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December 14, 2015

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Thank you for another wonderful year. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, spent with the people you love and cherish and may you receive the gift of a wonderful book!


I know I’ve said it before, but thank you for all of your ongoing love and support. You are the reason I write.


May you be blessed this season and in the year to come!


-Danica Winters


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Published on December 14, 2015 22:19 • 6 views

November 12, 2015

Exciting things are on the horizon and this is your chance to be involved.


You may already know, but earlier this year I signed a three book contract with Harlequin Intrigue. (So cool, right?!) This awesome sauce would not have been possible without the support of you, my fans! After wracking my brain to find a way to thank you for all of your support and kind words, I decided to give back in a way that would give you the chance for your vote to be counted, and your voice to make it onto the page.


If you couldn’t tell, I’m super stinkin’ excited about this, and I hope you are too.


So, here’s the deal. Over the last few weeks I’ve been hitting my Facebook fan page and asking you guys to come up with the next heroine’s name (for book 3 in the Montana Heroes Series). I have picked the top names and now it’s your chance to pick the final name! Pretty cool, huh?


So, here’s your chance to make your mark in the world of romantic literature! Feel free to cast your vote!


Loading…*If you are having trouble seeing the form you can click on the link to the Google form and submit your vote : http://goo.gl/forms/Nv9TBJUxos



A Little Extra Awesomeness


The first book in the Montana Heroes Series, Smoke and Ashes, is already available for pre-order on Amazon (to be released May 2016). Don’t forget to snag your copy!


Also, for those of you who will be attending the RT Convention in Las Vegas in 2016, I will be there and will be signing books. Hope to meet you there!


 


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Published on November 12, 2015 05:04 • 6 views

July 14, 2015

I hope you are off to a great summer! Here in Montana, the heat is climbing and breaking long-standing records. I hope wherever you are, you have air conditioning and a steady supply of Mai Tais (or at least a cabana boy named Sven to bring you a cold drink)!


I find myself stuck inside and dreaming of cooler days and maybe a few hotter nights… (With said cabana boy, maybe?) To help you get through these hot days, I have worked together with my publisher to offer a once in a lifetime sale! Together, we have put ALL of my Nymph Series novels into one HOT collection, for one COOL price of only $0.76 for Kindle (or $0.99 for Nook)!!!


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That’s so awesome, I’m beading up with excitement! Holy buckets, Sven, bring me a towel![image error]


OMG, can someone say #HottieMcButterpants!


If you are interested, you can also find The Nymph’s Curse in the following locations:


Amazon


Barnes and Noble


iTunes


And all other major retailers


Hope you have a great summer and may you have many hot nights while reading The Nymph’s Curse collection!


-Danica Winters


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Published on July 14, 2015 05:39 • 14 views

July 1, 2015

[image error]I’m so excited, I can barely contain myself. The time has come, the ink is dry, and I can finally share my secret. I’m proud to announce that I have signed a three book deal with Harlequin Intrigue!


The first book will hit major book distributors in both mass market paperback and e-book, May 2016.


This is a wonderful day in my writing career, one that I have been dreaming of since I first picked up the pen (or rather, the new laptop) some years back. Writing has always been a labor of love for me. Anyone who has met me, or seen me speak at a public event, has probably laid witness to the passion in which I carry for this sometimes daunting, and sometimes joyous, profession.


There have been days in which I have laid on the floor in a heap of messy ugly tears just hoping and praying that someday something resembling this would come. It is beyond my wildest dreams that it has finally arrived.


That being said, this day would have never arrived if it hadn’t been for the wonderful support and love that I have received. With every book and every story, I have received kind words, letters, and notes from fans at home and across the world. Many of my biggest fans have even played major parts in shaping my books and the character’s lives within their pages.


To my wonderful fans, I’m humbled by your generosity of spirit. So, though this simply cannot be expressed adequately through a few simple words… Thank you. And please know, I write to bring you the happiness that you have brought me.


