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Steph

12 December 2018

Free seasonal short story - "Santa Claustrophobia"

PUBLISHED TODAY is "Santa Claustrophobia", this year's free seasonal tale from from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. It is Christmas Eve, and Zotz Wak and girlfriend Aurora are stuck babysitting toddler Meuler. Their terminal boredom is shattered by the arrival of Chia, the shopping mall's world-weary Santa Claus, who is definitely not in a festive mood.

The short-story collection Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf has been reissued to include the new story. This anthology (and the accompanying collection To Dance Amongst The Stars) are priced at £1.49 / $1.99; through the wonders of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get updates free of charge.

Merry Christmas, one and all. I've said this before, but books make excellent gifts. Happy reading! Steph.

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5 December 2018

THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS now free at Smashwords and beyond!

THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS, the introductory short-story anthology from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon, is now available free of charge from Smashwords, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo and many other stores. This ebook collection contains three seasonal short stories - "To Dance Amongst The Stars", "Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf" and "It's A Blunderful Life" - plus chapter one of Hollow Moon, the first novel in my space-opera series. This ebook has long been available for Kindle ereaders: unfortunately, the retail price on Amazon is not entirely within my control, but you can get Kindle-compatible ebooks (mobi format) from Smashwords. Did I mention that it's free?

Meanwhile, "Santa Claustrophobia", this year's Christmas short story, is out very, very soon, I promise. Happy reading! Steph.

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28 November 2018

Discounted ebooks - 1st and 2nd December

SITTING INSIDE WITH A GOOD BOOK is an increasingly attractive prospect as the British Isles slips into winter. Far away in warmer climes down-under, author Patty Jansen is hosting another $0.99 / £0.99 promotion for science-fiction and fantasy ebooks over the weekend of 1st and 2nd December - see http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ for a full list of available titles.

My latest novel The Luck Of The Devil, a supernatural fantasy thriller set in a world of superstition and the surreal, will be on offer as part of this promotion. Ebook retailers will bring price drops into effect at different times ahead of the weekend so you may be able to grab an early bargain. Happy reading! Steph.

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19 September 2018

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL now at Smashwords and beyond...

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL is now available from Smashwords and other ebook retailers. This new novel is a contemporary thriller of both comedy and tragedy, set in a world of superstition, psychiatry and the surreal...

"Susan Jones, a transgender woman struggling to get by in 1990s Britain, is under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mordussen. He in turn is obsessed by her disturbing nightmares. But are her demons real? A seventeenth-century sorcerer, evil nurses, a castle reborn from the ashes and a bloodthirsty sheep do not making getting to the bottom of the mystery any easier. Can Susan's love of heavy metal, her battered Volkswagen camper van and two best friends save the day?"

The Luck Of The Devil retails at RRP £3.49 / $4.99. Happy reading! Steph.

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9 July 2018

SPACE OPERA MASHUP, a short-story collection

NOW AVAILABLE for pre-order: SPACE OPERA MASHUP, an ebook anthology of science-fiction short stories: real planets and star systems, those of the imagination, hard SF and science fantasy, mystery and romance. Read about humans trying to meet aliens for the first time or trying to avoid them, humans living with aliens in so-called harmony, Earth-based civilizations and alien humanoids. From Alpha Centauri to Epsilon Eridani and everything in between, this is the Milky Way in all its glory!

This ebook, priced £3.99 / $4.99, can be pre-ordered from the usual ebook retailers and will be released on 14 July. My contribution to this anthology is "GENIE And The LAMP", the Christmas 2014 short story from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon.

The full list of stories in this collection is: "Murder on Marawa Prime" by Vonnie Winslow Crist; "Astromancer" by Debbie Mumford; "One Universe is Never Enough" by Mary Jo Rabe; "A Little Old Fashioned" by Rita Schulz; "Funeral Sails" by Scott T. Barnes; "Station OSCX-9" by Marcelle Dubé; "GENIE And The LAMP" by Steph Bennion; "Runaway" by Barbara G. Tarn; "Seeking Sky" by Jennifer R. Baumer; and "Final Chapter" by Randy Tatano.

Happy reading! Steph.

