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Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?


For people who have not heard of your (awesome) Mageri series, how would you explain it to them, and why should they pick it up?

This is a combination of reality meets fantasy. I’ve read so many Urban Fantasy books where the protagonist is a tough woman in leather pants with daggers. But I always wanted to know what it would be like if a regular human were suddenly pushed into this life and what these women were like in the early years. That really launched the idea.

My character is a young woman is forced to become a Mage against her will, never having realized that immortals and paranormals existed. In my world, a Mage is not a magician or sorcerer. They are immortals who have a core light of energy. They can use it to heal others or even electrocute those who are not a Mage. Another Mage named Justus takes her under his wing and acts as her Ghuardian. The story is about her identity crisis and struggle to acclimate within this unfamiliar life with bizarre laws and restrictions. The series is about relationships. It’s about those who come into our lives and how they change us, shape us into who we will one day become. It’s about love, loss, and finding courage. There are plenty of hot guys to claim as your next book boyfriend, but I think the Mageri series will offer readers something different from the usual Urban Fantasy books out there, where our protagonist is relatable, makes mistakes, and is searching for the one thing we all want in our life: purpose.

Silver is such a caring, but strong character, did yourself or anyone you know inspire her personality?

There’s no one specifically. Silver embodies the characteristics of many women who are floating through life and are suddenly faced with making tough decisions. It was important to keep her character real—someone who doesn’t always know how to cope with the drastic changes in her life. I think we’ve all been there. But eventually, we rise to the challenge and handle things the best way we can.

For those who have not met Logan Cross, how would you introduce him?

Dark, predatory, six and a half feet tall, powerful, and willing to fight to the death for what he wants. Logan Cross is a Chitah, a paranormal with golden eyes and light hair. If provoked – four deadly canines appear that can kill a Mage with a single bite. If he loses control, his inner “flip is switched.” He goes primal, and that doesn’t mean changing into an animal. His eyes will roll black and his mind will operate on pure instinct.

Fury is one thing he keeps caged, passion is the other.

You have a new series starting soon, what can your current fans and future readers expect from your new (upcoming) Seven series?

A whole lot of mayhem and romance. The Seven Series is “Mageri World based” (Same Breeds and rules), but these are new characters and this is a new town. This series focuses primarily on Shifters and is categorized as a Paranormal Romance, but readers will also find something fresh about these books that don’t necessarily follow what they may be used to with other Shifter books. I think it will even appeal to those who don’t read paranormal books. The swoon factor is there and I never write cliffhangers.

My paranormals struggle through the same problems we humans do. Each book focuses on a new couple, and while some may be darker than others, I’ve inserted a good dose of humor throughout. I’m always excited about taking a concept or a genre and doing something different with it, so I’m looking forward to delving into this series even further.

What are you currently working on, can you tell us a bit about it?

I’m currently working on edits for the last planned novel in the Mageri Series. It may not be the last time we hear from these characters, but I’m excited to begin working on new projects. This will be the fifth book in the series (yet unnamed) and will bring the series to a conclusive ending.

I’m also just finished up writing the first draft of the third book in the Seven Series and plan to begin book four pretty soon., all while working on edits for the second book. I’m fairly good with multi-tasking and definitely want to keep publishing different genres and stories. I’m sure I could drag the Mageri series on and on, but I’m a firm believer of ending a series when it feels right, because it also allows me to introduce my readers to new characters!

I turned the bolt, set my coffee on an end table, and collapsed on the sofa. All I could think about was Austin. Did I really see him at the cemetery? Maybe I dreamed it. I never could hold my liquor and it didn’t take much to get me drunk, not to mention I was one of those people who blacked out if I drank too much. Not passed out, but conscious and sometimes belting out old rock songs. At least, that’s what Naya told me, as did a girl I used to party with when I was younger. That’s why I avoided binge drinking.
No one needed to hear my rendition of “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”
Still, the conversation had seemed so real.
I was angry and kept hitting the stupid rewind button in my brain, causing me to replay the scene at Dairy Queen. Except in episode two, I got up and cussed him out. By episode three, I told my mom to take Maizy outside and I tore him a new one for walking out of our lives. By four, I managed to get information on where he’d been all this time before slapping him. Somewhere around episode twelve, I started making out with him, and by eighteen, we were having sex all over the hood of his Dodge Challenger.
That’s when I got up and took another shower.

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Carti cu Colti said...

I live in Romania, where Dracula lived( not real,people) so I must say I love vampires.

Unknown said...

Dannika Dark books are fun to read! Just started Seven Years!

Bookworm Brandee said...

Hmm, I'm going to go with shifters in general. I love werewolves, but I also love werecats, dragon shifters, etc.

Anonymous said...

I love werewolves but I adore fae... It's my thing!:)

cara_nicole said...

I love the Mageri series, and I just started Seven Years. Loving it so far! Thanks for the giveaway.

cara_nicole said...

And my favorite paranormal is vampires!

Alan D.D. said...

Vampires for ever!

Obsession with Books said...

A wonderful post! How have I not heard of this series :0 it sounds amazing..

I am a big shifter fan :-)

Unknown said...

Fae :) but I really just love all the paranormal! :))

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Mine is shifters and dragons!!

ZakirrahsBookBlog said...


NSG Rachel said...

I have to say I've always had a thing for dragons. I even have a tat of one.

smiling_ina said...

My favorites are Angels, but I also love Demons, so you can guess what kinda books are my favorites. ;)

aldelei89 said...

i love shape shifters.. there's a sense of mystery in them, and every book has its own story or background of a shifter. shifters really capture my interest in paranormal genre.

Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

Witches!!!! I'm a bit tired of vampires!

Sarathelin said...

I just love vampires, I can never get enough of them! :)

FireBall said...

Mages/Witches and shifters too :)

Anonymous said...

I love this series! one of my favorites! I love almost everything paranormal. But its awesome when an author can put a new twist on things, and Dannika does it effortlessly.

lizzytrev said...

I ♥ Dannika Dark!!! I like any paranormal, right now I am loving Austin!!!

Unknown said...

Vampires through and through....I have added fallen angels and shadowhunters along the way

thanks for the giveaway...and I hope you are feeling better ;)

a reader who reads said...

probably werewolves, I love how possessive they are :)

Unknown said...

Hmmm, its a toss-up! I like vampires and werewolves both! Actually I like anything that takes me out of reality... ;)

Mystrez (Cherie Stokes) said...

So many to choose from! I'd have to say vampires are my fav :)

Unknown said...

I like shapeshifters, specifically the ones that can assume any animal they want. I think that would be terrific!

Unknown said...

Seven years is a awesome book. loved the review :-)

Mary Preston said...

Angels & Witches for me. Love the power & the magic.

Babel said...

I love reading about vampires, but I prefer werewolves on screen ;-)

Unknown said...

My favorite paranormal is dragons.

Kendall said...

I can't choose a favourite paranormal being lol! I generally love all of them lol!

Thank you for the awesome giveaway :)

my-books said...

I love reading about vampire but since one month I read a lot of books about witches.

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