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Blessings of Love – Book 3 – “Bless His Heart” by Jessica L. Elliott

Blessings of Love – Book 3 – “Bless His Heart” by Jessica L. Elliott

Today’s the release date for the third book of the fantastic BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series (my book is out this Friday).  Today, it’s BLESS HIS HEART, by Jessica L. Elliott.

First, a little about Jessica








For as long as she can remember, Jessica L. Elliott has been telling stories. As soon as she could grasp a pencil she began writing those stories down. Reading fueled her imagination, as did spending time with her five younger brothers and sisters. Everything was an adventure, something to be treasured and stories were her first love. Jessica began seriously writing in high school and continued into college while attending Emporia State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She wrote and released her first novel, Charming Academy, in August of 2011. Jessica currently lives in southwest Kansas with her husband and children.

You can follow Danielle on her website, on Facebook, and on her Amazon Author Page.

And now for the book!










When a big city boy’s scheming grandmother tries to set him up with her sassy, small town neighbor, sparks are bound to fly.

Greyson Able desperately wants to bring his grandmother, Georgie, to Kansas City where she’ll be closer to him and have better access to the things he’s sure the quaint town of Blessings lacks. Sweet, determined Georgie has other ideas, like staying put and a scheme to set him up with her next door neighbor, Hope.

Hope Fields has seen Georgie Able in action enough to recognize the matchmaking glint in her eye. She’s determined to ignore her elderly neighbor’s attempts to set her up with her grandson, especially when Greyson’s disdain for Blessings is so obvious. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done, because Georgie shows up at her job, Healing Hoofbeats, with Greyson in tow.

As the town’s Thanksgiving festivities approach, Hope’s determination wanes. Will her love be enough to bless Greyson’s heart?

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!


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Blessings of Love – Book 2 – “Blessed by the Fake Boyfriend” by Lacy Anderson

Blessings of Love – Book 2 – “Blessed by the Fake Boyfriend” by Lacy Anderson

This morning, book #2 of the excellent BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series (my book is out this Friday).  Today, it’s BLESSED BY THE FAKE BOYFRIEND, by Lacy Anderson.

First, a little about Lacy








Author Lacy Andersen isn’t a billionaire in disguise, an ancient vampire in line for the crown, or a rock star looking for love – but she does love to write about them. A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a MFA in writing, she currently lives in South Dakota with her loving husband, two precious kids, and two furry pups. Supplying happily-ever-afters is her passion.

You can follow Lacy on her Amazon Author Page.

And now for the book!










One love pact, two brothers, and the woman caught between them.

Michelle Bright is back in her hometown of Blessings, Kansas for Thanksgiving break – and so is her childhood crush. The last time she saw him was the night she confessed her feelings and got soundly rejected. But a chance meeting with his older brother stirs up plans for a fake relationship that might just have her crush eating out of the palm of her hand.

Joseph Reeve’s military career is over, but he can’t seem to adjust back to civilian life. He longs to be the hero again. A man on a mission. When the lovely Michelle shares her plight, he jumps into action, knowing his little brother has always gone after the women he dated. Faking a relationship would practically guarantee his brother’s interest in Michelle. As long as Joseph doesn’t fall for her himself…

This complicated holiday romance just might make them thankful that love doesn’t always go the way they plan.

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!


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Blessings of Love – Book 1 – “Brushstrokes and Blessings” by Danielle Thorne

Blessings of Love – Book 1 – “Brushstrokes and Blessings” by Danielle Thorne

Today’s the release date for the first book of the excellent BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series (my book is out this Friday).  Today, it’s BRUSHSTROKES AND BLESSINGS, by Danielle Thorne.

First, a little about Danielle








Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventure in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, pirates, beaches, cookies, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and… you get the idea. Besides writing, she’s edited for both Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her growing blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on writing, life, and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, Danielle freelances as a non-fiction author while waiting to hear from readers like you through her website. During free time, which means when Netflix is down, she combs through feedback and offers virtual hugs for reviews. Her next historical romance is coming soon.

You can follow Danielle on her website, on Facebook, and on her Amazon Author Page.

And now for the book!










A painful past can’t hold her back, but she won’t let herself fall in love…

Darcy Malone is not the person she was in high school. She’s earned an art degree and is determined to make a respectable name for herself teaching at the elementary school. When she runs headlong into a visiting stranger, she’s fascinated by his confident, upbeat smile and love of art and history, but the thought of him learning her past makes it easy to keep him at arms-length.

History professor, Wade Spears, is researching a book, and his next stop is the quaint town of Blessings. He has a big decision to make, but it’s impossible to choose when it feels like something’s missing from his life. He’s mesmerized by the beautiful art teacher’s kindness and creative energy, but there’s something mysterious about the way she deflects all of his efforts to get to know her.

