The Konigsburg Books

red shoesKonigsburg is a typical (although mythical) Texas Hill Country town. Tourists are its principal industry, meaning it specializes in wonderful food, quaint bed and breakfasts, and a couple of local wineries.

This particular Hill Country town also specializes in tall, broad, good-looking guys, including the Toleffson boys and their friends. Transplants from Iowa, the Toleffson brothers--Cal, Pete, Lars, and Erik--are all looking for the good life, Texas style. And naturally that involves finding Ms. Right. And there's a complete cast of friends, relations, and associates that more than fills up the town!

 

Hungry Heart

Hungry HeartMy eighth Konigsburg, Texas novel, Hungry Heart, has just been released by Samhain Publishing. It has some new charachters and some familiar faces

Peace, love, and barbecue--with a big order of sexy on the side.

Sous chef Darcy Cunningham is less than entranced with small-town Konigsburg's obsession with barbecue. But her future career as a chef de cuisine requires expanding her culinary horizons, so she talks the Barbecue King, a.k.a. Harris Temple, into taking her on as his apprentice.

However, learning Harris's professional secrets wasn't supposed to include falling for his spicy blend of smoky sexiness and laid-back charm.

Chico Burnside specializes in flying under Konigsburg's small-town radar, but lately life has been going a little too smoothly, even for him. Hoping to shake things up a bit, he talks Harris into teaming up for Konigsburg's first barbecue cook-off. But once shy scientist Andy Wells catches his eye, Chico's got more on his mind than brisket. Like enticing her out of her shell to show her just how tenderly a big guy can love.

As the competition ignites, so does the romance. Until a natural disaster threatens to derail Konigsburg's dream team before the grills even get good and warmed up.

Warning: Contains hot sauce, hot sex, and a whole lot of smokin' action.

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Fearless Love

Fearless Love My seventh Konigsburg book, Fearless Love, is available now at Samhain Publishing.

Sweet music doesn’t come without a few sour notes.

MG Carmody never figured her musical dreams would crash against the reality of Nashville. Now the only thing she has going for her is her late grandfather’s chicken farm, which comes with molting hens that won’t lay, one irascible rooster, and a huge mortgage held by a ruthless opponent—her Great Aunt Nedda.

With fewer eggs to sell, MG needs extra money, fast. Even if it means carving out time for a job as a prep cook at The Rose—and resisting her attraction to its sexy head chef.

Joe LeBlanc has problems of his own. He’s got a kitchen full of temperamental cooks—one of whom is a sneak thief—a demanding cooking competition to prepare for, and an attraction to MG that could easily boil over into something tasty. If he could figure out the cause of the shy beauty’s lack of self confidence.

In Joe’s arms, MG’s heart begins to find its voice. But between kitchen thieves, performance anxiety, saucy saboteurs, greedy relatives, and one very pissed-off rooster, the chances of them ever making sweet music are looking slimmer by the day.

Warning: Contains hot kitchen sex, cool Americana music, foodie hysteria, and a whole lot of fowl play.

Read an excerpt at Samhain.

Epic Award finalistFearless Love is a finalist in contemporary romance for the 2014 Epic Awards!

Buy a copy at Samhain or at Amazon.

Don't Forget Me

Don't Forget Me Once they said goodbye forever. Now they want to walk it back.

Konigsburg, Texas, Book 6

Eighteen months ago, Kit Maldonado was so over Nando Avrogado, she left Konigsburg without a backward glance. With the family restaurant in San Antonio sold out from under her, though, she’s back to manage The Rose, an exclusive resort eatery outside town.

Dealing with a stingy boss, an amorous head chef, an understaffed dining room and planning her aunt’s wedding should have kept her hands full. But she realizes she might not be as over Nando as she thought.

As the town’s new assistant chief of police, Nando’s got enough trouble without sexy Kit fanning embers he thought had long ago turned to ashes. Every time he turns around, she’s there—and it doesn’t help that everyone in town wants to see them back together.

One incendiary kiss, and there’s no denying the force of their attraction. But there’s a mysterious and oddly familiar burglar who’s been lurking around Konigsburg, someone who isn’t above a little mayhem—maybe even violence—to cover his tracks.

