Changeling Dawn Excerpt and Giveaway

Friday, January 13, 2012
Today I am really excited to have Dani Harper sharing with us Changeling Dawn and offering a giveaway. I am in love with this series. Dani Harper brings out something amazing in the books she writes, its truly unique and not like most paranormal romances. Maybe the one word I would use is "PASSION" you can obviously see the passion she has in her writing from every word in her stories from the town they live in to the amazing characters. Also all 3 books the Macleod characters have an amazing passion for the things they do whether it be taking care of animals, farming or researching. If you haven't yet you really need to open up one of these books. Changeling Dawn is my favorite so far in the series so I am super excited now to pass this post over to Dani and have you guys get a chance to read it.


Never judge a man by his species…
I have a passion for wolfen shapeshifters, and my new series revolves around a family of them, the Macleods. Driven from Scotland when wolves were being exterminated there, they found sanctuary in the wilds of northern Canada. They call themselves Changelings, and they’re extremely long-lived. An entire community has sprung up around the family, allowing the formation of a formidable Pack. Changeling Moon focuses on Connor Macleod. Changeling Dream is about James Macleod, the oldest of the siblings. And my new release, Changeling Dawn is about the youngest Macleod, Kenzie. Here’s the blurb:

Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding the fact that she's a werewolf. 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. An isolated archaeological 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...

I feel that Changeling Dawn is my best story yet, and I’m so EXCITED to share it with my readers! 

Excerpt from Dani Harper’s CHANGELING DAWN:
JOSH never saw it coming. One moment he was studying the ground, the next he was lying on it, looking into the long, sharp teeth of a seriously pissed-off wolf. Its storm gray pelt suited its snarling demeanor, but the size . . . Jesus Christ, he’d never seen a wolf this big in his whole life and never from this vantage point. The enormous front paws pressed down on his chest, making it difficult to draw air, and its breath was hot on his face. His fingers inched toward his service revolver, flipped open the holster—and stopped as he got a good look at the creature’s unusual eyes.
The teeth snapped together inches from his face with a sound that chilled his blood and the wolf sprang away. It turned and growled at him as he slowly got to his feet. “What? What the hell’s wrong with you? Quit that.” He took a step toward the wolf but stopped as the growling got louder. Christ, it was like being in a horror movie— didn’t she recognize him? He hoped like hell she was in control of her animal side.
Suddenly an icy breeze sliced through the summer heat and his skin prickled. Kenzie stood where the wolf had been. Tiny blue sparks winked out on the ground around her and he caught a whiff of ozone, as if lightning had struck nearby. One look at her eyes, the color of thunderclouds threatening to spawn a tornado, let him know that her wolf was still present. He elected to treat her as a wolf and stood dead still, his body slightly sideways to appear nonthreatening.
“Kenzie,” he said, more calmly than he felt. “Tell me what happened here.”
“What happened? Anya’s gone and I can’t find any sign of her that isn’t at least a day old.” Her voice was raspy, and he wondered if she’d been crying, or if it was a side-effect of shapeshifting. “She must be so scared. And I don’t think Stanton’s with her.”
His insides clenched at that. “I’m sure you’ve covered every inch of this place. What else did you find?”
“Too much.” Her face was pale and she rubbed the back of her neck as if she had a headache. “And not enough. I don’t know which way they went, I don’t know if Anya’s with them. I can’t even track them out of the damn clearing.”
“Let me help. I was reading a trail when I was six, maybe I can help sort it out.”
He walked toward her now,wanting to comfort her, but as he reached out she stepped back and the anger flashed in her eyes again.“Don’t. I don’t want you to touch me.”
Ouch, he thought. “Okay. Is it you or your wolf talking?”
“This all went too fast, just too fast—you’re getting the wrong idea.”
He didn’t like where this was going. “Well, way too late for that. What the hell’s up with you?”
“Look, it was a memorable night, we had a lot of fun, and that’s all. That’s it.”
“That’s it?” He stared at her, unable to believe what he was hearing. “What, you want us to just shake hands and walk away or something?”
“Yeah, we should be smart and do exactly that. No harm, no foul.”
No harm? An invisible knife had just sliced through him, virtual guts were spilling out everywhere, and it was tough to draw a breath.“We’re both worried about Anya but we should be pulling together, not pulling apart. What the bloody hell are you afraid of, Kenzie?”
“Nothing, I just think it best that we don’t—”
“No, not we. You think it’s best that you don’t get involved with a human. That’s what this is all about, isn’t it? Last night was more than just simple fun, a helluva lot more, and you damn well know it.  We made a connection and now you’re scared spitless. All because of something that happened to you a fucking century ago. And yeah, it was bad and it’s wrong that it happened to you, but you’ve judged most of the people on this planet by it ever since. Including me.”
“Don’t you say that to me. Not now, not with Anya missing.”
“I don’t think Anya has a thing to do with it. You’re using her disappearance as a goddamn excuse to blow me off. Because you’re scared.”
“I’m not scared!”
He paced, needing to channel his frustration before he grabbed her and shook her.“Not of some things, that’s for sure.You’ve got a lot of courage and a lot of strength. You have to, in order to spend years digging in the dust for any tiny clue that might protect your family and your people. For chrissakes, Kenzie, you’re preparing to stand the entire world on its ear with your work. Why can’t you find the courage to give us a chance?”
“Don’t you understand? There’s no us, there can’t be.”
He stopped in front of her and looked her in the eye. “Why the hell not? Give me one good reason.”
Her lips pressed together until they were almost white. When she spoke again, her words were sharp and clipped. “I don’t love you and I don’t want you. I was curious and now I know. I need a mate of my own kind.”
The invisible knife finished carving his heart from his chest, and he stepped back. “That’s plain enough. But Anya’s missing and she needs help. So we’re going to work together until we find her. And then we’ll talk.” At least that’s what he thought he said. Tough to be sure when it was hard to get the words out and when it cost him even more to make them calm and steady. He didn’t believe what Kenzie had said, didn’t believe for a moment that she didn’t have feelings for him, yet he still felt like he’d been gutted. Funny how there was no blood on the ground— with this kind of pain, there sure as hell should be.
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I love giveaways and I have one for the Awesomesauce readers today. Leave me a comment telling me the title and author of one of your favorite paranormal romance or urban fantasy books from 2011 PLUS an email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll draw a name from the comments on January 21st. Prize is a signed copy of Changeling Dawn and a Dani Harper tote bag to put it in! Open to US, UK and Canada. 

