What Makes A Hero Strong? -- Part of "A Hero's Blog Hop" July 27 - 31

In keeping with the theme of this blog hop, I thought I’d shine a spotlight on one of my characters. But first, here's a little background --- 

The Peace River region of northern Canada is a unique place where raw wilderness exists side by side with farmers’ fields. And in the quiet rural community of Dunvegan, human beings unknowingly exist side by side with those who are something more than human. They call themselves Changelings, and they have the ability to become wolves at will.

Changelings live as humans – they have jobs and pay bills and go to school and mow the grass and do all the things that humans do. They view their wolfen side as a wonderful gift, but it also complicates their lives, sometimes dangerously so. Especially when it comes to relationships. 

CHANGELING MOON is the first book in this paranormal series, which centers around the Macleod family of shapeshifters. (PS - Changeling Moon is a 2012 RITA Award finalist.)
Hero's name: Connor Macleod
Hero's profession: Talented veterinarian, owner of the North Star Animal Hospital
Physical description of hero: Tall, dark and occasionally furry, Connor Macleod is an imposing specimen. The heroine notices his broad muscled chest and powerful shoulders, and wonders if he bench-presses cows. His most striking features, however, are his pale gray eyes that change with his mood – darkening like a storm when he’s angry and “silver” when aroused.
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Special skills your hero may have: Connor is not human; he’s a Changeling, able to shapeshift to wolfen form at will. That form is larger and stronger than a natural wolf, however, and capable of some pretty impressive physical feats. It’s not uncommon for Changelings to possess additional abilities as well. Connor is a gifted healer and can often communicate with the animals he treats, but he also experiences “farsight” – psychic visions and premonitions – particularly when someone he loves is in danger!
One of my fav lines by Connor (to his younger brother, Culley): “I’m almost used to you showing up without shoes, but where the hell are your pants?"
Here are Connor’s own thoughts on “What Makes A Hero Strong?” ----
“A Changeling has a dual perspective.
“As a human, strength is synonymous with integrity. It comes from keeping your word if it kills you. Real strength is in making decisions and living with the results. And if the results are crappy, then you work like hell to change them.
“A strong man takes responsibility for his actions – which might mean apologizing now and then. And strong men like strong women. There’s nothing sexier than a woman with a backbone.
“As a wolf, strength lies in allowing others to be strong too. It’s deeper than just working as a team – it’s encouraging and supporting. Ever seen a wolf pack with cubs? They all take part in teaching them, and they’re patient about it. They’re not pushovers though. A strong wolf stands up for himself and also protects the pack.
“And he’ll defend his mate even at the cost of his life. That’s the most basic and primal of instincts, human or wolf.”
Here’s what else I know about strength, and maybe I know it even better because I’m a Changeling: real strength is controlled. You’re responsible for your strength and power and you can’t allow it to hurt the innocent. Ever.”

--- Connor Macleod of the Dunvegan Wolf Pack


My blog, WAY PAST NORMAL, is taking part in “A Hero's Blog Hop”.  What’s a Hop? Every blog on the list hosts a giveaway and you can HOP from one blog to another!  

Over 100 Authors and Bloggers are sharing their favorite things about romance heroes, a character post from them, and what we love about romance and men in general. You don't have to visit them all - each has their own giveaway that is separate from all others - but it would be a whole lot of fun to try! That's over a 100 chances to win! 

PLUS PLUS PLUS - there are 3 Grand Prizes! Comment with your email address on any of the participating blogs and YOU ARE ENTERED to win one of the grand prizes! 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 
3rd Grand Prize: A Giant Swag Pack! (US only)

MANY THANKS to the two hosts of this hop – Fated Desires Publishing and Heartthrob Haven!

For my giveaway, I'm offering a signed print copy of my novel, CHANGELING MOON, so you can read all about my hero, Connor Macleod!  Plus you'll receive a Dani Harper tote bag to carry your books in. 


CONGRATS TO CHRISTINE, whose name was drawn as the winner.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and especially to those who took the time to leave a comment. I really enjoy reading them (and yes, I read every one!)

When you're ready to leave my site, this LINK will get you back to the list of participating blogs -----

Happy Hopping!

Dani Harper


  1. Oh my god i cant wait to read this! this series souds great. i prefer print because i usually have to put the book down to deal with family things :). Great hero BTW!

  2. My initial instinct is to say Print! I love the feel of the book in my hands and the smell of the printed page! Nothing can ever truly take the place of printed books! Not that I don't like E-books, I have a Kindle and understand the benefits (namely being able to carry more books on holiday with you then you could normally by having them all on your e-reader!) but I like to have my books in print first and then e-book for travelling!

