Friday, January 19, 2018

Read All About Dani Harper's Addictions and Guilty Pleasures


Hi Roxanne! Thanks for inviting me to the Realm. Love these red velvet handcuffs – can I keep them?

Of course, I have velvet handcuffs on hand for all my guests. ;-) Red is my favorite, too.

Let's kick this interview off with addictions- of the television variety. Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

Stranger Things is the very first series that I actually binge-watched. I couldn’t help myself, I absolutely LOVE everything about this show! The characters, the storyline, the monsters, ALL OF IT!

I do watch other TV series on Netflix – but at a far more leisurely pace. Right now, I’m almost finished Bitten, and I’m working on The Vampire Diaries. Sometimes I’ll re-watch an episode of Supernatural because, well, Supernatural.

What keeps me watching? Well, I guess you’ve already noticed a theme here… I love paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. BUT I have to fall in love with the characters. It’s a must. To keep my interest, you have to make me care about them!

Me too on falling for characters- that's why I love TV series. And same on the Supernatural rewatch...Dean...*sigh*. I will scroll through and watch a favorite episode just to cheer me up. Yellow Fever usually tops my Supernatural rewatch list. 

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

I adore all Marvel movies, LOVE monster and alien flicks, and I have a soft spot for animated features like Despicable Me, but they don’t fit easily into my super-busy schedule. Movies feel like a commitment, and it’s not often that I can sit all the way through one without guilt. I’m much more likely to watch an episode from a TV show on Netflix. Or pick up a book!

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

This is a great question. I know that some readers prefer standalones, but if I find an imaginary world with characters I like, I REALLY want to spend more time there! So I’ll choose a series over a standalone every time.

Me too, I LOVE book series. Do you prefer to start a new book series when the first book is released or do you wait for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

Omigosh, I’m not that patient! If I want to read a book, I can’t wait. So if there’s only one or two out, I’ll definitely read them. I’m also one of those people who can pick up a book out of the middle of a series and start there!


What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures (other than reading and writing)?


I was prepared to talk about sewing, flowers, swimming, or even my rock collection—but as soon as you mentioned guilty pleasures, there was only one answer.

Chickens.

Honest, I had no idea how addictive they could be! Six years ago I ordered a few chicks online, and now I’ve got 29 hens and three roosters who call me Mom. And yup, all my chickens have names. Priscilla, Earl, Mildred, Stanley, Mrs. Beardsley, Wilma, Betty… (I’ll spare you the rest!)

I read chicken magazines. I peruse chicken catalogues. I go to chicken shows. I even belong to a chicken club on Facebook. I confess, I have actually driven 130 miles to buy ONE chicken. It’s almost embarrassing.

But when the characters from my latest story are driving me crazy or I need a break from sitting at the computer, I go outside and work in the chicken yard or gather eggs. It’s the perfect activity to get me OUTSIDE for short periods of time several times a day. I guess you could say that my chicken obsession actually provides me with some balance!

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure?

I love Comic Cons. Sometimes I’m a vendor. Sometimes I’m an attendee. Either way, I get to meet a lot of great people doing amazingly creative things. I grew up reading comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and horror, so I can hold my own in the trivia department. At a Con, I almost feel like I’m hanging out with my “tribe”. (But don’t tell the chickens that.)

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Maybe. *looks guilty* 

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a panster?

I guess you’d call me a hybrid, but it’s all my characters’ fault! I plot and plan and fill out pages upon pages of notes – and then my characters do whatever they damn well please. We argue frequently.


Sometimes out loud.

Storm Crossed
Grim Series
Book 4
Dani Harper

Release Date: January 9, 2018


Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

Book Description:

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?




Excerpt 2

“I explained to Fox that you’d like to be his magic teacher,” said Lissy. “And he didn’t quite understand, so I used a movie he knows to help make the point. I don’t suppose you’ve seen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?”

Trahern frowned. “Who is Harry Potter? Is another sorcerer seeking to interfere with the child?”

“No, no, no. Harry Potter is a character from a famous series of books written by J.K. Rowling. He’s a little boy who finds out that he’s really a wizard and gets invited to attend a wizarding school. They made the whole series into eight wonderful movies—those are stories you watch instead of read, kind of like a play.”

“A form of entertainment,” he supplied.

“Yes! The problem is, I could never get Fox to watch more than one of them.”

Her words brought up a wealth of questions, but Trahern forced himself to focus on the issue. “Why would that be a problem?”

“Fox just wasn’t very interested in Harry and his exciting magical adventures. The only character he really liked was Hagrid, the man who talked to animals.” She sat on the edge of the couch with her hands folded on her knees. “You know, a little of it might be because Hagrid lives by himself in a house near the forest. Fox would be very attracted to that—he does better with peace and quiet, and the fewer people around, the better. But most of all, my son definitely has a thing about animals.”

“A thing?”

“An affinity. It’s more than just liking animals, he’s comfortable with them. Fox would really rather be with animals than people.”

“So he has said to me.”

“Well, he’s also mentioned more than once that they talk to him. I made the mistake of chalking that up to a child’s imagination. Now I think that he really can communicate with them, all of them, just like he seems to do with your brother.”

Trahern committed Lissy’s words to memory. “Knowing such details may prove helpful as I instruct him.”

