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Introducing the Indelibles!


Marketing guru Shelli Johannes Wells has teamed up with twenty-four other indie and small press authors to bring you the Indelibles.

“We are indie authors who write middle grade and young adult fiction. We are dedicated to leaving a permanent mark on the world with our stories and words. We are the Indelibles.”

Each week, we’ll explore fun, fabulous, and fierce topics for today’s teens, drawing on pop culture and themes from the books we write. We’ve got several great things coming up. There will be a “blogger” chat on January 17th and a writer/author chat on January 18th to answer questions about self and indie publishing. See our blog for details.

A little about Stacey Wallace Benefiel: I’m the author of the YA paranormal romance Zellie Wells trilogy, the paranormal romance/urban fantasy serial Day of Sacrifice and The Toilet Business, a collection of essays about all the crappy jobs I’ve had.

I live in Beaverton, OR – which is a suburb of Portland. Before graduating from Portland State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Creative Writing and Theatre, I did a five-year stint at the University of Oregon in Eugene, attended bartending and floral design school, and graduated from the Art Institute of Los Angeles with a degree in Culinary Arts.

I like school.

I grew up in Columbia, MO, but haven’t been back since my ten-year high school reunion because my entire family moved out to Oregon.  I’m very close with my parents and my younger sister, printmaker Valerie Wallace.

I’ve been married to Robert Benefiel since 2002 and we have a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. We live in an orange house with our dog, Chief, and our two cats, Simon and Willis.

Zellie Wells trilogy


Requisite blurbage:

Glimpse: Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like thirty-five, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.
Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.

Glimmer: Zellie Wells’ life is changing. Her relationship with Avery is growing stronger every day, but their parents are still giving them ultimatums and trying to keep them apart. Her newly discovered powers have all but disappeared. Benjamin, another young Retroact, is back and has brought with him a painful shared vision and a troubled past. While working together to figure out what the vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her – if only she wanted him to…

Glow: Zellie Wells has mastered her powers and gotten the guy. She’s lived through her parents’ divorce and being separated from Avery. She’s come back from the dead. What else is there?

Oh, yeah. REVENGE.

Discover how it all ends when Zellie and the gang finally track down Mildred and fight to right the wrongs of The Society’s past, present and future.

Thanks for stopping by!




After two trips to the post office today to obtain a P.O. box, my newsletter subscription link is up!  (See it over there on the sidebar under Newsletter?)

So, why subscribe to the newsletter?

Discounts, baby!

I will only be sending out the newsletter when I have a new release or a special offer for subscribers.  For instance, sign up before Glow is released at the end of next week and everyone that gets the inaugural newsletter will also get a coupon code to get Glow for only 99 cents instead of the regular price of $3.99.

I promise that I won’t flood your inbox with e-mails.  At the most, you’ll receive an email from me once a month.

I also promise to refrain from typing the word newsletter fifty times in the newsletter and in future blog posts. 🙂

I’m giving away 10 copies of Forsaken by Shadow!

This is the last kindle kisses giveaway I’m doing, so all hands on deck!  I’ve got 10 copies of Forsaken by Shadow , by Kait Nolan, up for grabs.  This is one of the first paranormal romance novellas that I read and it is fabulous!  Instructions for how to enter the giveaway are after the cover photo and book blurb.

Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year’s Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn’t even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can’t remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands–not even the woman he almost died for.

Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what’s probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.

And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.

Step 1.

Tweet: I want to read Forsaken by Shadow  http://amzn.to/ezZlwU #books #kindle @kaitnolan @Momjean1975

The easiest way to do this click on the tweet button below this post and copy and paste the suggested text in.

If you aren’t a Twitter user, you can also post the suggested text as a status update on Facebook or Goodreads. 

Step 2.

Post a link to your tweets and status updates in the comments section of this blog.  Easy peasy.

You can enter multiple times, but can only win one copy. I will select the winners using Random.org. The giveaway ends at 9am PST on December 17th.

Gook luck everyone!

