About Dani Haviland

Dani Haviland, formerly of Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses. She moved to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography.  View website

Life’s a beach!

Have you ever been to a beach? Which is your favorite?

Pacific City, Oregon, USA

I didn’t realize I’d seen the Atlantic but I guess that was because I was less than three years old at the time. I guess I can’t count that one.

We went to San Diego when I was in middle school. I’d never seen fog before and was fascinated. Growing up in Arizona, I’d never seen more than a mist on the ground and that was rare.

Knik Arm, north of Anchorage, Alaska, USA

When I moved to Alaska, I was surprised that they didn’t have sandy beaches. At least where I went. There is ‘dangerous mud,’ silty mud flats that can literally suck a person to his death if they’re stuck in it when the tide comes in. Turnagain and Knik Arms are notorious for this type of ‘beach.’

Arctic Ocean area has gravel for a beach. I wanted to put my toes in the Arctic when I went up there in 1994 but it was too cold in August to take off my hiking boots. I did get a picture of my foot on the wet, rocky ground but those photos are still ‘misplaced.’ I don’t want to believe they’re lost. That beach was the inspiration of ONE ARCTIC SUMMER.

Manly Beach, New South Wales, Australia (near Sydney)

In January or 2014, I flew to Sydney, Australia to research future books of THE FAIRIES SAGA. Manly Beach was amazing! It was also the hottest! Did you know there wasn’t sand? Or not much. The ground was covered in slabs of granite, the beach with bits of shattered shells.

Swona Island, Scotland: the setting for my story in Summer Shortshttps://books2read.com/SumShorts

No matter which hemisphere or whether it’s a lake, river, ocean, or swimming pool ‘beach,’ make sure you have a great read for the relaxing part of your day. This set of SIXTEEN short stories is perfect for between snacks and swims. Only 99 cents or Free with Kindle Unlimited.

You’ve got to be taught

As a child back in the 50’s – before videotapes, DVDs or YouTube – we listened to movie soundtrack records for entertainment. Remember the movie South Pacific? How about the song, ‘You have to be taught?’ That song influenced me tremendously. The gist of the song: you have to be taught to be prejudiced, whether it was against a person’s race, religion, financial status, job occupation, level of education, body type, whatever.

Love is colorblind!

A child is not born with bias or prejudice – it’s taught. But by whom? Or what? It’s not just friends and family but also TV, movies, commercials, ads, and even toys. You may not have noticed, but Mattel just expanded their line of Barbie dolls to include ‘real’ body shapes and ethnicities.

That gesture is over sixty years late, but a step in the right direction. Believe it or not, I grew up thinking that a woman wasn’t beautiful unless she was a blonde or redhead and had an hourglass figure, was supposed to be married in her early twenties with a big wedding, have a child by the time she was twenty-five, and a lot of other nonsense. My mother didn’t teach me that: movies, TV, and advertisements did. Unfortunately, they portray a LOT of incorrect stereotypes as ‘normal’ or ‘average.’

What I did learn from Mom was that we may look different on the outside, wear different types of clothes, but we all had the same basic needs: food, water, shelter, friendship. And that a hand up was better than a slap down (we weren’t beat or even grounded). Timeless wisdom!

I guess that ‘helping others’ attitude spills over in my writing. A prime example is The Great Big Fairy. The hero (a tall red-headed man) goes back in time, rescues a black female slave strictly out of compassion, and winds up falling in love with her. Because of the laws in 1782 North Carolina, he can’t marry her. Rather than be her master and ‘have his way with her,’ he brings her to the present day and they wed.

If you’re looking for a feel-good romance where the good guys (and gal) win, check this out. There are eleven stories in The Fairies Saga series so far, but you shouldn’t get lost if you start with The Great Big Fairy, first published in 2011.
Full disclosure: I was in high school before I ever knew anyone of African American heritage. Why? Location. I grew up in Mesa and Scottsdale, Arizona. I did have loads of friends who had black hair and skin darker than mine, though. What did we call them? Neighbors.

