Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: Charming

Coming December 8, 2015.
After seven hundred years, Prince has acquired everything a Packmaster could desire. But when he meets the enchanting Nadia Kozlov, he realizes there’s one thing he doesn’t have: answers. Prince owes his life to a man he hasn’t seen in centuries, and Nadia holds the key to his whereabouts, because that man is her father.

Destinies collide when Nadia’s sister shows up unexpectedly. Katarina is a skilled bounty hunter, hot on the trail of a nefarious outlaw who turns out to be Prince’s old nemesis. Prince teams up with Nadia’s sister to track down the Mage, but the real game of cat and mouse is already underway as sparks fly between Prince and the cunning bounty hunter.


The only trouble? Nadia wants him too.


In the Seven series timeline, this novel is 6.5, but it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.


"Most men can only handle me in small doses."


Preorder available only at the retailers below.
This book will be available for purchase on December 8th at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo. Preorders are limited to specific retailers. Audiobook release date will be announced soon. You can check this website or Tantor Media for updates.

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You can read CHARMING as a stand-alone, but this is a great time to check out the Seven Series if you haven't started yet. 

 

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.

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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.









Monday, September 7, 2015

Another Q&A

Search my website for Q&A and you might find more. I periodically open up questions from my readers and select the ones I can answer (for obvious spoiler reasons, I can't address them all). I also skipped a few that didn't have enough additional information, so I couldn't write a proper answer.

So here is a collection of recent questions. Please note there could be spoilery answers to books that are already published, mostly the Seven series and Two Minutes. So read at your own peril.

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Enjoy!



Q: Did you always know the direction you'd take his [Prince's] character or the writing just took you that way? Can you elaborate on your thought process, writing his personality in the earlier books and in Two Minutes?


A:  People are complex. I've known people for years who still manage to surprise me when I learn more about their beliefs, or see the decisions they make in life that seemed to contradict what they used to say. Prince is an ancient, and by ancient, I don't mean he's just a couple hundred years old. He's been around since the Medieval period, and there are many things we don't understand about his life, his experiences, his family, and his culture.

It's easy to make a blanket judgement on someone (good or bad) because of something they say or how they behave. When we take the time to dig, we often learn more about what makes a person tick. Many of my characters have proved with the continuing series that there are many layers to them. Lorenzo is a good example of this. How we saw him in the beginning made more sense when we dug deeper into his story. Even Wheeler came across as fairly harmless, but then we learned about his dark past and what he's capable of. We're not seeing a different side to Prince in Two Minutes; we're getting to know a little more about him than what we'd already seen. But do we see it all?

I absolutely love writing complex characters. We're onions, people. Layers and layers of complexity. :)



Q: Where did Lexi put the pie?

A: Only Lexi knows. ;-)




Q: Did you know since the first book where she put the diamonds? Or did it take time for that to develop with you?

A: No. Writing is magic. Sometimes I find myself writing details that seem important, yet don't make sense in the moment. But as the series evolves, pieces fall into place as if it were meant to be. In some cases I'm able to pre-plan a lot of my breadcrumbs, but this is one instance where the idea came to me when I hit Three Hours.



Q: What happened to the little boy? His dad didn't kill him too did he?/Did Denver mate Cora?


A: Writing about a child's death is not something I take lightly, nor something I wanted to go into detail on when it's not necessary to the story. It was a tragic part of Denver's past and I think he was more sensitive to the death of the child than Cora herself, only because the boy was an innocent. Because of the fire, Denver will never know the details of exactly how the boy died - if he suffered - and perhaps that pains him most. Denver did not mate with Cora. He had an unrequited love.




 Q:  Is the Seven World Novel different from One Second? Just wanting to clarify..also if they are not the same thing. Is Seven World Novel a novel or a novella??


A: Yes, it is a different story. Charming is a spin-off from the series involving one or more characters, but does not fall within the series. It is a NOVEL! :-D Yay. It is not as long as the other novels, but it is classified as such because the word count is over 50K. It was meant to be a novella, but the story just kept going.



Q: Why was Denver waiting outside when the rest of the mates crashed girls night?

A:  It was a girls' night out, so the men were supposed to stay away. Unlike the other men who had no problem going in and stirring up trouble, Denver probably didn't want to push things and upset her, especially with their relationship still being so new. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be hanging around, just in case she needed him. He's still new at the whole relationship game, and you can see that even after he claims her, he struggles. Most of that is internal stuff he's still dealing with.



QIn Three Hours, Melody is three and a half, Izzy is pregnant with the boys, and Maizy turns eleven. If Maizy turns twenty-four in Two Minutes, how would that make Melody fourteen and the boys ten or eleven? The math doesn't add up.

