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One Week Blog Tour for Reality for The Arie Chronicles # 1 by Dani Hart from June 18 to 26, 2015.

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Reality - The Arie Chronicles # 1
by Dani Hart

Audience: Young Adult  - Genre: Fantasy - Format: E-Book & Paperback - Publisher: Anchor Group - ASIN: B00ZM52PQU - Date Published: June 12, 2015

To be extraordinary was a fate Arie Belle had never imagined. Her days had been filled with naïve pleasures and promising love, but all that changed one tragic day when her mother was killed under mysterious circumstances, plunging Arie’s life into dark and hopeless times where her lifelong friend, River, was her only beacon of light.
After years of numbness, a beautiful stranger, Ashe, entered her world and took her soul to places it had never been, across realities trapped within the worlds of fairy tales. Could he be her savior, or would she find the strength within to be her own?
Along her journey, she quickly unraveled the secret behind her uncanny connection with nature and her mother's killer. But one mystery remained—one of scripted destiny and the pull of the dark forces of life. Could she find the answers she needed before the next full moon? Or would death claim her as it had been painted in the fate of the stars?

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While some may speculate that we fell in love with each other at our first kiss, I knew better. We were soul mates from birth. We shared our first kiss in the meadow on the day of my sixteenth birthday before my mom died. We lay on the grass as we had done that first time the butterflies blessed us with their magnificence on my seventh birthday. We did this on my birthday every year in hopes they would return. My birthday not only signified being a year older, but it was also our day. Every year River and I shared a private ritual and a hidden connection, until that kiss when the secret was exposed and our hearts were bound beyond platonic feelings. My mom’s death broke this ritual and the dream of a perfectly unflawed life together.
“Sixteen is a big one, you know.” He smiled softly.
“I know.” I looked over at him as he lay there with his eyes closed. He was beautiful. I knew handsome was the preferred word when describing the male species, but not for him. His face looked like it was chiseled by the most talented of sculptors. His hair was a sandy blond, and while it wasn’t long, it definitely couldn’t be called short. It had soft waves that fell perfectly around his face. His eyes were as blue as the sky, and his skin was fair like mine. His lips were full and, as soft as they looked, I wished for the first time that I could feel how soft they were against my own lips. His body was perfect. For someone whose only workout consisted of running a few times a week, he had a flawless physique. The football team was always trying to recruit him because he fit the mold of a jock. I asked him once why he didn’t participate in sports, and he just responded that they didn’t hold his interest. He liked his freedom and independence.
My body began to tingle all over. A light breeze sent shivers down my spine. I wanted to touch him, but not in the playful way we touched when we horsed around. I wanted to embrace him. I reached out my hand to touch his when the fluttering of wings filled my ears. I pulled my hand away quickly.
He opened his eyes and stared at the return of the prodigal butterflies.
“Wow, they’re as beautiful as I remember them,” he whispered.
We sat up slowly and faced each other as we had done on my seventh birthday. Their return was a mystery. They circled around us, leaving us in the eye of the swarm. There were hundreds of them displaying every color imaginable on their wings. Some had stripes while others had splatters. Even the most talented artist could never capture the true brilliance of these magical creatures. They were flying so swiftly around us that the color of their wings looked like fresh paint being swirled in a can with a multitude of colors to make that perfect color combination.
I saw River staring at me as I watched the butterflies. I turned to him and got caught within the depths of his eyes. His stare bore deep into my soul. We sat like that for what seemed an eternity. My body burned from the inside out. My heart raced. My mind was anticipating what my body wanted. I couldn’t think. All I could do was stare into his eyes, begging for him to feel the same way. The butterflies continued to circle around us, but they seemed to be fluttering faster as if they were anticipating the moment, too. Right at the moment I thought my body was going to explode if something didn’t happen, he took his hand and grazed the side of my face. His touch sent electric shocks through my cheek and down my body. His hand followed my jawline, and his thumb outlined my lips on its way to my neck. He gripped the back of my neck gently and leaned into me as he pulled my face toward his. He paused and looked into my eyes as if waiting for me to say no. I didn’t think I could wait any longer. My heart was pounding so hard I could barely breathe. The eternal pause ended, and his lips brushed mine. I thought I was going to pass out as I inhaled him. How can one moment be so intense? He brushed his lips against mine for a few agonizing moments as if, again, waiting for me to protest. I couldn’t handle it anymore. I pressed my lips against his, and he responded. I felt like that kissed lasted for hours. It was soft and slow and perfect.
I wish I could say the moments after that kiss were just as perfect, but they weren’t. I thought that moment would change my life forever, but it was the moments after that would. I would never be the same. I would never be that innocent little girl in the meadow again.

