Monday, September 12, 2011

Dani Harper Blog Post and Giveaway!

10 Ways to Spot a Werewolf 

1. By their birthday ye shall know them… The legends say that anyone born on Christmas Eve is destined to become a werewolf. It’s regarded as a divine punishment for daring to compete with the Christ child. As if not getting a birthday party isn’t bad enough.

2. Waxing won’t help… If you have a unibrow (brows that meet above the bridge of your nose), you’re probably a werewolf. According to this rule of thumb, Bert of Sesame Street fame has been a shapeshifter all along and will probably devour Ernie one of these days.

3. It’s not polite to point… Having an index finger that’s longer than your middle finger is a clue that you might be a werewolf. If that long forefinger occurs with thick and lengthy nails and hairy palms, it’s fairly certain that you have waaaaay more problems than just needing a good manicurist.

4. Water, water, all around… Like rabid dogs, werewolves are said to possess an irrational fear of water. Which is a real pain to live with because werewolves are also incredibly thirsty all the time. Their raging thirst when in human form apparently stems from all their extracurricular exertion as a wolf. Plus they need to wash all those victims down.

5. The better to see you with, my dear… Werewolves can be spotted even in the densest forest or darkest night because of their glow-in-the-dark red eyes. A shapeshifter’s eyes can glow when they’re in human form too. Especially if you’ve had a little too much Absolut and orange juice.

6. It’s only skin-deep… Centuries ago, the pentagram (5-pointed star) was considered a sign of evil. Werewolves were also considered evil, so naturally everyone thought the two would go together. Doctors of the time actually checked the skin of suspected werewolves for tattoos of pentagrams or birthmarks shaped like them!

7. To sleep, perchance to scream… Someone with strange sleeping habits could be suspected of being a werewolf. Doglike behavior such as turning in a circle on the bed, scratching at the covers or even having restless leg syndrome could all be a sign. Sleeping excessively, especially through the day, was a solid clue to shapeshifter tendencies. (Wow – that takes in most teenagers.) However, NOT being able to sleep was also a sign of being a werewolf!

8. Temper, temper… People with rage issues and tendencies towards violence were often suspected of being werewolves. A werewolf’s aggression supposedly increased as the moon became fuller, and declined as the moon waned. No one ever seemed to consider PMS.

9. Able to leap tall buildings… If someone was unusually physically strong, they might be suspected of being a werewolf. Shapeshifters were notoriously well-muscled and some legends say they were as powerful as a dozen ordinary humans. They were immune to disease as well, so if the plague came to your village and you didn’t die from it, you might fall under suspicion.

10. Sexy as all get out … That is, you are if you’re a hot character in my new paranormal series from Kensington Brava Books! The story centers around a family of shapeshifters, the Macleods, who have settled in northern Canada after being driven out of Scotland. Many other shapeshifters have gravitated there as well and they have a large and powerful Pack. By the way, they find it insulting to be called werewolves – they refer to themselves as Changelings. Look for Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream on bookstore shelves now. Changeling Dawn will be released for January 1, 2012. See my website for more information,
Changeling MoonChangeling DreamChangeling Dawn
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Don't you just love her vision on weres... uh, I mean changelings? Now you see why I love these books. If you are curious my review of Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream is linked. Oh and now for a...
Dani has a question for you:

Comment about anything paranormal. Maybe tell me what PNR books you’ve been reading lately, or who your fav authors are. You could tell me whether you like werewolves or vampires best, or what other werewolf legends you’ve heard of. Or whatever you’d like to talk about.

Two names will be drawn at random and one winner will receive a signed copy of Changeling Moon, and the other will receive a copy of Changeling Dream. International entries are welcome. Draw will be made on September 19.

I've also decided to use rafflecopter for this giveaway! So, this should be easy to do for everyone!


  1. I just finished reading Vincent's Soul Screamer's latest book, If I Die. I love PNR!!

  2. I am in the middle of reading "Dragon Bound" by Thea Harrison right now. Great book! And I loved both Ilona Andrews newest book "Magic Slays" and Karen Chance's "Hunt the Moon" which I recently finished. Both books were killer reads! I'd say Thea is a new favorite author of mine now. Karen and Ilona definitely. I also like Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Marjorie M Liu, Faith Hunter, etc. Yourself included of course, because I've been your fan since you first did ebooks. One of my all time favorites is your "Heart of the Winter Wolf". As for favorite paranormal species, I like both vampires and werewolves. Hard to pick a favorite even with my name. And I enjoyed your post. Here's a myth about werewolves I've heard: If you are unarmed and attacked by a werewolf, your only chance for survival is to climb an ash tree or run into a field of rye.
    Source: The ash tree myth probably stems from Greek mythology, as it was an ash tree that a man of Anthus' family hung his clothes on before swimming across a lake in Arcadia and being transformed into a werewolf. The rye superstition may have come from the fact that a certain rye fungus can cause convulsions and death if ingested.

