Werewolf Legends & Lore with Dani Harper + Giveaway!

>> Sunday, January 29, 2012

I'm excited to have my Kensington sister Dani Harper here today!! She just released the third book in her Changling trilogy, Changeling Dawn, and she's here to talk about some pretty fun stuff!
Plus, there's a GIVEAWAY!!

Dani's shapeshifter series about the Macleod family and their friends! Long-lived and able to become wolves at will, they call themselves Changelings. Almost two centuries ago, they were forced to flee the wolf exterminations in Scotland and start a new life in the wilderness of northern Canada.

Today, that wilderness has been largely settled, and an entire community has sprung up around the Changelings. The Macleods and their pack live as humans most of the time, hiding in plain sight. But there’s just enough unspoiled forest left for them to joyfully run as wolves whenever they please. They seem to have the best of both worlds – but there are still dangers lurking for their kind. And love, when it arrives, brings dangers and complications of its own.

The two highest laws in the Changeling world are never harm a human and never turn a human against their will. The wolf within, however, has its own primal rules. If a Changeling’s life is in danger, the wolf will emerge to defend it. It will also rise, unbidden, to defend a mate at all costs. And Changelings mate for life.

Each book in the series can stand alone, because each focuses on one member of the Macleod family. The first novel is Changeling Moon, the second is Changeling Dream. The third novel was just released, Changeling Dawn.  For info and excerpts, check out Dani's website at http://www.daniharper.com.

Hi, I’m Dani and one of my hobbies is collecting wolf and werewolf myths and legends, and I’ve brought seven of my favorites to share with you.

  1. In some European legends, particularly in Scandinavian countries, some rivers and streams are said to be "lycanthropic". This means that you can become a werewolf just by drinking the water! Lycanthropic water is said to possess a "lurid sparkle" and a faint smell that is like nothing else. As it flows, the water makes sounds that resemble human voices, and dogs and horses are afraid of it.
  2. Reports of an enormous wolf-like animal in North Wales date back to 1790, when a stagecoach travelling between Denbigh and Wrexham was attacked and overturned by an enormous black beast almost as long as the coach horses. Known as the Welsh Werewolf, its attacks continued for a few years then mysteriously died out. Two centuries later, beginning in 1992, over 70 sightings of a large wolf-like animal have been reported! 
  3. In Mexico, the werewolf is called the "nahual". A nahual is a witch who can shapeshift into a black wolf or coyote. According to the legend, not every witch can achieve this transformation -- only a few have a natural gift. In addition to having the inborn talent, the witch must also jump over a wooden cross, or go into deep trance-like sleep, or put on an animal skin, or cover his or her body with an ointment made of herbs.
  4. Werewolves in Sweden and Norway are called the ‘Varulv’. According to the legends, these people become werewolves by choice by putting on an enchanted article of clothing such as a belt. They are not necessarily evil, and in fact, in some stories only the most faithful could achieve the transformation!
  5. In Latvia, ancient texts show that the wolf was honored as a deity or as a servant of God. In old Latvian folk songs the wolf is called God's dog. When wolves howled, they were once said to be praying to God and should not be ridiculed or hunted. The Greeks of Athens also had great respect for the wolf and decreed that any man who killed one had to pay for the funeral for the animal.
  6. The 11th Century Russian Prince Vseslav was considered to have been a werewolf and capable of superhuman speeds. One account says: "Vseslav the prince judged men; as prince, he ruled towns; but at night he prowled in the guise of a wolf." A commemorative coin, showing Vseslav and a wolf, was released in 2005.
  7. Legend says that the town of Gubbio, Italy, was being terrorized by a large wolf that preyed on both livestock and humans. Saint Francis was said to have the power to talk to animals, and he went alone to speak to the wolf about its habits. He was successful in negotiating peace between the villagers and the wolf, and the creature lived among them like a dog for the rest of its li
If you enjoyed the above, consider pressing the LIKE button on my Facebook Fan Page. I post wolf and werewolf trivia there every day!

One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Changeling Dawn. This is an International giveaway and a name will be drawn at random on Tuesday, Feb. 10.   There are several ways to earn points to better your chances of winning -- the first step is to leave a comment or ask Dani a question! 

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Raonaid Luckwell 8:22 PM  

Joan is sooo going to have my arse for I have not yet read Dani Harper. Oh! Not for the lack of trying. Damn Finances! Book holic's worst nightmare.

But, that is so neat! All those different myths about wolves and were-wolves. Have a friend that is totally into wolves..

Think that's what I liked about Lori Handleland's Nightcreatures. She broke out of the mold about were wolves, testing the waters with other cultures beliefs in were wolves.

