Author Spotlight – J.J. DiBenedetto

Dream Student (Dream, #1)

Dream Student

Blurb: 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.


(from Dream Student, book 1)

While I’m waiting I see there’s someone else in the office, another student.  He’s obviously waiting for something or someone and reading the newspaper.  I glance at the front page, and then I look again.  There’s a photo there.  I grab the paper out of his hands, completely ignoring his protest, and I look closely at it.

I’ve seen her before.


No.  It can’t be.  It’s not possible.  The girl in the picture looks exactly like the girl in my dreams.  It’s not possible, except that I’m seeing it with my own eyes.  I start reading the story.  “Seventeen year old Amelia Morgan – high school senior – found murdered – body discovered on Old Tree Road…”  No, no, no.

I read it again, and the words don’t change.  Of course they don’t.



I just start wailing, shouting nonsense.  I’m standing in the middle of the room screaming my head off.  Ray comes out to me, puts his hand on my shoulder, starts to tell me to calm down and I push him away, shove the newspaper in his face.  “It’s her!  It’s her!  It’s her, and she’s dead!”

She’s dead, she’s dead.  She’s dead and I saw it and she’s dead and – and – that’s all I know.  She’s dead and I saw it and it’s all real and – and what?

I don’t know, so I keep on screaming.

Author Bio: 

 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.

The “Dreams” series is James’ first published work.

Other Works:


Dream Doctor

“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.


Dream Child

“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.


Dream Family

“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.


Waking Dream

“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.


Dream student

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback or Audiobook)

iTunes Store (Audiobook)

Audible (Audiobook)


Dream Doctor

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Dream Child 

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Dream Family 

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

All four books are also available at:




the Dream Series page

my personal page.




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