Dream Man Print Copy Winners & Survey Results

Congratulations to Jackie and Andra for winning print copies of Dream Man in my newsletter blast giveaway.

As always, the survey results were quite interesting.  The question was about readers’ feelings about who produces the books they read.  It’s really telling of the times.  Below you can see how the answers rated:


Q:  What are your thoughts on independently published books versus those produced by publishing houses?

A1:  I don’t care – 49%
A2:  I can’t tell the difference – 40%
A3:  I prefer publishing house books – 5%
A3:  I prefer self-pubbed books – 5% (in a tie)
A5:  What are you talking about? – 2%

As a hybrid author who writes with a publishing house and produces her own books on the side, I LOVE those answers.  Everybody just needs to make sure to up their game.

What do you think of the results?  Are they what you expected or are there some surprises in there?


All I Have to Do is Dream

KimberlyDean_DreamMan800It’s always interesting what I run across when I’m doing research for a story.  For my Dream Weaver series, which kicks off with Dream Man, I did a lot of research on the subject of dreaming.  It was fascinating to learn about the sleep stages, what happens during REM, and what dreams might mean.  Yet one article I kept regarded daydreams or mind wandering.[1]

According to research results, on average people aren’t thinking about what they’re doing thirty to forty percent of the time.  That’s a lot!  The human brain just seems hard-wired to wander.  Most often, the mind slips to everyday things such as “to do” lists.  Fantasies are the next most common, with worries coming in third.  In this way, the human mind seems to devote time to problem solving or planning for the future.

My wandering thoughts are like everyone else’s…  I go to my “to do” list.  Yet my “to do” list includes my writing.  If I’m stuck on something, the answer often comes to me in these little flashes of random thought.  If I think too hard, though, the answers just won’t come.

So how do your daydreams work?  Do you get more than grocery lists and carpooling schedules?  Do you think the list is in the right order?  I’m curious about what’s more interesting – your daydreams or the ones you have at night?

[1] Science Paying Attention to Not Paying Attention by Malcom Ritter, Associated Press,

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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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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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?

Dream Man Release Day

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

KimberlyDean_DreamMan800Dream Man

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.

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Excerpt from Dream Man




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.