Read an excerpt from chapter one.

"Benjamin is an extraordinary storyteller who melds sizzling spice, flirty fun and lively laughter to entertain the reader with every word. Three-dimensional characters leap off the pages, captivating readers for an engaging read. This sixth book in the Konigsburg, Texas, series is escapism at its best." --Romantic Times Book Reviews

"The characters in this series have been strongly developed and you feel you could step on the streets of Koinsberg and spot them one by one. The suspense elements do a great job of providing motion to the plot, and touch of mystery to keep you guessing." -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Don’t Forget Me is a wonderful timeless contemporary romance that hits all the right notes – humor, passion, suspense, and love." -- Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

Brand New Me

Brand New MeIf any man wants more than a dance with her, they’ll have to get past him...

Winner 2012 Holt Medallion, Mainstream/Single Title.

LASR Best Book Long and Short Reviews Best Book.

"Brand New Me’s hero is a pleasure to read about and is so richly detailed that he seems to jump off the page. Tom’s laidback, but determined, attitude will win the hearts of readers everywhere....the novel’s fast paced action and delightful secondary characters keep the story fresh. This return to Konigsburg will have fans old and new cheering." Romantic Times, 4 stars

"Fans of this series, there is no excuse why you have not picked this book up yet." Erotic Horizon, 4 stars.

Book of the Year

Deirdre Brandenburg has an MBA and a dream to become the coffee supplier for Konigsburg’s growing restaurant industry. What she doesn’t have is money, courtesy of her billionaire father’s scheme to make her come home. All she needs is three months until her trust fund kicks in. Until then, she needs a job.

Hiring the new girl next door is a no-brainer for ex-gambler Tom Ames. He’s already succeeded in making his bar, The Faro, a growing tourist draw. Deirdre’s beauty will pull in the locals—particularly every red-blooded male in the Hill Country. As he watches her transform from tentative business wonk to confident, sassy barmaid, he realizes he wants first crack at her heart.

When Big John Brandenburg sends Deirdre’s ex-boyfriend to drag her home, the plan backfires, leaving Tom’s bar in shambles and Deirdre kidnapped by a band of loony Texas secessionists.

Things are looking pretty bleak—except the good people of Konigsburg have no intention of giving Deirdre up, either. Even if it takes every Faro employee, every last Toleffson, and one cranky iguana to give the honky-tonk lovebirds a chance at forever.

Long Time Gone

long time goneA future with the woman of his dreams is within his grasp...if the past will stay that way.

2011 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, Best Small Press Romance.
Romantic Times Top Pick for Contemporary, December 2010.

Erik Toleffson wasn’t looking to become Chief of Police. He’s got enough trouble trying to rebuild his relationship with his three brothers who, until just recently, ran the other way when he approached. He’s not the bully they grew up with, but bad memories are tough to overcome.

Morgan Barrett is as worn out as a vat full of crushed grape skins. She never planned to run Cedar Creek Winery, but there’s no one else to shoulder the load as her father recovers from an injury. All she needs is a little sleep. Just a five-minute nap in the booth at the Dew Drop Inn...if that guy across the bar would stop staring at her as if putting her head down on the table is a crime.

After Morgan yawns in Erik’s face, there’s nowhere to go but up. With time, though, their relationship warms like a perfectly blended Bordeaux. Until the shady mayor digs into Erik’s past and dredges up information that could drive a permanent wedge between him and his brothers—and sour any chance of a future with Morgan.

Read an excerpt from Chapter 1.

Be My Baby

be my babyThere’s no room in her life for love. Love has other ideas…

EPIC Award Winner Winner 2011 EPIC Award, Best Contemporary Romance.

2011 Beanpot Award, New England Chapter, Romance Writers of America, Romantic Suspense
2010 Golden Rose Award winner.
beanpot award"Book three in the Konigsburg series has a proven formula for success: love, humor, suspense and cute kids." - Romantic Times, 4.5 stars.
"Tight writing and a fantastic narrative make this story not only enjoyable, but something I’d recommend to others who love a good, solid romance." Long and Short Reviews, 4.5 stars.
"Be My Baby is a thriller of a book. The Toleffson family is an exciting cast of characters that make the reader want to hear more of their stories. Meg Benjamin created a world anyone would love to visit." Coffeetime Romance, 4 cups.

