Book Signing at Fort Rucker

Today I had a book signing on Fort Rucker Base next to Enterprise, Alabama. While driving onto the base I felt a strong sense of pride, for the entire base and everyone on it was devoted to the protection of our country. It felt like entering another world where normal human selfishness and rudeness were forgotten.

I enjoyed my signing at the Post Exchange on base. Something I learned was that every, and I do mean every, man or woman in uniform removed their hat as they entered the building. It was amazing to watch the coordination and discipline.

As the day neared it's end there was one thing I was disappointed about. Of all the books I signed and sold, none had been to a man or woman in uniform. As I was leaving and already packed up an army soldier approached me to buy my book. 

What I inscribed in his book I meant with all my heart:

"Thank you for your service"

To the men and women that give their time to serve our country, I am truly grateful. <3

Excerpt from Flight Moon

Excerpt from my current work in progress, Flight Moon.

It could be several moons before you can fly.”
The dragon gave him a mischievous grin. “Let's test that theory.”
Flight Moon sprang forth with such swiftness that Gakulisan didn't have time to stop her. She rushed towards the cliff's edge, bounding forward on four legs like a panther. With a powerful leap she thrust herself off the cliff.
For a moment she thought she would fall. The wind gusted painfully against her wings. Pulsing them violently she shook off her dystrophy. The force of her wings pushed her above the level of the cliff.
Gakulisan relaxed, watching her rise higher above him with a great effort. She rose past the point where fear of falling distracts from the sensation of sustained flight. She was able to slow her wings and soar, drifting on air currents. Her gaze lifted to the horizon.
For the first time in half a season she wondered where she would go. Should she return to Gorusk and seek out Shirr? That would probably be the last thing she ever did.
She could continue to hide. She wondered if Shirr was still searching for her.
With a flap of her wings she rose higher, hoping the open wind would strip away her thoughts. Gliding high above the land, again she looked at the edge of land in her possible sight. But it wasn't towards Shirr that her gaze was turned. Something tugged at her from where she had come, from where she had fallen, but didn't fall. From where...
A faint blue light flashed far in the distance. Flight Moon squinted to discern its source, but the light became more intense, seemed to be coming closer. What is that? But the dragon didn't have any more time to think as the light rushed towards her. She tried to back away, in an attempt to dodge it, but her limbs wouldn't obey her.
With a shock of pain and light the energy hit her. She was blinded by blue-hot lightning. No, there was darkness in it. In the center... a form. A face.
Flight Moon felt a rush of wind from beneath her. Disoriented, a shock or awareness made her open her eyes and realize that she was falling. She was almost to the ground, but she couldn't move. No, she wasn't falling. The gusting wind wasn't caused by her fall, it was an unnatural force keeping gravity from claiming her form. The wizard. She turned to see him on the cliff, level with her, with both hands raised to the sky, controlling the wind that was keeping her from pummeling into the ground.
She forced her wings to move and drifted more than flew back to the cliff.
Under... attack...” Flight Moon forced out as she landed with a crash.
Gakulisan collapsed to one knee, but managed to turn towards the north and scan the skies.
I don't see anything.” He looked back to the dragon, hearing her labored breathing. “What happened?”
The light... attacked me.”
Light?” the wizard asked. He didn't continue, seeing her eyelids close. He started to approach her, but withdrew his hand when the hairs on his harm rose and the fabric of his robe clung together.

First Book Signing of Brother, Betrayed

Final book reading of the first book signing at Troy University.

Noon book reading part 1. These passages were chosen by my fans.
Noon book reading part 2.

First book reading from Brother, Betrayed.

Table set up ready for the first book reading at 10:00 a.m.

Troy University News: Book Signing

Nov 1st, 2011

TROY -- Author Danielle Raver will host a release party for her new book, "Brother, Betrayed," at the Troy University Barnes & Noble Café on Friday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will include readings by the author and book signings. Readings of "Brother, Betrayed" will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The party also includes an online celebration happening at Giveaways from Barnes & Noble will be offered during the event as well.
Raver is a TROY graduate with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree from the University of West Alabama in school counseling. She is now a writer and senior editor at Fantasy Island Book Publishing.
It has always been her dream to publish her writing. The book, along with the book signing party is an opportunity to bring her dream back home.
Raver grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she was a girl, she and her older brother used to create stories, competing to see who could write the most. Eventually that game evolved into fantasy writing, and "Brother, Betrayed" was the result.
A tale woven with deception, war, sacrifice, and magic, "Brother, Betrayed" takes readers to a troubled kingdom surrounded by barbarians, magical races and forbidden boundaries.


The year was 1999. Everyone was worried about Y2K. Everyone was planning the party of the millennium. They one day wanted to be able to answer the question: "What did you do when the year turned 2000?" with something worth remembering and sharing.

Not me. The young high school age Danielle was thinking... in 12 years it will be 2011. Something that hasn't happened in 1000 years will be happening again. I began planning for the date 11/11/11.

As my author biography alludes, I do always make a wish when I see the clock on 11:11. I know that in numerology 11/11 is significant. Some sources claim that it is a combination of numbers that means insight and inspiration. 11 has just always been my lucky number.

It wasn't until the beginning of this year that I decided what I wanted to do on 11/11/11. With the editing almost finished with my novel, I thought I might could finish it by November and hold a book release party on that special day. That would be something worth remembering, special enough to tell my children and grandchildren about, someday.

Then in March of this year I met J. D. Hall at Fantasy Island Book Publishing. Just weeks before I had received this fortune at the Chinese restaurant I frequent:

The fortune proved true. Fantasy Island Book Publishing has helped to make my dream a reality. 11/11/11 is fast approaching, and I plan to celebrate to the best of my ability. Join us.