Can the artist with a past brush over ancient history, or will she send away the man she loves to achieve his dreams without her?

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got a great interview with Danielle!

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is Patrick O’Brian. His books, the Master and Commander series, got me interested in studying Naval history and then West Indies journals. His gift of prose and character development inspired me write my first novel.

How do you describe your writing style?

I think I manage to pull off realistic, modern voice even in my historical novels while still taking the reader back. I like tangible, scenic descriptions and use a lot of dialogue and what I hope is wit in my contemporary romances.

Why should we read your books?

My books are for anyone that likes clean romance with an interesting adventure or colorful relationship problem. I try to have complex villains, and there’s always a journey of self-awareness and making dreams come true.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

There’s a little bit of myself in all of my characters, especially my contemporary heroines. They tend to need a boost of confidence in their abilities, but they’re relentless in hanging on until they get what they want.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I think I’d enjoy being Sara Hart for a day. She runs the Turtle Soup café in Atlanta and has to stay sharp on the days marine biologist, Jack Brandon storms in with his gruff attitude and cocky attitude. This hate-to-love romance is Turtle Soup. Available on

What books have most influenced your life?

Wow, that’s a huge question. I’d have to go with Agatha Christie’s mysteries, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Master and Commander, Post Captain, Horatio Hornblower, a few Nicholas Sparks books, and I’m pretty religious, so I’d have to add the Bible and other scriptures in there.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

Oh my goodness! Gone With the Wind. I get so mad every time I finish it, and it still ends the same.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Beatles, of course. Fun. Classic. Deep. Rebellious. Thoughtful.

Who should play you in a film of your life?

The nerdiest girl you can find.

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New Book!

New Book!

I’ve been remiss in updating my blog, but I actually have news today!  I have a new book coming out in a couple of weeks, and you can preorder it right now!

It’s part of a multi-author sweet romance series called Blessings of Love, and my book is called Twice Blessed.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Allison is a widow who’s been raising her daughter alone for the last four years. Mike is a teacher who’s new to the town of Blessings. They only have one thing in common: Lucy – Allison’s daughter, Mike’s student, and a nine-year-old who’s watched “The Parent Trap” way too often. Both Allison and Mike are onto Lucy’s scheme to play matchmaker, but will they fall for each other anyway? Twice Blessed is book #5 in the Blessings of Love series.[/dropshadowbox]


The book will be out October 11th, but as I said, you can pre-order it now!  And the rest of the series will also be out that week – I’ll be posting more about it shortly…




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Super Mega Awesome Giveaway!

Super Mega Awesome Giveaway!

In case you didn’t see my newsletter, I’ve got a fantastic giveaway running this week.  You could win a signed paperback copy of one of my books, a cool custom-printed t-shirt, or even a USB flash drive with ALL of my books on it!

And all you have to do for your chance to win is go to THIS LINK, and follow the really simple instructions!

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Super Mega Awesome Anniversary Sale!

Super Mega Awesome Anniversary Sale!

March is the anniversary of publishing my first book, DREAM STUDENT, and to celebrate that, I’m running a sale all month long.  On ALL my books!

Just hop on over to my Amazon page and check it out!











ONLY $0.99!!!
























25% OFF – JUST $2.99!!!


















BOX SETS 50% OFF – JUST $2.99!!!








FIVE BOOK BOX SET – 50% OFF – JUST $3.99!!!










Just click on the cover to go directly to the book, or click over to MY AMAZON PAGE to take advantage of this amazing sale!

Unfortunately, the audiobook editions aren’t on sale, because Audible controls the price and doesn’t let authors adjust them.  But my audibooks are all really cool, so you can hop on over to MY AUDIBLE PAGE and check them all out!

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The Dream Doctor Mysteries – Book Tour Preview!

The Dream Doctor Mysteries – Book Tour Preview!

