Rockin' Reads Giveaway Hop Sept. 23rd-30th - Dani Harper

You might have noticed that I absolutely ADORE blog hops, and Herding Cats and Burning Soup puts together some great ones.  Seventy-six authors are participating in Rockin' Reads, so make sure you check the Linky List at the bottom of this post.

I've been really looking forward to this hop so I could tell you about a couple of books that rocked my world this year.

I love the gorgeous cover too!
Tops on my list is "IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT" by Adrienne Wilder. If I said that this was M/M romance at its very best, it still would be faint praise because the story is SO MUCH MORE. It's truly profound on so many levels. The difficulties and challenges faced by the main characters are not your run-of-the-mill situations. I ached for the characters, and found new and unexpected depths within myself even as the protagonist, Grant, did. 

Every character in the book lived and breathed, and even the setting was a character all on its own. I finished the book feeling like I knew them all intimately. (BTW, if it's sex you're looking for, the passion between these pages will definitely blow your socks off -- and yet it's not there for its own sake. The love scenes further the relationship and the story.) 

I read the story as an ebook, but HAD to buy the paperback. This novel has a permanent place on my honorary keeper shelf because Adrienne Wilder has created a classic.

Find "In the Absence of Light" HERE on Amazon.

There are a couple of different covers
now but this one is my favorite.

My second recommendation is "SHIVER" (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book One) by Maggie Stiefvater. I have no idea how I managed to miss this when it first came out, but I'm making up for it now. 

This YA novel by a young writer absolutely stunned me into speechlessness! Here's what I wrote on Goodreads: "Simple. Beautiful. Perfect. Shiver captivated me from the very first page." I literally had no other words to offer. Even now, the best I can come up with is, I WISH I HAD WRITTEN IT.
If you love shifters, you'll want to experience this book for yourself.

Find "Shiver" HERE on Amazon.

Kindle ebook + Paperback
on September 29th
On the subject of books, I'm proud to announce the imminent release of my newest paranormal romance, a Christmas ghost story titled "THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT". Here's the blurb:

All she wants for Christmas is a ghost... 

Writer Kerri Tollbrook spends her free time counseling the newly departed, but the tall, dark and handsome spirit she meets at the shopping mall claims he’s not dead. Is he just in denial? Or is something more sinister at work? 

Firefighter Galen McAllister has felt like The Invisible Man ever since a malicious spell separated him from his still-living body. Kerri is the first person he's met who can actually see him. Now if only he can get her to listen … because the nightmare creature that trapped him between two worlds is far from finished!

The novel comes out on September 29th, and will be available on Amazon HERE in Kindle ebook and paperback. 


One lucky winner will win 3 Kindle ebooks, comprised of both "In the Absence of Light" and "Shiver" PLUS the ebook of my brand new PNR release, "The Holiday Spirit", which comes out on Sept. 29th. 

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THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT RETURNS SEPT. 29TH as a full-length novel --- bigger, better, badder!

Once upon a time I wrote a short story titled The Holiday Spirit. At less than 20,000 words, it barely qualified as a novella. I had a great deal of fun creating it, though, and was thrilled when Cobblestone Press included it in their Twelve Days of Christmas collection for 2008. Though it was only available as an eBook at a time when electronic books hadn’t yet hit their stride, this little paranormal romance received some wonderful reviews.

When The Holiday Spirit finished its contract, I foolishly thought that I was done with it. Busy writing other things for other contracts, I laid my Christmas ghost story to rest on an old external hard drive that quickly gathered dust. However, the characters refused to lie quiet! They’ve literally haunted me for a very long time, poking and prodding me to revisit this project.

In the fall of 2014, after I finished writing Storm Warned (Book 3 of my Grim Series), I felt the time was finally right. I was “between books” for a couple of months, and thought that The Holiday Spirit would be a simple and fun project. I planned its launch for the 2014 Christmas season, and even booked the ads. I mean, all the little story needed was a careful re-edit, a few updates, and it would be ready for re-release, right?

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

I realized much too late that I wasn’t in charge of this story at all: my characters were! And they had a whole lot more to tell. What was once a small novella quickly tripled in size–and then grew even more! The entire project was rewritten from the ground up, with brand new scenes and details that surprised and delighted my beta readers who were familiar with the earlier version. (Believe me when I tell you that no one was more surprised than I was!)

The final result is definitely a bigger, better, badder read! To the readers who discovered and enjoyed the original–I think you’ll like the novel version even more! To those who enjoy a ghostly romance or a holiday paranormal with a fresh twist, this just might be what you’re looking for.

A huge THANK YOU to all of my wonderful readers who have been so patient and understanding throughout this unintentionally lengthy project.

And to my cast of characters who hijacked the story – you can undo the duct tape and the rope now…

Sincerely, Dani Harper

The book will be available in ebook and paperback. The ebook can be pre-ordered right now on Amazon. The paperback will be ready in time for the release day!

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Who's your FAVORITE HEROINE? A giveaway hop!

WELCOME to the 
Favorite Heroines 
Giveaway Hop
hosted by 
Herding Cats and Burning Soup 

It's no secret who my Number One Heroine is - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hands down. Over the years, my list has expanded to include a few more awesome female characters, but Buffy Summers tops them all.

I watched the TV show from series premiere to series finale with my daughters -- we never missed a single episode in its 7-year run. As Buffy learned and grew, so did we! She didn't have all the answers. She made mistakes. She had to make hard and terrible choices in order to do the right thing, the ethical thing, the moral thing. And it always came at enormous personal cost to her, required a great deal of sacrifice.

It often reminded me of Spock's Vulcan philosophy: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few --- or the one.” Buffy Summers was always the one it seemed.  The world was saved many times over, but remained largely unaware of her efforts, or the efforts of her loyal friends. No thanks, no fame, no glory. It was an unforgettable lesson in what true heroism is, and also a slice of reality: there is always a price to be paid, even when you're doing something good.

PS - After the TV series ended, Dark Horse Comics continued the storyline, with some writing and input from Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon (you might remember him from a little movie franchise called The Avengers...). The Buffyverse is alive and well today, and the latest issue just came out on June 17th: "Old Demons, Part One".  

The character of Buffy Summers continues to inspire us all to be better than we are in real life. And in my writing life, I know that I've been inspired to create stronger heroines in my stories because of her.

One of my own favorite characters to date has been Caris Dillwyn, the heroine of my latest release, Storm Warned. An unfeeling Faery kidnaps this young woman, robbing her of her family, her home, and all that she holds dear, More, she is forced to serve the Fae as a Grim, a messenger of death. Through it all, she retains her humanity. And later, when she meets up with the irresistable Liam Cole, she refuses to give up her sense of self, and the things that she's passionate about.

Of course I have a giveaway - and there are TWO prizes for one lucky winner. Check it out below.
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Kick off your summer right!

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