Release — In the Driver’s Seat

I just had a new short story released, In the Driver’s Seat. 🙂


Brian is used to being in control in the bedroom, but somehow he’s found himself without anyone to play with. Then he runs into recently-returned — and surprisingly grown-up — Val, who he knew years before as a cute high-school kid. Val’s not a high-school kid anymore, though, and there’s an air about him that says he’s been around and has had a few lessons in the bedroom.
Brian’s eager to provide some advanced schooling, but his assumptions end up getting him into trouble. To his own surprise, he finds it’s a kind of trouble he’s not all that eager to escape.


Brian Stokes gave a rueful wave to his sometime fuck-buddy, Tom, who was being dragged out the door of the Banner Street Gym — and without even a chance to shower — by his new boyfriend, Alan or Alex or Aaron or something like that. Brian blew a kiss to Tom’s slightly hunched and retreating back, flipped the bird at the evil glare whatever-his-name was aiming at Brian over his shoulder, then stepped over to the desk with a pitiful sigh and started sorting through the box of member cards, looking for his own workout record.

Kelsie, the desk clerk, gave him a look of exaggerated pity, all puppy eyes and trembling lower lip, then dropped the act and giggled at him. “What’s the matter, Bri? Left dating your hand again?”

“I’ll have you know I never date my hand,” Brian replied with a sniff and an arched eyebrow. “I just fuck it occasionally and then roll over and go to sleep.”

“So you treat it just like everyone else, then,” said Kelsie.

Brian opened his eyes wide and pressed one hand to his chest in exaggerated pain. “Kelsie! What’d I ever do to you?”

“Nothing, unfortunately. I’d even go for one of your one-nighters,” she added, giving him an appreciative down-and-up look, “but you won’t even throw me that much of a bone.”

“Sorry, honey — incompatible equipment.” Brian leaned both elbows on the counter and gave her an apologetic smile. “If I swung that way, I promise you’re the first woman I’d grab.”

Kelsie managed to eyeroll and giggle simultaneously.

Contrary to popular opinion, Brian actually preferred having someone regular to tackle into bed. Not necessarily something as formal as a “lover” — he liked some variety occasionally and official lovers tended to think about relationships and monogamy and all that — but someone who liked to play the same games, someone he could get used to and who’d get used to him, to learn each other’s spots and tells and noises and expressions.

He and Tom had had that, the familiarity that comes with experience, when you’d had sex with the same person often enough that you just knew what they needed and how much was almost too much and what that little gasp meant. Tom had known everything about Brian, too, and they’d had a lot of good times together, even a few threesomes with some random hot guy they’d pick up at a bar for the night. It’d been great, just enough without being too much, at least in Brian’s opinion. Tom had disagreed, though, after twenty really awesome months. Or at least, what Brian had thought’d been really awesome.

Guess not.



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New Column


I have a new column up at Romancing the Blog. The question this time is about book awards — no matter what genre(s) you read, do awards influence your choices? Are you more likely to pick up a book which won an award, or try a new writer who’s an award-winner? Come on over and let us know what you think. 🙂



I just found out that “A Spirit of Vengeance” has made the EPPIE finals! I’m ridiculously happy — making the short list is a great honor and I can’t stop smiling. 😀

Congrats as well to my fellow Torquere author Tory Temple, who also made the finals for two of her books! Good luck, Tory!


New Release — Candy Courage

I just realized I never posted a link to my Halloween story. Torquere’s Halloween Blitz was published on October 30th this year — I couldn’t get a reliable connection from the ship, then afterward I just didn’t think about it. :/

Mine is Candy Courage. Glenn Bellamy, a divorced dad, is taking his son around trick-or-treating. He confiscates some homemade peanut brittle — and eats it himself of course — not knowing that the old man who made it is an alchemist who adds something special to his candy each year. This year it was Courage, so when Glenn and his son hit Neal Sampson’s house, Glenn finds himself flirting and making a date for the next day. Will the candy courage wear off, or will Glenn find the guts to go after what he wants?


Sebastiano Fiorentelli studied the calendar — a freebie from the Humane Society with photos of puppies and kittens on it — on the wall of his cluttered basement laboratory and observed that it was the thirtieth day of October. Since emigrating to the United States and discovering the Halloween custom of sending children around to beg for treats, he’d made a habit of including something extra in the candy he made for the occasion each year. By the Nineteen-seventies, when hysteria over poison and razor blades swept the population, Mr. Fiorentelli had been living in his San Jose neighborhood long enough that no one fussed about letting their children eat his wax-paper-wrapped candies.

He paced back and forth in front of open cabinets and crowded shelves, pondering what to make this year, until finally he stopped and nodded.

