Dayo Benson is the Amazon Bestselling Author of 16 Inspirational books.
Oh! What an interesting chic-lit!
Thanks Monica :)
I got to to end of Breaking point and as it didn’t seem finished I hoped to find a sequel. Is there one? Surely this cant be the end!!
Hi Denise, yes there is a sequel which should be coming out soon. Thanks.
When will I be able to get Refiner’s Fire on my Nook? I just discovered you on smashwords.com a few days ago and I’ve read Raw Deal and Red Carpet…I’ve got to read Refiner’s Fire! You’re killing me! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. Congrats on finishing your dissertation! Thanks!
Hi Demita, thanks, my dissertation being done is like a huge load lifted, lol. Refiner’s Fire will be available on Smashwords in September. At the moment I’m in a binding deal with Amazon that means it can’t be available anywhere else but on Amazon until then. Glad you enjoyed Raw Deal and Red Carpet xx
Thanks! I’ll get it then. In the mean time I’ll check out some of your other books.
I hope you and your family are well.
When will Refiners Fire be available on epub format?
Hi Suzette, it should already be available. I’ll look into why it isn’t and let you know when you can get it. Thanks.
Hey Suzette, I’m not sure where you purchase the epub from but it’s available on Smashwords. If you purchase from Kobo it’ll be a few more days because their site takes longer to list. Thanks :)
Thanks. Will check again nest week. ;-)
I think you are an amazing writer but why are your main characters always Caucasian? Most of them are actually …from the way you describe the colour of their eyes and hair…I can tell that they are never black or even mixed raced. Why is that?
Thanks for your comment and for taking interest in my books :-) My main characters are actually of many different ethnicities. My last two books (Lust and Season of Hope) have Caucasian main characters, but Dana (main character of Prodigal) is African American from Texas, Lexi (main character of my Beauty for Ashes Series) is of Cuban heritage, and Drew (from my Drew Ashley Series) is British Black. Noemi (Lust) and Robyn (Season of Hope) are White British. I like to write about people from lots of different ethnicities. As I plan books and get to know my characters I picture them a certain way so they pretty much tell me who they are and what they look like. I hope this answers your question. Maybe you would like to try one of my earlier books and see what you think. Thanks.
Wow!!! I am really really sorry I assumed. Apologies if I came off offensive. I think you are absolutely amazing!!! You are sincerely one of the best writers ever. May God continue to bless you abundantly and continue to increase this talent He has entrusted you with in Jesus name.(amen) I’m currently reading ‘Lust’ and Noemi is so similar to me! Its unbelievable. Thanks a lot for answering my silly question politely. God bless
No worries Amy. I didn’t mind your question at all and was not offended by it. Thanks for all your kind words, I am very touched!! I’m glad you’re enjoying Lust. God bless you too. Regards.
Amen! Thank you. And erm one more thing. I know this may be a silly question because you have already explicitly displayed that Lust belongs to a pure passion series but will there be a sequel to Lust? Will it be about Noemi’s and David’s story still? Will it be out by next year? I am so excited! Ahhhhhh!
Well the pure passion series is supposed to be all separate standalone novels so there is no sequel to Noemi and David planned at the moment. This could change though because you’re not the first person to ask. I’d have to figure out what it would be about. I’m really glad you like their story :-)
Yeah I understand why! Sorry, I asked you about the sequel before I actually finished the novel when things were looking really bleak. Their story is pretty much completed and the message has been delivered. God’s will shall always come to pass. It would be pointless to describe how I feel about this book because words cannot even describe how it touched me and taught me about myself. TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED STARS for LUST. I absolutely cannot wait for the next one! God bless and thank you so so so so much for writing this book !
Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback, Amy. It is much appreciated. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The other books in the series should be out next year. Best Wishes.
What age child or teen or adult would you say your books are suitable for? Particularly the lust one.
Pls let me know I am just seeing if they are suitable for my niece
Hi Jane, I’d say my books are for age 15 and older although I know that some of my readers are as young as 11. It really depends on the person and where you think they’re at. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like free samples. Thanks.
I am a huge fan of your novels-especially Lust,Breaking Point and Blurred Vision. Lust in particular though.That book helped to break me down and then rebuild me again. I have a lot of new perspectives on things.
However,I am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms lol. When is your next book coming out? Will it be part of the pure passion series? Will it be a novel?
