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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Timely Curse by Joseph DiBartolo

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy & Dramatic Elements
Please note: This is a novella, not a full sized novel, so I'll keep the outline light, so as not to give away too many elements of the story..
This is a solid debut novella by Author Joseph DiBartolo. The writing is well-thought out and the elements & visuals are realistic and well-described.
Mr. DiBartolo pulls us into his world by introducing us to William, a physically abused teen, stuck in his own personal hell as his father Gary, a local police officer & the true nightmare in his world, continues to inflict pain & terror on William, his mother & his younger sister..

The story leads William into the clutches of Alexander, a man who has been watching William and his situation for quite some time... Alexander will either turn out to be Williams saving grace... Or an even bigger nightmare than the one he is already living in....
William makes the decision to seek out Alexanders type of help.. And before he knows it, William now has the ability to save himself and his family... 
But will Williams untimely curse come too late? Or will Williams father, his thugs & his excessive firepower end up being even too much for a being of superhuman powers? 
Pick up this novella and find out! It's a quick & exciting read and I was genuinely interested in how such an abused child would deal with saving himself & his family through something that would be a horrendous curse upon anyone else... Mr. DiBartolo knows how to to keep the reader wanting more & I'm looking forward to his next release.. Head to Amazon & grab this compelling story today! 


For William Danver, High School was a breeze, academically that is. Although he wasn't popular, at all, his real problem was at home.

His father Gary Danver was an abusive, sadistic man, who also happened to be the sheriff in their small town. Unable to get any help from the authorities, William vowed to protect his mother and little sister by any means necessary.

His wish to protect his family came in the form of a mysterious stranger, Alexander, who would change the boy's life forever. Was it a curse or a blessing he granted William with? And did he do this to help the boy protect his family or did he have his own selfish reasons?


That night consisted of constant violent thrashing in his bed as he could not get the image of that thing in the woods out of his head. The battle of mixed feelings inside of him between fear and curiosity were ripping him apart. But William knew that he would never sleep again until he found out what that was in the woods that nearly made him soil himself. After hours of extensive research online, there was really nothing that fit the description of what he saw. It was so massive and tall that it seemed to be standing on two legs. He even went as far as to research Lycanthropy, but quickly dismissed it once he realized what he was researching.

William laughed as he closed his laptop. “"Werewolf",” he said....
His laugh was abruptly drowned out by a loud gasp he let out when he saw Alexander standing across the street, staring right into the boy’s soul. The anxiety quickly turned to excitement as he put on his sneakers with the intention of going out to talk to the enigmatic man about the offer he proposed on their last encounter.

William closed his window after quietly stepping out into the windy darkness. He was startled when he turned to see Alexander, standing not three feet from him.
Shivering and cowering against his window with the tall man towering over him, William said, "“I need your help.”.."
“"I know, that’s why I stand before you."” replied Alexander.

“"What are you going to do?"” asked William.

“"Savor the fear you are feeling right now, as this will be the last time you will ever be afraid",” Alexander said as his eyes changed colors and razor sharp teeth sprouted.
Before the boy could make a sound, Alexander lunged at him, sinking his teeth into his neck, instantly changing the boy’s life forever.........

                       ~~~~FIND AUTHOR JOSEPH DiBARTOLO HERE~~~~

                     ~~~~BUY "A TIMELY CURSE" HERE ON AMAZON~~~~


  1. Congratulations to you Joseph! I can only imagine the excitement and nervousness that you're experiencing right now. Job well done, and now just sit back and watch those sales soar and the reviews trickle in. I'm so proud of the efforts that you made in bringing this story to your readers. It's a great deal of work and effort. I thank you for that.
    AND...thank you to Platinum Book Reviews for the promotional efforts to get word out of this successful venture. Good job Vicki Rose and Joseph!

  2. Thanks Suester! We wish all the best for Joey D & his work!