Angels with Attitude - Author Interview

Dani Hart

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

It’s hard to say without giving away spoilers, but let me try. Arie could have gone 2 ways with her love interests. If I was able to write the other path I would because I’m fascinated how the story would have played out had she chosen differently.

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I knew I wanted to write a fantasy book, so I picked up several books in that genre to get inspiration. Those included the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (before True Blood), Mercy’s World series by Patricia Briggs, The Mageri series by Dannika Dark, and the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. 

Why did you become a writer?

I am one of those natural born writers. I was drawn to words a young age always several grades ahead in reading levels and writing whenever I could. I found my diaries from as early as 1989 that included poems and short stories. I am an empathetic introvert and found solace in fiction. 

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

Honestly, I don’t play the favorites game. Not with authors or books. There are too many cliques! I respect those who are real and compassionate. I will shout form the rooftops if I love a book and I will always try to be that person to give everyone the time of day. I DON’T support mean authors or negativity. It’s usually bred from jealousy or from the clique mentality, or sheer lack of trust in people and I just don’t do it. If I see negativity, I remember it. If I reach out and am shut down for no apparent reason, I remember. I don’t hold grudges and I don’t reciprocate meanness, but instead I tend to just pretend they don’t exist. I want to be surrounded by those who are in life to lift others up, not compete and tear them down. 

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series? 

That’s still up for debate, LOL! I have this series, but I get bored easily and need to create new characters and new worlds, so while I write series they may take longer to be released in between because I tend to write a standalone or 2 in between.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

I shouldn’t play favorites and say ALL OF THEM, but I really fell in love with Brandt in Forgotten Treasures, my New Adult Contemporary that released most recently. For whatever reason that love story has stuck with me. 

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I tend to read in the genre I am currently writing. I’m multi-genre so it could be fantasy, young adult, or contemporary. I am super picky what I read though. I’m a blurb whore, so if it sounds like the same old story I won’t read it. I stretch the limits of my creativity in all the genres, so I like to read other authors who do the same. I get bored easily. 

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?

You’ll know the answer to this if you follow my personal page, Dani Hart. My FAN pages are mainly for promotion of my work, but you get to see the real me on my personal page and I’m always interacting with readers who take the time to interact with me! 

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

I’m a hard ass in real life, so I think all my vulnerabilities are saved and released in my writing. I rarely cry at anything. I cried with one book I wrote, A Firefighter’s Flame, because it is somewhat a memoir of my life although some parts are fictional. It was hard to re-live many moments of my past and they did tear me down. It was an emotional ride. 

Did you have a Cover Designer?

I have 2 right now! Desi’s Art Designs re-designed the covers for THE ARIE CHRONICLES and Hang Le designed my adult division covers. 

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush?

I have attachment and commitment issues, so I don’t have one.

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?

If I’m being honest, I would love to spend time with any author who has worked their ass off to climb the ladder of success without stepping on others to get there. Two authors that really pique my interest are Shannon Hale, author of the Ever After High series, because I think the idea behind this series was genius and Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, because of the creative workings of her brain to create a unique world. 

Do you re-read your favorite books? 

No. As tempting as it is, I have very little time for reading so I prefer devouring new books. 

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?

Yes! I have started 4 books recently that I couldn’t get into, not from lack of good writing or stories, just lack of interest on my part. 

What is the funniest book you ever read?

This is awful, but I don’t seek out funny stories, so I don’t have one. I’m a drama mama. Hehe.  

about the author

I'm a...
Firefighter Wife
Multi-genre Writer
and so many other ordinary things.
I love my life and am so grateful for all of the support. I have the courage to live a dream. Xo

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