Island Bride Has Been Released!

Get ready to update your TBR list!! Island Bride has hit Amazon shelves!
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Blurb:Wedding planner to the rich and famous, Amy Oliver isn’t the kind of woman to take a break even on a vacation. No, business first and then comes pleasure—or maybe not— she’d have to check her schedule.

The only solace Amy ever finds comes from the pages of books and her friends within her book club, but when they lose one of their members they decide to check traveling off of their bucket lists. When Amy selects to take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to New Zealand, she finds herself using the trip to put her career first. But when life gets in the way of her work, she is forced to decide whether to follow the path of least resistance or forge a new path–a path that may lead to heartache as easily as love. What is a driven woman to do?

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Island Bride Excerpt:
“While she waited in the New Zealand hotel’s bar for her assistant, Amy Oliver’s thoughts wandered to Jason. After a long day like this, she used to slip her fingers into his as soon as she sank into their bed. His fingers would collapse around hers, as if they had waited all day for her presence. Yet, the longer she held his hand, no matter how hard or how light her grip, the less and less she had felt his touch. Before long, just as she had lost the feeling of his fingers night after night, she had lost his love—even though their skins had been pressed together.”

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Thank you,
Danica Winters

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June 9, 2014:
Savannah Sacrifice (Nymph Series, Book 4)

Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to my page! I’m so happy that you have decided to stop by. I have something extra special to share with readers! Today, I’m excited to reveal the cover for my next short story, Island Bride, to be released April 22, 2014.

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This contemporary romance is a funny, heart-felt look into the life of Amy Oliver, a wedding planner to the rich and famous. Amy isn’t the kind of woman to take a break even on a vacation. No, business first and then comes pleasure—or maybe not—she’d have to check her schedule.

The only solace Amy ever finds comes from the pages of books and her friends within her book club, but when they lose one of their members they decide to check traveling off of their bucket lists. When Amy selects to take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to New Zealand, she finds herself using the trip to put her career first. But when life gets in the way of her work, she is forced to decide whether to follow the path of least resistance or forge a new path–a path that may lead to heartache as easily as love. What is a driven woman to do?

What is the best vacation you have ever taken? Was it for business or pleasure? Are you a workaholic like Amy or a take-life-as-it-comes type of person?

For my giveaway, I’m going to be offering a special gift package filled with a paperback copy of Christmas Romance and tons of swag! If you’d like to take part in my giveaway please use the special widget below. :) Have fun and again, thank you for stopping by! I hope you get the chance to read Island Bride after it is released!

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Happy reading,

Danica Winters  

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Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes and French Silk Pie

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays (closely followed by Halloween, but this could be thanks to my love of all things chocolate). I love the icy pine-scented air that reawakens your winter dulled senses the second you step outside. I love the spirit of thankfulness, good tidings, and joy.

But what if we weren’t so lucky? What if Christmas only reawakened the wounds of our past?  This is exactly the case for my newest character, Lee Llewellyn.

In Christmas Wishes, Lee has lost her son and is forced to face another holiday season with only her memories for comfort. In Lee, I tried to create a character in which every reader with a child, or who has ever dealt with a divorce, could relate.  Life can be hard when you must go through it alone, but what can help? For Lee, this was her love of French Silk Pie.

Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that sometimes dreams of French Silk Pie can blossom into unexpected Christmas Wishes.

I hope you get the chance to check out my newest short story–I’m sure you will finish this story with your cheeks aching from laughter and your heart filled with the joy of Christmas!!

Wishing you the happiest of reading,

Danica Winters

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Publisher: Books To Go Now

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

Pages: 30

Blurb: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.

In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

“Casual Day at the Crazy House,” Where It Came From, and a Cool Giveaway by Helen W. Mallon

A very warm Thank You to Danica Winters for hosting me today!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new short story!

In 2007, I decided to break from work on my novel and write a new short story.  Problem was, I had no ideas…I tried doing writing exercises, but the results were lame and embarrassing.  Embarrassing I could work with, but lame has to be left alone to nurse its sore leg.  I tried not caring, but that only reminded me that I wasn’t writing.

Some ingredients were already in place: I wanted a character who used the old-fashioned Quaker plain speech; I wanted to question liberal white racial attitudes, but not in a heavy-handed way. (There’s a line of dialogue in “Casual Day at the Crazy House” that someone actually said it to me. Anyone who correctly identifies it will receive a previous story, free.)

Then we went to the movies: The Darjeeling Limited, (directed by Wes Anderson), a study in privilege if there ever was one.

3 brothers tote very expensive luggage across India in search of their estranged mother. Photo courtesy of: http://emmab90.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/the-darjeeling-limited-2007/

The only direct relationship between the movie and “Crazy House” is that two of my characters are Indian.  I  didn’t make the connection until several drafts into the story.  I didn’t watch it and think, Wow, Indian characters would make this piece!  I hijacked them without realizing it.

The actual inspiration was murky, but I left the theater with a solid idea in place: What if the father in a family suddenly moves into the bathroom and won’t come out?  It’s a quirky, Wes-Anderson-y idea.

My conscious mind, which had been grinding away, took a vacation during the movie. The unconscious, often the smarter sibling, was free to soak in the movie’s fantastic imagery.

*Bloggers: Anyone who re-posts this blog will receive a free copy of  “Casual Day,” but please send me your link:  hmallon@navpoint.com

Enjoy this excerpt from “Casual Day at the Crazy House”

“Dad?” He didn’t move. I noticed his bald spot was getting bigger. “Dad. I’ve got a question?”

“Everything changes,” he told the window. Then he turned. “Ah, Livvie.” His smile looked like it hurt.

I gave him the Cheezits. “My thanks. Have a seat.” The chair Dad offered visitors was the toilet, but I never sat there. He slept in what used to be a large, old-fashioned bathtub before he moved his bedding in here. He kept clean in the freestanding shower, which otherwise held a rack with extra clothes.

“Cheezit?”

I shook my head. Dad sat on the bathtub’s edge, munching and sad. “You’ll graduate soon.” He sounded like I had stage three cancer.

“Ye-ah…”

“How’s that English seminar going? Seaver still as sharp as when I had him?”

How would I know? “Maybe.” Dad used to take me out, comparing restaurants. Then poof. Last October in the middle of roast lamb and vegetables, he stood up white-faced and gasped— as if he’d suddenly remembered something—knocking over his chair. He straightened it and left the room. Mom went right on with her story about a stray bat in the Assisted Living wing where she worked….Within a week he had moved into the bathroom. There, thanks to wireless and his cell, he continued running his company. Nobody seemed to think all this was as weird as I did. “The energy in the house is imbalanced,” Mom had said, pushing out a laugh. Gammy got an inward look. “There always was more to him. Give it time.”

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