Dream Student
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Prequel
by J.J. DiBenedetto
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Sara Barnes has her life totally under control. All she has to worry about
is college exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school–and
what to do about the cute freshman who has a crush on her. And
everything is going according to plan, until the night she starts
dreaming other people’s dreams.
It’s bad enough that every night is a theater of her friends’ and
classmates’ secret fantasies. Worse yet are the other dreams, the
dark ones featuring a strange, terrifying man committing unspeakable
As the nightmares increase, Sara’s life becomes a blur of waking and
sleeping, of terror and urgency. Because if she was given this
dream-sharing gift for a reason, it must be to stop the killer madman
she’s come to know all too well. But how can she stop him when she’s
just a student, and they’re only dreams?
Dream Student is
the thrilling prequel to the Dream Doctor Mysteries.
**Start the series FREE!!**
Dream Doctor
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 1
Between adjusting to life as a newlywed and trying to survive the first month
of medical school, Sara Alderson has a lot on her plate. She
definitely doesn’t need to start visiting other people’s dreams
again. Unfortunately for her, it’s happening anyway.
Every night, she sees a different person and a different dream. But every
dreamer has one thing in common: they all hate Dr. Morris, the least
popular professor in the medical school, and they’re all dreaming
about seeing him – or making him – dead.
Once again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling witness to a
murder before it happens. But this time, there are too many suspects
to count, and it doesn’t help matters that she hates Dr. Morris
every bit as much as any of his would-be murderers do.
**only .99 cents!**
Dream Child
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 2
Dr. Sara Alderson can deal with eighty-hour workweeks as a resident at
Children’s Hospital. Dealing with crises in the Emergency Room or
the OR is second nature to her. But now she faces a challenge that
all of her training and experience hasn’t prepared her for: Lizzie,
her four-year-old daughter, has inherited her ability to see other
people’s dreams.
After Lizzie befriends a young boy on a trip to Washington, DC, and then
wakes up in a panic that night because of a “bad funny dream,”
Sara knows exactly what it means: her daughter is visiting the boy’s
dreams. Complicating matters is the fact that the boy’s father is a
Congressman, and he’s dreaming about a “scary man in a big black
car” threatening his Daddy.
Unraveling a case of political corruption and blackmail would be hard
enough for Sara under the best of circumstances. But when she has to view
everything through the eyes of a toddler, it may be an impossible task.
Dream Family
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 3
Dr. Sara Alderson didn’t think she had a problem in the world, when she
walked into the office for her first day as a partner in her own
medical practice. And then the police showed up and arrested her for
a crime she couldn’t possibly have committed. Twenty four hours
later, after a horrifying day and night in jail, Sara comes home a
different – and completely broken – woman.
Clearing her name is her first challenge, but that’s nothing compared to the
task of rebuilding her shattered psyche. And the only way she can do
that is with the help of the supernatural dreams, the same dreams
that have nearly cost Sara her sanity – and almost got her killed –
in the past.
Waking Dream
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 4
After nearly a decade of visiting other people’s dreams, Sara Alderson
thought she had made peace with her supernatural gift. Until one
night, while watching her husband dream, she saw someone else
watching him, too: a mysterious woman in a red dress.
The woman in red keeps appearing in the dreams of Sara’s husband and
his co-workers. Sara doesn’t know if this mystery woman is trying
to steal her husband, drive him mad or something even worse. All she
does know is that now she has something she never imagined: a
nemesis. And the only thing more dangerous than a nemesis who shares
her ability to step into other people’s dreams, is one who knows
far more about that ability and how to control it than Sara does.
Dream Reunion
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 5
Dr. Sara Alderson is heading back to college for her ten-year class
reunion. Her husband and two of her children are coming with her –
and so are her supernatural dreams.
One of her old classmates is becoming more frantic with every passing
night. Sara can’t see his face, but she can see everything else in
his dreams, and he’s coming closer and closer to committing a
desperate act to try and save his business. Sara’s the only one who
can save him, and his family – if she can figure out who he is and
what he’s planning in time.
Dream Home
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 6
Dr. Sara Alderson thought she was securing her and her family’s future
when she moved them to a small town in New York and took a job as
Chief of Pediatrics at the local hospital. Unfortunately, things
aren’t going quite according to plan. For one thing, she has
enemies at work who resent her from the moment she sets foot in the
For another, she’s visiting the dreams of an old man who’s seeing
nightly visions of a storm that will wipe out the entire town. He’s
convinced that the visions are true – and as winter closes in, Sara
is starting to think he might be right.
Dream Vacation
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 7
Thanks to her unique ability to step into other people’s dreams, Dr. Sara
Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved lives.
But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift
might not be enough to avert disaster.
On a family vacation to Paris, Sara’s fifteen-year-old daughter Grace
disappears without a trace. The only way to find her is through
Sara’s dreams. But her gift has taken an unwanted vacation, and
without it, Sara has no idea how to rescue Grace. In a foreign city,
with no clues, and her dreaming talent failing her for the first
time, Sara must figure out another way to find Grace before it’s too late.
Fever Dream
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 8
Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When
a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her
efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat.
After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful
people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any
lengths to make sure they stay hidden.
Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone
else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family
and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know
she has.
Dream Wedding
The Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 9
It ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter,
Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime
boyfriend. But the family’s happiness is shattered when a drunk
driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run accident.
Now, instead of planning her daughter’s wedding, Sara must fight to save
her son’s life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was –
someone she thought was a colleague and a friend – she has to fight
her desire for revenge. Because Sara knows she has the power to visit
the driver’s dreams, and in those dreams, she holds the power of
life and death.
Dream Fragments:
Stories From the Dream Doctor Mysteries
The novels don’t tell the whole story!
Readers of the Dream Doctor Mysteries know that Sara and her family have a
very busy life outside the pages of the ten Dream Doctor Mysteries,
and here’s your chance to peek into it.
Twelve stories are included in this collection, and you’ll discover what
happened on Sara’s final Spring Break of college; Lizzie’s first
day of school; Betty and Howard’s first trip out of the country;
and much more!
J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby
Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life
and a white cat who rules the roost.
His passions are photography, travel, the opera,
the New York Giants, and of course writing.
Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to
entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way
they might never have.
Since he was very young , he has always been intrigued with the
supernatural and things that can’t be explained rationally.
By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the
point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the
curiosity building up all those years were finally getting put into
words to captivate readers. And it hasn’t ended. His main goal is to
share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that’s
how the Dream Series was born.
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
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Mr. Smith and the Roach – now available on Audible!

