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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Where Magic Rules and Menace Abounds. Storm Crossed by Dani Harper.



Today I'm thrilled to welcome over Dani Harper, author of Storm Crossed, Book Four in The Grim Series. 

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945


Book Description

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?  

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Let’s Interview!

Hi, I’m Dani Harper and I’m excited to be here. Love your big comfy chairs! I’ve had my morning coffee – okay, I’ve had two, and there’s a third in my hand – and I’m ready to answer questions! 
Welcome Dani! Congratulations on your new release! I'm with you on the coffee intake. I'm easily on cup #4 by now. ;-) So tell me, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I think I’ve been researching my whole life! I’ve had a fascination with mythology, legend, and folklore since I first learned to read, and I was fortunate to have access to some incredible collections of books on those subjects. Plus, I was also lucky enough to know my Welsh gramma, and a few other people who could be coaxed to talk about faeries.

Anything supernatural or paranormal fascinated me as a child, and still does. I have mad research skills gained from my career in the newspaper business, and I collect information like a dragon hoards gold. Yet I still find myself researching as I write. It never ends, and I enjoy learning about anything and everything.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

I am incredibly fortunate in that respect. My husband reads every word I write, even though fantasy and paranormal romance isn’t exactly his chosen genre. He’s my first and best beta reader. And definitely my staunchest fan. He’ll tell complete strangers about my work, anytime, anywhere, even when I’d really rather he didn’t, LOL. My grown daughters have cheered me on from the very beginning too, and my youngest often beta reads for me as well.   

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Near the end it becomes an invigorating joy. During those final chapters I find myself writing faster and faster, the words flow, and I’m so deeply in the zone that I CAN’T WAIT to open my laptop and immerse myself in the story again.

In the earlier stages, writing can be pretty exhausting. No matter how much you plotted and planned beforehand, you’re still feeling your way along, and there’s a zillion decisions to be made. And sometimes the characters flat out refuse to cooperate.

No matter what stage the book is at, I’ve had to learn to take frequent breaks, clear my head, and get some exercise – walk or bike or swim. One of the very best “breaks” for me is to go out to my chicken yard and work on something there while I hang out with the flock. (Who knew that poultry was so good for mental health?)

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Indoors, outdoors, a special room?

Most of my laptop work gets done at our kitchen table. It has the best lighting in the house, and the coffee pot is close at hand! I do have an office, and it has an exercise bike with a desktop in it – I spend close to an hour on that nearly every day.

When I’m stuck on a scene, though, I may have to pack up the laptop and leave the house in favor of a busy coffee shop or even a crowded McDonalds. No matter how much noise goes on around me in a public setting, it doesn’t distract me because it has nothing to do with me. I don’t have to respond to it! At home, the dogs want in and out, the phone rings, the laundry and the housework call out for attention – you know how it is!

Are your book/books available in audio?

YES, every one of my Grim Series stories is available as an audiobook. And I’m very excited and grateful that the narrator of the first three, actress Justine Eyre, graciously made time in her busy schedule to voice Storm Crossed. She has an amazing gift for accents, an affection for the characters, and really brings the story to life. My readers adore her, and so do I!

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

I love fantasy and the supernatural too much to ever give them up. If I wasn’t writing paranormal romance, I’d probably move over to urban fantasy (hey, my favorite author is Ilona Andrews!). But I confess, I’ve become more and more interested in romantic thrillers over this past year. I’d love to try writing one!

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

My stories do tend to grow into series! I never plan to do that in advance. It’s more a case of creating a world that I’d like to spend more time in, and characters that have more to tell. (Right now, a couple of them are actively campaigning for a book of their own!)

A recent example is my ghostly Yuletide romance, The Holiday Spirit. The characters have been among the most demanding – and creative – of any I’ve ever written, and I finally agreed that we would allow the book to evolve into The Haunted Holiday Series.

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today! And I can hardly wait to chat with your readers in the comment section.

Thanks so much for joining us today! Wishing you much success. 

EXCERPT


“What are you doing here?” demanded a new voice, a rich masculine voice, and every one of her friends fell silent.

Oh great, we’ve attracted a park ranger, thought Lissy as she turned to face this new issue. How are we going to explain—

It was no ranger. The first thing her eyes took in was a heavy black cloak, thrown back to reveal strange leather clothing. Ornately tooled and trimmed with silver, it hugged a lean frame.

