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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Who's Ben Skrewd?

Happy U.S. Tax Day from the ladies at Red Door Reads.

Last year, a number of the Red Door authors met at the RWA National Conference for a little side meeting and a chance to bond in person vs. online. This group of ladies were discussing what sort of project they could do as a group. They didn’t want to do a holiday theme or something that had been done already, but they did want something universal. Someone (who will remain anonymous) posed the loaded question -  “So who’s Ben Skrewd?” 

Anyway, after a few chuckles, we all realized that everyone has had the feeling of “Ben Skrewd” at one point or another in their life. Story ideas began to flow, and it didn’t take long for half of the Red Door authors to decide to take those story ideas and create a novella series like no other. There are 11 different novellas in the collection, and it is comprised of stories set in 19th Century England to present day Milwaukee and Ireland. Heroes who are cops and some who are aristocratic lords. Heroines who slay demons and some who see ghosts.

Each novella is as different and diverse as the authors, but each story has two things in common. ONE - A red door on each cover outside and TWO - a mysterious character named Ben Skrewd somewhere on the pages inside. 

For a short period of time, each Who’s Ben Skrewd novella is on sale for $0.99.  Also today, we are celebrating the launch with a Facebook release party beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. There will be all sorts of prizes/giveaways and the opportunity to talk to your favorite Red Door authors. We do hope you’ll be able to join us - https://www.facebook.com/events/798282543534467/

But that isn’t all. Beginning today through April 22nd, we’re sponsoring a slightly different kind of contest. Each Ben Skrewd novella author has hidden a silhouette of “Ben” somewhere on our websites. Can YOU find all of the missing Bens? If so, submit your answers Here  - for a chance to win an iPad mini!

Without further ado…

The Red Door Reads ‘Who’s Ben Skrewd?’ Novella Series

Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (A Half Moon House Series Novella) by DEB MARLOWE

It's warring nations and the battle of the sexes as Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants to retire to the peace of the country, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if it will keep his nephew safe and happy. The war is on, but when banter, flirtation and kisses become weapons, will they wish the battle to end?

Hexed (A Deadly Sins Novella) by ANDRIS BEAR

The hero and heroine of ANGEL UNLEASHED, Jake Ryder and Liadin, return for a novella adventure. Jake and Lia fought Heaven and Hell for their happily ever after, but when Jake takes down what he thinks is a petty thief, he becomes the target of a dark and powerful force—one Liadin can’t kill.

Her Muse, Lord Patrick (A Muses Novella) by JANE CHARLES

Lord Patrick Delaney promised to deliver an important message to his best friend’s sister, but promises are hard to keep when one becomes a ghost. After Patrick is attacked in the forest and tossed into a river, he is surprised to wake at the country estate where the lovely Miss Laura Chetwey is mourning the loss of her brother. Even more surprising, she seems to be the only person who can see or hear him, which should make his mission easy to complete… if only he could remember the message he is supposed to deliver. 

Laura’s brother has been missing for four months and she has come to believe he perished at sea. Taking refuge at her uncle’s estate, she tries to escape her grief by immersing herself in the imaginary world of fiction by penning a horrid novel. But the line between reality and make-believe becomes hard to distinguish when a handsome ghost arrives at Torrington Abbey to protect her and steals her heart in the process.

Trapped between the span of life and death, Patrick fears he will vanish forever once he remembers the news of Laura's brother. Will they ever have a chance to be together, or is the opportunity for love lost to them forever?

In the Stars (A Regency Encounter Novella) by AVA STONE

Ever since a mysterious fortuneteller informed Miss Wilhelmina Throssell that she’d soon meet her true love - a one-eyed commander -Mina's thought of little else. She never imagined marriage was in the stars for her or that she had a true love out there somewhere. Anywhere.

Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Carrick, Viscount Healeyfield returned home from the battlefields with nothing but his honor, his excellent eye-sight, and a crumbling abbey to his name. As luck would have it however, his wealthy mentor has a daughter of marriageable age that he’d like to see wed before he dies. Almost instantly, Nathaniel is quite smitten with the girl. She’s lovely, enchanting and the most unique female of his acquaintance. Unfortunately, the girl in question is quite adamant that her one true love, whoever he may be, has but a single eye.

Dances with Demons (A Phoenix Chronicles Novella) by LORI HANDELAND

Multiple RITA award winning author, Lori Handeland, brings you a novella set in her popular urban fantasy world, The Phoenix Chronicles . . .

When a demon comes calling Megan Murphy's bar blows sky-high, and she's suddenly on the run with her klutzy day shift bartender, the exceedingly gorgeous Quinn Fitzpatrick. 

Quinn has been in love with Megan from the moment he saw her.  Too bad he's living a lie.  He isn't as klutzy as he makes out, nor as human as she believes.  Quinn was sent to protect Megan from anything that slithers.

But there's danger afoot, and the best place for them both is one that’s far, far away.  A place Quinn Fitzpatrick once called home.  Ireland--land of fairies and gargoyles, shape-shifters, dragons and more.

There they will dance with demons, and Megan will uncover every secret Quinn has.

Firebird (A Columbyana Novella) by LINDA WINSTEAD JONES

Rori has always felt out of place in her powerful shape-shifting family. When it becomes clear to her that she has no place among them, she decides to start a new life in a seaside town. A normal life. 

