Monday, November 18, 2013

Seven Years Blog Tour #Giveaway @DannikaDark

Seven Years
(Seven Series, Bk #1)
By Dannika Dark


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?

The closer I snuggled up to Austin, the more I craved that cozy familiarity—more than I would have cared to admit. I’d missed him. How do you not miss someone who was a huge chunk of your childhood and young-adult life who disappeared off the face of the earth? Almost every memory I had from kindergarten to age twenty involved Austin Cole.

The next thing I knew, my cheek rested on his bicep and I tucked my body against his like a puzzle piece. 
Just when I closed my heavy eyelids, he groaned.

Oh God, please don’t let him wake up now.

It was deep and guttural, and he shifted on his right side, facing me.

“You okay?” he murmured.

I didn't reply. I played dead and pretended I was asleep. It seemed like a good plan to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why I was latched on to him like a man-sucking leech.

A rough, warm hand cupped my cheek and I felt him scoot down a little. Maybe he thought I had fallen asleep, because his thumb brushed over my right eyelid softly.

Five times. I counted.

When his lips lightly touched mine, my brain just shut down. It was a soft, almost nonexistent kiss, but I felt it all the way down to my toes. Then it zinged back up to my hips and damn if I didn't moan.

Now we were both aware I wasn't asleep and he was kissing me. But it didn't stop. His kiss pressed a little bit harder and tingles roared through my body, and my breath was shaky and erratic.

When his tongue touched my lip, I quickly opened my mouth and kissed him back.



Kissed him like I’d fantasized about doing for the last seven years.

  • You're stranded on an island with one antagonist from any one of your books. Who would you choose and why?

Lorenzo Church from Seven Years. He’s not entirely wicked, or is he? Either way, there’s something about him that is alluring. He seems like the kind of man who would be a survivor if stranded on an island, and maybe instead of entertainment, I’d put up with him if it meant getting rescued.

  • If you were to name your child after any book character, what would you name him/her?
Justus from the Mageri Series. I think of all the names of any book character, I love that one the most.

  • Have you ever gotten a book inspired tattoo? If no, would you? If yes, would you get another?
No. Would I? If I did, it would have to hold special meaning and would probably come from one of my own books.

  • Is there any one thing you seriously can't live without? Air, general food, sleep, and water don't count.
That’s a tough question. Thing excludes living beings, so I’d have to say my laptop. Not only do I write books on my laptop, but I’m able to connect with friends, family, fans, read up on news, watch TV shows and movies, and read books. I could literally get rid of my TV, DVD player, books, telephone, and still have all these things available to me through the laptop.

  • Have you ever reached a point during your writing where you've been so utterly frustrated/drained/ill that you considered giving it up?
Not since I began publishing. I’m inspired every day I wake up because now I know what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. But I did feel that way years ago when I was a discouraged teen who submitted her writing to be published. But I still kept writing because I loved it. Every avenue that involved writing seemed impossible to get into, and eventually there came a point where I did give up for about five years.

  • If you were a superhero, what would be your powers and why?
I wish alternate universes existed, because I’d love the ability to move through them. As a kid, I used to imagine that mirrors were portals and if you believed, you could walk into one and enter another realm. I had convinced myself that I failed because I didn’t believe enough. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t think I could fly by jumping off a roof. :-) Flying would be useless since I’d probably slam into a bird, and invisibility would serve little purpose. So maybe the power would be the ability to teleport in some fashion - whether through another alternate universe, or simply zipping over to a random street in Tahiti. I could use a vacation. ;-)

  • What are some traits that you put in your characters that are actual requirements in your own life (if man shopping, that is)?
A man who knows what he wants. A man who will compromise and respect the opinions of his woman. A man who protects family with his life. A man who knows how to cook.

  • Is there a physical trait that most people find unappealing that you actually find sexy?
Scars. I’m not sure if sexy is the right word, but I think scars are the mark of a person who has a powerful story of survival or battle to tell. I see him as strong, a man who has endured pain and pulled through to tell the tale.

If I find out they are the mark of stupidity because he tried to throw a pool ball in the air and catch it with his mouth...NEXT! I think they can tell you a lot about a person, good or bad. ;-)

  • What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who can’t stop texting in public.

  • If you got to choose how you died, what would be your way out?
In the throes of passion with Chris Hemsworth? Ok, that’s naughty. I’d probably choose to pass away when I’m 143 - the oldest woman alive. Peacefully in my sleep, of course.

And maybe lying next to Chris.

This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.


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1st prize: 
1 autographed paperback of Seven Years 1 key necklace 5 autographed bookmarks

2nd prize: 
1 autographed paperback of Seven Years 5 autographed bookmarks

3rd prize: 
1 Dannika Dark ebook (Winner's choice) 5 autographed bookmarks

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1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Author interviews, especially when the questions are as great as these :) You get to know a little more about your favorite Author as an individual and that is really awesome!
    Thank you for hosting, Rachel. I haven't visited your blog in a little while and I must say it's looking amazing. I love the layout!
    Dannika, thank you for the sweet giveaway and great Author interview <3


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