No, some instinct decided, not lean but lithe. Lithe like a big cat, all coiled agility and snake-strike muscle in a deceptively relaxed package. She was forced to tilt her head to see the strong jaw that underscored the man’s angular face—and the scar that ran diagonally across his throat.

Still, he could have been called handsome if it wasn’t for a strange otherness to his perfect features that was impossible to describe. Human, yet decidedly not. And no human she knew boasted hair like that. Pulled into a thick braid that fell halfway down his back, it was white in the way that snow was white—not a single shade, but many.

She had to remind herself to breathe. This was no lost cosplay enthusiast or a Lord of the Rings extra, but an actual living, breathing member of the faery race. Somewhere in the back of her mind, a faint thought protested that such a thing was completely impossible. It wasn’t very convincing, however, not with a flesh and blood dog the size of a goddamn Volkswagen already in front of her.

The man’s pale hair glowed in the fire’s light. A fistful of loose strands fell across his face, and beneath them his eyes were watchful, alert. A panther scanning for prey.

And he had found her.

The stranger’s unnerving gaze lingered for only a moment before apparently dismissing her. “What are you doing here?” he asked again, and Lissy realized he spoke to the enormous canine behind her.

“Wait a sec. This is your dog? Yours?” All the shock and fear of the past few minutes transmuted into anger. She’d been prepared to die defending her child, and this man, this being, was totally responsible! It was as if a switch inside had been thrown. Normal-everyday-college-science-professor Lissy was abruptly replaced with I-will-savagely-tear-apart-ten-man-eating-lions-to-save-my-kid Lissy. She stepped directly into his line of sight. “What the hell were you thinking, letting this animal run around loose like that?” she demanded.

He merely looked around her, as if she was a tree or a bush or a goddamn rock, and that just ramped up her fury. “You! I’m talking to you!” Without thought but backed by a considerable amount of adrenaline, she shoved him with all her strength. The element of surprise gave her an extra advantage, and the tall man stumbled back a step.

Now she had his full attention.

Most nature documentaries she’d watched advised against locking stares with wild animals, yet Lissy stood her ground and met the stranger’s riveting gaze boldly—despite her resentment at having to look up to do it. She all but bared her teeth as she stated her case: “You. Endangered. My. Son.”

“There was no danger to your offspring. The hound does not devour mortals.”

Was he mocking her with that imperious tone? “Yeah, well us mortals had no way of knowing that your monster dog doesn’t snack on humans. You have no right to frighten people like that!”

“I require no rights from you. I ride with the Hunt.”

Her gaze flicked to a faint ripple of movement at his side. The heavy cloak drew aside as if by its own volition, and the fae’s hand casually rested on the handle of a large coil of plaited leather at his hip. Ghostly tongues of bluish light flickered continuously over the heavy whip, here then gone in an instant only to reappear in a different spot, as if they were living things. 

Lissy could hear some gasps from her cluster of friends, and some hurried words between Morgan and Brooke. Though she’d never encountered the Wild Hunt herself, she knew that had to be what the stranger referred to. As a mere human, she should be utterly terrified.

Instead, she couldn’t care less if he was a unicorn. “Well, I require a goddamn apology from you, Mister,” she heard herself say, and folded her arms to wait.

About the Author



Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com



Twitter - https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper  or @Dani_Harper

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Toast in the New Year with Vikings! #BoxedSet #KU



Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you and yours good health and fortune.

To toast in the New Year I’ve consolidated my Viking Ancestors’ Kin books into one tidy boxed set. Nearly 1400 whopping pages of reading plus mega savings! Here’s the lowdown on what you get in this amazing book bundle…

Powerful Viking warriors come together with modern day women in six heart-stopping Time Travel Romances. Join the Viking Ancestors’ Kin on sweeping adventures rich with Scandinavian history, intrigue, sizzling passion, dragons, Norse mythology and so much more! 1350+ Pages!

Available exclusively at Amazon. 

FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


Here’s what they’re saying…

Rise of a Viking- "Ms. Purington has craftily taken me into a world of dragons, prophecies and mythology that is super creative and well written." ~More Books Than Livros
"Vengeance of a Viking is another hit by this fantastic author."~ Debra Gaudette

A Viking Holiday- "Wonderful characters with depth and magic, a story worth reading." ~Amazon Review



Soul of a Viking- "The fourth book in this series is nothing short of brilliant. Tait and Lauren' s love is so deep and so strong it transcends time." ~Amazon Review

Fury of a Viking- "While every book I have read by Sky Purington has been a masterful story, this one is just so much more. I was caught up in the magic of a richly woven masterpiece." ~Amazon Review


Pride of a Viking- "What a wonderful ending to the Viking Ancestors kin series...Very fast paced plot...Beautiful."~Amazon Review


Here’s what to expect…


RISE OF A VIKING
Book 1

Cybil is thrilled when she and her family inherit a million dollar ocean-side house in Winter Harbor, Maine. It’s a chance to finally bring her sisters back together and right old wrongs. But problems arise. Her gift of prophecy grows stronger. A Viking from the past haunts her. And that old ash tree in the front yard? It has taken on the otherworldly qualities of Yggdrasill, a tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse mythology. Soon caught in its power, she’s whisked back in time to tenth-century Scandinavia.

Of dragon blood and set to inherit the throne, Heidrek Sigdir tries to keep Cybil away, but the gods have other plans. A fate designed to make him pay for past grievances. Yet when he finally lays eyes on her, he wants nothing else. They share a connection unlike any other. Poignant desire. Incomparable need. Tempting change. Even so, he must let her go. She should be with his brother. Still, nothing is what it seems. A new enemy is determined to destroy all and Cybil is special to him and his people in ways nobody anticipated.

Many revelations come to light when Heidrek and Cybil are forced to journey across the rugged lands of Norway to reach the home of the seers at the peak of Mt. Galdhøpiggen. Hearts will be tested and lives forever changed. Will a new Viking King rise up and keep his people safe? Or will his endless draw to a modern day woman be his ultimate ruin?


VENGEANCE OF A VIKING
Book 2

Recently divorced, Samantha is all about new beginnings. Her own company. A beautiful seaside house in Winter Harbor, Maine. A chance to reconnect with her sisters. But fate has something else in store. Tenth-century Scandinavia and a reality she never could have anticipated. After being whisked back in time not once but twice, she ends up in a situation she didn’t see coming. Kidnapped by a Viking.

Of dragon blood, Bjorn Sigdir knew the moment he met Samantha that she was nothing but trouble. How else could it be? She bears the mark of Gungnir, the sword given to Odin by Loki. A blade he is convinced will ruin his people and all affiliated with them. Determined to protect his kin, he concocts a plan that will keep Samantha and her unfortunate tattoo far away from trouble. Or so he thinks when he yanks her back in time.

One a captor, one a prisoner, Bjorn and Samantha embark on a journey full of unending strife. Feisty and independent, she has her own mind. Headstrong and stubborn, he does too. However, they soon have bigger problems than their mutual dislike of each other. Secrets. Ones that force them closer and forge something unexpected. Respect. Attraction. Desire. Yet they face a huge obstacle. If they give into love, all could be lost, including everyone they care about.

A VIKING HOLIDAY
Book 2.5

Having time travelers in your life isn’t always easy. Given that he’s said goodbye to several of them over the past few years, Sean O’Conner knows that better than most. Now his best friend Megan has returned from tenth-century Scandinavia to modern day Maine. Not only has she aged over twenty-five years, she hasn’t traveled through time alone. Her troublesome daughter Svala is with her.

Of dragon blood and proud to be Viking, Svala Sigdir has no use for the twenty-first century and makes it evident to all around her. Even so, she will protect her mother at all cost. Meanwhile, she needs a man. Sean to be exact. Despite his aversion, she is determined to make him hers.

Svala might be after him, but Sean wants nothing to do with her. At least that’s what he tells himself as the holidays arrive and he struggles to keep peace in what’s become a battleground instead of a festive Winter Harbor home. At his wit’s end, he finally calls on an old friend’s help. Or so he had hoped. Cast beneath the spell of a powerful Scottish wizard determined to protect his Viking Ancestors, Sean and Svala go on an unexpected yuletide journey. As it turns out, there’s only one way to break free from the spell. A life-altering choice that might very well cost Sean both his sanity and his heart.

SOUL OF A VIKING
Book 3

Lauren refuses to believe that her sisters traveled back in time to tenth-century Scandinavia. Cybil must be off doing one thing or another. And what of Samantha? She returned then vanished again with a bunch of uncivilized ruffians who called themselves Vikings. While thankful the crude men finally left, she’s now caught in an unusual situation. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot step foot outside her Winter Harbor chalet.

