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Laura Treacy Bentley

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LAURA TREACY BENTLEY is a fan of Eva Cassidy, Ray Bradbury, ONCE the movie/musical, snickerdoodles, cheap red wine, and a good cup of café au lait. She'd like to be the first writer on the moon (maybe), have brunch with Meryl Streep (definitely), and take a ride around the block in a Bentley, but would settle for the hood ornament instead.

Laura's first picture book SIR GRACE AND THE BIG BLIZZARD was released in July 2020. She has also written THE SILVER TATTOO (2013) which is a dark psychological thriller set in magical Ireland. NIGHT TERRORS (2015) is the short story prequel to The Silver Tattoo. LOOKING FOR IRELAND: AN IRISH-APPALACHIAN PILGRIMAGE ( 2017) is an artist's chapbook of her poems and color photographs. She is a poet, novelist
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The Silver Tattoo

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I actually put on make-up, ironed my clothes, fixed my hair (sort of), and wore a surgical mask up until my five minute TV interview on Studio 3. Quite a switch from my go-to-the-grocery-store wrinkled shorts and T-shirts, sandals, pony tail, grape chapstick, sunglasses, and folded bandana with a coffee filter inside. Still, seeing my weary self on TV was a shock after months of staying

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Laura Bentley added a status update: Special thanks to all who continue to buy & read my books ❤️ Since I can’t attend readings, conferences, & festivals because of the pandemic, I am SO grateful for your support & uplifting comments. I’m happy to report that I’m hard at work on two new projects!! My books are on https://amzn.to/35u3KBm & Mountain State Press #booklovers #bookclubs #readingcommunity
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“The sun is setting in a burnt orange sky; the cliffs are black silhouettes; the sea, liquid silver.”
Laura Treacy Bentley, The Silver Tattoo

“Marooned by all but one of his new disciples, the busker complete his act unfazed. The perfumed air seems to be replaced by a faint electrical smell like ozone after a lightning strike. When the man becomes a sterling tableau in the setting sun, Leah stares into his unblinking moonstone eye.”
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“If I tell you something Leah, can you keep a secret?" Conor pressed a callused finger across a petroglyph of a deer like a blind man etching memory into his brain.”
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“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
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“A word after a word after a word is power.”
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message 55: by Laura (last edited Jul 20, 2020 06:07AM)

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My first picture book Sir Grace and the Big Blizzard has just been released!!! It's illustrated by the amazing Kjersten Niscanen! You can buy it on Amazon.com, bookshop.org, and order it from any bookstore. https://amzn.to/2WCOv5A


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Laura Bentley Are you on BookBub? I have a new Author Profile, and I'd love for you to follow me =)

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Laura Bentley Stop by and see me in the Irish Authors' Corner at the fabulous Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, August 3-5!!
Laura Treacy Bentley
http://dublinirishfestival.org/


message 52: by Laura (last edited Feb 05, 2018 10:15AM)

Laura Bentley I was recently featured on Janet Emson's wonderful UK book blog "From First Page To Last." Take a look! https://fromfirstpagetolast.wordpress...
Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage


message 51: by Laura (last edited Aug 13, 2017 11:54AM)

Laura Bentley Only 4 days left to enter to win a signed copy of Looking For Ireland!
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message 50: by Laura

Laura Bentley Enter to win a signed copy of my new book Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage.

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message 49: by Laura

Laura Bentley My chapbook/art book LOOKING FOR IRELAND: AN IRISH-APPALACIAN PILGRIMAGE with both poems and photographs has just been published by Mountain State Press,Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage

it is now available on Amazon. Take a look! http://amzn.to/2lZhyMB


message 48: by Laura (last edited Oct 06, 2016 08:15AM)

Laura Bentley October is #PoweredByIndie month on Amazon!!

If you want to read the complete "tell all" about my writing journey with The Silver Tattoo, here's the link to "NOT a Dream Deferred" which was published in the Irish magazine writing.ie: https://www.writing.ie/tell-your-own-...

The Silver Tattoo


message 47: by Laura

Laura Bentley Today I'm the "Author in the Spotlight" on Portobello Book Blog from beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland!

http://portobellobookblog.com/2016/02...


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Laura Bentley I was invited to be a guest blogger on Vicki Goldman Gilbert's terrific blog in the UK! My post is titled "Drive, Imagine, Write." It's for all of you writers, like me, who have written or are writing a book and have traveled that long road to publication.