A: I'm actually one year off. Maizy's comment about her age in Two minutes was referring to her upcoming bday. Basically the kids' ages are all correct but I was one off with Maizy. The book was recently updated. Adding kids to any book can make ages very tricky, especially depending on the time of the year. Most authors I know (even JR Ward) has made reference to how difficult a series becomes the longer it gets because of timelines, ages, facts, etc. I have a series bible and also keep track of crossovers, and that's what reason I've made mention that I don't want to get too heavy with crossovers because of the risk I could forget something factual from a book published 3 years ago and write something incorrect. o.O




Q:  Is Denver's wolf crazy because he killed Cora's husband in human form and the wolf got no satisfaction or is there another reason all together?

A: Partly. Wolves have different personalities, and there was always a bit of wildness in Denver from the beginning. Maybe that's what makes him such a fierce watchdog. But that's one piece of his past that made his wolf dangerous. It also explains why he was protective of Maizy from the beginning, even if he seemed the least likely to take on such a responsibility.




Q:  I think it would be fun seeing a Sweet Treats Bakery or even a Weston pack recipe book. Have you ever considered doing something like that?

A: Ha. That would imply I know how to cook. :) 




Q:  Was the deer in the road that caused the accident a shifter?

A: No. It's not uncommon for deer to dart in the road in rural areas where there are deer. I've almost done it a time or two when visiting family in Oklahoma.




Q: Was the mage Simon? / Did Simon leave the chess piece at the grave site?

A: Yes.



Q: How did you choose that snack item for the after-shift-craving-food for Maizy? Do you like cheese puffs? Wait, is that Denver's craving or hush puppies?

A:  Denver craves hush puppies and Maizy craves the cheese puffs. For non-Americans, hush puppies are essentially deep-fried cornmeal mix (cornbread) that's seasoned. Cheese puffs come in a bag and are like "crisps" - long thick crunchy snacks coated in bright orange, and probably fake, cheese. I usually am random with the food selections since their craving can be anything. Sometimes a Shifter will crave something they've never eaten before, and they might go many years until they find out what it is. In most cases it's likely something they've eaten before. I don't eat cheese puffs, although I used to have a friend who always had them in her house when we were kids and we'd sometimes snack on them during sleepovers.



Q:  Do you ever have characters that you dislike? Even hate having to write about them? If so who, and what kept you from deleting them from the book?

A: In a strange way, I like all my characters. Not always with fondness or affection, but in the sense that a writer should find a character compelling or interesting enough that they want to write them into the story, no matter how villainous they might be.




Q:  Were you referencing a real movie with the dragon flick or was it a metaphor for her fairytale obsession?

A: Yes. Dragonslayer [1981]. Nothing in the book would ever hint to that, but that's the movie I had in my mind.




Q:Will Sparty get his own spin off series ?

A: Isn't he awesome? I really loved writing that crazy cat into this book. With the years having passed, it made sense that Naya would have lost her first cat, but that wouldn't stop her from saving another kitty. The thing is, Denver was always seen as the comical character in previous books, and most often his scenes were the ones that lightened things up. But in Two Minutes, we learn more about Denver, and that means the tone has to shift to a more serious ones - sometimes dark. To offset that, the story needed some comic relief to balance things out. That's where Sparty comes in, and he does it swimmingly.



 Q:did you ever have any point in your writing where the story just wasn't flowing or going in the direction you didn't want it to go, and make you nuke part or the whole thing to start over? (Like writing yourself into a corner)

A:  I don't have writer's block, but I do get "plot block." It happens when you're writing a book and something isn't flowing right. Usually it has to do with the direction you took the plot. Four Days was the only book I struggled with because initially that book was supposed to be Wheeler and Naya's story, but that wasn't happening. After around 30K words written, I had to make the decision to put it aside because they weren't ready. Things happen for a reason.

Some stories are never meant to be told. Many writers have books they've started but never finished. Sometimes the idea is there but it just doesn't work in print. You can force it, and who knows, maybe it'll work out. But I believe in going with my gut. Sometimes if I get "plot block" I'll backtrack a little and rework previous scenes; other times I need more direction within each scene. I have a few books I've never finished. Maybe I will someday, because there are instances where a project simply needs to marinate.



Q: at what point did you decide you had to write Charming?

A: I don't know the exact moment, but I'm thinking around Naya's book probably. Typically the deeper in a series I go, the more ideas are fleshed out.



Q: crossing over characters in your stories, is it a planned thing or usually an "a-ha! I can insert this character here and it will be awesome" spurt of the moment thing?

