Reader Behind the Author-Dani Harper( US/INT. Giveaway)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Weeks AwesomeSauce Reader Behind the Author is
Dani Harper 
Author Of:

"There is nothing like the
moment you connect with a
reader! Nothing like the
response that you get when
what you have written touches
someone in some way.
It’s a moment in which your
work is almost a co-creation,
you and the reader joining
forces to make your words
live. That’s the absolute BEST
part of being a writer to me."
- Dani Harper

*Interview Time*

 A lot of times in books the girl has to choose between 2 guys, is there a book where you totally did not agree with her choice. Tell us who, and why.
Okay, Twilight falls right into this category. I felt from the beginning that Bella picked the wrong guy. I’m definitely Team Jacob – he was a much better fit for her.

 Where do you get your books from, buy them, library, or somewhere else?
I live on an island in Alaska and don’t get to leave it much. A chance to browse in a Barnes & Noble is rarer than a dwarf water buffalo. I enjoy a small selection of paperbacks from the supermarket magazine section but most of the time I use Amazon. And now that my kids got together and gave me a Kindle for my birthday this year, I’ve been downloading from Amazon almost exclusively. Caution:  it’s waaaaay too easy to download books to Kindle! My poor budget!

 What is the last book you read that you totally fell in love with?
The planets must have aligned recently because I just put three (count ‘em, THREE) great books by my 3 fav authors on my keeper shelf. I was reading Patricia Briggs’ RIVER MARKED, JR Ward’s LOVER MINE and Karen Chance’s HUNT THE MOON, finished them all within a week of each other. Wow, wow and wow!

 If you could meet an author alive or dead who would it be and what would you say?
I would say thank you to Stephen King for inspiring me to take my readers inside my characters’ heads. After I read one of his books, I know the character so well that it almost feels like everything in the book happened to ME!
I would also thank my fav authors, Karen Chance, JR Ward and Patricia Briggs, for inspiring me to keep improving as a writer and for demonstrating just how incredible a series can be.

If you could go on a girls night out with any 5 book characters who would you pick and why?
Frankly, I’d head out on the town with the gals from my own paranormal series. Birkie Peterson, the unflappable receptionist of the North Star Animal Hospital, has become one of my all-time favorite people. Her earthy good humor is a treat. Jessie Watson, purveyor of fine food by day and the wise alpha of the Changeling Pack by night, is someone I’d like to spend time with and learn from. Zoey and Jillian, heroines of Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream respectively, would be a lot of fun to hang out with. And Kenzie Macleod, heroine of my upcoming third book, Changeling Dawn, would round out the roster.

A book world you would love to live in?
You mean I’m not living in one now? I think I enjoy whatever book world I’m in at the moment, and it doesn’t matter if it’s been created by another author or if it’s one of my own --- the only criteria is that paranormal creatures must exist!

You have no new books at all to read and you really want to read, what book are you going to grab from your stash and do a reread?
Hmmmm, something from my keeper shelf…. I would read A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER by Kresley Cole, and maybe one of my old favorites, the Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts (DANCE UPON THE AIR, HEAVEN AND EARTH and FACE THE FIRE) The three heroines are witches and it’s a wonderful paranormal read!

Is there a book you think is amazing, yet not a lot of other people do or it’s just not very popular.
DUMA KEY by Stephen King is more than a great ghost story. I really love the way the hero grows and develops as he struggles to overcome his injuries both physical and mental from a horrific accident.
GREYWALKER by Kat Richardson is a series now, but I will never forget my delight over the very first book a few years back. The heroine, PI Harper Blaine, can see and talk to ghosts.
SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley. Now there’s a story that easily rivals Sookie Stackhouse’s adventures (in my opinion). Always wished for a sequel – or two or three or six….

What is the first book you fell in love with?
At what age? I fell in love with books regularly from the time I was big enough to carry them around! And I still do. I have to make special mention of the book that started me reading – and eventually writing – paranormal romance: I stumbled on an anthology called After Twilight and in it was a short by Christine Feehan. “Dark Dream” literally BLEW MY SOCKS OFF. (You mean you can mix the supernatural with romance? Really? And the paranormal critters can be the heroes? Sign me up!) I’ve had a torrid love affair with PNR and Urban Fantasy ever since.