    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

  3. I like both! I like the convenience of a Kindle, and being able to download books immediately (and also more cheaply!), but I still like printed books, especially holding my own printed books in my hands!

  4. I love both but nothing beats a real life turn each page by hand printed book. There's a little bit of fun lost when reading an e-book. I'm constantly trying to turn the pages of my e-reader. :)


  5. I'm gonna have to go with majority here, both. I love being able to highlight favorite lines and the convenience of the kindles but I'll always still buy paperback as well.

  6. print. the smell, the touch, the feel.. no e-reader can beat that.

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

  7. I would have to say both. I enjoy actually holding a book but there's also something to be said for the convenience of the e-book.


  8. It's hard to pick one. I love holding a book in my hands and turning the pages but having my Kindle and my Nook is so convenient. Especially if there's a word you want to look up or a passage you want to highlight and save.


    You're going to make me read this book all over again along with the other two. I can't wait for the next three.

  9. Love your favourite line - it made me laugh!

  10. I like both, but prefer print over ebook. I don't own a ebook reader and have to use my pc to read the ebooks. I enjoy the print books since I get to hold the book and turn the pages.


  11. I love both types of books! your hero sounds swoon worthy! Thanks for hosting a give away:) TEAM SHIFTER!

  12. print book :)


  13. I like both but I think I prefer print ones overall because it's just more comforting. Ebooks are good to bring along on trips though!

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

  14. Noooo I can't choose. I love paperbacks and my kindle and pdf's that I read on the laptop too!
    great prize, thank you :)


  15. Love, love your books!!Well, I have a kindle that my granddaughter seems to think is hers, but I still like paper books the best. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  16. I never thought I'd like an ereader, but I like both types. I do like having a hard copy of some, but love that I can get the indie e-books.

  17. i honestly LOVE LOVE LOVE my kindle. i am a dyslexic so often find the print version of books intimidating due to the thickness of the novel but w/ the e reader i don't see the size of the novel and can focus on the content


  18. It depends...for a while e-books didn't feel real to me, but they're starting to grow on me. Print is special, though.


  19. you will think me a complete and utter wishy washy being - but I love the immediacy of the ebooks - and the fact that I can take my ereader out - and I have enough different titles to have something that I want to read, no matter my mood. BUT - I love the smell and feel and look of traditional books, there is something so satisfying in the sound of a book, the rustle of the paper... I'm just stuck for space to store them.


  20. I like both but I still like having my print books more.


  21. i like really like paper back!!!! i love mine paper backs i hope i win cause i havent read any of ur books.thanks for the chance

  22. I have an ereader, but prefer print whenever I can get it.

  23. e-book please, loving the hop


  24. My kids gave me a Kindle last year and I have fallen in love with it. The immediacy is addicting! I have my Kindle in my purse at all times and I enjoy every minute I can access my little personal library. I still read printed books at home, however. I will always love the smell and feel of a paper novel.

  25. Print. I don't even have an e-reader yet, but I do read e-books on the computer sometime. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  26. I prefer Print because it's easier to go back real quick to check out a page I marked. It's harder to do that on my Kindle.


  27. I like Print. Like being able to hold the actual book. Thx 4 the chance!!

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  28. Both... I do love having my Nook for the short stories out there, but I tend to read full length novels in print.

    mnar111 AT gmail DOT com

  29. I love print!! Especially since my ereader (aka elcheapo) has a mind of its own. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    agarcia6510 at columbus dot rr dot com

  30. For me it's Print. I also love Connor. :)
    Carol L.
    lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  31. I love PRINT. It looks so much better on my bookcase. There is something rather wonderful about holding a tree book & reading


  32. I do admit to loving print because I reread things so much. Connor sounds flipping awesome. :) And I loved the favorite line about the pants. :)


  33. I like both.I LOVE adding print books on my shelf but I also love reading on my Kindle.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  34. Definitely Print... I don't have e-book reader... and the print book is easier to pack on My bag... :D

    Thank's for the Giveaway..


  35. yummy Conner sounds wonderful! I am in the both camp, I have books shelves in almost every room in my house plus lining hallways, but I also have my kindle filled to the brim. i love the easy factor with my kindle but I love the feel and the smell of "real" books. Thanks Carin

  36. I love both, but lately I've been reading more e-books because it allows me to multi task and catch up on my crochet squares (so no problems with following a pattern :D).

