"When I’m not writing" with Dani Harper + giveaway!

Dani Harper

I’m pleased to welcome Dani Harper to the blog today! She’s a fellow Canadian and the talented author of the Changeling series, which consists of CHANGELING MOON (a 2012 RITA finalist!), CHANGELING DREAM, and CHANGELING DAWN.

Find out what Dani does when she’s not hard at work and remember to stick around for the giveaway!

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When I’m not writing … I’m thinking about writing. Honest, my mind is like a hamster in a wheel 24-7, and most of that activity seems to revolve around current and future stories. And sometimes characters will just “show up” and start talking, even if I don’t even know them!

That doesn’t mean I don’t have things I love to do and wish I had more time for. Gardening, for instance. I love the smell of earth and I get as excited by the sight of bare earth waiting to be planted as I do over blank paper at Staples. They both generate that same humming thrill of POTENTIAL…

Dani Harper front porch

It doesn’t matter what I’m planting – I love it all. Trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, bodies… er, I mean bulbs. Watering, nurturing, weeding – both my pugs supervise the entire process, just as they do with all of my writing projects. My favorite perennials are my wolfsbane (really!), bleeding hearts, Sitka roses and irises.

Dani Harper writing spotDani Harper Toby the pug

We don’t have very much room in our present locale, but have pots, will plant flowers! It’s helped me create my very favorite place to read or write – our back porch. The pugs play with their toys or bask in the sun while I get out my Kindle or my laptop. I have several items from Mexico on the porch now and I often pretend that I’m writing at my favorite sidewalk café in Barra de Navidad again.

Dani Harper Barra Navidad
Barra de Navidad

Which brings me to another favorite activity – traveling. I don’t get to do it very often, but I love seeing new things, whether it’s in the next town, the next state or the next country! My hubby and I are both afflicted with an insatiable curiosity about EVERYTHING. On our last little trip we saw WWII aircraft, ancient cliff dwellings, museums, a giant meteor crater, Mexican wolves, cacti and casinos. It was all fascinating, and things like that help to inspire me as an author.

My experiences living in Alaska also inspire me, and I love hiking (especially with my pugs!), hunting and fishing. My mind tends to process everything in terms of settings, plots and characters, and files countless things away for future use in my stories.

Which brings me right back to the beginning … When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing!

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Thanks for visiting us, Dani! Your garden is gorgeous!

For more information about Dani and her books, check out her website or follow her Facebook and Twitter.

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Here’s the scoop on the Changeling series:

Dani Harper Changeling MoonHe roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything — until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.

As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw … and ultimate evil.

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Dani Harper Changeling DreamIn 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.

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Dani Harper Changeling DawnRun

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 shadowy research facility—as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own…

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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giveaway

Dani is generously offering one (1) signed copy of CHANGELING MOON (the first book in the series) and a tote bag to put it in for a lucky reader!

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Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favorite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

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186 comments on “"When I’m not writing" with Dani Harper + giveaway!

  1. Dani's a great author. I've only read Changeling Moon so far but Changeling Dream has been sitting on my shelves for far too long. I think it's time that I make time for it! Dani – What a beautiful garden you have! I'm jealous. I somehow manage to kill off even the hardiest of house plants so… I definitely don't have a green thumb!

  2. Dani's a great author. I've only read Changeling Moon so far but Changeling Dream has been sitting on my shelves for far too long. I think it's time that I make time for it! Dani – What a beautiful garden you have! I'm jealous. I somehow manage to kill off even the hardiest of house plants so… I definitely don't have a green thumb!

  3. What a beautiful garden! It looks like such a relaxing place to sit and read. I haven't read your books yet, but I'd love the opportunity.

  4. What a beautiful garden! It looks like such a relaxing place to sit and read. I haven't read your books yet, but I'd love the opportunity.

  5. I wish i could a garden like this but i only have one meter ^^;; but i love take care of the flowers and plants i've put in it or in box i'm feeling more alive whiledoing itthanks you a lot for the international giveaway

  6. I wish i could a garden like this but i only have one meter ^^;; but i love take care of the flowers and plants i've put in it or in box i'm feeling more alive whiledoing itthanks you a lot for the international giveaway

  7. I think I love your little dog. What a personality!I haven't picked up this series yet, but I have a huge weakness for werewolves, so it's only a matter of time. And it looks like the third one has archaeology in it? Even better! (I used to be an archaeologist.)

  8. I think I love your little dog. What a personality!I haven't picked up this series yet, but I have a huge weakness for werewolves, so it's only a matter of time. And it looks like the third one has archaeology in it? Even better! (I used to be an archaeologist.)

