Donna Maree Hanson

Biography

Donna Maree Hanson is a traditionally and independently published author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She also writes paranormal romance under the pseudonym of Dani Kristoff. Her dark fantasy series (which some reviewers have called ‘grim dark’), Dragon Wine, was published by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan digital imprint). Book 1: Shatterwing and Book 2: Skywatcher are out now in digital and print on demand. In April 2015, she was awarded the A. Bertram Chandler Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction’ for her work in running science fiction conventions, publishing and broader SF community contribution. Donna also writes young adult science fiction, with Rayessa and the Space Pirates and Rae and Essa’s Space Adventures out with Escape Publishing. In 2016, Donna commenced her PhD candidature researching Feminism in Popular Romance at the University of Canberra. Her first Indie published book, Argenterra, was publishing in late April 2016. Argenterra is the first in an epic fantasy series (the Silverlands) suitable for adult and young adult readers. Donna lives in Canberra with her partner and fellow writer Matthew Farrer. Her new epic fantasy, Argenterra: Silverlands Book 1, is out in 2016. Oathbound: Silverlands Book 2 and The Ungiven Land will be out in 2017.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Hard question. I have my old time favourites and the new ones that come up as I continue reading. I was a very keen fan of Stephen Donaldson. In particular I loved his duology, Mordant's Need. I'm a big fan of Australian fantasy, Glenda Larke, Trudi Canavan, Sara Douglass, Keri Arthur and CS Pacat. I also love Urusla LeGuin, Elizabeth Moon, Julian May, JD Robb (Nora Roberts), JR Ward, Anne Leckie and Nalo Hopkinson. More recently I have been captured by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Curse of Chalion has to be the best fantasy ever also her VorKosigan Series. Others include Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, George RR Martin, Mark Lawrence, Russell Kirkpatrick and Guy Gavriel Kay. I also read romance but my all time favourite is Georgette Heyer.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the edits/revisions for the next two installments in my dark fantasy series Dragon Wine. These books were written years ago but I'm only just now putting them out there.
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Where to find Donna Maree Hanson online


Series

Dragon Wine
How low can humankind sink and is it worth saving? The Dragon Wine series is set on Margra, a post-apocalyptic world that has been impacted by its moon, Ruel, leaving a devastated planet. Human life is near its end. Chaos rains down from the sky as Shatterwing, the remains of the moon, hurls meteors to the surface with increasing frequency. This chaos is mirrored on Margra, as governments rise and fall and power is won and lost as humankind spirals to its lowest ebb. Can Salinda and her companions save Margra from final moon fall?
Shatterwing
Price: $3.99 USD.
Skywatcher
Price: $3.99 USD.
Dragon Wine Volume One
Price: $5.99 USD.
The Silverlands
About the Silverlands Series In a land where oaths can’t be broken be careful what promises you make. To break the binding oath is to risk the very magic of Argenterra. Vorn and the first comers fleeing death and destruction came to Argenterra through the Crystal Gate. On arrival, they made a binding oath to not kill and in return the land gave them the given, a native magic. For over a thousand years they have prospered but now the ancient evil seeks Vorn’s descendants and reaches a hand into the land. Oaths are bound with the given and every promise must be kept or the land’s magic will compel completion of the oath or prevent its breaking. Only a murder can sunder the binding oath. In his later years, Vorn prophesied that a time would come when the land would be ungiven. That time is near. Series titles: Argenterra, Oathbound and Ungiven Land
Argenterra
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Oathbound
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Ungiven Land
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Books

Moonfall, Dragon Wine Part Six
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,020. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The story concludes… Dragons wane, undone by the magic embedded in the falling moon fragments. Soon there will be nothing left of Margra to save…
Skyfire, Dragon Wine Part Five
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,940. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Deliciously dark fantasy… On the devastated world of Margra, where man-eating dragons are tamer than the humans, a small band of heroes fight for a brighter future.
Bloodstorm, Dragon Wine Part Four
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,930. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Delicious Dark Fantasy The planet of Margra draws closer to the brink as Shatterwing's debris field grows increasingly unstable. Gercomo’s influence and power within the dragon herd peaks just as he is able to reach out to old human allies and the battle begins… Sartell has become dangerous with conspiracies and betrayal everywhere. Brill and Danton gamble with their lives to
Dragon Wine Volume One
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 160,090. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
This box set contains Shatterwing, Dragon Wine Part One and Skywatcher, Dragon Wine Part Two- delicious dark fantasy! Alien dragons in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Deathwings, Dragon Wine Part Three
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,390. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Delicious Dark fantasy! Deathwings, Dragon Wine Part Three Life on the ravaged world of Margra is more difficult than ever… Salinda and Garan blasted the evil Gercomo into the sky. Except … he didn’t die, he transformed into a dragon. Final moonfall looms ever closer and the world is on the brink of destruction.
Ungiven Land
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,810. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
I do not know how we will live without the GIVEN magic. The Puri may want our bountiful lands but the fact is without the GIVEN, we are no better off than they are in the wastelands… After being sucked into The Crystal Gate, Sophy is trapped in the deadlands on the world of Yulandir. Some believe Sophy chose to return home to her own world, but Oakheart fears the worst...
Skywatcher
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,710. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deliciously Dark Fantasy! Salinda recovers in the subterranean city of Barrahiem and learns more about the mysterious Hiem creature, Nils of Barr, and his vast store of pre-Shatterwing technology and knowledge. Meanwhile, Garan, Laidan, Danton and Brill flee from the Inspector only to have him pursue with his rebel army. Imbued with pure dragon essence, he also wants Laidan’s power!
Shatterwing
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,560. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deliciously Dark Fantasy The world of Margra is a desolate wasteland after one of its moons shattered. Factions fight over resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death. Dragon wine is a life giving drink imbued with the essence of dragons. It is what keeps people alive. But the prison vineyard where Salinda works to grow grapes is in jeopardy.
Oathbound
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,600. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Oathbound The Silverlands Book Two For lovers of epic fantasy We have some time before the Ancient Evil can reach into Argenterra. We are not the Ungiven Land yet… Sophy lies frozen within a crystal prison. Protected by her oathbond to Oakheart, the minion of the Ancient Evil, Rufus, cannot touch her or the GIVEN magic she is leaching from Argenterra.
Argenterra
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 139,230. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Argenterra (Silverlands Book 1) For lovers of epic fantasy… In a land where oaths can’t be broken, be careful what promises you make. To break the binding oath is to risk the very magic of Argenterra. Best friends, Sophy and Aria, are on a family trip in Scotland when they find themselves swept away to another world. The lush land of Argenterra is imbued heavily with a magic known as the GIVEN

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