 What book are you anxiously waiting to read?
I can hardly wait for the third installment of the Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance. I was SO impressed with the first two books, Midnight’s Daughter and Death’s Mistress. Believe it or not, I like this series even better than Chance’s Cassie Palmer series!!!  And that’s the highest praise I can give!

If you could trade places for the day with any book character who would you pick?
I would love to wear Kenzie Macleod’s shoes for a day. She’s the shapeshifter heroine of Changeling Dawn, Book 3 in my PNR series which comes out in December. I would truly like to have the ability to run as a wolf whenever I want to – I admire the power and the freedom of such a form, and the ability to experience nature as a participant instead of an observer. And it sure wouldn’t be a hardship to hang out with Josh Talarkoteen!

You have to fight in an epic battle to save the world, what 5 characters are you picking?
Okay, you may think this is odd, but I’d be WAY more comfortable fighting alongside people I know – which means some of the characters from my current Changeling series.
First one on my roster would be Birkie Peterson. She looks like a harmless little old gal but looks are deceiving. I think my readers will be surprised by what she can really do – and believe me, she really takes off the gloves in my upcoming release, Changeling Dawn! 
Second would be Jessie Watson, who is the Pack leader from my series. She is incredibly wise and a inspired strategist, plus she has a wellspring of serious magic in her arsenal.
Third would be Devlin Macleod. He’s  Culley’s twin and the serious one of the pair. He’s a brilliant physicist and his knowledge would be very handy in a crisis of global proportions.
Fourth would be James Macleod. As a human, he resembles a massive Viking warrior more than anything. As a white wolf, he’s probably the strongest of the Pack and certainly the most stealthy.
Fifth on my roster would be Connor Macleod, the hero of the first book, Changeling Moon. He’s a natural negotiator but don’t piss him off. He has a knack for assessing a situation and the muscle to take care of it when needed. 

Where is your favorite reading spot?
When I was a kid, my summer reading spot was somewhere out in the woods, either under a tree or in it! Nowadays, I like reading out on my back porch overlooking the woods.

This and That

Favorite Social Network?

Favorite Wild Animal?
Favorite Domestic Animal?
Pug (I’m owned by two pugs and they made me say that!)

Favorite TV Show?

Favorite Color?

Favorite Movie?
Secondhand Lions

Favorite Food?
Who needs food? Just gimme coffee. Really.

Day or Night?
Mornings are the most magical time of the day.

Summer or Winter?
Autumn is the best season of all! 

My PhotoI’m a newspaper editor turned paranormal author. There isn't anything I like better than exploring the supernatural -- unless it's writing romance. Of course, all of my stories have at least one foot in the netherworld... To find out more, please visit my website at

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And Thanks so much Dani for the awesome interview and for the awesome giveaway!

  • One US Winner
  • One International Winner
  • Each winner gets a signed copy of Changeling Dream  plus a Dani Harper book bag to put it in.
  • Also someone said some people can't see where to comment if you look right below share this on facebook and twitter (the Books) there is the place to comment. Its pretty simple I am not sure what more to say to show you! Unless you click this post directly its under the last comment. Thanks

"What's your all-time favorite PNR book or series?"
 Please Let me know if you are US or INT. That way I can randomly pick 2 winners much easier! 

Thanks Again Dani! Some my favorites are:

  • Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur
  • Succubus Series by Richelle Mead
  • Dark Swan Series by Richelle Mead
  • Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
  • Oh and pretty much every Stacey Kennedy Book! 

This is hard, I have a lot more but I think they are classified as UF. I get confused so just in case here are a few of those:

  • Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill
  • Fever Series by K.M.M
  • Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
  • Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs 
  • Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison 

Okay Sorry I will stop this now! lol. Don't get me started with books or else I could go all day!


  1. Thanks! I really love the night huntress series!

    chelle2006 @

  2. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    My favorite series is probably Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood by Charlaine Harris.

