I am excited to welcome author Dani Harper today. Dani is getting ready to release her third Changeling novel, Changeling Dawn, on December 27th.
Shadow and moonlight merge beneath her bare feet, the forest floor blurring as she flees the dogs and torches. Werewolf, monster — those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them.
Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.
An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a secretive research center — as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own . . .
In my new paranormal series from Kensington-Brava, I’ve created a world in which the werewolves live as humans among us, hiding in plain sight. They call themselves Changelings and they regard their innate ability to become a wolf at will as a gift. This shapeshifting power can also complicate their lives, however, particularly when love is involved.
There are 3 immutable laws in the Changeling world:
- Never harm a human.
- Never turn a human against their will.
- Changelings mate for life. Always.
If you met up with a wolf in the forest, would you know if it was a Werewolf or a Changeling? The difference could mean being eaten – or not! Need help in a hurry? Looks and attitude will tell you all you need to know!
LOOKS – They say never judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t apply to shapeshifters. From movies and TV series to sightings of the Beast of Bray Road, most werewolves are just not attractive critters. They have powerful bodies, but the proportions leave a lot to be desired, making them more ape-like than wolf-like. Werewolves usually walk upright too, and tails are short or missing altogether.
Changelings in their lupine form are attractive. Graceful and swift, they stand on all fours like natural wolves, with all the symmetrical features that we’ve come to admire on Animal Planet and Nat Geo. Aha, you say, how do you know if it’s a Changeling or a real wolf? Easy. Changelings are much bigger. And while the fur color seldom corresponds to the color of their human hair, their eyes are always the same. Just look close….
ATTITUDE – Throughout history and Hollywood, the werewolf is a bonafide monster, an out-of-control killing machine. Snarling, growling, roaring, drooling, tearing apart buildings and people with equal enthusiasm, the werewolf makes a terrible party guest. And he doesn’t listen well – reasoning will not work.
A Changeling doesn’t listen well either but it’s because he’s already left, intent on guarding his secret identity. Unless you’ve been foolish enough to endanger him, his pack or (worst of all) his mate. Yes, Changelings have rules they choose to abide by, but that doesn’t mean they’re tame!
So you see, it isn’t all that difficult to tell a werewolf from a Changeling in their animal form. But what about when they’re human?
Traditionally, werewolves don’t masquerade well as humans. Folklore describes definite physical signs you can look for. A unibrow, for instance. Having an index finger that’s longer than the middle finger. Eyes that glow in the dark. And werewolves are tense. They pace, they stress. After all, they can’t remember who they ate the night before. Plus they’re impatient and prone to fits of rage – all of which gets worse as the full moon approaches.
Changelings? They may run on four feet in their free time but they choose to live as humans. They have jobs, pay bills, drive cars … they could be your neighbor, your boss, your banker. The only thing that’s certain is that you will never, ever know. But don’t worry. Thanks to the rules, they never harm humans unless they turn rogue. And that’s only happened once.
Meet Dani Harper!
Dani Harper is the author of a hot new shapeshifter series from Kensington-Brava. Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream are available now. Changeling Dawn will be released December 27, 2011. See her website for more information.
- Changeling Moon (excerpt) at Amazon | Book Depository
- Changeling Dream (excerpt) at Amazon | Book Depository
- Changeling Dawn (excerpt) at Amazon | Book Depository
Thank you Dani for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Contest Time! Dani is giving away a copy of Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream or Changeling Dawn – winners choice. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Werewolves have become as popular as vampires in pop culture, and are featured in ever-increasing numbers in books, TV shows and movies. But there are many more things that go bump in the night … If you couldn’t read stories with vamps and weres, what OTHER paranormal beings would you choose to read about? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until November 29th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.