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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 – Stacy’s on Main in downtown Cedaredge, Colorado – Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in downtown Cedaredge, Colorado – Blue Sage Center for the Arts in downtown Paonia, Colorado

Coming soon to:
Barnes & Noble in Grand Junction, 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 am a mystery novelist, journalist, cartoonist, and photographer. 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.

MYSTERY NOVELS BY D.P. BENJAMIN. This link features excerpts from my novels including a preview of my upcoming mystery THE ROAD TO LAVENDER which is available now on Amazon: Available now on Amazon.com: http://amazon.com/Road-Lavender-Donald-Paul-Benjamin/dp/0932624022. My other novels are currently in manuscript with the sequel to LAVENDER due out in November 2020. I participate in local critique groups and I am a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW). In September 2019, opening chapters of THE ROAD TO LAVENDER earned a 3rd place finish in the mystery category of the RMFW 2019 Colorado Gold Writing Contest.

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.

Recent Posts

A dog’s life

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

If you’re from Texas, how to tell if you’re in a Colorado blizzard

Went snowshoeing a few days ago with Donna Marie, my dear friend who recently moved from Texas to the wild Western Slope of Colorado. She’s an old hand at the healthy winter exercise of walking on snow and I’m a beginner. To reach enough snow, she guided her trusty Honda Pilot through hairpin curves as … Continue reading If you’re from Texas, how to tell if you’re in a Colorado blizzard

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