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Where to find Where Weavers Daire

This sticky post lists where to find the eBook or paperback copy of my space opera novel Where Weavers Daire.

Available in eBook or paperback through Amazon.
Weaver is available everywhere / Gumroad
It’s also available at these fine bookstores:

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island:

Charter Books

Stillwater Books (either in store or through their website)

Wakefield Books

Inkfish Books

Books on the Square

Seattle

Pegasus Book Exchange
If you’re a book store looking to add my book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.

Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

[News] 20 years ago

20 Years ago it was a Tuesday.

And Tuesday started at 6 AM.
I lived with my parents and since I was going to work at 8 AM I was designated to drop my dad off at the Airport.
My dad was a pilot of United Airlines and has been flying since he was teenager. He’s gone from Peidmont to Ransom Express to Ransom to Pan Am Express to Pan Am to Kuwait Airways and finally to United.
He has said on more than once occasion it’s the best job a kid could have. My brother and I never really got bitten by the flying bug that much, I take purty pictures of them mostly. 🙂
So at 7 AM I drop him off at the Airport and drive onto work.
I worked at the local Cable Company Call Center with lots of Televisions on the walls and whoever gets into work early and has a remote control switches the channels and normally The Today Show would have been on.
At 9 AM CNN.com stopped loading and so did MSNBC. With it being a slow day I gophered up to see if anyone else was having problems. One of the Televisions was showing a tower and smoke coming out of it. One or two people were watching it. I walked over and turned up the volume.
One of the News Anchors was reporting a small plane had hit one of the World Trade Center Towers. O.k., so it was a news story just like when the Russian sub collided with another sub during war games.
I don’t remember if I actually saw the second plane hit the second tower. I rounded the corner at work and FOX News was reporting the Pentagon had just been attacked and was on fire.
A few customers called in about problems with the local news Station out of New York, an email or two had said the antenna’s on the WTC Towers were causing the problem.
Then news began to filter out about a passenger plane.
And, I decided to call my dad’s cell phone.
Digressing for a moment…
Having a pilot in the family means a great many things: First, don’t expect them to be home for Holidays, second expect calls from foreign countries, thirdly finding loose change all over the house that looks like an Arcade Token, taking them to the airport at o’dark thirty in the morning and lastly, listening to the news when the words: AIRLINE DISASTER dominate the screen.
Pan Am 103 was the last major disaster that struck our family indirectly.
First, 103 crippled Pan Am chances of survival only for Delta to buy them out.
Second, Delta went on everyones shit list for promising the world and pulling out once they got the juicy routes which they in turn fucked up on because their name recognition meant diddly that side of the equator.
Back to reality, I called his cell and he answered. Whew. The conversation went like this.
Dad: Hello.
Me: Hi. How’s it going?
Dad: Fine-
Me: Where are you?
Dad: They’re pulling us back to the gate. We know. Flights have been canceled. Rumor is it was one of ours.
The rest of the day is a blur. I watched both towers come down.
My dad and fellow pilots being grounded went to victum’s families to pay their respects.
My brother, who, a few days before had flown down to Texas to train with Southwest to be a bag smasher (baggage handler) was in training when all of this happened.
Later that night, I sent out emails to everyone in the extended family and told them Dad was supposed to fly but was luckily not in the air when it happened.
Days later, Wall Street would re-open and United Stock plummeted. Their woes had begun earlier that year when an unplanned, unknown, announcement about United merging with US Airways sent the stock tumbling and employee’s blood pressure through the roof.
My dad along with several other pilots were flown out to different airports to ferry airplanes home so things could get back to normal.
United went into Chapter 11 along with a few other airlines. Rumors of other airlines getting the word from the higher ups to bury United would later backfire when their work would push themselves into Chapter 11.
20 years later, it’s a Saturday.
I sit at home while a virus that has been politicized to the point of absurdity rages through out the world. I’ve published one book and working a second.
I’m working as a delivery driver for Amazon, a job far removed from my customer service rep jobs of the past.
My dad died six years ago, on his birthday, on a plane headed to Seattle.
My mother has since retired from ICU and works as a hospice volunteer.
My brother has moved onto better things, got married, moved to Seattle, his wife had created the Works Seattle before the pandemic and continues to thrive under her leadership and quick thinking. They have a lovely two lovely twins, a dog named Clover and while they were completely vaccinated they’ve survived a brush with the virus.
And, life continues…

[Plotting About] August News

Welcome to August!

Photo taken by Mary Robinette Kowal of myself and Lauren Harris.

