FABULOUS SPRING GIVEAWAY --- and a Vacation Memory from Dani Harper



Spring is here and it's time for a big giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 11 shops have come together to create one amazing Prize Pack ($280+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Vintage and much more! Many of the shops offer items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs.




The Fabulous Spring Giveaway is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog and the Main Giveaway Post HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily features during the giveaway.




Since Summer is right around the corner the giveaway theme is Vacation Memories. Each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite vacation photos with you. Here is one of DANI HARPER'S FAVORITE VACATION PICS - 
This is my very FAVORITE vacation photo - it's part of the malec√≥n, or pier, a walkway dividing the calm harbor from the waves of the open ocean at Barra de Navidad in Jalisco on the Pacific coast of  Mexico.
Hubs and I enjoyed walking along it at dawn, and talking to some of the fishermen. It was also a really great place to write --- I worked on STORM WARRIOR, the first book of the Grim Series, there.
  www.daniharper.com


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Giveaway runs May 4th - 18th. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. See full details HERE.


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ALL ABOUT FAERIES - the world of the Grim Series


As you may know, my Grim Series is bringing ancient Faery legends into modern-day America. I'm always excited to share new details about the Fae world that exists in my stories -- and which is based on authentic Welsh and Celtic legends.

I'm in the middle of a BLOG TOUR right now, to promote my new release STORM WARNED, and it's provided a perfect opportunity to talk more about Faeries. Check out the EIGHT sites below, each of which feature a different post I've written about Fae creatures, or how to deal with the Fae -- or why you should avoid them if you can!

Some of the recent articles still have giveaways running - be sure and enter if they do. Other posts will be published this week and next.

Topic 1: The Faery Pooka
April 1 - Guest Post by Dani Harper at THE BOOK NYMPHO 
http://thebooknympho.com/2015/04/the-faery-pooka-with-dani-harper/
Topic 2: The Faery Grim
April 2 - Guest post by Dani Harper at MY BOOKISH WAYS
http://www.mybookishways.com/2015/04/guest-post-and-giveaway-dani-harper-author-of-storm-warned.html
Topic 3: Avoiding the Fae 
April 2 - Guest post by Dani Harper at ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY
http://allthingsuf.com/2015/04/guest-blog-giveaway-dani-harper-on-avoiding-the-fae-win-storm-warned.html
Topic 4: Faery 101 - Who are the Tylwyth Teg? 
April 2 - Guest post by Dani Harper at ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY 
http://romrevtoday.blogspot.com/2015/04/faery-101-who-are-tylwyth-teg-by-dani.html
Topic 5: Why and How to Repel Faeries 
April 6 - Guest post by Dani Harper at WICKED LIL PIXIE 
http://wickedlilpixie.com/2015/04/06/guest-author-post-giveaway-with-dani-harper/
Topic 6: 10 Things You Should Know About Faeries 
April 7 - Guest post by Dani Harper at THE VAMPIRE BOOK CLUB www.vampirebookclub.net
Topic 7:  The Faery Kelpie
April 8 - Guest post by Dani Harper at PARANORMAL HAVEN 
http://paranormalhaven.com/
Topic 8: About Faeries
April 10 - Guest post by Dani Harper at FANGS WANDS AND FAIRY DUST 
http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/

Storm Warned is now available in Kindle, paperback and audio on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Warned-Grim-Dani-Harper/dp/1477827927/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428350695&sr=8-1&keywords=storm+warned 

SHEEP IN LEGEND AND LORE - Happy Birthday to I SMELL SHEEP!

Not only is it the Chinese Year of the Sheep (Feb 19, 2015 to Feb 7, 2016), but it's the birthday of my favorite blog:

I SMELL SHEEP

This eclectic site reviews paranormal, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, romance, young adult, aliens -- you name it, they're either reading it or watching it! You'll find reviews of movies, concerts, comics, manga, anime and much more, including interviews of authors, directors and actors.

I Smell Sheep is 5 years old today! And to celebrate this milestone, I'm reposting my blog from a few years ago abou

"SHEEP IN LEGEND AND LORE"

In Guangzhou, China, there is a statue commemorating the Five Sheep. It is said that the people used to eat only fish, until five gods came to earth riding on five sheep. Each sheep was a different color and held an ear of rice in its mouth.  The gods instructed the people to plant the rice and blessed the city against famine. The gods flew back to the sky but the sheep remained standing until they became stones. Guangzhou is nicknamed “Five Sheep City”, and all sheep are believed to be lucky.

In Greek mythology, Eros (Cupid) fell in love with the mortal Psyche but Psyche had to win over his mother, the goddess Aphrodite. Aphrodite was jealous of Psyche’s beauty and commanded her to perform a number of impossible tasks --- and one of them was to obtain a snippet of fleece from every member of a certain flock of sheep. Of course, this was not an ordinary flock. They were the wild Meloi Khyseoi, vicious golden-fleeced sheep with sharp horns and venomous bites!  Fortunately, the spirit of the river spoke to Psyche and told her that the sheep were only violent in the heat of the day. Following the river’s instructions, Psyche waited until the day grew cooler and the sheep drowsed in the shade. She then was able to obtain the fleece without being harmed.

