen to the featured original Christmas song HERE!




Do you NaNoWriMo?


I do. Well, I at least try to every November. I worked on Frayed last year – yeah, the Frayed that’s coming out in a month. :)

This year I’m going to be working on a new novel for a new pen name. (I haven’t decided if this one is going to be a secret or not.) It’s chick-lit, which is my first love, really. I didn’t get into paranormal/supernatural books until I started writing them. Ha! Gimme some Jennifer Weiner or Elinor Lipman any day! I thought I might be more successful if I was starting with all new everything, not even an outline, instead of trying to force myself to finish a book that I HAVE to finish. (Although, I swear that I’ve fallen in love with Penny again and am excited to work on Fearless in 2015 – along with My Remedy, the third Open Door Love Story.)

So, hey, if you NaNoWriMo, be my buddy (username: Stacey Wallace Benefiel) and let’s write a horrible disaster of a novel together.

FRAYED pre-order and the WIP Challenge

Frayed teaser 1

Pre-Order on Amazon!


WIP (Work In Process) Challenge

Author Chanda Hahn has challenged me to post the first sentences of the first THREE chapters of my WIP. Since I’m editing Frayed right now, that’s what you’re getting!

Chapter One


No one stops me. Elle doesn’t say, “Penny, it’s okay, I know you didn’t mean it.” She doesn’t grab for my arm and pull me to her in one of her smothering hugs, or even meet my eye as I run past her. My cousin Elle’s eyes aren’t on me until I’m at the stairwell, when they join everyone else in the dormitory hall at boring holes in the back of my head.

Chapter Two


I reach the intersection of Ocean Park and Lincoln Boulevard and come to a halt with one foot on the curb and one in the crosswalk. My feet back me up onto the sidewalk and force me to turn south down Lincoln.

Chapter Three


Kai is straight pissing me off and I want to knock him down on the sidewalk and kiss his mouth clean off his face. Bitch it up, Black. What the world needs now is less of your hormonal urges.


There ya go! A little alienation, a little Retro action, and a little Penny wanting to kill and make-out with a guy at the same time.