Ebook Box Set News

On August 10, there is a ebook box set coming out that includes myself and five other ARIA authors.

Three of these authors should look vaguely familiar since I’ve been interviewing them for my newsletter.

A boxed set of firsts!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors proudly presents their first ebook box set! Each author has contributed the first book of an ongoing series. From the sandy wastelands of far-off world filled with magic, machines, and men to war torn edge of space to aliens invading Earth. There’s a little something for everyone. We hope you enjoy sit back and enjoy the ride.

This boxed set includes:

R. K. Bentley – Where Weavers Daire

A. Keith Carreiro – The Penitent, Part One

Tabitha Lord – Horizon

Paul Magnan – Kyu, The Coming of Dis

Christopher Paniccia – Heaven’s Gate

Debra Zannelli – Sisterworld

The ebook box set is available everywhere on 8/10/22.

RKB’s Picks


Jungle Cruise is available on Disney+ as well as the your movie theater. From the trailers you may have gotten a Mummy or Pirates vibe and that’s not wrong. The movie does harken back to the sword and sandal antics of the Mummy. The copy and paste CGI legion of mummies isn’t used, thankfully. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt star in this lovely swashbuckling tale.

If you can make it out to the theater then I would recommend seeing it there instead of paying the $29.99 on Disney+. Or invite friends over and make it a family movie night.


Fear Street Trilogy on Netflix, I was late to watching this and came away very impressed. I’m not really a horror buff but occasionally like a good scary movie and found this one to be rather enjoyable. The trilogy of movies is not family friendly and is Rated R for good reason.

Book 2

Book 2 continues to move along and it was my hope it was going to be out next week but alas that isn’t the case.

It has become painfully clear, pandemic or not, I’m not an author that can push out a book a year and back in December 2020 when I gave myself until August 2021 to publish book 2 it was wishful thinking until work went to 5 days a week instead of the 4 days we’d been having. The credit card bills are happy along with my credit score. My creativity isn’t even if I am making progress it’s not just the fast progress I expected.

For those not signed up for my mailing list you can read the first three chapters of When Riders Crosleigh over here on Wattpad.

I’m posting scenes in chronological order once a month via the mailing list and will upload each new chapter to Wattpad once it’s completed.

I will recommend getting the ebook box set above, the other five books are well worth your time.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of August!

Novel Spotlight

If there are any authors that wish to have their novel in the spotlight or are part of free book giveaway, it’s best to go through StoryOrigin and I’ll get it into the next email that goes out September 1.

[Author Interview] Debra Zannille

Welcome to R. K. Bentley’s Author Interviews!

This month’s interview is with Debra R. Zannelli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio

Debra Zannelli is a retired teacher assistant and a graduate of Mitchell College. She was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. For eighteen years she lived in Salem, Connecticut and worked in Norwich at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. She enjoys hiking and sings in the local community chorus.

She has two books coming out soon: Darkness and Light, The Hunter and Darkness and Light, Vampires.

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I’ve always loved words and the stories my mother read to my sister and I every night I was a lonely, quiet child and books were my best friends, the place I would go to get away

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

My son moved out, so I’ve taken over the study section his bedroom. It has a tabletop desk and good-sized entertainment section, now filled with books. I have a quiet nook for reading.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

I sit at my desk from Monday through Friday as close to 1pm as possible, Saturdays and Sundays whenever I can. If inspired, I write on anything available

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

My titles come from the meanings I’m trying to convey and the character of my characters, as their life progresses.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The hardest scene for me to write is the last paragraph of my soon to be published book, Darkness and Light, Vampires. The easiest paragraph was in my first novel. When Marcus, the main character, is trying to convey how much he hates what he has become.

  1. What inspired your book/series?

Marcus, the main character in the Darkness and Light series needed to have his long and often painful journey explained in a manner expressing many of his and my deepest feelings.

  1. What are you working on next?

Once the final Darkness and Light book is published I will begin writing the third book in the Sister World Trilogy; Sister World, Back to Terah

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Charles Dickens, Stephen King and M.M.Kay

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Here. I love to travel, but no matter where I go, it’s beauty, history and delights, I’m always happy to come home.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

Fried Scallops

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Coffee, wine

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, meticulous, and imaginative.

[Author Interview] Christopher Paniccia

Welcome to RKB Writes Author Interviews!

This month’s interview is with Christopher Paniccia.


Author Bio

Christopher R. Paniccia was born and raised in Southern New England.After serving as active duty Para-Rescue in the United States Air Force during Desert Storm he finished his teaching and art degrees. He has been teaching both Elementary as well as College students for over twenty years.

