I'm pleased to welcome Dani Harper to the blog today! She's a fellow Canadian and the talented author of the Changeling series, which consists of CHANGELING MOON (a 2012 RITA finalist!), CHANGELING DREAM, and CHANGELING DAWN.
Find out what Dani does when she's not hard at work and remember to stick around for the giveaway!
When I’m not writing … I’m thinking about writing. Honest, my mind is like a hamster in a wheel 24-7, and most of that activity seems to revolve around current and future stories. And sometimes characters will just “show up” and start talking, even if I don’t even know them!
That doesn’t mean I don’t have things I love to do and wish I had more time for. Gardening, for instance. I love the smell of earth and I get as excited by the sight of bare earth waiting to be planted as I do over blank paper at Staples. They both generate that same humming thrill of POTENTIAL…
It doesn’t matter what I’m planting – I love it all. Trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, bodies… er, I mean bulbs. Watering, nurturing, weeding – both my pugs supervise the entire process, just as they do with all of my writing projects. My favorite perennials are my wolfsbane (really!), bleeding hearts, Sitka roses and irises.
We don’t have very much room in our present locale, but have pots, will plant flowers! It’s helped me create my very favorite place to read or write – our back porch. The pugs play with their toys or bask in the sun while I get out my Kindle or my laptop. I have several items from Mexico on the porch now and I often pretend that I’m writing at my favorite sidewalk café in Barra de Navidad again.
Which brings me to another favorite activity – traveling. I don’t get to do it very often, but I love seeing new things, whether it’s in the next town, the next state or the next country! My hubby and I are both afflicted with an insatiable curiosity about EVERYTHING. On our last little trip we saw WWII aircraft, ancient cliff dwellings, museums, a giant meteor crater, Mexican wolves, cacti and casinos. It was all fascinating, and things like that help to inspire me as an author.
My experiences living in Alaska also inspire me, and I love hiking (especially with my pugs!), hunting and fishing. My mind tends to process everything in terms of settings, plots and characters, and files countless things away for future use in my stories.
Which brings me right back to the beginning … When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing!
Thanks for visiting us, Dani! Your garden is gorgeous!
Here's the scoop on the Changeling series:
He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything — until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.
As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw … and ultimate evil.
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...
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.
Shadow and moonlight merge beneath her bare feet, the forest floor blurring as she flees the dogs and torches. Werewolf, monster—those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them.
Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she's not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.
An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a shadowy research facility—as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own…
Dani is generously offering one (1) signed copy of CHANGELING MOON (the first book in the series) and a tote bag to put it in for a lucky reader!
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