CHANGELING DAWN released - the latest in Dani Harper's shapeshifter series

Never judge a man by his species...

NEW RELEASE!!!
My main characters are werewolves, but don’t call them that. They prefer the term Changelings, and they live right here among us. Your boss could be a Changeling. So could the gal that does your pedicure. The coach of your company baseball team or even the cop that gives you a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt again could have furry tendencies. Your BFF could run on four feet at night and you wouldn’t know. Changelings hide in plain sight and live very human lives most of the time.

Love, however, complicates their lives wildly.

Check out the exciting trailer on YouTube! http://youtu.be/GvtSWYIiqt4     


Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream were released earlier this year and the reviews have been wonderful. Changeling Dawn has just been released TODAY. I’m very excited about it – I feel that this third installment is the best yet and I'm excited to finally be able to share it with my readers. It's already garnered several 4 1/2 and 5-star reviews! Here's the back cover description of the story:

RUN
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.

HUNT
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.

MATE
An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a secretive research center – as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure, and hint at dark secrets of his own . . .  

You'll find excerpts and reviews of Changeling Dawn and the other books in the series on my website at http://www.daniharper.com/CHANGELING_DAWN.html 

Changeling Dawn is now available in trade paperback or ebook at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble, Chapters-Indigo, Book DepositoryKobo, Sony and many other fine online and walk-in booksellers.

Dani Harper
www.daniharper.com 

KRAMPUS, THE CHRISTMAS DEMON

Christmas is a time for sharing old memories, old traditions and sometimes old blogs too!  This is one of my all-time favorites.  Enjoy, and happy holidays!
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Our North American Santa Claus is loosely based on the European Saint Nicholas, a kind, gift-giving fellow traditionally portrayed in long bishop’s robes instead of a red suit. Saint Nick grew out of stories about an actual person, Nikolaos of Myra, a Greek bishop with a reputation for secret gift-giving such as leaving coins in shoes and working miracles.

So understanding Saint Nicholas is easy. It’s the company he keeps that raises questions and eyebrows. In Austria, Hungary, Bavaria and other Alpine countries, St. Nick’s assistant isn't a cute little elf, it's an enslaved demon. Yup, that’s right. D-E-M-O-N. This cloven-hoofed creature goes by many names, but most commonly is called Krampus, which is Old High German for claw.

Krampus
Perhaps the word for “long” would have suited him better. Not only does Krampus have lengthy talons, but sports exceptional horns on his head as well. His seven-foot tall body is usually covered with long shaggy hair (often black), he has a long tail and he has a tongue longer and more prehensile than that belonging to Gene Simmons' demon character of KISS fame.

If all that weren’t intimidating enough, Krampus is not only a demon, but an incubus. That’s a demon who sexually preys on sleeping humans! (Santa hangs out with a predator?!)

St. Nick and his goons

So while St. Nicholas got all the positive press by delivering gifts and treats to “good” boys and girls, Krampus was right by his side to dish out not just warnings but punishment to the “bad” children, and sometimes to adults too. In some places, the jolly old saint was accompanied by not one but several demons – his own personal gang of enforcers!

If you weren't saying your prayers, doing your chores and being properly respectful to elders, the penalty wasn't a mere lump of coal in your stocking. Krampus was armed with chains, a bag or basket and bundles of switches. If you were lucky, Krampus only took all your presents for himself. More often, you’d be spanked or even beaten. In some towns, kids had to run a long gauntlet of people dressed as Krampus and armed with switches!

Krampus taking "bad" children to Hell
Really naughty kids were allegedly shackled with chains or stuffed in a bag or basket, and carried off to Hell to burn forever – at least, that’s what children were told. In Switzerland, where Krampus is called Schmutzli, children were routinely threatened with being carried off to the dark forest by the demon or tied in his sack to be thrown in the river and drowned!

We've all seen little kids who are intimidated or downright terrified of department store Santas (some of us WERE those little kids!). How on earth did European children cope with seven-foot demons threatening them? Were they tougher than today's kids or were they scarred for life? Psychological studies hadn't been invented when St. Nick’s sinister sidekick first popped up in Germanic folklore around 1600. And the whole Christmas demon concept probably goes all the way back to pre-Christian winter solstice celebrations when pagan deities were said to roam the night.

