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St. Patrick's Day Signing!

Posted on March 6, 2023 at 9:35 AM Comments comments ()

Come visit me this St. Patrick's Day March 17th from 4-6pm at Conquest Books 2824 Holt St. in Ashland, Kentucky!

Bookmark Monday!!

Posted on September 15, 2022 at 8:35 AM Comments comments ()

Tune in to Studio 3 on WSAZ-TV to watch Bookmark Monday. Susan Nicholas and I talk about authors and popular books at libraries and bookstores each month.

I'm a little behind, but here is the most recent broadcast that highlights a new and exciting independent boo...

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Looking for my books?

Posted on August 30, 2022 at 1:05 PM Comments comments ()

:) People have been asking me where they can find my books, so I am happy to oblige. Here is a short list of places that stock them :)

* Tamarack Marketplace

* Booktenders -  https://www.booktendersw...

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Mural at the West Huntington Library!!

Posted on July 17, 2022 at 11:55 AM Comments comments ()

I can't think of a greater honor.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Posted on March 22, 2022 at 3:20 PM Comments comments ()

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

After two years of Covid gloom and doom and cancellations, it was sheer JOY to celebrate ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ yesterday with this Facebook Live Event, sponsored by the Garrett County Arts Council. Special thanks to Kathy, Rachel, and Sam for all their support of the arts! If you missed the live presentation, you can watch the recorded event now �...

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Two exciting announcements

Posted on December 3, 2021 at 10:05 AM Comments comments ()


It's been a long time since I've posted a blog entry, but I have some good news to share. One of my poems "Outside," was published in the Autumn issue of
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Publishers Weekly

Posted on December 23, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments ()

My column about my safe book launch is featured on Publishers Weekly this week!

Stocking Stuffer!!

Posted on November 27, 2020 at 1:05 PM Comments comments ()

Brave Sir Grace battles the big blizzard! This cool illustration by Kjersten L. Niskanen is one of my very favorites from our picture book. I'm just a little prejudice, but if you need a special stocking stuffer this Christmas, Sir Grace and the Big Blizzard w...

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TV Interview about Sir Grace

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments ()

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 ...

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Premiere Video: Two Poems

Posted on August 30, 2020 at 8:20 PM Comments comments ()

Carl Hamlin from the West Huntington Branch Library in Huntington, West Virginia, asked if he could use a couple of my poems for an upcoming project. I agreed, and here are the creative results! Click on the link below and take a look! 

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Feature Story About Launch

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments ()

Social distance book launch Saturday

Lee Ward | The Daily Independent Aug 12, 2020 Updated Aug 12, 2020


HUNTINGTON Author Laura Bentley’s ...

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Publication Day for Sir Grace!!!

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments ()

Happy, happy, joy, joy! Today’s the day!!! My first picture book, illustrated by the amazing Kjersten L. Niskanen, is now available for purchase! Here’s what award-winning picture book author and poet Anna Smucker had to say about Sir Grace and ...

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Posted on July 8, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()


Debut Picture Book!

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments ()

The cover reveal for my first picture book is tomorrow July 7, 2020.

It's called SIR GRACE AND THE BIG BLIZZARD, and it was illustrated by the amazing Kjersten Niskanen! Stay tuned!!!

St. Patrick's Day Reading Cancellation

Posted on March 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM Comments comments ()


To read or not to read, that is the question. After a lot of soul searching, I've decided to cancel my St. Patrick's Day reading at Taylor Books this Tuesday because of the coronavirus. Only a pandemic could keep me away!!! In t...

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Posted on December 30, 2019 at 11:30 PM Comments comments ()



Flashback to 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Silver Tattoo: an Interview with Laura Treacy Bentley by Zoe Ferraris


Between 2000 and 2004, I belonged to a writer's group, the Rogues, that had a dramatically positive influence on my writing. So it delights me to announce that this year, three of the writers from this group have books coming out. I am so proud of my fellow writers, knowing the work that has gone i...

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The Lakefront Magazine

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments ()

I was thrilled to be the Garrett County Arts Council's "Artist of the Month" in the March edition of The Lakefront Magazine

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Interview on WV Author

Posted on December 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments ()

I've been meaning to post this interview on my blog for months. So, here it is. Cat Pleska, noted writer, is interviewing me at the Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia, for her first episode of  "WV Author" with Cat as the new host:


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Q&A with me on Janet Emson's UK book blog

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

I am delighted to be a featured author on Janet Emson's wonderful UK book blog called "From First Page to Last." Take a look! ( The link is in the first comment.)

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Signing with Nora Roberts!

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments ()

On September 16, 2017, I'll be signing with Nora Roberts at her Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland.

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