1- Is it essential to read your NIGHTWING series prior to starting the VALE OF STARS books?
[box]No, not at all. While the NIGHTWING series offers readers a more in-depth look into the Morgon world, DRAGON IN THE BLOOD reads fine as a standalone. [/box]
2- What sets your dragons apart from the rest of the fire breathers in the Paranormal / Fantasy Romance genre?
[box]For one, the Morgons are dragon hybrids not shifters. They maintain their dragon DNA, heightened senses, and supernatural gifts while appearing mostly human. Except for the wings, of course.[/box]
3- In spite of Conn’s charm, he still manages to get under Valla’s skin, what are some of the ways in which he pushes her buttons?
[box]He’s an aggressive flirt, which always makes her uncomfortable. As the youngest on this mission, she fights to appear as professional as possible. But it’s a losing battle with Conn on a mission of his own to throw her off-balance. Guess who wins. ;)[/box]
4- A Morgon Guard assassin and a Nightwing Security operative seem like an odd pairing; how do these two end up as partners?
[box]Great question. Following the abductions and murders that take place in WAKING THE DRAGON, Nightwing Security of Gladium allies with the Morgon Guard to find the band of Morgons in league with the one known as the Blood King. The only way to defeat this well-organized and elusive army is to work together. So they do.[/box]
5- What’s your favourite DRAGON IN THE BLOOD quote(s) and/or scene?
[box]Hmmm. I love the moment at the end of chapter 7 after a playful and eye-opening incident between Valla and Conn, where she realizes he is more than he appears. It’s that moment where she understands he could topple the wall she’s built to keep him out.
[quote]“But the truth was, I saw him differently now. Even from that small act of kindness, Conn Rowanflame was more than a swaggering, macho playboy.
Now he was even more dangerous.”[/quote][/box]
6- Can you give fans a hint as to what they can expect from DRAGON HEARTSTRING, your upcoming novella? It is a prequel?
[box]A side story that begged to be told? Yes! First, I must admit that the idea of a love story between the stern Demetrius Cade and the demure Shakara Icewing hit me while we were in the final production stages of WAKING THE DRAGON. Due to unavoidable circumstances, I wasn’t able to get this one written before DRAGON IN THE BLOOD. But it is indeed a prequel that comes chronologically before book 1, but after the NIGHTWING series. And it is the first story I’ve written with a human male and Morgon female. [/box]
7- Any plans to write more shorts for secondary characters like the one for Rafe that’s currently available on your website?
[box]Absolutely. I plan to write a new short every month, offering a closer glimpse at a variety of characters. The shorts will be free to readers, going out in my monthly newsletter first then will be posted to my website later.[/box]
[box]Thanks so much for having me on Rabid Reads. It was an absolute pleasure to be here. [/box]
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://rabidreads.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Juliette-Cross.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]
Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
When desire bites, there’s no patience for a slow burn.
While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.
Valla Moonring, an assassin for the Order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered on a mission into the Wastelands of Aria—a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.
To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.
Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—the soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…