Greetings from Krampus!
Krampus' popularity grew until eventually he got his own day. Krampusnacht was usually December 5th which is the eve of St. Nicholas Day in many regions. In some places, there were entire Krampus festivals held, where young men dressed up like demons and terrorized the local children (and unwary young women) for days. By the way, the reward for this important public service was beer and other spirits. Many of these traditional festivals continue to this day.

In the 1800s, while the Victorians were developing the notion of sending pretty Christmas cards, a trend emerged in some European countries to send scary, lewd and suggestive postcards of the yuletide demon! Instead of Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, these cards usually said “Greetings from Krampus!” (About as cheery to receive as “Compliments from Satan”!)

So the next time you start wishing for a real old-fashioned holiday, try singing “Krampus the Christmas Demon” to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and remember that the season of goodwill once had a very dark and disturbing side!

Dani Harper
http://www.daniharper.com/


Your turn!  Have you ever heard tales of the Krampus? Got any other scary Christmas traditions to share?  By the way, have a look at this book on Amazon - The Devil in Design: The Krampus Postcards

"12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop" - Creepy Christmas superstitions from Dani Harper

See instructions at the bottom of this blog post!
December is filled with myth and legend, wonder and whispers. And sometimes the weird, creepy and scary as well. Here are 5 superstitions associated with the season --- and they're definitely not visions of dancing sugar plums!


1.   Dogs that howl on Christmas Eve will go mad before the end of the year. A candle or a lamp should be kept burning all night on Christmas Eve to avoid a death in the house in the following year.


2.   Instead of water turning into wine at midnight on Christmas Eve, some hold the belief that the water in streams and wells turns into blood! Not only that, if you witness this change, you’ll die within the year!


3.   A once popular parlor game gave everyone an apple after dinner, which was then cut in half across the middle to reveal the pattern of the core. If the core is star-shaped (most apples have this), the owner of the apple will see another Christmas. If the core is a different shape, the owner’s death will occur in the next twelve months! The appearance of a four-pointed cross was worst of all – although what was worse than death is never mentioned.


4.   A Scandinavian belief states that it’s dangerous to go out on Christmas Eve because of the many supernatural beings that come out of their hiding places that night. Trolls, witches, goblins and ghosts roam freely, some of which are the spirits of the dead revisiting their previous homes. Gifts must be left outside – bowls of pudding and cream, clothes, tobacco and even ale – in order to appease some of these creatures. The most perilous time occurred between cock’s crow and dawn, when supernatural beings were at the peak of their power. To go outside meant risking death or being carried off by them, never to be seen again.


5.   Swedish folklore puts a chilling twist on this story. On Christmas Eve, they prepare their dining room with food and ale and blazing fire – and leave it overnight to enable the spirits of the dead to celebrate. The family checks the chairs in the morning for traces of earth, proof that the dead have come calling!


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Ready for some fun?  From Dec 13 - 24, it's the 1st Annual "12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop". Each blog on the list hosts a giveaway and all hosts are linked up so you can HOP from one blog to another!  (You don't have to visit them all - each has their own giveaway that is separate from all others.)


THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. 
A winner has been drawn to receive a signed copy of CHANGELING DREAM and a Dani Harper tote bag! 


Congratulations to DONNAS!  
Thank you to everyone who dropped by. I really enjoyed the comments! 


Check out the 2012 New Year's Blog Hop right here, beginning on December 30th

The "Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop" - author Dani Harper

   For a list of all the blogs
participating in the hop,
click HERE.
It's December, month of gifts and giving, legends and lore. There's plenty of superstitions too. Here's five:

1.   The first person downstairs on Christmas morning was to take a broom, open the front door and sweep all “trouble” from the doorstep. A variation on this is to sweep all the bad luck out of the house (I'm betting both were ploys to get the kids to clean up!)


2.   Eating a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning was said to make you exceptionally strong. (Strong-WILLED if nothing else!)


3.   In Wales, the plough was to be brought into the house and kept under the dining table during the entire Christmas season. This assured a good harvest in the coming year (and not much legroom during dinner!)


4.   English folklore instructs young girls to knock on the henhouse door on Christmas Eve. If a rooster crows, she’ll marry within the year. If there is silence, she’ll never marry! (AS IF any self-respecting chickens would be quiet if someone banged on their door!)