PS – as a favor, I could really use more Twitter followers and Facebook fans! No prize for that, just my undying gratitude!
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  1. sad i'm not in the coutries open to the giveaway...why not open to europe instead of just UK?

  2. Favorite book of 2011 is Sprider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep (Urban Fantasy).

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. One of my favorite books of 2011, Soul Reborn by Jean Murray. It's one of those books that sneaks up on you! You never expect what's coming from the beginning of the book and WHAM! Twists and turns and romance and....well, I don't want to give everything away. She's a new author and I won her book in a giveaway and it blew me away.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and Changeling Dawn sounds FAB!

    blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

  4. One of my favorites that came out in 2011 was Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. My favorite was That Old Black Magic by Michelle Rowen and also Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Changeling Dream by Dani Harper

    Thanks for the giveaway

  7. Hi! One of my fav PNR book this year was Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall! Thanks for this giveaway!


  8. Please count me in =) I'd love to win this book. I have the beautiful bag already =) I'll have to say I have many books I loved but if I narrow it down I'd go with Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. Barrons is forever in my head...she did an amazing job coming up with his character. I love paranormal books...I hope the genre never mellows's my only escape ;) Thanks
    I now am a twitter follower of Dani as Tanya1224

  9. One of my favorites last year was Falke's Captive by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Layle. Changeling Dawn sounds great!
    Already following on twitter, facebook and friends on Goodreads.

    debr97 at yahoo dot com

  10. I love the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

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  12. This would make me a great birthday since it's this Sunday; I've read the first 2 books in the series already. I read a lot of shifter books.

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  13. As a lover a shifter fiction, I can say that without a doubt that Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream were two of my most favorite reads of 2011. I was lucky enough to be able to read them back to back, double the pleasure and double the fun.
    Dani, I stalk you all over the web, twitter, Fb and your blog. I don't want to miss any news.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  14. My favourite of 2011 was hard to choose but Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born Of Shadows was my final choice of #1 :D
    Close seconds were, The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones, Aftermath by Ann Aguirre, Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and Master of Shadows by Angela Knight.

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  15. Alexandra Ivy's Guardian's of Eternity series and Dani Harper's Changeling Moon. Two great discoveries for me this year. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  16. I loved Magic Slayer by Ilona Andrews. Curran is quite the hottie - Rawr!

    I'm also a follower of Dani's on Twitter (RebeLovesBooks).