  37. I love print but due to the space I am going with ebooks. My hubby is in the army and we move every 3 years so to pack up my 400 and growing books annoys him to no end. I love the favorite line. It was hilarious. Thank you for the giveaway.

  38. Lately, it's definitely been e-books I prefer. They're just too convenient for me. I like being able to see, want, buy, and start reading a book in under a minute. Yes, you can certainly impulse buy in a bookstore, but you still (usually) have to wait to start reading it until you get home at least. Yes, it's an impatient world we live in.

    That said, there's still something special about a physical book. But for now, e-books are my preference. I can take hundreds on vacation with me, and that's hard to do with physical ones.


  39. I'm good with either e-book or print.
    Enjoy the hop.

  40. I have to choose between ebook and print? Evil author. They each have pluses and minuses. Ebooks are more portable, have useful user features (no dog-earring! Easy, non-destructive highlighitng!), can be cheaper, etc. Print books have cover art, in color!, can be signed, can be easily shared or sold,

    That said, most books that I buy these days are ebooks while most of what I get from the library or for review are print.

    BTW, I won your prize pack once before and my brother THREW AWAY THE BOOK!!!! He was "helping" me organize my shelves. Grrrrrrrr

    1. Forgot my email - beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

  41. Hi Dani! I love the real thing, I love to smell the pages and be able to see the book on my bookshelf! Thanks for this chance!



  42. I've got so anymore, it's eBook. I'm so terribly addicted to my Kindle!!

  43. I am really looking forward to reading your stories and would love to get a signed copy!

    Love the Tote!

  44. I Love Print Books, I have a Kindle Fire which i love too but like a lot of people have said i love the smell of a print and and the feel of it. I have always Loved to read and have read every book in this series so far! It is Amazing and i can't wait for more...<3 That tote looks great. elizabethkeckler@yahoo.com

  45. I love both types of books but since I got a Kindle Fire I am a fan of e-books so they can ALL go with me at the same time.

  46. It sounds like a fabulous read!!!! Can't wait to get the word out!!!!

    Either print or e is perfect for me!!!

  47. Print is definitely preferred but I do love some ebooks

    fallendream03 at gmail dot com

  48. Oh, my, I'm half in love with Connor already! I'm a fan of ebooks because I can take a whole library with me wherever I go.


  49. I love my ebooks for their convenience, but I love prints more:)


  50. I prefer e books. They are easy to store & carry. You can get them signed through kindlegraph, and can save favorite passages & pages without folding pages. It is also easier to read books at night with an e reader. No need to turn on lights & wake others up.


  51. Even though I've had a Kindle for a year and read probably 1/3 of my books on it, I still prefer a print book. I don't seem to get that lost in a book feel on the Kindle that I do a print book.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com


  52. Print. Though I love my eReader and the simplicity of eBooks (click, buy, read), I would much rather have print books.


  53. I prefer print books but carries my iPad when travelling. Love the hero intro and would really like to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway and for the awesome blog hop.

  54. I had never heard of Changlings until fairly recently.

    I prefer print books, for I have no e-reader.

    gladys mp @
    att .net

  55. I prefer print. I just find them easier to read and I just like having the book.


  56. Dani, you did a beautiful job with this article and featuring your book and characters! It's a book I want to read, too. I like your hero.

    Preference? I can't give you a definitive answer. I like the ease and instant gratification that comes with an ereader, but I still love books.


  57. Loved the article and the info about Connor. I usually prefer ebooks because I can take my ereader everywhere with carrying a lot of books.
    However I still like to "hold" a paperback in my hot little hands, especially when I'm taking a bubble bath. (I once dropped my ereader while in the tub and fortunately caught it before it hit the water. It just got a few drops on it from me catching it. So now I don't take it in the tub with me any more. LOL)
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  58. I prefer print but there are definitely great advantages to ebooks like not needing a bookshelf.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  59. I've always preferred print but my Kindle is slowly converting me over to ebooks. Nothing like having hundreds of books at your fingertips without all the weight that comes with them.

  60. I to have always loved print...but I would take a ebook...Sounds great, thank you for your giveaway.


  61. I like both. Paperback for when I'm home, and ebook for when I'm not.

  62. Love e-books!! All the way :)

    Thank you for the opportunity!
    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  63. I actually love both. It's nice to have a real book every once in a while and it is nice to be able to get the next book I want in an instant.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  64. I enjoy both. I like the convenience of my Kindle & having a multitude of books at my fingertips; but I still like the feel of a hardcopy between my fingers. Thanks for being a part of this blog hop.