Desperate to return to the twenty-first century and figure out why he and Lauren were cursed by a Nidstang, Tait Sigdir struggles with what feels like half a soul. But that’s not all. When he finally returns to the future, he realizes how troubling things really are. Though drawn to Shannon, he can’t seem to stay away from her sister, Lauren. Hard to believe considering how difficult she is to be around. Even for a flirt like him. Yet if he’s not near her, he becomes uncharacteristically sullen.

Caught in an unraveling hex that steers them closer to the enemy, Tait and Lauren are forced on an adventure that tests them in more ways than one. Personalities fluctuate. Friendship emerges. Passion ignites. Even so, love does not come so easily to those who are cursed. As it turns out, they must manage through a whirlwind of unfortunate events that will either bring them together or drive them further apart.

FURY OF A VIKING
Book 4

Shannon usually prefers the dead to the living. But then running a funeral parlor offers a different perspective. Peace and escape. Or at least it did until the day she’s summoned by her sister to their Winter Harbor Chalet in Maine. Now she knows the truth. The veil between worlds is far thinner than she thought. In fact, it’s so thin she can’t prevent her and her daughter, Emily, from slipping back in time.

Of dragon blood, Matthew Sigdir has suffered more loss than most. A wife. Sister. Now, because of a vicious enemy, possibly his son, Håkon. Infuriated, determined to find his child, he heads north over unforgiving land. What he doesn’t expect is a twenty-first century little girl and her beautiful mother, Shannon, to join him on his quest. Nor does he expect Hel to show them favor. And there’s no turning away Loki’s daughter when she offers help. Now they have to navigate not only through the elements of a wicked Scandinavian winter but Helheim itself, the underworld of the dead.

While they travel, Matthew and Shannon are forced to face their pasts. What they left behind and all that haunts them. As they do, old wounds heal. Hope grows. Love sparks. Through it all, Emily leads them ever closer to Håkon. She’s the key. But is it already too late? Will they make it in time to save Matthew's son? Or is the enemy already one step ahead of them?

PRIDE OF A VIKING
Book 5

Two men tore Erica’s world apart in another life. One was the man she loved and the other the enemy. Now both are back, and it’s up to her to make sure an ancient blood feud doesn’t destroy everyone she cares about. That means steering clear of her dragon mate. But sometimes memories are too strong and the past too powerful. Or so it seems when she slips back in time and ends up on an unexpected journey with a man she was determined to forget.

Having confronted who he once was and what he did in a previous life, Kodran Sigdir sets out to seek answers. He needs to better understand his part in an age old war and keep his distance from Erica. They should remain apart. Yet destiny seems to be drawing him back to her. How he once felt. All he gave up. Could things go differently this time? Or will the risk to their people be too great? Find out as Erica, Kodran and their kin go up against the enemy one last time in Pride of a Viking, the epic conclusion of Viking Ancestors’ Kin.

Available exclusively at Amazon. 

FREE in Kindle Unlimited!



Monday, December 18, 2017

A Kiss Sparks An Infamous Battle! Taken by a Highland Laird. #timetravel



Hello all! I hope you’re having a fabulous holiday season so far. I have lots going on including a brand new release as well as TWO CONTESTS! Not to mention, Taken by a Highland Laird is on book tour starting today. Join me for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Details at the end of this post

To celebrate my latest release, I’ve decided to host two contests. The first one is super easy. To enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, email me at Sky@SkyPurington.com or message me on Facebook and answer the following question: What is the title of Book 4 in The MacLomain Series: A New Beginning? The answer is located on my Website or in any of my previously published books. Contest ends December 31st, 2017. Email Subject Line: Holiday Contest.

The second contest requires a bit more investigating. To enter to win a $75 Amazon gift card, email me at Sky@SkyPurington.com or message me on Facebook and answer the following question: In Taken by a Highland Laird, why does Robert the Bruce hold a blade to Conall's throat and threaten to end his life? Contest ends January 31, 2018. Email Subject Line: Book Contest.

Now on to the latest...A new book release! Writing Conall and Lindsay’s story was a blast. As you might have guessed, bringing these two together was a wee bit more difficult than other couples. Both were stubborn and often made things difficult, but I didn’t give up on them. In the end, I don’t suppose they would’ve let me anyway. ;-) That’s all I’ll say for now, so I don’t give away too much. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed their journey and hope you do too!