Victoria 12:06 AM  

I love all the lore behind werewolves and other paranormal creatures. This post was excellent. Thank you. I will go like your page :).

CrystalGB 6:00 AM  

Dani's books sound great. I am a huge fan of werewolf books. Thanks for sharing the werewolf myths and legends with us.

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story 6:59 AM  

I've heard so much about Dani and her books! From Goodreads' friends, to other readers to bloggers like the two Ambers from AwesomeSauce Book Club! Hahaha. I'm a big fan of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, and I'd really love to read Changeling Dawn!:D

Haha. My question to Dani is, why werewolves? Why not, say vampires? Lol, well, they are trending. :P

Thanks for this giveaway anyway, and those info on the Were's Legends and Lores! Very interesting.:)

traci16 7:07 AM  

love the interview...thanks!!!! Changeling Dawn is definitely on my wishlist, so thank you sooo much for the giveaway!!!! I have been following Dani's trivia(on facebook) about werewolves and it has been very interesting!!! I love paranormal romance, especially werewolves and vampires!!!!!

Agnieszka Nashi 7:13 AM  

To add to your stack, werewolf in Polish is called "wilkołak". :)

Thanks for this international giveaway! I'd gladly read some werewolf story, it's been a while. :>

Ren 9:00 AM  

I'm from Indonesia, and for some US and Europe people, they are consider Leak, a ghost from Bali as werewolf!


Good morning from Alaska, everyone! Just getting my day started and wanted to stop by and thank Joan for inviting me to her blog! *waving*

Wow, some lovely comments here - thank you! And extra thanks for the info on the Polish werewolf and the Indonesian werewolf -- I'll be sure to add those to my collection! :)

Karen Victoria 9:28 AM  

Awesome post = )

StacieD,  9:51 AM  

Hello Dani! I love shifter stories. I also like that the books in this series can each be read as a stand alone story. Did you know how many books you would write in the series before you started?

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Reading 12:22 PM  

I already followed you Dani on Facebook and Twitter! Your book is part of my wishlist waiting for an an oportunity but I need more time in a day! LOL


Kelly 12:33 PM  

Just stopping by to show my love for both Dani & Joan.. Two SUPER AWESOME authors!!!!

*not entering contest Joan*


June M. 12:57 PM  

I love paranormal books whether they have shifters, vampires, demons or whatever. I do have the first book of this series and have the 2nd and this one on my wishlist. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this one.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ 1:34 PM  

I already followed you Dani on Facebook and Twitter and I am your friend thru goodreads. !! I think I got your covered. :) I love shapeshifters, vampires, anything paranormal.

Julie S 1:34 PM  

I've been wanting to read this interesting new shifter series!

SiNn 1:45 PM  

I sooo wanna read this book and how interesting I love readinga bout the lore crosses my fingers

Anonymous,  2:19 PM  

Love Dani.... Can not wait to get this one.

Werewolves are right up there with Monster and my smokes... Gotta have them.

Julie W 2:34 PM  

I love learning about supernatural legends, and where they came from! What a great post, Dani! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of your book, too :)
jwitt33 at live dot com

Vanessa N. 2:45 PM  

New author for me. I love shifters so I can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the chance.


Brenda Hyde 2:52 PM  

I've read Dani's first book in the series, and I've been stalking her since...I love shifters and the Changling series is very cool.

So, do you think,like I do, that the wolf in the Red Riding Hood story was simply misunderstood?

Jennifer L. Bielman 3:56 PM  

Oooh, I love myths and legends. Thanks for sharing and for this giveaway.

bn100,  4:37 PM  

Thanks for sharing the stories. I enjoyed reading them.

Phoenix Carvelli 8:43 PM  

Hi, Dani & Joan! Great contest!
Dani, Was living in Alaska what got you interested in wolves and werewolves? I saw a little bit of your beautiful state last year but no wolves or bears. :(
I loved the first two books in this series! I would so LOVE a signed copy of Changling Dawn!
I follow you on Twitter and am a friend on Goodreads.
Wishing you continued success! I hope the snow is not too deep where you live!

marybelle 2:23 AM  

I'm waiting until I have the entire series then I'm not moving until I'm done.


Rhiannon Tala 4:34 AM  

*Appreciate giveaway! Allowing those like me on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't normally afford!
*Kewl...New! After Blog/Review & 411 included, has really whet my appetite...
*In fact am 'Howling in Anticipation' to escape & follow this 'Hairy' adventurous journey into the magickal paranormal 'Changeling World' so realistically & fully created!
*Only prob:Wanna get/read #1 & #2 of series!