  9. Dani, I love your Pug! I have a Pug named Bella, though she is fawn color… they are such a delight and very loyal dogs. Beautiful garden as well. Do you draw inspiration from either???

  10. Dani, I love your Pug! I have a Pug named Bella, though she is fawn color… they are such a delight and very loyal dogs. Beautiful garden as well. Do you draw inspiration from either???

  11. This is a new author and series for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Love wolves and their stories. I am a big flower and flower garden fan. My husband used to do landscaping for a lawn care company and takes great pride in our yard. We pick out plants that last. Have quite a few large and small beds. Even have a salsa garden, a strawberry patch, and many other flowers. Around a couple of trees I have tons of bearded Iris'. Love tulips and lilacs. Have become a new fan of bleeding hearts, my daughter loves them.Thanks for the great giveaway.christinebails@yahoo.com

  12. This is a new author and series for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Love wolves and their stories. I am a big flower and flower garden fan. My husband used to do landscaping for a lawn care company and takes great pride in our yard. We pick out plants that last. Have quite a few large and small beds. Even have a salsa garden, a strawberry patch, and many other flowers. Around a couple of trees I have tons of bearded Iris'. Love tulips and lilacs. Have become a new fan of bleeding hearts, my daughter loves them.Thanks for the great giveaway.christinebails@yahoo.com

  13. Your patio is gorgeous! I too am jealous as I can't seem to keep thing growing for long, LOL. It has been my goal to get more into gardening, so I think you have inspired me today! Thanks for the giveway, I'd love to read this! lfacchini(at)tampabay.rr.com

  14. Your patio is gorgeous! I too am jealous as I can't seem to keep thing growing for long, LOL. It has been my goal to get more into gardening, so I think you have inspired me today! Thanks for the giveway, I'd love to read this! lfacchini(at)tampabay.rr.com

  15. Love the Patio! Gorgeous, I'm afraid I'm not one for gardening! I'm too afraid of worms, my brother, when I was younger, tried to cure me of the fear and made it worse instead!

  16. Love the Patio! Gorgeous, I'm afraid I'm not one for gardening! I'm too afraid of worms, my brother, when I was younger, tried to cure me of the fear and made it worse instead!

  17. I haven't read any of your series but they look like my kind of books. I loved reading about your gardening. I just got in from doing some planting. My cats help me, mostly by settling where I want to plant. Your pictures were great. Happy writing and gardening.

  18. I haven't read any of your series but they look like my kind of books. I loved reading about your gardening. I just got in from doing some planting. My cats help me, mostly by settling where I want to plant. Your pictures were great. Happy writing and gardening.

  19. I would love to do some serious travelling one day. I get a lot of my inspirations from books I read. For now I'll travel via them and in paranormals especially, they can be exciting places!

  20. I would love to do some serious travelling one day. I get a lot of my inspirations from books I read. For now I'll travel via them and in paranormals especially, they can be exciting places!

  21. Appreciate Giveaway ❤ Gives those like me, on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't normally afford…Look forward to losing myself in joining with 'The Changelings':Along their twisting adventures, magickal romance & journey throughout the paranormal world you've created…Oh & my last name 'Tala'..Even means 'Wolf', in Native American ;-}Had Done/Lived So Much, by 25yrs..Joke is Lived my Life upside Down!…Including:Traveled/Drove Cross County Numerous Times, but never got to stay in places really wanted to, long enough for me… Now Alone & Perm Disabled/Wheelchair-Bound, have my Memories, but must live thru adventures of others…So, really appreciated your sharing, of both pix & descriptions…)0( Warmest Blessings )0(*Paranormal Romances Are Magickal**Proud Paranormal Romance Addict*

  22. Appreciate Giveaway ❤ Gives those like me, on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't normally afford…Look forward to losing myself in joining with 'The Changelings':Along their twisting adventures, magickal romance & journey throughout the paranormal world you've created…Oh & my last name 'Tala'..Even means 'Wolf', in Native American ;-}Had Done/Lived So Much, by 25yrs..Joke is Lived my Life upside Down!…Including:Traveled/Drove Cross County Numerous Times, but never got to stay in places really wanted to, long enough for me… Now Alone & Perm Disabled/Wheelchair-Bound, have my Memories, but must live thru adventures of others…So, really appreciated your sharing, of both pix & descriptions…)0( Warmest Blessings )0(*Paranormal Romances Are Magickal**Proud Paranormal Romance Addict*

  23. oh my gosh…i love your garden..this is a beautiful garden…about danny harper,,i haven't read any your books,,but i love your cover…very beautiful…putting it in my TBR for your booksuccess for you danny..

  24. oh my gosh…i love your garden..this is a beautiful garden…about danny harper,,i haven't read any your books,,but i love your cover…very beautiful…putting it in my TBR for your booksuccess for you danny..

