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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 • 22 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 • 16 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 • 30 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 • 35 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 • 19 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 • 40 views

July 12, 2014

All right… It’s post #2 in the secrets blog series!!!


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!


This Week’s Secret:


The Bonaventure Cemetery, a major setting in Savannah Sacrifice, is reported to be one of the most haunted places in the entire country. While researching the book, I came across a few pictures of one of their reported ‘ghosts.’ My favorite, a ghostly dog, made an appearance in the book at the side of with my other favorite ghost*, Gracie Watson!


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Today’s Song:


Today’s song is a bit darker than the last post, but it was a key song when I started looking for characters to build and weave into the story. I loved the line: “Only one sure way to bring the giant down…”


From there it was easy to write a story about enlisting ghosts in bringing down an enemy!



Here’s a lighter one! I hope it makes you tap your foot! J



 


I am looking forward to seeing you next week!


Thank you for all the love and support,


Danica Winters


 


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Published on July 12, 2014 00:11 • 51 views

July 5, 2014

I have had many readers email and message me about the newest release in the Nymph Series, Savannah Sacrifice, most have been wondering about the Latin inscriptions and the secrets that I weave into the story. As a special thanks to my readers and fans (and those who’ve reached out) I’m going to be doing a five part blog event in which I will share secret about the book and a song that has inspired or reflects the story!


Savannah Sacrifice (like it predecessors) 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 my blog 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!


So have fun!


Today’s Secret: In the book there is an evil ghost named Edward. This was the photo I used in creating his character. He just looks like a pain in the neck, doesn’t he?


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Bonus Secret*: Three covers were created for this book. Select members of my Street Team (Join the Team here!) were asked to vote on their favorite cover. In the end, their vote trumped mine and the favored cover was selected! They did a stupendous job! Thank you to my most devoted fans!


 


Today’s Song:



A major theme in Savannah Sacrifice was the mood and soul of the South. You will notice that this song (Rock Me Baby) is mentioned in the book! I hope you love this song as much as I do!


I am looking forward to seeing you next week for another secret!


Thank you for all the love and support,


Danica Winters


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Published on July 05, 2014 00:01 • 30 views

June 26, 2014

I have some exciting news! Casey Dawes, Clare Woods, and I have started a company to help all authors through every step of publishing. This includes writing coaching, editing, cover design, marketing support, and everything in between. We created Self-Publishing Services with a simple goal in mind: to give writers all the tools they needed to succeed in creating their best book. Whether this means we are working on their first book or their twentieth, a children’s book or an epic novel, the goal is always the same, we’re there to help authors navigate the world of self-publishing and come through with an amazing book.


Self-Publishing Services LLC will be officially launching in September, but I’m pleased to say that we are already busy with clients (if you are interested in our services, please let me know).


This week, I have spent a great deal of time working with folks who want to start writing professionally. Over and over I have been asked for advice. While there is much I can say about writing, I think the most important thing to remember is to remember why you want to become an author. What about you drives you to want to follow this dream? Is it a dream of fame and fortune? A desire to contribute? You want to see your name in print?eye on the ball


All of these things are important and are legitimate reasons to want to write, but the sad truth is that these may not be strong enough reasons to continue the journey when the going gets tough. Writing isn’t an easy business. Almost anyone can put enough words together to make a book, but few can make a good book and even fewer have what it takes to get a book (regardless of how well it is written) into the hands of millions.


Writing is a multifaceted world of business, creative gumption, and the ability to be mutually extroverted and introverted. Long gone are the days where a writer could simply sit behind a computer and write. The new world of publishing requires travel, public speaking, time, patience, and a incredible determination. So before a new author starts down this path, I always ask them: Why? What drives you to follow this dream? Do you want it to be a career or a hobby?


If this is a career option for you, I strongly recommend that you write down the reason you want to follow this path. Hide the note. Put it somewhere that only you can find it. And then, years later, after you’ve finished that first or second book and your find yourself road-worn by rejection letters, reviews, sales, or whatever else is getting you down, you can come back and be revitalized by the former you.


At this point, I’m seventeen books into writing. I plan on writing many, many more. Does that mean I’m immune to low days? Hardly. Yet, I have learned to move past these points and keep my chin up. The trick is the same for both writing and life: keep Moving Forward, learn from the past but don’t stop, don’t become stagnant or complacent, keep learning, and as I tell my little league softball players–keep your eye on the ball/the reason you started your journey as an author.


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Published on June 26, 2014 15:32 • 24 views

June 9, 2014





Available Today!





Savannah Sacrifice is on sale today!

Answers that she must find… A truth that he can’t escape…And ghosts up to no good…


Being a demi-god has its privileges. For the young nymph, Starling Jackson, it means the gift of seduction and more than that—near immortality. Yet, when her life is filled with spirits, immortality may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

With the help of her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, and secret books left to her by her late-mother’s friend, she may have found the answer to all of her problems. First, they must find a way to locate the books in their enemy’s hotbed all while staying safe and most importantly—without falling in love.


In the battles between the head and the heart and enemies and friends, tough decisions must be faced—and sacrifices made.


Chat with Danica!

Danica is having a Twitter party tonight, June 9th, from 8p-9p ET. She’ll also be chatting at Writerspace June 22nd at 9p ET and giving away prizes. Join her there!


June Contest

Danica is celebrating this months’s release of SAVANNAH SACRIFICE by offering one lucky winner a $25 Amazon Gift card. Enter for your chance to win!


Nymph Books on Sale!

Books 1 and 2 in the Nymph Series are on sale for just 99¢ this week:











 



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Published on June 09, 2014 10:42 • 24 views