On the island of Crete, the villages around Mount Psiloritis (now Mount Idi) were said to raise sheep with golden teeth. The people believed that there were such rich deposits of gold in the mountain that the grasses drew gold from the soil, and when the sheep ate the grass, the gold was deposited on their teeth. A monk first recorded the phenomenon in 1415. The real cause turned out to be a plant called nevrida, which the sheep eat in great quantity. Lambs are born with white teeth, and the teeth begin to turn yellow then deep gold as the animal ages. It takes quite a long time for the process, and when the teeth finally become golden, it’s time to butcher that particular sheep.
    
A Crow legend tells of a man possessed by evil spirits who tries to kill his stepson by pushing him over a cliff. The young man is saved by seven mighty bighorn sheep.  The leader of the sheep is Big Metal and he re-names the boy Big Iron. The seven sheep grant him gifts of power and wisdom, surefootedness and keen eyesight. Big Iron returns to his village with knowledge for the people, such as how to build a sweat lodge. He also carried the message that the Crow people would survive only so long as the river winding out of the mountains is known as the Bighorn River. Big Iron became a strong and wise man who lived a long life. He asked to be buried next to the Bighorn River so he could be close to the seven mighty sheep in the afterlife.

Hades was the Greek god of the underworld and also of wealth. Black sheep were sacred to him. He was worshipped but seldom petitioned (in the belief that he could not be swayed) but occasionally mortals would make prayers and bang on the ground to make sure that Hades heard them. They sacrificed black sheep (always at night) and allowed their blood to flow into pits dug into the ground in the belief that it would then reach Hades. Whoever offered the sacrifice however had to turn his face away in case he caught a glimpse of the underworld god. Every hundred years on April 30, a festival was held in honor of Hades, and black sheep and other black animals would be in high demand.

The story of the Golden Fleece was told since at least 800 BC, and probably earlier. The Greek king Athamas was said to have married Nephele, a cloud nymph, and together they had twins, a boy and a girl, Phrixus and Helle. But Athamas was unfaithful. He sired children with a mortal woman, Ino, and then divorced Nephele so he could marry Ino instead. Nephele was cast out of Athamas’ court, but he kept her children. Ino hated the stepchildren and plotted to kill them. Before she could do so, Nephele sent a flying ram with golden fleece that carried her children away. Sadly, Helles fell off and was drowned in the sea, but Phrixus made it to safety. He married the daughter of a king, and gave the king the sheared golden fleece of the ram as a gift. This is the same fleece that Jason and the Argonauts would later obtain. Incidentally, the constellation and zodiac sign Aries represents the golden flying ram that rescued Nephele’s children.

An Irish tale tells of King Fiachna, who was forced to make war upon King Lochlann. He took ten battalions into battle, and slew 300 of Lochlann’s men. But venomous sheep were released from Lochlann’s tent. These sheep slew 300 of Fiachna’s warriors each day. They caused immense slaughter and terror and no one could stand against them. Finally, Fiachna’s entire army was forced to climb the trees of the forest and remain in their branches, while the sheep raged on the ground below, bleating terribly and tearing up the ground. Embarrassed by his army’s plight, King Fiachna was determined to climb down and take on the sheep alone, but a stranger came along with a monstrous and magical dog. The creature killed every one of the savage sheep at its master’s command. The stranger then ordered Fiachna to take over the kingdom of Lochlann, which he did.

In modern times, the most famous sheep in the world was likely Shrek, a Merino in New Zealand that evaded shearing for six years by hiding in caves. He was finally captured in 2004 and his wool was sheared on national television. The wool weighed an amazing 60 pounds – most Merino fleeces are about 10 to 20 pounds at the most. Shrek became a celebrity, getting to meet the prime minister of New Zealand and promoting a children’s charity. Shrek celebrated his 10thbirthday with a fundraising stunt for the charity – he was shorn on top of an iceberg that was floating off the coast of New Zealand at the time, wearing special crampons on his feet so he could walk without slipping. Shrek lived to the ripe old age of 17, which is said to be 90 in human years.
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COUNTDOWN TO STORM WARNED - 25 PRIZES TO BE WON!

STORM WARNED is Book 3 of the Grim Series
Passionate musicians Caris and Liam grew up centuries apart. When their fates collide, they must learn to trust each other and work together to stop a dark force from seizing both Fae and human worlds... 

It's been SO hard to be patient!
Now I'm officially counting down until March 31st, the release day for my new paranormal fantasy, STORM WARNED.

To help my readers celebrate with me (and make it through the final days of waiting!) I've gathered together 25 fun goodies to give away. Event runs from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 10th until 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 30th. Good luck!



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Find Your Next Great Read Scavenger Hunt

March 1st - March 25th

Find great authors and books during this giveaway event, hosted by Night Owl Reviews! Read book blurbs and get entered to win awesome prizes!


1- $500 Amazon Gift Card
23 - $25 Amazon Gift Cards
43 eBooks (A Kindle copy of my new release, STORM WARNED, is one of them!)

EASY TO ENTER --- For this scavenger hunt you will be reading book blurbs and filling in a missing word(s) from a sentence in the blurb.

Winner Announcement Chat: March 30th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET in the Night Owl Review chat room . Can't be there? Don't worry, all winners will be notified by email as well.


Use the Rafflecopter below to enter or go to this link:
http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Find-Your-Next-Great-Read-Scavenger-Hunt-March-2015

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