C. Michael Bennis studied at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and later graduated from the University of Colorado. He was part of the 1961 University of Colorado Big 8 Champion football team as well as the 1962 Orange Bowl squad. He graduated from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is bilingual in English and Spanish. C. Michael Bennis now enjoys living in Tucson, Arizona as a toy and advertising industry executive, where he has authored two published novels: Signs of Destiny (2012) and Rules of Engagement (2009). He is currently editing his third and fourth novels between speaking engagements.
Signs of Destiny: Award–Winning paranormal novel is a powerful love story where destiny shapes life’s direction and meaning.
Dying is what changed Rafael Valverde’s life.
Coming back from the dead and lying comatose for six weeks altered his perception, but the death of the young Spanish actress he was beginning to love shattered his emotions. Before he was a chameleon masquerading as a businessman. Now he is weakened and confused as he pursues his mother’s genetic lineage of talented artists.
Enter Alison Amavis, the sylphlike young woman Rafael first saw in a state of unconsciousness. Her sea green eyes conceal a prophesied demise that a Spiritualist in Liverpool begrudgingly revealed to 17-year-old Alison: that she would die a horrible death in her 24th year. However before death she will know a love of unfathomable magnitude. It will be the sensation of truly coming home after a forever longing to be there. Rafael is that prophesied love.
Rules of Engagement: Award-Winning novel depicts how true love knows no boundaries unless we create them. In the summer of 1964, two college graduates meet in a London club. While their attraction is palpable, Nicole is engaged to the premier’s son and is Parisian aristocracy; dutiful to a fault she can’t help but fall headfirst for Alec, a Colorado native who is a little rough around the edges. As they decide the course of their affair, Nicole comes up with the Rules of Engagement. Over the next nine days they agree not to fall in love and not to reveal their identities. Reunited by chance over two decades later, the magic is still there. One is married, one is not—both will begin to understand that love and passion endures despite time, circumstance, and reason.
Amusing, fun, and fast-paced, Rules of Engagement by new romance author C. Michael Bennis offers countless dramatic high notes and unforgettably naughty characters as it recalls the very essence of unbridled, wide-open passion. What begins as a timeless, torrid tale of young lust turns into a mid-life romp when two lovers are later reunited. This is a winning combination that tells of the underbelly of the advertising world and the softest sides of true love.
Kirkus Discoveries states "Bennis tempts and tantalizes...this narrative has enough twists and turns to satisfy a mystery lover, and the characters are endearing."
C. Michael Bennis featured on The Balancing Act Airing on Lifetime Television
TUCSON, Ariz. (MMD Newswire)
November 11 , 2010 - Nov. 18, 2010 - 7-8 a.m. ET/PT
Show Host Danielle Knox,
Iinterviews romance author C. Michael Bennis
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"Michael is an award wining author who does not disappoint with his latest novel Rules of Engagement. It's a thrilling love story set in exotic locales, filled with mystery, twists, turns and of course passion and romance. But does it have a happy ending? You are going to have to tune into The Balancing Act to find out."
"The story is pure imagination based on an unforgettable memory," Bennis says. "Similar to the novel, I met a special young woman when I was in London to pick up my car in June 1964. That recollection provided the inspiration for the story, although the real life romance never progressed beyond London."
Nicole's Rules of Engagement
Rule number one: We never fall in love.
Rule number two: We never provide information that might reveal our identities.
Rule number three: Our relationship can and will be ended by departure forever. Beyond the Three Rules of Engagement, there are no further rules or restrictions.