    I am International.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. Thanks you for this great giveaway and for opening it worldwide. You made my day ^^

    I have the problem to choose because i'm too are afraid some could be classified as UF.
    anyway my answer will be:
    the night huntress serie yes ^^ ( first place with mercy thompson serie and cassandra palmer serie serie^^)

    gfc: miki ( or perhaps i'm listed as isabelle frisch sorry i'm not sure)



  4. I can't pick a favorite PNR series, I love so many. But one the I just read this year that I love is Larissa Ione's Demonica series. I would greatly suggest this to anyone who has not read it. And it leads straight into her new Lords of Deliverance series, with the Demonica characters still being secondary characters. LOVE that!
    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. I think this question definitely can include Urban Fantasy --- and there are some GREAT series out there!

    I've just recently discovered Jeaniene Frost's Dark Huntress series. And I'm seriously in love with Bones!

  6. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Favourite PNR books or series, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward! Stuck on an island, all I need are those books. I would build a shrine to my dedication to them, but I think people would start questioning my sanity :P


  7. I have so many series I love.If I have to pick one it would be Midnight Breed series By Lara Adrian.

    This is a very difficult question by the way!! Kind of like asking who someones favorite child is:)


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  9. Robin Owen's isn't really known but she has a great series called The Summoning Series. Starts with Guardian of Honor and I highly recommend!

    Forgot my email sorry for deleting last post:

  10. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent.


    My ALLLLLLL-Time Favorite would be the Night Huntress series. Come on! Who wouldn't love Cat and Bones and the fact that their love is sooo strong that no one can come between them. Aside from that, I read it for Vlad and the epic fight scenes!

    My other fav PNR Books/Series are:

    * The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning (Even though I only read the first book, I know for sure I'll love it till the end!)
    * Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton (The series is so freaking long but helll! It keeps you entertained!)
    * The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward (Seriously! 8 or was it 9 hot vamps in equally steamy books! Who doesn't love that?)

    I'll shut up now. I went a little overboard with this comment. WONDERFUL interview. I love Supernatural as well! Thanks for the giveaway Ladies! <3

  12. My favorite would be Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Hi Dani. You are a new author for me and would love to win and read your book. I am also a Jacob fan.
    My favorite book series would have to be a 3-way tie between: Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, and JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I just found BDB. I read the first 4 books in about a week. I could not put the books done. I love Cat & Bones-they are so hot together. And love Anita because I am envious of all of her men. Who would not want that many men wanting her.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  14. All-time favourite PNR series?
    Gosh that's a tough choice to make!
    I would say the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton!
    This series is sort of the first one that really got me reading on and on without wanting to stop ^^
    Also I have to mention Julie Kenner's Blood Lily Chronicles.
    Haven't seen many people giving credit for this series but I really loved it!
    Not to sure if it's classified under PNR though :P

    Thanks for this giveaway!
    Dani Harper's Changeling series looks really interesting!
    (International entrant)

  15. My all time favorite is Christine Feehan's Dark Series. I've been hooked since Dark Prince in the early 90's. US

  16. I'd pick the BDB series by JR Ward, Fever series by KMMoning, ANd Brenda Joyce's Master of Time series. Hope that counts. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  17. Hi Dani

    Patricia Briggs Mercys series, Nalini Singh, Not the angel series,
    Tamara Siler Jones,
    Kelley Armstrong, Michelle Sagara, I could so many more down Carrie Vaughn but I must stop. Oh Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden. Thats it, not really but enough.

  18. Awesome giveaway!!!

    My favorite PNR series is IMMORTALS AFTER DARK.


  19. I to have blown my budget with my kindle, just ask my husband.
    I have 3 series I love and can't put one on top.
    Anita Blake series and Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
    Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward.
    (Us entrant)

  20. Thanks for the Giveaway!
    My favorite PNR series are;
    -Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
    -Dark-Hunter series/ The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    -Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
    -Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

    GFC Folloer; Sarah E. Cruz

  21. So far my favorite PNR is Kresley Coles IAD series. What can I say...I'm a sucker for Scottish wolfys named Bowen;) lol

    Thanks for the giveaway and the interview was awesome. Some day I am going to get to Alaska;)

    I'm in the US

  22. I don't have an overall favourite but topping the list of many are:

    Anita Blake series and Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
    Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
    Ghostwalkers and Leopard Series by Christine Feehan
    Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    international follower: ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  23. Oh and speaking of the interview- I think its so cool you live on an Island is Alaska, I'm jealous!

