Sunday, December 27, 2015

Title Reveal

COMING IN 2016. Release date not available.

RISK is an extension of the Mageri series - a gift to my readers - and in the timeline of events, it will take place AFTER Shine (Final Mageri book). That means it is stuffed with spoilers, so if you have not read the Mageri series and have been on the fence about it, then you will need to do that prior to reading this book. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it will ruin the series experience and you'll miss out on the inside jokes and backstories. You can begin the series with STERLING, or pick up the first three books in the BOXED SET at a discount.

The Mageri Series follows one protagonist, but there's lots of romance, action, magic, and a story arc that builds to a crescendo. You will fall in love with these characters, so much so that two years later, my Mageri fans are eager for this release. If you love my Shifters, you're going to fall head over heels for my Chitahs and Mage.

RISK gives us more of Simon's story. Synopsis will come at a later date with the cover reveal. To stay on top of cover reveals and release date info, be sure you're a Dark subscriber:

Hannah greeted him at the door and soaked in his black outfit. “Well, well. If it isn’t grim death himself.”
He strode past her. “If it isn’t tyranny herself. How is the kingdom these days, Hannah? Still thriving beneath your cold wooden grip?”
The door slammed.
“Come with me.” Her voice reverberated off the walls.
“That’s what she said,” Simon quipped.

Get ready for laughs, adventure, secrets, and romance.
Wait, romance? And Simon? Well, you'll have to see how that turns out.
RISK is a full-length novel equivalent to the length of STERLING.


Disclaimer: This is not the actual cover, nor does it preview what the actual cover will look like.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Character Interview

Some fans posed questions to my characters in a fun event, but they had no idea I was collecting those questions to relay. I couldn't address them all, but selected the ones I thought would be interesting. So I called my characters and posed these questions for them to answer:

Warning: If you haven't read Mageri series, these contain spoilers. Big'uns.


You are a guest in Dannika’s writing cave, and have the chance to meet one of the characters, which one would it be and what 2 questions would you ask him/her?

I would like to speak with William. I have a million questions for him but mostly I would like to know how many bodies he has transported in the trunk of his car (lol) 

WILLIAM: Mustn't dwell on numbers. ;-)

My questions would be for Wheeler, and Denver. Wheeler will you please leave Naya and marry me lol Denver what is your favorite movie and why?

WHEELER: I'm flattered as hell that you asked that, sweetheart, but there's no way in hell I'm leaving my woman. She's too good to me.

DENVER:  Dumb and Dumber. It's like watching a documentary of my family.

Sunny - How things are going with Novice wink emoticon and if she has seen/heard from Kane

SUNNY:  Novis is an absolute doll, but he could loosen up a little. Kane is doing well and he sends his hello.

Lucian. Is it easier to feel like a part of the family now that the "family" is made up of so many diverse characters?

LUCIAN: There's never a dull moment.

Maybe Jericho. Asking him what his favorite song is apart from his own and how he feels as a responsible father 

JERICHO:  I'm going through an 80s phase right now and diggin' on Van Halen's OU812 Album. Fatherhood ROCKS.

I would love to talk to Logan Cross!!!! My two questions for him would be 1. Do you regret anything you have done to/for Silver? And depending on his answer 2. What would you change or would you change anything?

LOGAN: I regret nothing. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for my female, even if it involves my wearing a pair of roller skates.

I am wild about Christian.  I would ask how he could leave Silver when he did and what does he really feel about Logan in her life.

CHRISTIAN:  And I'm wild about you, lass. Silver no longer required my services, and a man has to get moving in life. I've got nothing to say either way about the big cat. It's a peculiar match, that one.


Silver do you miss your human life? What has been your biggest adjustment?

SILVER: Immortality is just a new chapter, but I don't miss my old life if going back would mean letting go of Logan and everything I have now. The biggest adjustment? Living with a man who purrs in his sleep. ;-)

Novis. What is his best advice for young people?

NOVIS:  Remember that each day of your life is not a gift to you, but a gift to others. Make it count.

OH THIS ONE IS EASY. Mr. Logan Cross for sure and my two question would be this, 1. Can he give my husband a few tips on how to love a woman

LOGAN: 1.)  Love a woman the way you would want to be loved, with an equal measure of respect for who she is as an equal. Treat her as you would a butterfly in your hands - tenderly and not to capture but admire.

So many things I like to know but think It would be justus. What is it like to be a father? And how are page and rose?

JUSTUS:   The greatest honor of my life is to father a child. They are doing well and resting beside me, although Page is the only one sleeping. Rose is poking out her tongue.

1. What is your favorite thing to bake?
2. What was the biggest adjustment you had to make after finding out that you are a shifter?

LEXI:  Cupcakes! You can do a million things with cupcake designs, and I have good memories of baking them with my mother. The biggest adjustment I had to make was learning to control my wolf so she wouldn't shift in public when I got emotional or angry.

Christian: Would he be my guard? Can I change your mind about loving on a human?

CHRISTIAN:  Aye, I adore humans! They make delicious cocktails ;-)

Austin Cole.....why blow up a car? And would you blow up a car for me? That was sexy as hell.

