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Bible in a Year?/The Dare


January 13, 2017 by Dayo Benson

I’ve been working on my goals for this year. My writing goals, as usual, are pretty unrealistic. I don’t know why I do this to myself but let’s see how close I can get to achieving them 🙂 I won’t bore you with exactly what they are, but they’re all about how many books I want to write and how many words a day I need to be writing in order to achieve that.

Bible in a Year

One of my personal goals is to read through the Bible. The last time I read it through, it took me much longer than a year. I really don’t like the idea of reading through the Bible in a year and have always been pretty resistant to it, but I’ve decided to give it a go. I don’t know if I’m actually going to make it, and it feels like an unrealistic goal for me but I know lots of people do it every year. To be honest, I think that reading the Bible in a year is one of those things that some people decided to do and now it’s become almost like a ‘must do’ for everybody (at least among the Christians that I know).

One of the main reasons I don’t like the idea is because I feel like I’m just rushing. It’s hard to ‘meditate’ on four or five whole chapters. There are just too many lessons to draw from such a large chunk. I’m one of those people who meditate on one verse and write a page of notes on it. Okay, that’s really slow and painstaking, but we’re all different. Anyhow, I’ve decided to give it a try. I’m already three chapters behind, and I’m making a conscious effort not to write notes on every verse, but I am still making notes of things that I just can’t ignore, ha ha.

The Dare

I finished writing The Dare early last year, but put it aside. I should have released it in December, since a significant portion of the book takes place in December, but I decided to release The Runaway instead. I’ve had emails from people who want books without any supernatural stuff in them so this book is for those of my readers who don’t like supernatural thrillers. It’s book one in a trilogy. Here’s the back cover blurb:

A good girl with an edge, a bad boy with a heart, and a devastating secret.

“I dare you to kiss Marshal.”
If I knew what was good for me I would have run a mile when I heard those words. But I didn’t, and now Marshal, the campus bad boy, is stalking me—his version of courting.

I’ll admit to nobody that I’m a sheep in wolf’s clothing. My reputation served me well until Sloane got close enough to peel away the façade.
But our parents have a crazy secret that is tearing Sloane apart. And it might spell doom for our relationship—just when I’ve lost my heart.

Is love enough for Marshal and Sloane, or are there too many obstacles?

The Dare is already available for pre-order, but as usual I’ll send an email alert on release day. Release day is 26 January 🙂

So…what are your new year’s resolutions/2017 goals?


  1. Shauna Jenkins says:

    I absolutely love your supernatural thrillers and I hope you consider extending the Crystal Series as there are so many different ways you can take it by expanding on the lives of each character. You have a true gift and it really shows through especially in your thrillers. You give insight to the spirit realm and although some may consider it supernatural, it’s not so much supernatural for me when you are tuned in and deal with spiritual warfare. Keep them coming please!

    • Dayo Benson says:

      I’m glad you like my thrillers, Shauna. I’ll definitely be writing more Crystal books. I must admit that supernatural thrillers have become my ‘ideal zone’ for writing. Like you, I don’t consider it all that supernatural since it’s very much a part of life. We’re in a warfare whether we realize it or not 🙂 Thanks for your comment & God bless.

  2. Beth Erickson says:

    I want to at least start writing a book! I’m not sure I just tell us all the story at the same time, or do I plan it out somehow? Mind sharing how you do it, since I love your books…?

    • Dayo Benson says:

      Hi Beth, I’m a crazy planner. I plan each book from beginning to end before I start writing. My outlines are often around ten pages. Not every writer does this but that’s just how I work. I’d definitely recommend that you plan out the whole story. I’m sure you’ll develop your own process the more you write. Good luck xx

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