Written in the Stars

This past weekend, I went to a Psychic Fair.  I love testing out how different kinds of readings work.  This time, I chose to have my astrological chart done.  The woman started reading my results.  She went very fast, so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t use the correct terms.  Anyway, one of the items in my major house was sex.  She said it in a very hushed voice and looked at me closely.  I kept quiet, but thought “hmm, maybe there’s something to this.”

She continued on, reading my results in another area, and once again came upon the “s” word.  She kind of coughed over it this time and gave me a side-long look.  I couldn’t take it any longer.  I could just see the thoughts going through her head!  I blurted out, “I write romance novels.  Lots of them.”  The expression on her face was priceless.  Then she started laughing.  I started laughing and soon everyone was looking at us.

It all fit together then.  The focus on sex and the strengths that showed up in my communication field.  She had some exciting predictions about my future, which I’m looking forward to.

These are interesting times, she said, with two eclipses, the autumnal equinox, and a super blood moon all happening within a few weeks of one another.  Pluto is squared off with Uranus, which causes stress, but don’t worry.  That’s only supposed to last through 2017.  Hang in there!

And yes, after our hearty laugh together, I’m sending her a book.  I think Dream Man will be perfect for her.

Aromatherapy for Sleep

dreamstimefree_208820It seems everyone has sleep problems these days.  Whether caused by medical problems, stress, a poor sleep environment or other factors, the effects on daytime mental and physical performance are significant.  Commercials seem to pop up every evening for pills to help one sleep.  These tend to address the effects of sleeplessness, but some homeopathic practitioners suggest targeting the source.  They recommend using scent to sooth and reduce stress.  Try the following essential oils and see if it helps your night’s rest:

  • Lavender – add a drop or two to your pillow
  • Vetiver – add a drop or two to a warm bath
  • Sandalwood – place a drop on your wrist and massage it in
  • Marjoram – a massage oil that’s known for its calming effects

If you are having persistent sleep problems, it’s best to see your doctor.

The Sounds of Sleepwalking

Authors are often asked what inspired their stories, and sometimes songs can trigger ideas. Other times, authors will develop a playlist of music they listen to while writing a book. It can help them get into the vibe of the story. I had the opposite occur to me. The song came after I was finished with the book.

It was a really strange case of coincidence. I had just finished Dream Walker and was attending an outdoor art and music festival when a band started playing a really moody, dreamy instrumental. I asked somebody if they knew the name of the song, because I immediately fell in love with it. What was the name of the song? Sleepwalk.

I just about fell over.

The song was a hit in 1959 – before my time – by Santo & Johnny. It’s amazing how well the mood of the song fits the romance between my characters, Shea and Derek. Then again, both the song and the book had the same inspiration of sleepwalking. We just took different forms of expression.

Here’s a link to the song on YouTube.

Have you ever experienced a coincidence like that? Has a song come on the radio that exactly expressed your mood? Ever been facing a big day and been awakened by a song telling you that “tonight’s gonna be a good night”?

Monster Max Giveaway at All Romance eBooks


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Celebrating the Last Book of the Executive Wives’ Club Series, #freebook, #romance

Today, I’m hosting Tina Gayle. She is very excited about the last book in her Executive Wives’ Club series. To get readers interested in the series, she is offering the first book “Marketing Exec’s Widow” #free from Oct. 3 – 7. CEO’s Widow comes out Oct. 8, but can be picked up now on pre-order.

Executives’ Wives’ Club series
Contemporary Romance with strong women fiction elements

Four women…
One fatal car wreck…
Everyone’s lives changed…

Marketing Exec’s Widow

Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had plan, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

CEO’s Widow

Facing the possibility of having breast cancer, Marianne must decide if she wants to give love another chance and build a future with whatever time she may have left.

Excerpt from CEO’s Widow

Incapable of resisting, Marianne set a hand on his chest and absorbed the pleasure of being in this man’s arms again. Too bad the bliss couldn’t last longer. He needed to get back to work. She had errands to run. “Knox, you’re making it harder and harder to resist you.”

