Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Release Day Blitz: Windburn by Juliette Cross; Interview + Giveaway

Windburn (Nightwing #2)
Author: Juliette Cross
Release Date: 3 February 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press

No man can win her heart—until now…

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it? 

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Hi Juliette, I’m thrilled to have you here at Rookie Romance. I’ve been loving the Nightwing series so far!

Thank you so much! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying it.

Could you share 4 fun facts about yourself? 

1) I have a collection of literary action figures, including Shakespeare, Poe and his raven, and Jane Austen. (No, I don’t play with them. They sit on a shelf for other dorks like me to admire.)
2) I love raw oysters with cold beer. (I’m a south Louisiana girl.)
3) I’ve read Harry Potter: Half Blood Prince four times. Snape. *heart breaks*
4) I have seriously eclectic taste in music—from Mozart to Metallica. My playlist listening depends on my mood.

What inspired you to create the Morgon race as dragon hybrids- rather than say jaguar hybrids? (I couldn't think of another type of hybrid lol)

Hahaha! Jaguar hybrids? That’s an interesting thought. The claws might be particularly dangerous during intimate scenes.

But about the Morgon race. Honestly? It all started with a painting and a sliver of an idea. I’d just finished book one in my demon hunter series, The Vessel Trilogy, and I wanted to tackle something closer to the high fantasy genre, set in a world all my own, but still have that dark, urban fantasy edge. And I’ve always had a fascination for dragons. So I Googled dragon art, of course. (I’m often inspired by art and photography for my writing.) I stumbled across this painting with a beautiful black-haired woman with sharp-edged wings like a dragon. I stared at the picture a few minutes, and it hit me. What if there was a race of half-dragons living alongside the human race? What kinds of conflict could that cause? In a real-world where racism is still prevalent, the sub-plot came alive at once. While I enjoy the magical elements of fantasy, I like to write stories that are relevant to real life as well.

If Windburn was made into a movie, who would you cast as Sorcha and Lorian?
Ooooo. This is a fun question. I think Johnathan Rhys Meyers would play a great Lorian. He isn’t exactly the same as the one in my head, but he’s got the intensity and the brooding nature. They’d have to add black wings to him somehow, of course. Lol.

Sorcha would be tough to cast. I think Emma Stone has the beauty and the confidence to play her well.

What is it that makes Sorcha and Lorian so right for each other?

You would think that their strong wills would make them too combative, like polar opposites. But in this case, Sorcha needs a man with an iron will to match or surpass her own to show her what she’s missing in the realm of love. Also, Lorian needs a woman who can withstand his dominant nature. Since his dragon lurks so close to the surface, a timid woman would be scared to death and shrink from him. Lorian wants an equal; Sorcha wants a man who’s loyal. This makes them the perfect match. ;)

Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

I’m currently finishing up BOUND IN BLACK, book three in The Vessel Trilogy. Book one came out a few days ago. Yay! I have bittersweet feelings about letting go of these characters I’ve spent so many hours with. When I finish BiB, I’ll began work on book two in the Vale of Stars series, HUNTING THE WITCH. It’s been whispering to me for a while now.

Thanks for visiting!

Thank you so much! It was my pleasure, and I’d love to come back sometime.

About the Author

Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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