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  3. I actually am more of a fan of werewolves then vampires. I think they are sexier and wilder.

    Thanks Melissa and Dani for this giveaway and making it international! I am desperate to read this series after you awesome reviews Melissa :)

  4. Some of these "werewolf" signs are simply riddiculous - prove that people didn't really know what to look for.

  5. I am PNR crazy, J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, favourite series of all time! Must read people!

    Thanks for the international giveaway.

  6. What don't I love about PNR? Actually the most surprising Paranormal I read this year was My Life as a White Trash Zombie. I never thought zombies could be entertaining, fun, and lovable. Because ewwwww LOL

  7. Favorite authors are Nalini Singh, Jeanine Frost, Stephanie Meyer, and Richelle mead.

  8. Definitely a great genre. PNR and UF are kind of lumped in my mind under "supernatural" and that's what I prefer to read. I'm even a part of a book club that reads only paranormal stuff.

  9. My favorite PNR has to be those written by authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. There is such a diverse mixture of elements in both their works that a reader gets drawn in book after book after book.

    My favorite Changelings are Nalini Singh's Wolves and Cats in her PSY-Changeling series. Luckily for me since my brand new HB signed by author copy of Kiss Of Snow has been lost to housefire my MMPB pre-ordered copy is still on it's way to me in the mail someday.

    I am really interested to see how the Changeling series is set up, my love of werewolves started with Lon Chaney and The Wolfman as a child and has never died off.

  10. Number 10 aside, it seems I actually know several werewolves.

  11. Hm. Both sleeping too much and not sleeping are werewolf indicators? Tricky:) These books sound so good, I love a good werewolf book, I just never tire of them!

    Most recently, I just finished Gena Showalter's The Darkest Surrender, love those Lords of the Underworld. I also really love Thea Harrison's Novels of the Elder Races and Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter books. SO GOOD!

  12. I'm reading FROST MOON right now by Anthony Francis. It takes place in an alternate Atlanta and has werewolves, vampires and other things that go bump in the night. I love both vampires and shifters and have a hard time picking which I like the best. Some writers are definitely more entertaining than others and my answer would probably change from week to week depending on what I'm reading. But, I guess if you were to hold my feet to the fire, I'd pick shifters.


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  13. Thanks for the giveaway ! My favorite author is Kimberly frost I think. I really like her book !

  14. I like Vampires vs. Werewolves..this post made me think about some werewolf tendecies I got lol :)) kidding favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,Neil Gaiman,J.K Rowling just to name a few many thanks for the giveaway ^_^

  15. i just finished Jayne Castle's Canyons of Night.. i love her arcane series! shifters, i prefer to be cats usually. (hey im a cat person, what can i say?)
    im dying to read these books, so thanks for the chance. and i loved the 10 ways.. interesting.. and it had me checking.. lol

  16. those were great, unfortunately I might be a werewolf...or maybe not so unfortunate ;)

  17. I'm on the second book of J R Ward's Fallen Angel Series. I had to take a break from Vamp books for awhile. Wanting to dive into a good Werewolf series!!! My fave paranormal subject...hands down!!! ;)
    Can't wait to start your Changeling series, they sound like great reads and the covers? Gorgeous!!!

  18. Really enjoying all the comments! BTW, my own must-buy-no-matter-what authors are Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance and JR Ward.

    Briggs' shapeshifters hooked me early with a short story in an anthology (LOVE anthologies!) called "On the Prowl". I adore both the Mercedes Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series.

    Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series is just getting better and better. And her Dorina Basarab series is to die for. Really.

    JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is just about the best thing going. Reading the latest, "Lover Mine" right now!

  19. I like super nataural creatures but Vampires are my favorites. Some of my favorite authors are JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. Love PNR and UF and my faves in that genre are numerous, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon to name a few :D

  21. I love werewolves and vampires. It truly depends on the series I'm reading and what mood I'm in. I think werewolves have this other side to them that makes them more raw and wild, but vampires seem to be sleeker and have a raw sexism to them. Plus, something about the whole blood during sex exchange that really excites me. LOL! I just read the best UF book that wasn't either. It was about zombies of a sort. Working Stiff by Rachel Caine. It wasn't our normal type of zombie, more like people who were killed and brought back to life using a drug to sustain them. IT WAS AWESOME! I HIGHLY recommend it! I'm done rambling now.