“Then don’t. We’ve both had more than enough time to know what we want. Jack and Betty both died almost two years ago. We needed to move on.” He caressed a hand along her back, easing her body even closer to the hard line of his.

Marianne smiled. She’d known him for years as her husband’s boss and respected for all he’d accomplished in the business world. Her hang-up over their age difference grew less and less important as more time passed. “Shouldn’t we at least date a few other people first? Test the water. Make sure we’re not making a mistake by latching onto the first person we’re attracted to.”

“Good, so you admit you find me attractive?” He lowered his head and nuzzled the side of her neck, playfully nipping at her ear.

She sighed. His tantalizing touch and the deep rumble of his voice tempted her into sliding her hand along the back of his neck. Her fingers slid through his silky hair, and she marveled at sensual thrill of being so close to him. For months now, she’d convinced herself her life was full enough with just her kids and grandkids.

Could she be wrong?
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Dream Walker Bonus Excerpt #paranormal #romance

Welcome to everyone on the Paranormal Romance Blog Hop.  Here’s an excerpt from my new book, Dream Walker.

KimberlyDean_DreamWalker_webDream Weavers, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

She looked at him bemusedly. “I took a course in Greek mythology when I was an undergrad. Do you know the story of the Oneiroi, Derek?”

She felt the energy gather in him. It practically swirled around the bed. “I’m familiar with it,” he said carefully.

The power coming off him was heady. Shea inhaled, absorbing it as her mind went back. “They were dark-winged daemons sent up by gods from a cavern on the shore of the ocean near Hades. When they appeared to humans, it was in their sleep. The Oneiroi could take whatever shape they wished, but true dreams emerged from a gate made of horn while false dreams came from a gate made of ivory.”

He cleared his throat. “Something like that.”

“They were said to rule over sexual dreams most of all.”

The room seemed to shrink, and Shea felt him everywhere they touched. If anyone ruled her sexual dreams, it was him. She cleared her throat. “Anyway, the mother of the Oneiroi was said to be Night, or Nyx.”

He edged closer. “What do you think of all that?”

“The coincidence is fascinating. Derek Dream,” she said, caught up in the whole idea of it. The mysticality. The sensuality. Slowly, she shook her head. He probably thought she was silly.

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Back go blog hop!

Blog hopping with Dream Walker #paranormal #romance #mfrw #indie

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Roxanne’s Realm (guest blog)
I Love Books
happy tails and tales (review)
Fang-tastic Books (guest blog)
Lisa’s World of Books
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (interview)
Deal Sharing Aunt (interview)
Eclipse Reviews (interview)
Author Karen Swart (character interview)
Annette Gisby
A Bookaholic’s Fix: Feeding the Addiction


Once Untold
Around the World in Books
Fantatical Paranormal Romantical (review)
Forget the Housework, I’m Reading… (review)
Penny Writes
T’s Stuff
Zenny’s Awesome Book Reviews
3 Partners In Shopping, Nana, Mommy and Sissy

Dream Walker Release Day!

It’s finally here!  Dream Walker releases today.  I’ve been waiting for this day for years, wanting to get my true vision of this story into readers’ hands.  I’m really looking forward to reviews.  Let me know what you think.


KimberlyDean_DreamWalker_webResearch scientist Shea Caldwell has always had a thing for security consultant, Derek Oneiros. He’s smart, handsome, and built like a Greek god. As attracted as she is to him, though, she’s afraid to let him into her bed – because she’s dangerous when she sleeps.

Derek is known among his brothers as “The Machine,” yet his carefully cultivated control is put to the test whenever he’s around Shea. The woman is as beautiful as she is intelligent, but they’ve always kept things professional – until Derek learns why. Shea is sleepwalking again, but what she doesn’t know is that he may be the only one who can help her. For he is a Greek daemon, and he’s charged with protecting her dreams.

With Shea threatened, Derek makes things personal, and their nights together turn steamy and intimate. He’s ready to battle against the Somnambulist that’s been controlling his lover in her sleep, yet is the night creature really causing all the harm? When Shea’s groundbreaking research notes are stolen, it’s clear that other evil forces may be at work.

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