Suspense, Christmas, and even Puppies… Oh, my!

It has been my pleasure over the last couple of years to create, write, and work with Harlequin Intrigue and its team and my agent to bring the suspenseful Mystery Christmas Series to life. The last book in the Publishers Weekly and Walmart Bestselling series, Ms. Demeanor, has just hit store shelves (and its ebook is available for pre-order wherever books are sold).

Mystery Christmas Series on Biteable.

While the series has come to an amazing and twist-filled end, my love for the series will continue. I can’t tell you how fun it was to get to know Wyatt, Waylon, Colter, and Rainier—the four Fitzgerald brothers whose stories fill the pages of Ms. Calculation, Mr. Serious, Mr. Taken and Ms. Demeanor.

Each of these brothers are alpha-heroes, right down to their love of horses, dogs, and family. These brothers are like all brothers—they fight, they have fallings out, and occasionally get hurt, but when push comes to shove family always comes first.

And that, right there, is why I feel it makes it the perfect Christmas series—no matter what happens in their lives (or who is murdered, missing, and/or there is a secret baby) they always find their family will always stand beside them.

As for the heroines of the series, each has a story as incredible as those of the men they come to love. We have Whitney, Christina, Gwen, and Laura Blade—each of these strong, confident and intelligent women has a secret… some in their pasts, some held in the present, and even some that will impact their futures.

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Here is one of my favorite reviews for Mr. Taken by Books and Spoons, a 1% Top Reviewer on Goodreads:

“With mystery, threats, humor, and passion the story pulled me in, and I was enthralled until the early morning hours and ‘the end’.

Mr. Taken has a new, different kind of tone to it compared to the previous stories, obviously colored by the hero and heroine’s personalities and sizzling chemistry between them. The sarcastic, yet well-meant banter between them had me chuckling, the fervor of their feelings fanning my face. Colter Fitzgerald and Whitney Barstow have a definite spark between them, and they have much more in common than one would think at the first glance.

Colter has a great sense of humor, he is a caretaker and protector. He is not shy about his attraction and growing feeling towards Whitney, he just wishes he knew if he can truly trust her with her skittish behavior regarding the recent events at the farm. Because it is obvious Whitney is holding secrets that could put all of them in danger.

Whitney ran away from Kentucky to hide from her abusive, stalking ex who tried to kill her. She is secretive and avoiding close relationships with everyone. The lose of her family connection and beloved horses keep her away from the barn and people, yet her whole being is craving for healing and peace of mind.

She does her best to deny her attraction to Colter, yet the repeated moments of jealousy and envy tells another tale.

The story fits well into the ongoing series, and there was a natural flow to it that made it easy to follow and enjoy. The catty behavior between Sarah and Whitney was a surprise, in that hilarious, “I can’t look away oh my goodness what is going on” – way.

The mystery with the attempts to sabotage the farm builds up the suspense and tension. The investigation is churning a lot of feelings, bringing strain and stress to the relationships all around.

A touch of Christmas spirit and sort of a community miracle is witnessed in the attempt to save the farm, as all come together to celebrate the Yule. Little did they know this would give an ample opportunity to anyone wanting to harm the town or the Fitzgeralds.

A delightfully intense story filled with engaging romance and gripping mystery.”

This review, and those like it, are the reason I continue to write. I love when I can impact my readers’ lives in such a wonderful, and positive way. My goal is always to make you laugh, make you cry (with laughter), and help you to escape.

While each story is different and each couple works to solve a mystery at the family’s ranch, they all promise to keep you reading late into the night.

If you get a chance, I would love for you to read and review this series that is near and dear to my heart. I know you will fall just as deeply in love with these stories as I have!

Wishing you a happy holiday season and many great books!

Danica Winters

New Release Alert: Mr. Taken (Mystery Christmas Series)

Mystery Christmas Series

It’s that time again, Mr. Taken has just been released and is taking the world by storm!  I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this Harlequin Intrigue series, and how happy I am that it has been so warmly received and loved by fans.

Mr. Taken is the third book in the Mystery Christmas Series, a series that has not only been a Walmart Bestseller but has also hit the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers list! Seriously, I could almost cry with happiness. I couldn’t have accomplished these things without your love and support. Thank you so very much.

A bit about Mr. Taken:

In Mystery, Montana, a white-hot hunk fights fire with passion… 

Though he’s ridiculously handsome and notoriously funny, it’s Colter Fitzgerald’s firefighting skills that are most needed by Whitney Barstow—at first. She’s been traumatized by fire and terrified that the arsonist sabotaging Dunrovin Ranch is a madman from her past. She’s also fearful that harm will come to any man she loves, so denies her attraction to Colter. Then why is she jealous of another woman’s hands all over him?