As an indie author, Christopher writes and publishes his own books. He hopes to inspire others to put their ideas into print as his students inspired him to do.

His newest book, Dark Kingdom, book three of the Haven Series came out last month. It introduces the realm of Dark Elves into this epic fantasy.

You can follow Christopher through his social links:

Facebook | Instagram | Amazon Author Page | Website

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I have always been a writer. As a young man I would often write comic stories in journals and follow that by putting the story into a complete comic book. Over the years I saved the journals and have an unlimited amount of stories from which to choose to turn them into novels. What really inspired me to take the leap into novel writing can be summed up easily, my students. I have taught both college and elementary students for the past 25 years. My elementary students would comment on my various stories over the years and one group in particular really motivated me to put the stories into words. The floodgates opened.

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

My writing space can be described as controlled chaos. Is it possible to be neat but yet cluttered, well that is me. A mixture of writing materials, illustrations, and cups fill my desk.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

My writing routine changes based on the seasons. While school is in session my writing takes place in the evening. During the summer month’s I write full-time during the day. I have my notes and outline in front of me and a large glass of water. Ear pods have a special place in my routine as the rock and roll is cranked up and keeps the ideas flowing.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

Many times, the title of the books comes after the story has begun to be written and as it takes shape the title comes to mind.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write?

Which scene was your favorite to write? The hardest scene for me to write would have to be in Book One of the Haven Series, Heaven’s Gate where Peter Sullivan finally makes it to the gate of the ancient alien realm where he unlocks the gate only to have that moment of extreme high become one of devastation as he and his friends immediately become prisoners.

My favorite scene would have to be in the Gridiron Conspiracy where Dr. Henry Chase introduces Chris Strong and company to his long dead brother at an off the grid cabin in the woods. The doctor leaves a digital trail of breadcrumbs for the companions to follow and has a lot of explaining to do.

 

  1. What inspired your book/series?

My current series, The Haven Series, is inspired by true events. My grandfather was a naval officer during WWII and left me his footlocker when he passed. In the footlocker were various military items including an old leather journal. The journal was written in German and upon translation I discovered the journal contained Nazi details about an expedition to Antarctica in search of Rainbow City, an ancient alien civilization. It seemed the perfect way to begin a fantasy story with magic, aliens, and long-lost realms.

  1. What are you working on next?

I am in the process of working on a spin off Gridiron Conspiracy series focusing on Dr. Henry Chase, the enigma in the trilogy. He has become a beloved character and is definitely worthy of his own legacy.

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I have been influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s world building, Terry Brooks’ characters, and Terry Goodkind’s storylines.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

I would love to live near the ocean and be able to hear the sound of wind, sea, and animal life.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

A favorite meal of mine would be the next one! In all seriousness though a great lasagna and cheesecake would hit the spot.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Having spent a good amount of time in England I would have to say Tea.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Steadfast, Loyal, and Relentless.

[Author Interview] M. A. Guglielmo

Welcome to the first of many author interviews.

M. A. Guglielmo is this month’s author. She is member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Her third book in the From Smokeless Fire Trilogy, Price to Pay is available for pre-order and arrives on 6/17.

You can follow Maria through her social links:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Author Page | BookBubWebsite


Author Bio

M.A. Guglielmo is a neurosurgeon, mother of two awesome daughters, and a lifelong fan of speculative fiction. Her Italian grandmother may or may not have been able to cast the evil eye on difficult neighbors, and she loves telling a good story, especially if magical curses and witty villains are involved.
  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I live in Rhode Island, the US state voted most likely to be used as a unit of measurement, with my two awesome daughters, and a dog and cat who I swear have watched too many Tom and Jerry cartoons. In my day job, I’m a neurosurgeon. So I can say with some authority that writing fiction isn’t brain surgery. Some days it feels harder, though!

  1. How did you get into writing?

I started writing seriously about seven years ago, after I finished reading out loud a middle grade fantasy to my daughters and started to make up a new version of the plot. It was so much fun I decided to start sketching out the story. After writing a fifty-page outline and the tossing it aside when the actual writing began, I learned my first writing term—pantser.

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

I usually write on my couch, trying to hold onto my laptop with my dog on one side of me and my cat on the other. There’s also a lot of hot tea.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

I’ve recently adopted a strategy of ‘touching’ my work every day. I open up my Scrivener file of my current work in progress and do something, even if it’s only rereading and lightly editing my last session. It’s worked surprisingly well.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

I have a (usually terrible) working title before I begin writing. My published books have all had their titles changed by the editor and marketing team, so I try not to get too attached to my working title.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The heroine of my From Smokeless Fire, Zahara, is a demonic jinni more interested in shopping and sweets than haunting. In Price to Pay, the last novel in the trilogy, Zahara has to overcome her party girl of the paranormal persona and become the reluctant heroine of the story. I was surprised how bittersweet her difficult decisions were in the novel, and how strong a character she shows herself to be. Those were more difficult scenes to write.

