Ten Days in Panama … in paperback

 

Ten Days in Panama was my second novel, and having first been marketed as a thriller, I amended the description to romance. The first publication of this title was in December 2013 and it’s had two makeovers since then in terms of the manuscript.

As I told my son when he left home to live abroad, ‘if we’re honest with ourselves, about every five years we think we know it all’.

In my humble opinion, the advice I gave that young man is never more accurate than with writers. We may write, revise, edit, rewrite, and so on, but if we go back to a piece of work we were proud of five years earlier, we’ll find things we want to amend. I’ve been plying my craft (and learning) since 2007, and it’s due to my targeting of a higher standard that I’ve delayed paperback editions until recently.

In Ten Days in Panama (paperback and digital), I’ve reduced the sexual content to a softer tone. If there are any readers out there who like my style and crave explicit sex scenes, check out Tom Benson – Erotica.

– The cover of the book is now brighter and I’ve reduced the strapline, and I believe in this case brevity works.

– For me, nothing has been more important or more of a challenge than tightening the manuscript to improve the reading experience. An example would be the removal of most dialogue tags, to be replaced by character activity.

It was a labour of love to produce this story the first time around, and I spent many months creating characters, situations and a story which would live on in the memory. I’m pleased to say that none of the original aspects of the tale has changed in the process.

To those who strive to maintain an updated and informative author website, you will appreciate the joy of adding a ‘paperback’ button to the page for a title. Now I have two of those buttons on display, and in the coming months, I’ll be working hard to add them to my other novels.

Thank you to all who pass by and take the time to leave their thoughts.

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*Remember, if you don’t want to buy a paperback and you don’t own a Kindle, the Kindle App UK is free and it can be downloaded to a PC/Laptop.

If you’re not in the UK, don’t feel left out … Kindle App (from Amazon.com)

 

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A Life of Choice: Part Three

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To meet demand for more, the third part of this five-part story is available on Amazon.

A Life of Choice is sometimes sad, occasionally humorous, but always insightful. If you haven’t read any of the series so far, but you’re tempted …

The first three chapters of all of the first parts are available on this blog.

Alternatively, if you select the appropriate Amazon Preview/Buy link, you’ll be able to see the story formatted as it would be for your Kindle or Free Kindle App.

As with the first two parts, I appreciate all feedback, and particularly if it comes in the form of a review.

Part Four is scheduled for Spring 2017, and Part Five is scheduled for Summer 2017.

If you’d prefer to have links to go straight to Preview/Buy to read in Kindle format:

A Life of Choice: Part One – Innocence and Inebriation

A Life of Choice: Part Two – Paths and Progression

A Life of Choice: Part Three – On and Off the Rails

As always, all comments/feedback is welcome and thank you for visiting my blog.

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Beyond The Law

Design by Andrew Benson (my son).

Cover design by Andrew Benson.

The first five chapters of ‘Beyond The Law’, my crime thriller are posted on my blog. Why not give them a read and see what you think.

Here’s an overview of the story:

In January 1996, Phil McKenzie leads his Special Air Service team on a secret mission into Kentobi, Africa.

An assassin codenamed ‘Chameleon’ kills the Kentobi president, but it’s Phil who is framed for murder. To appease the authorities he agrees to a brief secondment with the Metropolitan Police and then discharge from the Army.

During his short attachment to the ‘Met’, he sees how the hands of the authorities are tied. It reminds him that the teenager who murdered his parents in 1977 was never caught to face justice.      

Phil returns to his hometown in July 1996 as Hawk, a vigilante. The term ‘deniable ops’, finds new meaning as Phil tackles Glasgow’s underworld.

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The e-book is available on Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=beyond+the+law

and on Amazon.co.ukhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-The-Law-ebook/dp/B00FMZ7LQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1381043818&sr=1-1&keywords=beyond+the+law

At less than $3.10 / £2.00 – it’s worth a look …

If you don’t have an e-reader, Try this link: Free Kindle App for Laptop, PC and Tablet

I’ll be back in a few days with an update, but for now I need a rest. Enjoy and please feel free to give leave feedback here or on my website at: www.tom-benson.co.uk