Suit Up, Strap In, It’s Game Time

The  year  of  2014  closes  in,  and  I  sit  here  changing  my  thoughts  over  the  type  of  post  this  will  be.  While  many  have  blogged  about  their  highlights  of  the  past  twelve  months,  including  ways  in  which  they’d  like  to  change  for  2015,  that’s  not  what  I’m  going  to  do.  This  time  last  year  I  posted (here) that  I  wasn’t  one  for  setting  resolutions  I  knew  I  couldn’t,  and  wouldn’t  keep.  And  again,  I’m  not  doing  that.  It’s  not  who  I  am.

My  mindset  works  on  the  fact  that  if  I  want  something,  I’m  going  to  do  whatever  it  takes  to  get  it  from  the  moment  I  think  about  it –  not  wait  until  a  new  year  begins.  So,  if  you’re  the  type  of  person  that  needs  the  reset  button  of  a  new  year,  that’s  fantastic.  Now’s  your  chance  to  suit  up.  You  can  do  it.

I  planned  on  writing  this  whole  spiel  about  my  goals,  what  I’ve  learned,  how  I  keep  my  optimism  even  when  negativity  comes  knocking  on  the  door,  and  how  I  intend  to  increase  productivity. But  I’m  not  going  to.  I  don’t  need  to.  My  mind  is  at  peace  with  my  decisions,  and  all  you  need  to  know  is  that  I’m  going  to  rock  them.  Tackle  them  down  like  a  raging   rugby  player,  and  rise  with  a  satisfactory  grin  on  my  face.  Because  that’s  what  I  do.

What  I  will  say  is  I’m  diving  into  the  new  year  with  a  business  mind  ready  to  conquer  the  world  one  story  at  a  time.  This  picture  is  exactly  my  current  state  of  mind:

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In  2013  Nature’s  Destiny’s  first  draft  was  written.
In  2014  Nature’s  Destiny  published.  Sapphire’s  Divinity  was  written  &  published.  Guardians  Dynasty  was  written  &  is  now  with  beta  readers.  Plus  numerous  side  projects  I  haven’t  finished  developing  yet.
And  2015?  Well,  it’s  going  to  be  an  explosion.  My  sleeves  are  rolled,  my  specs  are  on,  and  my  mind  is  filled  with  many  inspiring  embers  flickering  to  life.

This  is  one  Winter  prepared  to  stay  indefinitely.

2015  – I’m  coming  for  you.

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Guardians Dynasty Cover Reveal!

I’ve been sitting on this beautiful cover, patting away like it’s my precious for weeks. And though I usually do a big fandango for my cover reveals, I couldn’t wait anymore. I need you guys to see this. And, it’s up for pre-order with Amazon here, so don’t forget to 1-click this baby! Here’s the glorious precious, along with the blurb. And many, many, many thanks to my brilliant cover designer, Melody Simmons, for such another great visual. Mark your diaries for February 24th 2015, Luna will be waiting for you.

 

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I  was  dying.

Every  minute  I  wasted  without  a  mate,  my  mind  became  more  volatile.  I  was  unbalanced,  stronger  than  I  was  capable  of  handling  alone.

Supposedly,  I  was  destined  for  greatness,  but  apparently  I  had  to  overcome  another  task  first.

A  mating.

Riley  was  my  one  true  love.  I  was  sure.  However,  that  didn’t  necessarily mean  I  was  his.  Complications,  it  seemed,  were  becoming  my  forte.

Despite  my  personal  problems,  the  demons  emerged,  offering  little  hope  and  even  less  mercy.  With  my  mind  preoccupied,  I  wasn’t  ready  for  the  attack  heading  our  way.

The  pack  needed  me  now  more  than  ever,  but  the  demons  were  cunning,  thwarting  my  plans  and  upping  the  stakes  each  time.

I  was  letting  them  down.  We  weren’t  ready.  I  wasn’t  ready.

Darkness  descended  on  Nature’s  Destiny,  and  sadness  was  sure  to  come.

War  had  begun.

Nature’s Destiny Is FREE!!

Nature's Destiny

 

With  the  countdown  to  Christmas  just  days  away,  I  wanted  to  share  a  gift  with  you  all.  Nature’s  Destiny  is  FREE  on  all  eBook  platforms  for  a  short  time  over  the  festive  period,  so  grab  it  while  you  can!
Happy  Holidays,  Everybody!

