Ben Galley

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Ben Galley is the author behind the gritty and dark Emaneska Series, the western fantasy Scarlet Star Trilogy, and the new standalone novel, The Heart of Stone, which was voted Best Self-Published Novel in the 2017 Booknest Fantasy Awards.

Aside from writing and dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant and tutor, helping fellow authors from all over the world to publish and sell books. His website www.shelfhelp.info will tell you all you need to know about DIY self-publishing.

Ben can be found attempting to be witty on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. You can also get a free eBook at www.bengalley.com.


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In this new BenCast, I talk about the new work in progress - The Heart of Stone, and introduce you to the new main character. I'll also let you know when you can expect to be able to read it! In the meantime, I'm looking for more reviews of the Scarlet Star books. If you've read them, just follow the links on the Books pages to Amazon and Goodreads. Don't forget, you can follow me on Twitter @B... Read more of this blog post »
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message 62: by Ben (last edited Jun 26, 2018 11:43AM)

Ben Galley While I'm running the Goodreads giveaway of The Written paperback this week, you can also get the ebook for just $0.99 until July 2!

Grab a copy on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ELJOY8/ or go to www.bengalley.com/the-written for Google Play, iBooks and Kobo.

Find out more here: The Written


message 61: by Ben

Ben Galley If you want to know more about The Heart of Stone, and the main character Task the golem, he's dropped by my blog to tell us more about himself: https://www.bengalley.com/single-post...


message 60: by Haïfa

Haïfa I've yet to read American Gods! Thanks for the rec'!


message 59: by Ben

Ben Galley Seeing as The Heart of Stone has had a very good month, I'm giving away 3 signed and doodled copies. How do you win? Draw a golem! Find all the details at: https://www.bengalley.com/single-post...


message 58: by Ben (last edited Oct 27, 2017 11:42AM)

Ben Galley The Heart of Stone made it to the shortlist for for Best Self-Published Novel over at Booknest! Think I should win a sword? Vote at for Task at: http://booknest.eu/component/k2/30-bl...


message 57: by Ben

Ben Galley I'm pleased to say that The Heart of Stone has been nominated for Best Self-Published Novel over at Booknest. If you think that Task the golem is worthy, then cast your vote at: http://booknest.eu/reviews/Awards/853!


message 56: by Ben (last edited Oct 06, 2017 08:50AM)

Ben Galley Don't forget, if you want some more golem action, you can now read The Heart of Stone's prequel tale Shards, which is up on eBook stores and available to devour. Find out more about Task's beginnings. Here's a link: https://www.bengalley.com/shards


message 55: by Ben

Ben Galley If you enjoyed The Heart of Stone, I've got a new short story coming July 25th, called Shards. It's a prequel tale set in the Diamond Wars, all about Task's beginnings. Stay tuned and in the meantime check out: https://www.bengalley.com/shards


message 54: by Ben

Ben Galley I'm thrilled to say The Heart of Stone is finally available to buy! Go get yourself a slice of some golem action:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Be...

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-...


Veronica Dale Thanks for becoming my friend. It's nice to know another person who's read a lot of the same books I did!
--Veronica Dale (Blood Seed and Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow)


message 52: by Ben

Ben Galley Bloodfeud is now on Goodreads and available to add to your want to read shelves! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 51: by Ben

Ben Galley Bloodrush is back on top of the #SPFBO list! http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk...


message 50: by Ben

Ben Galley Bloodmoon, Book 2 of the Scarlet Star Trilogy, has been released! You can now read get it in eBook from Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks, as well as direct from my site. Find all the links at: http://www.bengalley.com/#!bloodmoon/...


message 49: by Ben

Ben Galley Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to finally unveil the new book cover for Bloodmoon - out 24th of July!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrzol...


message 48: by Ben

Ben Galley Have you seen the new BenCast? All about the release of Bloodmoon next month. Can’t wait to unleash it on you all. https://youtu.be/3ip6f0l_U88


message 47: by Ben

Ben Galley Just got a great review over at Book Bird Reviews. Check out what's being said about my new western fantasy Bloodrush:

http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/book-b...


message 46: by Ben

Ben Galley If you're keen to get your hands on Bloodrush, all the eBook store links are now on my website. It's available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks.

I've also added a brand new section to the website where you can check out the magick system within the book, but do be warned of SPOILERS. In any case, check out the 5-chapter sample too, if you fancy a free read ;)

Bon nuit,

http://www.bengalley.com/#!books/cnec


message 45: by Ben

Ben Galley More good news - I've slashed the price of Shelf Help as part of a Kobo Easter promotion. £1.99! Have a gander: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...


message 44: by Ben

Ben Galley There's a brand new blog on the Fiction Factory - all about the progress of The Written graphic novel and the paperback release of Shelf Help. Enjoy! http://www.bengalley.com/#!What-am-I-...


message 43: by Ben

Ben Galley Have you checked out my brand new website? No - well here it is! www.bengalley.com


message 42: by Alex

Alex Bobl Thanks for the invite.


message 41: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)


message 40: by Ben

Ben Galley James wrote: "Congrats on the release of your next two books. I just purchased both Kindle editions."

Thanks James!


message 39: by James

James Davis Congrats on the release of your next two books. I just purchased both Kindle editions.


message 38: by Ben

Ben Galley Just under three weeks to go before the release of my final two Emaneska books - Dead Stars Part 1 and 2! Have a look! http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...


message 37: by Ben

Ben Galley The Kickstarter project, to turn The Written into a full graphic novel, is doing very well indeed! It's at 72% and climbing. Have you pledged yet? There's a chance you could actually be IN the graphic novel itself. Have a look - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e...


message 36: by Ben

Ben Galley My Kickstarter project for turning my book 'The Written' into a graphic novel, has now launched and is fully underway!

