eBook Launch Contest

Celebrate my upcoming eBook releases by winning free e-books or an Amazon gift certificate. The Genesis House package includes Awakening Mercy and Abiding Hope. The Telling Your Tale package includes Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction for Print and eBook and the associated Telling Your Tale workbook.

The contest will continue through the end of October.

IMPORTANT: You may complete one or more tasks. To complete a task, select the “Do it” link. After completing a task, select the “I did this” button to submit your entry.

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An Event, Some Good News and a New Contest

For those of you in the Charlotte, NC area, I’ll be in your stomping ground on Saturday, August 30 at 1p at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in (or near) the SouthPark Mall.  Come by and visit with me if you have some time. I’d love to see you.

In news that I’m still trying to get my mind around, Up Pops the Devil has been chosen the November African-American Book Club Pick for Books-A-Million. This is great news as it means Up Pops the Devil will be featured prominently in all Books-A-Million stores from September 1 through November 31.

If you follow this link, you’ll see that Victoria Christopher Murray’s Too Little, Too Late and  ReShonda Tate Billingley’s The Pastor’s Wife have been recent picks.  LIterary great Richard Wright had two picks.

This is the first time one of my books has been chosen for as a book club pick for a chain bookstore so I’m very excited about it.  Be sure to drop by your local Books-A-Million and look for it.

In fact, you can be my eyes and ears.  If you send me a photo of you in a Books-A-Million store next to the book display for Up Pops the Devil as the African-American Book Club Pick, I’ll post the photo on my blog and enter you in a contest to win a $15 Books-A-Million gift card.  Three GRAND PRIZE winners will be selected from the entries.  The contest will continue through September 31 and the winners will be announced on October 15.

You may submit your entry (or entries) via e-mail to me at the address HERE or you may submit via snail mail to Angela Benson, PO Box 868643, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0077.

Each entry should include your name (first name or nickname is sufficient) or the name of your group, a photo of you standing near the book display with a book in hand, and the location of the Books-A-Million store where the photo is taken.  All photos become the property of Angela Benson and will be posted on my blog at

I’ll probably run the contest again in November so if you don’t win this time, you’ll have another chance in November.

NOTE: This is the second version of this post.  My computer ate the first one and I’m sure it was much better than this one.  Trust me.

Now get to clicking those cameras.  I can’t wait to see your smiling faces on this blog!

Winners Announced and Three New Contests Begin

It’s time for our final drum roll in the Another Book Giveaway contest.  Ready? 

Drum roll, please.

The winners are:

1)  Angie Poole

2) Ty

3) Rosiland

Congratulations to the winners!  Each will receive an autographed copy of Up Pops the Devil.  Winners, please email your mailing address to me using the address HERE.

New Contests

Now that one contest ends, another THREE begin.  Yes, you read it right, THREE.

Win a Bag of Books

“Win a Bag of Books” Contest is being run by two different sites as two separate contests, with three winners being selected from each site.  The sites are located at (runs through the month of August) and (runs through August 15).  You’re welcome to enter both contests.

Review Postings and Sightings

The new Review Postings and Sightings Contest will run through August 31.  All you have to do to enter is Comment on this message with the URL of a review, discussion or even a mention of Up Pops the Devil

You can also write a review of the book on and post a Comment here that you’ve done so.  If you have some news about Up Pops the Devil that isn’t found online, you can include it as your Comment here and that will serve as your entry.  

FIVE lucky winners each will receive their choice of a $10 gift certificate OR any item(s)  (total value of $15 or less) from my Online Store.

Contest for Book Clubs Only!

If you’re a member of a Book Club, don’t forget the Book Club Contest.  Scroll down until you see Contest #2.

If you haven’t already done so, you can join the For Book Clubs Only mailing list HERE.  Scroll down until you see Mailing List for Book Clubs.

Happy Reading!

Book Club Contest Winners Announced!


