Cupcakes and Books Scavenger Hunt with Night Owl Reviews

Cupcakes and Books with Night Owl Reviews Scavenger Hunt

Hi Guys!!

I thought it was time to kick the fun up a notch with an awesome scavenger hunt! Tammie King came to me and asked if I’d like to take part in her annual scavenger hunt. I was more than happy to jump at the chance. Tammie is awesome as is Night Owl Reviews and their followers!

This month I’m highlighting my new release from Harlequin Intrigue, Ms. Calculation!

Mystery Christmas Series, Ms. Calculation

Purchase Links: Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | Walmart

This book and its series (the Mystery Christmas Series) all take place at the very real Dunrovin Ranch in western Montana. On August 19, 2017 we gave away a trip to Missoula, Montana to celebrate the series, the city, and the ranch! Keep your eyes peeled, because I have it on good authority (AKA Barb Neilan of Destination Missoula) that because this event was such a success, we may be doing an event again like this in the future! And I want to extend a huge congrats to the winner, Liz Digman, from Texas!! Can’t wait to meet you!

Needless to say, a ton of research and time went into writing and publishing these books. A huge shout out to the team at Harlequin Intrigue for taking my ideas and helping me make them into the best novels they could be! I can’t wait for readers to have the chance to experience the magic and majesty of the ranch, the characters, and the stories that fill the pages of the four books in this series!

On September 19th, it will mark the release of the paperback of book 2 in the Mystery Christmas Series, Mr. Serious!

Mystery Christmas Series

Purchase Links: Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | Walmart

I hope you get a chance to check out the books! And don’t forget to take a moment and leave a review if you’ve enjoyed them! 🙂

Have a great scavenger hunt!

Danica Winters


New Release: Ms. Calculation and Special Guest Debra Webb!

I’m excited to let you know that there is a new release on the horizon–Ms. Calculation, Book one of the Mystery Christmas Series!

This year has gone by entirely too fast. If you’re like me, you are meeting the end of summer with equal parts relief and sadness—kids are heading back to school and now comes the days in which work can be done.

Here in Montana, our air is filled with smoke and our ability to get out of the house is sporadic at best, which means that in some ways we are already beginning to feel a bit housebound—but I’m not complaining. For me, that means more time to write, to play Legos with my kiddos, and read the books teetering off the top of my TBR stack (here’s looking at you, Angi Morgan and Debra Webb).

Last week, in an effort to get out of the smoke, I headed to Green Bay for the Writers Police Academy along with my friends and fellow Harlequin Intrigue authors: Angi Morgan, Rita Herron, Jenna Kernan, and Debra Webb. We had so much fun! (Needless to say, we brought the BOOM to SWAT training!) I’m sure you will be reading some of the fun ideas this conference inspired in my upcoming titles!Debra Webb, Jenna Kernan, Rita Herron

This month also marks the paperback release of Ms. Calculation (the paperback will start appearing at your local stores on August 22 and the e-book will be hitting digital shelves on September 1, 2017)!

This is the first book in the four-book Mystery Christmas Series.

Here is an excerpt from Ms. Calculation for your enjoyment:

Mystery Christmas Series

You can get your copies here:  HarlequinAmazonB&NiTunes | KoboGoogle PlayWalmart  | Goodreads

In addition to my release, Debra Webb and I are working together to get the word out about our books. I LOVE Debra’s works.The Coldest Fear, Debra Webb

Here is her excerpt for her new release, The Coldest Fear: 

A killer with nothing left to lose… 

Detective Bobbie Gentry has a monster to confront. The pain of losing her family and nearly her life to a criminal’s vile hunger is still fresh, but now the landscape is different. Now she’s not alone. Now she has Nick Shade to trust. Nick treats the terror of his past with vengeance. He’s dedicated his life to hunting serial killers, and he’d give his last breath to save Bobbie. When a string of killings bloodies Savannah’s elite society and causes cold cases to resurface, Bobbie is captured in a city more haunted than Nick’s inescapable nightmares. And as the murderer strikes close, Nick and Bobbie will need to become even closer if they’re going to survive.