My favorite scenes to write were when Clifford, a flying cyborg Great White, made an appearance.

  1. What inspired your book/series?

The mythology behind the novel is the story of Harut and Marut, two overly proud angels—or jinn in some versions—who are sent down to earth to show humans how to resist temptation. They fail, in rather spectacular fashion, and are punished by being hung by the feet until the end of the world. According to some sources, the two gave the gift—or curse—of magical knowledge to humanity.

  1. What are you working on next?

I’m starting a new project set in a fantasy version of ancient régime France, with a sexy necromancer hero who has to work with two of his worst enemies to save a princess who’s not what she seems to be.

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I love the writing styles of more literary authors like Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin, and the storytelling power of writers like S. A. Chakraborty and Martha Wells.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

The best fantasy worlds are way too dangerous for my taste! I’d love to have a second home in Morocco and a jinn muse for my writing, though.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

Mmmm…pasta.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Green tea and red wine.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Curious, creative, and overbooked!


 

[NEWS] April News

April News

Convention News:

I’ve never been one for April Fool’s Jokes so no big surprise awaits for you.

It looks like between the last newsletter and now, Necronomicon 2021 and RI Summer Comic Con in Rhode Island has been canceled. I think it’s all for the best. Even with the vaccines rolling out it’s going to be a while before the convention scene is back on its feet and most of the conventions are still going the virtual route.

I’m going to assume WorldCon DC isn’t going to happen even if they’re still looking at hotels since the one they were supposed to have it in has filed for bankruptcy.

Now, as for why San Diego Comic Con decided to say: Let’s throw a con on Thanksgiving weekend, I haven’t the faintest idea why.

When Riders Crosleigh Update

The When Riders Crosleigh K BAR count: 36008, goal is 120000.

While book 2 is plugging along and the price of the ebook version book 1 is $0.99 on every electronic platform.

I was playing around with a boxed set template for eBooks 1,2+3. I realize I haven’t even finished book 2 but it’s fun to play around in Photoshop.

Music News:

If you haven’t seen Dark on Netflix and are looking for a Stranger Things fix, then go watch Dark. If you liked Dark and enjoyed the music by Ben Frost, seasons 1+2 are up on iTunes and make for great ambience music if you’re looking for something spooky.RKB’s Picks

RKB’s Picks

 

The Irregulars on Netflix bears a striking resemblance to The Nevers that will be appearing on HBO/Max shortly. Both series take place in London and involve supernatural events going on. The Irregulars has two things going for it: 1. It takes place in the Sherlock Holmes-universe and 2. Joss Whedon isn’t involved with it. I’m two episodes into it and enjoying it, sure some of the plot lines are clunkers, the wide-eyed Prince being the primary culprit but no show is ever perfect right out of the gate.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are two episodes into their six episode run and the banter we got during Civil War between the two actors is back. Yay! The great thing about this series is that it’s not trying to copy what WandaVision did. While WandaVision covered what happened after the death of Vision in Infinity War, this series covers what happens after Captain America needs to be replaced since the events of End Game. It also takes a couple of deep cuts into the super soldier serum when Captain America was on ice. And as always: the animated credits that started in Captain America The First Avenger and continued through Winter Soldier and Civil War are worth watching.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of April!
A collection of discounted sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of April!

Novel Spotlight!

If there are any authors wish to have their novel in the spotlight or are part of free book giveaway, it’s best to go through StoryOrigin and I’ll get it into the next email that goes out May 1st.

[NEWS] Smarch Updates

Smarch Updates

Smarch? You’ve never heard of Smarch?

Click on the Youtube link. (It’s work safe, honest)

Convention News:

December’s Rhode Island Author Expo is still on and should be in person. If anything changes, I’ll let you know.

Boskone was a well attended virtual con was enjoyable from my living room.

Look like Necronomicon 2021 is not going ahead as originally planned and has been pushed to 2022 along with San Diego Comic Con. I’m happy both of these conventions decided not to attempt 2021.

Book 1 News:

While book 2 is plugging along and the price of the ebook version book 1 is $0.99 on every electronic platform.

