Saturday, December 24, 2011

Special three day event with paranormal romance author Dani Harper (DAY 1)

Welcome to a special event with guest romance author Dani Harper. This is a three day event so make sure you come back for the next two days;)

Changeling Celebrations with Dani Harper – Part One

In my new shapeshifter series, the Macleod family are Changelings, able to become wolves at will. The family escaped from Scotland during the wolf exterminations and started a new life in northern Canada. (This book trailer tells their story:  http://www.daniharper.com/VIDEOS.html)

Their celebrations became a blend of old and new, of traditions from both countries. Connor, James and Culley  Macleod volunteered (okay, they were drafted) to talk to us today about their memories of Changeling celebrations:
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“When we were kids, our family always observed the Solstice on December 21st,” James began. “And—”
Culley interrupted at once. “We should explain that we were kids a couple centuries ago. Changelings are pretty long-lived.”

 “Right, it was a long time ago. And we celebrated Solstice, the return of the Light,” continued James.

“We still do,” said Connor. “Zoey and I held a family celebration at the farm. We built—”
James built the bonfires,” he said. “Helped by my wife Jillian and my kids, Hunter and Hailey. Took us a couple days to haul all the wood and stack it into the right shapes but it was worth it.”
“The bonfires were enormous,” Culley said. “But the fireworks were my favorite.”
“There weren’t supposed to be any fireworks. Someone –” James looked hard at Culley “—put them amongst the stacked logs.”

“And it really jazzed up the celebration.”

“The celebration didn’t need any damn jazzing.”

“We celebrate Yule too.” Connor carried on quickly, obviously hoping to distract his brothers. “Scotland’s ancient Celtic traditions got mixed in with Scandinavian customs brought by invading Vikings.”

“Like this one,” said Culley, yanking a handful of James’ white-blonde hair. “He’s the only one in the family with this coloring, so we figure he’s a throwback to the Vikings.” He had to duck fast to avoid his brother’s big fist.

“Remind me again why we brought you?” asked James.

Connor rolled his eyes and carried on. “Yule or Yuletide gets celebrated in late December.  It was said that the Norse god, Odin would disguise himself in a hooded blue cloak, and visit the earth in the twelfth month. His pet wolves, Geri and Freki, would wait outside as he would wander through the towns, sitting at firesides and listening to the people. Whenever he saw there was need, Odin would leave a gift of bread or coins.”

“In some of the really old stories, Odin flew through the air on his magical eight-legged horse, Sleipner,” laughed Culley. “Does that sound like Santa Claus or what?”

“Dad used to tell that one,” said James. “Mostly I remember going with him to cut a Yule Log. It had to be enormous because it was going to burn continuously for at least twelve days.”
Connor nodded. “Fireplaces were pretty huge back then, so they could hold logs like that.”
“Weren’t the ashes good for something?” asked Culley. “Mom used to spread them in all her gardens.”

“That was to ensure a good harvest,” said James. “The ashes of the Yule Log were supposed to have all kinds of powers.  You might keep some as a protective charm. Some people used the ash as medicine.”
“Yuck. Let’s talk about something more appetizing, like the food.” Culley closed his eyes and smiled as if he were back in the old family kitchen.

“Later. We promised to meet the gals downtown for Christmas shopping,” said Connor.

“Shopping?” James looked pained. “I’m sure I’d remember promising that.”
Culley was more concerned about the interview. “But we haven’t told them about all the food. And that’s the best part!”

“Tomorrow,” said Connor. “We’ve got a date to come right back here to Bitten By Paranormal Romance tomorrow and tell them the rest!”
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Dani Harper is the author of a hot new shapeshifter series from Kensington Brava.  CHANGELING MOON and CHANGELING DREAM are available now in trade paperback and ebook. Her latest novel, CHANGELING DAWN, is being released on December 27th.  Check it out at http://www.daniharper.com


GIVEAWAY
December is a time of gifts and giving. Leave a comment, telling your favorite holiday tradition, and you’ll be entered to win a Dani Harper tote bag with swag!  Draw closes Dec. 31st.



37 comments:

  1. My favorite holidays tradition...hum i would say the moment at Christmas where all the family gather around the fire to speak about what happenned this year just before we exchange gift

    all the best and Merry Christmas


    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

    thanks you for this giveaway

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  2. My Favorite Holiday tradition~~~
    I really do love just about everything about the this time of year. But i would have to say having my kids help me with all the fun stuff that gos with the holiday season:)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours~~~

    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Hi!
    One of my fav xmas tradition is running into the snow bare feet with the family! It's funny and such a great experience! Thanks for this giveaway!

    Proseprine

    proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. My favorite holiday tradition is gettting together with all my friends and family for a big party and lots of food.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo.com

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  5. Hello Dani!

    One, and most likely our most, favorite holiday tradition is breaking out the deviled eggs, eggnog, tray of crackers and sausage/cheese, and as the turkey cooks in the oven, watch "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation". I even bought the DVD to replace a well-worn VHS tape of the movie.

    Thank you for this giveaway! The book covers look wonderful and I hope I have a good chance to win a tote bag!

    Cat Shields
    cshields.ebooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. My favorite holiday tradition was each year on Christmas Eve, the entire family (grandparents, their 11 children & their spouses, all the grandkids, some great grandkids, and always a few extra family/friends) would gather at my grandparents house. After dinner, everyone would gather around and get very quiet while my grandfather read the story of the first Christmas from his Bible. This was always my favorite part of the holiday. Now that he is gone, I would do anything to have that again. I do have some home movies/DVDs but it is not the same as being able to experience it live again.