5.   In some places it was unlucky to receive a gift of new shoes or tanned leather on Christmas. However, some people in Greece ward off bad luck in the upcoming year by burning their old shoes during the Christmas season (Hmmmm... I know a pair of my husband’s shoes I’d like to burn!)  Another footwear superstition says that all the family’s shoes should be placed neatly side by side on Christmas Eve to prevent quarreling in the new year.


In line with the "giving and gifts" portion of the season, I'm participating in the "Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop".  Each blog on the list hosts a giveaway and all hosts are linked up so you can HOP from one blog to another!  (You're not required to visit them all - each has their own giveaway that is separate from all others).


How to enter Dani Harper's Giveaway:

So, for MY giveaway all you have to do is answer this question in a comment between now and Dec. 16 --- 
What's your favorite thing about December?  
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. A winner has been drawn to receive a signed copy of CHANGELING DREAM and a Dani Harper tote bag! 
Congratulations to Tiffany H!  Thank you to everyone who entered. Really enjoyed your comments!


Click here for a list of the other blogs which participated in the "Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop"

Stonehenge in America - Sam Hill's Memorial to the Fallen



Stonehenge in England
About 5,000 years ago in Britain, construction began on a circle of gigantic standing stones. Completed perhaps a thousand years later, the monolithic structure known simply as Stonehenge has been a mystery to historians and archeologists ever since.

Another mystery was built in the early 1900s, this time in America.

Samuel Hill was many things -- a businessman, a lawyer, a railroad executive, a Quaker and a pacifist. He was also a globetrotter in a time when travel was slow, making over 50 trips to Europe and 9 to Japan. For thirty years he made his home in the Pacific Northwest and constructed a memorial there, dedicated to the men from Klickitat County in Washington State who had been killed in World War I. It was the very first memorial for that war in the entire United States.

Dedication, 1918 (Sam Hill, center)
And it was not an ordinary memorial. Sam Hill had personally visited Stonehenge in Wiltshire County, England, and the prevailing theory at the time was that the immense circle and altar had been used by Druids for human sacrifice. Hill adopted both the idea and the design for his memorial, seeking to remind people that "humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war."
  
Stones are made of reinforced concrete
A windswept promontory overlooking the Columbia River was chosen as the site. It was the location of Maryhill, a small town that Hill had designed and built some 10 years earlier but which failed to attract residents. Accounts differ on when the fire took place that burned much of the town 
to the ground, but Hill is said to have cleared some of the surviving buildings away for this new project so that the memorial could have the most dramatic spot. There, guided by leading authorities on archaeology and engineering, Hill created his Stonehenge as an exact replica of the original – that is, if the original was shiny new, with all its lintels and capstones in place.

Sam Hill’s plans called for the memorial to be built of stone like the one in England – but local stone turned out to be unsuitable for the job. He turned instead to a material he had plenty of experience with in his business life: reinforced concrete. 

A trilithon
The ambitious project took over ten years to complete. There are two concentric circles of pillars. The outer 30 pillars are 16 feet high and the 40 inner pillars are 9 feet high. In the center of the circle are five trilithons (two large vertical stones supporting a lintel or third stone set horizontally across the top. The altar stone is 6 by 18 feet long. All of the pillars are concrete slabs. They were poured in massive wooden molds that were lined with crumpled tin in order to create a rough stone-like surface.  

The astronomical alignment of Hill’s Stonehenge differs from the original, however. In 1918, the year he was to dedicate the memorial site, a solar eclipse occurred on June 8 – and the best viewing of the phenomenon was in Washington State! 


Sam Hill's Stonehenge in Maryhill, WA
This meant that some of the world’s best astronomers were in the area, and Hill persuaded Professor Campbell of the University of California to fix the position of the altar stone. Campbell aligned to the astronomical horizon rather than to the midsummer solstice, as the ancient Stonehenge was once believed to be. Considering the additional difference in latitude between the two monuments, it becomes apparent that Hill’s creation cannot be used as an astronomical calendar.

