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Tides of Crime Novella Release

Thrilled to announce the release of my latest short story, Tides of Crime, which won 1st place in the Bookfest Awards for Fiction> Short Stories. Available as an ebook on Amazon and author-narrated audiobook on Audible. Dive headfirst into the heart-pounding world of Detective Kristi Konnors as she confronts a web of conspiracy and deceit.

BOUCHERCON - September 2023

Had an incredible four days of excitement and camaraderie at my first Bouchercon World Mystery conference in San Diego, CA, meeting new friends and fans and discussing Writing What You Know on a panel.

Echo from a Bayou Now Available in All Formats

Get ready for my newest suspense novel with a supernatural twist, recently released on August 8th, 2023, and now available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook formats at your favorite online book retailer.

Hidden memories. A cursed treasure. A killer on the loose. Lost love. Embark on a perilous quest with John Bastian in Echo from a Bayou. Can he confront his own murderer and find the truth before a hurricane strikes?

Jake Bendel Thrillers Become Multi Award Winners

In 2022 and 2023, both Civil Terror: Gridlock and Waterborne were honored across multiple platforms. Most recently, Luke attended the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Bellingham WA and accepted a first place award for Waterborne in the Global Thrillers category. Waterborne also received several other awards in the past year as shared on the book page here.

Civil Terror: Gridlock, Bennecke's debut novel, received first place in Best of Backlist in the 2023 Feathered Quill Awards, the 2023 Literary Titan Silver Book Award, and two awards in the 2023 Firebird Book Awards - 1st place in Technology and 2nd place in Thrillers.

ThrillerFest - June 2023

Loved being back in NYC for my eighth ThrillerFest event. Completed MasterClass with my all-time-favorite writer, J.D. Barker, as the instructor. Enjoyed sitting on a panel to discuss dialogue with four terrific authors and Bob Gussin. Humbled to speak with James Comey, Mark Edwards, and Karen Dionne. All topped off by an uber-motivational evening of awards and speeches and further chatting with many talented people.


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