I am very excited to have my friend Danica Winters visit and talk a bit about how unexpected roads can get you to where you need to be. Danica’s third book, CURSE OF THE WOLF, is an intriguing Veela/Werewolf romance which was just released this last week. I can’t wait to finish it over the long weekend.
Curse of the Wolf:
For cursed, shape-shifting Veela, Gloriana, following her heart and giving her body to sexy, tortured werewolf Alexander means one thing-he will die and it will again be her fault. Once only a man, Alexander finds himself scarred by the memories of his former life and the deceptions and lies that surround him. When a glimmer of light breaks the madness, he must let go of his misguided preconceptions and the hatred that consumes him.
On a mission for blood, they find unity in their desire for revenge, but are driven apart by their pasts. Traveling the darkest paths and fighting the very people they think they can trust, they draw closer to one another’s hearts and further into danger.
Will the curse prove to be unstoppable… or is there hope in forbidden love?
Check out a sneak peak here.
I come from a conservative background, where being different was something frowned upon and ridiculed. In my schools, I wasn’t unpopular, but I stuck out. I was a bit of a tom-boy, the product of two older and somewhat-mischievous brothers. To be honest, I liked to be just a tad bit off normal—though my inner-voice always pushed me to ‘fit-in’.
When I moved out of my childhood home at 18, I left some of my tom-boy ways behind and met the world and college head-on. I quickly learned that I had accomplished my goal to be ‘normal’ and now instead of blending in, I stuck out against the dreadlocked, unshaven, and often pink-haired comrades that meandered around my college’s campus. I secretly envied their ability to walk with their heads held high as the non-college attendees stared and whispered. How could they break from normal and not get tired of the strange looks and judgments made by outsiders?
My parents pressured me to get a ‘real’ degree, and in hindsight I would have been better off following their advice. Instead, I followed my heart and studied Anthropology with an emphasis in Archeology. It could have been the pink-haired culture that surrounded me, but I desperately wanted to understand what made people tick throughout history—why some chose to conform while others broke away from the ‘norm.’
In the final years of getting my degree I did something I had vowed I would never do, I fell in love, and was given a ring by the man of my dreams. He treated me better than I had ever been treated and loved the fact that I could one day wear cowboy boots and the next a cocktail dress. He helped me understand that normal isn’t really normal, there is something in each of us that makes us a little bit different—and he embraced (and still embraces) my differences.
With his constant support, I graduated college, but found myself at an impasse—stay with him, but give up traveling around the world in the name of Archeology, or move to the Southwest, get my Graduate degree and hope that someday I could find a job.
I chose him, and I know I made the right choice. It has brought me a different future from that which I had envisioned at 18, but it also brought me what my heart truly desired—family, stability, a sense of normalcy, love, fulfillment, and it also brought me an unexpected path—writing paranormal romance.
Writing has brought me everything I had wanted when I had gone to school, adventure, travel, and I get to think about what makes people do and say the things they do. It’s a study of interpersonal communications, history, culture, economics—it’s everything and anything that I wish to incorporate into my work. One day I can be a paraplegic, dealing with the pitfalls of living in a wheelchair and the next, I’m a Veela in search of revenge.
Most importantly I have followed my heart. I’ve come to embrace and be proud of the fact that I’m anything but normal. I’m me.
Danica Winters is an Amazon best-selling romance author based in Montana. She is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Greater Seattle Romance Writers. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.