J.J. DiBenedetto

Biography

J.J. (James) Dibenedetto's fans would swear he's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.

Books By This Author

“A lot of fun -- we read this book aloud on a road trip and enjoyed every minute. There were a lot of surprises throughout the book. The action scenes kept us in suspense. Jane's character has depth and is very interesting. We also liked how the book shifted perspectives. Now on to the next in this series”

“I really loved this book! I thought the author did an excellent job of getting into the mind of a 21-year-old girl. I even liked that it took place in the late 80's because it was nostalgic for me. A time before computers had taken over the world and there weren't even cell phones yet. Anyway, this book is suspenseful and entertaining. The only thing I have to point out is that the book does have some language and sexual themes, so for those who follow my reviews on GoodReads and/or my blog, be warned that this isn't my typical book to review. The language wasn't excessive and the adult themes weren't graphic. I look forward to when I have the time to read the rest of the books in this series. Kudos to the author for his first novel!”

“To give you an idea of how much I loved this book, I have to tell you I purchased the other three stories before I was a third of the way through this one. Dream Student is the story of Sara, a college student who begins to find her way into other people's dreams. The first dream she stumbles into is that of Brian, a cute Freshman who happens to be dreaming about her. The second is that of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. Sara initially hopes what she is seeing is just the sick fantasy of a warped individual, but her hopes are dashed when she sees a newspaper report about the murder of the very girl she saw in the dream. When Sara finds her way into the killer's dream again, she knows she's having the dreams for a reason. It's up to her to stop this man before he kills again. Sara meets Brian in real life, and they instantly connect. With the help of Brian and her roommate Beth, Sara begins to piece together the steps of the murderer. The worst of it is, she can't shake the feeling she's seen him before. Once I started reading, I literally couldn't put the book down, and by the end of the weekend, I'd read not only Dream Student, but Dream Doctor (Dreams, book 2) and Dream Child, the next two books in the series. The story draws you in - part romance, part murder mystery, part young woman finding herself and coming into her own. The characters are real, with depth and the story is told smoothly. I highly recommend this entire series. ”

“A wonderfully magical story. characters are well written and very likable. many twists and turns. Action and adventure. I recommend it”

“Jane Barnaby is living her dream. She's attending a wonderful school in England. She has a wonderful adviser who she adores completely. So when he asks her for a huge favor, she accepts without hesitation. Due to a mix-up, though, what would have been a simple trip turns into a high-speed chase that has her unsure of what to do and who to turn to. Can she make it to her professor safely? Or is she doomed to lose it all? Wow. This was an amazing read. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This book was full of adventure and chaos. I loved every moment of it and can fully see this turning into an action packed movie. There wasn't really much I didn't like about this book. I do wish there were characters that had a bigger part in it. The narrator did a great job as well. I loved her impressions of all the characters! I was very impressed and I would be fully willing to hear other books read by her. Sadly, I don't remember her name. I need to make a better point of remembering the narrators' names. Especially the ones who do as great of a job as this one did. I fully recommend this book. It's full of danger and adventure. I was on edge the whole time and couldn't wait to read more. I will be reading more books by this author and the rest of this series. Jane has become one of my favorite characters of all times. I'm glad I got to read this”

“Dream Student delivers exactly what it promises and then some! The cover is quirky, the story is quirky, but believable, if you allow for the strange concept of someone intercepting other people's dreams--an idea that was explored in the hit movie Inception. I, for one, don't subscribe to the vampire mania, although I loved the Twilight Series. I don't read about shape shifters, angels or demons. I prefer my paranormal to be more 'normal' and this theory of catching others' dreams is just possible enough (in my head) that Dream Student caught my interest initially. The blurb mentions a college student, her dreams, and a killer. And that was enough for this suspense reader to buy the book! What is above and beyond in this novel is that the author does a fantastic job of weaving the suspense in and out of a typical pre-med's story. She's a girl who has to get to class, hates the cold weather and discovers she's able to see other people's dreams and doesn't like it one bit. He writes with finesse, compassion and credibility. I was particularly drawn into the romance aspect of this story, a sweet contrast to what Sara is actually experiencing when she sleeps. The relationship with her suitor is an honest account of a true, first (and maybe last) love, written sweetly, and makes the reader remember young love. The characters are likeable, and the author uses humor and suspense alternatively to keep the reader engaged on every page. Not once did I find my interest wane, and that's hard to do with me. I am hooked and eager to read the next books in the series. Funny thing is that the night I finished Dream Student, I had a lucid dream with the main characters! Well done, DiBenedetto. ”

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