Panther-shifter Kalum is drawn to the far eastern edge of Columbyana, where his mate has been hiding. He tried for years to deny her, but that is no longer possible. Like it or not, she is his. 
And secrets await...

Accidentally in Love (A More Courtesan Chronicles Novella) by CLAUDIA DAIN

  Miss Emeline Harlow had loved Christopher Culley all her life and was going to marry him. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to know that. Just because they had grown up in each other's pockets from the time they were children, just because their mothers were best friends, and just because her three younger brothers all thought of Kit Culley as a brother, did not make Emeline Kit's sister. Somehow, Kit was blind to that fact. Emeline will just have to use her London come-out to show Kit that she is not a little girl, not his sister, and not to be ignored. Emeline Harlow, with a little help from Lady Eleanor Kirkland and Sophia Dalby, is going to succeed brilliantly at all three.

The Earl’s Passionate Plot by SUSAN GEE HEINO

Falling in love was never part of the plan...
When Miss Mariah Langley inherited beautiful Renford Hall she planned to stay there forever. Now the Earl of Dovington has shown up to evict her! He's waving legal proof that the property is his and he's arranged to lease it to an eligible heiress. With nowhere to go, Mariah agrees to host his potential lessees in exchange for additional time there.

With guests arriving and tempers flaring, there seems but one obvious solution. The spinster and the earl engage in a battle of wits and wooing: they each scheme to find a partner for the other, hoping romance will give the enemy reason to relinquish the house. It's hard to focus on matchmaking, however, when they can't keep their hands off each other!

Touch of Trouble (A Blake Brothers Novella) by SUSAN SEY
He’s in hot pursuit…
Drew Blake loves women. All women. Normally, they love him right back but Meghan Wise? Not so much. To his shock, Meg is immune to charm, impervious to flattery, and just plain impatient with his attention. So what the hell is she doing knocking at his bedroom door after midnight with a smile and an invitation?

She’s hard to get...
Meg prefers to fly solo, generally speaking, but she knows when to buddy up. Like now, for example, when an annoying situation suddenly goes all law-and-order on her on the middle of the night. She’ll deal with it, of course, but she’ll need a bodyguard. Unfortunately, the only person who’s both interested in her body and handy at midnight is Drew Blake.

She’s in a touch of trouble…
Meg’s not offering quite the adventure Drew has in mind but he jumps at it anyway. Because there’s just something about this girl, something beyond the surface slick and the endless legs. Something soft, vulnerable, and precious that she really doesn’t want him to see. Which is why he desperately wants to see it. Drew’s not one to resist temptation, either. The question is, can she resist him?
…but it just might be his lucky night.

Reagan’s Revenge (A Reed Brothers Novella) by TAMMY FALKNER

Calmly, Carefully, Completely left readers with one question — would Reagan ever get justice against her attacker?  

A chance meeting, a well-deserved ass kicking and the end of Emily and Logan's engagement? Find out what happens next in Reagan's Revenge!

Cross Springs In Bloom (A Cross Springs Novella) by CAREN CRANE

Cross Springs' biggest gossip, Mindy MacPherson, goes after a mysterious rose grower's secrets and encounters her lone one-night stand, Javier Morales Nieto. Mindy had only one regret from her night with Javier: that she didn't have the courage to face the morning after and see whether their feelings would last. With the Cross Springs flower show imminent, the heat gets turned up high and fast!
A chance meeting, a well-deserved ass kicking and the end of Emily and Logan's engagement? Find out what happens next in Reagan's Revenge!

You can find them all at http://www.RedDoorReads.com!


  1. I hope everyone comes by to check out our Facebook party this afternoon/evening! The whole "Who's Ben Skrewd" thing makes me laugh and laugh!

  2. Hello to all my Lady Scribes! Thanks so much for sharing our Ben Skrewd Novella Event!

    It's so exciting to see all the different incarnations of Ben! I hope you'll all join us at the FB party this afternoon--I've got a cool prize related to Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness to give away.

    And I can't wait to see who plays Where's Ben and wins the iPad Mini!

  3. I am definitely looking forward to the party. It's going to be a ton of fun. :)

  4. Welcome, ladies.
    What a fun idea! So glad to have y'all join us today and wish you great success with the party. I'm stuck at the day job today, so I don't know if I'll get by, but it sounds like a blast. I had a chance to read Jane Charles's story in the beginning stages and what a treat. It's a unique and very sweet story I think Regency readers are going to love. :)

  5. Oh it's good to be hanging out at Lady Scribes again!!! Can't wait to start the party on FB and hope to see you there!!

  6. I hope everyone can stop by the FB party. We're going to have a blast! And give away a lot of great stuff!

  7. LOL Talk about an attention grabbing series title! I always rely on readers and other authors to help craft my titles because they seem to elude me. Congrats on the release! I'll be sure to stop by!

  8. Hello everyone I see some great novellas here
    that I would love to get.

  9. Hello, all you Lady Scribes! Thanks so much for inviting us to visit today to talk about our, ahem, Ben Skrewd experience. (I get a kick out of that joke every single time.) Hope you all join in the fun hunting down ol' Ben. :-)

  10. Thanks for the party. Fun time. Is the order to read the books as listed above??
    Carol Smith

  11. Carol, you can read them in any order. We only linked them by featuring the Red Door and a character named Ben Skrewd. Many of us linked the novellas to our own ongoing series!