Monday, April 18, 2016

Infected: A New Cover & Title for Bloodline

About a year after I first released Bloodline, I realized that I might have made a mistake with the title. In a time when stories of Vampires was rampant, the immediate impression was that this fit that genre. I have absolutely nothing against these types of tales (I've been known to read them), but Boodline is something entirely different.

I struggled with the cover, initially trying to design my own (one of the pit falls I have cautioned other indie authors about). I finally came around, and had a professional cover done. While I loved it (and still do), it took me another year to notice that the girl on the front, along with the font, only added to the misconception. We re designed it. It was even better...but what I recently (finally) acknowledged, was that it would have to be completely redone in order to fit the scifi genre, and also to convey to a browsing reader what was really inside the cover.

I approached the design and book blurb process in the wrong way. Maybe another author can learn from this. I held back. I was afraid to reveal too much of the mystery, but in doing so, I left the reader too far into the dark, to know if they were even interested in the story!

I took a big breath (okay, several), and took the plunge. New title, new cover, new beginnings. I KNOW this trilogy has a ton of potential, but if the appropriate readers never even get the opportunity to read it...well, it's simply going to simmer on the lonely back pages of Amazon.

I am in still in the process of updating everything. After nearly three years of being out there, fifty five reviews and several book contests, I have a lot of work to do. I feel, however, that it will be worth it.

Here's the lowdown:

Title:  Infected, The Shiners (Book 1 of the Forgotten Origins Trilogy)

An alien plague. A sixteen-year-old girl. A fight to save the world.

When a rare meteor shower unleashes a mind-altering infection, the people Alex loves begin to change. They’re smarter, faster, emotionless, and they have a plan. One that doesn’t include her.

Guided by cryptic clues left behind by her deceased father, Alex follows a trail of increasingly shocking discoveries. Earth’s history isn’t what she learned in school, and a new hive mind threatens to rewrite the future.

Alex is a fighter, but pursued by both friends and an unknown enemy, it will take everything she has to fulfill her destiny. Desperate to save her little brother, she flees to the mountains surrounding her home, where the only chance for humanity has lain hidden for thousands of years.

LINK: Amazon link
(2.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited)

I am SO excited about this re-release/face lift for the first full length novel I ever published. The interior files are the same, so the story has NOT changed.

The other covers are also going through a revamp, in order to match the first, and I should have those out in the next couple of weeks!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Finders Keepers, New Release from J.J. DiBenedetto

I'm happy to share this new, exciting book from a great author! Check this out, and pick up a copy!


 1,400 miles. 3 countries 2 men she can't trust. What could go wrong?                 

  FINDERS KEEPERS is the first book in the new Jane Barnaby Adventures series:
It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple. And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after. Now she’s chasing – and being chased by – the thieves. And she’s picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor’s pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

It's available everywhere eBooks are sold: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback) Smashwords Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback) Apple iBookstore Kobo

  About the author J.J. (James) Dibenedetto's fans would swear he's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy. His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment. Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination. You can follow him at his website, on Facebook and on Twitter. And you can find all his books (including the complete Dream Series) on Amazon and on audiobook at   

  Here's an excerpt from Finders Keepers:
The thieves simply made a mistake. Whether Tom had put his box in the wrong room, or whether the thieves had gotten their wires crossed, who knew? She’d had trouble reading Professor Welldon’s writing; she hadn’t been sure if she was meant to go to Room 16 or Room 18 herself. It hadn’t mattered because the thieves had already gotten there and made the choice for her. “When they finally got where they were going, they opened it up, and you can imagine their surprise.” Jane noted the vagueness there; she assumed Alex knew exactly where that was and, for whatever reason, didn’t want to say. She didn’t challenge him; she kept up her happy fa├žade instead, and he went on. “They knew they couldn’t go back and steal the right box, but they had the label on your pottery, they knew where it was supposed to go.” “They’re headed to Mallorca!” Jane couldn’t help herself; the words just poured out. “They’re going to wait there until I show up and try to trade, the pottery for the artifacts!” She knew she’d said too much. Alex’s eyes lit up, just for an instant, when she mentioned Mallorca. That was something, obviously, he hadn’t known. But he caught himself almost immediately, and so did she. She wondered if he knew that she knew he was putting on an act. She wondered if he knew that she knew that he knew she was, too. And she wondered if she had any aspirin in her purse, because that train of thought was giving her a headache.

 Last, but not least, to celebrate the launch of FINDERS KEEPERS, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of either this new book, or any one of my Dream Series novels (winner's choice). For your chance to win, just click HERE to enter!)