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The Road to Lavender, new mystery novel by D.P. Benjamin, can be purchased now on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats: http://amazon.com/Road-Lavender-Donald-Paul-Benjamin/dp/0932624022

The novel can also be purchased at these fine establishments:

Pioneer Town gift shop on Highway 65 in Cedaredge, Colorado – Main Street Market and Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in downtown Cedaredge, Colorado – Blue Sage Center for the Arts in downtown Paonia, Colorado.

View a video shown at THE ROAD TO LAVENDER book launch:


A NEW VISITOR’S guide to my website

WELCOME! My name is Donald Paul Benjamin. I’m a mystery novelist, journalist, cartoonist, and photographer. I’m a contributing writer for the Delta County Independent Newspaper and member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a regional group based in Denver. I live on the Western Slope of Colorado about as far from the teeming metropolis of Denver as I can get without falling into Utah. It’s rural country with lakes, rivers, and streams; mountains, mesas, and valleys; cattle, sheep, and sheep dogs; apples, peaches, cherries, and corn. And breathtaking vistas.

Please note the menu links in the upper portion of this page. A preview of each link and special notes appear below.

CONTACT ELEVATION PRESS. This link will allow you to contact my publishing company and tell us about a personal memoir or family history or original poetry you wish to publish. We are not a printer, but we format your finished manuscript so that it can be submitted to a commercial printer or a print-on-demand service such as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

ABOUT. This link will take you to my portrait, a personal biography, and contact information.

COMMENTS. Your comments and suggestions are most humbly appreciated. Please comment on my posts or contact me through my ‘About’ page.

THE MOUNTAIN MYSTERY SERIES. This link features descriptions of my mystery novels. Book One, THE ROAD TO LAVENDER is available on Amazon.com: http://amazon.com/Road-Lavender-Donald-Paul-Benjamin/dp/0932624022. Opening chapters of this debut novel earned a 3rd place finish in the mystery category of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2019 Colorado Gold Writing Contest. In 2020, the New Mexico Book Association honored Book One with a special consideration award for cover design. The sequel is due out on April 15, 2021, and book three in the series will be published on January 1, 2022.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND CARTOONS. This link includes samples of my visual creations. I’ve included a free gift cartoon book for visitors to download. Contact me through my ‘About’ page if you have a photography or art project in mind or if you wish to purchase the rights to images.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES. This link takes you to my published articles–including those I authored as staff writer for the Delta County Independent Newspaper. One of my stories (DREAMS COME TRUE FOR BRUIN MASCOT) received a 2018 Colorado Press Association award. To see my contemporary articles, please visit the newspaper’s website: https://www.deltacountyindependent.com/

 RECENT POSTS. This link showcases my blog entries about current events, art, the writing life, nature, animals, love, and loss. Links to my posts are also shown below.

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I have a dog. Let me rephrase that: “I have a temporary dog.” I’m dog-sitting for a friend who’s planning to move from Colorado to Arizona. (I don’t ask why such things occur, I just hear and obey…like some dogs.) My friend is in the Grand Canyon State scouting locations. She’s steering clear of big … Continue reading A dog’s life

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