    I hope everyone has a great holiday season!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  7. My favorite holiday tradition started because we had little money growing up (homeless at one point). The few presents we received on Christmas were essentials like clothing. One of these essentials was pajamas.

    Every Christmas Eve we had a tradition of opening our brand new pjs and wearing them to bed that night. The next morning, everyone spent the day in their Christmas pajamas, laughing and having fun.

    marisha511 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  8. Eating soymilk w/ brownies and sitting back watching fun Christmas movies.

    Email: bookandmoviedimensionblogger (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  9. i love decorating the tree!! going through the boxes of ornaments, reliving the memories.. finding that PERFECT spot to hang each one..

    thanks for the giveaway!! and this book looks amazing, cant wait to get it!!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

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  10. What lovely traditions everyone has!

    My favorite tradition is the annual discussion over when to wake up and open presents. I'm always up first, and vote for as early as possible, about 6 am. My hubby likes to sleep in and votes for some rediculous time like 11:00 am (As if!) My kids vote for somewhere in between.

    In reality it's the same routine every year. I get up around 6:15, make tea, sit in the dark with the only the tree lights on, and savour the quiet alone time while I reflect back on a wonderous year. Around 7:30 I coax the kids and the dog down, and finally dear hubby, who grubmles with each step, but with a grin peeking from groggy eyes.

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  11. Watching all the holiday specials and movies. My family just loves this.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  12. My favorite holiday tradition was the gift game we use to play at our grandparents' house. Everyone brought in a cheap and silly gift. Each person had a turn randomly decided by picking from a deck of cards. Each turn, the person could either choose a gift or steal a gift from someone else. It was so much fun!

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  13. Watching White Christmas while wrapping gifts with a cup of hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

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  14. Drinking a toast to the family where ever they may be at 11am on Christmas morning.

    Merry Christmas and a wish that 2012 brings you all that you need to be happy.

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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  15. My favorite holiday tradition is packing the kids in the car, turning up the Christmas music, and driving around at night looking at all the lights and decorations! It doesn't sound like much, but I look forward to it every year:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  16. My favortite holidat tradition in my family is reading from the bible on christmas morning before opeing presents..instilling the tru meaning of christmas..
    agarcia6510@columbus.rr.com

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  17. My favorite tradition is the white elephant swap I do with with all my BFF's. It's always a riot and we hve so much fun opening the gifts. Each Christmas is a special time and we look forward to it each year.

    Sherri - urbangirlreader(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. My favorite holiday tradition is grinding and brewing a fresh cuppa and getting myself settled in the chair preparing for the son to get his goodies and maybe torturing him just a little while I take my time and building the excitement for the great reveal,then eating yummies and sharing the joy! Thank you for the fun post my friends and happy holidays!
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  19. Great interview Dani and Macleod men, I love the way they celebrate Christmas with their own traditions. Great books Dani, they're on my keeper shelf.
    My favorite traditional Christmas tradition is the Christmas tree with the Christmas pickle.
    I'm PA. Dutch and love to follow the old traditions.
    As for my family's tradition, I like leaving the Christmas tree lights on from Christmas Eve to Christmas day (says "there's always room for 1 more")

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@aol.com

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  20. our Christmas Tradition, is pretty simple, it's getting our family together and having a great dinner together and talking about our last year of ups and downs and what we want to do in the new year. And then spend the new year together also.
    recupefashion@hotmail.com

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  21. I enjoyed reading the post.
    I love Christmas so I have a lot of favorites. I love decorating the house.

    Merry Christmas
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  22. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
    Great post, and I've added the series to my gotta have list!
    Thank you!

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

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  23. I love backing cookies with my daughter an setting them out for Santa. And after all the gifts are wrapped, I watch White Christmas :)

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  24. My favorite tradition is my Mom, my daughter & I all preparing a traditional Polish dinner for Christmas. This year, my grandsons (3&4 years old) will be "helping". That'll be 4 generations preparing dinner this year!

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  25. My favorite holiday tradition has always been decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. Enjoyed the post. Can't wait to read more about the Macleods.One of my favorite traditions is all of us women in the family getting together to bake. It's such a great way to spend the day with everyone..
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. We try to set aside at least one night where everyone comes to my house and we have non stop board games going on. We eat, visit, get caught up on gossip and try to get back to simpler times before video games with Clue, Risk, Monopoly, and kinds of card games.
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  28. My favorite tradition is waking up Xmas morning & gathering around the tree to open gifts.
    goonie4ever(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Hi Dani! First I'd like to know where my hottie Devlin is? Did you not force him into joining the fun (or helping control Culley) or was he just crafty enough to get out of the fun? LOL!

    My favorite tradition is all the family getting together to open presents and have a big meal. That stopped for a long while after my grandmother passed away, but my cousins and I are trying to bring the tradition back now that we have kids.

    Irishwolf @ embarqmail .com

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  30. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with family to decorate Christmas cookies.

    jessilikey AT gmail DOT com

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  31. My favourite holiday tradition is a family one. At 11am on Christmas morning we drink a toast to all the family members wishing them a Happy Christmas where ever they are in the world.

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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  32. my favorite holiday tradition is simply to spend it with family, even though by the end of the day, I long for a little peace. I would not change a thing.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

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  33. I love to watch holiday movies and cartoons with the family. So much fun.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  34. I think my most favorite tradition is baking cookies with the kids and then giving them to all the neighbors and family who don't bake. brendem7@comcast.net

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  35. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with family and just spending time together.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

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  36. Going to my in-laws on Christmas eve for some yummy homemade Italian eats and to spend time with the family.

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  37. My fav holiday tradition is gathering with my family Christmas Day. We open gift & enjoy Christmas Dinner. We also play board games & relish quality time together!!! :-)

    jfort357(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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