Dream Man “Hot and Swoon Worthy” Excerpt

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Genre: Paranormal romance
Dream Weavers, Book 1
Copyright Kimberly Dean, 2015

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Every muscle in Cael’s body went rock hard. Somehow, some way, she’d managed to infiltrate his world… and all for the sole purpose of being with him. “Devon,” he said gruffly.

She tried to buck him off her again. “Let me go.”

Not on her life.

“It’s okay, Red,” he whispered into her ear. “Everything’s going to be all right.”

Arousal filled him, but her body hummed with tension. She was afraid of him. She was afraid of the night, of the unknown.

And that was the key—the unknown.

Suddenly, Cael felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility rise up in him. She was innocent in all of this. She didn’t realize what her love spell had done. She didn’t know the line she’d crossed or the danger she was in. One way or the other, he had to keep it that way. But how?

He nearly groaned. Playing along with her theory would be the most obvious solution. Not only would a hot little dream cover all her questions nicely, he wasn’t a saint. She’d come to him for sex.

“Am I really your dream man?” he asked quietly.

The pulse at the base of her throat fluttered, yet she looked at him as if he was an advancing tiger. “Not anymore.”

He trailed his finger along the line of her jaw. “You’re my fantasy woman.”

Her forehead furrowed. “Did I mention I think I’m going insane?”

A corner of his mouth curled upward. “I’m crazy about you, too.”

Rubbing his body slowly against hers, he kissed away the tears on her cheek.

She went still. When she didn’t push him away, he moved up to her earlobe and gave it a soft nip. “Kiss me,” he said.

“I just want to wake up.”

“No, you don’t.” He dipped his tongue into her ear, and her eyelids went heavy. Cael’s blood started to bubble. She wasn’t the only one living out a fantasy. The kisses he’d stolen the other night had only whetted his appetite. He wanted more.

Slanting his mouth across hers, he kissed her like he’d always wanted. He let go of her wrists and tangled his hand into the thickness of her hair. His tongue swept deep, searching for more sweetness.

He growled in his throat when he found it.

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Dream On

My new release, Dream Man, is about an unknowing witch who casts a love spell and meets her Dream Weaver. As I was writing the story, I did a lot of research into sleep and dreams. Everyone dreams over the course of a night, but researchers still argue about why. Some believe it’s just random firing of nerves. Others believe it’s the brain’s way of trying to sort through problems. There are dream themes that are common, but dream analysts debate over their meanings, too.

  • Falling – Red flag for major problems at work or relationships
  • Showing up to school/work naked – Vulnerability, anxiety, fear of being exposed
  • Death – A wish to terminate a job or a relationship, a wish to start something new
  • Cheating – Lack of trust in romantic relationship, compromised beliefs or integrity
  • Test-taking – Work stress, being scrutinized, anxiety
  • Being chased – Avoidance, need to face a problem, drive or ambition (for chaser)
  • Showing up late – Being overwhelmed, doing too much
  • Flying – Out of control situation, sign to let go, new perspective, freedom
  • Snake – Fear of the unknown, hidden threats, sexual temptation, transformation
  •  Teeth – Vanity, powerlessness, deception

I don’t remember ever dreaming about teeth, but I’ve had most of the others. My most common dream would be the one where I’m taking a test. I hate that dream, because I always wake up feeling stressed. What dreams do you have most often? What do you think they mean?

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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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.

Courting Trouble scores A True Gem award

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The sex is steamy, the emotional connection between the main characters is compelling and the main characters are all likeable.” ~ Shadow

 

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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.