Hill's Stonehenge site overlooks the
 Columbia River Valley
Note the small white crypt further down

 the hill, which holds Samuel Hill's ashes.
It’s a very small flaw, however. Most of us on this side of the ocean will visit the original Stonehenge only through photos and TV documentaries. Thanks to Sam Hill, we can wander and wonder through his life-sized creation, getting a firsthand feel for the scope and symmetry of both Stonehenges.

It’s been suggested that Sam Hill listens in on the conversations of the many tourists who seek out this out-of-the-way site. After all, on the hillside below the memorial is a very small and simple crypt overlooking the Columbia River Valley. Hill’s ashes were buried there in 1931.


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PS - Paranormal romance fans will be interested in knowing that THIS SITE was featured in a major scene in Patricia Brigg's latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series, "River Marked".



Dani Harper


Paranormal romance combines with suspense in an exciting new shapeshifter series by author Dani Harper, published by Kensington Brava. See more on Dani's website at www.daniharper.com

NANOWRIMO IS LIKE BROCCOLI


Yes, really. It's good for anyone who wants to be a writer, for newbie scribblers or seasoned novelists alike. Writing is a craft learned and improved by – you guessed it – WRITING. And NaNoWriMo is designed to make you do it a LOT. 

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. That's right – your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write a novel in a single month! It's a literary marathon to put 50,000 words on paper in 30 days.

To achieve 50,000 words in a month, you have to write over 1666 words a day. Here's the secret: They will NOT all be great words. In fact, some of them, maybe even most of them, will be CRAP. But crap is good – yes, I say, GOOD – because it’s only by permitting yourself to write crap, that you’ll free yourself to write the good stuff. And that means that somewhere in all that crap you’ve produced is GOLD.

Why not just write the gold, you say? Every writer on the planet wishes he or she could do just that, but it’s not possible. No crap = no gold. Of course you won’t keep the crap. Smart writers axe a lot of words, many sentences, whole paragraphs, complete scenes and even entire chapters – it’s all part of the gig. And what you’re left with?

Priceless.


Sincerely,
Dani Harper

BTW - Here's the official site with all kinds of helps and tips: http://nanowrimo.org/
And here's the official press release from NaNoWriMo for 2011:

Question - What do you think of the NaNoWriMo idea? Are you thinking of participating this year?

Spooktacular Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Holy jumping catfish! 400 bloggers signed up to host a giveaway as part of this Spooktacular Blog Hop. This hop runs from Monday, October 24th until Halloween Night at midnight. And you're going to need all 8 days in order to Hop to each of those blogs and enter their giveaways! Can you do it?


For my Spooktacular Treat, I'm giving away three signed copies of Changeling Dream. Three copies, three winners. How do you enter?  Easy peasy - just leave a comment telling me if you've heard of my books before and if so, where or how?  Winners will be drawn at random on November 1st, 2011. (PS - make sure I can find you if you win - include an email address with your comment!) This draw is open to international entries.


Nov. 1 - CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congratulations to winners, Brenda D, Ron N, and "Spav"!


If you need to get back to the master list of links, click here - http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2011/10/welcome-to-spooktacular-giveaway-hop.html


Changeling Dream - Book 2 in the Changeling Series



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.


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.

Watch for Book 3 on December 27th or pre-order now - Changeling Dawn 

Happy Halloween – a story and a contest!

Here's the story:
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Birkie Peterson’s 
Guide to the 
Village of Dunvegan

LOCATION – The Village of Dunvegan – a small northern Canadian town that’s literally Changeling Central in Dani Harper’s new shapeshifter series……

You step off the dusty bus into the late afternoon sun, sweaty, tired and your luggage is missing. Somebody takes your arm and steers you to a shiny red pickup truck – a small white-haired woman with bright eyes, flawlessly French-rolled hair and a tailored citrus green pantsuit.

“The Pack has run up to Elk Point for a special meeting, so I’ll be your tour guide today. Name’s Birkie Peterson and I’m the power behind the throne at the North Star Animal Hospital.” She barks a laugh and slaps the steering wheel. “Means I’m the receptionist and bookkeeper and Jill-of-all-trades there.  Believe me, you haven’t lived until you’ve hosed blood and manure off the ceiling, dear.”

You have a hard time imagining that. With such an impeccable appearance, Birkie looks like she would be more at home in the back of a limousine than hosing out a livestock pen. Yet she handles the big truck as if she’d been born behind the wheel.