    And switching spots with Kenzie for the day would be fun and like you said getting Josh in the package would be bonus points.

    I also love my kindle! I never thought I would but its amazing.

    And Birkie would be a great person to have on your side. Especially after reading Changeling Dawn, you know she is a total bad ass!!! lol

  24. So many to choose from:

    Laurell Hamilton (Merry & Anita series)
    Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan series)
    JD Robb (Eve Dallas series)
    KMM (Highlander and Fever series)

    SO glad that I LOVE to read- there are some awesome books out there.

    GFC- Christine A.
    your1chef at aol dot com
    I am in the US

  25. Hi Dani, I have many PNR favorite series and many I am working my way through:

    J.D. Robb's In Death series
    J.R. Ward's BDB series
    Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series

    and for UF I love Karen Marie Moning's Fever series!!


  26. Living on an Alaskan island hasn't been all that much fun lately --- we've had two weeks of very high winds and high waves, epic rain and now snow. Probably going to stay inside until spring, LOL!

  27. I have to say it is Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series. She was the first paranormal author I read and I fell in love with this series. Partly because I served in the Marine Corps and could relate to a lot of what was going on. Great interview. I visited Alaska on a ten day cruise about three years ago and loved it.

  28. I have so many favorites, I love Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series, Laurell K. Hamelton's Anita Blake series, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series and I could go on. I have recently received Changeling Dream and really hope this one heads up the race for the favorites LOL Just stopped by to enjoy the post and share some luv:)


  29. Oh you lucky gal, Dani, to live in Alaska and write PNR for a living. Appreciate the questions and answers.

    My favorite PNR series are: Patricia Briggs both Mercy and Anna (fav is Mercy), Karen Chance both Dory and Cassie (I read Dory first and love her series better), Jeaniene Frost, and Kresley Cole's IAD. I couldn't limit myself and there are many more to be honest.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway opportunity.

  30. thanks for a great giveaway!!
    i have to many favorites but some are the shifter series by rachel vincent
    anita blake by laurell k hamilton
    the heku series by t m neilsen
    black dagger brotherhood by j r ward
    and i am loving the changeling series!!! there is so many great ones its hard to choose.
    i am from USA
    Janel Mullins

  31. I would have to say the Twilight series is my all time favorite. (Can't wait for the next movie *Squee*)

    BTW Awesome interview some of those questions were really hard and would have been almost impossible for me to answer.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at

  32. That is a hard choice :( I like so many. I'll narrow it down from present to past. 1. KMM-fever series 2. Gena Showalter-LOTU series 3. Kresley Cole's=IAD series. Ooh...I have to say Vampire Empire and the Chicagoland Vampire series. Damn...there's so many more. Thanks so much for another giveaway. This one is awesome. I can't believe she lives on an island in Alaska :( that sounds cold and quiet. I don't know if I could do that. Thanks again.

  33. Great giveaway, ty!

    One of my favs is Kate Douglas's Wolf tales who incidentally recommended Dani's books to me!


  34. first of all, thank you for this amazing giveaway! And smooches for making it international!!

    Hmmmm, my all-time fav PNR series?? Damn, that's a hard one...but I'd have to go with Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry Novels!


  35. OMG - it's hard to pick just one- there's quite a few good series out there. How about The series (By Suzanne McLeod) from Britain and for America it would be.... Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax, or Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom seris....oh, but then that leaves out Kate Daniels (by Ilona Andrews) or ...See? Very hard to pick just one. LOL

  36. Oh it is really hard to choose just one favorite. I love Riley Jenson and Sookie Stackhouse.


  37. I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong's work. Sassy heroines, sexy boys and fun times :P

    I'm an international! (Canada)

    GFC: Carissa St. Amand

  38. I have to choose? I would say JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I can't get enough of The Brothers. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

  39. Oh my there is so many.... Karen Marie Moning and Fever series or Kresley Cole! Thanks for the giveaway! : GFC Proserpine and i'm Int!


  40. My favorite PNR series would have to be The Southern Vampire Mysteries! I also enjoy the Anita Blake series but there's just something about Sookie Stackhouse lol

    ty for the entry!

