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March 31, 2019

Storm Crossed is a finalist for a Write Touch Reader’s Award!

Squeeee! I received a wonderful surprise in my inbox this morning. My latest novel, Storm Crossed (Book 4 of the Grim Series) has been selected as a finalist for a 2019 Write Touch Readers’ Award. The annual contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.





Winners will be announced in a about a week.
http://wisrwa.org/

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Published on March 31, 2019 13:14

March 7, 2019

“Love is in the Air” Spring Scavenger Hunt

It’s that wonderful time of year when romance writers come out to spread love, laughter and the annual Night Owl Romance Love Is In The Air scavenger hunt. And they come bearing gifts!





You could win a romance book bundle, a Kindle and Amazon cards simply by reading romance book blurbs, sharing the event, following us and more. Easy peasy to enter and MANY chances to win!





Runs March 7th to March 28th, 2019.





Prizes: 





1 Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD 8 & Book Bundle (USA only)





25 – $10 Amazon Cards (open to the world)





75 – $5 Amazon Cards (open to the world)





And along the way, you could discover some great new books!





Check it out at: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Love-Is-In-The-Air-2019-by-Night-Owl-Romance

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Published on March 07, 2019 06:00

February 23, 2019

CHANGELING DREAM by Dani Harper + a Giveaway

In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It’s almost as if he’s alive…





“An absolutely fantastic read.”





Joyfully Reviewed





Thirty years ago, James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs.  With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.





“Harper’s changelings are among the best in the genre.”





 ~ RT Book Reviews





With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.





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THE CHANGELING SERIES centers around the Macleod family, four brothers and two sisters. Long-lived and able to become wolves at will, their kind call themselves Changelings. Centuries ago, they were forced to flee the wolf exterminations in Scotland and start a new life in the wilderness of northern Canada.





Today, that wilderness has been largely settled, and an entire community has sprung up around the Changelings. The Macleods and their pack live as humans most of the time, hiding in plain sight. They have jobs and pay bills and go to school and mow the grass and do all the things that humans do. But don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re tame…. There are sacred places in the hills, and wolves rule the forests at night.





The Macleods seem to have the best of both worlds — yet there are still dangers lurking for their kind. And love, when it arrives, brings dangers and complications of its own. The two highest laws in the Changeling world are never harm a human and never turn a human against their will. The wolf within, however, has its own primal rules. If a Changeling’s life is in danger, the wolf will emerge to defend it. It will also rise to the surface, unbidden, to defend a mate at all costs. Because Changelings mate for life!





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Although it’s a series, I designed each book to stand alone. 
So you won’t get lost if you read them out of order!
 

PS – I really wanted WOLVES on the covers of my shapeshifter series,
but sometimes it’s the Publisher who makes those choices…



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DANI:  I’ve been working on cleaning out my office since the beginning of the year and just before I called in the heavy equipment, I discovered a box of 12 Changeling Dream paperbacks! (Only I could lose an entire box of books…) 





But wait! My disorganization could be your gain. Enter through the Rafflecopter below, and you could be one of a dozen readers to win a SIGNED paperback copy (plus a set of my bookcover postcards and a couple of bookmarks). Open to USA residents only.





You can see all my books at www.daniharper.com or go to my Amazon Author Page.





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Published on February 23, 2019 05:13

February 1, 2019

UPDATE – we have WINNERS in Dani’s Website Celebration CONTEST

CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by to check out my shiny new website. Congrats to Christy M., Linda H. and Candace N.









I’m so glad you stopped by to visit! While you’re here, be sure enter to enter my giveaway. The Rafflecopter is located at the bottom of this blog post.





Three people will win a deluxe Dani Harper tote bag with the new owl logo from my homepage on it. PLUS your choice of one of my paperbacks (signed) to put inside it!





PS – Many thanks to Fiona Jayde Media for undertaking this ambitious rebuild. (FJM are also the artists behind my cover for The Holiday Spirit – and you know how amazing and sexy that is!)





www.daniharper.com





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Published on February 01, 2019 06:15

ENTER Dani’s Website Celebration CONTEST

At long last, the unveiling has arrived!





The Dani Harper website has been rebuilt, redesigned, and revamped from the ground up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Look for new features, e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d information, and a shiny new Grim Series Glossary to explore.





I’m so glad you stopped by to visit! While you’re here, be sure enter to enter my giveaway. The Rafflecopter is located at the bottom of this blog post.





Three people will win a deluxe Dani Harper tote bag with the new owl logo from my homepage on it. PLUS your choice of one of my paperbacks (signed) to put inside it!





PS – Many thanks to Fiona Jayde Media for undertaking this ambitious rebuild. (FJM are also the artists behind my cover for The Holiday Spirit – and you know how amazing and sexy that is!)





www.daniharper.com





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Published on February 01, 2019 06:15

Happy Chinese New Year – it’s the Year of the Pig!

by Dani Harper 





If Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing (or even if it is), the month of February has something else to celebrate – and you can do it for 15 days instead of just one! 