“That wide water you crossed on the way here is the Peace River. Gonna tell you right off, it’s a misnomer. Smooth as silk on top, but there’s a powerful current underneath. Lots of folks drowned there over the years. People say there’s more than one ghost on that bridge too. Jumped, you know.”

You don’t want to hear about ghosts. You tell her about the book you’re writing, the one about Changelings.

She eyes you then. “Heard about that. The Pack leader, Jessie, says that since you know about Changelings, you’re to get the full tour. Connor didn’t agree, mind you and I don’t know if I do either, but here we are. Sure hope you know what you’re getting into.”

You say you’re glad to get a firsthand look at Dunvegan, and you’re excited as the truck turns away from Main Street.

“This is Hemstock Ave.” Birkie points to a stretch of curb. “And right there’s the spot where Zoey was attacked by a rogue Changeling. No screaming and fainting for that gal, she gave almost as good as she got. Still, it’s lucky Connor came along when he did because a human can’t hold out against a Changeling for long. They’re too strong, too powerful. Bigger than ordinary wolves you know. And the one that attacked Zoey was crazy as a bedbug to boot.”

Out of the corner of your eye, you spot something huge and black moving behind the shrubbery. But when you turn to look, there’s nothing there.

“Up ahead of us is Dunvegan’s town hall,” she continues. “Zoey almost changed into a wolf right there in the middle of a council meeting. So much for trying to keep Changelings a secret after an incident like that.” She shakes her head.

Again your eye catches furtive movement, this time between a house and a stand of lilac bushes. Again, nothing.

“Over there is a place you want to remember, the Finer Diner. Looks like just a gas station and burger joint, but let me tell you, it’s got the best food in town. Bill and Jessie Watson own that operation. I’ll take you to lunch there in a day or so when you’re settled. Jessie’s the Pack leader by the way – you have a problem, you see her about it. She’s not much bigger than me, but don’t be fooled. She’s leader for a reason, and what she says, goes.”

Was that a gleam of silver fur between the cars back there? You wonder why people keep such big dogs here. At least, you think it was a dog…

Birkie turns the truck onto Third Ave and a small house comes into view with a crooked sign on it that says MUSEUM. “There’s an old diary in there from 1904, with an eye-witness account of a man turning into a wolf. Kathleen Summers has kept it under lock and key for over thirty years. Still, the page got photographed somehow and put in the paper a few years back, so although Kathleen won’t show it to you, you can find it in the Dunvegan Herald Weekly morgue.”

She chuckles at the look on your face. “Oh, not a real morgue, hon – although we have one of those too – this is where the newspaper keeps all its old issues. You can read all the old werewolf stories there too. Goodness knows we’ve had more than a few of those in recent years. And the murders of course.”

You shiver at that. You’ve heard of those. And you’ve heard that the killer wasn’t human.

Birkie carries on as if violent death is an everyday occurrence. “Have to go to Macklin’s down the street here if you want any sporting goods. Do you fish? I like to go for trout on the weekends, sometimes get a few perch to fry up. Sergeant Fitzpatrick, now, he likes to fish for sturgeon. I see him on the river quite a bit. When he’s not fishing, he heads the RCMP Detachment in these parts, and if he asks you for a date, say yes. He’s a good man. Connor is too, but he’s taken. Mind you, his younger brothers are still available and all the Macleod men are easy on the eyes. Big, strong, sexy – just the type to get a gal’s blood going.

“And they’re all Changelings too, Fitz included. Best place to hide is in plain sight, you know.”

Even the police sergeant can turn into a wolf at will? Suddenly you’re very uncomfortable.

The sun has just slid below the horizon when the truck pulls into the parking lot of a sprawling modern building. “Welcome to the North Star Animal Hospital. It’s after hours now but I can show you around. You might want to walk around the loft where the big white wolf – that’s our James – slept for a while. Or the couch in Connor’s office with wolf hair all over it from Culley. See that area over by the dumpster? Well, all the blood’s gone now of course but that’s where the showdown happened not too long ago.”

Showdown? You ask Birkie to explain.

“I forgot that you probably hadn’t heard of that yet. Tell you what, let’s come back to this later. Right now, we’ll head out to a couple of the sites where the attacks took place. By then it’ll be moonrise and the Pack says to bring you up to Elk Point then.”