You can get your copy of The Coldest Fear here: AmazonB&NiBooks | KOBO | IndieBound | Walmart | Target

What are you going to be doing this fall? Big plans? Kids going back to school? I would love to hear what you are up to!

And if you get the chance, after you read the book, DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE THOSE REVIEWS ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE. These reviews are an important part of our job—we read them, as do our publishers.

As always, thank you for loving my books! I write for you.

-Danica Winters


Check Out the New Releases and Win a Trip of a Lifetime!

This has been one heck of a year, one with tons of new releases coming and soon the chance to win a trip of a lifetime!

Hang in Always a Wanderer (Irish Traveller Series, Book 2)there, because this blog is full of super exciting news and events!  First things first, Always a Wanderer will be on store shelves June 27th.

Always a Wanderer is the second book in the Irish Traveller Series and is being hailed by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Sabrina York as “ a powerful, inspiring tale that proves not all who wander are lost.”

I’m also working on my romantic suspense novels for Harlequin’s Intrigue line and loving it. I have a new four-book series which will start to appear on bookshelves throughout the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and the Netherlands (and digitally worldwide) this August.

The first book in this series is Ms. Calculation. TMs. Calculation (Mystery Christmas Series)he entire series is set in the fictional town of Mystery, Montana and so these books became the Mystery Christmas Series. Oh yeah, I love Christmas!

This series came about in an almost magical way when a fan approached me at an event and began telling me about their ranch. Fast forward a few months later and this fan, Suzanne Miller the owner and operator of the Dunrovin Guest Ranch, became a great friend. Soon after, the Mystery Christmas Series was born and picked up by Harlequin Intrigue (thanks to Kayla King and Denise Zaza—my wonderful editors).

About the Mystery Christmas Series:

This Christmas, four brothers join together when trouble finds its way to their family’s ranch in the small town of Mystery, Montana. When those they care about turn up dead, a helpless child is kidnapped, their home comes under fire, and the family’s way of life is threatened; the brothers risk everything and put their hearts on the line to keep the people they love safe.

About Ms. Calculation (Book 1):

Welcome to Mystery, Montana, a small town with dark secrets…

The body found in the Dunrovin Ranch stables isn’t just a crisis for Wyatt Fitzgerald’s family or his top priority as sheriff—Gwen Johansen is both the victim’s sister…and Wyatt’s ex. And in a small town like Mystery, events of the past don’t seem to fade. Maybe she’d misjudged his potential when they were younger, but now he could be her greatest ally—and not just in the investigation. That is, if he can work his way around a broken heart. With the killer circling, the clock is counting down on more than Christmas, a time when family means everything and forgiveness is the best gift of all.

About Mr. Serious (Book 2):Mr. Serious (Mystery Christmas Series)

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?

As we count down the days to the release of the books, we’ve joined forces with Destination Missoula and I’m SUPER excited to announce that WE ARE GIVING AWAY AN ALL-EXPENSES TRIP TO MONTANA*!

Win a Trip to Dunrovin Guest Ranch

YES, you read that right You can win a trip to Montana.

Yes, I’m not kidding right now. Yes, you can win a trip.

Yes, you will be staying at Dunrovin Guest Ranch.

Yes, you can ride horses (and I will be joining you).

Yes, there is an entire retreat geared around romance novels, life skills, and building friendships.

Yes, I will be taking the lucky winner to dinner and drinks.

Yes, you will get free books.

Yes, you get a rental car.

Yes, it is AMAZING.

Yes, I’m so geeking out.

Oh… I could so keep going, but I assume you want to sign up to win a trip!

Click here now to join in the fun and to enter for your chance to win!

I hope to see you in Montana!

Don’t forget to follow us all on Twitter so you can keep up on the status of the giveaway and book releases!