In 2019, the Chinese New Year begins February 5th and runs until February 19th. Also called the Spring Festival, it is the most important holiday in China and a time for family gatherings. According to the Chinese calendar, each year is influenced by an astrological animal, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Also known as the Boar, it will reign until January 24, 2020.





Western
culture may not think much of the pig—except during BBQ season! But in China
and much of Asia, the pig is a symbol of abundance, wealth, and good fortune.
2019 is predicted to be a very good year to add to one’s abundance in every
area, to invest, and to make more money. Because the Pig symbolizes success in
all avenues of life, a sense of renewed optimism usually accompanies him. 2019
may bring greater happiness, love, and friendship.





That is, unless you’re born in a Pig year… The irony of the Chinese Calendar is that everyone does well in a Pig year—except the Pig. (This is true of all the animal signs—you are considered to be less lucky in a year ruled by your zodiac sign, and more prone to trouble.)





At least
if you’re a Pig person, you’ve got lots of good qualities:  the brave,
responsible and independent Pig is also known for being loving, considerate,
generous, and loyal. Hardworking and honest to a fault, the Pig can be too
trusting of others and easily taken advantage of. But the Pig’s friends will
always come running to help. Add that to the longevity and health attributed to
the Pig, and it’s an all-round good sign to have!





The animals of the zodiac rotate in a 12-year cycle. Pig years are 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and of course, 2019. The next one will be 2031. In addition to the animals taking turns, each year is also influenced by one of five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal or water. Earth is the element for 2019.





Color
plays a role as well, and yellow is the auspicious color for 2019. That makes
it not only an Earth Pig year, but a GOLDEN PIG year, which occurs only once
every 60 years. No wonder so many anticipate that 2019 will bring abundance!
Don’t forget, however, that abundance doesn’t always mean money. It can also be
a very good time to simply enjoy life.





To invite the Pig’s good fortune, pictures or figurines of pigs may be displayed in the home or workplace. After all, it’s no accident that “piggy banks” are in the shape of pigs!





Image: Bigstock.com



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NOTE – my “Year of the Pig” post also appears on the HERE BE MAGIC blog at https://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2019/02/happy-chinese-new-year-its-year-of-pig.html

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Published on February 01, 2019 00:05

January 21, 2019

WHAT IF? A writer’s love affair with cryptids

The idea of strange and mysterious creatures sharing our world has always fascinated me. As a little kid, I soooo wanted Nessie to be real (and I wanted a sea monster of my very own!) 





Even now, as an alleged grownup, few things would excite me more than to see a major news network announce that the Sasquatch was alive and well and reading the Seattle Times in a Pacific Northwest forest.





Why? Maybe because one of my hobbies is collecting myths and legends from many cultures. Maybe because I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, and I write paranormal and fantasy novels now. It might also have something to do with my addiction to monster movies (I can usually be counted on to drop everything and bring the popcorn!) Mostly it’s that my imagination and creativity thrive on a single driving question:





“What if?”





Unknown animals have been dubbed “cryptids”, and cryptozoology is the study of such undiscovered creatures. The root of both words comes from the Greek word kriptos, meaning hidden. What if, indeed!





ANIMALS ALLEGED TO EXIST BUT NOT CONFIRMED:



The most well-known aspect of cryptozoology, the one which tends to capture most of the media attention, concerns the search for animals which are alleged to exist but are not confirmed. This includes the aforementioned “classics” like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot—but they’re only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.





The Beast of Bray Road is a werewolf-like being reported to live in Wisconsin. The Thunderbird with its 14-foot wingspan is still said to follow storms from Texas to Illinois. The Ogopogo is a legendary lake monster in British Columbia, Canada (see my post: http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2018/06/is-there-monster-in-your-lake.html ). And a sea serpent named Caddy has been sighted off the northwest Pacific coast. 





You’ve probably heard about the Chupacabra of Mexico and the American Southwest, which is said to drink the blood of goats. The Jersey Devil purportedly haunts the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, while Florida is allegedly home to both the Skunk Ape and the Muck Monster.





Around the world, there are countless cryptid stories. The Himalayan mountains is believed to be the territory of a number of primate creatures such as the Yeti, the Buru and the Barmanu. Another primate, the Yowie, is Australian. 






Mongolian Death Worm – Image: Bigstock.com



One of my favorites? The Mongolian Death Worm. Who couldn’t love a title like that? This large snake-like creature is said to live beneath the sand in remote areas of the Gobi Desert. Residents there claim the bright red worm kills by spraying an acid-like venom or by electrocuting its victims!





