Be the Girl on the Right

Or the girl on the left, or that blonde one in the middle, or one of the brunette’s over there…
Be whatever kind of girl you want to be. That part doesn’t matter.
Just make sure whoever she is, make her someone you can be proud of when you look in the mirror.
Don’t apologize for the fact that you have ovaries. Don’t let people treat you differently because your nipples have more than one function. Don’t let anyone ever tell you can’t when you know damn well you can. And while we’re on the subject, don’t worry about what other women are doing if it doesn’t affect you. Save that mess of drama for your mama, chick! You’re a beautiful, delicate potato chip and no matter how many times you’ve been told different, you’re enough and someone loves you.

Happy Women’s Day

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News on The Promise Series!

I have an excited announcement, everyone!

The Promise Series is now available for FREE on KU!!

Right now, there are five books in The Promise Series and I’ve enrolled them all in Kindle Unlimited 🙂 The first four (The Promise, The Choice, The Secret and The Commitment) are Sophie’s story and it’s complete! Book five in The Promise Series, The Compromise, follows Ana and is also available on Amazon/KU right now.

I’m incredibly proud of this series and am so excited that it’s still getting such amazing reviews! If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think!
Go Baby 😉

PS If you HAVE read The Promise Series, please be sure to check out The Ignite Series and The Callie Leveaux Series, both by me and both complete and available on Kindle Unlimited for free!TPS KU Banner

The Promise Series:
THE PROMISE (BOOK 1)
AMAZON: US: http://amzn.to/23ZQ2zv
UK: <a>https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H62TMJA</a>
CA: <a>https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00H62TMJA</a>
AU: <a>https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00H62TMJA</a>

THE CHOICE (BOOK 2)
US: http://amzn.to/1Qa9CyL
UK: <a>https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JJW1DLK</a>
CA: <a>https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JJW1DLK</a>
AU: <a>https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00JJW1DLK</a>

THE SECRET (BOOK 3)
US: http://amzn.to/23ZQrSH
UK: <a>https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MMN3ICU</a>
CA: <a>http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00MMN3ICU</a>
AU: <a>https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00MMN3ICU</a>

The Commitment (BOOK 4)
US: http://amzn.to/1Qa9Ea2
UK: <a>https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QO9IY0Y</a>
CA: <a>http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00QO9IY0Y</a>
AU:<a>http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00QO9IY0Y</a>

The Compromise (Book 5)
US: http://amzn.to/20Yhds6
UK: a>http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015HV39JA</a>
AU: <a>http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B015HV39JA</a>
CA: <a>http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B015HV39JA</a>

Black Friday Sale

Hey everyone! Black Friday sale bannerI’m having a big sale this weekend on all my books! Details are below! I hope you will check them out 🙂

***MASSIVE 4 DAY SALE***
ALL ELEVEN KATE BENSON TITLES ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE THROUGH MONDAY!
25 TO 70% OFF!
SELECT TITLES AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON KU!
Childhood best friends turned lovers? Steamy erotica packed with action and suspense? Epic love saga that will change your heart? No matter what kind of book boyfriend you require, Kate Benson has a book for that!
All 11 titles continue to get great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Sophie’s story in The Promise Series, The Ignite Series and The Callie Leveaux Series are now complete and can be read from start to finish, cliffhangers be damned! Book 5 in The Promise Series, following Ana and Drake, is available now!
No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re destined to find a story to fall in love with and for a very limited time, you can grab EVERY TITLE ON SALE!
Gobble up these great reads on the cheap while you can!
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J81M3GQ
The Promise: reg $3.99 NOW $1.99!!
The Choice: reg $3.99 NOW $1.99!!
The Secret: reg $3.99 NOW $1.99!!
The Commitment: reg $4.99 NOW $1.99!!
The Compromise: reg $3.99 NOW $1.99!!
Escort: reg $1.99 NOW 99 CENTS!!
Savage: reg $1.99 NOW 99 CENTS!!
Escort/Savage Box Set: *FREE on KU* reg price: $2.99 NOW $1.99!!
Traitor: *FREE on KU* reg price: $3.49 NOW $1.99!!
Ignite: *FREE on KU* reg $3.49 NOW $1.99!!
Smolder: *FREE on KU* reg $3.49 NOW $1.99!!
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Fangirl Friday

Regardless of what WordPress tells me, it’s Friday night here and I’m gonna tell you what I’ve been fangirling over all week.

Stevie Nicks.

To be fair, this isn’t a new thing for me. I’ve been voice crushing hard on her for years, so it seemed fitting that I pay tribute to her first. The only person who compares to her is the one and only Mr. Freddie Mercury. I love them both, I can’t pick a favorite between the two. Since I’m loving on her today, though, Stevie wins the week.

I love music, but oh my God, there’s just something about Stevie that is magic. She’s got that crazy unique rasp, her lyrics are like poetry that was designed to reach into the depths of the soul and just squeeze. Don’t even get me started on her killer style. The world would have been a more beautiful place with any one of her amazing talents, but we get them all and that’s pretty amazing.

