Saturday, April 2, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway Info from Author Jeff Bennington

Hi Kris…I mean, Cajun Book Lady.

Thank you for having me. I’m looking forward to sharing a few details about the characters in REUNION with you and your readers. But before I start, I want to remind everyone that I’m giving away 2 FREE Kindles on May 15th – one will go to a REUNION Blog Tour follower and one will go to a REUNION Blog Tour host. For details about the book, the Kindle giveaway rules, blog tour dates, and blog topics, go to (or have a look at the end of this post.) Meet the Survivors Now, let me get to the business of telling you about REUNION and the characters that bring it to life. To begin with, REUNION is a supernatural thriller that begins the morning that David Ray, a troubled teen, shoots and kills a teacher and seven of his classmates. The first three chapters are comprised of a two and a half hour period where the students live out a typical morning as the school year comes to a close. David Ray, however, is lurking in the shadows of his bedroom, listening to his demons, and preparing to fix his world - hoping to finally seize control of his life by controlling the lives around him.

In these chapters, you’ll meet seventeen-year old David Ray. You’ll see life through his eyes, feel what he feels, and dream his horrific nightmares. You’ll also meet Tanner Khan, an underdeveloped, happy-go-lucky, smarty-pants who has a crush on Lana Jones, the most beautiful girl that has ever graced the senior hallway of Crescent Falls High. Then there’s Noah Berkley - the star-studded foreign exchange student, Maria Vasquez – the hip valedictorian, Bryan Jacobs - the pre-med hopeful, all around great guy, Kate Schmidt – the dressed in black, hair over her eyes, goth, who has dreams of art school, and Nick Tooley – the jerk who just loves making life miserable for “nerds” of every kind. They’re a typical group of kids… until David enters the school. REUNION is about a ricochet in time where one moment, one decision, one dark and sinful choice changed everything. Trauma will do that, you know.

When you first meet the kids from Crescent Falls, you’ll get to know who they are before they go through one of the most traumatic experiences…a school shooting. Unfortunately, by the time the last bullet shell hits the floor these characters change forever. All of their hopes, their plans, and their dreams come to a crashing halt. Traumatized and unable to handle the life they’ve been given, Tanner, Kate, Nick, Bryan, Maria, Lana, and Noah are suddenly forced down a new path, unknown and unwanted. They suffer from various degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; in some cases, worse than a soldier who’s been in military combat. As the creator of these brave individuals, the challenge was to not only form believable and interesting teenagers; I had to turn around and grow them up into traumatized adults and create a new life that is realistic and representative of the original person. But I’m amazed at how much I learned from them. They inspired me by their wisdom, insight and honesty into subjects that without them, I would never have explored on my own. I guess that’s why I love writing. I think I get more from the book than anyone else, because to me, writing is as much a healing and learning process, as it is a creative process.

That sounds strange doesn’t it, an author learning from his characters? Makes me laugh just thinking about it. I guess I always thought writers knew everything about the characters because he or she created the story, like a god spinning his all-powerful web of life and death and destruction. But in fact, I think the opposite is true. I think I dream up my characters to answer my own unanswered questions - questions about love and life and death and the horrific realities of a fallen world. Thanks for reading. Be sure to “follow” The Cajun Book Lady and then go to to learn more about the book and the tour. And most importantly, be sure to show your support by purchasing REUNION on April 15th so it can shoot up the rankings through buying en masse.

REUNION ISBN: 9780615450865

Release Date: April 15th. I'm trying to merge the digital and print release on the same day. If your readers would like to buy a copy, I'd love it if they'd buy it on April 15th so that my rating goes up, giving the book more exposure.

Goodreads link: (Reviews are coming in!)

Also available on Apple ibook, Nook, and in Print.

Kindle Giveaway Rules: I am giving away 2 Kindles: 1 to a lucky blog follower, and 1 to a luck blog tour host. I will post a video on May 15th (last day of the tour) and have my children pick a winner from each group (followers/hosts).

There are only two (2) simple rules:

#1. Buy REUNION and email your receipt to by May 13th.

#2. Comment on one or more blogs on the REUNION Blog Tour.

Goodreads Giveaway: I will also host a 2 book Goodreads giveaway during the course of my blog tour (April 1 through May13th). Goodreads will contact winners. I will mail a signed copy to each of the winners.

To see the full tour schedule and topics, go to

**Make sure to stop in tommorrow to see my review of Reunion!


  1. It's nice to revisit the Cajun Book Lady blog. I agree that you can learn a great deal from characters. I think whenever one of your characters surprises you with a strength you didn't realize they possessed, that you recognize that you have that within yourself, too. I believe writing is therapeutic and empowering. I'm following Scott's blog tour for Liquid Fear today, too, so I'll hop over there briefly. I'm looking forward to seeing how your tour turns out and hoping to see you hit that top 100! varbonoff22 at cox dot net

  2. Hi Jeff,
    I just sent you a copy of my receipt for "Reunion",I will start it as soon as I finish my current book.(If I can wait that long) It looks really good! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

    Debbie G.

  3. Thanks Brenda and Debbie! I so appreciate your support. And yes, although I never experienced a school shooting, it breaks my heart when I think about the victims and families and survivors. You'll get that when you read it. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. hi Cajun Book Lady! hi Jeff! stopping by to show my support for the tour! c",)

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  6. Hi nixugong,
    I agree...that's why I stalked Kris. I had to get my spice on at The Cajun Lady's Book Blog! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?