I don’t know if these cryptids inspired the mighty sandworms of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels, but they did apparently influence the “graboids” of the movie Tremors (and yes, I’ll admit to owning that movie – popcorn, anyone?).





ANIMALS THOUGHT TO BE EXTINCT




What you might not know is that Cryptozoology encompasses two other fields of investigation. One is the search for still-living examples of animals generally thought to be extinct. For instance, tales are told in South America of the mapinguari, a 10-foot tall mammal with huge backward-facing claws that lives in the deep jungle. The descriptions are eerily similar to that of the Giant Ground Sloth (megatherium) that lived in the region 10,000 years ago.





The swamps, creeks and waterholes of Australia may be the home of the carnivorous bunyip or kianpraty, described as having a doglike face, tusks, and flippers. Some think the bunyip may be a prehistoric marsupial which did not go extinct.





The ancient Coelacanth is alive and well…   Image: Bigstock.com



The premise of The Meg, a 2018 movie, is that a giant prehistoric shark (megalodon) could still be swimming in the unexplored depths of our oceans. And hey, there could be hope for that theory if you look at the story of a six-foot-long carnivorous fish called the coelacanth. This bony creature was believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago. That is, until someone caught one off the coast of Africa in 1938! Since that time we’ve learned that there are not one but two species of this primitive fish still lurking in the depths, and you can see some of National Geographic’s video footage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jl_txxYQEA  





KNOWN ANIMALS SIGHTED IN NEW PLACES



The third area of cryptozoology concerns animals which are known to exist, but are being sighted in areas very far from their usual habitat. Are black panthers roaming the British countryside? And what about the stories of giant black cats in many American states from Alabama to Texas and beyond—including the Ozark Howler? Are they escaped pets or former zoo animals? Or variations of indigenous animals?






Are big black cats roaming in new territory?   Image: Bigstock.com



Although stories of black mountain lions persist, science holds that leopards and jaguars are the only big cats whose coloration can be entirely black. In recent years, a few jaguars were confirmed present in Arizona and New Mexico – areas where the species once lived many years ago. So far, however, the confirmed jaguars were all spotted, not black.





CRYPTIDS NO MORE



Would it surprise you to know that the mountain gorilla, the okapi, the Komodo dragon, the platypus, the kangaroo and the giant panda were all once thought to be fictional creatures? 





Sri Lankan legends tell of the ulama, a terrifying horned bird that screams in the night. In 2001, it was discovered to be a new (and very large) species of owl! A similar thing happened in Western Indonesia, where Moni folklore featured the bondegezou — the “man of the forest”. In 1994, an animal new to science was discovered there: the dingiso. This black and white tree marsupial spends a lot of time on the ground and often stands upright.





DO WE NEED CRYPTIDS?



You only have to glance through the TV guide to see that interest in cryptids has grown exponentially in recent years. For some it’s a serious pursuit. For others, it’s just good fun. But whether we want to believe or just want to be entertained, cryptids have an important job:





Humans need things to wonder at and things to wonder about. As our lives become increasingly ruled by technology, the more we may take comfort in the idea that not everything in our world has been documented and catalogued, that we don’t know everything there is to know. That there are still mysteries…





And we still get to ask “what if?





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Written by Dani Harper


Originally published on the HERE BE MAGIC blog on January 15, 2019

http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2019/01/what-if-writers-love-affair-with.html
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Published on January 21, 2019 19:24

November 23, 2018

Happy Wolfenoot!

My author friend, PG Forte, wrote a post about a fun NEW canine-oriented holiday! Plus she has a list of wolfish book titles from the fantasy authors at Here Be Magic. Check it out at:


http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2018/11/have-howly-wolfenoot.html

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Published on November 23, 2018 10:30

November 17, 2018

Wishbones – A History of Lore and Luck

The tradition of breaking the wishbone is surprisingly old! Check out the fascinating folklore associated with this custom – just in time for the holidays! By Dani Harper on the HERE BE MAGIC blog.


http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2018/11/wishbones-history-of-lore-and-luck.html


 

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Published on November 17, 2018 08:49

Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

Hello My Awesome Readers,


The annual Winter Wonderland romance reader event is on!


Ready to Win? I’ve teamed up with Night Owl Romance and other authors to bring you the chance to win a Kindle , Amazon cards, SpaFinder.com cards, Sephora.com cards and eBooks.


EASY PEASY TO ENTER! And during the hunt, you’ll find some great new books and some new-to-you authors as well. You’ll see two of my own novels there as well: the latest standalone in the Grim Series, STORM CROSSED and my Christmas paranormal romance, THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.


Grand prize is a Kindle Fire HD 8 with Alexa! Open to the world!


Enter the giveaway at: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Winter-Wonderland-2018-by-Night-Owl-Romance


I wish you much luck in winning!

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Published on November 17, 2018 08:38