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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Windburn by Juliette Cross: Character Interview & Giveaway

Nightwing Series, Book Two
Juliette Cross

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance/New Adult

Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press

Date of Publication: February 3, 2015

ISBN: 1616505699
ISBN13: 9781616505691

Number of pages: 91
Word Count: 35K

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

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, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian 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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Throughout our discussion, Lorian hadn’t said a word. He tapped his forefinger on the glass-top table, an agitated movement. There seemed to be a consensus of agreement, whether he liked it or not. Finally, he stood and spoke, but not about the name.

“Ground-breaking for the site is tomorrow at ten in the morning. I expect you all there as news teams will be covering it. I expect everyone on time.” A malicious glare at me. “Dismissed.”

Willow and Belka gave each other a questioning look, obviously wondering how our first meeting lasted all of ten minutes. Like soldiers, we fell out toward the door. Fast.

“Ms. Linden. I’d like a word with you.” Hard, grating words.

I swiveled, catching Fallon’s sympathetic smile as he passed. Marching back, I stood in front of Lorian. He said not a word, hard gaze meeting mine, towering above me. Knowing he wanted privacy, Willow closed the door behind her.

I waited, back straight, chin set at a defiant angle. I only came to the top of his chest, but it didn’t faze me in the least. I imagined what it would be like to be covered by all of that hard muscle. His biceps and forearms flexed from tension. Rather than frighten, I longed to trail my fingers up them to see if he would relax under my touch.

“Ms. Linden, you came highly recommended, but don’t think because your best friend is married to my brother I will be lenient with you. I expect my employees to be on time, every time. Not one minute late. Not two seconds late. Am I clear?”

I bristled. “Crystal. Am I dismissed, Mr. Nightwing?”

Sharp eyes narrowed.

Oh, yes. He caught the slight dip, the edge of sarcasm and defiance leaking into my voice. Big boy didn’t like that. A wonderful shiver rippled down my body.

“And another thing.”


“Be sure you take a shower before you show up for work.”


“I can smell a man on you.” He leaned forward, fury lining his face in hard edges. “And I can smell everything you did with him last night.” Steely, steely words. Oh, he was so pissed.

I’d forgotten about ultrasensitive Morgon senses. Oops. I opened my mouth to make a snarky remark, but what could I say? He was right. And though it was none of his business, I still didn’t want Lorian knowing I’d had sex last night. Oh, hell. Nor did I want the rest of the damn team knowing. No wonder the men were looking at me as if they knew a secret. I’d just broadcasted to the lot of them my extracurricular activities. Heat flared in my chest as embarrassment swept through me, a sensation I rarely experienced. My attempt to transform going-out Sorcha into professional Sorcha this morning did no good, because they still knew I’d recently stumbled from another man’s bed. A flush of heat crawled up my neck.

“My private life isn’t any of your damn business, but I’ll be more sensitive to your animal senses in the future.”

“My animal—?” he stammered. His eyes narrowed, jaw clamping shut.

“Why don’t you just stop sniffing around me?” He didn’t retreat when I edged into his personal space.

“Trust me. If I could toss you out the door, I would.”

“No, you wouldn’t.”

I tilted my chin higher, a clear challenge to Lorian. I tucked a loose curl behind my ear. His intense gaze followed my hand, lingering on my cheek before landing on my lips. I moistened them. Lorian’s whole body jerked as if he’d been slapped. Wild eyes captured mine.

“Be at the building site at ten sharp. Don’t be late or you’ll regret it.”

I leaned over to grab my portfolio and bag, my breasts nearly brushing his arm, but he moved just in time.

I whispered my response. “I’m shaking all over, Mr. Nightwing. Something makes me want to be late so I can see what kind of punishment you’d have in mind.” I shocked him into silence, then gave him my best bedroom smile. “But I’ll be a good girl.” I swished toward the door, feeling his eyes following every sway of my hips. “For now.”

Author Bio

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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Character Interview  

Please welcome Sorcha Linden and Lorian Nightwing from Juliette Cross' Windburn to Diane’s Book Blog. 

What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

Sorcha: Sorcha. No nickname, though I’ve been called a nasty epithet a time or two.

Lorian: Just Lorian.

Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?

Sorcha: I was born and raised in the Gladium Province. Home is currently an apartment in the Warwick District where Morgons (human/dragon hybrids) are residents as well as humans. I like this area, not as desegregated as the rest of the city.

Lorian: I was born in Drakos, a Morgon-only province to the north until my parents, my brother, Lucius, and I moved to the Gladium Province—a mixed community.

What is on your nightstand?

Sorcha: An empty wine glass. And a sketch pad I use for marketing and design ideas. Sometimes they come to me right when I’m falling asleep.

Lorian: My comm device. I’m on call at all times in case Lucius or Nightwing Security needs me.

Who are the people you are closest to?

Sorcha: My mom. And my girls, Jessen and Ella. I know no matter what the world thinks of me, they’ll always have my back.

Lorian: My brother, Lucius, and my friend, Kol Moonring. But Kol doesn’t live here, preferring life outside the city. I miss the old days when we were in the Morgon Guard together.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Sorcha: I’ve never ventured into that mystical realm. Men are wonderful bedmates. I prefer to leave it at that.

Lorian: When I meet her, you’ll know. Everyone will know. Morgon men are incapable of staying away from their mates when soulfire begins to burn. As of yet, I haven’t felt a flicker of that flame.

What is your greatest regret?

Sorcha: I don’t go there. No regrets. Life is too short to worry about the past, just keep looking ahead.

Lorian: Not staying close to my mother when she was dying.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Sorcha: His hands, especially if he knows how to use them.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Lorian: Intelligence and confidence.

What do you most value in your friends?

Sorcha: Loyalty. Unshakable loyalty.

Lorian: Honesty.

What is your motto?  

Sorcha: You only live once, so work hard and play harder.

Lorian: Never be ruled by fear, but only your own will.


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