Buy Indie this holiday season!

*I wrote this post on Monday and I’m going to leave it up for the rest of the week.  I’m having thirteen people over for Thanksgiving this year, so I gotta clean and cook! (Turkey with rosemary/ pancetta/ orange butter anyone?)  Then on Friday, time to bust out the Christmas tree! I’ve also been managing to write 300-500 words a day on Rebellion.  No, not impressive word count, but it’s what I can do at the moment.  I’m hoping to get a lot done this weekend.  Happy holidays!

This morning I got some of my holiday shopping done on the internet and I ended up buying a lot of indie authored books for people on my list.  It occurred to me that last year when I was shopping for gifts, I hadn’t gone indie yet and didn’t even know about indie authors, and therefore didn’t have nearly as many excellent and affordable books to choose from.  The experience of purchasing something that was created by someone who will chat with you on Facebook or comment on your blog or even thank you for supporting them is great!  I think for most of us indie authors the dream is to get to write full-time and I know that it made me feel good to contribute to other writers achieving this dream.  So, I thought I’d compile a list of indies I enjoy in the hopes that you might support them this holiday season.  In most cases the books are available in several formats, including paperback. 


Susan Bischoff, Imogen Rose, Amanda Hocking, Sarra Cannon, Jess C Scott, V.J. Chambers, Jason Letts, Elizabeth Isaacs


Zoe Winters, Kait Nolan, Ashlynn Monroe, Claire Farrell, Belinda Kroll, Tarrant Smith, Nicole Zoltack, Lauralynn Elliott, Amber Scott, H.P. Mallory


David Dalglish, Daniel Arenson, William Meikle, Cristyn West, Mari Miniatt, David Wisehart, Scott Nicholson

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  I’ve either read these authors or had them recommended to me.  Also, the categorization…many of these people write across all genres.

For more comprehensive lists, please check out:  Indie Reader and Indie Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  Also, all the book bloggers I have listed in the sidebar read indie, it would behoove you to check out their blogs for even more indie goodness!

Please feel free to share the websites of any indie authors you would recommend in the comments.  I’m sure every author listed here could contribute at least 10!  Writers are readers, after all. 🙂

Jack Shepard isn’t the only one who had to learn to “let it go and move on.”

Oh, dear reader(s?) I have been trolling the interwebs for positive articles on self-publishing and what I have discovered is I’m not self-published, I’m an indie author, muthaeffers! And it feels good.

I wish I had discovered Zoe Winters and IndieReader Magazine a month ago when I was having such a hard time getting my shit together and fretting like a big baby over the future of my writing career, because if I had, I could have been glowing with awesomeness a whole lot earlier.

Crap I fretted over for no reason:

1. My self-publishing endeavours  would be a big fail and I would screw up any chances I ever had of being published by a fancy pants NY publishing house.

2. Only people I know would want to read my book.

3. That I suck because I spent a year trying to get an agent and never was able to get one.

Why I’m a silly girl:

1. I’ve sold 30 books in one month.  I have nothing to compare my figures to, but that’s 30 more copies than I would have sold sitting in my office being afraid that wouldn’t sell any books.  Also, if I for some reason want to try to get an agent again someday, I just write under a pen name.  HUGE DUH.

2. Dude.  Join Goodreads, those people are nuts for the reading.  People are excited to read Glimpse just from the synopsis. (No one I’m related to is on Goodreads, nor is the BFF.  However, there are a few from BoCoMo giving me support. Kewpdawgs!)

3. I’ve been reading a lot of samples of work by agented, traditional publisher published writers and I happen to think several of them suck.  It’s all about what sells and can you follow the formula that you’re told to follow.  And, hey, if I don’t have an agent or a publisher, the hardest thing I have to do is marketing-but at least I can retain the rights to my work.

I’m feeling empowered and that is not a usual thing for me.  Sometimes letting go of the dreams you think you’re supposed to have is the best thing you can do for yourself.  (I’m def. gonna get that printed on a tote bag.)