Guest & Contest: Danica Winters

DW--2012Top Five Archeological Discoveries

Not many people know, but I am a former archeologist having working in and around Montana and British Columbia.  It was my professional passion, only second to writing, however when fate pushed me into writing I was forced to give up the long days in the field and move into long days spent hunched over a computer creating works of fiction—I couldn’t be happier.  Yet, I still find that archeology is something I love.

Because of this love I knew I had to write a book about an archeological site—a site that has yet to be found (but I secretly hope really exists)—the Labyrinth of Greek mythological fame (a little minotaur anyone?).    Thus, The Nymph’s Labyrinth the first book in The Nymph Series was born.

Throughout history there have been incredible civilizations and histories and many have been lost to time.  A few of them have been found amongst these are my favorite five:

knossos1.   Knossos, Crete:

“The palace of Knossos was undoubtedly the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. It appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms close to a central square. An approximate graphic view of some aspects of Cretan life in the Bronze Age is provided by restorations of the palace’s indoor and outdoor murals, as it is also by the decorative motifs of the pottery and the insignia on the seals and sealings.”

This was the inspiration for The Nymph’s Labyrinth!

angkor wat

2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia:

“is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.”




3. Petra, Jordan:

“meaning ‘stone’ is an Arabian historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.”


mesaverde4. Mesa Verde:

(I admit this is one of my favorites because I’ve had the chance to wander through these ruins.) “The park was created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, to protect some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world, or as he said, “preserve the works of man”. It occupies 81.4 square miles (211 km2) near the Four Corners and features numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the Ancestral Puebloan people, sometimes called the Anasazi. There are over 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people at the site.”


24-alexandria-egypt-underwater-city15. Cleopatra’s Palace in Alexandria:

(Egypt) “Off the shores of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great, lies what is believed to be the ruins of the royal quarters of Cleopatra. A team of marine archaeologists led by Frenchman Franck Goddio made excavation on this ancient city from where Cleopatra, the last queen of the Ptolemies, ruled Egypt. Historians believe this site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves more than 1,600 years ago.”


What site do you love?  Machu Picchu? Teotihuacan? Troy?


About The Nymph’s Labyrinth:

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?


About Danica Winters:

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Other Books by Danica Winters:

Love Under the Christmas Tree
A Christmas Miracle
The Vampire’s Hope
Curse of the Wolf
An Angel’s Justice

Coming Soon from Danica Winters (2013):
Montana Mustangs (Crimson Romance)
Winter Swans (Crimson Romance)

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12 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Danica Winters

    • Hi Laurie-
      I’m glad you liked the post. had the chance to work on a site in British Columbia it was incredible–as such, I have a huge soft spot for my nothern neighbors 🙂

  1. Anne says:

    What a wonderful post. Simply fascinating and special. My favorite site is the Roman Forum in Rome. The area is utterly captivating and there is an abundance of historic sites in that one area which interest me greatly. The swag would be lovely. Many thanks.

    • Hi Anne-
      Oh I love the Roman Forum as well. One of my goals in life is to get the chance to make it there to see it in person. That and the burial mounds in Ireland. Happy reading!

  2. Maria D. says:

    Thanks for the great post! I wanted to be an archeologist for a long time but went into something else instead. I prefer all things Egypt – any of the site/digs in Egypt would be my favorite – I’m not big on underwater excavations but the one for Cleopatra’s Palace is a must see. Thanks for the giveaway

    • I love Egypt as well. I think it is probably what initially made me fall in love with archeology. If I had continued on however, I think I would have gone into focusing on the Southwest United States. 🙂

  3. Marcy Shuler says:

    What an interesting post. I’d love to see the Acropolis in Greece. I’d also love to experience the culture and the food.

    Thanks for the giveaway. If chosen, I’d like the Swag. 🙂

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