~Danica Winters


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Published on July 01, 2015 02:20 • 7 views

February 13, 2015

[image error]I would love to send you flowers and chocolate, but that would be an impossible challenge; so instead, as a gift to you, I have lowered the price of the first four books of the Nymph Series to $1.99 for Valentine’s Day: The Nymph’s Labyrinth (also available for a limited time in a $.77 bundle), Montana Mustangs, Winter Swans, and Savannah Sacrifice.


In addition, I’m excited to announce that the fifth and final book in the series will be released Fall 2015!! So, this is a great chance to read and enjoy the series just in time for the final book’s arrival.


As always, thank you for loving my books!


Happy Valentine’s Day,


Danica Winters


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Published on February 13, 2015 12:46 • 38 views

February 6, 2015

I am often asked what is like to write a novel. On this journey of the mind and soul, I have learned a variety of often painful and sometimes pleasant lessons.  So I decided to share a few of my gems in case you are tempted to think about writing a book or if you are just an author looking for a little laughter!


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If you are stuck and can’t decide what to write, drink anything highly caffeinated—don’t worry about the pain in your chest after your fifth espresso, that’s just ideas being born.
Ergonomics is for wimps. If your neck, back, wrists, and eyes don’t hurt after a long day of writing, you are doing it wrong.
Coffee shops are your mecca. Once you accept that you are the stereotype of a writer, you can make great use of any place that has quirky people and uppers floating in the air.
Not talking about your story until it is complete is impossible. It’s like talking about your children, sometimes you just have to share. Your friends are just going to have to accept that your life revolves around little souls and souls that exist nowhere else but in your mind (don’t worry when they call you a border-line schizophrenic, take it like a compliment).
In your marriage, killing a character is an acceptable rule for being in a bad mood; unless it is an antagonist, which is reason for jumping around the house like a mad woman/man.
Sickness will come to the household whenever you are nearing the end of a book deadline. Make sure to get your work done early because nothing promotes a peaceful and harmonious writing environment like the soft scents of Lysol and a child’s feverish face.
Putting your kids to bed early because you have a revelation about your current WIP is not only acceptable but almost required as there is nothing worse than forgetting/not utilizing the muse.
Ideas only come after all of your pens are lined North to South and your chair is tilted in an exact 10 degree angle from your computer screen (or when you are trying to go to sleep and have somewhere to be early the next morning).
It’s normal when you are having a conversation with one of the few friends you have left (after months of being in your writing cave) that everything they say relates to something that you have written. In fact, if this is a true friend, they will love you more for it (even if they are rolling their eyes).
Every character in your book is based on someone you know. We are creatures of habit, why create a character when you have a well-known acquaintance that (not so secretly) loves to dress in drag and only eats yellow food on Wednesdays? HELLO, character quirks!

What about you? What gems have you learned along your journey?


 


*Danica’s next novel, The Curse of Zeus, Book 5 of the Nymph Series will be out Fall 2015!


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Published on February 06, 2015 13:03 • 26 views

September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal for MONTANA CHRISTMAS ROMANCE: A Multi-Author Anthology

A Collection of Heartwarming Holiday Stories From Under the Big Sky . . .


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Coming November 1st 2014!


Take a trip to Montana with this collection of seven heartwarming Christmas romances by award-winning and best-selling authors. This collection of stories from the mountains to the valleys of Big Sky state will remind you of what is truly important and why you love the holiday season. Be ready to be swept away on a series of incredible journeys of the heart and soul.


Casey Dawes — author of Love on the Wind


Danica Winters —author of A Date for Christmas


R.L. Syme — author of Montana Mistletoe


Clare Tallier — author of Homecoming


Melissa Tenley — author of An Unexpected Gift


H.A. Somerled — author of Death at a Party


Jade Barnaby — author of The Stars She Lost


 


Published by Self-Publishing Services, LLC.


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Published on September 25, 2014 12:48 • 40 views

August 2, 2014

All right… It’s post #5!!!


For those of you who haven’t followed: For the last four weeks, I have been giving readers a song and a secret about the book!