  25. I agree with everyone, you have a beautiful garden, I would love to have one like that, it's amazing, but well it doesn't work for me lol.thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I agree with everyone, you have a beautiful garden, I would love to have one like that, it's amazing, but well it doesn't work for me lol.thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Dani you must have an amazing green thumb. I've been struggling with making things look pretty in our yard, but I can't seem to remember to water things ofter enough haha.

  28. Dani you must have an amazing green thumb. I've been struggling with making things look pretty in our yard, but I can't seem to remember to water things ofter enough haha.

  29. Lovely blogpost Dani, thank you! I really admire your patio-garden, it looks very inviting. I am looking forward to reading your books soon. Thanks for the international give away.auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  30. Lovely blogpost Dani, thank you! I really admire your patio-garden, it looks very inviting. I am looking forward to reading your books soon. Thanks for the international give away.auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  31. I love being surrounded by flowers and plants — it makes me feel serene and I just might think better. So my porch is a great place for writing or reading.LOVE my pugs. Fiona and Toby are my assistants. I can honestly say I haven't written much without a pug close by!

  32. I love being surrounded by flowers and plants — it makes me feel serene and I just might think better. So my porch is a great place for writing or reading.LOVE my pugs. Fiona and Toby are my assistants. I can honestly say I haven't written much without a pug close by!

  33. Ooooo, lilacs! My Welsh gramma had a lilac hedge around her house that was close to 10 feet high. When they bloomed, it was heaven! Love your idea of a salsa garden – I may have to try that.

  34. Ooooo, lilacs! My Welsh gramma had a lilac hedge around her house that was close to 10 feet high. When they bloomed, it was heaven! Love your idea of a salsa garden – I may have to try that.

  35. Bedding plants make it easier if you're just beginning. If you read their tags and pick the ones suited to the light you have (full sun, part sun, shade, etc), they're fairly foolproof. Although I can still be surprised — had several pots of flowers last year that just did NOT grow. We had colder temps last year than normal and I think they didn't like it.

  36. Bedding plants make it easier if you're just beginning. If you read their tags and pick the ones suited to the light you have (full sun, part sun, shade, etc), they're fairly foolproof. Although I can still be surprised — had several pots of flowers last year that just did NOT grow. We had colder temps last year than normal and I think they didn't like it.

  37. There's a WWII aircraft museum in Arizona – I used to build model planes as a kid (really!) and a lot of my favorites were in the museum. It was exciting to be able to walk around them.

  38. There's a WWII aircraft museum in Arizona – I used to build model planes as a kid (really!) and a lot of my favorites were in the museum. It was exciting to be able to walk around them.

  39. Some of my neighbors raise those pink Stargazer Lilies — I've never seen a more gorgeous lily, and they're huge! In northern Canada, I had two sides of the house surrounded by big orange and yellow day lilies.

  40. Some of my neighbors raise those pink Stargazer Lilies — I've never seen a more gorgeous lily, and they're huge! In northern Canada, I had two sides of the house surrounded by big orange and yellow day lilies.

  41. My husband keeps me well away from any planting and plant care. I have been know to kill of cacti!!Still haven't read any of your changeling stories due to lack of funds 😦 *Is very miserable*ilonafelinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  42. My husband keeps me well away from any planting and plant care. I have been know to kill of cacti!!Still haven't read any of your changeling stories due to lack of funds 😦 *Is very miserable*ilonafelinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  43. Scrolling through the pictures, I thought that was my dog! I have a black pug too named Guinness, after the beer. lol Oh, I hear him snoring now! Does your dog snore?

  44. Scrolling through the pictures, I thought that was my dog! I have a black pug too named Guinness, after the beer. lol Oh, I hear him snoring now! Does your dog snore?

  45. Your back porch is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb. This series has been on my wishlist for quite a while, but I just moved the series to the top.Thanks for the post, excerpts and giveaway.e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  46. Your back porch is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb. This series has been on my wishlist for quite a while, but I just moved the series to the top.Thanks for the post, excerpts and giveaway.e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  47. Cacti can be tougher to grow than you think — I wouldn't feel bad about that. I understand the lack of funds too. Everyone's feeling the pinch these days.

  48. Cacti can be tougher to grow than you think — I wouldn't feel bad about that. I understand the lack of funds too. Everyone's feeling the pinch these days.

  49. Thanks! Most authors I know don't have a lot of spare time and most of us use it to read books! But in the summer, I just have to spend some time outside….

  50. Thanks! Most authors I know don't have a lot of spare time and most of us use it to read books! But in the summer, I just have to spend some time outside….

