Sunday, May 31, 2015

What if You Could See Everyone Else's Dreams?

Find out with the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto! Book #9, FEVER DREAM, is out now!

What's the story?

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.

Where can you buy it?

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Want to know more? Here's an excerpt!

It’s one in the morning, and the last guests have gone. Other than the cleaning crew, Brian and I are the only ones left in the ballroom. I know we need to leave, but I can’t bear the thought of standing up and trying to walk out of the room, down to the garage and then to the car. I think my feet might literally fall off.

“You’re going to have to carry me out of here,” I tell Brian, and he gives me a wicked grin in return.

“I was planning on it,” he says, and he stands, takes a deep breath, and lifts me right out of my seat. I yelp and throw my arms around his neck as he carries me out of the room and over to the elevator, barely showing any strain at all. He has to put me down once we get to the elevator, though. “I need a free hand,” he says, hitting the “up” button. But the garage is—oh. I should have known.

“You booked a room.” He nods. “And you told my parents we wouldn’t be home tonight.” Another nod. It’s all part of the fantasy, I guess. He’s been imagining that he’s James Bond all night, and after a glitzy evening at the casino, James Bond doesn’t hop into the minivan so he can get home, walk the dog and collapse into bed. No way. He takes his conquest for the evening up to the five-star hotel room, where the champagne is already waiting. On ice, no doubt.

The bell dings, he ushers me into the empty elevator, and as the door closes, I feel my fatigue suddenly, instantly, drain away, and I’m all over him. I may not be a fan of those movies, but I know how they go, and it’s not as though I need much of an excuse to throw myself at my husband. By the time the door opens onto the third floor, I’m panting and extricating my hands from his tuxedo jacket. “You woke up in a hurry,” he says, panting himself, pulling his hand off the zipper of my dress, which is already halfway down my back.

“Well, I know what you were thinking, and I also know that no girl can resist James Bond, right?” By way of an answer, he leads me down the hall, opens the door to our room, picks me up again and deposits me on the bed. In seconds, he’s finished the job of zipping me right out of my dress, and his tuxedo is in an undignified mess somewhere on the floor. After that—there’s no more thought, just feeling, just his hands and his lips and his—his everything.

Interested in the books that lead up to this one?

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 Series, 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…

Where do you buy it?

What about books #6, 7 and 8?

But I like to listen instead of read! What about audiobooks?

The first five novels and a short story are all available on Audible! And you can hear samples from all of them right here!

So who's the author?

Well, technically, that's a picture of his cat, Danny. Danny is much more photogenic than J.J. is. But J.J. (James, really) is a pretty nice guy. He's a native New Yorker, although he's lived in the Washington, DC area for the last twenty years. He loves the opera, reading, photography, science fiction, fondue, travel and the New York Giants. Oh, and of course Danny, and also of course his lovely and talented wife.

Where can I learn more about him?

Ed. Note:  You can read my reviews of Dream Student, Dream Doctor, and Dream Child next door at Roses & Thorns.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Welcome Penny Estelle!


Penny Estelle is a best selling writer for all ages, from the early reader to adults. Her books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy and time-travel adventures for ages nine to thirteen. She also, under P. A. Estelle, has written adult stories including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances.

Penny was a school secretary for twenty-one years. She and her husband moved to their retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on fifty-four very rural acres, living on solar and wind only.

The Jesse Series

Jesse’s Find: Book One


What does a rancher do when he is in the middle of the Kansas plains and comes across a woman who has been shot, has an infant with her and has no memory of any of it?


Her expression was guarded as he approached. “Who are you?” she asked.

“Jesse Mason. I found you a few days back, about a mile from here.”

The girl scanned the room, as if looking for something. “Can…can I please talk to your wife?”

Jesse stiffened. “I don’t have a wife.”

She took another step back. “But…but the baby, and someone changed my clothes.”

See my four-rose review of Jesse's Find next door at Roses & Thorns!

Jesse’s Nightmare: Book Two


Ginny and Jesse are expecting their first baby. It's almost April and even the snow that continues to fall doesn't dampen their moods—until something starts ripping apart the livestock.

But when Jesse comes home during a blizzard and finds his wife and daughter missing, he chokes on a fear that he hasn't felt in a long time!


Ginny tensed, put her head back and held her breath. The pains had started while traveling in the wagon, but they were coming faster and harder. Tears made dirty paths down her cheeks. She knew there was a good chance the wolf could get in. The shutter that covered the window was old and bug ridden. It wouldn’t take long for that to succumb to the wolf’s abuse.

She kissed the top of Sarah’s head and the tears continued. Now you may never know about your real mother. We were going to tell you when you were older what a wonderful person she was. “I’m so sorry, Mary. I didn’t take very good care of your daughter.”

There was scratching at the shutter. “Don’t you worry, Sarah,” Ginny whispered. “You won’t feel one scratch or bite from that thing outside, nor will I.” She had heard those stories about being bitten by a wolf. At the time she laughed them off, but now, she wasn’t so sure. Even if they survived an attack Jesse’s words came flooding back—tie them up...go crazy...die.

That wasn’t going to happen. She would make sure of that herself. Her hand slipped into her pocket and caressed the gun that hid there. May God forgive me…and Jesse, too.

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