    I follow you via GFC: Brandi Gilvaja or Mommy2Noah

  41. I enjoy so many of them, but I do enjoy the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    GFC follow as seriousreader


    seriousreader at live dot com

  42. I would say Frost's Night Huntress series or Arthur's Riley Jenson series.


  43. I would say the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Its awesome.

    thenarcissuslibrary at gmail dot com

  44. I see a lot of kindred spirits here! Can you imagine what a blast it would be if we were all in one room discussing our favorite books? Really enjoying the comments!!!

    Just have to mention that I agree with Sophia Rose -- I love the Dorina Basarab series even better than the Cassie Palmer one. I can't believe that the next book ("Fury's Kiss") won't be out until October of 2012! Don't know how I'm going to manage the wait!

    And Nicole Marie, you're right, Kate Douglas totally ROCKS!

  45. I love the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White
    I follow via GFC - Diana

  46. ooops, forgot to mention I'm in the USA.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  47. Hi Dani,

    My PNR favorite is Gena Showalter - Lotu series, Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunter series, Jeaniene Frost - Night Hunter series and Alexandra Ivy - Guardians of Eternity

    thanks for the giveaway


  48. Ok WOW that is a hard question I love so many different series.

    Succubus Series by Richelle Mead
    Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

    Maker's Song Series by Adrian Phoenix

    SOTM Series by Yasmine Galenorn

    Shifter Series by Rachel Vincent

    and the list could go on and on

    GFC Anna Dase



  49. Thanks for the international giveaway!

    My favourite PNR series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward! I'm in Canada.

    GFC Darlene
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  50. My favorite is Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
    I really enjoy Sookie's adventures.
    I love House of Night Series by P.C. Cast.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  51. My favorite paranormal series is the Evernight series

  52. Hard to pick just one favorite when I have so many. Some of my favorite series are the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews, The Hollow series by Kim Harrison and the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. Thanks for the giveaway!
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  53. I like Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (hard to pick up :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!



  54. I loved Twilight & the Sookie Stackhouse books. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria USA

    geschumann at live dot com

  55. For sure, the Hush Hush series, by Becca Fitzpatrick.

    Thank you for this giveaway. I'm INT, btw

    debora.prudencio (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite series is the Twilight series. Please enter me in contest.

  57. My favs:
    Fever series by KM Moning
    Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter, etc. series by Sherilyn Kenyon
    Dirk & Steele and the Maxine Kiss series by Marjorie M. Liu

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  58. I'm not sure I can narrow it down to just one series. But if I have to pick, I'd say say the darkhunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    gfc: Julianne
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  59. thanks for making this international!
    i like the Charlaine harris books! the one that is making the serie true blood!

  60. its kind of a toss up because I love the Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series but ia lso Love Joey hills book Beloved vampire and that series then theres of course this series thats awesome!


  61. LOVE Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter's, and Karen Marie Moning Fever series!

  62. What a great giveaway thank you very much! Hard to pick one of my favorites is Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead!
    GFC follower-latishajean

  63. I love the BDB series by J.R. Ward and the Dark Hunter series by Sherrylin Kenyon! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!
    GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado


  64. Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound (i've not read the others in the series yet) but then I'm quite new to PNR & hvn't read that many books/series yet.
    I'm an international reader.

  65. I love Karen Marie Moning Fever series♥
    I´m international :)

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  67. I am new to PNR and have only read the Twilight series. I am going to start reading this genre though as I LOVED the twilight books SO much!

    It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! So many of your followers have read so much, I feel so behind haha!

    I can't wait to read more of your posts and reviews!

  68. Oh..oops I forgot to say I am in the United States, Sorry.

    Thanks again!

  69. I like the Larissa Ione's Demonica series.
    Live in the USA.

  70. lovely interview! I like The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith it's so amazing :)

    USA, kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

  71. My Fave PNR series has to be the True Blood Series by Charlene Harris. Love them!


  72. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway. I'm in the US.

    My favorite PNR series is Shiloh Walker's The Hunters. She can't write new ones fast enough for me, so I keep re-reading the old ones.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  73. Love what you are doing with the blog man!


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