I've been writing stories since I could hold a pen. My main writing role model would have to be Fred Saberhagen, a science fiction/fantasy author who for me does more than write, he produces a lifelike, four dimensional experience in my mind. His narrative ability is something I strive--and fail-- to emulate.
In today's economy, it's sometimes tough to choose which book to pay our hard-earned money for. Like most authors, it is my hope that you will be swayed by my short stories, the excerpt from my book, or the cover art. If not, perhaps a few good reviews will help. Here's one from Conger Books Reviews:
RIGHT OF CHAMPIONS (five stars)
Stephen Benson's very complex, multi-layered young adult release: Right of Champions would also make an excellent mid-reader. There is plenty of conflict, and adventure where one could imagine role playing, with devious threats, fast knife fighting, dare devil antics, and royal treachery. The question is does Prince Garrick of the Copper Kingdom honor his vow never again to shed blood, or to fight with his matching blades to save his lady love, Mahlee, the Pink Princess of the Silver Kingdom? In this tale one never quite knows when your worst enemy might turn out to be a good friend. This is definitely a fantastic read packed with misadventure and action.
When Prince Garrick and his tutor, Old Jitsu join the festivities in the city for the Suitor's Games, they do not expect to immediately get into difficulties, but his reputation precedes him. A sword fight begins, then Old Jitsu deflects Stor Bo's killing blow, thus saving the prince's life. When his friend and tutor dies Garrick vows never to shed blood again. He has other fighting skills that he has learned. His brothers take up his matching swords for safe keeping.
When Mahlee, the Pink Princess of the Silver Kingdom is kidnaped, he goes in pursuit into enemy territory to rescue his true love. This creates a whole string of exciting and dastardly events as he attempts to keep his vow as he struggles to rescue Mahlle and take her home to her own kingdom. During his travels he has a challenging time knowing just who to trust, and who is his enemy.
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