I really love the length of your books as well because as such an avid reader, I need a book that will sustain me for at least a week. I also recommended your books to my friend who has been going through a lot lately and she said that they have been really therapeutic for her and she is in love with the Beauty For Ashes series. She loved Lust aswell.
I wish I could read it for the first time again! I also love how you implement scriptures into your writing. Oh gosh, I feel so emotional now. Every one thinks I’m such a loser when I cry over how much I love a book or when it finishes but it affects me much deeper than anyone could ever know -except God. The characters are so real to me and the inconsistency of their budding relationships really does reflect reality and humanity. I actually wanted to smash Harvey and Drew’s heads together at one point. I think they frustrated me the most.
Thank you and may God bless you and your family dearly x
Hey Tiffany, wow I’m glad you enjoy my books so much and that they have been helpful to you. Thank you for recommending my books to your friend as well. About the withdrawal symptoms, I have finished the next book in the Pure Passion Series but it’s in editing now, which takes as long as it takes. I’m hoping it will be ready for March. I wrote a blog post about it which should give you some idea of what it’s about: http://dayobenson.com/2014/01/19/cover-for-my-upcoming-book/
You’re not alone in getting connected to books. We all do sometimes :-)
Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback.
Hi dayo! I’ve recently read a lot of your books and they are so inspiring! I absolutely loved them and didn’t want to put them down. I hope to become a great author too one day, and I was wondering if I could interview you, over email, about being a Christian author in this world that Christianity isn’t number one priority anymore. It’s for a school project where I have to interview people in the career path I want to take. And as my favorite author, I thought it would be really cool to interview you. Please get back in touch with me. Thanks so much (:
Hi Kenzy, I’m glad you enjoy my books. I would love to do the interview for your school project. You can email me at email@example.com
Dayo please please please write another book in the beauty for ashes series am so sad that it is already over. I am literally crying right now.
Hey Laylay, I’m glad you enjoyed the series that much :-) Lexi’s story is done (sorry), but I might be doing a series about her daughter Crystal so watch this space.
thank you so much. you are extremely talented
Hey! Hope you are well! When is Bondage coming out on Kindle!?
I’m well, thanks. You? I was hoping for the end of this week but it’s now looking like some time next week. I’ll do a blog post to announce it when it comes out. Thanks for your patience.
Also, I miss Drew and Harvey. Any chance for a sequel?
Hmm, I’m all out of steam for those two so no plans for a sequel at the moment. Sorry. I never say never though.
I’m fine also thanks! OMG this week!!!!???? I can’t believe thisssss. Wow I am really really excited now.
And LOL yeah I understand. Their story was so beautiful. As was Noemi’s and Davids. I wish I could read it for the first time again. All these women seem to be very headstrong and sooo sooo funny
Thanks so much, can’t wait for Bondage! Xx
But all the characters are very very different and unique as well (forgot to add that)
Thanks Tiffany :)
I cannot remember the last time that I read a series that I enjoyed so much as the beauty for ashes series. I did not read the books in order as I as sometimes rather impatience to get to the end of the story. So I initially skipped red carpet and went straight to refiners fire after raw deal. Usually when you read a series out of sequence it is a bit anticlimactic but I just
Finished red carpet and it captured my attention and imagination as much as the others even though I already knew the outcome.
As an avid reader, it is sometimes hard to find uplifting, believable and enjoyable books without the courseness. Your books do so suberbly and I can understand why so many of your readers expect you to produce a new book every day.:).
I encourage you to continue to bring good clean wholesome materials and entertain us with characters such as Lexi and Jace. I was very interested in the S.O.T connection and it is amazing how many of us Christians who refuse to believe that their is a dark and evil world out there.
May the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to fill you with more and more of himself daily so you can continue to be an awesome inspiration to all who read your books and support you.
Thanks for your kind words Marsha. I really appreciate you taking the time to write all that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the beauty for ashes series. I’ve had quite a few emails from readers saying they want to know more about the SOT, which surprised me as I didn’t think anyone would be interested in them. As a result I will be writing Crystal’s story soon (Lexi’s daughter), which will focus on her trying to escape the SOTs clutches. Thanks again and God bless xx
Hello ! You are so talented. I loved Purity and Bondage! Just wanted to know when Pressure will be released and what is pressure about?
