Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dream Walker by Kimberly Dean Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Dream Walker

Dream Weavers

Book 2

Kimberly Dean

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Tiger Eye Productions, LLC

Date of Publication: 9-29-15

ISBN: 978-0-9846511-8-4

ASIN: B01507U570

Word Count: 67,000 words

Cover Artist: Kim Killion

Book Description:

Research 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.


He’d let her fall asleep.

It was the first clear thought that ran through Shea’s mind when she opened her eyes. That and the fact that Derek was still with her. His heat pressed against her back, and his arm draped heavily across her waist. They were lying side by side on her bed, her body tucked up close against his.

Yet even as she responded in pleasure, she tensed.

Darkness was falling. They’d spent the day making love, and now the sun was setting. Night was creeping in. She stared at the oil painting that hung on the wall until her nerves began to crawl. Even the littlest thing could set her Somnambulist off—and today had been anything but normal—yet she’d let herself be lulled into sleep.

What had she been thinking?

There you are,” a deep voice rumbled. The hand against her stomach flexed, and she was pulled more tightly against the big male form behind her.

A muscled thigh slipped between her legs, and Shea arched as a soft kiss was placed on the side of her neck. The intimate embrace had her groaning. Obviously, she hadn’t been thinking. Her brain had been shorted out, disconnected, and thrown right into the bathwater.

How could she have let her guard down like that? The freedom had been fantastic, arousing and intoxicating as fine wine, but how could she have forgotten what had been happening to her? What had happened just this morning?

Had she… Oh, God. Had she done anything in her sleep? With Derek here?

How long have I been out?” she asked in a rush.

Not long.”

That rumbling voice was too disconcerting, too sexy. She had to look into his eyes. Tucking the sheet up high under her arms, she rolled over to face him. When she did, her breath caught in her chest. His short hair was mussed, and dark shadows lined his jaw. The bad boy look didn’t fit his character, but it was so incredibly hot she had to press her legs together.

Unable to help herself, she let her gaze drop. She took in the well-drawn lines of his body, his muscled chest and rippling abs, but the sheet sitting low on his hips wasn’t what made her look up again. It was the relaxed look on his face. She’d never seen him so calm, so relaxed, so at ease in the moment. It made her belly warm.

Relaxed had to be good, right? If she’d gotten up and danced zombie pirouettes around the bedroom, he wouldn’t be relaxed.

Or so obviously ready to make love to her again.

About the Author:

When taking the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school, Kimberly was rated as an INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). This result sent her into a panic, because there were no career paths recommended for the type. Fortunately, it turned out to be well-suited to a writing career. Since receiving that dismal outlook, Kimberly has become an award-winning author of romance and erotica. She has written for seven publishing houses, both domestic and international, and has recently focused her efforts on the exciting world of self-publishing. When not writing, she enjoys movies, sports, traveling, music, and sunshine. In her mind, a beach, some rock ‘n’ roll, and a good book make for a perfect day.

Where are you from?
Tell us your latest news?  It’s a super busy time for me.  I have two new books releasing in September and October.  I’m really excited about today’s release of Dream Walker.  It’s the second book in my Dream Weaver paranormal romance series, about a Dream Weaver who falls in love with a beautiful scientist plagued by sleepwalking.  Next month, my Courting series continues with Courting Danger, an exciting thriller just in time for Halloween.
When and why did you begin writing?  Years ago, I went through a spate where all I was reading were disappointing books.  I thought to myself, “I could do better.”  That led to “Why don’t you?”  So I sat down and gave it a try.  That was eleven years ago, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?  A friend and I were walking through the bookstore at the mall (back when there were bookstores in malls L).  We walked past an aisle and a book on a bottom shelf caught my eye.  The cover was facing out, and I wondered why it looked so familiar.  I literally came to a dead stop when I realized it was MY book.  That’s when it all became real for me. My book was in print, something I could touch, and it was being sold in a bookstore.  I began walking along again with a goofy smile on my face.  With ebooks prevalent these days, authors don’t get that type of reward much anymore.
What inspired you to write your first book?  I have no idea.  I started off writing erotic thrillers, because there’s always a lot to propel the stories in that genre.  Yet Tiger Lily was pretty dark and gritty.  I don’t know what prompted that particular story line.
Do you have a specific writing style? 
How did you come up with the title?  The series is about Dream Weavers, which is based on a Greek legend.  The Oneiroi are deamons who bestow dreams upon sleeping humans.  In this particular story, the heroine is being possessed by a Somnambulist that makes her sleepwalk.  So I put the two together to get Dream Walker.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  It’s really for entertainment, but I do like the message that people can be serious and practical, but have wonderful imaginations and dreams, too.  Stereotypes are so limiting.
How much of the book is realistic?  Very little, except for the aspects about sleep.  I’ve done a lot of research into sleep and dreaming.  It’s truly fascinating.  Sleep is so important for good health, yet researchers are still just learning about these fields.  Everything I’ve written about sleep in the Dream Weavers books stem from this research.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  Nope.  I’ve only sleepwalked once, to my knowledge.  That was enough for me.
What books have most influenced your life most?  I remember reading The Outsiders in high school.  I remember having to push myself through other assigned reading, but that book sucked me in, and I read it in one night.  It really resonated with me, and I wondered why all books couldn’t be that way.  Then I realized it was only the special ones that could do that.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  I devoured Linda Howard books when she was writing for Silhouette.  I really loved her writing style back then.
What book are you reading now?  I’m listening to the audio book of The Girl On The Train.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
What are your current projects?  I’m in the middle of both my Dream Weavers and Courting series.  Two series at one time is enough to keep anyone busy.

What would you like my readers to know?  I appreciate them, and I’m writing as fast as I can.

Twitter: @KDean_writer

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  1. I think that reading books in high school are a great way to get interested in so many different genres.

  2. what a sweet prize pack :) Thanks so much for hosting

  3. Thank you for informing me about this great book.

  4. Thanks for hosting me, Aunt! I hope that readers like the book and best wishes on winning the prize!

  5. I could use some help dreaming at night! :)