I'm happy to introduce you to a paranormal author who writes with romantic elements. He's a fellow Paranormal Romance Guild member and all-around great guy.
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Please welcome James DiBenedetto to The Flames!
Excerpt (from “Dream Family”):
I’m standing completely still and he reaches down, puts his hands on my waist, takes hold of my panties. He stays like that for a moment, watching me for a reaction. I smile, and I say just one word: “Please.” His hands are welcome there – he can touch me anyplace, anytime. He pulls my panties down, and they fall around my ankles. I step out of them, and I’m naked. Completely exposed. Exactly the way I want - need - to be.
I do the same for him. I do it so slowly, stretching it out, the same way I always linger over unwrapping the last present under the Christmas tree. First his shirt, one button at a time, pausing after each one, kissing every inch of his chest as it’s uncovered. Then his pants; I carefully, deliberately unbuckle his belt, unbutton them at the waist, and with a hand that’s not trembling at all, I pull down the zipper. He lets the pants fall down, and I turn my attention to his boxers. I tug them down, a bit at a time, until, finally, all is revealed.
Now he’s naked and exposed, and he takes one step back. We stand there, maybe two feet apart, and for – I don’t know how long – we just look at each other, up and down, as though it’s the first time we’ve ever seen each other this way.
Everything about him is beautiful, from those browny-brown eyes, to his smiling mouth and strong chin, to those wonderful new muscles he’s been working on, to – to everything, all the way down. I could look at him like this forever.
I go back up, taking all the time in the world, inch by inch, drinking in every detail, until I’m staring into his eyes, lost in them. No, not lost. I see myself reflected in them. And in that reflection, I see all the beauty he sees in me. He’s always seen that, and I know he always will.
We reach out to each other, and a moment later we’re on the bed, our hands all over each other – but, again, moving slowly, gently, teasingly. We’re exploring every inch of each other. Just like the way he undressed me, this is how it was that first night - except his hands are sure instead of tentative, and I know the body I’m exploring every bit as well as my own.
Back then, that first time, and in the first few months afterwards, we were still learning each other. I had to watch his eyes to know when he was losing himself, when conscious thought disappeared and unconscious desire was all that remained. But now I can sense it as easily as I can feel it in myself. I can take him to the very edge of that moment, and then bring him back. A hand caressing his thigh, a kiss on his chin, a whisper in his ear; I know exactly how to touch him.
And – God, the way his hands, his lips, feel on my skin! – he knows my body just as well. He can – he is! - doing the same to me.
We take each other back and forth, over and over, dancing right up to that point and pulling back, until every nerve in both our bodies is screaming. I don’t know how long we go on like that, before we look into each other’s eyes and we both know the moment has arrived.
He rolls onto his back, and I’m on top of him. He doesn’t flinch at my weight pressing down on him; neither of us have any attention or thought to spare as we go over the edge together.
J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.
Individual Book Links:
(no link for book #5 yet, or for the audiobook of book #1)
(that’s for the 10 minute preview of the audiobook on my website)
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 didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody. I thought I was done with that once and for all…”
But Sara’s not done with it. As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again. Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…
“Dream Doctor” is the thrilling second novel in the Dreams series.
"I would give anything to take this away from her. I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..."
As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases. But she's about to be faced with a challenge that all her training and experience haven't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...
"Dream Child" is the suspenseful third novel in the "Dreams" series.
"Why is this so hard for me? Why am I having so much trouble? Why do I feel so helpless, so hopeless? What the hell is wrong with me?"
After tangling with murders and mobsters, not to mention medical school and three years of residency, Sara thought she could handle anything. And then the police show up without warning at her new office and arrest her for a crime she can't possibly have committed. Sara's confidence, and her grip on reality, is shattered during one terrifying night in jail.
Now, the very dreams that have endangered her life and driven her to the edge of madness may be the only thing that can help Sara find herself again...
"Dream Family" is the powerful fourth novel in the "Dreams" series.
“Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”
When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.
When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.
Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…
“Waking Dream” is the exciting fifth novel in the “Dreams” series.