Hi there, thank you I’m glad you liked Purity and Bondage. I’m hoping to release Pressure in July. I just wrote a blog post on what Pressure is about. You can find that HERE.
God bless x
Heyyyy..do you know of any other Christian authors and any of their good books that I can read until I wait for Pressure to be released…..thank you Dayo xx
Hi Lydia, there are plenty of fab Christian authors. I’d recommend anything by Denise Hunter and Dee Henderson. Also, there’s this edgy Christian fiction author called Michelle Sutton who is really good. I’d recommend her if you want something different from your typical Christian fiction. Her book ‘Letting Go’ is really good. I recommend a few books in this blog post too. Blessings x
When is pressure out and what will it be about? x
Pressure should be out in July. I talk about what it’s about in this blog post. Thanks x
Thank you so much for the recommendations and blog post! God bless xx
Ive just read your book lust, brilliant it was like reading my own life story, strggling at moment my friend eddie for 15 years is not speaking, feel rejected & broken had a life time of failed relationships just trusting in the Lord now any feed back would be appreciated thankyou
Hey Shirley, we all go through hard times and I just want to assure you that you are not alone. God knows all about what you’re going through and you are precious and special to Him. Failed relationships do not define you. You are still special and precious. Stay strong and remember the words of Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). I’m glad you enjoyed reading Lust. Keep trusting God, because He always comes through xxx
Any possibility that your books will release in paperback in the near future? I just saw LUST advertised on The Fussy Librarian and read the sample on Amazon. It looks like a book I’d love to finish, but I don’t like e-reading for a variety of reasons. I’d love to get it in paperback. Do you have any plans to publish your adult books in paperback?
Hey Dawn, this is a question I’m getting asked often now and it’s a reminder to me each time. I do have plans to publish my books as paperbacks but it won’t be for a while yet. Unfortunately I don’t even have a date to give you yet, but it will happen, hopefully soon. If you change your mind about e-reading and decide to give ‘Lust’ a try I would be happy to hear what you think. Thanks for getting in touch and God bless.
I got it from Amazon today. E-reading is really difficult for me in many ways, no matter how much I like an author’s work. Annoying as all get-out. But I’m going to try to read LUST. I’m up to ch 5, but had to take a break. My eyes can’t take any more right now. I’ll definitely be watching for your books to come available in paperback. Based on what I’ve read so far, I really like your writing style. :) I know some other paperback-only readers I think would like it, too.
Thank you for taking the pains to read Lust even though e-reading is challenging for you. I really appreciate that. And I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far. Hopefully you’ll consider it ‘worth it.’ I know that I’m excluding a lot of readers by not having my books out as paperbacks so I will be rectifying this :-) God bless xx
I am a christian, I was looking for a christian romantic novel that would inspire me as a believer-and i did!!! It was refreshing to know that your books spoke to the realities we face as believers when waiting on God for love. Thanks so very much, continue to let God use you!!!
Thank you Chrishelle. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my books. I appreciate your kind words. Dayo.
Oh and Dayo, all the way from Trinidad and Tobago (that’s in the Caribbean) I will be introducing your books to my youth meeting.
I hope the young people enjoy the books too. Thank you for introducing my books to them.
I’m so jealous that you live in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago :-) I’d love to visit the Caribbean someday. God bless.
Finished reading Raw Deal and I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on Red Carpet….. I’m about to start now and I’m so excited!
God bless you Dayo!!
Thank you, Temmy. I hope you enjoy Red Carpet too :-)
Hello Dayo im from England uk. Im a christian. I love sizzle worthy hot romance but had to step away from secular books because of their crude explicitness. Im no prude! I like a hot read tho. Can u (or anyone ?) point me in the right direction? Id love a good edgy christian romance series.
God bless x
I always recommend Michelle Sutton when people ask me about edgy Christian books. Unfortunately I haven’t done much reading lately so can’t think of anyone else that super edgy right now, although you can’t go wrong with Karen Kingsbury, or Melody Carlson. But they are not edgy in the ‘sizzly’ way that you want :-) If you haven’t read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers you really need to read it. It’s great and very edgy in my opinion. Denise Hunter is also really good. I recommend ‘Barefoot Summer’ or ‘Sweetwater Gap.’ Dee Henderson is good too, but she’s more of suspense than romance. I’d recommend ‘Danger in the Shadows’ by her. It’s a sweet romantic suspense with a great message about trusting God.
Good luck with finding something to read.
