Author: Dani Harper

The Faery Pooka with Dani Harper

Posted April 1, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | | 8 Comments

The Faery Pooka with Dani HarperStorm Warned by Dani Harper
Series: Grim #3
Published by Montlake Romance on March 31st 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Passionate musicians Caris and Liam grew up centuries apart. When their fates collide, they must learn to trust each other and work together to stop a dark force from seizing both Fae and human worlds. 

When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.

Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.

From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.

There’s a wide variety of Fae beings in my new paranormal fantasy, STORM WARNED, all of them based on Welsh faery legends and lore. One of the fae creatures making an appearance is the Pooka or, as it’s spelled in Welsh, Pwca. (the “w” is pronounced like the “oo” in moon).

The faery Pwca is a shapeshifter, able to appear as many different creatures but almost always black as coal with glowing yellow eyes. Many stories feature it as a large male goat with sweeping horns, a fearsome goblin, or even an enormous raven, but its favorite form is that of a horse. Whatever form it takes, the Pwca has the power of human speech.

The Pwca roams the countryside after dark, usually creating mischief wherever it goes. Fences may be broken down, fields trampled, and livestock chased away or cursed with an illness. Cows who catch sight of the creature will stop giving milk, and likewise, hens will stop laying if a Pwca has passed by the farm. If berries become overripe or have been killed by frost, it’s often said that the Pwca has spit on them!

A Pwca’s most well-known prank, however, is to coax a traveler onto its back by pretending to be tame. The traveler then gets a wild ride he’ll never forget, and ends up tossed into a muddy ditch or a pond! Some stories tell of the Pwca approaching houses and calling out the names of those it wants to take upon its midnight dashes! If you refuse to answer the Pwca’s call, the creature will wreak havoc on the farm.

Like many fae creatures, the Pwca is capricious in nature – its mischief can become dangerous in an instant, yet it can sometimes be warded off with an act of generosity or even entreated for a favor. The more respect that mortals showed to the Pwca, the more helpful it might be to them. Some reapers used to leave a few strands of standing grain when they cut a field – it was called “the Pwca’s share”.  Many people, even today, leave bread and milk on the porch as an offering for the fae, and the Pwca is said to be quite fond of this.

So how can a Pwca help you? Tales are told of the Pwca performing some of the work around the farm during the night. Plus, not only is the creature very clever at solving problems, it can foretell the future and warn of events to come. Definitely worth a slice of bread and a dish of milk!

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About Dani Harper

Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fantasy. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway gardens, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of chickens, with the assistance of three dogs and several grandchildren.

Dani is the author of Changeling Moon (2012 RITA finalist), Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn; plus First Bite, a Dark Wolf story. Recent works include the Grim Series (Storm Warrior, Storm Bound, and the newly released Storm Warned).

Audio Review: First Bite by Dani Harper

Audio Review: First Bite by Dani Harper

Posted January 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

First Impression: The second half of the book didn’t knock my socks off but I’m willing to give the series and author another try. The Narration/Production: Veronica Muench has a nice voice but I’m not sure she was the right choice for this book. She didn’t change her tone enough for different characters for my liking. I don’t know if it’s Muench’s narration style or how she was directed but there was no noticeable pauses between changes in scenes and POVs. I found myself confused as to who was talking and that the POV had changed. Since I’ve listened to many audio books I really notice when a break in the recording or when a re-record was done. Some audio productions does an amazing job […]