ANNOUNCING an open-house event


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This summer, Lord willing, a gathering of local authors will join Don Paul Benjamin as he launches the publication of his newest mystery novel, THE ROAD TO LAVENDER. It’s the story of a troubled but determined young woman who is caught up in a deadly treasure hunt. Readers will discover a budding romance, sudden danger, a Santa Claus look-alike, ruthless villains, and a hungry mountain lion. To conform with COVID-19 restrictions, the book-launch is a come-and-go, open-house event. Joining the hosting novelist will be other authors who’ll be on hand to discuss and sign their books. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime community celebration from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, July 24 at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center, 195-West Main Street in downtown Cedaredge, Colorado.

Participating authors (as of May 21, 2020) are: Alice Andersen, D.P. Benjamin, Trudy Berghauser, Michelle (Ann) Boelter, Barbra Campbell, Barbe Chambliss, Joseph Colwell, Bobby Haas, David Starr, Barb Torke, Lucas Vader, Kris Veigele, Carolyn White, and Laura Lee Yates.

A local news story about my book launch (please click on image to enlarge):

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A guide to my website

WELCOME! My name is Donald Paul Benjamin. I am an author, 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.

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 due out in late July 2020. My other novels are currently in manuscript while I labor to self-publish or connect with a literary agent and publisher. I participate in local critique groups and I am a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW). On September 7, 2019, the introductory chapters of my mystery novel THE ROAD TO LAVENDER earned me a 3rd place finish in the 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.

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