Destination Missoula | Danica Winters | Dunrovin Guest Ranch

Also, if you are in the mood for a short story, don’t forget to check out Sweet Wine. 😉

And if you can’t get enough of Danica’s books, think about joining her Street Team!

See you soon!

Top 5 Life Lessons: From the Lives of the Characters of the Irish Traveller Series

Book 2 of the Irish Traveller SeriesI sigh as I sit down to blog. Everyone who knows me well, knows that I think working with my website isn’t nearly as fun as working on a book (like those of the Irish Traveller Series). Yet, I want to reach out to everyone and catch up.

These days, I have been spending a large amount of my time editing, plotting, and actually spending a wee bit of time with my family and friends. Over the last eighteen months, I have put thousands of hours into ten different projects. I’m finally coming to the end of my manic writing schedule. Next up is the release of Always a Wanderer, Book 2 of  the Irish Traveller Series.

In these many hours, I have ended up putting my characters through some crazy scenarios and they (and I have) learned some critical lessons; none more so than Helena O’Driscoll and Graham Kelly, the hero and heroine of Always a Wanderer and Once a Gypsy

I thought it was high time that I shared their whoppers and I hope that these hard-learned lessons can help you as much as they helped Helena and Graham. Here goes:

  1. Learn to say “No.”

This seems obvious, but often as women we are taught to please others or to make sure that everyone around us is comfortable and happy.

Screw that.

It’s okay to put yourself first. You need to be happy, the rest will follow.

Yeah, I said a bad-ish word on my blog. Which leads to my second learning lesson:

  1. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.Irish Traveller Series-Book One

Not everyone is going to like you. Which kind of stems off of lesson one, but this is slightly different. Even if you try and please people, there will be some who hate your guts and would wish for you to eat worms.

I’ve had to really come to terms with this one. I want people to like me. I still want to make everyone around me happy. I’m a huge jokester… but I won’t win everyone over. AND THAT’S OKAY.

If someone doesn’t like something you have written, said, done, or joked about, then the problem is a larger statement on that person than it is on you.

Stemming from this, you can find tremendous empowerment in the ability to…

  1. Let s*** go.

(Not gonna lie, almost cussing is kinda fun. I guess I’m really enjoying this whole Don’t be afraid to be yourself thing.)

We all have moments in our lives that are rough. Some are worse than others, but with time we must learn and push ourselves to walk away from things that aren’t helping us. Maybe you have a toxic friendship, a job that is making you miserable, or you made a mistake. Regardless of your battle, forgive, forget and move on.

There is great power in forgiving the unforgiveable, but the greatest power it gives is to you. If you forgive those who have wronged you, or have made mistakes that concern you, if you give forgiveness, you will free yourself. It’s amazing.

Lastly, but probably the most important lesson Helena and Graham have learned is:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

This is just as important in life as it has been in my writing. I have had to get many hands on deck. I’ve enlisted friends, family members, and fans to help—and I couldn’t be more thankful.

This lesson has varying levels, and that’s perfectly normal. Sometimes we just need an hour without kids. Ask for help. Sometimes you need helping lifting or cleaning or exercising or whatever. Ask for help. Sometimes things are much darker and emotionally draining, you’ve lost a friend, a relationship, a parent, a spouse… Whatever it is. Ask for help.

You will be shocked at the outpouring of support you will receive if you just reach out. People are incredible, if you allow them to be.

I could keep going about what my characters have learned, but those lessons are by far the most important.

Over the last year, what lessons have you walked away with? I’d love to hear. J

 While many of you are on my newsletter/street team (if you are not, you can sign up for the Street Team or the Newsletter by clicking on your choice location), I know that I have missed some who would love to be included. I hope to see you there.

Also, I have some cool stuff coming up in the coming weeks. (Anyone want to win a trip to an all-expense paid trip to a guest ranch in Montana?) And again, Always a Wanderer will be hitting shelves on June 27, 2017! So stay tuned!