Mr. Smith and the Roach – now available on Audible!

The audiobook of Mr. Smith and the Roach is officially out!  You can buy it, RIGHT NOW, on Audible!

(it’ll show up on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere over the next few days…)









The narrator is Chris Dale, who’s also worked on several of the original Doctor Who audioplays produced by Big Finish, as well as many other projects.  He’s also worryingly devoted to the works of Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999, and so forth).

YOu can hear a sample of Chris’ fantastic work right here:


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Happy New Year! (and a last chance for my big sale!)

Happy New Year! (and a last chance for my big sale!)


To start the year off right, I’m letting my big sale go on for one more day.  Act fast – you can get FIVE

I hope all y’all will have a fantastic, happy, healthy 2019!

To start the year off right, I’m letting my big sale go on for one more day.  Act fast – you can get FIVE












To start the new year off right, you can get five (yes, FIVE!) of my books on sale, but the price goes up tomorrow…


MR SMITH AND THE ROACH is on sale for just $0.99!

John Smith has a problem.  He’s a retired cop whose pension just got wiped out, and he doesn’t know why or how.  Now he needs to find a roommate to help pay the bills.

Sam has a problem.  He’s a six-foot-tall talking cockroach and he doesn’t know who created him, or why, or how.  Now he needs a place to live.

Thrown together as roommates and amateur detectives, Mr. Smith and the Roach realize their problems might be related.

But those problems are far more complicated than they imagined, and before all is said and done, they’ll run afoul of a Russian gangster, an imprisoned Mafia don, a crooked Wall Street banker, a mad scientist and, maybe worst of all, Mr. Smith’s baby sister.

Can they get to the bottom of an unbelievable plot before someone exterminates the Roach – and Mr. Smith – for good?


FINDING DORI, and also A REEL CHRISTMAS IN ROMANCE are also both $0.99!  Both books are part of the Welcome to Romance collection.

Dori came to the town of Romance to help a friend. She wasn’t looking for a romance of her own. But when she broke her leg and found herself stuck in Romance for two weeks, romance found her – with the very man who caused her accident.

Lucas wasn’t looking for romance, either. But when the woman who almost killed herself by running in front of his truck turned out to be his next client, romance found him, too.

Dori has two weeks until her leg is healed and she can travel back home to New York. Lucas has two weeks until his job is finished and he won’t have to see Dori again. Can the two of them stop sabotaging themselves long enough for Romance to work its magic on them?




Owner of the lone movie theater in Romance, Marianne Carter loves the old movies she shows on the big screen. She’s just struck up an email friendship with a newcomer to town.
Unaware of his identity but feeling loyal to him, she fights her attraction to a handsome man she keeps bumping into around town.

Under a false identity, Jack Nelson comes to Romance to investigate the historic movie theater and decide if it should receive the status of a historical landmark. Little does he know the woman sending him charming emails is the same one who owns the theater.

While Marianne’s theater plays the old classic film The Shop Around the Corner, Marianne and Jack unknowingly play out the same story in real life. Will they figure it out in time to write their own happy ending?



A BOX OF DREAMS includes the first five (yes, FIVE!) novels of the Dream Doctor Mysteries, plus bonus materials!  And you can get it for just $1.99!

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey.

Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.

Here are the first five books of the Dream Doctor Mysteries, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM. In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…

Finally, THE JANE BARNABY ADVENTURES BOX SET includes all three novels in the series to date, again for just $1.99!

All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was deliver a box of pottery shards to her professor 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.

That is, until everything went wrong….

And it kept on going wrong, all through the first three books of the Jane Barnaby Adventures. Follow Jane in this three-novel box set as she outwits international art thieves, solves a fifty-year-old mystery and chases across Europe in pursuit of a Russian spy..


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