“Courage,” he said. “This year, I think I’ll make courage…”


The next evening, Robbie Matheson, age eight, refused to share the wax-wrapped peanut brittle he’d gotten from old Mr. Fiorentelli on the corner. His real favorite candy was those little Milky Way bars, but Mr. Fiorentelli made some pretty cool candy and he always knew he had to eat it as soon as he could or his mom would sneak it.

Ten minutes later, he stood in his room and stared out the window into the dark back yard at the trampoline cage. His big sister Stephanie had been bouncing in it since she was five and had been teasing Robbie for being a scaredy-cat for the last three years, because no matter how his sister had taunted or his parents had coaxed or his friends had snickered, he’d refused to even stand on the trampoline.

Robbie knew — really knew — that he couldn’t get hurt in the cage unless he landed on his head or something. Just bouncing up and down without trying any flips or anything was perfectly safe. He knew that.

Of course he knew that.


Get the whole thing here. 😀


New Column


I have a new column up at Romancing the Blog. This time I’m talking about pro writers blogging, and whether it might be a good idea to have multiple blogs (or journals or mailing lists or forums or whatever) for different types of posts, so people who just want to know when your new books are out or how your dog is doing can subscribe to your more “mellow” blog without having to scroll past your political analyses or your dissections of someone else’s book.

I’m responding to a couple of other posts that went up within the last few days, but you don’t have to read those if you don’t want to; I’m pretty sure mine makes sense on its own. The earlier topics were about whether a writer should express strong opinions on their blogs, or even controversial opinions. My thought was compartmentalizing, so readers can choose for themselves what they want to subscribe to.

What do you think?


Epilogue to “A Spirit of Vengeance”

I have a free story up at Torquere as part of their anniversary month. It’s called “The Last Anniversary” and it’s a longish epilogue to “A Spirit of Vengeance.” For everyone who ever wanted to actually see the boys get their Happily Ever After, here it is, along with their first meeting, and some scenes showing what happened in Josh’s life after Kevin died.

Included at the end is a recipe for Kevin’s Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Muffins, which appear in every scene of the epilogue. ;D

For anyone who doesn’t have a copy of “Spirit,” it’s on sale right now for 20% off, which makes it $1.99. I don’t know how long it’ll be on sale for, so get ’em while they’re cheap. 🙂



My novelette, A Spirit of Vengeance, is on sale at Torquere for 20% off, which makes it $1.99. I have a free short story coming out on the 30th which is an epilogue to this story, so if you haven’t read “Spirit” yet, this is a great chance.


Another Review of “A Spirit of Vengeance”

I just ran across this great review of “A Spirit of Vengeance” from back in June over at Two Lips Reviews. Obviously I don’t do enough vanity searches. 😀

Reviewer Bella gave it 4.5 kisses and said:

Josh is still reeling from the death of his lover, Kevin, when strange things begin to happen that make him question his sanity. In the middle of the numbness that has wrapped Josh since the news of Kevin’s death, Josh has started to “hear” Kevin’s voice in his head. And that can only mean that Josh is losing it, right? But as Josh begins to believe that Kevin is really there, he also feels compelled to find and punish Kevin’s killer.

Will Josh survive Kevin’s visits and eventual absence?

A Spirit of Vengeance is a heart-wrenching paranormal romance that will make readers hope for the “life” after death that is experienced through Kevin. Both men will invoke strong feelings of love, sadness and joy as they come to terms with what is left after Kevin’s death. Angela Benedetti did a wonderful job of creating characters that will pull at every heartstring, while delivering a quick paced and entertaining suspense. A Spirit of Vengeance is a great read that should not be missed!

Thanks so much to Bella!


Win a Kindle!

Torquere Press is five years old this month, and to celebrate they’re holding a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a Kindle loaded with Torquere e-books.

Go here for the rules and a list of links to journals and web sites where participating Torquere authors have hidden a graphic. Find all the URLs where the graphics are hidden, fill in the blanks on the contest page, and enter to win!

If you want to start with me, my graphic is hidden on my LiveJournal, which is here. Luck!

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More Anniversary Freebies!

All through the month of September, there’ll be free short fiction themed to the stages of a relationship, along with recipes and coupons, and a clue to finding one of the scavenger hunt graphics. Check out Torquere’s Anniversary Page every day for something new!


Vote to Give Kids Free Books

First Book is having a vote in their What Book Got You Hooked? campaign, and will be donating fifty thousand books to kids in the winning US state.

Go here to vote. All you have to do is vote for your state (or whichever state you want the books to go to), but you can also tell them what your earliest favorite book was and why if you want to. Name and e-mail are also optional.

You can vote once a day between now and 15 September. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. 😀

By the way, my favorite book when I was little was The Gingerbread Man. Hey, it’s about someone who runs around having fun and causing trouble, and that’s pretty cool when you’re four or five. 😉

Thanks to Kerry Allen, one of my fellow Romancing the Blog columnists, for posting about this.