Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Release: Nightbloom (Nightwing #3) by Juliette Cross


Nightwing # 3
By: Juliette Cross
Releasing September 1, 2015

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The love between a human and a Morgon, the dragon-hybrid race, tempts fate once more…

All her life, Ella Barrow has allowed others to make her decisions. Forced to stifle her artistic talents and stay in a loveless relationship with Clayton Kerrington, the man her mother believes to be her perfect match, Ella’s life may be safe—but it’s not her own. Paxon Nightwing, on the other hand, is anything but the safe choice.

A charming and alluring Morgon, Paxon sees Ella for the woman she truly is. His bold confidence and protective nature ignites a passion she’s never felt before. But a dark family tragedy forces their secrecy—until Clayton makes it impossible to hide their clandestine affair. Will Ella be strong enough to fight for herself at last?

Or will she succumb once more and risk losing the only man she’s ever loved?


I blotted my Petal Pink lips on a piece of memo paper and capped the lipstick.


Trying to retrieve the tube with the tip of my open-toe heel, I only succeeded in pushing the lipstick farther away. “Ugh.”

Unable to bend that far in my pencil skirt, I hiked the hem up to my thighs and crawled on all fours, shimmying my behind, then stretching my arm till my fingers finally gripped my favorite lipstick.

That’s when I heard a low, masculine whistle from someone standing behind me.

Scooting back, I shot off the floor and slid my hemline back to my knee, all under the steady gaze of Paxon Nightwing, silhouetted by the sunlight that filtered into the foyer of Linden and Burke.

Towering above me with jet-black hair and matching sharp-edged wings, wearing a charcoal button-down, black slacks, and a devilish smile, his voice crooned when he spoke. “Now that’s what I call a warm welcome.”

“I, um, well, I…”

He extended a bronzed hand. I reached out with my right, nearly dropping the lipstick again. I shifted it to my left hand. “I like pink.”

I like pink? I like pink! For God’s sake, Ella. How old was I? Five?

His extended hand engulfed mine, then he drew our bodies closer. Grinning wide and stroking his thumb across my knuckles, his melodious voice sounded sultry and sinful.

“So do I.”

I blinked stupidly till my brain started functioning again. He didn’t say a word, mesmerizing me with ridiculously deep brown eyes.

“I’m, uh, Ella Barrow.”

“Paxon Nightwing. Pleasure to meet you. But I think we’ve met before.”

I tugged on my hand. He didn’t let go, tightening his hold.

“Uh, well, I’m friends with Sorcha and Jessen.”


I knew this guy was a player, the kind to make a girl swoon with a glance and charm the pants right off her. Literally. Jessen had even kissed him in a club once. And while his carousing behavior should make me want to run away, I couldn’t forget that Jessen had said on a scale of one to ten, his kiss was a ninety-nine.

He still held my hand, angling his body closer. “I’ve also seen you at the Vaengar games. With Kerrington.”

“Yeah. We’re, um, dating.”

“That’s a shame.”

I tugged again.

He released me. “I have an appointment with Sorcha Nightwing.”

“Yes. I know.”

Pulling myself together, I pressed the comm device on my desk and cleared my throat. “Mr. Nightwing is here.”

“Thanks, Ella. Show him to my office, please.”

Rounding behind the desk, I gestured down the hall. “This way.”

“After you.” A sly grin.

I tilted up my chin, pretending I wasn’t afraid of him, then led him toward Sorcha’s office. I was good at pretending.

As soon as I stepped in front of him, a primal shiver vibrated through my bones.

His eyes were on me. I felt his gaze, as if his gaze were a caress, brushing up my legs, curving over my behind, rounding my hips to the dip of my waist and finally settling on the blond waves that fell past my shoulders. By the time we reached the door to the office, my heartbeat hammered in my throat.

Gesturing for him to enter, I kept my eyes on the floor, trying desperately to regain control. He stopped in front of me, but I held my gaze until I realized I was fixated on his crotch. I jerked my head up. Amusement flickered across chiseled features. He was about to say something, but I didn’t give him the chance. I marched back up the hall to the receptionist area.

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Author interview

I'm delighted to have Juliette join me to anwer a few questions for the blog. Please give her a very warm welcome ...

Thank you so much for having me today, Deanna. It’s great to be here.

Tell us your latest news?
I just finished my first paranormal historical romance, THE DEEPEST WELL, which is book one in a spinoff series from the Vessel Trilogy. This one tells the story of two major secondary characters from the Vessel books, George and Kat. I’m excited to see what readers think of this one.

How did you come up with the title?
For NIGHTBLOOM, and really the entire NIGHTWING series, I wanted the titles to reflect the type of love between the MCs. Ella is shy and unsure, slowly opening up to Paxon who holds an edge of darkness to his personality. The dragon, of course.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. To believe in yourself and to not let others in your life, even those you love, steer your life in a direction which will ultimately make you unhappy. This story is as much about self-discovery and being true to yourself as it is about finding the one true love.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Nalini Singh, hands down. Her style, world building and character development are supreme, in my opinion. And after meeting her in person at RT in NOLA in 2014, I find her just the most wonderful person. She’s generous of spirit, and it shows in her writing.

What are your current projects?
My current project is another paranormal historical romance, but I’m keeping the details under wraps right now. I can say that this is a story I’ve been wanting to write for a few years, and it will be a brand new series with a different paranormal element than I’ve written before.

Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Though I still have a fulltime job, I definitely see writing as a career. I plan to continue with the series I have in place and already have another new series waiting to be written. Eventually, I plan to be writing fulltime.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When adolescence kicked in, I used to write poetry—all sad, emo stuff. Imagine that. But my 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Anderson, asked us to write a short story in class. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. From then on out, all I ever wanted to do was write.

How do you relax?
Netflix, wine, sofa with my hubs or with the kids watching our family shows, like Face Off, Survivor, and Project Runway (though my teenage boys don’t watch this last one with us—Lol).

What is your favourite motivational phrase?
Never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill)

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Author Info

Juliette CrossJuliette 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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1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this series and Ms. Cross's work. Thank you for the Fabulous interview and insight into how the title came about plus the message this book represents. I can see that message in this novel. I liked how Ella bloomed into a strong women who does not let others dictate who she should be or does.