The hair on the back of your neck stands up. You don’t like the sound of that invitation, and say so.

“Just part of the tour, hon. Practically the whole Pack’ll be there – maybe 35, 40 wolves tonight. Full moon too. You’ll get to meet them all, get the whole experience.” Birkie smiles sweetly, “You know, for your book and all.”

Suddenly you don’t give a damn about the book you’re writing. As the truck slows down for a stop sign, you half leap, half stumble out and run for all you’re worth. There has to be a bus out of town tonight. A car you can rent. A taxi you can commandeer. Something. Anything.

A howl slices the cool dusk air.

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! 

Winners will be contacted by email, and announced on my web page at http://www.daniharper.com/CONTESTS.html (Don’t worry – last names and email addresses will NOT be disclosed).

PRIZES – Each winner will receive a 12” tall plush wolf, a Dani Harper tote bag and a set of signed cover flats of the first 3 titles.  


CHANGELING DREAM - inspired by wolves


I'm SO excited to announce that CHANGELING MOON is now officially released. This is Book Two in my new paranormal series. I'm excited, amazed, awed and thankful for this opportunity to bring my work to a larger audience.


One of the most frequent questions I get asked is "where do you get your ideas?" In this case, I can honestly say I was influenced by a real event!


I owned a small farm in northern Canada and one morning I was stunned to see a pack of wolves – about 7 or 8 – run across my yard. No mistake about what these big dark creatures were – I’d seen hundreds of coyotes before and these clearly dwarfed them. 


The wolves ran with ease and grace, seeming to float along rather than touch the ground. Teeth gleamed white from grinning black lips, their tails were great plumed banners and they ran with purpose.


And then they were gone. They vanished like smoke into the timber that flanked my property. I have never felt such a wild yearning in my life. A wish that they would come back? A wish that I might go with them? I didn’t know. I still don’t.


Ever since, however, I’ve run with the wolves on paper. And the result is my new series, beginning with Changeling Moon which was released May 31st. Book Two, Changeling Dream, is out TODAY, June 28th!  Book Three, Changeling Dawn, will be released in January. I’m working on Book Four right now.


Check below for reviews of Changeling Dream!

Dani Harper
www.daniharper.com

EARLY REVIEWS ---

     "I usually find sequels pale in comparison to the first book in the series, especially when the first is as excellent as Changeling Moon. But Dani Harper managed to create another howling masterpiece. .....  
     If you love werewolf novels, Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream should be at the top of your to read list."  

     "Werewolf and paranormal romance fans, Changeling Moon is a compelling new read that should not be missed.  Author Dani Harper weaves a captivating story about ordinary people with extraordinary abilities."

Buy it now at Amazon:  



"Changeling Dream" - Book 2 in a new shapeshifter series by Dani Harper


Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I wrote a paranormal romance called Heart of the Winter Wolf. Although its distribution was limited, it was very well received, earned excellent reviews and was adopted by a loyal group of fans. They took it - and me - to their hearts and the support and encouragement has been both touching and overwhelming. I received many, many emails and messages asking for "more stories about the Macleod family".

So I wrote a new book, Changeling Moon, which is a prequel to Heart of the Winter WolfAnd I wrote a third book, Changeling Dawn, which takes place afterwards. It took some time and many, many rejection slips but eventually I was fortunate to find an agent who believed in the series and she found an editor at Kensington who loved it too. Heart of the Winter Wolf had fulfilled its contract with the original publisher by that time, and Kensington decided to re-release it.

I am so happy to announce that Heart of the Winter Wolf has taken its rightful place as the second book in this series. Renamed Changeling Dream, it's been updated and revamped, but my original fans (who have stuck with me through thick and thin) will have no trouble recognizing their much-loved story. I'm excited to be able to send this "child" of mine out into the world to an even wider audience.

To my existing fans, THANK YOU. I couldn't have done it without you. And to future readers, I'm excited to be able to share my stories with you.

Dani Harper


BOOK TWO
Changeling Dream
by Dani Harper

Release Date June 28, 2011
from Kensington Brava

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, BORDERS, CHAPTERS AND MANY MORE FINE BOOKSELLERS

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.