  22. I used to be all about I am getting more into werewolves. I just think there is something yummy about a well built warm werewolf! I have so many favorite authors it is hard to pick just one or two...;)

  23. Love JR Ward both BDB and FA..Laurell K Hamilton's Anita and Merry series are must reads for me, big fan of Keri Arthur..liking Sherrilyn Kenyon....right now reading Christine Feehan's Dark Series..
    I think I'm all about the Vampires and Were/Shapeshifters..with the exception of Merry Gentry's boys the fae not so much...I am being introduced to a lot of authors whom I haven't read before via Goodreads and looking to expand all the time!

  24. Thank you so much for the fun today. I think I actually qualify for about three things on that list LOL - no not the uni-brow! I have been blessed to read some fun books lately. I enjoy the supernatural world because there anything can happen and even in all the turmoil going on in the story there is still hope. I will admit I do not have a favorite supernatural creature it tends to change with what I am reading at the time, fickle I know but true.

  25. Fave authors: Laurell K. Hamilton for her Anita Blake series and Sunny for her Monére, Children of the Moon Series and Demon Princess Chronicles... I also LOVE new author, Bella Street for her Apocalypse Babes series. The Z Word (Book 1) is FREE at smashwords, Nook, and Amazon!

    I love all paranormals...can't pick just one.


  26. I just read a sample of Changeling Moon from Amazon, and wanted to continue reading so here's jumping at the chance of winning a copy.

    I have two favourite pnr authors: Karen Chance and Ilona Andrews. I used to be mostly in to vampires (as someone else also wrote earlier), now I am veering towards books with "magick", adore Pritkin of the Cassandra Palmer series.

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  27. Oh gosh... I just used rafflecopter for the first time- I apologize if I did it wrong! *Darn being technicalogically challenged!*

    Anyways, I love, love, LOVE this post! So hiliarious!

    The legends say that anyone born on Christmas Eve is destined to become a werewolf. I was def born at the wrong time of year!

    My fav paranormal author would have to be Rachel Vincent or Kelley Armstrong!

  28. Oh right, my email address would probably be helpful...

  29. I love JR Ward's Black Dagger brotherhood series and Terry Spear's Werewolf series.

    I would take a werewolf over a vampire though. Especially if he looked like Alicide in True Blood. lol

    I love the Irish myths about werewolves.

    The Irish refer to the werewolf as faoladh or conriocht. The Irish legends aren’t based off the German myths. The werewolves weren’t man-eating creatures, but rather protectors. The wolves protect children, guard wounded men and have also guided a lost person to safety. Even today a wolf talisman is still believed to ward off evil.

    One legend: In 1185, Giraldus Cambrensis wrote down the first werewolf tale, believing the story to be true. Serious, no lie, he believed every word. Giraldus spoke to Bishop of Ossory, giving his views about the incident. The Bishop then sends the information to Pope Urban III.

    As the story goes...A priest was traveling from Ulter to Meath on an important mission with his assistant. The two stopped for the night in the woods where they come across a huge wolf. They’re frightened and would have run in fear, but the wolf speaks to them in a human voice. The wolf proceeds to tell them how St. Natalia, who was known to be ill-tempered, cursed the Ossorian people for sins they’d committed. Two Ossorians, a man and a woman would live in the shape of wolves for seven years. After they completed the cycle, they would return home and another couple would take their place. This wolf told the priest his wife was dying and wished the priest to give her the last rites. The priest does so and the wife dies peacefully. The wolf then tells the priest several prophecies about the English in Ireland. The priest promises to meet the wolf at a later date, but he never sees the wolf again.

    Another legend tells how the Ossory people can change into wolves whenever they wanted. When an Ossorian became a wolf he would leave his body at home as if he were dead. He would leave strict orders with at trusted friend not to move the body. If someone moved the body and the wolf couldn’t find it, he would remain a wolf for the rest of his life. In his wolf form, he lost all human aspects and would attack sheep and cattle, as any other wolf would do. If surprised or attacked while eating, the wolf would run home to resume his human form.

