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.

Books and Spoons

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: 

Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | Walmart

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

New Release: Dust Up with the Detective

I’m so very excited to announce Dust Up with the Detective has landed on bookstore shelves!

About Dust Up with the Detective: 

Dust Up With the DetectiveMurder in Montana is never simple 

Every dead body in Butte is someone’s kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it’d feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he’s known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.

It’s been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake’s daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family’s secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they’d broken long ago…

I LOVED writing this book and it is definitely one of my very favorites (though picking my favorite would be exactly like picking a favorite child–completely impossible). I still have a major crush on Jeremy Lawrence and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes an appearance or two in upcoming releases!dsc02654

In preparation for Dust Up with the Detective’s release, I hit the road and visited Butte, Montana.

Butte is an incredible city with an even more interesting history that centers around the grueling reality of mining and the lives it impacts, lives I tried to capture in the pages of the book. The city was coined ‘The Richest Hill on Earth’ as it provided the United States with a hefty supply of copper, silver, gold, and other heavy metals. However, due to the nature of mining and a blind eye to environmental issues, Butte and the Berkeley Pit (an open-pit mine) are now home to one of the most toxic man-made environments in the United States. New environmental laws and protections have been come into play, yet the damage of generations past can still be witnessed firsthand in this one-time boom town. dsc02547

One of the iconic images of Butte, Montana are the headframes that are scattered around the city. Each has its own name, but my favorite was the headframe named Orphan Girl.

A headframe is used in underground mining, and in Butte some are illuminated with LED lights to commemorate Butte’s history in copper mining.

I bet you can guess why, but the picture of the Berkeley Pit was my absolute favorite! If you look closely, there is another headframe in the background.dsc02602

If you have been to Butte–feel free to share you stories! Also, I hope you get a chance to check out Dust Up with the Detective! I can promise this book is just as enchanting and full of intrigue as the city in which it is set!

You can get your copy of the book anywhere books are sold or you can visit these online retailers (please note it is also available in large print):

Harlequin | Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | All Romance

As always, I want to take a moment to thank my readers. I can’t wait to hear what you think about this book! I love getting feedback! And, if you get your hands on a copy, please make sure to send me a picture! You can send it to me on Twitter (@DanicaWinters) or Facebook!!headframe-glasses-promo

If you post a review on Amazon or send me a picture of you (or your furry kids) with Dust Up with the Detective, you will be entered to win a set of Headframe Distillery pint glasses (and some other goodies may be thrown into the box as well–mugs, signed books, tote bags, and pens)! So send those pictures and post those reviews (don’t forget to tag/email me)! You can enter more than once. Contest ends October 5, 2016 and winner will be notified via social media or email. *U.S. Residents only.

Wishing you the happiest of reading,

Danica Winters

 

PS – Enjoy this slideshow of Butte, Montana!!!

 

Cover Reveal: Dust Up with the Detective

I’m so excited! The day has finally come in which I can share the cover for Dust Up with the Detective! This book is available for pre-order, but it will hit physical bookshelves September 20, 2016!

Cover Reveal: Dust Up with the Detective

Murder in Montana is never simple…

Murder in Montana is never simple 

Every dead body in Butte is someone’s kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it’d feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he’s known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.

It’s been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake’s daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family’s secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they’d broken long ago…

What do you like best about the cover??? (I have to say that anytime I see a Timothy Olyphant-looking man holding a gun… well, it’s hard to look away!) Any fellow Justified fans out there?? 😉

I totally admit that Timothy was the man I had in my mind while writing this book… and it only made things come out that much hotter! There may be a character that is even a little reminiscent of Boyd Krauter (also of Justified). Though, beyond the main character’s physical descriptions, a bit of the good boy/bad boy routine, and a mining town as the setting–the stories are miles apart. That being said, it’s a great read for anyone who is looking to pinch hit for their post-Justified television binge!

I hope that you get a chance to check out the book… I think you will fall just as deeply in love with as I have!