SUMMER SHORTS! Just released! 16 Short Stories including the follow-up to a cliffhanger in The Great Big Fairy!

There is beauty all around us

I’m spoiled. Really, I am. I am living in Oregon, the destination for thousands of folks in the 1800s. It truly has some of the richest soil in the world. That means great farming for trees, foods, and flowers.

Rhododendrons in Oregon in various stages of bloom

Quarantine while on property with flowering plants and trees (some over fifty years old) and ideal temperatures isn’t house arrest, it’s heaven. But that’s really not the point. There is beauty all around. You just have to open your eyes to see it. Even if you’re confined to an apartment, do you have electricity? Internet? Someone to talk to? How about the gift of sight, even if you have to wear glasses or ‘readers’?

DOZENS of box sets with all types of romance stories, just waiting to be read (and reviewed).

Are you bored? Honestly, read a book. Try out a new recipe. Contact a friend or family member and challenge one another to a cook off using the same limited or odd ingredients. Take a piece of paper and draw portraits of each other or where you’d rather be? Can you draw a palm tree? A movie screen? How about a bar loaded with patrons drinking Coronas with lime? You don’t even have to be in the same room to do these activities. Remember that box of photos you were going to organize ‘one of these days’? Well, today’s the day. How about the files and files of photos on your phone you’ve taken and never printed out? Check out sites like FreePrints.com on your phone. Get prints for free, just pay for the shipping. Or take those pictures and play with your phone’s editing tools, saving your creations in a folder. Remember to record everything you do with a date and place. A year from now, or five or ten years forward, you can look back and tell others that this is what you did to keep from going stir crazy.

Or you can go outside and pull weeds to make a bigger flower and veggie garden. Either way, make good use of your time. Find, create, and enhance the beauty that is all around.

Did you know that The Authors’ Billboard now has a Romantic Comedy Boxset? Check it out: CUTE BUT CRAZY: WACKY, WONDERFUL WOMEN is rated #1 (still!). CUTE BUT CRAZY 2: DITZY DUDES is available for preorder.

Party on!

Yesterday, The Authors’ Billboard had the first of three (at least) Cabin Fever Quarantine Reading Party. I kicked off the event at one o’clock Pacific Daylight Time with kudos to all who volunteer to help others. Rule number one for a hostess: make your guest feel at home. Well, since so many folks are tired of being at home, I did my best to make our guests feel comfortable with what they’ve done for others.

Loads of free ebooks and audiobooks were given away outright, plus there were contests to #win some of the bigger prizes. It was fun finding out what everyone was wearing (mostly sweats, pajamas, yoga pants, and tee-shirts), finding companionship with people around the world with our dress and attitudes.

Did you miss out? No worries. FIRST, three of our WEDDING BOX SETS are still #FREE until Sunday, April 19. SECOND, we’re having Facebook Parties at ABB PARTY PLACE for the next two Fridays, plus we’ll be giving away different box sets. Here are the links for the sets available now. Sweet and Sassy Weddings, Sweet and Sassy Brides, and A Wedding She’ll Remember.

FREE BOX SETS! For a limited time.

Remember: set your Calendar/Alexa/Google Home reminders (or put a note on the refrigerator) to come to Facebook’s ABB PARTY PLACE at one o’clock Pacific Daylight Time (which is otherwise known as four o’clock Eastern Daylight Time). We’ll have more #Giveaways and Safe Social Distancing diversions for you with more of the authors from The Authors’ Billboard.

For giggles and guffaws, check out CUTE BUT CRAZY – WACKY, WONDERFUL WOMEN

Here’s the first of The Authors’ Billboard Romantic Comedy sets. It’s a hit! Check out my story, HOW LOVE GROWS, and seven others for only #99cents or read for free with #KINDLEUNLIMITED.