P.S. I’m from England, too. Liverpool to be precise x
Hi Dayo Benson
I stumbled on your book – Prodigal on Amazon and on starting it, I assumed you were based in the U.S, so I was surprised to find you are based here in the U.K. I have to ask whether you have previously lived there as you write so authoritatively about the states. Now, about the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Increasingly, I find myself being a critical reader and not being very impressed with recent offerings but I was very impressed by your work, even more so when I learnt you have not had formal education in writing. Your characters, scenes and dialogues are believable even though I spent most of the time wishing I could give Dana a good walloping.
No, I have never lived in the States, but I love all things American :-) I would love to visit someday.
I’m so glad you enjoyed Prodigal. Dana is a real case isn’t she?
If you read any more of my books I would love your feedback.
Hi Dayo! I’ve just finished the ‘beauty from ashes’ series, and I REALLY enjoyed it! Thank you for your writing! :) Also, I love that you incorporate God into your stories as well, It’s hard to get a romance novel as good as yours that is clean and talks about God! :) Thanks again, Sally :)
Hi Sally, thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoyed the Beauty for Ashes series :-) And I appreciate you taking the time to comment here.
I saw introduced to one of your books (Raw Deal) am I have only been reading it for a week and am half way through it an I get excited just reading it. It is an amazing book I love they way it relates to relationship with friends, family, and God. It reminds me of what I went through when my dad past away and all the question I had.
I can’t wait to see how the story
Hi Rolake, my condolences about your dad. I’m so glad Raw Deal resonates with you. I hope you’ll enjoy the other books in the series too. Blessings, Dayo.
I am truly a fan of all your novels, and i have literally bought and read almost all of them , apart from the ones you generously sent to me :). I was really excited to find Crystal’s story and i immediately bought and read all 3 ! I gave them all 5 stars! I rejoiced with Crystal and felt her pains and her triumphs… But, after reading Insurrection ( Crystal book 3), i just didn’t feel like there was closure…i kept wanting to know more…what happened to her? What happened to Juda? Help a gal out here and please write book four?!
Yours anxiously waiting….
Hey Prudence, I’m glad you’re enjoying the books. I’m glad you find Crystal relatable :-) Allies (Crystal 4) will be out in May. I’ll reveal the cover soon because I just got it from my designer today. Thanks for your comment and God bless.
Hello Dayo, I just finished reading lust and searchlight and I am very impressed. I especially loved the story of Ezekiel and his wife that David told Noemi. I have read the passage in the bible before but reading it in Lust gave me a new perspective and I have since gone back to highlight it in my bible. After reading searchlight, I couldn’t stop thinking about crystal so I have bought the other books in the series. Please unveil the next crystal book asap. Thanks for impacting your generation through writing, I pray the lord whom your serve passionately will continue to be with you and that your work will not start against you on judgement day. Shalom
Hi Maureen, thank you so much for your comment. Amen to your Judgement Day prayer :-) I’m glad you like my books. That chapter in Ezekiel really speaks to me and I’m glad it resonates with you too. Yeah, Crystal’s story is pretty intense. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy her journey. God bless and thanks for commenting. Dayo.
Hello Dayo, I have finished book 1-3 of Crystal series and can’t wait for book 4! Meanwhile, I really love Lexi’s story and her journey towards surrendering to God taught me so many things. Keep up the good work.
Yayyy, I’m glad you like Crystal’s and Lexi’s books. Book 4 will be out in May. I’m having challenges with my editor :-( But it’ll get it out as soon as I can. Blessings xx
When will book 4 be out?
Hi there, book 4 will be out sometime this month, but can’t say exactly when. I should be getting it back from my editor this week so fingers crossed.
Will book 4 be out soon?
Hi Anthea, book 4 is still with my editor, but I should be getting it back sometime this week, so hopefully I’ll be able to publish it soon. Thanks xx
I hope you and your family are well
I was kust wondering when book 5 of the crystal series will be out because i just finished allies and i was wondering if book 5 will be out soon
You’ve read Allie’s already??? Wow! Book 5, tentatively titled Delirium, is supposed to be out on 1st of July. But if I can do anything to make it happen sooner I will. I’m so glad you like this series :-) Blessings xx
I hope you and your family are well
I was just wondering if delirium is still going to be out tomorrow I’m like dying for the next book to come out
Hi Vivian, it’s supposed to come out on July 1st, not June, but I’m hoping it’ll be ready before then because I’ve had a few messages from impatient readers :-) I wish it could be out today, but it’s just not in a readable state yet. Really sorry. If you’re on my new release you’ll get an email as soon as it’s out. God bless xx
Hello Dayo! When do we expect book 6 & 7 in the Crystal series out. Can’t wait to read the concluding part of this story.
