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.
Bowen landed quietly behind me. “How about some lunch before we set out on foot?” He removed and tucked away his visor and unpacked his crossbow from its sheath on his back for the first time on this journey.
“Let’s get into the cover of trees,” said Conn, moving along the natural path. “And lunch sounds perfect.”
“Benta’s breakfast wasn’t enough for you?” I asked, meeting his long stride.
“I always have an appetite, sweetheart.”
“While you two continue flirting, I’ll find some small game nearby. Set up the hotpad over near that big evergold.”
Without a sound, Bowen disappeared into the trees.
“Flirting?” I scoffed. “I wasn’t flirting.”
“I was.” Conn grinned.
“I haven’t even gotten started yet.”
“So you’ve said before.”
“Listen—” I put up both gloved hands to stop his snarky banter for just one second. “I’m glad we’re finally alone.”
“Me, too.” His lopsided grin made my heart flutter.
Exhaling a frustrated sigh, I stopped under a thick oak with ample coverage from above and unhooked my chest pack before dropping it to the ground. “There’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about…about last night.”
“Mmm. Last night.”
He removed his own pack and gloves, then pulled out the small, electronic hotpad. After opening the tripod that kept it off the ground, he turned it on. Gisa ordered us to use the hotpad instead of fire when we were in the open to avoid alerting predators or criminals to our presence.
Conn stood and propped his hands low on his hips. “Would you like a second round?”
“No…no.” I cleared my throat and shook my head, my ponytail sliding on the smooth leather of my jacket. “Actually, that should never have happened. I shouldn’t have let that happen. But I—”
“Couldn’t resist,” he finished, a devilish smile brimming his beautiful face. “It’s okay. It happens a lot.”
“You’re such an ass.” I rolled my eyes. “I could’ve resisted.”
He broke his rigid stance and sauntered closer, a feral glimmer in his gaze. By instinct, I backed up a step, my wings scraping the rough bark of the evergold behind me. He moved into my personal space.
“What are you doing?” I asked, heart hammering.
He flattened one hand against the tree above my head, his finger grazing the arch of my wing. I shivered.
“Are you sure you could resist?”
I cleared my throat. “Of course,” I said, trying to sound confident, but my voice betrayed me and broke.
“Well…I couldn’t.” He brushed the back of his knuckles along my jaw. I held still, caught.
“Actually, I want to taste you again. Right now.”
Even stone-cold sober, I felt drunk from a single touch, longing to fall back into his arms and let him show me what his hazel-gold eyes promised without a word.
He leaned close, his warm breath grazing my ear. “Let me taste you again, Valla.”
I planted my hands on his chest, wishing there weren’t the layers of thermal suit and leather between my palms and his rock-hard chest.
He nuzzled the shell of my ear with his nose, then his lips. “Let me.”
His darkened voice pleaded and demanded at the same time, spreading warmth between my legs. What had gotten into me? I pushed him out of my way and stormed toward a densely wooded area.
“Where are you going?” he laughed. “Running away?”
“I’ve gotta go to the bathroom,” I yelled over my shoulder.
“Not by yourself, you’re not.” His footsteps crunched across the thin blanket of snow and leaves behind me.
I whirled, heat burning up my neck, now from anger not lust. “Whoa, there, big boy.” I threw up a hand, halting him several feet away. “Look. You’re not my keeper. And just because we shared one kiss doesn’t mean anything. I’m going to relieve myself by myself. Do you understand?”
His wings twitched at his back. Agitated. Whatever.
“And stop scowling at me,” I called back as I spun and trekked off the path into the brush.
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…
I liked the excerpt, thank you.
This looks very intriguing!
Fabulous interview. I can’t wait for the prequel and of course more stories in the Morgan world. This is such a wonderful, interesting, and unique series!
I like the sound of him
Oh I like the sound of these characters. Loved the little excerpt and the quotes. Really all you had to say to me is dragon… LOL 😀
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Great interview and excerpt. You had me hooked with dragons, they are my favorite. Can’t wait to read.
Thanks so much, everyone! And thank you, Rabid Reads, for sharing my new release. 🙂
looks and sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing 🙂
This books, and series, sounds like something both my husband and I will enjoy!
Dragon in the Blood looks interesting; it looks like a super creative and imaginative book.
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