Monday, November 3, 2014

A Dream Vacation or a Nightmare? The Dream Series by James diBenedetto

What if you could see everyone's dreams? 

Sara Alderson can, and her ability has altered her life in unexpected ways. We first meet her as a shy, bookish college student who doesn’t think there’s anything extraordinary about herself.  And then the dreams start. She learns to live with these supernatural dreams and all the trouble they plunge her into.  At the same time, she grows from a student to a practicing doctor; and from a single girl to a wife and mother.  But every time she thinks she’s got everything figured out, life – and her extraordinary dreams – teach her that she’s always got more to learn.
In Dream Vacation, the eighth book of the Dream Series, we find Sara and her family on vacation in Paris. Their joy in interrupted when Sara's fifteen-year-old daughter Grace disappears. The only way to find her is through Sara's dreams. But her gift has taken an unwanted vacation, and without it, Sara has no idea how to rescue Grace. In a foreign city, with no clues, and her dreaming talent failing her for the first time, Sara must figure out another way to find Grace before it's too late.

Thanks to her unique ability to step into other people's dreams, Dr. Sara Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved lives. But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift might not be enough to avert disaster.

Here's an excerpt:

I watch her eyes in the rear-view mirror.  They’re darting all around; I assume she’s trying to decide whether to keep on lying, or to just tell us what she was really doing today.  Her internal debate goes on for a while, and, finally, Mom fills the silence.  “It was a boy.”  Now Grace starts to speak, but Mom goes on.  “We’re not stupid, Grace.  Of course it was a boy.  You didn’t come all the way out here just to ride on the Cyclone, any more than your mother took a job as a lifeguard in high school just because she liked the smell of chlorine.” 

I want to protest that, but I hold my tongue.  First of all because she’s right.  But mostly because I think I see what she’s doing: letting Grace know that we are really upset – but that it’s something we’ll all get past.

“I – I didn’t think you’d – I didn’t think you’d want me to – I was afraid.”  Grace stammers, in a small voice.

I don’t think this is an act.  “Afraid of what?”

“It was a boy.  I knew him from – from before.”  I’m about to ask “before what?” when Mom lets out a little gasp, and it hits me.  Before she came to us.  We’ve never said anything about her seeing – or not seeing – anybody from her family, her old life.  And until this moment, neither has she.  

About the author:

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.

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