Monday, August 5, 2013

Meet Author James DiBenedetto

Hello everyone! Glad you took a few minutes to stop by the JLB Creatives Blog. 

There's been tons going on! So many of us are facing "back to school" with smiles on our faces, we're excited about seeing old friends and making new ones, school dances, football games, and of course learning.

With that said - How would you like to have a #1 BEST SELLER series in your educational plans? You would? Super! I want to entice all of you middle grade teachers and parents to check out a series worth having in the classroom. See what this 6th grade reading and language arts teacher had to say about using a trilogy that landed ahead of the Hunger Games on Amazon. The Hidden Earth Series Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy fueled the students in her classroom at the end of last year! 

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This series is also in the works of being presented to YALSA for consideration on their national reading list, and placed in Lake County Schools. 
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And now, without further ado, we present to you. . .

James DiBenedetto. . .

“Dream Student” by J.J. DiBenedetto

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’m thrilled to give you an excerpt from my novel.  This takes place early in the book (chapter one, in fact).  Sara is having a recurring nightmare that’s keeping her up every night, and it’s even intruding into her waking life.  She’s turned to her roommate for help…

This just in! The new book trailer for Dream Student!


There’s someone in bed with me.  Someone’s next to me, someone warm and soft and he’s – wait a minute, that’s not right.  There isn’t any “he” at the moment for me to be in bed with.
She.  It’s Beth.  She’s in bed with me – I don’t know why, I don’t remember – and then it all comes back in a rush.  I had a nightmare, I freaked out, and she decided I needed to be held.  Except it isn’t helping.  I sit up, and it’s as though it never went out of my head - I’m seeing it again, the bedroom, the man, the…

Beth stirs herself awake, sits up.  I can barely see her; I’m still in that bedroom, still watching that helpless girl scratching and clawing and…

Beth fades in and out of view; for a moment I can see her more clearly.  Her eyes narrow, focusing on mine.  Then she’s gone again, and I’m watching the – the – the murder.  That’s what it is.  I can’t get it out of my head.

I feel – what?  A hand, soft, gentle, on my cheek.  It’s Beth.  She’s back.  She’s moving towards me, her face is just an inch or two away from mine, her lips are…

“What the hell are you doing?”  The bedroom and the man and his victim are gone, and Beth is suddenly three or four feet away from me, her hand up, bracing herself against the wall.  My hands are out in front of me; I must have shoved her away into the wall without even realizing what I was doing.

She’s staring hard at me, right into my eyes, trying to see if I’m back here with her, if the nightmare is out of my mind.  It certainly is.  She stares for another moment or two and then, without any warning, she dissolves into laughter.  “You should – God, you should see your face right now!”

I don’t really see what’s funny about anything right now.  “What were you doing?” I snap at her, breathing rapidly.

She needs a few seconds to recover her composure.  “You were gone again, and I felt like I had to do something to bring you back.  It was either that or a good hard slap.”

My breathing slows; it’s almost back to normal.  “I guess that makes sense.”  I think I might have preferred the slap.  But I have to admit that her way did work; I’m certainly not thinking about the nightmare now.  I'm pretty sure she's driven it away for the night.

“You forgive me?”

Of course I do.  I lean over and hug her.  “You bet.”  Our heads turn towards the alarm clock in unison: 5:20 AM.  “You think we can get a little more sleep?  I’ll be OK by myself now, I think.”  If I didn’t know better and I heard myself just now, I might even believe it.

She’s already up and halfway over to her bed.  “I know you will,” she answers.  I wish I were as confident as she is.

I hope you enjoyed that; if you want to read more, the book is available on Amazon (visit my author page:  
Or you can visit my website at I’m also on Facebook at and on Twitter at @JJDiBendetto.


Until next week - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me!

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