You are an amazing author. Your books highlight the struggles that young Christians go through and encourage one to continue to work out their salvation while fulfilling God ‘s purpose.
‘Eku writing’ – ha ha I love that. Thank you. The next book needs major re-writes so I’m not sure when it’ll be out, but I’ll announce a date as soon as I can. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. God bless.
Hi when will secrets to be be out for purchase? Thanks. Looking forward to it.
Hi Amanda, It should be out sometime in August, so not long to wait now :-)
Hey love ur books just want to know the release date of Sercerts.
Hey Baley, Secrets will be out this month. Sorry I can’t say when exactly because it’ll depend on my editor. Thanks.
When will sleeper be out and how many more books in this series?
Hi Ursula, there’ll be 9 books total in the Crystal series, so 3 books left. I’ll announce a date for Sleeper as soon as I know :-)
I am truly enjoying this series…you have depicted the struggles are present in our society…good vs evil…reminding us of the power of the enemy and that God is forever stronger…evil and good cannot exist in the same space…you have captured so well scenes, behaviours, attitudes, atmospheres etc Just loving Crystal and admire her fighting prayerful spirit and her love for Juda…She knows that Juda is redeemable and the decision is between him & God…you are gifted and blessed! Please continue to use your creative mind in writing these beautiful novels and I will continue to read them…God bless!
Hey Dee, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series. Thank you so much for your comment. You’re so kind. God bless you too :-)
Okay so i just finished book 6 secrets in the crystal series and it lists expose books 6.5. Is that an actual book? And if so how do I get a hold of it to read? I absolutely love all of your books and especially this series!
Hi Kim, there is a link to book 6.5 within Secrets, on the pages that say ‘Free Novelette.’ There is one at the beginning of the book and another one at the end. Let me know if you still can’t download it and I’ll be happy to email you a copy.
Thanks. I’m glad you like my books :-)
Thank you so much! This series has really opened my eyes to so much and challenged my thinking. I found the novelette. .. now I must read! !! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the world! !! God bless!
Ahh, thank you Kim. God bless you too.
Hello, I am unable to download a copy of expose. Please let me know how I can receive a copy
Hi, there are links to it at the front and back of Secrets. Let me know if you still can’t get it.
Thank you. I was able to download book 6.5. Nice read.
When do we expect Book 7?
Glad you enjoyed Crystal 6.5
Book 7 shouldn’t be long. I really don’t want to give a date so I’ll just say a month or two :-) Sorry I can’t be more specific yet.
I am 74 yrs. Old. I am #1 a God fearing woman. I am handicap person, but I Love to read. I just ordered your 1st book and anxious to read. God bless you for writing books.
Hey Ann, it’s great to hear from you. Great to read a comment from a 74 year old :-) I hope you enjoy my books, and may God strengthen you xx
Thank you for your books! I got the first three of the Crystal series free on Amazon and then bought books 5 & 6. Thank you for making it possible to get books 4 & 6.5 free on PDF! I got very into the story and I’m dying to know whether Juda will EVER give his life to the Lord! I’ve looked all over for information on Sleeper – book 7, but I can find nothing. When will it be available for purchase? My curiosity is killing me! Thank you for glorifying the Lord in your writing, may He bless your ministry!
In His grip
P.S. I’m writing a book about forgiveness called Ransomed. I’ve researched all over to find a drug that would make it possible for my heroine’s psychologist to control her so she would betray her friends. I couldn’t find one that matched my specifications. And then I read your books and realised that I can just make one up! Thank you for that idea! Your descriptions of the drugs that the SOT uses in your Crystal series are so inventive, I hope mine will be as good!
Ransomed sounds good. Yes, use your imagination and make it up! Ha ha. The whole story is from your imagination so why not the drugs? Good luck with the book.
Amen :-) Well, Sleeper is currently with my beta readers. They’re going to tear it apart for me. Then it’s going for editing on Monday. It’s a make or break book for Juda, so stay tuned. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the books xx
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