"On my blog today, a lovely guest post by Laura Treacy Bentley - http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co..."


message 45: by Laura (last edited Oct 24, 2015 04:52PM)

Laura Bentley Spent all day on Friday at the #wvbookfestival and then last night I got to hear Neil Gaiman talk. I was so impressed with this wildly creative and thoughtful writer. I now own a signed copy of American Gods! Here we are together at last =) http://on.fb.me/1MZZ3RS


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Laura Bentley I'm giving my lovely publicist (her name rhymes with Maura) a big raise! She says that there is only ONE day left in the worldwide NIGHT TERRORS giveaway on Amazon. In the US click http://amzn.to/1J867JW or the UK go to http://amzn.to/1KrfKQI Please share this final notification with your friends =)


message 43: by Laura

Laura Bentley Now Night Terrors is #17 in the US and #8 in the UK under Metaphysical. Keep on clicking!! It's free until Aug. 18. http://amzn.to/1J867JW or http://amzn.to/1MtrUyr


message 42: by Laura

Laura Bentley Cheap thrills, actually FREE thrills!! NIGHT TERRORS: THE SHORT STORY PREQUEL TO THE SILVER TATTOO is free "worldwide" for 5 days until Aug. 18! Don't delay!!

http://amzn.to/1J867JW


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Laura Bentley Thanks to the magic of Amazon UK, The Silver Tattoo is now priced at 1.47 and 1.55 for a limited time!!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C5K2542...


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Laura Bentley My website just got a makeover by a gifted friend. Take a look! http://www.lauratreacybentley.com/


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Laura Bentley For my Irish and UK friends, Amazon UK has reduced the Kindle Edition of The Silver Tattoo to 1.90 and the paperback to 2.00. I don't know how long this reduction will last!

Visit http://inkflash.com/LauraTreacyBentley for more details or go directly to http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...


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Laura Bentley "Sometimes people have the idea that crime fiction is a lesser genre. I cannot tell you how much I reject that. Every piece of literary fiction I read these days I think of as crime fiction, because it is. Hamlet is crime fiction. To Kill a Mockingbird is crime fiction. Heaven knows Oedipus is crime fiction." ~Julia Keller Julia Keller


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Laura Bentley Need a last minute FREE Mother's Day gift to keep your mom up at night? The short story prequel (Night Terrors) to my novel (The Silver Tattoo) is FREE for just *one* more day (May 10).

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Night Terrors: A Short Story Prequel to the Silver Tattoo


message 36: by Laura (last edited May 06, 2015 05:01AM)

Laura Bentley Call me crazy, but my short story prequel Night Terrors is free on Amazon world-wide until May 10. It's a stand-alone story as well as a prequel to The Silver Tattoo. Get a copy for yourself and tell your friends =) http://amzn.to/1PpKQh8

Night Terrors: A Short Story Prequel to the Silver Tattoo


message 35: by Laura

Laura Bentley Today's the day!!! My short story prequel NIGHT TERRORS has just been released on Amazon for 99 cents! http://amzn.to/1PpKQh8 It's a stand alone story that sets the stage for my psychological thriller The Silver Tattoo.

Night Terrors: A Short Story Prequel to the Silver Tattoo


message 34: by Laura

Laura Bentley I'm excited to tell you that my latest work: Night Terrors: A Short Story Prequel to The Silver Tattoo is now available for pre-order and will be released on April 16. http://amzn.to/1PpKQh8


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Laura Bentley I was interviewed by Eric Douglas on his radio show Writer's Block. I talk about The Silver Tattoo and my forthcoming short story prequel. Take a listen! http://voicesofappalachia.com/?p=2701


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Laura Bentley I'm currently ranked #61 in Psychological Chillers Written by Women! I would love to have your vote if you read and enjoyed my novel: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...


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Laura Bentley I love my new Virtual Reality 3D room!!

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Laura Bentley Only 8 hours left to buy the Kindle edition of my novel for 99p on Amazon UK. Thanks for all your support! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silver-Tattoo...


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Laura Bentley Only 8 hours left to buy the Kindle edition of my novel for 99p on Amazon UK. Thanks for all your support! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silver-Tattoo...