Three lucky Book Clubs have been selected winners in my FOR BOOK CLUBS ONLY Book Club Contest.  The winning Book Clubs will each receive THREE copies of Up Pops the Devil

The winning Book Clubs are:

1) Page Turners Book Club, Cleveland, OH

2) Reading Divas of Birmingham Book Club, Birmingham, AL

3) The Good Book Club, Highlands Ranch, CO

The winning Book Clubs have until August 5, 2008 to get their mailing addresses to me at the address HERE.

All Book Clubs are welcome to join the Book Club mailing list, For Book Clubs Only from Author Angela Benson, on the Contacts page HERE.  Just scroll down to the section for Mailing List for Book Clubs.

Congrats again to the winning Book Clubs!

For all other site visitors, I’m extending the Another Book Giveaway until Friday so that more of you will have an opportunity to participate.  I’m also increasing the number of books awarded from two to three.

Good luck and thanks for celebrating my new release with me!

Contest Winners for Friday, July 25

We had two contests running this week:  the Another Book Giveaway contest and the Writing Rituals contest.  That means we have FIVE winners!

Let’s start with the winners of the Another Book Giveaway contest:  Mara Mittelman and
Jennifer C.  These two commenters will receive autographed copies of Up Pops the Devil.

Now for the BIG contest this weekThe winners of the Writing Rituals contest are:

  • Melissa Juvinall, who wins an autographed copy of Strongholds by Vanessa Davis Griggs
  • Josie, who wins an autographed copy of Rhythms of Grace by Marilynn Griffith
  • Veronica Johnson, who wins an autographed copy of Back to Life: A Trophy Wives Club Novel by Kristin Billerbeck

I give a giant thanks to Vanessa, Marilynn and Kristin for participating and providing free books.  They were wonderful guests who provided some great insight into their writing process.  We’ll have more guests like them so keep checking the blog.

Don’t forget that the Another Book Giveaway  contest starts anew today. Next Friday, August 1, I will give away two more autographed copies of Up Pops the Devil to folks who comment on blog posts between now and then. 

It’s raining books!


Contest Winners for Friday, July 18

Drum roll, please! The winners of the Another Book Giveaway contest for the the week ending Friday, July 18, are Rhonda McKnight and Jeanette Wallington. Congratulations, Ladies! Please send me mailing addresses so that I can get your books out.

Rhonda and Jeannette, I can’t believe you two won. I almost did a re-drawing (smile). Just so you know this doesn’t let either of you off the hook for buying a book when I see you in Atlanta (Rhonda) or Indiana (Jeannette). You’ll just have to buy one for a friend. I’ll make sure to bring you a special addition to go along with it. You’ll have to wait until we meet to find out what it is.

Don’t forget that the contest starts anew today. Next Friday I will give away two more books to folks to comment on blog posts between now and then.

I also gave an unplanned prize today. I got my 200th friend over at so I gave a free book to that lucky friend.

NOTE: For those of you wondering how I picked the winners, I used a the random number generator at All you do is enter the number of entrants (A) and how many winners you want to pick (B). The program then spits out (B) random numbers. I had 33 entries this week from which to pick two winners. The random number generator spit out 30 and 7 so I picked the 30th comment and the 7th comment as winners.

It’s raining books! Enjoy!

Another Book Giveaway

Okay, gang, the visitor stats for this site tell one story but the number of comments on posts and pages tell another. So to get you all back in posting mode, I’m going to start another little contest. Every Friday until the release of Up Pops the Devil, I’m giving away two autographed advanced reading copies (ARCs) of Up Pops the Devil .

To enter the contest all you have to do is make a comment on a post, any post on this site, during the week leading up to the drawing. In other words, to be considered for next Friday’s drawing you have to comment between today and the time I announce the winner next Friday. The contest starts anew next Friday.

If you make multiple posts, you’ll have multiple chances to win for that week. And you’re encouraged to participate each week. If you win more than one time, you get to choose an item from my Online Store as your prize instead of another book. UPDATE: When choosing from the Online Store , you must select an item under $25. The Amazon Kindle at $359 is not a choice. I love all of you, but that’s a bit much.

