Friday, August 23, 2013
Book Feature-The Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto
I keep meeting wonderful authors and as you know I love helping other writers out. I believe in paying it forward. So I’m introducing the Dream series by J. J. DiBenedetto to you.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.
What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams? If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?
Sara Barnes is about to find out. She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.
But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.
"Dream Student" is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.
"I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody. I thought I was done with that once and for all…"
But Sara’s not done with it. As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again. Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…
"Dream Doctor" is the thrilling second novel in the Dreams series.
"I would give anything to take this away from her. I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..."
As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases. But she's about to be faced with a challenge that all her training and experience haven't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...
"Dream Child" is the suspenseful third novel in the "Dreams" series.
"Why is this so hard for me? Why am I having so much trouble? Why do I feel so helpless, so hopeless? What the hell is wrong with me?"
After tangling with murders and mobsters, not to mention medical school and three years of residency, Sara thought she could handle anything. And then the police show up without warning at her new office and arrest her for a crime she can't possibly have committed. Sara's confidence, and her grip on reality, is shattered during one terrifying night in jail.
Now, the very dreams that have endangered her life and driven her to the edge of madness may be the only thing that can help Sara find herself again...
"Dream Family" is the powerful fourth novel in the "Dreams" series.
"Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…"
When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.
When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.
Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…
"Waking Dream" is the exciting fifth novel in the "Dreams" series.
Excerpt from Waking Dream (newest book, coming next week):
As Sara watches herself, she suddenly feels a cold breeze, as though one of the windows was open. But they’re all closed; there’s nowhere for the breeze to have come from. And then Sara turns away from herself and her husband and she sees it – sees her.
Only for an instant, and only from the back. The driver’s door is already open, and a woman – a woman in a red dress, with long black hair falling down just past her shoulders – is out of the car and running away…
As my eyes open, I’m looking at the door very intently. Why? What am I expecting to see? It’s still closed, the chair is still wedged there…
It was a car door. My car door. I was dreaming, and – she was there. That woman. The same one I saw a few months ago in Brian’s dream. The woman who can do what I can do. I let myself forget about it. Brian and I talked about it, and we convinced ourselves that I must have misunderstood what I saw, or something.
Not this time. I know for sure now. I felt a draft, as though a window had opened. Every time Lizzie or my mother came into my dreams, I felt an invisible door opening. They go through the door, this woman climbs in through the window. It makes perfect sense. And she just appeared, the way I – usually – just appear. And the moment she realized she wasn’t alone in Brian’s dream, she ran for it.
I have to tell Brian. It’s – God, it has to be someone he knows. That’s how it works for me. We have to figure out who, and then – what?
I don’t have the slightest idea.
J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
Read about James’ writing: www.writingdreams.net
Buy his books: amazon.com or smashwords