)0( Warmest Blessings )0(

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*Paranormal Romance is Magickal*

Sherry Isaac 6:08 AM  

Great lore, Dani. And always a pleasure to meet Joan's friends.

My fascination with wolves come from the the crossover between what we know and love, our loyal dogs, and what is unknown and wild. Shall visit you on FB.

sherry dot isaac at yahoo dot com

Amber Garcia 8:11 AM  

Love the giveaway cnat wait to read this series, its on my to read list!

ilona 10:17 AM  

Hi Dani, here's another one for your collection:
Lobisón is the word that stands for Werewolf in north Argentina. The Lobisón is usually the seventh son in a family (whereas the seventh daughter is doomed to be a witch). When they turn into a hairy creature that resembles both a man and a wolf, the Lobisón wanders in the hills and mountains, feeding mostly upon carrion. However, if they get to meet with a human being, they will instantly attack. The survivors (men and women) will then turn into Lobisones themselves.

As usual the poor old seventh son gets it in the neck :D

vadeluna07 3:09 PM  

Werewolves are my favorite fantasy creature so I'm always glad to read a new werewolf book! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

alainala 3:10 PM  

i love hearing the wolf trivia! where do you get it from exactly though??
cant wait to read this book, thanks for the chance to win it signed!!

alainala@ hotmail DOT ca

Beth 8:39 PM  

I really enjoy your wolf trivia and I'm looking forward to reading more books in your series.

Doris 10:15 PM  

I really enjoy your books and the daily tidbits about wolves...never knew there was so much to these beautiful creatures...Do you ever see them where you live?

Audra 2:37 AM  

I love myths about shifters and werewolves are awesome

donnas 8:27 PM  

Great trivia. Thanks for sharing it!!

The ParaNormal Romance Party 12:56 PM  

Thanx for tha Giveaway!! Great post!!

~Samantha Dacier

Sarah Kalaitzidis 1:02 PM  

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! love the post!!

Diane 3:38 PM  

I enjoy reading all the tidbits you find on wolves and then post on Facebook!!!

Na 10:15 PM  

I want to meet Dani's werewolves. I think the settings for her books are ideal for shifters - wild and free!

Sebrina 3:07 PM  

Although I have the first in the series, I have yet to actually sit down and read it. Every time I finish a book I wonder what I'll grab next to read, this time it's Changling Moon. I've got it all ready to go too...lol
Thank you for the chance at this giveaway!

kiki w 3:49 PM  

Would love to win your book,\.

Di 6:18 PM  

I'd really like to try this series & reading more paranormals is my goal for 2012
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Pat Cochran 6:23 PM  

Interesting wolf trivia and theories!

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Pat Cochran

Proserpine 6:57 PM  

Hi! I want to read this series! I got the first book of this series and its in line for the next read! I'm pretty sure I will fall in love with it! Thanks for this chance!

Anonymous,  7:10 PM  

Great post with interesting myths and legends. I love reading paranormal romance,can't wait to read this series.

Tamsyn 6:44 AM  

I enjoyed all the tidbits about the werewolves and wolves. Fascinating lore. Thanks for making the giveaway international.


Joella 2:46 PM  

Love the wolf and werewolf trivia! Very interesting!! joellaelbert@gmail.com

Anonymous,  2:21 AM  

Hi Joan n Danni , congrats To the Bothof you for the release of your book:). Just a quick question how do you do Any research about. Wolf Danni? Thx:)aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

Anonymous,  5:55 AM  

This sounds great! Can't wait to read!


LadyVampire2u 3:38 PM  

Already a fan of yours on Facebook as Aprille Shadowspeak. And I enjoy your myths and legends. Like you I love wolves and the mysteries surrounding them. They have a hauntingly beautiful presence thats rubbed off on people for hudreds of years.
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com


Really enjoying the comments, and learning a few things too! Just wanted to answer a couple of questions that were asked. I think my focus on wolves might have begun with a live encounter -- an entire pack loped through my yard one bright sunny morning in northern Canada. It remains one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

As for wolves where I live now, I'm on one of many islands in southeast Alaska and the consensus is that there are no wolves on this particular island. However, most of the island is inaccessible wilderness, so who really knows?

As for my daily wolf trivia, I do a lot of research to find all these little tidbits of information. They come from many, many sources and I really enjoy the hunt!

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Jennifer Blackstream 4:58 PM  

I loved this trivia. I liked your Facebook page too, lured by the promise of more werewolf trivia. I must say, I've read werewolf mythoi very extensively, but there were some tidbits here I'd never heard of. Thanks!

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