AUSTIN: Lexi hated that damn car. I wanted to show her I wasn't a man who was going to fix all her problems; I was going to give her a new life. A better life. And a better car.

I would love to meet ivy and ask how she fells being part of the weston family, and if she will keep in touch with her son

IVY:  My son lives in my heart and will always be a part of my life. Our spirits are joined, and no matter how often or how little I see him, we will always be together. The Weston pack is like a second home to me, but my first home will always be with Thunder Wolf.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thoughts on Six Months

It's been a while since I've written a blog post, so as I'm taking a break from edits, I'm reflecting on one particular book in the Seven Series.

Six Months.

This post will be spoilery, so if you haven't read the book, go check it out and then revisit this post. Otherwise, sit back. This could be a long one. I might do this every so often for different characters - just give you my take on things and what it was like to write them. :-)

It is probably the book with the harshest criticism against a female lead (Can't please them all, right?) and the most love toward a male lead. This makes for an interesting mix. I don't know that the opinion is that of the majority based on the overwhelming support for this book, but I think it speaks to how readers will relate to characters differently.  My intention is to create unique and different lives within this series - characters who have come from different backgrounds and how they react when faced with challenges.

I knew out of the gate April would be a tough one to write, as well as a woman readers could connect to. The book begins with her running from her fears and right into the middle of the storm - a nice little metaphor.  April is just 22, and at first, I wasn't sure what her story was. Why was she such a romantic and yet awkward around men? Why did she pour her life into the shop and not go out with friends?

April isn't dumb, and she comes from a life not many can relate to. I know people who have lived her life - who came from trailer homes, drug-addict parents, and who can never seem to get out of debt no matter how hard they try. She's a bright, sensitive girl who was set up for failure. Her father (her world) dies, and she's left in the care of her mother, who is a drug addict and prostitute. She and her sister are dumped off in the care of their grandmother, who was probably not in the best health to take care of two young girls in a small trailer. We also find out later she was abused by a stranger, which has left her with lasting anxiety about men. April has a nurturing spirit, and maybe because of that she's taken on more responsibilities, leaving her younger sister with none.

What was so dynamic about writing April was how resilient she was. That despite the adversities she faced, she wanted more for herself so she wouldn't become her mother's daughter. She was almost there until she realized she was in more debt than she first imagined. Many people who don't have money are often the least willing to take it. She's too proud to accept handouts and wants to make it on her own, dig herself out of her own mess and not drag anyone else down with her. It would be so easy to have the hero step in and pay all that debt, wouldn't it? As many romance novels as she reads, April doesn't want to be saved. Nor does she want to be in anyone's debt, although she winds up negotiating a deal in the end with Maddox that seems to mutually benefit them both, as each craved companionship in different ways - her needing a father figure.

After the first draft, I completely understood April, and part of that is based on personal experience and knowing that there are women like her who continue to struggle to make something of themselves, despite the cards they were dealt. She gives more love that she receives, and because of that, she doesn't want to risk damaging what few relationships she has. We all know how toxic money can be, how it can break apart friendships, marriages, and families. And she would definitely not want to put anyone in direct danger.

What I loved about Reno was how he saw this diamond in the rough. He wanted to show her that she could find happiness no matter what kind of life she lived; it was all about perspective. Reno was drawn to April because of her ambition, compassion, and stubborn heart. He saw how much love she possessed in how she spoke about her father and sister, how she cared for animals. And despite how she saw herself, all Reno saw in her was a purity few women possess. A woman who wanted to feel the same kind of love she gave, but not if it came with a price tag. Reno's a problem-solver who helps people and fixes things, including her own trailer. But April isn't something he can put a patch on and make better. He's even willing to let her go if it means her finding happiness.

Some of the decisions she made were out of fear, and as much as it might frustrate the reader, characters need to make mistakes to grow as a person and learn life lessons. I can probably think of a dozen mistakes I've made where going in, I knew it was a mistake. But I felt like at the time I had no options. Other times, I just hoped it would have a good outcome. To imagine all I've learned from the time that I myself was 22...

One of the best parts about writing this series has been the diversity. Each story has a subject matter that is relatable. Something you can grab on to and feel; perhaps something that changed your own path in life.

Of the published books to date, one of the most touching moments for me was Reno's act of helping April without her ever knowing. He understood what it meant to her because of the kind of person she was. He wanted her to feel love and to know she was a princess in his eyes. The trust that absolutely had to happen between these two in the bedroom was a key element in whether or not this relationship could survive. Reno is a selfless man who has lived his life doing the right thing. He's not perfect. He's got a touch of OCD, he can be stand-offish and brute, and while he's the eldest brother, he'll always fall second in rank. Then we find out about his own past with a certain woman and how he's always felt like less of a man because of it. April didn't look at him as though he were less of a man; she looked at him as if he were all the man she could ever hope for.

It's hard to ever choose favorite characters or books, but Six Months will always hold a special place in my heart for the gentle love that blossomed between two remarkable people from different worlds who were willing to accept each other without conditions, and to also share a private side of themselves  they had long kept guarded.These are two jagged souls with sharp and round corners who fit together perfectly.

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