Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"Benning's War" Have You Read It Yet?

Fictionwise, one of the online book sellers that my publisher contracts with, show my Historical Novel selling well! Wow! I have no idea how many have actually sold, but it's a nice feeling to make any kind of best-seller list, don't you think?

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Now Fictionwise sells ebooks, something I can't use myself. I haven't got an ebook reader. But if you are interested in a good adventure novel, and would like the 'hold-it-in-your-hands' version - a hard-back sized paperback, you can go to LULU.com and order the paperback version.

Free Image Hosting at allyoucanupload.comHey, I want my book to sell! I do! I spent a lot of time and tears writing it, and I think it's a good book. It has enough history to ground it in reality, and plenty of intersting characters to make the reading worthwhile. If you follow the links at Fictionwise you can read the first chapter. I hope that's hook enough to getcha to buy it. LOL

To give you an idea of what the book is about, here's the description I wrote for it to use at sellers' websites.

Isaac Benning sees action in the disaster of The Waxhaws. Horrified at the outcome of that battle, Isaac goes home. Enlistment over, he feels he can no longer face the horrors of war. But the War won't let him remain at home. Indian incursions into White areas, and a call to arms from the Virginia Militia, lead him to rethink his feelings. In his heart he knows he must 'do his duty' and return. Along the way he will befriend a small band of Indians, hunt raiders near his home, lead men into battle once more at Kings Mountain.

There's a review at LULU.com, well two! But my Mother's I will discount, although she's been a tough critic while this was being written and edited.

Benning's War 3 Jun 2006
by Felecia R. Ellis
Benning's War
A Novel of the American Revolution
by Jeffrey Keenan

Jeffrey Keenan skillfully transports his readers to a time when American was young and still struggling for independence. Keenan's novel depicts the struggles and adventures of the Benning family during the American Revolutionary War. Isaac Benning is portrayed as a strong man of few words, scarred by the evils of war. Abraham Benning is the patriarch. Benjamin, Joseph and Anne round out this loving
Frontier family that takes in three orphans as there own.

This story begins during the summer of 1870 and culminates later that fall after the battle of Kings Mountain. This book is much more than a war story. It is about friendships, family and faith. It exposes the ugliness of prejudice and the ignorance of those that indulge in it. This novel explores the depths of friendships; that transcend language and race. Keenan beautifully weaves a tale that shows the strength in family unity. He touches on the struggles of the faithful, when faced with the aftermath of battle. There is so much to this novel that I cannot say in just a few paragraphs. What I can say it that the writer moved me. This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry and then gave me a smile. The author takes you on an emotional ride and gives you a history lesson in the process. Well done Jeffrey Keenan. I read this book in two sittings.

Felecia R. Ellis

If you decide to buy this, please let me know what you think of it. I am interested in how it affects the reader, and what you think of it as a story, much less as Historical Fiction. Buy it! You won't regret it!


camojack said...

Maybe I should buy it, then...although that's not one of my usual genres.

benning said...


Consider it Adventure, and a War novel. Any better?

camojack said...

Adventure? Yeah, that might work.

I like Clive Cussler's stuff...

benning said...

I've always enjoyed Cussler. The Dirk Pitt character has been enjoyable. But the last few novels have had far too many laconic conversations between Dirk and his sidekick, Al Giordino, and a feeling of boredom. They have tasted the same.

Reminds me of the last Robert Parker 'Spencer' novel that I read. I got finished with it and all I could think was, "My brother paid how much for the hardback version of this?" It was as if Parker was just recycling the same conversations, the same action, over and over.

Recent Cussler novels, including his other star player - Kurt Austin has exactly the same flavor - have had the same feeling to me. Formulaic writing.

I still buy the novels, but they aren't as exciting and 'can't-put-it-down' as they used to be.

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...


You authors, I tell ya! I don't have an e-book reader either, but one day might like one.

As to the hard copy? I will pick one up some day when I have the cash money. Finances are a bit tight at the moment, especially with that 2.5 month old that is gaining 3 lbs a month eating us out of house and home. This of course doesn't count the 2.5 year old that has just as good an appetite.

blogagog said...

Do you sell it on paper? If not, I'll buy it anyway to show support, but I can't read books on computer :(

You do get commission, right?

benning said...

BU: Don't worry about it. The baby comes first! Yeah, Mom bought probably the first copy, and wrote a short review at lulu.com that was nice. Whatcha expect a Mom to do?

Kevin: lulu.com sells the paperback version.

Brooke said...

I will order the e-book straightaway. Thanks for the reminder; I meant to do so a couple weeks ago and forgot... Chronic ADD, you know! ;)

benning said...

Thanks! :D

WomanHonorThyself said...

Good on u Benning!..u deserve the accolades.

ABFreedom said...

Got your book in the mail.... now I just gotta find the time to read it.... :-\

blogagog said...


The shipping on your $15 book is $10.97!!! Is your book 4 foot by 6 foot or something?

Screw that. I'll be happy to drop $15 in your tip jar though, if you set one up. Just 'cause your blog is cool.

benning said...

Kevin, where are you? Pakistan? Bolivia?

Brooke said...

OK, The hubby checked out your eBook formats, and has concluded that Adobe is best for Mac, so I'm buying it right now!

blogagog said...

Weeziana. Do you have a copy of your book you want to sell? Now that I know how expensive shipping is from lulu.com, I HAVE to have a copy :)

Signed too, in case you become the next PJ O'Rourke. Email me if you want to sell me one. $4 shipping, no more :)

benning said...

The shipping is just shy of $2.50. Dunno how you managed to get a $10.97 rate. Perhaps the Gold Leaf wrapper? Heheheee!

blogagog said...

"Your Lulu Order Has Shipped
Shipped on Tuesday, August 15, 2006

All items in your order have been shipped."

Hurray! I hope it's SciFi. All I read is SciFi. It's SciFi, isn't it?

benning said...

Whichever meds you're on, Kev, double the dose! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna go get it right now.

benning said...

Y'all lemme know what you think. Be brutal! I can take it!