If Jessamyn Carroll had only herself to consider, staying in Pennsylvania after her husband’s death would have been a no-brainer. Her vindictive in-laws’ efforts to get their hooks into her infant son, however, force her to flee to a new home. Konigsburg, Texas.

Peace…at least for now. She’s even found a way to make some extra money, looking after sexy accountant Lars Toleffson’s precocious two-year-old daughter. She finds it easy—too easy—to let his protective presence lull her into thinking she and her son are safe at last.

Lars, still wounded from enduring a nasty divorce from his cheating ex-wife, tries to fight his attraction to the mysterious, beautiful widow. But when an intruder breaks into her place, and Jess comes clean about her past, all bets are off. Someone wants her baby—and wants Jess out of the picture. Permanently. Now Jess has a live-in bodyguard, whether she wants him or not. Except she does want him—and he wants her. Yet negotiating a future together will have to overcome a lot of roadblocks: babies, puppies, the entire, meddling Toleffson family—and a kidnapper.

Read Chapter One.

Excerpt 2 - Jess and Lars get together.

Wedding Bell Blues

wedding bell blues Who knew you could find the love of your life at the wedding from hell?

"Readers will be hooked from the very first paragraph. The characters from every generation that descend upon the bride and groom are a pure delight. The family dramas going on around the wedding will keep readers laughing and engaged through every page." - Romantic Times, 4 stars
"When I read the blurb for the book, I imagined a cutesy, fluff book. You gave me more. I got a book filled with characters who were more than standard stereotypes. Instead of making Pete and Janie all wholesome goodness, you made them well rounded. I wasn’t always happy with them – namely Pete and his reactions to his mother – but this added to the realism. And I ended up liking this book much more than I have had it been just another piece of cotton candy." - Dear Author
"There is magic in a good read and a great fictional world, and Meg Benjamin is a wizard at story-telling. Wedding Bell Blues is not about retribution, even if the story does come to a most satisfying conclusion. Even more so as Meg takes the principle of the happily-ever-after ending and its hopeful message and elevates it to a philosophy. Every single person can hope for a happy ending. Some day. Whoever they are. And not just the hero and heroine." - Long and Short Reviews 4.5 Stars

EPIC Award NomineeJanie Dupree will do anything to make sure her best friend has the wedding of her dreams, even if it means relinquishing what every bridesmaid covets and never gets—the perfect maid-of-honor dress. Problem is, family drama as tangled as a clump of Texas prickly pear cactus threatens to send the skittish bride hopping aboard the elopement express.

Janie could use a hand, but the best man’s “help” is only making things worse. Pete Toleffson just wants to get through his brother’s wedding and get back to his county attorney job in Des Moines. He never expected to be the engineer on a wedding train that’s derailing straight toward hell. Janie’s the kind of girl he’d like to get close to—but her self-induced role as “Miss Fix-It” is as infuriating as it is adorable.

If they can just fend off meddling parents, vindictive in-laws, spiteful ex-boyfriends, and a greyhound named Olive long enough to achieve matrimonial lift-off, maybe they can admit they’re head-over-heels in love.

Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 at Samhain.

Read about Pete and Janie's first kiss.

Venus In Blue Jeans

venus in blue jeans Coming off a broken engagement to a lying charmer, all bookstore-owner Docia Kent wants is a fling, not a long-term romance. And for her fabulously wealthy and fabulously nosy parents to butt out of her life for a while. The Texas Hill Country town of Konigsburg looks like the perfect place to get both. Especially when she gets a look at long, tall country-vet Cal Toleffson.

Cal has other plans for Docia. One glance at the six-foot version of Botticelli’s Venus, and he knows he’s looking at the woman of his dreams. Now if he can just fend off the "eccentric" characters of Konigsburg long enough to convince her romance isn’t such a bad idea.

One night of mind-blowing sex isn’t the only thing that leaves them both stunned. Someone’s up to no good, and Docia is caught in cross-hairs. Once again she finds her trust tested—leaving her wondering if she was ever meant to have a happily ever, after all.

Read Chapter One!

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