Dream Man Release Day

Dream Man is now available in ebook stores.  The print edition will be coming soon.

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Genre: Paranormal erotic romance
Release:  February 25, 2015
Dream Weavers, Book 1

Each night, Devon Bradshaw dreams of him – her fantasy lover. She can feel his heated gaze on her and hear his deep breaths, yet as consuming as their shared desire is, they can’t connect.

Until she performs a love spell.

Cael Oneiros is stunned when Devon appears on his cosmic plane. For months, he’s watched over her as her Dream Weaver. As a sleeper assigned to his care, his job has been to lead the beautiful redhead into REM sleep. Visiting her each night, though, has led to deeper feelings. He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but he has.

Now every night Devon visits Cael, their connection grows – but even the most innocent of spells can have repercussions.

All around town, people are acting strangely. Tempers are short, and chaos is starting to reign. Nobody is dreaming. Nobody except Devon.

When her dream man shows up in flesh and blood, she has to decide if he’s really the man of her heart… or the demon of her dreams.

Dream Man excerpt

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Excerpt from Dream Man

 

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Prologue

He watched her while she slept.

His eyes were haunting, nearly the color of midnight. They were eyes full of lust. Eyes full of need.

He came to her most nights, but she didn’t know his name. She’d never even seen his face.

Only his eyes.

Tonight, they looked down on her with a desire so intense, it made her writhe on the crisp white sheets of her bed. Heat poured through her veins. She wanted him so badly. In vain, she kicked off the covers, trying to ease her distress.

His eyes sparked, and his blistering gaze ran down her form. Yet he didn’t touch.

He never touched. He only watched.

She slid to the side of the bed, trying to get closer to where he stood over her. Her nightgown rode high on her thighs and dipped low between her aching breasts.

She wanted to see him. Wanted to know his face. His body.

She needed to know his body.

Fighting through the weight of the fog, she lifted her hand toward him. Just once, she had to touch him.

His eyelids drooped and, for a moment, she thought he’d let her. Her fingers brushed whisper-close to his brow, but he retreated. Regret made the luminous light of his eyes dim.

“No,” she whispered, instinctively knowing what was to come. “Stay with me.”

Tormented, his dark eyes closed.

In a flash, he was gone.

Devon came awake with a jolt, her body throbbing. With a groan, she collapsed back onto the mattress.

When was she going to stop doing this to herself? When would she learn?

Her dream man was only that.

A dream.

Dream Man

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Coming February 2015

Genre:  Paranormal romance
Dream Weavers, Book 1

Each night, Devon Bradshaw dreams of him – her fantasy lover. She can feel his heated gaze on her and hear his deep breaths, yet as consuming as their shared desire is, they can’t connect.

Until she performs a love spell.

Cael Oneiros is stunned when Devon appears on his cosmic plane. For months, he’s watched over her as her Dream Weaver. As a sleeper assigned to his care, his job has been to lead the beautiful redhead into REM sleep. Visiting her each night, though, has led to deeper feelings. He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but he has.

Now every night Devon visits Cael, their connection grows – but even the most innocent of spells can have repercussions.

All around town, people are acting strangely. Tempers are short, and chaos is starting to reign. Nobody is dreaming. Nobody except Devon.

When her dream man shows up in flesh and blood, she has to decide if he’s really the man of her heart… or the demon of her dreams.

Rewrite Process

I had a question arise in one of the blog posts that I felt needed more than a simple response.  A reader was curious as to how I went about rewriting the first Dream Wreakers/Weavers book.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure where to start.

I began by reading the book that was published.  I stopped after about three chapters, because there were already so many things I wanted to fix — and now.  From there, I dug up my old computer files.  I found three important versions.  One was the first draft of the manuscript.  Two others were post-edit rounds.  (I never overwrite versions, for exactly this reason.  I don’t throw a word away.  Even cuts go into their own file.)  So I knew I already had words, scenes, and ideas that I’d felt had worked before.

I then started going through chapters and editing the latest version.  I rewrote sentences that didn’t read well, I added description, and I put in more character nuances.  I’d run comparison checks to prior versions to see if there was anything else that could add to the story.  I didn’t want to include things just for the sake of adding words.  I was looking for a well-rounded story.

That also meant that certain things needed to be cut.

I hadn’t read this book for a very long time, so it was new to me again.  I was able to read like a reader does during that first pass through.  Anything that was jarring or threw me out of the story was edited or cut.

Eventually, I got through all the chapters this way.  Then it was time to read the story in its entirety.  Once again, there were things that needed to be tweaked.  Time had passed, so cultural references needed to be updated.  I also noticed some plot holes that needed to be filled.  There is one major scene that I added near the end of the book.  I can’t believe it wasn’t in there in the first place.  Duh.

When all was said and done, the bones of the story were the same.  The words used to tell it are not.  I added back 8,000 words, but they’re not necessarily the same words that were cut.

By this time, I was fully back into the story, and it was getting difficult to see the forest for the trees again.  There comes a point where writers can’t distinguish what is in their heads and what has made it onto paper.  That’s when it was time to step away from the project and get new eyes on it.  For me, that meant it was time to go to the editor.  It’s with her now, and I’m anxiously awaiting her input.  Once I receive it, I’ll go back through the story again, as seen through her eyes.

I’m hoping the process for rewriting Book 2 will be easier, but I’m knocking on wood even as I type that.  We’ll just have to see how it stands the test of time.

Heads Up

Whew, I’m coming back up for air.  I’ve had my head down, working on the first book in the Dream Wreaker series.  It’s undergone a total rewrite, which resulted in an additional 8,000 words.  I’ve shipped it off to the editor so it’s progressing nicely.  It’s so nice to finally be getting around to that project, which I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time.

I’m back in the real world now.  When I’m deep in a project like that, almost everything else goes by the wayside.  Hello again, family and friends.  Hello cleaning and taxes and grocery store and my winter newsletter.  I plan to be getting to that this week.  I know I’m late, but I figure my readers would prefer a book, if given the option.  So be on the lookout for a newsletter soon.  If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, just sign up here.

New Year’s Bang Free!

KimberlyDean_NewYearsBang_200pxNew Year’s Bang is available for free download from Amazon for a limited time only.  Go get your copy now!

Genre:  Contemporary, erotic romance, short story

In high school, Troy and Lita had lusted after one another from afar.  As members of two different cliques, their paths had been forbidden to cross. But the temptation was just too powerful. Their feelings had spiraled out of control, but their young love couldn’t survive. Now years later, Lita meets up with Troy again.  The chemistry between them still sizzles, and she knows she has to take a risk.  She makes a New Year’s resolution to get Troy back and, this time, she vows not to let anything get in their way.

New Year’s Bang excerpt

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