    I enjoyed your post. :)
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  30. lets see its a hard choice I love Vincents books for sure I love Kenyons books and Singhs books JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood as well

    i just finished reading your book changling moon would loveee to get my hands on the second book tho

    all ten of those sound like ppl i know lol


  31. Lol, great post :D

    I find it strange cos we do not have any werewolves or vampires here in myths. Sure cos stories came from other places, but not anything like that at all either. So no bloodsucking things here or shapeshifters. Just trolls, changelings, and lots of monsters in the woods

  32. PNR is my favorite genre alongside dystopian/post apocalypse YA, and my favorites are the Mercy Thompson series, the Georgina Kincaid/Succubus series, Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter and Psy/Changling series, and anything Charlaine Harris, Rachel Vincent and Melissa Marr:)
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  33. I really have not read a PNR yet I didnt like. And as for vamps vs shifters. I am still a die hard vamp fan but I love a good shifter story. I try and alternate between paranormal beings so I dont completely burn out.

  34. I prefer werewolf over any other paranormal creature. I'm not sure why, but I think they are sexier and more dangerous!

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  36. I've been reading The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian and The Morganville Series by Rachel Caine. Love the trailer for your book!!!

  37. HA! love this list! Wait...does that mean my husband a werewolf? He has most of the things on the list. LOL

  38. I've loved werewolves ever since Twilight. (emphasis on werewolves, NOT Twilight). I love me some Taylor Lautner ;)

    Paranormal is one of my favorite genres! Fave authors include JR Ward and Nalini Singh

  39. I wanted to read these before... now I need them RIGHT now!! LOL

  40. I love all types of paranormal creatures, but I love vampires the most. I've been reading Christina Henry's Black Wings and Black Night, which features fallen angels, demons, werewolves, faeries and a cute gargoyle sidekick. Before that I read Christine Cody's Bloodlands, with vampires and several shifters and Faith Hunter's Mercy Blade, which is about a skinwalker.

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  41. I am reading Rachel Caine's Bite Club from her Morganville series. I love the core characters of Shane, Claire, Eve and Michael but the other members of Morganville make it a fabulous series.


  42. I love kelley armstrong. Just finished Spell Bound. Love the women of the otherworld series.


  43. Do I like werewolves or vampires best???

    Umm... let me think about that... TEAM VAMPIRE!!! No seriously, I'm fascinated by all things vampire.

    But weres are cool too, or so this list has proven to me.

    I don't know to much about werewolf legends, but I like it when there is a distinguishable different between weres and shifters.

    Very much looking forward to check out this series. :)

  44. I am reading HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier. It is a wonderful take on Beauty & the Beast.


  45. I almost LOL'ing when read the post.. But, that's verra great! I love werewolves more than vampire. Maybe because werewolf not sparkle, and they growling all the time =P

    Right now I read Bound by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon.. And its about werewolves!! =D

    Thanks for make this international =)

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  46. I am currently interested in The Demon Trappers Series by Jana Oliver, and the Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer I'm enjoying them very much... I keep teetering from werewolves to vampires, I think it just all depends on what I read lol I really can't chose one or the other because I like them both equally =)

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!
    Have a safe and great week,
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  47. Thanks for the giveaway. I love reading about vampires. My favorite series is the Twilight series. I love that series.

  48. I'm about 90 pages into Jana Oliver's "Soul Thief." I really never read any books that pertained to demons or angels until a few years ago. I'm really enjoying the change of pace--but weres and vamps will ALWAYS be top dog (and bat) to me!


  49. I love both werewolves and vampires! I'm currently reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, which is fantastic!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  50. I like both wolves and vampire stories a great deal but I much prefer a vampire story over a werewolf story. There is just something sexy about a vampire.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  51. Thanks for the giveaway! I just finished the Fever series by Karen Marie Morning. It's a series about fae and it's amazing you should check it out if you haven't read it yet. If i have to decide between vampires and werewolves I'd pick vampires.

    Giselle at Xpresso Reads

  52. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I love paranormal books. I will try almost any author once. I love Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I have read this series about 6 different times know. Some books more than others. I love the characters from this book. I also like Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, Lyndsay Sands Argeneau series, and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson & Alpha & Omega series. I love to read and paranormal makes you have a great imagination, because you don't see things like this most everyday, so you have to imagine it.
    Thanks for the giveaway and would love to win to check out your books. You are a new author for me and would love to win and read.

  53. I've been reading a lot of YA recently. I tend not to like PNR as much as UF but I really like the series that could really be classified either way.

    Jessica TJOC

  54. I do love paranormal fantasy - my two current favorite authors of it are Patricia Briggs and Faith Hunter. That is because they are still relatively a short ways into their series. By that I mean they are both under 7 books long so far. I still love Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher but they have been going for so long now that I'm ready for their stories to be done because I want some closure. I feel it often happens that the series stories get carried on much longer than they should.