 A: I never plan crossovers because it doesn't always work or flow natural, and additionally I don't want to get too deep into inserting so many of these that I lose track over the course of my publications. I didn't know until I began writing Ivy and Lorenzo's story that there will be an opportunity, but I seem to recall it hitting me like a train one day and the whole thing made sense. Knowing the outcome not only added to her story, but it was an opportunity to enrich a Mageri story that I had always foreseen. As you know from reading Shine, there are mentions by a certain character about the possibilities. I always saw them going that route eventually, and so it seems like it was meant to be.




Updates

CLOSER will be coming to audio. I don't have a release date just yet, but this novella is a Mageri spinoff. It focuses around a character "mentioned" in the Mageri series, and is not meant to follow SHINE in the timeline. It was published halfway through the series and makes more sense to read it before SHINE. However, because it's a stand alone, you can easily enjoy this book without having read the Mageri series and it will give no spoilers.

Closer also recently got a cover makeover, just in case you didn't recognize it. If you haven't yet read it, I think you might enjoy this unlikely romance where two strangers save each other.

Read more Here








CHARMING (A Seven world Novel) will have its cover reveal on OCTOBER 1. The new cover will be displayed here on my website, as well as my newsletter and other social media sites. Included will be the synopsis and release date. Charming will also be published in audio format, although the publication date for audio might not be the same as the ebook. Charming is a "can't miss" extension of the Seven series, but it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. So if you have any friends who haven't read the Seven series, this will be a great way to get them hooked.


ONE SECOND (Seven Series Book #7) is still in development. No release date is scheduled at this time, and it will be the final book in the Seven series. It will also be the biggest book in the seven series. To compare, it's about the size of either Gravity or Shine - the largest books in the Mageri series. One Second will also be published in audio format, although the publication date for audio might not be the same as the ebook. Cover reveal and synopsis will occur at a later date.

UNTITLED (Mageri World Novel) is still in development. No release date is scheduled at this time, and cover reveal/synopsis will occur at a later time. This is a Mageri side world novel filled to the brim with Mageri spoilers. This is not a book you want to read BEFORE the mageri series! If you haven't yet tackled the Mageri series, there are only five books in the completed set.  Read more here


Just a reminder that all my books take place in the same universe. 
Not all books may have crossovers, but because there is that possibility, it makes it enjoyable to read them all. Mageri fans who have NOT read the Seven Series have missed out on an epic crossover with a major revelation!  If you want to read more about the suggested reading order, GO HERE. I have a lot of readers who say they wished they had read the Mageri series before the Seven series, but I neatly tucked the crossover in there in such a way that it's still possible you might not make the connection. It's not a huge Mageri spoiler since you still won't know what to expect with that series. Also, for Seven Series fans who are all about the romance and don't get that feel after reading the first Mageri book, KEEP GOING! I promise you that it will be worth it. You cannot miss out on the epic romance(s) within that series.

Additionally, my next planned Urban Fantasy series will include a Mageri character, Christian Poe. So that makes it extra fun for those who have read the series.


If you would like to show your support for these books, please consider writing up a quick review for the first book in the series, where it all began. Tell readers why they need to check these stories out. Let's make our world even larger, and who knows, with enough eyeballs on these books, they might someday become a TV series or movie.

WRITE A SEVEN YEARS REVIEW HERE

WRITE A STERLING REVIEW HERE




Happy reading ~


Caught up on all my books and want some fantasy recommendations?

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

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1. MIDNIGHT BREED by Lara Adrian











2. BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by JR Ward











3. DARK HUNTERS by Sherrilyn Kenyon











4. IMMORTALS AFTER DARK by Kresley Cole











5. LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD by Gena Showalter











6. FEVER SERIES by Karen Marie Moning










7. DEMONICA by Larissa Ione










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URBAN FANTASY
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1. CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES by Chloe Neill










2. NIGHT HUNTRESS by Jeaniene Frost










3. MERCY THOMPSON by Patricia Briggs











4. THE HOLLOWS by Kim Harrison











5. MAKER'S SONG by Adrian Phoenix










6. CAL LEANDROS by Rob Thurman










7. DRUID CHRONICLES by Kevin Hearne












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STAND ALONE 

1. SUNSHINE by Robert McKinley

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Next Book Info

TITLE REVEAL

The next book release will be a Seven World Novel. In the Seven Series timeline it falls between Two Minutes and One Second, but it can be read as a stand-alone. This was intended to be a novella, but the word count went over and now it's a short novel (I say short only by my standards since I write over 100,000 per novel, which is above average for my genres) This novel is packed full of story, so I can't wait for you to sink your teeth into it.


Add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf here.

I'm currently working on the cover reveal as well as the synopsis that will be released with the cover, so you'll find out more soon, including release date.

Until then, here is the title reveal. Let your mind run wild...