You can comment on any of the blog postings on the site, regardless of how new or old they are. I have access to a list of the most recent comments so yours won’t be missed. You can also post a comment on a page. For example, you can ask a question in the Comments section of any of the pages linked from the For Writers page. Comment on what interests you. And if nothing interests you, write a comment about that and I’ll try to fix it!

Be sure to tell your friends about the contest. If your friend is a winner and mentions your name in his or her comment, then you’ll be a winner, too.

Let the commenting begin. I want to hear from you.

Contest Winners Announced

You all did a good job of guessing what Up Pops the Devil was about by just looking at the cover. You did so well that I had to pick THREE winners instead of two. Drum roll, please! The winners are: Areen, Vyta and Dera . Ladies, please send me your mailing addresses so I can get the books out.

For those of you who can’t remember their responses, I’ll list them here followed by the back cover copy from the book and let you be the judge.

I think this book is about relationship problems-and the devil is the person who is causing these problems. She goes up unexpectedly, bold with no remorse for her/his interference.

I think the novel will be about a married man with a less than perfect past. He has been caught in infidelity in past relationships and in his current marriage but has been forgiven by his wife. Currently, a woman from his past has returned. He has always had a problem with resisting her. She walked out of his life and although he was devastated at the time, he’s is grateful because God blessed him with a wonderfully loving wife and mother to his children. This woman of his past tries to re-enter his life as a “Friend.” He allows (ignoring his conscience) her not only back into his life but into the lives of his family members. No one knows of their past together. But when he doesn’t agree to ALL of her demands, she changes and threatens to expose the truth.

I think it is about a man who while he would do good, evil is always present, hindering his walk with God. But he refuses to fully give in; he realizes he is a work in progress and will see it to the end.

Back Cover Copy:
Two hard years in prison have changed Wilford “Preacher” Winters for the better. He did his time, now he’s going to “do the right thing.” But the women in his life have other ideas.

Tanya, the sleek and sexy mother of his two kids, is much too comfortable with her pearls-and-Porsche lifestyle, and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep it going–even use Preacher’s small sons as weapons…

His sister, Loretta, kept “the business” running smoothly while Preacher was inside, and she can’t believe he’d trade Easy Street bling for a nickel-and-dime dead-end job…

His one-time girlfriend Serena, now married to his main man Bernard, is hiding a secret–and if past sins come to light, they’ll ruin several lives and a very new, very precious friendship between Preacher and Bernard’s beautiful-inside-and-out sister, Natalie.

With his world about to explode all around him, Preacher’s going to need every ounce of his new-found faith to remain strong. Because it takes a lot to become a new man, sometimes even a miracle.

Up Pops the Devil drops on July 29!

Here’s the lovely cover of my upcoming release from HarperCollins.  Instead of me telling you what the book is about, how about you telling me what you think it’s about given the cover.  I’ll send advanced reading copies to two of the participants.  I’ll give this about two weeks so the drawing will be held on July 8.

Up Pops the Devil

Contest Winners – FINALLY!

Drum roll, please!  Here is the list of 22 contest winners!  Congratulations to each of you!

I’ll be contacting each winner via e-mail over the weekend to determine which prize you win and where I should send it. 

Do forgive the delay in posting the winners. Life happened to me last week and I had to take care of some family business. Thanks for understanding.  – Angela

The winners are:

  1. Ann Blake
  2. Kay
  3. Stephanie
  4. Laura K
  5. bebemiqui
  6. barbara duncan
  7. kristie
  8. Lisa
  9. Deborah
  10. PatriciaW
  11. Veronica Johnson
  12. Sigrun
  13. Christy H.
  14. Joni
  15. Lainie
  16. Margie Rogers
  17. hank
  18. Amanda
  19. L Nuchell
  20. Sheila True
  21. G. Tibbs (Gabrielle) 
  22. Wanda Butler

The prizes are:

  • $25 gift certificates (2)
  • autographed copy of The Amen Sisters (10) 
  • seat in my tele-seminar, Write that Book (10)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Don’t be discouraged if you entered and didn’t win. I’ll be announcing a new contest in the next few days so look out for it.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Contest Time!