  65. I love both print & ebooks. There are some books that I want in print because I am collecting the series/author, but some that I like better in electronic format, because you can carry hundreds + books with you everywhere you go on an ereader (I take my kindle with me almost everywhere). I also love the convenience of being able to immediately buy & read a book, no matter where I am (if I have either wifi or 3G service. I do find that I am buying more and more books for my ereader these days.

    Thank you for taking part in the blog hop. I already have this book though, the only one I don't have is the 2nd one.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  66. I really do love both. An ereader is just so easy to grab up and take with me wherever I go, but then I like print because I too like the feel of it in my hands and my ereader is so hard to see the words outside in the sun and don't have that problem with a real book. Also, certain books/series and autographed books that I like to collect, I prefers those in print.

    Changeling Moon sounds like a great read, and loved your favorite lines by Connor.. Absolutely PERFECT!

    Thanks so much for being a part of this blog hop!


    1. Congrats Christine! Your name came up as the winner of my giveaway. I'll be emailing you pronto!

  67. I have a Nook but I prefer print copies of books. Thank you for the giveaway!


  68. I would love a print copy of this. It sounds so interesting. Fantastic post.

  69. I am SO looking forward to your new wolf series, if only so I can have you back on my radio program and hear a delicious excerpt from it!


  70. I practically sleep with my Kindle! I love it!


  71. Though I have three different eReaders and I love them for the convenience of being able to download a book whenever I want, I still love my print books. I collect my absolute favorite books in print form if they're available. Those are books I will never part with.

    Thank you for being a part of this great hop. I've discovered so many new authors. Thank you as well for the great giveaway!


  72. I'll go with ebook. That way if something happens to your reader you can always have access to them with another one. If the prints get wet or burn or rip there goes your money.


  73. lets see this is a hard choice but i will have to say this time out print and by the way i love your wolf picture and thanks for the chance to win angelwofmystic@yahoo.com

  74. I am still a print book person - I do have an e reader, but mainly prefer a book book :)


  75. Thanks for sharing about your hero Conner! I enjoyed the post.

    I like reading both. Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  76. If I can get the book from the library I'll read it in print. Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  77. I prefer print book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  78. I prefer print books. I spend so much time on the computer that reading on it just sucks.


  79. I love the print books. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  80. Print but I read alot on my kindle too. Snfrog7@aol.com

  81. Print for sure. I love the feel of the book in my hands and the way I can stare at the cover :) Really hope to win your stuff!


  82. great blog contest, love your books

  83. I prefer e-books now! smwr324 at yahoo dot com

  84. I can't say I prefer one over the other. I love the feel and smell of a print book but I also love being able to carry my Kindle everywhere and have my book collection with me. Besides, it's easier to buy an ebook than a paper book when you have no local bookstore to shop at and have to wait for it to come in the mail. Thanks for the giveaway!


  85. It depends on where it's available. I get a lot from the library, so that would be print. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. ifi can have print i would take it i travel a lot a nd then i am going to go camping and love to take books with me

    desitheblonde at msn dot com

  87. Hi Dani.
    Just enter me for the main prizes. I already have your books,tote, and signed copy...LOVE THEM!!!
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  88. Hi Dani! LOVE your work. I've read Changling Moon & Changling Dawn and couldn't put them down. Waiting for more! I travel a lot so I like everything downloadable to my Kindle. I think it's the wave of the future. :-)

    Even though I've got the books, I'd like to be entered in both contests...yours and the main one! Keep writing!

  89. I still prefer print--e-books can be convenient, but I like turning pages and holding the book and being able to flip through it :)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  90. Although I am the newbie owner of a Kindle,
    courtesy of Honey, I am old school. I prefer
    the feel of that print book in my hot little

    Pat C.

  91. LOL, I can see why that's your favorite line!

  92. I prefer print...but I'm running out of room so I'm switching to ebook...kinda, sometimes lol

  93. I like both and have been reading more ebooks lately. But sometimes it just feels good to read a print book.


  94. i prefer print because i don't have an ereader - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  95. I prefer ebooks. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)

  96. I prefer print.


  97. As much as I love my Nook, and how much cheaper and easier it is to get ebooks, I still prefer print. I love to actually be able to hold the book in my hand and who doesn't love the smell of a brand new book? Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Ahh I forgot my email!

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  99. I like ebooks better. I really like that I have tons of books at the tip of my fingers.