There’s no way you can listen to Edge of Seventeen and not feel empowered. There’s no way you can listen to Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You and not want to sing it with all your heart. You cannot hear Rhiannon without feeling something. Go on, try it. I challenge you. If not for me and Stevie, do it for the world. (That’s totally one of her lyrics. She’s amazing, right?)

So there’s my fangirl Friday. Who or what is yours?

Resolutions

Okay, so I’m just going to say it, My name is Kate and I’m a recovering resolution junkie.

Every year, I’d make a ton of them with the best of intentions. By the time late December came back around though, I’d be lucky if I’d kept more than one of two. In 2014, I tried something a little different and am happy to say that I succeeded.

Instead of making “resolutions” to lose weight, read more, things like that, I made one simple rule for myself.

Be happy.hny

Know what? It worked. I spent time with my family. I hung out with my husband and laughed like crazy. I lost some weight. I wrote six books. I made new friends and I got closer to the friends that started the year with me. I stopped waiting for “the right time” and “someday” and decided to do what made me happy now.

It wasn’t a flawless year. In fact, in ways this was one of the hardest years I’ve had, but I survived and at the end of it, I’m happy.

This year, I’m keeping it simple again and planning the same strategy. I will be happy and I hope that all of you are, too!

Do you set resolutions? What are your goals for 2015?

Talk to Me Tuesday

So as some of you may or may not know, I’m an Indie author. While this blog isn’t planned to be strictly about that, it is a big part of my life so it will come up.

Since I got started, I’ve gotten lots of questions from people about my process. I don’t pretend to know everything, quite the opposite actually. I learn something nearly every single day about the craft and I hope that never changes. Along the way, if I can help anyone, I’m happy to do it.

One of the big questions I get frequently is “What is your writing process?”

Well, to be honest, I’m a weird girl. Before you read anything about what I or any other writer does, you need to be open to the idea that just like every story, every writer is different. What works for me may not work for you and that is perfectly fine.

Outlining is a popular method for a lot of writers I know, but it’s never proved effective for me. Creating character profiles is another thing I hear a lot about and while I do it occasionally, I wouldn’t call it part of my usual process. I do take notes, but they’re a mess. I have a giant “pimp cup” on my desk from my wedding that has the perfect balance of candy and pieces of paper in it with my “notes” on them. It’s very unprofessional, but it works for me.

What works best for me is trusting my characters completely.

I never start a book until I’m about a week or two beyond “ready”. I wait until the characters are screaming at me to write and then add on another day or two for good measure. When we’re all ready to start climbing the walls, that’s when I start.

Before this, I rarely write a word down. For me, there are usually a few “key scenes” that they want to tell me about and sometimes, they just won’t stop talking about them long enough for me to start. With some of these scenes, I write down a rough draft of that scene only. I call them “checkpoints” and they can range from one line to twenty pages. The more emotional scenes are never written in advance and neither is the ending of the book. I like to wait to get to that part of the story so that I’ve gone through all the same emotions as my characters. I feel like for me, this is the best way for me to identify with what they’ve gone through up until that point in the story.

Once I’ve got my checkpoints done, I start at the beginning. Music is another huge part of my process, so I create a playlist in advance of a few songs that have the feel I’m looking for with the book. I’ll add to the playlist along the way, but I always start with about ten songs that really speak to me. When I’m ready, I turn on the playlist, close my eyes and I wait for them. Sometimes they come right away, sometimes it takes a little while, but they always come when they’re ready. Once they start talking, I go. While I try to add in a few things here and there that are strictly me, I never deviate from their story.

If I hit a block, I walk away. I don’t push the story because honestly, I don’t feel like it’s my story to tell, it’s theirs. When they get quiet, I ask questions. I talk to them. I argue with them. I go through everything with them because it works for me. I’ve never been easily embarrassed, so finding me standing alone in the store or in my truck at a light talking isn’t that uncommon.

That’s it. That’s my big secret. I listen to my characters and trust them completely, even when I don’t so much love what they have to say.

If you’re a writer, I’d love to hear your process! If you have any questions, please ask them! I’d love to do this once a week!

Tradition

When I was growing up, whether we had the money or not, my mom always made Christmas into a pretty epic event. While everything was pretty laid back, we had a few traditions that we followed through on without fail every year.

A few of those traditions included picking out a Christmas tree to put up the day after Thanksgiving, hot chocolate while we drove around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve and opening one present each when we got home that night. I guess I never realized until I was grown that these were even tradition. Naive as it was, I just assumed most families did everything the same as we did.

When my husband and I moved in together, we kept a few of my family’s traditions, some of his and have come up with a few of our own over the years. We still put the tree up on Black Friday (usually) and I still love looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve. We don’t have children, so we keep things pretty simple, exchanging a couple of small gifts with each other and watching Christmas movies in our pj’s.

What are some of your favorite traditions? Which ones have you kept from your childhood? Which ones have you adopted?