    1. Eek! Magic SLAYS, not Slayer. Darn autocorrect!

  17. Craved by Stephanie Nelson, the book was amazing!

  18. As I can't pick one I'll say the first I though of xP I'm going with Kim Harrison's 'Pale Demon' I really loved how this book showed more of Trent. I love him... ._.;
    Thanks :D Love these books

  19. Oh that excerpt just played on my emotions! I love the premise of this book with the hero being the human and the heroine being the shifter. I will love reading this series.

    I read several last year that got my attention, but the ones that stuck with me the longest were 'Dreams of a Dark Warrior' by Kresley Cole and 'Shadowfever' by Karen Marie Moning.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for the post/excerpt. I already follow Dani's blog and on FB.

  20. I just started The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill, so I would say the first book, Some Girls Bite!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  21. A favorite was Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
    Thanks for the giveaway

  22. I read a lot of fantastic books this year, but I'll choose Jennifer Estep's Spider's Revenge. It was definitely awesome.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  23. Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. I would have to go with Larissa Ione's ETERNAL RIDER. It was the first of her books that I read and I fell in love with her stories.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. I have MANY favorite authors of Paranormal Romance. I guess If I had to pick just one...ugh I guess it would have to be an new Author I have fell in love with. H.P. Mallory. She is AWESOME & has 2 series actually. Jolie Wilkins (witch) and Dulcie O'Neil (Fey) Both Wonderful Series. :D

    missie25524 at netzero (dot) com

  26. ahh I cant choose, I have read so many great books this year. But I did follow you on GFC and Dani on twitter and facebook! This book looks great.


  27. One of my favorite UFs this past year was Skinwalker by Faith Hunter and I certainly am looking forward to reading more about Jane Yellowrock. I also read Changeling Dreams by Dani Harper and it was a sweet romance that introduced a new world of shifters to me. I would love to read Changeling Dawn. Thank you for sharing today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I am generally an equal opportunity stalker,I mean follower, and stalk, I mean follow AwesomeSauce and Dani Harper all around :)

  28. Richelle Mead's Shadow Heir!


  29. I think I had a tie for 2011, I loved, loved, LOVED Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning and at the end of the year I read Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and fell in love with that book as well. The Fever Series is one of my all time favorites. And I'm trying to get caught up on the Psy-Changeling series.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  30. My fav. was Matched by Ally Condie
    deanna_boocock (at)

  31. So many to choose from. I really loved Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance.


  32. There are almost too many to list! Unperfect Souls (Connor Grey) by Mark Del Franco, Cast in Ruins (Chronicle of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara, Hallowed Circle (Persephone Alcmedi) by Linda Robertson...

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  33. ohh thats tough.. new series i tried Dana marie bell and thea harrison.. they were awesome... existing ones.. the newest by nalini singh and ilona andrews (i love her kate daniels even more then i love her edge series. lol).. and patricia briggs' river marked was great as well!!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  34. My fave was Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells :)

  35. OHHHHH I wanna it!!! I just got done with the first of the series and it is I have to say one of my Fav!!!!

  36. My fave was River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. My fav book of 2011 is Zane's Redemption by Tina Folsom!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-) Added this series to my TBR list!!!


    1. Congrats! Your name was drawn from the big pink mixing bowl as the winner of my giveaway! Just sent you an email. :) Dani

    2. YAY!!! I'm so excited!!! I just e-mailed you my info!!!! :-)

  38. If I had to pick it would be The Host and by Stephanie Meyer.


  39. My favorite book of 2011 was The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates. It had great writing, mystery and suspense and it was a thriller. I loved it.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    mary_reiss @

  40. oh i have to many to name i was buying 3 books or more a week on top of the review books some of the authors off the top of my head is lora leigh, christine feehan, christine warren. to pick one as a favorite would be a sin when i find i can put myself in each book fully.

    Thanks for the giveaway


    babydoll82959307 (at)aol (dot)com

  41. Zane's Redemption by Tina Folsom


  42. OMG...I LOVE this series! Besides Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream...another of my fav's was J.R. Ward's, Envy.

  43. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. That's a tough one, but I'd have to say (1 of) my favorite(s) is...
    Love Conquers All Evil by Mary Abshire

  45. My favorite UF book of 2011 is Faefever by Karen Marie Moning. Actually the whole Fever series rocks :)


  46. One of my favorites from 2011 was Shadowfever by KMM. It was one of my top books for the year.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  47. Best find in 2011 would have to have been Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!! Reading these comments - i think Im going to have to get into the Fever series!!! Yay!
    ms.georgia.forever AT


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