Wishing everyone an amazing holiday and of course, a very Happy New Year! Xo ~Sky
 

Taken by a Highland Laird



The last thing Lindsay expects when she visits Milly’s home in New Hampshire is to be thrust back in time to thirteenth century Scotland days before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Worse yet, captured by the English. Using her wits and ability to wrap men around her little finger, she survives long enough to be rescued by a band of Scotsmen. One of them, a rigid Highland chieftain determined to protect his country, rarely lets her out of his sight. A man, as it turns out, who is immune to her allure…or so it seems.

From the moment Clan MacLomain decides to save Scotland’s history, Laird Conall Hamilton knows he needs to be part of it. What he does not foresee is a beautiful twenty-first century actress crossing his path. More so, that they end up caught in an obligatory kiss that sparks an infamous battle. A kiss, as Fate would have it, that takes them on an adventure through time to both the Action at Earnside Skirmish and the Action at Happrew.

Joining first Sir William Wallace then King Robert the Bruce, Conall and Lindsay end up on a journey that will leave neither unscathed. Though determined to keep each other at arm’s length, desire simmers, reeling them ever closer. Inner demons are faced as they navigate a powerful connection neither saw coming. A bond so intense and passionate that it might very well help them defeat the enemy and save a nation.


EXCERPT

“YOU COULD SLOW down some,” she muttered under her breath as none other than Laird Conall Hamilton yanked her through the woods toward Stirling Bridge less than an hour later.

“Not if they are to believe you are my prisoner,” he stated blandly, his hold on her wrist an unbreakable vice grip.

Naturally, ever the hero, he had volunteered to bait the English alongside her. At least six foot five with broad shoulders and endless muscles she was no match for him physically. But mentally? Time would tell. Lindsay sighed as she stumbled along and put up a believable struggle. The truth was, Conall was as smart as he was strong and that, amongst other things, was getting on her nerves.

Sure, being flung back in time to days before one of the most famous battles in Scottish history was daunting, but she had handled it. She had worked her magic on Hugh Cressingham then on John de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey. She had been what they needed her to be. But then that’s what she did for a living.

She acted, and she did so very well.

Again and again, over and over, no matter where she was.

“The bloody Sassenach are watching you, lass,” Conall muttered. “They want you back.”

“That’s what we’re counting on,” she reminded, nearly tripping on a root.

Fog drifted in thick waves through the damp, pine-scented forest, obscuring far more than she would like. It hid things from her. Kept something from her. Up until this point, she had been strong but something about that, not being able to see beyond the fog, sent shivers through her. A chill and dread that, of all things, had her clutching the ring in her pocket for comfort.

Guidance.

Protection.

But why would she feel that way?

Even as she shook her head against the idea, she slid the Claddagh ring on. Unfortunately, it didn’t affect her fear in the least. If anything, it made her feel more vulnerable. Or was it really the ring? She frowned as her eyes went to Conall.

“So what is your plan once we get close?” she said. “Because I thought I should be the one to put on the show since I am a professional actress and you’re ah…well, rather transparent.”

“I suspect you will put on a show,” he acknowledged, clearly not all that impressed as he pulled her along. “I’ll be curious to see how well you perform.”

Like Adlin and Bryce, he said ‘you’ instead of ‘ye’ when speaking with her. Evidently, it was how medieval MacLomains made it easier for twenty-first century women to understand them.

“So why are you so upset?” Lindsay arched her brows, about over his attitude given their current circumstances. “Might it be because I spent the night in William’s tent?”

Conall scowled. “Why would I care if you spent the night in his tent?”

Lindsay rolled her eyes. “Because you have been smitten with me since the night all of you saved me from the English.”

“Is that what you think?” His voice remained bland. “Or could you have misconstrued my vigilance in protecting a lass who tempts her own demise at every turn as affection?”

She dodged another root, growing more irritated by the moment. “So ending up in the enemy’s camp against my will was tempting my own demise?” She inhaled deeply at his gall. “Are you serious?”

“Ending up in Cressingham’s arms was tempting something,” he returned. “And God only knows what you were up to in the Earl’s tent.”

She narrowed her eyes at the back of his head. They might have met a few days ago, but this was the most he had ever spoken to her. Where she had hoped they might be able to speak sooner, now she was of the mind that he had spared her.

“Why don’t you say what’s really on your mind, Conall,” she said. “Because I highly doubt it has anything to do with me being in anyone’s arms but William’s—”

That’s all she managed to get out before he whipped her around and backed her up against a tree. Half a breath later his lips were on hers.





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