Music News:

Last bit of news is I’ve found on Youtube some hour long ambience music from Star Wars and while I have a lot of the soundtracks already, it’s nice to hear some ambience music while I write. The ads popping up are easily ignored.

RKB’s Picks:

 


The Head on Amazon Prime is a murder mystery set in the cold tundra of Antarctica. A multi-national team of scientists face several months in darkness before the summer team arrives but when they do they only find two survivors. Overall, the series if a fun watch even if the flashback style of story telling can get a little grating and deafens the suspense since the first episode shows all the dead while the series unspools with their demise one by one. Overall: 4 out of 5.Beast Wars: Transformers on Tubi and Transformers War for Cybertron on Netflix. Growing up in the 80’s I was raised on afternoon cartoons so Transformers, GI Joe, Robotech, Captain Harlock and such turned me into a nerd. Doctor Who circa Tom Baker on PBS and Star Trek: TNG on Fox just cemented it.So when Transformers The Movie came out in the 80’s, it was the first taste of PTSD since a lot of the Gen 1 Transformers died in order to make way for more toys. I have no idea who thought purple was a good color scheme but wow there’s a lot a purple in Galvatron’s crew to the point of squinting and several minions all look the same.

Beast Wars Transformers is one of the better Transformer shows because while it is a show based on merchandise, the characters and stories weren’t aimed at kids. The characters and their voices are unique enough to make them all stand out (Rattrap, Dinobot, Blackarachnia, Megatron) and yes, while some even die their deaths aren’t just throw away to make way for new toys. The Gen 1 nostalgia doesn’t kick into high gear until the end of Season 2. At nearly 50 episodes, the show is worth watching beginning to end.

It gets a five out of five.

I would disregard it’s direct sequel: Beast Machines. It’s completely different animal and while it tried something different it was too different and not as enjoyable as Beast Wars. It’s bad when a few of the voice actors flip out at the fact their characters have changed so much. Sure, it’s the same characters and voice actors but the writers swung and struck out.

Transformers War for Cybertron could learn a few things from Beast Wars. While the show among a few other Transformer shows have decided to focus on the Cybertron before Gen 1, it’s a good nostalgia attempt that only fails on two points in my opinion: 1. Too short a season doesn’t allow for the characters to stretch. It feels like it’s rushing at points. 2. The male voice actors don’t do any favors due to too many of them trying to sound gruff. The woman voice over actors are dead on perfect and make them rememberable.

I bring up both of these series because War of Cybertron Volume 3 dips into Beast Wars continuity if the last shot of Dinobot has anything to say about it.

It gets a four out of five.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of Smarch!
An even bigger collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of Smarch!
Free eBook from Patty Jansen.

Novel Spotlight!


[EVENTS] Virtual Boskone 2021

Boskone

Boskone 2020 seems to be ages ago. I’ll remember it the most because it was the first week I started the same job with the same company and because it was the start of our present covid circumstances.

Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to miss the onset of the usual case of con crud.

For Boskone 2021, it will all be virtual and that means a virtual dealers room.

My virtual dealers table is here.

What will I be selling?

eBook copies of Weaver are now $0.99 across all platforms. Personally signed paperbacks are available. Available eBay auctions here.

Why should you attend?

Boskone is a convention geared towards writers/authors so if you ever wanted to go to convention minus the airfare, the hotel and parking fees the $25 for a three day virtual convention is probably the best deal you’ll have in ever.

Check out their program schedule here.

And best yet, no con crud.

[NEWS] February 2021 Updates

February 2021 News

One of my resolutions is to post more here. The advent of Twitter, Facebook and the rest has made posting easier and easier.

Convention News:

Since Boskone 2021 is going to virtual this year, I’ll be in the virtual dealers room selling copies of Weaver along with my eBay auctions.

They’re going to have three days worth of panels and with no airline or hotel fees to worry about I’d recommend checking out the schedule.

I hope things start to look up towards the end of the year.

Rhode Island Comic Con is still scheduled for November and Emerald City Comic Con scheduled for December.

Association of RI Authors will an isle at RICC like we usually do. So long as I can get the time off from work, I’ll be at RICC. Any updates on RICC will be appear here, on my twitter feed, blog and FB page.

I would love to go to ECCC as a vendor but I think I’ll wait off until I have three books.

I’m trying to be optimistic about 2021 and in person events…

Book 2 News

The prologue and chapter 1 for book #2 has been posted to Wattpad.

I should note, these previews I’ve been posting haven’t been edited so there are most assuredly spelling and grammar errors.

I will be having the book edited prior to release.

eBook Giveaways!

Novel Spotlight!