J.J. DiBenedetto– New Release: FEVER DREAM–What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Our friend J.J. DiBenedetto has a new release out  entitled Fever Dreams. I’ve had those, and man, are they rough.  Anyone who’s had one knows what a nightmare (pardon the pun) they are! , So I couldn’t resist peeking at the book and inviting him over to tell y’all about it. I hope you will enjoy this little post.

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 today!
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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) Smashwords Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback) Apple iBookstore Kobo AllRomanceEbooks

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? The first five books in the series are collected in one Kindle Box Set, and it’s on sale this weekend for just $0.99!

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? Amazon Smashwords Barnes & Noble Apple iBookstore Kobo AllRomanceEbooks.com Google Play

What about books #6, 7 and 8?
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They’re all on sale at Amazon!
But I like to listen instead of read! What about audiobooks? AudiobookDreamSequence
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?
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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 20 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?
At his website, on Facebook, on Twitter and at his Amazon Author Page.

Sounds great, James! Thank you for stopping by to tell use about your new release and best of luck with it!

On Gothic–Guest blog at A Woman’s Wisdom

Sing a Mournful Melody, Gothic, short story

Available at Amazon

Monday again, well, for today I have a little guest post of my own to tout.  You may remember, about a month ago, a lovely blogger named Bodicia reviewed my latest piece, SING A MOURNFUL MELODY. Today, she has a guest post by yours truly concerning the story. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it, and why I decided to write a truly Gothic story, you can read the post here.

Enjoy–and thank you again, Bodicia! :) It’s been a pleasure, my friend!

Nanowrimo’s Antique Magic

I couldn’t fit this in earlier because we’ve been busy, busy here, but I’ve successfully passed the 50k word mark in the rough draft of the forthcoming Antique Magic novel, Mourning Dove Locket. Winner-2014-Facebook-Profile *happy snoopy dance* What’s this “win” mean? Nothing, in the scheme of things, it just means I finished yet another …this year. In fact what it really means is I’ve written over 100,000 words since August! Yes, this August. Which actually means probably closer to 150k (or more) counting Changeling’s Crown and a few things you haven’t seen yet, for the entire year. No, I’m not kidding in the slightest. The other thing about MDL? The thing that is now the book was written not in 4 weeks, but three. I almost didn’t make the official count because there were a few days there when my hands/shoulder hurt so bad I couldn’t do much typing at all. This, my children, is the bane of modern writing. (Did you know even Tolkien was incapacitated this way, at times while writing Lord of the Rings?) In fact, there are still scenes in my notebook from those few days that haven’t made it into the manuscript file.

Yes, that’s right. That makes MDL even longer than its official count of 52k. God knows how long it will be when it’s finally finished. I don’t recommend this typing pace at all, mind you for a lot of reasons, many of which my friend Jo laid out here. With or without this prompt, I’m a born writer; once I was bitten by the bug, I have very rarely ever stopped. But yeah, I get scattered and sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and finish something rather than work on this shiny new thing here. A long, long time ago, I ran across a Behind the Music about I think it was GooGoo Dolls and the singer said that he had the same trouble with writing his songs. He called it working writer’s block.

Once I realized that, I went back to Isaac Asimov’s example and decided not to worry about it when I switched projects. It actually helps my plotting to beg off one story to work on another for a while. (Which, to my beta readers and editors, this is why I have a steady stream of manuscripts to send your way). So what does that all mean? It means, sleep means just an annoying break in my writing. So does eating, playing, social media, knitting, and blogging. ;) I’m a writer, I write, therefore I am. I’m not going to stress myself out about getting down a full manuscript tip to toe in one sitting. It doesn’t matter when a book is finished, just so long as it is. As for MDL, the first draft is not quite finished. maybe another few weeks of sitting down and typing might be needed.  Right now I’m taking a little break on it to revise and get another ready to go to my editors and beta readers. After that, the edits, revisions, and so forth on MDL will commence, but the book that consumed me and frustrated me this year is almost finito! What are Caitlin and co. getting up to this time? Oh, plenty more mysterious mischief! Stay tuned for more on its emergence from the nest…probably sometime in the coming year, if all goes well (*knocks on wood*).

For those of you that tried, but didn’t hit 50k, that’s fine too. You have more in your manuscript than you did before–and that too, is an accomplishment. Don’t walk away from it now. Keep writing until you hit the end and happy holidays.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

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Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!

 

A quick Nanowrimo update

Hey, so I intended to do this this year, but waffled a bit. I just finished a 55,000 word novel in a little over the last month (no, I’m not kidding and more on that within the next few months, as ever, depending on editing and rewrites), add to that the entire manuscript and rewrites that led to the release of Changeling’s Crown in June, plus short stories you may or may not have seen yet, and I’ve pretty much exceeded the 100,000 word mark by November 1st. So I wasn’t sure I was up for another 50k so soon. Between that and a family crisis, I don’t know how much more energy I have for writing hard between now and the end of the year (again, why did they pick a holiday-laden month for this festa? Oh well…). Caitlin, though, has had her say and I’ve been working hard-ish on the fourth installment of the series, (tentatively, [for the last three months so probably writ in stone] entitled Mourning Dove Locket.) I’m still working out where MDL falls in Caitlin’s year, but I know it falls after DRAWING DOWN THE SHADES, (of course) and the plot and where we’re going so it shouldn’t be too hard, except that I’ve got all this other going on. :( I don’t know if I’ll finish it by the end of November, but  at least I’ll have something more done on it than the whole last year.

Is 50,000 words in a month a good idea? Well, if you can’t do it any other way, maybe so. I have done it three times:  the first time topped out at 90,000 words of a mess that, five years later, I still can’t fix. The second time, it went pretty well, though 50k did not serve to finish the book and it still remains unfinished and unpublished. The third time, (this last time) I once again did it on my own and since I have not had time to revise and edit it, we shall see. But I will say I feel much better about it than I did the results of the first two attempts. Time will tell. My hope for MDL is just that I get enough of a manuscript finished that I feel like we’re finally getting somewhere with it. So, Antique Magic fans, stay tuned, the next installment is a-coming. :) And to those in Nano, this year, good luck and keep writing!

A brand new tour

I’m going on tour again…yes, another webtour. This one courtesy of Fire and Ice Book Tours, I’ll be visiting a whole new set of sites. We’re also featuring another giveaway so do follow along by checking out the following schedule.

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Master (past) Schedule.

And there’s a giveaway. One winner will win any title (ebook only) from my backlist. Enter through the Rafflecopter.

Do stop by! It should be fun. :) My thanks to Shelly–and Cherry Mischievous!–for setting this up for me.

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Past stops:
8/12 Fantastic Indie Author’s (Interview)
Stop 2 The Book Recluse (Review)

8/13 Literary Chanteuse
Stop 2 Teen Romance Books List
Stop 3 Memories in a Box

8/14 Peace Love and Writing

Stop 2 Coffee, Books, and Art (Guest Post)

8/15 Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

8/16 Underneath the Covers

8/18 Fiction Zeal (Guest Post)

8/19 Cryptic Reads (Review)

Stop 2 Book Skater