Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tiger Eye Productions, LLC
Date of Publication: 9-29-15
Word Count: 67,000 words
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
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.
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.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’ve always loved reading, but I didn’t think about being a writer until I actually tried it. I wanted to be a rock singer. It would never have worked out, though. I’m much too shy, but I carry a pretty mean tune when alone in my car.
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.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I think it was about a year-and-a-half from the time I first started writing it until it was published. I sold the first book I wrote. I didn’t realize that was an accomplishment until I got into the industry more.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Dream Walker. It’s the story of a Dream Weaver who falls in love with a beautiful scientist plagued by sleepwalking.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m a hybrid. I’m currently self-publishing and writing for HarperCollins UK’s Mischief line.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
That could be years and years. Ideas will come to me, and I’ll write them down and let them “bake.” I’m usually in the middle of writing something else at the time. Once I start a project, it usually takes about three months – although I’ve been known to write a novel in a month when I get behind. (I’m not recommending that to anyone!)
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a lot more ideas for the Dream Weavers stories, so there will be more paranormal romances coming. I’m also working on my Courting series, which is contemporary erotic romance. Courting Danger, releases next month. It’s an erotic thriller.
What genre would you place your books into?
I’m currently writing in two distinct genres – paranormal romance and contemporary erotic romance. I love them both.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Those are the genres where my ideas tend to generate. I couldn’t write a historical romance if I tried. There are a couple other genres that interest me, but I’m too busy to branch out right now.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I really liked Jason Sloan from Courting Trouble. He’s a former hockey player turned businessman, yet he still approaches life with the same aggressiveness that got him thrown in the penalty box more than often. Roxie from my Triple X series is my favorite heroine. She grew up in the foster care system and is wild and independent. For both characters, I like their layers. They say and do what they want to do, not caring what others think, yet they have such good hearts. I’d love to take the leaps that they do, but I’m too cautious.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
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.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
It has to be quiet. For a long time I wrote at my desk, and that’s still where I do all my editing. More and more, though, I’ve been writing on my AlphaSmart word processor. The technology is so old, and the keys are stiff and clunky. The strengths are that there’s no Internet connection to distract me and only four lines show on the tiny screen. For some reason, this keeps me moving forward in the story.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Title first. I’m a plotter, so I need to know all these things up front.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I listen for cool names. For instance, an acquaintance had a baby last year. The moment I heard the name Colton, I knew it was a romance hero’s name. I used it in Courting Innocence. For towns, I try to use something that fits the story. For the Dream Weavers series, I settled on a town name of Solstice. It’s all about the sound of the name for me.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I know my characters before I name them. Same with the places. The name needs to fit the person or location. I don’t think I could work backwards on that.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
The story stems from the characters for me, not the other way around.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Sometimes, but I try to keep them subtle. People are more open to them that way.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
There’s still something about paperbacks that I love.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I generally prefer the book over the movie. I like the world that I build in my head when I’m reading a story, and the movie never matches that internal picture. The one exception might be the Harry Potter movies. I thought those made the transition quite well.
Your favorite color is?
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.
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/kimberlydean