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Driftwood signings announced for Buffalo, NY

Great news! We've got four book signings lined up for the Buffalo, New York area for Ray Bentley's novel Driftwood. Please see the press release below for more details, and stay tuned for more info regarding other signings and events for Driftwood.


Contact: Jake Bentley

Five Count Publishing LLC

(616) 308-6148

Former Bills’ Linebacker Publishes First Novel, Driftwood

Ray Bentley releases fiction novel about a pro football franchise in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY – Ray Bentley, former Buffalo Bills linebacker (‘86 to ’91) and preseason TV play-by-play announcer for the previous seven years is releasing the hardcover edition of his debut fiction novel entitled Driftwood on August 25, 2015. Bentley will be in Buffalo signing his book at various locations on August 27, 28 and 29. Here is the schedule of appearances:

Thursday, August 27 6-8pm Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles 794 French Rd., Cheektowaga

Friday, August 28 11:30-1:30pm Larkin Square 745 Seneca St., Buffalo

Friday, August 28 6-8pm Dog Ears Bookstore & Café 688 Abbott Rd., Buffalo

Saturday, August 29 11am-1pm Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant 3785 S. Park Ave., Blasdell

Bentley is well remembered for the children’s books he authored and published while playing with the Bills featuring Darby the Dinosaur. He has seven children’s books to his credit and they will also be available at the signing events. Bentley was part of the Bills’ 1990 and 1991 AFC Championship Teams. He was also the Head Coach and General Manager of the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League from 2000 through 2002. Drawing from his vast football experience and love for the city of Buffalo, Bentley transitions from children’s books to fiction with is debut novel, Driftwood.

“I’m hoping all the kids who had my Darby the Dinosaur books back in the day are all grown up and ready for Driftwood. They will get an inside look at what it’s really like playing pro-football in the great town of Buffalo.” – Ray Bentley

Driftwood is also now available for purchase on all e-book platforms, including Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Smashwords, Kobo, and RedShelf.

Driftwood is 448 pages long, perfect bound with a jacket sleeve. It is 6” X 9” and comes 16 to a box. The retail price is $25.00. The Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator books are $3.00 each or all four available titles for $10. The e-book version of Driftwood is currently available for $6.99.


In the world of sports, football is still king. From Pop Warner up through the pros, people just can’t seem to get enough of their gridiron gods. Nowhere is this truer than in Buffalo, New York, where the fans are desperate for a winner. The Buffalo Blizzard of the North American Football Association (NAFA) have teased and tortured their fan base for well beyond a decade. Long past was the franchise’s heyday back in the mid- to late-‘90s when they lost four consecutive Mega Bowls. However, things are looking up for Buffalo. This just may be the year (2015).

Jack Driftwood, a 17-year NAFA veteran (all with the Blizzard), is back for number 18 and one last shot at Mega Bowl glory. But the Blizzard haven’t been to the playoffs since Driftwood’s rookie year when they lost in a blowout in Mega Bowl 33.

Blizzard General Manager Donald Allen Fegel Jr, through a series of shrewd moves and backroom dealings, has brought the franchise back from the dead and into contention.

Team owner Gerald Wainscott III is no spring chicken, and he has recruited his daughter Gerry to take over the franchise when he is gone. Gerry’s arrival throws a wrench into the lives of both Driftwood and Fegel, but for entirely different reasons.

These titans clash both on and off the field and it truly is a no-holds-barred fight to the finish. Yet they all desire one thing above all: A Mega Bowl victory for the city of Buffalo.


Ray Bentley, 54, is in his 13th season with ESPN as a college football game analyst. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for Bills pre-season TV games the previous seven years. After a 10-year pro football career Bentley began a career as a broadcaster. He has been calling football games since 1994 including a three-year stint as an NFL on FOX play-by-play announcer. He has also done 10 years of morning radio in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. He currently resides in Newmarket, New Hampshire with his wife, Jodi, and youngest daughter Morgan, just down the street from his two grandsons.

Mr. Bentley is available for interviews, appearances and book signings effective immediately. To schedule any of these events please contact Jake Bentley at 616-308-6148 or at

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