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In honor of the season, I thought I'd tell you a little about one of my favorite horror novels, which I first read as a monster-movie-obsessed kid.

First published in September of 1897, the original DRACULA has never once been out of print! Not only has Stoker's novel remained incredibly popular, it's responsible for an amazing pop culture love affair with vampires. (Think about it -- without Dracula, there would be no Twilight!)

10 Things You Didn't Know About "Dracula"

Bram Stoker, 1847 to 1912
1.  The original title of Dracula was "The UN-DEAD", but the author changed it at the last minute. 

2.  The character of Count Dracula has little in common with the real life prince, Vlad Dracula, other than the name, and perhaps the quality of utter ruthlessness. 

3.  Dracula means son of the dragon -- Vlad Dracula's father was Vlad Dracul, ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century. They both belonged to the Order of the Dragon, a brotherhood of knights devoted to defending Christianity against the invading Ottoman Turks.

4.  Author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland, and had a total of 12 novels published. Dracula was his 5th book -- and his most popular.

5.  There are literally over 1000 books and over 200 movies based on the Stoker's vampire character, Dracula.

6.  Stoker traveled the world, but never visited Transylvania or Eastern Europe, the setting for his vampire novel. He did, however, spend a lot of time studying the folklore from that area, and reading its history. 
Bran Castle in Romania, nicknamed Dracula's Castle. 

7.  Bram Stoker was distantly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author behind Sherlock Holmes.

8.  Stoker spent time in the United States. Invited not once but twice to the White House, he knew two presidents - William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

9.  Dracula's castle was modeled after Bran Castle in Romania. Vlad Dracul never lived there but his army passed through the area in early 1459.

10.  The original manuscript of Dracula -- still titled "THE UN-DEAD" -- was discovered not in Stoker's native country, but in a barn in Pennsylvania about thirty years ago! 


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It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is
getting cooler and the nights are getting spookier. Yes, it's time for
tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, chills and thrills and huge
amounts of sugary sweets. But at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog it's also time for the 5th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Join Laughing Vixen Lounge and our bewitching co-hosts The Kids Did It, The Mommy Island, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, The Hopping Bloggers, Mama Smith's Reviews and Women and Their Pretties for a spooktacular Halloween event.

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Fall Into Romance! Share the romances that
had you falling in love with the genre!
Or the ones that keep you smitten!
Stop by each blog for new recommendations and giveaways!

The theme of this hop is How did you fall into romance?

True confession time here - I never read romance novels! Not when I was young, not when I was a so-called adult. In fact, not at any time during the 20th century did I read the romance genre.


For years and years, my personal reading time was filled with science fiction, mythology, fantasy, and horror. Then right around 2001, I spied a novella by Christine Feehan, titled Dark Dream. "Aha! A vampire story!" I thought to myself, and picked it up.

It was SO much more than that, as fans of Feehan's legendary Carpathians well know. I was amazed and fascinated. I'd never read anything where the MONSTER was the hero! And not only the hero but the LOVE INTEREST! Plus he earned a HAPPY ENDING to boot! Paranormal Romance was more than a new genre for me, it was a whole new world...

After devouring all the Feehan books I could find, I branched out to Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Karen Marie Moning, Larissa Ione, Karen Chance, and oh-so-many-more. It was no surprise when I eventually began writing PNR myself. Later I embraced Urban Fantasy with both arms, and my stories today tend to be a hybrid of both, paranormal fantasy! But there is always, always, always a romance running through the novels I write, and a "happily ever after" --- although the couple may have to struggle to get there (hey, you don't want it to be easy, do you?).

So how did YOU begin reading romance, or better yet, paranormal romance? I hope you'll leave me a comment--I love reading them! And don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance at my giveaway!

Books by Dani Harper

I started my fiction writing career with a wolf-shapeshifter series, CHANGELING MOON (2012 RITA finalist), CHANGELING DREAM, and CHANGELING DAWN. A darker werewolf tale bordering on urban fantasy followed: FIRST BITE.

More recently I've been bringing ancient faery legends into modern-day America with The Grim Series (STORM WARRIOR, STORM BOUND, STORM WARNED, and in 2017, STORM CROSSED)

Love a romantic ghost story with a twist? THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.

All books are available on Amazon.

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Say hi to Dani Harper at CENTRAL CITY COMICON in Yakima, WA

If you're at the 2nd Annual Central City Comic Con in Yakima, Washington, stop by my booth and say hello!  

The con takes place Friday, Oct. 14th 2016 
through Sunday, Oct. 16th 2016 
at the Yakima Convention Center in Washington State. 

"Celebrities, costumes, artists, gaming, educational panels, demonstrations, and SO MUCH FUN."

Click HERE for more information!

Exhibitor Hours: 
Friday, October 14th:

Saturday, October 15th: 

Sunday, October 16th

Sin City Succubus - fast paced, great characters, and just enough humor

I’ve discovered that one of the best things about comicons is the opportunity to meet other authors and exhibitors. At Sandemonium, I had the good luck to meet Chuck and Gail Anderson, owners of Alucard Press LLC. Books, Cosplay and Nightmares

I’d blown my tiny budget by then (my insatiable appetite for books was trumped by the imperative to get a present for my granddaughter from Little Vampires), so I didn’t get to buy a book from Alucard Press then and there --- but you can bet I hunted them down on the web as soon as I got home! Chuck writes as CS Anderson, and has over a dozen books out. I started with the Kindle version of his latest release, “SIN CITY SUCCUBUS: A Dabbler Novel”. The premise of the story had strong appeal, and the killer cover (by Lisa Vasquez) cinched my choice.

WHAT A BLAST! Sin City Succubus is a delightfully supernatural romp through Vegas. Told in the first person by Robert Jones, a wiseass cross between actor Chris Pratt and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden (according to my imagination). I flat-out adored this character, who doesn’t have much magic himself, but has to deal with those who do on a daily basis—whether he wants to or not. And sometimes that means violent or fatal consequences.

The action started with the first line and never let up until its immensely satisfying conclusion. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Turns out, this is just Book One, and Robert Jones and his friends will return in “Sin City Angels”.

Find Sin City Succubus here on Amazon ----

Say hi to Dani Harper at the Central City Comic Con in October

If you're at the 2nd Annual Central City Comic Con in Yakima, Washington, stop by my booth and say hello!  

The con takes place Friday, Oct. 14th 2016 
through Sunday, Oct. 16th 2016 
at the Yakima Convention Center in Washington State. 

"Celebrities, costumes, artists, gaming, educational panels, demonstrations, and SO MUCH FUN."

Click HERE for more information!

Exhibitor Hours: 
Friday, October 14th:

Saturday, October 15th: 

Sunday, October 16th