Savannah Sacrifice carries many, many secrets. Some of the secrets are fun, some are deliciously wicked, but guaranteed you will love them all! So, grab a seat, remember to follow (and put in for the giveaways) and get ready to learn more about Savannah Sacrifice!


Please feel free to leave me a comment. And if you’ve read the book and it has made you think of a song (or something equally amazing), leave me a comment! I will be stopping by each stop, and I will post each participating entry on my Facebook/Twitter page!


(You can learn other secrets about Savannah Sacrifice by checking out last week’s post!)


So have fun!


Today’s Secret: There is a Latin prayer that takes place: Spiritus, convenientibus terra viventium. Restitue animam et corpus. Benedictus in sæcula. Gratia. Misericordia. Amor.


Roughly translated it means: Spirit, join the land of the living. Restore the body and the soul. Blessed forever. Love. Grace. Compassion.


(I don’t want to spoil anything for you following along!)


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Today’s Song: If there is one song that would be “Starling’s Song” My Immortal would fit the bill. Starling was an incredible character to create. In trying to empathize with her struggles I would listen to this song while writing.



 


Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you enjoyed learning about some of the secrets of Savannah Sacrifice!


Danica Winters


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Published on August 02, 2014 00:47 • 44 views

July 26, 2014

All right… It’s post #4!!!


For those of you who haven’t followed: For the next four weeks, I will be giving readers a song and a secret about the book!


Savannah Sacrifice carries many, many secrets. Some of the secrets are fun, some are deliciously wicked, but guaranteed you will love them all! So, grab a seat, remember to follow (and put in for the giveaways) and get ready to learn more about Savannah Sacrifice!


Please feel free to leave me a comment. And if you’ve read the book and it has made you think of a song (or something equally amazing), leave me a comment! I will be stopping by each stop, and I will post each participating entry on my Facebook/Twitter page!


(You can learn other secrets about Savannah Sacrifice by checking out last week’s post!)


So have fun!


Today’s Secret: Asclepius’s confession about his history, in which Zeus kills him for the resurrection of Hippolytus, is true. Artemis paid Asclepius to raise her lover. You can learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepius


Epione and Asclepius were married in Greek mythology. They had nine children together: six daughters and three sons.


Figure 1-3: The Character reference for Epione and images of Asclepius


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Figure 4: Asclepius’s Temple (Cos, Greece)


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Today’s Song: You are going to love this song! I don’t think it needs much in the way of introduction, but it certainly epitomizes Asclepius and his wife.



(I Got a Woman, Ray Charles)


I am looking forward to seeing you at the next stop!


Thank you for all the love and support,


Danica Winters


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Published on July 26, 2014 00:33 • 36 views

July 19, 2014

All right… It’s post #3 in the blog tour!!!


For those of you who haven’t followed: For the next four weeks, I will be giving readers a song and a secret about the book!


Savannah Sacrifice carries many, many secrets. Some of the secrets are fun, some are deliciously wicked, but guaranteed you will love them all! So, grab a seat, remember to follow (and put in for the giveaways) and get ready to learn more about Savannah Sacrifice!


Please feel free to leave me a comment. And if you’ve read the book and it has made you think of a song (or something equally amazing), leave me a comment! I will be stopping by each stop, and I will post each participating entry on my Facebook/Twitter page!


(You can learn other secrets about Savannah Sacrifice by checking out last week’s post!)


So have fun!


Today’s Secret: I love Latin. Often in my books I use the language to hide clues for my readers!


When Starling visits the cemetery she is met with a headstone that reads, “Avi Mortem.”  In Latin, this means Bird of Death. If you know the secret, it can change your reading of the book.


The Catharterian’s motto: Mortem. Genus. Honor.


Translates to: Death. Family. Honor.


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Figure 1The Inspiration Behind the Archangel


Today’s Song: This song was the theme of a chapter following the introduction of the Avi Mortem archangel (no spoilers here)!



I am looking forward to seeing you at the next stop!


Thank you for all the love and support,


Danica Winters


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Published on July 19, 2014 00:26 • 50 views