On the eve of the ranch’s Christmas festival, Colter wants no one but Whitney, body, soul and darkest secrets. But there’s still an arsonist to stop…before what makes the season bright is Dunrovin in flames.

 Purchase Links: 

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Mr. Taken will be available digitally November 1, 2017, but feel free to order your copy in advance.

If you have a moment, I would love for you to leave a kind review after you have read the book–these are the greatest gifts you can give an author! 🙂

Have a wonderful week,

Danica Winters

Halloween Scavenger Hunt and a Mystery Christmas!

Hey Guys, 
First, thanks to everyone who picked up my newest release Mr. Serious, book 2 of the Mystery Christmas Series! Your support ended up launching Mr. Serious onto the Publishers Weekly Bestseller’s List! Thank you so very, very much. 

If you haven’t gotten your copy of Mr. Serious (published by Harlequin Intrigue) yet, you can get it here:

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On October 17, the next in the Mystery Christmas Series, Mr. Taken, will be on store shelves! Don’t forget to get your copy of that as well!

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Oh, and if you need a little more Christmas in your life (even though it’s nearly Halloween), please feel free to check out an anthology I’m included in, Montana Christmas Romance, which is on sale for $0.99 now!

I also have a Hallowpalooza treat for you. I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Reviews Hallowpalooza Scavenger Hunt.
Over $1000 in prizes!Night Owl Reviews Web Hunt
During this event I’m going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title out along the way. And if you visit My Contest Page, you can put in for my monthly event! 
The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
Event Dates: October 12 – 31
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You don’t need to come, but we would love to have you.


New Release: Mr. Serious

The time has arrived…Mr. Serious has hit store shelves!
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First, I have to do a special shout out—the mom of the little pumpkin on the cover contacted me and from there we became friends. I normally don’t get to meet my cover models, so it has been a real treat. As a thank you, I sent them a little care package with lots of goodies, and look at what I received as a thank you!

Isn’t she just the cutest!? (So you know, I did receive permission from her proud mama to share!)

I want to say thank you again to them—you made this book truly special!

Mr. Serious is the second book in the Mystery Christmas Series, coming on the heels of Ms. Calculation. I’m excited to let you know that Ms. Calculation hit the Walmart and Neilsen BookScan Bestsellers lists! You read that right! I was so excited. I’m hoping that we can do it again with Mr. Serious.

Here is the blurb:

Duty and danger bring an alpha hero to Mystery, Montana

Waylon Fitzgerald had a life of adventure all planned out—one that did not include returning to his family’s ranch to bring his missing ex-wife into custody for murder. With so much bad blood between them, the sexy military police officer understands why his ex’s sister, Christina Bell, hates him. And yet he and Christina spark a sizzling attraction.

What changes everything for Waylon is Winnie, Christina’s adorable ward…and the startling revelation that he’s her father. When she goes missing—her mother a killer at large—Waylon’s world is upended. Will he redeploy to follow his passions around the world…or stay where his heart has found an unexpected Christmas present?

Mr. Serious was hailed by Books and Spoons as an “Ardent yet sweet love story on the side of tension riddled family secrets, murders, kidnappings, and burglaries moves the plot forward with a rapid space while the tension escalates, and loyalties are tested. A fascinating small-town crime spree that takes unexpected turns and leaves the reader anticipating for more to come in the series.”

Mr. Serious Excerpt


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Now, you may be wondering what you can do to help spread the word about the release and the Mystery Christmas Series. If you are, thank you! I can always use an extra hand. If you are interested in helping me, please feel free to share the image of the excerpt and/or links for the book.

Also, once you read the book, please take a moment to leave a review—Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads are great places! These reviews are not only read by me, but also by others looking for great titles, and my editors and agents. They make a HUGE difference.
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I also want to let you know that my dear friend and double RITA nominee Cecy Robson also has some exciting news!

In advance of the release of her next book Of Flame and Fate (to be released September 26th), her book Of Flame and Light (Weird Girls #7, Flame #1) is on sale. This awesome sale ends September 20th, so act fast!

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As always, I hope you are doing great! Please don’t be afraid to reach out and chat with me, I’m always on Twitter (I’m such a junkie)! And thank you again for making Ms. Calculation a Walmart and Neilsen Bookscan bestseller!

Have a great week!

Danica Winters