“I just don’t want you to be disappointed if he isn’t interested in your instruction.”

“Any disappointment I might experience will be the least of our concerns. I must find a way to encourage Fox to learn. And I must make a beginning.” They stood, and he took a step toward the staircase. Stopped. “Do you require your son to remain in his room?”

“Of course not! He ate supper, and then he said he wanted to play with some of his toys. That’s pretty normal for a nine-year-old.” She shrugged. “And his room is kind of a sanctuary for him—he likes it a lot.”

“This night, with such an auspicious moon, I would like to work with him outside. If he is willing, of course,” he added quickly. “We would remain close to your home, and—” Trahern thought for a long moment. “It is possible that I may be more successful in gaining Fox’s attention if you are not present. Will that cause you concern?”

She shook her head. “Not at all. I trust you. How about our backyard? It’s not very big, but it’s completely private, and there’s even a fire pit if that’s something you need. Although it’s pretty small, too.”

I trust you. He heard little else. Words possessed power, and these were words Lissy had not spoken before. The truth in them shook his senses. Trust was no light thing between mortal and fae, but he hadn’t been expecting the relief that washed through him like a cool mountain stream, and a kind of giddiness took hold. Before he formed the thought, he’d already pulled Lissy to him and pressed his lips to hers.

Sight and sound fell away, leaving a world composed solely of subtle sensations. They were no less powerful for their simplicity. Lissy’s delicate breath against his cheek and the spicy-sweetness of her mouth. The warmth of her skin and the softness of her hair. He nuzzled her face and throat, kissing, licking, indulging in her scent that had so captivated him. Her arms slid around his neck and pulled him close, even as he molded her gently rounded body to his angular one as tightly as he dared. By all the stars, he wanted more, all, everything—

Something hit the side of his head. He barely gave it any heed before several more somethings pelted him in quick succession—and stung like fire-bees! Trahern pulled back mid-kiss, instinctively placing his body between the mysterious attack and Lissy, just in time to be hit squarely in the center of the forehead. He threw up a spell, and a dozen small objects struck an invisible wall and clattered to the floor.

Acorns?

“It’s about time ya came up fer air, ya lecherous son of Oak!”

Ranyon stood on the back of the living room couch, twiggy hands planted on his hips, his strange blue cap on backward and his gnarled face screwed up into a frown of epic proportions. “You’d best be steppin’ away from her!”

Self-control and discipline were the greatest powers a master sorcerer possessed, and Trahern found himself exerting a great deal of both to keep from tossing the little ellyll out the nearest window. “I see no reason for your concern,” he began as soon as he got reliable control of his voice. Too late. Lissy had already marched around him and confronted her friend practically nose to nose.

“What on earth do you think you’re doing, and why are you in my house?”

“Well, no one answered the door, now did they? I looked in the window fer fear that ya might be in danger, and here ya are snoggin’ with a fae!” he sputtered. “He’s Tylwyth Teg—yer lucky he didn’t steal yer breath like a shadowcat!”

“Ranyon! I can’t believe you’d say such a thing!” She thrust her palm out, displaying the blue symbol. “I trust my child with this man, and you yourself said Trahern could not break his oath.”

“Well, I didn’t say he couldn’t break yer heart, now did I?” The ellyll folded his arms in front of his bright-blue shirt and harrumphed loudly.

Her voice rose. “Listen, mister, I’ll damn well snog with whomever I want to, and it’s none of your business!”

“None o’ my business? None o’ my business?” he shouted, and threw his hat to the floor. “Lissy, darlin’, ya said yerself we’re family.”

“Then you should be happy for me! For the love of little fishes, my own mother’s been giving me a bad time about not trying harder to meet men. Now you’re upset because I’m actually enjoying a little male companionship?”

“No, I’m givin’ ya the fifth degree because he’s not a man, he’s a fae!”

“It’s third degree, buddy. And you don’t have the right to—”

“Dude! How come everybody’s yelling?”


The three of them froze. Lissy turned slowly to see a wide-eyed Fox standing on the staircase above them.

About the Author:

Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com



Twitter - https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper  or @Dani_Harper


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8 comments:

Dani Harper, AUTHOR said...

Good morning Roxanne! I really enjoyed the interview. I'll be checking back here from time to time to answer any questions from readers. :)

Jana Leah B said...

Since you've named all your chickens, I'm curious if you've named your gnomes as well.

Dani Harper, AUTHOR said...

Hi Jana - Nope, for some reason I haven't managed to name any of them. Maybe because I suspect they secretly HAVE names!

Dani Harper, AUTHOR said...

Hi Roxanne - I love your site! Thank you so much for the fun interview, and for inviting me to your blog. :)

Carol L. said...

I love every excerpt I've read. Enjoyed the Q & A part as well. Thank you for the giveaway chance for this newest book imn the series.
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Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thanks for being a guest Dani. Glad you enjoyed your time in the realm :-)

Heather Fuller said...

Hey Dani, love, love the Grimm and Holiday Spirit series of books. Is your next book going to be another Grimm tale or the 2nd Holiday Spirit? I know its only 14 days since the last release but, Im looking forward to your next book already x

Jana Leah B said...

If you could have an affair with any character from any book that's ever been written who would it be?