  51. What a beautiful patio and garden. My favorite reading place is my back patio and now I will have to covet yours 😉 Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us a little bit of you. I bought this ebook, but would love to have the beautiful physical copy to finish off my set. It is so beautiful.

  52. What a beautiful patio and garden. My favorite reading place is my back patio and now I will have to covet yours 😉 Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us a little bit of you. I bought this ebook, but would love to have the beautiful physical copy to finish off my set. It is so beautiful.

  53. Thanks Dani for showing us those gorgeous pictures of your garden 🙂 I have to admit I'm a bit envious..it must be lovely to have such a quiet and peaceful place for yourself.I hope to read the Changeling series soon 🙂

  54. Thanks Dani for showing us those gorgeous pictures of your garden 🙂 I have to admit I'm a bit envious..it must be lovely to have such a quiet and peaceful place for yourself.I hope to read the Changeling series soon 🙂

  55. Thanks for the post, ur garden is beautifull… i never read any your books, but looking forward to read.. thanks for the giveaway ^^sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

  56. Thanks for the post, ur garden is beautifull… i never read any your books, but looking forward to read.. thanks for the giveaway ^^sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

  57. Hi Dani! I'm love your porch garden. I used to have a serious 50ftx50ft vegetable and flower garden, but alas, my old knees have changed my mind on that! I do grow some flowers and herbs. I've only read the first of the Changeling series but hope to get caught up soon! Thank you Tynga, for bringing us this great post.

  58. Hi Dani! I'm love your porch garden. I used to have a serious 50ftx50ft vegetable and flower garden, but alas, my old knees have changed my mind on that! I do grow some flowers and herbs. I've only read the first of the Changeling series but hope to get caught up soon! Thank you Tynga, for bringing us this great post.

  59. I like the covers!Also, Dani can come plant some flowers at my house! We need some color and curb appeal. We're actually planning to do that this weekend and while I know I'll like the outcome I don't enjoy speading money or working outside for that matter! Oh well, it'll be nice and it'll be worth it in the end.

  60. I like the covers!Also, Dani can come plant some flowers at my house! We need some color and curb appeal. We're actually planning to do that this weekend and while I know I'll like the outcome I don't enjoy speading money or working outside for that matter! Oh well, it'll be nice and it'll be worth it in the end.

  61. Honestly, Dani, that garden takes my breath away. I love traveling too, but oh my! Don't think I'd ever want to leave. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  62. I have a small garden on my front porch but realy want to vamp up the backyard but Im not a "earthy" person so I have no clue what to do lol and I so agree on the traveling thing if I had the means to do so I would travel all the time : )

  63. Yards are harder to plan because it's such a big canvas. My sister and mom are fabulous gardeners, and they focus on small groupings — everywhere that you look, you should see a complete picture. Myself, I have to look at magazines or online until I see something I like!

  64. Yards are harder to plan because it's such a big canvas. My sister and mom are fabulous gardeners, and they focus on small groupings — everywhere that you look, you should see a complete picture. Myself, I have to look at magazines or online until I see something I like!

  65. OK, you really did inspire me, LOL! We ripped out the unsightly stuff in front of our house and are redoing it! I'm going to get some pots for the back and some herbs too. We live in a hot climate, I just need to be vigilant on watering.

  66. OK, you really did inspire me, LOL! We ripped out the unsightly stuff in front of our house and are redoing it! I'm going to get some pots for the back and some herbs too. We live in a hot climate, I just need to be vigilant on watering.

  67. I cant believe i havent heard of your series before now it sounds amazing, if i dont win the contest i will definitely be getting this/these novels and reviewing them. Those covers are beautiful!!!!

  68. I cant believe i havent heard of your series before now it sounds amazing, if i dont win the contest i will definitely be getting this/these novels and reviewing them. Those covers are beautiful!!!!

  69. Traveling! That's awesome. I know most people love to travel, but still. I've never been to Alaska, or a lot of the other places you mentioned. I've mostly been to Europe. There are so many places I want to go.I also love the covers. They remind me a little bit of Kelley Armstrong's first YA series, with the focus on the necklace. Can I say how much I want that necklace. It's so pretty!

  70. Traveling! That's awesome. I know most people love to travel, but still. I've never been to Alaska, or a lot of the other places you mentioned. I've mostly been to Europe. There are so many places I want to go.I also love the covers. They remind me a little bit of Kelley Armstrong's first YA series, with the focus on the necklace. Can I say how much I want that necklace. It's so pretty!

  71. i have to say, i would love to go on vacation with you guys!! sounds like you have a blast!!have you ever considered birdwatching?? with your garden it would go hand in hand!!

  72. i have to say, i would love to go on vacation with you guys!! sounds like you have a blast!!have you ever considered birdwatching?? with your garden it would go hand in hand!!

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