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Holy  Freakin’  Moly.

Whatever  you’re  doing  right  now,  stop.  Like,  seriously.  Stop.  I  have  another  exciting  milestone  to  mark.

Guess  what  I’ve  literally  done?  Any  takers? . . .

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That’s right  lovers,  I’ve  finished  the  first  draft  of  Guardians  Dynasty!  You  guys  know  the  score,  still  got  a  way  to  go  yet  until  it’s  published,  but  I  wanted  to  share  this  victory  with  you  all  since  I’m  riding  a  pretty  epic  high  right  now.  This  is  me  in  my  pj’s,  you  know,  because  I’m  a  stereotypical  writer . . .

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Oh,  and  while  I  remember. . .  Yeah,  it’s  easy  to  forget  what  I  was  meant  to  write  about  when  my  brain  is  shooting  stars  of  awesome  distraction  across  my  mind  right  now.  Guardians  Dynasty  has  a  theme  song,  and  I  literally  only  heard  it  the  other  day,  which  was  quite  lucky,  considering  the  lyrics  were  perfect  for  the  scenes  I  had  yet  to  write.  Anyway,  it’s  a  Nickelback  song  from  their  new  No  Fixed  Address  album , titled  The Hammer’s  Coming  Down.  So,  if  you  want  an  idea  of  what  to  expect  in  the  third  installment  of  the  Nature’s  Destiny  series,  then  listen  to  this.

I  hope  everyone  else’s  week  has  started  off  as  good  as  mine!

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Seven 11 Blog Hop

Seven 11 blog hop

 

It’s  the  eleventh  of  the  month?  Well,  I  guess  you  know  what  that  means  then,  right?  Oh  yes,  several  authors  get  together  on  a  blog  hop  and  post  7-line  teasers  of  their  works.  Fitting,  don’t  you  think,  considering  it’s  #TeaserTuesday  today.  😉

This  month  I’m  trying  out  something  different.  So  far,  I’ve  always  posted  a  teaser  from  one  of  the  novels  in  the  Nature’s  Destiny  series  and  while  I’m  still  working  on  Guardians  Dynasty,  I  wanted  to  showcase  something  else.  Something  I  haven’t  shown  anyone  yet.  Back  in  May  I  started  writing  a  dual  POV(point of view)  MC  romance  novel  (MC  as  in  Motorcycle  Club),  but  I  pushed  it  aside  to  concentrate  on  my  hunky  werewolves.  Though  it  isn’t  finished  (I  hope  to  get  back  to  it  next  year),  I  wanted  to  show  it  off  a  little.   This  teaser  is  how  the  novel  starts,  and  if  you  want  to  read  the  rest  of  the  prologue  then  sign  up  to  my  newsletter  here  which  will  be  sent  by  the  end  of  the  week.

*Unedited,  content  subject  to  change  come  publication. Intended  for  readers  17+.  Copyright,  Justine  Winter,  2014. *

A  broken  heart  was  only  healed  by  the  glue  of  life.  It  pulled  at  the  muscle  while  the  searing  pain  of  daily  struggles  reminded  me  of  the  shit  storm  I  was  a  part  of.  The  seconds  of  the  clock  ticked  by  as  did  the  days.  I  woke  in  the  dark,  and  slept  in  the  dark.  My  body  detached  from  my  mind;  I  lived  but  I  wasn’t  living.

I  was  angry,  pent  up  with  a  rage  that  needed  unleashing.  It  wasn’t  time  yet;  I  needed  to  prepare.

 And,  as  always  here’s  the  list  of  authors  also  participating  this  month:

Amanda  Aksel  –  Women’s  Fiction
Heather  Hildenbrand  –  YA  SciFi
S. M. Boyce  –  YA  Fantasy
Bethany  Lopez  –  Women’s  Fiction
Steph  Nuss  –  Contemporary  Romance
Kayla  Smith –  YA

Remember Me, Soldier

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I’m  lying  in  mud,
Protecting  my  ground,
With  a  gun  in  my  hands,
And  the  adversary  abound.

My  brethren  have  passed,
Surrounded  am  I,
By  the  blood  of  their  bodies,
In  the  field  where  they  lie.

I’m  leaving  the  trenches,
And  rushing  to  death,
To  rid  of  the  bastards,
That  took  their  last  breath.

I  promised  to  fight,
To  remember  thee,
To  save  thy  country,
From  thine  enemy.

Don’t  worry  about  me,
I  have  no  regrets,
Live  on  and  live  free,
Lest  We  Forget.

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Nature’s Destiny Paperback Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!

What better way to celebrate my birthday, Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas than with a giveaway? Or, you know, any other reason you can think of…

I’m a sucker for this time of year; I absolutely love it. The colder, darker, longer nights, the necessary need for hot chocolate, and everything relates to Christmas. The food, films, music, family time, and the inspiration that always comes to mind – watch out for a project I’m working on coming this time next year. Until the end of December 2014, I’m hosting a giveaway via Goodreads for a SIGNED paperback of Nature’s Destiny, the first book in my Werewolf series. Enter here

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Nature’s Destiny Teaser

There wasn’t a need for talk as I watched the sky. It was a dark, navy colour and it shone with the many stars that twinkled above me. Captivating from the get-go, I settled to enjoy the peace and quiet. Who knew what I’d be facing in the future?
   Riley’s even breathing held a steady rhythm that lulled and hypnotized me. It was completely tranquil. I decided to rest my eyes for a few minutes, and tightened my hold on his shirt.
   I drifted off into a dreamless sleep, and stirred a few minutes later.
   “Getting sleepy, sweetheart?” he asked.
   I nodded, and attempted to get up.
   “Where are you going?”
   “We should probably go back, right?” I asked.
   “No, we can stay here if you want. Inside or outside, it’s up to you,” he said, as he motioned for me to settle down in his arms again. I did without complaining. I liked it here.
   “Won’t we get cold?”  I asked. As warm as I was, I was unsure if the drop in temperature was going to affect us.
   “Shhh. Stop worrying, there’s a blanket inside if we need it. Close your eyes my beautiful Luna, I will take care of you.”
   I did as I was told, sneaking one last look at the stars. My destiny written all over them.
   “Riley?”
   “Mmm?”
   “Do you think the prophecy, my destiny, is exactly what you were told?”
   “Destiny is what we make through the choices life gives us. The future isn’t promised, which is why we make each day count. Live for you, not because of what’s expected of you. We don’t judge, we protect. That’s family, and that’s pack. And I will always be here for you, Luna. We’ll get through this together.” He kissed the top of my head and tightened his arms around me.
   My choices had been taken away from me the day I was turned. Since then I’d followed orders. I wasn’t me anymore, I was the person I was always supposed to become. Special.
   It didn’t matter what everyone thought. I was going to protect my pack, especially Riley. Nothing was going to stop me from giving him the happiness he deserved. Even if that meant war.