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30 June 2018

Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale

EBOOK BARGAINS GALORE! The annual Smashwords Summer Sale (or Winter, for those in the southern hemisphere) runs throughout July, with hundreds of participating authors and discounted titles. This year WyrdStar is offering the following ebooks for free (use code SS100 at check-out):
       
> The Battles Of Hastings, a time-travelling novella (RRP $1.99)   Smashwords link
> To Dance Amongst The Stars, prequel stories from 'Hollow Moon'   Smashwords link
> Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf, main-sequence stories from 'Hollow Moon'   Smashwords link

There are, of course, lots of discounted books from other authors to enjoy. Happy reading! Steph.

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15 June 2018

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL out now!

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL is out now! This is a contemporary thriller of both comedy and tragedy, set in a world of superstition, psychiatry and the surreal...

"Susan Jones, a transgender woman struggling to get by in the economic woes of 1990s Britain, is under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mordussen. He in turn is obsessed by her disturbing nightmares. But are her demons real?

An unexpected road trip to Ireland awakens traumas of the past. A seventeenth-century sorcerer, evil nurses, a castle reborn from the ashes and a bloodthirsty sheep do not making getting to the bottom of the mystery any easier. The old wise woman of the village knows more than she's telling. Susan must confront her demons in more ways than one. Can her love of heavy metal, her battered Volkswagen camper van and two best friends save the day?"

Many thanks to those who pre-ordered this novel, which is available for the Amazon Kindle with a recommended retail price of £3.49 / $4.99.

Happy reading! Steph.

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8 June 2018

New releases and special offers

The Luck Of The Devil, a contemporary thriller in a world of superstition, psychiatry and the surreal, is available for pre-order and will be published for the Amazon Kindle next week on Friday 15 June (recommended retail price £3.49 / $4.99). Unlike my 'Hollow Moon' series, this novel is aimed more at adult readers and so I'm using the slightly different by-line of Stephanie M Bennion. For consistency, I've also just released an updated edition of my time-travelling novella The Battles Of Hastings (which also contains adult themes) under this new by-line.

In other news, Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Monday 11 June to Friday 15 June from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

Happy reading! Steph.

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25 April 2018

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL now available for pre-order...

The Kindle edition of The Luck Of The Devil is finally available for pre-order! This is a contemporary thriller of both comedy and tragedy, set in a world of superstition, psychiatry and the metaphysical. Observant readers will note this book carries a different by-line: this book is a departure from my usual space-opera stories for younger readers and contains adult themes. Here comes the obligatory blurb...

"Susan Jones, a transgender woman struggling to get by in the economic woes of 1990s Britain, is under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mordussen. He in turn is obsessed by her disturbing nightmares. But are her demons real? An unexpected road trip to Ireland awakens traumas of the past. A seventeenth-century sorcerer, evil nurses, a castle reborn from the ashes and a bloodthirsty sheep do not making getting to the bottom of the mystery any easier. The old wise woman of the village knows more than she's telling. Susan must confront her demons in more ways than one. Can her love of heavy metal, her battered Volkswagen camper van and two best friends save the day?"

This is a novel I thought would never see the light of day. The Luck Of The Devil ebook will be published for the Amazon Kindle on 15 June, with a recommended retail price of £3.49 / $4.99. Happy reading! Steph.

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24 March 2018

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL

Publication of this much-delayed novel creeps closer... While I can't yet name the date, I can finally unveil the book cover!

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As you can see above, I'm using a different by-line for this work, to distinguish it from the young-adult space opera of the Hollow Moon series. Watch this space for further announcements... Steph.


1 March 2018

Discounted ebooks - 3rd and 4th March

WHILE BRITAIN SHIVERS IN THE SNOW, on the sunnier side of planet Earth author Patty Jansen is hosting another $0.99 / £0.99 promotion for science-fiction and fantasy ebooks over the weekend of 3rd and 4th March - see http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ for a full list of available titles.

My novel Hollow Moon, the eponymous first instalment (and a stand-alone novel) in my series for young adults and adults young at heart, will be on offer as part of this promotion. As before, I'll be extending this to the other novels of the series: Paw-Prints Of The Gods (Hollow Moon #2) and City Of Deceit (Hollow Moon #3). Ebook retailers will bring price drops into effect at different times ahead of the weekend so you may be able to grab an early bargain.