To celebrate the official release of the trade paperback edition of The Amen Sisters, I’m giving away 10 free autographed copies.  Winners will be chosen from those who comment on this blog post.   No need to register in order to comment.

In case you already have a copy of The Amen Sisters, I’m going to sweeten the pot and also give away 10 free passes to my January writing tele-seminar, “Write that Book.”  Winners will be chosen from those who comment on this blog post.   No need to register in order to comment.

If writing is not your thing, you’ll also have a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates.  Winners will be chosen from those who comment on this blog post.  No need to register in order to comment.

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 26.

Note that this is just the beginning of the contests.  I’ll also be hosting giveaways in December, January and February, so stay tuned.

And the winners are. . .

Congratulations to the following winners of the “Write that Book” contest:

  • PatriciaW
  • Lisa Swanson
  • Elizabeth Lindley
  • SuseADoodle
  • Bernita

In order to receive your free copy of “Telling the Tale”,  please e-mail Angela your mailing address.  Select HERE for Angela’s e-mail address.

The book will go in the mail this week and I’ll follow-up with details of the tele-seminar via e-mail next week.

Congratualations again!

Welcome, Librarians & Booksellers!

For the upcoming week, our special guests are librarians and booksellers from around the country, maybe even the world. 

Librarians and Booksellers, I’m sponoring a “Write that Book” contest to thank you for your support of the upcoming trade paperback release of my novel, The Amen Sisters (select link for excerpt and reviews).  To enter, please add a comment to this post with the name of your library or bookstore.  No need to register in order to comment.

Five lucky librarians and five lucky booksellers will win a “Write that Book” prize package that they can use themselves or share with their patrons. The package includes a seat in my writing tele-seminar (held on November 1, 2007) and a copy of my writing book, Telling the Tale: The African American Fiction Writers Guide.

Now, some of you may be thinking, “I’m not African American.” It doesn’t matter, as you know publishers use titles as marketing hooks, and this title is a good example.  To assure you, here is a review of “Telling the Tale” from the Internet Writers Journal along with an reader comment.

Writers Writer – The Internet Writing Journal (visit the site for the full review)

[Angela Benson’s] writing advice is constructive and sincere; writers would be well-advised to follow her advice and practice their craft by completing the exercises in the book. Benson knows her stuff, and her wonderful reference book for African-American fiction writers would be equally useful to writers of any ethnicity. 

Amazon reader, 4 stars (see Amazon for other reader comments)

This was a great book to use as a writing guide for aspiring writers. It was an easy read with simple steps to accomplish the major goal of writing a novel. I am a true testament that completing the exercises are helpful. After following the guidelines in the book, I completed my first novel. I’m now a published author, and I credit my success to this book!

For you regular visitors to who are not librarians or booksellers, you’re welcome to join in the fun (and the contest) by sharing stories about the library or bookstore in your life.  Two winners will be selected from those entries and both will receive one seat in the seminar and one copy of the book.  All you have to do is post a comment with your story. Registration is not required to comment.

All winners will be announced on Monday, September 24. 

Writing Contests

Writers have different feelings about contests. Some see them as invoking a competitive side of writers, themselves included, that they don’t like to see. Some see contests as a promotional opportunity that gets their books in the hands of new readers. I’m sure there are some who enter because of the thrill of winning. I fall into the second category. While I am always happy to win or final in a contest, I really do see them as a promotional vehicle that gets my books in hands of new readers.

Many contests require an entry fee and the submission of books. I’ve entered two of those this year: RWA’s RITA Award and FHL’s Inpirational Readers Choice Contest (IRCC) . The RITAs are judged by members of RWA while the IRCC Award is judged by readers. If you’re interested, you can nominate yourself to judge for in the IRCC. As a thanks for judging, you get to keep the books that you judge. Not bad, huh? The details can be found on FHL’s Inpirational Readers Choice Contest (IRCC) page. The RITA finalists will be announced on March 24 (my birthday); I’m not sure when the IRCC finalists will be announced.