Amazon  US.  Amazon  UK.  Smashwords.  Kobo.  iBooks.  B&N.

My  life  was  changing,  morphing  into  something  greater  than  I  could  have  anticipated.  I  was becoming  something  I  didn’t  recognise  as  myself  anymore.  A  Werewolf.

I  was  different.
Bitten.

‘Hybrid’  was  what  they  called  me,  and  the  weight  that  rested  against  that  one  word  was crippling.  They  depended  on  me  to  bring  them  safety.  What  made  me  so  special?

Oh,  that’s  right.  My  destiny.

I  was  sucked  into  a  world  I’d  had  no  idea  existed.  Twenty-one  years  as  a  human,  and  this was  what  I  found  out.

My  travelling  plans,  my  writing  degree,  all  of  it  was  gone  within  one  night.  One  evil  night that  robbed  my  humanity.

I  wasn’t  completely  sour.  Life  had  been  unfair  a  while  ago,  only  now  I’d  had  something worth  fighting  for  besides  myself.  Something  to  live  for.

I  was  afraid  for  the  others.  I  couldn’t  let  them  down.  I  wouldn’t  let  them  down.

I’d  gone  to  bed  a  human  and  woken  up  a  Werewolf.

A  special  Werewolf.
A  Hybrid.

The Vlog Has Arrived! (Finally)

Happy  Monday!  And,  for  a  change,  what  a  happy  Monday  it  is!  Why?  Because  I’ve  finally  created  the  Q&A  vlog  I  said  I’d  do  months  ago.  So,  without  further  ado,  I  give  you  my  face,  and  voice…  Enjoy! On  a  sidenote,  forgive  the  noisy  interruptions,  no  matter  how  many  times  I  did  the  video  something  always  came  up.  Ah,  such  is  life.  😉

Seven 11 Blog Hop

Seven 11 blog hop

 

Happy  December, everybody, and  a  very  Merry  Christmas  to  you!  

As  Christmas  is  two  weeks  today,  (I  know,  right?  Didn’t  that  come  fast!)  I  have  a  holiday-themed  teaser  for  you.  This  time  next  year  I  intend  to  release  a  book  of  short  stories  from  different  points  of  view  within  the  Nature’s  Destiny  world  that  all  focus  on  one  theme;  holidays.  Today’s  teaser  is  from  Sky’s  (Nature’s  Destiny  character) POV,  and  I  will  release  her  FULL  CHRISTMAS  STORY  via  my  newsletter  on  Christmas  day.  So,  if  you  want  IN  on  a  FREE  read,  be  sure  to  sign  up  here.

*Copyright,  Justine  Winter,  2014*

The  cobbled-stone  town  was  a  frantic  mess  of  rushing  shoppers  dashing  into  every  store  for  last-minute  gifts.  Tinsel  covered  windows  and  doors,  and  colourful  lights  hung  like  a  welcoming  invitation,  embracing  the  festive  cheer.

I  wrapped  my  arms  around  my  chest,  pulling  my  coat  tighter  to  keep  in  the  warmth.   A  frosty  breeze  twirled  past  my  face;  my  nose  was  frozen  to  the  touch.

Christmas  was  only  a  few  days  away,  and  every  year  it  was  the  same  depressing,  lonely  holiday  of  my  life.  I  was  always  the  grumpiest  person  around  all  this  holly  jolly  spirit;  the  Grinch  had  nothing  on  me.  

God  knows  why  I  thought  a  trip  into  town  would  help  cheer  me  up.

Okay,  so  I  know  that  doesn’t  sound  particularly  happy  and  festive,  and  it’s  not  my  intention  to  bum  you  out  on  Chrimbo  day,  so  I  do  promise  it  gets  better.  Honestly.  Also,  while  I  remember,  the  Nature’s  Destiny  paperback  giveaway  finishes  at  the  end  of  this  month  on  goodreads,  so  hop  on  over  here  quickly  and  make  sure  you’ve  entered  to  win.

Now,  be  sure  to  check  out  this  great  list  of  authors,  and  see  what  brilliant  teasers  they  have  to  offer  this  month.  Seriously,  these  peoples  are  amazing  writers.

Amanda  Aksel  –  Women’s  Fiction
Heather  Hildenbrand  –  YA
Bethany  Lopez  –  NA  Romance
Kayla  Smith  –  Paranormal
Shawn  McGuire  –  YA –  also  has  a  cover  reveal  today!  Check  out  the  beauty  here.