Arresting Benjamin by Amber Daulton


A one-night stand, a surprise baby, and a mysterious stalker.

Mechanic Benjamin Starwell can’t stop thinking about Belle Hamlin, the ballsy musician he slept with and skipped out on months earlier. He never meant to get her pregnant, but he’ll do whatever it takes to win back her trust and be a part of his child’s life. His desire for Belle drives him to be a better man, but he’s worn thin with a garage to run and his estranged sister dumping her troubles on him.

Belle’s juggling impending motherhood, her indie rock career, and a stalker who’s determined to see her fail. Even though she’s desperate to get her priorities straight, she pushes aside her past hurt and welcomes Benji back into her bed. She never expects him to slip into her heart.

When the danger escalates, they face the greatest challenge of all—protecting their unborn child.

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Author Interview

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m from North Carolina, USA. It’s beautiful here. It’s only a five-hour drive from the Great Smoky Mountains in the west to the beach in the east. I love waking up in the morning and seeing thick fog outside my windows (I live near the mountains). The stars at night are so crisp and clear.

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

Arresting Benjamin is book 3, a standalone, in my Arresting Onyx series.

I introduced Benji and Belle back in book 1, Arresting Mason, since they were good friends with that book’s hero and heroine, but they didn’t meet each other then—which was a good thing! Benji was an arrogant ladies’ man who needed a good kick in the pants, and Belle was moody and still reeling from a bad breakup. Had they met when I first started this series, I don’t think they would’ve ended up together. They were just at different points in their lives and would’ve clashed over everything.

Luckily, I have them meet off page a few months before their book officially begins. That encounter resulted in a seriously hot one-night stand and changed their lives forever.

How do you create your characters?

Most of my characters come from my imagination. I hardly ever base them on real people. Coming up with their names is often difficult, and sometimes I pour through baby name books and websites for days until a name pops out at me that fits with the characters’ personalty.

What inspires and what got your started in writing?

I read my first romance book when I was 12 after I snuck a Harlequin paperback out of my mom’s bedroom. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I wanted to create my own story about two people having an adventure and falling in love. I wrote with pencil in a spiral-bound notebook and finished that 200-plus-page story in about six months.

I published my first book when I was 26, and Arresting Benjamin is now my sixteenth book to date. I have several more manuscripts on my computer waiting to see the light of day.

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I typically write in my office, but sometimes I need a change of scenery, so I go to bed or to the deck and write outside. I need silence or white noise, like the whirling of a ceiling fan or the steady sound of traffic, to help me concentrate. I usually have a glass of water on my desk, but often I wish it was wine or something stronger. Writing is a difficult job, ya know! Anyway, the last thing I need is music. The songs get stuck in my head, and I can’t focus to save my life.

How do you get your ideas for writing?

I get story ideas from everything around me. Sometimes I watch a TV show or read a book, and inspiration strikes. The characters keep talking to me in my head, and I can’t think about anything else until I at least write down a basic plot. Ideas often come to me when I’m sleeping, so I keep a notebook in the nightstand, which I’ve put to good use at all hours of the night. My dreams are usually pretty vivid and wild, and it’s a lot of fun twisting a dream into a story.

What do you like to read?

As a romance author, I’m going with the cliché answer: romance. I don’t care if it’s sci/fi, historical, or contemporary, I love reading about two (or more!) people falling in love and dealing with the trouble that pops up along their path to happiness. I don’t, however, much like Inspirational or poetry. I’ve tried to read it, but it’s just not my thing.

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Make friends with other authors and readers via social media. Don’t be shy. Start a blog even if you aren’t published yet, so you can join blog tours. A tour is a great way to get a free ebook as long as you write a review and post it on your blog. The author’s readers will then come to your blog to read the review. They’ll know YOUR name, and that’s what you want—to get your name out there.

Just keep trying. I know it sounds cliché, but there’s nothing else to do. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed. Period. Keep your hopes up, take rejection letters in stride, and if a publisher or editor gives you feedback on why he/she rejected your work, listen to their feedback. They know what they’re talking about.

Anything else you’d like to share?

My next book is coming soon! Trevor’s Redemption, book 3.5 in the Arresting Onyx series, will be released exclusively in the Dangerous Entanglements box set on December 6, 2022.


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