Other contests require nomination by readers. RSJ’s Emma Award is such an award. The Amen Sisters was a finalist this year and I learned today that it won the Emma Award for Inspirational Romance. Thanks to all the readers who voted for the book. I appreciate your support.

Since I couldn’t attend RSJ this year and had to cancel at the last minute, I donated a book basket for a prize drawing. Yvonne from Springfield Gardens, NY was the lucky winner. She’ll receive hard cover versions of all three of my Christian fiction titles.

Some contests require your publisher to enter your book. The Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction is one such contest. Publishers nominate books and pay a $1000 fee that goes toward the promotion of the contest and the contest winners in addition to a standard entry fee per book entered. Those prices are a bit steep for the individual author so its up to the publisher to enter books. As I understand from Denise Stinson, Publisher at Walk Worthy Press (WWP), all WWP books are entered automatically each year. That means The Amen Sisters is entered. The finalists won’t be announced until May.

Contests aren’t only for published authors. Many unpublished authors enter contests to get feedback from the judges who are typically published authors or editors. I entered a few contests before I was published and the feedback that I received was well-worth the entry fee.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend entering contests if your sole purpose is to win OR if entering contests brings out an ugly side to your personality. If you value reaching new readers or if you want feedback on your work, contests can be one way of accomplishing those goals.

What do you think?

UPDATE: More Contests!

The Amen SistersI’m not sponsoring these contests but I thought you’d like to know about them.

Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway at

All you have to do is fill out the form and you’re entered. If you’re one of the three winners, you’ll get a copy of The Amen Sisters, Soul Matters by Yolonda Sanders and Boaz Brown by Michelle Stimpson. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Just enter.

True Heroes and Heroines at

Romance in Color, in partnership with Warner Books, is hosting a contest to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. The winners will get their choice of free books from select Warner authors, including The Amen Sisters,. Deadline is February 20. Check out the site for details.

2006 ACFW Genesis Contest

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Warner Faith are sponsoring a contest for unpublished writers of inspirational fiction. Deadline is Feb. 14. Check out the site for details.

Contest Winners!

The mailing list contest ended on January 15, 2006, and the winners have been chosen. Drum roll, please.

Winner: Crystal Adams. Crystal will receive a gift basket that includes autographed book club edition copies (hardcover) of all three of my Christian titles–Awakening Mercy, Abiding Hope, and The Amen Sisters–and one of the Ndebele dolls that I purchased when I was in South Africa last summer.

Two runners-up will receive $25 gift certificates to the online bookstore of their choice.

First Runner-Up: Gloria Bean

Second Runner-Up: Elayne Jefferson

My hearty congratulations to the winners and my heart-felt thanks to all the contest participants. I plan to host at least one contest each month so there’s still hope for those of you who didn’t win this time. Keep visiting this site and don’t give up.

Mailing List Contest Ending

Thanks to all who’ve joined my Feedblitz mailing list. The drawing for the prizes will be held on January 15th so there’s still time to join. Many of you have joined from my yahoogroups list while some of you are new. For you yahoogroups people, will you let me know which you like best — yahoogroups or Feedblitz. There is a major difference in the two. Yahoogroups gives you the option of reading all the messages on the Web or getting them in a daily digest in your mailbox. Feedblitz is limited to a daily digest. Believe it or not, I’m thinking about keeping both lists. What do you think?

One more thing. If you have an anonymous subscription with Feedblitz, you need to change it to your email address by the date of the drawing. Of course, you can change it back to anonymous after the drawing.

Contest Time!

Today marks the start of my first contest for and you’re invited to participate.

The winner will receive a gift basket that includes autographed book club edition copies (hardcover) of all three of my Christian titles–Awakening Mercy, Abiding Hope, and The Amen Sisters–and one of the Ndebele dolls that I purchased when I was in South Africa this summer. Two runners-up will receive $25 gift certificates to the online bookstore of their choice.

Just take a peek at the Mailing List CONTEST! page for details.