Dream Time

KimberlyDean_DreamMan800I had a variation of the test-taking dream last night.  I was involved in a long and desperate search to find a clean Post-It note.  I’d noticed that a friend (okay, it was Sylvia Day) was staying in a hotel room next to mine, and I wanted to leave a note on her door that I was there.  The problem was that I couldn’t find a clean piece of paper, no matter how hard I tried.  Everything had scribbles on it.  I kept flipping through a stack of Post Its, wondering why they hadn’t been thrown away.  I don’t know why I couldn’t just leave a phone message or actually knock on the door.

Dreams are weird that way.

Yet if I try to analyze this one, I think I know what it means.  To me, it most closely matches the test-taking dream, because it was all about paper and writing and a time limit.  (I needed to get the note posted before she left.)  If I look back to what the dream analysts say about the test taking dream, it’s about work stress, being scrutinized, and/or anxiety.  I’m deep into my current work-in-progress, and a deadline is looming.  I spent a full day at the keyboard yesterday.  By that, I mean 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (with a few breaks.)  As for Sylvia being in the dream – I have no idea what that meant.  Ha!

Yeah, my Dream Weaver has been hard at work.

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When Federal Agent Shanna McKay – aka Lily – is assigned to a new case, her shady past returns to haunt her. She has to bust drug lord, Manuel Santos, who caused her sister’s disappearance years ago. The McKay sisters had been wild. Shanna had become hooked on sex; her sister hooked on Santos and his drugs. Desperate to even the score, Shanna infiltrates the organization by using her most powerful weapon – her sexuality. She seduces Santos’ men one by one in an attempt to get access to the main man. It’s a dangerous game and her boss, Joe Mitchell, knows it. He goes undercover in an attempt to save his agent before her cover is blown. Which will be stronger – Shanna’s lust for Mitchell or her need for vengeance?

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Excerpt from Tiger Lily

Shanna approached the safe house.  She hoped that whomever had prepped the place had left the door unlocked. She didn’t have a key, and she didn’t know where they might have left one. It would be a bitch if her cover were blown because of such a simple detail.

She reached for the doorknob and swallowed a gasp when it turned of its own volition. The door swung open and there, filling the doorway, was her boss.

Her jaw dropped, and she went mute.

Oh God, she wasn’t prepared for this. Not now. She hadn’t had time to go over what she wanted to say to him. She wasn’t ready for another speech about her impulsiveness.

Her heart thudded in her chest. What was he going to do to her? There had to be repercussions. He looked angry enough to do anything. His eyes flashed green fire and energy radiated from his tense body. He wouldn’t stop staring, and it made her nervous.

“Ti—”

He moved so quickly, she wasn’t able to get the rest of his code name out. His hand jutted out and caught her at the nape of the neck. His lips came down hard on hers, silencing what she’d intended to say.

Shock paralyzed Shanna. Joe Mitchell was kissing her.

His other arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her close. An almost electrical jolt of energy zapped through her at the contact of their bodies, and her eyelids drifted shut.

Five years of wanting bubbled up inside her. His body was warm and hard against her soft curves. His lips ate at hers, and his hands… Lord, his touch was like fire.

Her body started shaking with need. Almost hesitantly, she ran her hands up his arms. His muscles clenched under her touch.

This wasn’t a fantasy. He was real, and he was kissing her as if his life depended on it.

She wasn’t about to question why. With a groan, she wrapped her arms about his neck and hung on for dear life. When his tongue pressed at the seam of her lips, her body melted. She clung to him, letting his body take her weight.

“Joe,” she said, her voice full of need.

His knees seemed to buckle at the sound of his name on her lips.

“Lily,” he said in a ragged tone.

His touch became more urgent as he tried to touch all of her at once. Shanna squirmed under his wandering hands. Her skin burned wherever his fingers brushed against her.

One of his hands dove into the dark waterfall of her hair. The other one sneaked under the hem of her dress to her buttocks. His jaw went tight when he discovered she wasn’t wearing any panties.

“Lord help me,” he said.

Urgency seemed to hit him then. With his hand firmly on her bare ass, he pulled her across the room with him. They tumbled down onto the couch and his lips found hers again.

His kisses jumbled Shanna’s thought processes. She didn’t know why he was here, and she didn’t care. She didn’t want to think about why he was touching her. She just wanted to touch him.

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He couldn’t take his eyes off her.

And she couldn’t stop staring at him.

The air practically crackled as they watched each other. Somebody finally coughed and the moment was broken. Rubbing her hand nervously on her thigh, Chevon looked around the reception area. “Could we have some privacy?”

One soft request and her coworkers scattered. Trey watched as, slowly, she made her way down the stairs. Her movements were graceful, but she was nervous. He could tell by the way she clutched the banister as she neared him. “Careful,” he said when her fingers skimmed over the decorative wooden globe atop the final post.

Her gaze flashed to his, but then skittered away again. She hugged the folder she was holding in her left hand closer to her chest. “Could you follow me, please?”

He’d follow her anywhere she’d like to lead.

She turned towards the lobby, and his gaze ran down her sleek figure. She’d taken care with the way she’d dressed. The colors she wore were subdued, and her hair was pinned up in a way that must have taken hours. She looked professional, but he doubted she realized how well that fitted skirt cupped her backside. Or how her high heels lifted it just so…

He shifted uncomfortably. She’d look sexy in a potato sack, but it didn’t take a genius to see that she was skittish around him. And no wonder. He’d screwed her silly last night. If she had any woman’s intuition at all, she’d know that he wanted to do it again.

And again and again and again…

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The Dream State

Another fascinating thing about dreaming is not only what we dream, but how our bodies function while dreaming.  You probably know that during REM sleep, a dreamer’s eyes twitch back and forth, but did you know the following happens?

  • Heart rate increases
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Body temperature increases
  • Brain wave pattern changes
  • Large muscles are paralyzed (so we can’t act out our dreams)
  • Small muscles around the mouth and fingers twitch
  • Sexual arousal

Yes!  I knew there was a reason I wrote a paranormal erotic romance series about dreaming.  :-)

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When innocent college student Chevon takes an impulsive road trip, she finds herself lost in a thick, unpredictable fog.  Out of nowhere, the Everlasting Inn appears.  The remote house on the cliffs is a haven, yet it evokes erotic thoughts and a haunting sense of déjà vu.  The hazy memories consume Chevon, arousing her and tempting her. She takes a job at the inn and when the sexy new owner shows up, she remembers what she’s been craving.  And why…

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Dream Man “Hot and Swoon Worthy” Excerpt

KimberlyDean_DreamMan800Dream Man

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?