Finally, Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge on Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites. Happy reading! Steph.

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6 January 2018

SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN ebook bundle offer is closing

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Some slightly sad news - the Sci-Fi July Fever Fun ebook bundle will be withdrawn from sale and cease to be from 13th January (next weekend). The not-so-sad news is that until then, the half-price offer for the Christmas period (see previous news item) will be extended to the end. This bundle is available from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores, as well as Bundle Rabbit itself. Happy reading for 2018! Steph.


23 December 2017

Half-price Christmas sale - SCI-FI JULY FEVER FUN

MERRY CHRISTMAS! As well as the new seasonal short-story anthologies (see previous news item), the not-so-seasonally-named Sci-Fi July Fever Fun ebook bundle will be available for just $4.99 from 19th to 29th December (yes, I should have posted this days ago). This eleven-ebook collection of science-fiction joy includes works by: Dean Wesley Smith, Russ Crossley, Rebecca M. Senese, Blaze Ward, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Michael Warren Lucas, Ubiquitous Bubba, Rebecca S.W. Bates, Barbara G. Tarn, Robert Jeschonek... and myself, with Hollow Moon.

This bundle is available from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and Kobo ebook stores, as well as Bundle Rabbit itself. Happy reading! Steph.

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16 December 2017

New short-story collections and "The Clockwork Cat"!

NEW EBOOKS OUT NOW - TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS, a 'Hollow Moon' anthology of all 'prequel' seasonal short stories published to date, MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF, an accompanying anthology of all 'main sequence' stories to date, and "The Clockwork Cat", this year's Christmas tale from from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon...

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These collections also include the new timeline interviews, a light-hearted look at how the various novels and short stories fit together. Kindle editions were released on Amazon earlier this week: both ebooks are now also available from Smashwords, where they replace the original single-story ebooks of "To Dance Amongst The Stars" and "Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf". The Smashwords editions will be available from Apple's iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and all other major ebook retailers within the next few days (hopefully!).

Both new anthologies are priced at £1.49 / $1.99; however, the Smashwords editions will be free of charge until the end of December. These collections will be updated and reissued as future seasonal short stories are released. Through the wonders of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get future updates free of charge!

Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas at WyrdStar without a new 'Hollow Moon' story. This year's tale is "The Clockwork Cat", an affectionate re-working of the British pantomime staple Dick Whittington. Ostara Lee, Newbrum's would-be private detective from Paw-Prints Of The Gods, is lured to the wealthy city of Bradbury Heights by a mysterious message asking for her help on a case. Captain Nyx of Newbrum police is in league with smuggler Bouki Moritasgus and only a brass clockwork cat, stolen by street urchin Tomtem from the Dickens Christmas Fair, can save the day...

Finally, the new edition of Three Tales For Christmas (see previous news item) will be available free of charge on 25th, 26th and 27th December from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

Merry Christmas, one and all. Books and ebook devices make excellent gifts, by the way...

Happy reading! Steph.


20 November 2017

New Edition of THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS

ebook RELEASED TODAY is a new edition of Three Tales For Christmas, a Kindle-exclusive collection of festive sci-fi fairytales from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. As well as an updated cover, the featured stories have had an editorial refresh and this ebook now includes chapter one of the novel Hollow Moon.

Can a poor, down-trodden kitchen slave find her prince in the shape of a young, dashing space captain? When the power fails when parents are out for the night, is it wise to be wandering the forest with vicious robot wolves on the loose? A man caught up in a war wonders if he can go on, but can a hologram hope to convince him by showing the greatest blunders of his life? It is supposed to be the season of goodwill!

This new edition of Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge on 25th and 26th November from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.

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But that's not all...! This December sees the release of two new short-story anthologies, To Dance Amongst The Stars and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf. Together, these anthologies see the first publication at all major ebook retailers of every Christmas short story published to date - including the forthcoming 2017 offering "The Clockwork Cat"...

Happy reading! Steph.


Older news items can be found on the WyrdStar News Archive page.

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