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About Danica Raimz
If someone came forward to reveal to Danica Raimz that, a few years ago, she inadvertently slipped through a tear in the fabric of the universe and into a parallel universe, it would not surprise her the least little bit. In fact, she would welcome any explanation for her new life, new locale, and new way of seeing the world. If someone had told her she would be writing steamy romance ... well, that would have flat-out shocked her. Still, if unwillingly uprooting your life and waiting for the dust to settle has any perks, the drive to rebel and regain control of your life on your own terms is one of them. Danica now loves to write the sort of romance where sex is the sweet, enticing, satisfying icing on the cake of relationships that are meant to be. A solid story, unique characters, true love, emotional rollercoasters, and steamy encounters are the hallmark of her work.
The AWAKEN MY HEART series:
Ever wish you could have more time with characters you grew to love in a novel? The Awaken My Heart series of New Adult Romance is all about that. Follow the Zabriese family drama as they find their soul mates in a stand-alone novel for each couple, then enjoy more of them in follow-up novellas.
Novel One: JIGSAW HEARTS (Ren and Galen's story)
Novella One: PIECES OF YOU, PIECES OF ME (Ren & Galen)
Novella Two: WHOLE PIECE OF MY HEART (Ren & Galen)
Novel Two: Corinne's story (Title TBA)
... and more to come
A few of Danica's favorite things:
- chocolate and raspberry together
- romantic comedies and scifi films
- Barbara Kingsolver (author)
- the color periwinkle
- people who are on time
- Star Wars (all of it!)
- This Is Us (but she hates them for making her cry EVERY episode)
- Outlander ... OMG ... Outlander!
- the number 11
- lawns that take care of themselves
- palm trees
- friends who love you no matter what and become family
- old bookstores
- Upstate New York
- Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan (There is NO better vanilla cake anywhere!)
- mashed potatoes
- the emerging Green Economy
- independent, unique little cafes (with plenty of outlets)
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When Seth dies unexpectedly, he sets off a chain reaction causing Ren's coping mechanisms to falter. Unable to make sense of messages she receives from beyond the grave, she can't stop herself from finding comfort in the arms of Galen Zabriese—the brother of the woman Seth ruthlessly conned.
Ren discovers life's missing pieces in Galen and steamy experiences in his bed but struggles to feel worthy of his love. While battling his own missing pieces, Galen becomes hell-bent on drawing Ren's real nature to the surface. Can selfless, true love help them complete each other or will Seth's past catch up with them first?
Jigsaw Hearts is a stand-alone novel full of emotional depth and steamy romance. Ren and Galen continue the beginning of their life together in two follow-up novellas, Pieces of You, Pieces of Me and Whole Piece of My Heart. Look forward to more novels and novellas involving the unconventional, flawed, but fabulous Zabriese family throughout the Awaken My Heart series.
*** “Score one for Galen?” he asked.
“Have I made you speechless?” His voice became huskier, seductive.
I nodded, dizzy over the sensation of his hair brushing against my neck, heated as his hands clasped in front of me as if I belonged to him.
“Want me to make you speechless longer?” he teased.
I leaned my head against his, weak with emotions that were so new to me that I didn’t know what to do with them. "
It's amazing how basking in love, trust, and promises can transform a person. I, Ren Hayden, am genuinely happy. Growing ever more secure with our relationship, Galen and I have grand and determined plans for our future together and for helping his sister create the art gallery of her dreams. We are moving past the extreme, harrowing circumstances of finding each other and settling into a new normal.
After a difficult business trip in Vienna involving obnoxious rock star, Tristan Turn, I arrive home to sweet, out-of-the-box gestures from Galen and steamy rendezvous that only confirm the depth of our love. (It's amazing what you can get away with in a museum.)
But suddenly ... Galen grows distant, behaves strangely, and admits he is keeping something from me. Does his family know what's going on? Is it the beginning of the end for us? How could a girl like me know? Even my empathic strengths hold few clues. One thing is certain: If the sort of love Galen and I have cannot last, how could true love exist at all?
What comes next? Galen takes up most of the narrative in a second follow-up novella: Whole Piece of My Heart
Until the subject of Ren’s latest biography calls her into a negative spotlight.
Until his brother, Dax, crosses a line.
Until Ren disappears.