  55. Paranormal fantasy is absolutely wonderful, though I haven't been read it of late! the last thing I read in that genre was The Iron Queen I think, which was excellent :P I'm a werewolf fan all the way though! Suck it vampires :D

  56. Oh great post! :) I guess I might be on the look out as a werewolf, I have strange sleeping habits and a temper.... Hmmm, maybe I'll have to look into that. :) Thank you!

  57. I can't flipping wait! I love werewolves and completely agree about them being as sexy as all get-out. I honestly do not know how I managed to miss these books. I'm well-known for being the president of TEAM WEREWOLF.

  58. I love em all weres, vamps, angels, demons and changelings. I just finished J.R. Ward's Envy and loved it. Just started Jordan Castillo Price's A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion. Oh yeah, I'm also reading Amy Blankenship's Blood Bond series and loving it.
    I love Amy Lane's Little Goddess Series. The BDB, Night Huntress and so so many more.
    I've read both of Dani's Changeling books and loved them. Looking forward to the 3rd installment.

  59. A girlfriend gave me the first ten books in Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark hunter series, and I'm really enjoying working my way through them.

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  60. awesome post!! you know i love your covers!! i finished Pandora's Box and now i am on locked in silence by shiloh walker and gabriels inferno. all 3 i believe would fit in that category.


  61. While I haven't been reading much paranormal lately, I do love Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Gena Showalter and recently got completely obsessed with the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Thanks for the giveaway!


  62. Ok, Vampires are sexy, but werewolves are sexier! I like their skin (not pale) and they're stronger. In my country, we have a legend called El Cadejo, it says they are 2 dogs (although they are bigger than normal dogs, so I always have thought they were like wolves or something) one white that's good and in the nights can follow you and protect you, and the other one is black, and if he follows you in the night, you are dead.

  63. Hi Dani,
    Just came from your web site and blog. I love the series based on the excerpts. I'd love to win the first in the series Changeling Moon. I love both werewolves and vampires.
    Some of my favorite Author's (and there are many) are Diana Gabaldon for Outlander books, Karen Marie Moning,Kresley Cole, JR Ward,Larissa Ione,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Sherrelyn Sparks and Pamela Palmer's Feral series. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. Good luck everyone.
    Carol L
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  64. I definitely prefer Vampires! Always have. :)

  65. I read the first two books in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent a while ago, and they are great! I look forward to reading Dani's books as well.

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  66. There is something so sexy about werewolves. They are hot-blooded, passionate, and loyal! I read Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega series and I just love the chemistry between Charles and Anna, it's great. Thanks for the giveaway.


  67. These books look really good! and I love the list!

    I personally prefer werewolves!
    er, I mean changelings!

  68. i like both vampires and werewolves - it depends mostly on the story of the books i read.
    in twilight i liked both of the groups ^^

  69. I've been reading every comment, and I wanted to thank everyone for sharing their favorite books and authors. I've gotten some great ideas for my own TBR list. Also, thanks for the additions to the werewolf legends - very exciting because I haven't heard these ones before!

  70. Some of my favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Lara Adrian, and Keri Arthur.

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  71. I love reading all kinds of paranormal stories though my favorite are wolf shifters. Some of my favorite authors are Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, MaryJanice Davidson and Angela Knight to name a few.
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  72. PNR/UF is pretty much all I read. 3/4 of my bookshelves consist of this genre. Love it!!! I've heard great things about Dani Harper's book(s). Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

    GFC ~ erin

  73. I read a LOT of paranormal fiction, the latest is the Night Creature series by Lori Handeland, which I really enjoyed :)

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  74. Paranormal Romance is like my favourite genres to read so I am definitely a fan of vampires, werewolves, shifters and the like :)


  75. I've always prefered vampires because they're more supernatural and they're sexier for me :) But that doesn't mean I don't love werewolves, but I just prefer vampires :)

  76. My favorite paranormal authors are: Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Kerrelyn Sparks, Cindy Miles, Cynthia Eden and so many more! Also, I am not picky when it comes to my paranormal creatures-- Love 'em all! :-)

  77. I prefer Were to Vamp. I like Vivian Arend and her wolves, among others.

  78. Hi i love anything paranormal. I am reading Forever right now by stiefvater. I can't say who my fav, is cause i like everything thats strange. jenny pox was different. and supernatural was different as well. The Fallen Star was good and unusual. thanks for the giveaway joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

  79. One of my very favorite paranormal romance authors is Nalini Singh. I just read her newest release, Archangel's Blade, and absolutely loved it, as expected. I love both her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series.



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