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Laura Bentley Prepare to be amazed! Seriously!! Explore this innovative & exciting Virtual Reality labyrinth of books. Turn your speakers on, take a look around, and while you're there, enter the door with my name on it =) http://inkflash.com/


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Laura Bentley My first novel THE SILVER TATTOO (a psychological thriller set in Ireland) is having its first Kindle Countdown Deal ONLY on Amazon UK from now until next Friday (Dec. 5-12) and is currently priced at 99p/c If you or your friends shop on Amazon UK, please help me spread the word. Thanks so much!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silver-Tattoo...


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Laura Bentley This new review left me breathless from beginning to end. My initial fear swiftly changed to quiet joy: http://wendywelchbigstonegap.wordpres...


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Laura Bentley This new review left me breathless from beginning to end. My initial fear swiftly changed to quiet joy: http://wendywelchbigstonegap.wordpres...


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Laura Bentley I have a new page on Facebook called "Poetography." Poet/novelist + very amateur photographer = Poetography.

Stop by and see the world through my lens: https://www.facebook.com/laurapoetograhy


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Laura Bentley Wow! Here's my latest review on Amazon: "Just read this book and I could not put it down. Scary story line where the power of the mind overcomes reality. I was reminded of Rebecca and others by Daphne du Maurier. I highly recommend it."


message 22: by Laura

Laura Bentley I woke up this morning to a stellar review of The Silver Tattoo on this fabulous Irish website! http://www.writing.ie/readers/the-sil...


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Laura Bentley Big news! I will be reading from THE SILVER TATTOO at The Winding Stair Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday July 6!! A couple of scenes from my novel are set there. http://www.winding-stair.com/bookshop/

The Silver Tattoo


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Laura Bentley International author Zoe Ferraris' interview with me about my novel =) http://zoeferraris.blogspot.com/2013/...


message 19: by Laura (last edited Apr 10, 2014 11:59AM)

Laura Bentley Special thanks to the fabulous Jubilee Readers for inviting me to talk to their book club in Franklin, Tennessee!! Chocolate cake with raspberries and peach tea, too =) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...


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Laura Bentley I was thrilled to interview Jeannette Walls for the latest issue of WV LIVING magazine. Be sure and read her exciting news about The Glass Castle! http://www.wvliving.com/Spring-2014/C...


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Laura Bentley I'll be heading to Tennessee to read/sign The Silver Tattoo at Union Ave Books in Knoxville on Monday, April 7 from 5-7pm. www.unionavebooks.com All are welcome!

Then it's on to Franklin, Tennessee, to talk to the Jubilee Book Club!


message 16: by Laura

Laura Bentley What a huge response to my St. Patrick's Day giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered!!


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Laura Bentley Last day to enter my St. Patrick's Day giveaway for THE SILVER TATTOO! https://t.co/Gmb6rsJOvy


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Laura Bentley In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'm giving away one signed copy of THE SILVER TATTOO. Click on the link for a chance to win!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...


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Laura Bentley Believe me, each and every book review is SO valued, but to wake up to another wonderful review in the The Herald-Dispatch was a great way to start my day http://www.herald-dispatch.com/featur...


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Laura Bentley The Elf on the Shelf feels no pain =)

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Laura Bentley Even, um, Santa is reading THE SILVER TATTOO!!!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

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Laura Bentley My first guest blogger on SPOTLIGHT is Rita Sims Quillen. She writes about the impact of the Appalachian Writer's Workshop and when she gave herself permission to think of herself as a writer. Stop by and make her welcome! http://www.lauratreacybentley.com/app...


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Laura Bentley I have one free loan of my novel THE SILVER TATTOO to give away. You don't have to own a Kindle to be able to read it. Just reply to this message with the word word "yes" or message me if you would like a chance to win, and I'll put the names in a coffee can and draw the winner before 5pm EST TODAY November 14!


message 8: by Laura

Laura Bentley I was treated to lunch at a Thai restaurant yesterday in Morgantown, WV, before I read from THE SILVER TATTOO at Monongalia Arts Center. Thanks, Patricia, George, Dan, Georgeann, Larry, and Dan!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...


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Laura Bentley Sean Duffy and Irishman Steafán Hanvey are reading THE SILVER TATTOO at Ye Olde Alpha in Wheeling, WV. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-...


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Laura Bentley Lunch With Books at noon tomorrow at the public library in Wheeling, WV. Come and join us!


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