Suddenly, instead of planning a proposal, Galen must risk everything to find Ren – including his moral compass.
Series Blurb: Between the two, there were many missing pieces. It would take a selfless, transformative, passionate sort of love to fill them in. It would take Ren risking a reconnection to her emotions and a leap of faith from Galen in letting go of his guilt. And even if they allow each other to fill in their missing pieces, it would take luck and courage to make it out of a life and death situation where Ren’s dead brother’s unfinished business wants to finish her and those she is growing to love.
This first story arc in the Awaken My Heart series begins with HEA novel Jigsaw Hearts, then offers more of the couple you’ll grow to love with two follow-up novellas. Pieces of You, Pieces of Me has Ren and Galen navigating a new normal that becomes a crisis. Whole Piece of My Heart shows us what they are ready to do for each other when Seth’s past returns once more.
This first story arc in the Awaken My Heart series is capped off by Bits and Pieces. However, it begins with Jigsaw Hearts, followed by Pieces of You, Pieces of Me, and then Whole Piece of My Heart.
Next time, she wouldn't stand clear of the closing doors. She would run through them ... to a whole new destiny.
Lanie: Chasing dreams only works if you forbid others from caging your spirit. Between my super-clingy boyfriend, Quinn, claiming he’d die without me and a micromanaging boss with a god complex, my spirit wilted. Owning my power meant shedding the safety nets I clung to after a brutal incident left me frightened to take risks.
Now, nobody expects a life-altering experience on a subway commute, but the delicious stranger flashing me a heart-stopping smile woke my desire for a bigger life. Was he Fate’s gift? A serial killer? Oddly, I didn’t care, and the silent connection between us made me do something very un-Lanie: I smiled back, forgetting Quinn’s possessive hand on my thigh.
I didn’t realize my smile would change three people’s lives forever.
Zane: Her eyes slayed me: heavenly blue and mesmerizing despite a gut-stirring sadness. I had been many people in twenty-three years: child thug, teenage rescue, good son, sound studio prodigy, and now, ‘daddy’ to my nine-year-old sister. But a guy who stares at someone’s girl? Hell, no. Yet there I was, unable to look away, certain I could make her happier in life and between the sheets than the guy beside her.
The fantasy should have ended with my commute; my exhausting life didn’t allow for more. But Fate kept throwing us together, opening my eyes to possibilities and giving Lanie the courage to let go of Quinn.
Unfortunately, Quinn wasn’t ready to let go of her….
Next Stop: You is an emotional, steamy, HEA standalone that will make you wonder what might have happened had you taken that one risk.
When artist Corinne Zabriese’s fiancé died, he took her innocence with him. Tired of feeling as fragile as everyone thinks she is, Corinne opens a gallery determined to wrangle her highly sensitive nature and find the strength to go after what she wants. And what she wants is the lava-hot British thrill seeker and Tantric masseuse who wanders into the debris of her shattered heart.
Wealthy world traveler VanceBanford is fiercely sexy, charming … and captivated by the ray of sunlight that is Corinne. Having sworn off committed relationships thanks to the twisted history that follows him, he draws Corinne in as a business associate who quickly becomes a friend. That way, she’ll brighten his life without suffering the trauma of his past and the risks of his present. Vance is willing to do anything for Corinne to make her future as beautiful as her painted glass—anything but admit she owns what’s left of his shard-riddled heart.
Frustrated over how Vance keeps her in the friend zone despite showering her with attention, Corinne fights to cause an eruption of the volcanic chemistry bubbling between them. Surely, a man familiar with the Kamasutra has a breaking point! Unless … well, maybe she isn’t enough for him.
When Vance realizes holding Corinne at arm’s length has her questioning her self-worth, he panics, impulsively igniting a desperate need for each other that unleashes heartbreak, his secret pain, and a need for Corinne to become stronger than she could ever imagine.
Glass Hearts is the first book in the second Awaken My Heart: Corinne & Vance subseries.
Read more novels and novellas involving the unconventional, flawed, but fabulous Zabriese family throughout the Awaken My Heart series:
STORY ARC / SUBSERIES ONE Awaken My Heart: Ren & Galen
Jigsaw Hearts (Book One)
Pieces of You, Pieces of Me (Book Two)
Whole Piece of My Heart (Book Three)
Bits and Pieces (Ren & Galen Short Story Collection)