What are You Reading Thursday – Guest Post

Hi, Leanne! Thank you for having me on your blog today.

This week has been a crazy one for me. I’ve had my newest Christmas-themed short story, Christmas Wishes  published through Books To Go Now (Have I mentioned I love my publisher?) and am getting excited for my novel to be released on October 7 entitled, Winter Swans. These have been books I’ve been working on for over a year, so to see them both come out is a blessing!

Even with the excitement of the new releases, I find that I can’t forget the future and my upcoming projects. Right now, I’m reading books on outlining and plotting (for a class I will be teaching at the Festival of the Book). You read books on writing, you ask? Absolutely—especially when I will be teaching (I like to give the authors I mentor as many tools I can). I have found that when you are no longer open to learning you are stagnant; not only in your writing, but in your life as well. I think there is no better thing to drive motivation than sitting down and doing research.

In addition to my ‘studies,’ I’m also doing research for my next book entitled, Savannah Sacrifice which I hope to have completed by February 1, 2014. For this book, I am going to take readers to Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite vacation towns) and the story is promising to be a fabulous ghostly adventure.

As crazy as my life is, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful group of devoted readers. I wouldn’t be able to keep up this schedule without the love and support of those who enjoy my books. So those of you who have read any of my books—Thank you, you are the reason I write.

Thanks Danica for this insightful post about reading to learn/research and preparing to teach. I think as a writer I forget that I do that sometimes too. And since you mentioned two of your current or upcoming releases I’d like to share more about them with my readers.

ChristmasWish 500x750To be Released September 25, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Books To Go Now

Purchase Links: TBD

Pages: 30

Tag Line:  Is she ready to start living again?

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?

forward and start living again?

Winter Swans CoverTo be Released October 7, 2013:

Winter Swans

Series: The Nymph Series

Book 3

 Book 1: The Nymph’s Labyrinth

 Book 2: Montana Mustangs

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Purchase Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8GNOR2

Pages: 300

Tag Line:  A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must accept… And a battle that could get them killed…

Blurb: A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must accept… And a battle that could get them killed…

After the death of his troubled ex-wife, the professional poker player, Chance Landon, finds out he is the father of a strange girl who carries even stranger secrets.

Swan-shifting nymph, Harper Cygnini, is a driven by the need to succeed in her professional life. When she meets Chance and his daughter, it becomes only too clear that there are things missing in her life—feelings and needs laid dormant after the mistakes of her past.

When Chance makes a choice that puts them all in danger, Harper must choose between her job and her heart. Chance may be the gambler, but should she risk making the same mistakes and pinning her hopes on a future that may cost Chance his life and his daughter—or is that one bet she is unwilling to take?

DanicaWintersAuthor Bio: Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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