We’re celebrating ten years of Booklover’s Bench, the site where readers are winners. Planning for this site began in fall of 2012, but we held our first contest in February 2013. Every year since we’ve celebrated our anniversary in February. This year is a very big deal because we are still going strong after ten years.

First of all, hats off to author Terry Odell who returned from a NinC meeting determined to form an author group for cross-promotion. She invited authors to join her. Those first authors included Terry Ambrose, Nancy Cohen, Karla Darcy, Linda Hubalek, Terry Odell, Joanna Campbell Slan, Maggie Toussaint, and Carol White. Alumni authors who’ve come and gone during our ten years include Terry Odell, Karla Darcy, Linda Hubalek, Karla Brandenburg, Joanna Campbell Slan, Diane Capri, Jim Jackson, and Tina Whittle.

The current slate of members (Nancy J. Cohen, Maggie Toussaint, Terry Ambrose, Cheryl Hollon, Diane A.S. Stuckart, Debra H. Goldstein, and Lois Winston) are all cozy authors who share in the costs, responsibilities, and promotion of the site.

Our original goal was to increase readership by appealing to readers with interesting content and free book giveaways. We still do that, but in addition to holding a monthly book giveaway/contest which runs from the 1-18 of the month, there are Thursday blogs from the authors on a rotating basis, special group posts on the 4th Monday of the month, a group Facebook page, group Facebook parties, and group holiday posts.

Keeping it fresh and keeping it fun keeps us in the creative zone and builds our reader reach. We’ve glad you’re here to be part of this wonderful journey! Thanks to all for your support of our authors and our books.

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Groundhog Day, which takes place on February 2nd every year, is a traditional holiday in the United States and Canada. It is based on the belief that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does not see its shadow, it is believed spring will arrive early. The holiday originates in ancient European traditions, where it was believed that the weather on Candlemas Day (February 2nd) could predict the weather for the rest of the winter.


Win a Free Book – Feb 2023

Contest Run: Feb. 1-18, 2023
Win 1 of 7 Free Books!
  • This month we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary by giving away one book each to 7 winners! Here’s the prize vault:

    Lois Winston – Paperback Advance Reading Copy (U.S. only) or ebook Stitch, Bake, Die!
    Nancy J. Cohen – Paperback (U.S. only) or ebook Trimmed to Death
    Debra H. Goldstein – Paperback (U.S. only) or ebook Five Bells Too Many
    Cheryl Hollon – Signed paperback (U.S. only) Death a Sketch
    Diane A.S. Stuckart – Paperback (U.S. only) or PDF Advance Reading Copy Fool’s Moon
    Maggie Toussaint – Hardcover (U.S. only) or ebook Snuffed Out
    Terry Ambrose – Paperback (U.S. only) or ebook The Case of the Amorous Assailant

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On The Bench

Worst. Job. Ever.

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At some point, almost every writer has held a job outside the publishing industry…some fulfilling, and others not so much. What’s the worst non-writing job you’ve ever had?

Read the complete "On The Bench"!

Latest News

  • Terry Ambrose:

    is diving deep into the world of editing for the next Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery. He’s aiming for a May release.

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    reports that KEEPER OF THE RINGS has a new print edition now available. This PRISM Awards Finalist was one of her earlier science fiction romances that has been revised and updated. Get your copy as a treat for Valentine’s Day –  https://books2read.com/KeeperoftheRings 

  • Debra H. Goldstein

    will be a panelist at Murder in the Magic City on February 4 and Murder on the Menu on February 5.

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    will be spending February revising the first book in a historical aviation mystery series and preparing for Left Coast Crime in Tucson, AZ.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    is temporarily slipping back into her romance writer persona and will be republishing a couple of her contemporary romance short stories this month as Kindle Short Reads ebooks. Stay ‘tooned for more details. 

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    announces that the audiobook of SNUFFED OUT is now available. The release date for IN THE WICK OF TIME, book 2 in the A Magic Book and Candle Shop Mystery, is October 17, 2023.

  • Lois Winston:

    has been busy! REVENGE OF THE CRAFTY CORPSE, the third book in her Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, is now available as an audiobook. In addition, A SEW DEADLY CRUISE and STITCH, BAKE, DIE!, books nine and ten in the series, can now be purchased as a 2-ebook collection. Speaking of collections, her three romantic suspense novels, including the multi-award-winning LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT OF DECEPTION, are now available bundled together in a 3-ebook collection. She’s also hard at work on her 12th mystery. Who needs sleep, right?