In return for pledging towards the project, I'll be giving away signed copies and Emaneska eBooks, exclusive merch and artwork, and also the chance to have your likeness in the actual artwork itself. Have a look here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e...


message 35: by Ben

Ben Galley Andrew wrote: "Hi Ben - thanks for accepting my friend request" My pleasure Andrew!


message 34: by Andrew

Andrew Weaver Hi Ben - thanks for accepting my friend request


message 33: by Ben

Ben Galley WHAT HO! #Author/Reader/#Fantasy-Fan/Book-Lover merchandise? Witness: http://www.zazzle.com/imagination_sta...


message 32: by Ben

Ben Galley Brand new post on my SHELF HELP site - "The Self-Publishing Stigma: What We Can Do to Avoid It."

Have a look! Comments welcome :)

http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...


message 31: by Ben

Ben Galley New blog up on SHELF-HELP! Is Self-Publishing a state of mind?

http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...


message 30: by Ben

Ben Galley New blogs up on the SHELF-HELP site!

http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...


message 29: by Ben

Ben Galley The newest BenCast video is up. As the Pale Kings Book tour comes to an end, I visit Nottingham Waterstones, a very special bookshop indeed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cZOWt...


message 28: by Ben

Ben Galley Tomorrow and Saturday (the 4th and 5th of May), the Pale Kings Signing Tour continues at Leicester and then Nottingham Waterstones, both from 11 until 4! Have a look at the details here:

http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...


message 27: by Ben

Ben Galley Yes. Yes indeed. The new ultimate Self-Publishing resource (to be) is now up! Introducing: SHELF-HELP:
http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...

Please help me spread the word!


message 26: by Ben

Ben Galley This Saturday my PALE KINGS tour continues with a big signing at Camberley Waterstones! See you there :)


message 25: by Ben

Ben Galley 3 hours 30 minutes to go.... Follow the Pale Kings book release on Twitter! @BenGalley.com


message 24: by Ben

Ben Galley Morning all... Today's the day! At midnight tonight (UK time) I will be releasing my new fantasy epic Pale Kings, pt 2 of the Emaneska Series, to the whole world. Available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble, and everywhere else!

Follow the link to download a free teaser of the 1st chapter, or get the 1st book in the series - The Written: http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...

Praise for The Emaneska Series:

“Ben Galley's debut novel The Written is a tour de force. The Written is a fantasy of epic proportions!”
“Some of the best fantasy I’ve read in years. I couldn’t put it down!”
“Breathtakingly vast, chillingly dark, brooding, and dangerous.”
“Spellbinding.”

Cheers!


message 23: by Ben

Ben Galley 5 days to go before the release of PALE KINGS! Make sure you read the FREE pre-release teaser at www.bengalley.com, or if you're new to the Emaneska Series, then follow the links to the 1st book THE WRITTEN! Thanks everyone :)


message 22: by Ben

Ben Galley Chelsea wrote: "Ben wrote: "Hey Chelsea. I thought your review was honest and direct and I really appreciated that :)

Thank you very much and all the best to you! "

Your cover art is completely awesome, do you i..."


It was a team effort really. I sketched it and my graphic designer friend worked his magic. Same with the new book too. Glad you like it!


message 21: by Chelsea

Chelsea Ben wrote: "Hey Chelsea. I thought your review was honest and direct and I really appreciated that :)

Thank you very much and all the best to you! "


Your cover art is completely awesome, do you illustrate it yourself?


message 20: by Ben

Ben Galley Claire wrote: "Nice pic! I have your book and I can't wait to read it. :3"

Sorry for the late reply Claire. Thank you very much :)


message 19: by Ben

Ben Galley Keisya wrote: "Thanks so much for the add! wow, you're an author. Please tell me whether your book are available in south Asia countries? i will def. check it out! :)"

Nice to meet you Keisya! They should be available via either Amazon or Booktopia! It will be available on most online bookstores. Let me know what you find :)


message 18: by Ben

Ben Galley Chelsea wrote: "Hi Ben! I was surprised to see that you liked my review of your book, since I didn't rate it well, and doubly surprised that you requested to add me as a friend. I am glad you did, though, and I ho..."

Hey Chelsea. I thought your review was honest and direct and I really appreciated that :)

Thank you very much and all the best to you!


message 17: by Ben

Ben Galley Check it out: 7 days to go before the big release of my new book Pale Kings! It'll be on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, www.bengalley.com, Kobo, and available at any Waterstones in the UK! Get ready :)


message 16: by Keisya

Keisya Thanks so much for the add! wow, you're an author. Please tell me whether your book are available in south Asia countries? i will def. check it out! :)


message 15: by Chelsea

Chelsea Hi Ben! I was surprised to see that you liked my review of your book, since I didn't rate it well, and doubly surprised that you requested to add me as a friend. I am glad you did, though, and I hope that your series grows and succeeds.


message 14: by Ben

Ben Galley Merchandise and brand new blogs up on the website! Have a look: www.bengalley.com


message 13: by Ben

Ben Galley 26 days until the release of my new book Pale Kings! Get a free pre-release sneak peek of the first chapter here: http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.co...
And also on Kindle and Smashwords!


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