Happy New Year

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I do desire we may be better strangers.
William Shakespeare

Happy New Year, Wolves!
I know, doesn’t that seem strange reading those words so late in January? But I’m sure you’ve noticed a considerable amount of silent treatment on my end the last few months. Sometimes, life has a funny way of creeping up and consuming you. Even in my absence I didn’t stop thinking of you, and I’ve been writing. I’m constantly writing, it’s just not what I always want to write. I’m looking at you, Uni assignments. However, my intentions and goals for this year are pretty humongous – both personal and professional.So, why am I quoting Shakespeare today? Well, it’s pretty simple. I’m well overdue a new Vlog – that’s a video blog btw, you know, in case you’re not down with the kids. (I can hear my younger self tutting and shaking her head in disapproval at that. When did I get old? Scratch that question, I don’t think I’d like the answer, it’ll probably have something to do with grey hairs. Yes, I have them. A LOT OF THEM. Gone are the days of snipping one or two. Anyway, I’ve digressed…)

The last time I created a video I’d only just started out in this Author ShowBiz back in 2014. Everything was all new back then! If you haven’t seen it, please cringe along with me here. But now, I’m ready to dive back into the swing of things, and that means keeping in touch with you about words I’m finally going to publish this year. Want to know more? Then ask me. That’s right. I want to know what you want to know from me – sorry, this isn’t supposed to be some riddle you have to solve before you get the prize. Basically, I’m going to answer all your questions in a video. Whether they’re about my books, what I’m working on, what I’m currently doing with my weird life or even who my favourite superhero is. Actually, no, please don’t ask me that. I don’t have an answer! What I’m suggesting is you have carte blanche. Go crazy! All you have to do is comment below with your question. And what’s more, one lucky inquisitor will win a mystery prize. Game on?

Let’s do this!
Speak soon,
Alpha J – XO

October – Paranormal Takeover

It’s officially one of my two favourite months of the year – the second being December. I’m not sure why, but every year when October comes around I get really excited. Maybe it’s the longer, colder evenings, the mass amounts of hot chocolate I consume or perhaps that my birthday happens to fall towards the end of the month. Whatever the cause, I know I get ridiculously happy. And I want to share that with you by tickling your supernatural senses. If you love Paranormal Romance as much as I do, you’ll want to check out this phenomenal giveaway hosted by Pure Textuality PR and Paranormal And Urban Fantasy Book Bargains. There are FOUR Kindle Fires up for grabs PLUS lots more! Head to the rafflecopter link to find out how to enter. Not only could you win a fantastic prize, you might also find a new favourite author. What have you got to lose?

A little while ago I mentioned about putting the Nature’s Destiny series into paperback. For the first time you can officially hold a physical copy of each novel. And though I’m probably biased, I think my cover designer did an excellent job. They’re so beautiful! Check them out down below if you don’t believe me ūüėČ If you fancy getting your hands on one, head over to Createspace or Amazon.

As for me, I’m heading into the writing cave. I’ve got a bunch of Nature’s Destiny short stories to complete before I’m buried under my Master’s Degree.
Have a great week, Wolves!

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Warrior’s Duty is LIVE!

Title: Warrior’s Duty

Series: Nature’s Destiny #4
Author: Justine Winter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2016
Death. Destruction. Demons.
War was officially declared.

Blade‚Äôs rebirth into the world became something we truly weren‚Äôt prepared for. And I felt guilty. Blaming myself for not getting to Lara in time. 

She was gone. Nature’s Destiny was grieving.

In the midst of our woes the battle was brewing. Incubi kept coming. Hell beasts were slaying. And the demon master was another step closer to winning.

With an army of supernatural beings in my arsenal I was optimistic that we were enough. We had the prophecy and my fortitudo on our side.

Whatever happened there was one thing I knew for certain.

The end had come.

He yanked me by my chains, my wrists bled with the cold, silver metal cutting into my skin. My bare feet dragged along the stony ground, covered with scrapes from the uneven surface. He pulled me to follow like a dog on a leash, tugging my manacles harder than was necessary. 

I kept quiet despite wanting to scream the dark, dank dungeon down. He always found pleasure in my pain, so I‚Äôd learnt to conceal it. My lips were incredibly tender from biting into them to stifle my groans.  

‚ÄúWhy hasn‚Äôt she come yet?‚ÄĚ The woman yelled the second I entered her presence. She never came further than that, didn‚Äôt want to dirty her precious clothes. I was always to be brought to her.

‚ÄúShe‚Äôs deciding,‚ÄĚ I answered.

‚ÄúNo, she‚Äôs clearly made her choice. You screwed this up for us!‚ÄĚ The woman‚Äôs hand lashed out, marking my face as her slap connected with my cheek.

‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt! I did everything you asked of me.‚ÄĚ I was desperate for her to loosen my binds, to let me out of the dreary cell for good. There was no chance I was going to risk exposing myself. My freedom was all I wanted, what I hoped for during  the long hours of torture and loneliness.

‚ÄúWe won‚Äôt survive without them!‚ÄĚ The woman paced, biting her perfectly manicured nails. ‚ÄúTake her back to her cell,‚ÄĚ she  ordered my torturer. ‚ÄúI‚Äôll have to force the pretty wolf‚Äôs hand into helping us.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúNO!‚ÄĚ I yelled, using all my strength to fend off my chain-holder. ‚ÄúNo, don‚Äôt do this to me!‚ÄĚ




I’ve always lived a life based on my imagination, from hopeless dreams of romance to concocting alternate realities involving supernaturals. I’m completely fascinated with anything hero-related, and often speculate which superpower I’d possess. I haven’t settled on one yet.

I was born in England, and currently reside in Wales, UK. I love to write, and most days you’ll find me happily tapping away at the computer whilst in my pyjama-clad bubble. I also spend my time reading, and if that isn’t enough I’m often in the kitchen baking up a treat.

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You guys, it’s finally here! And this is no doubt my favourite cover of them all.
SO PRETTY!
What do you think?
Title: Warrior’s Duty
Series: Nature’s Destiny #4
Author: Justine Winter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2016
Death. Destruction. Demons.
War was officially declared.

Blade’s rebirth into the world became something we truly weren’t prepared for. And I felt guilty. Blaming myself for not getting to Lara in time. 

She was gone. Nature’s Destiny was grieving.

In the midst of our woes the battle was brewing. Incubi kept coming. Hell beasts were slaying. And the demon master was another step closer to winning.

With an army of supernatural beings in my arsenal I was optimistic that we were enough. We had the prophecy and my fortitudo on our side.

Whatever happened there was one thing I knew for certain.

The end had come.

The beast taunted me, stalked me like I was its prey. Its coal-like skin, straight from the mouth of hell, sizzled brightly with streaks of orange. The lava of its home. I never stood a chance in this war, I was one wolf against an army of demons; they kept me distracted long enough to ensure there was nothing I could do to jeopardise their hostile takeover. I soon learned that distraction was their greatest tactic, their only worthwhile weapon. But still, there were little acts of heroism I could partake in; chained and bound in a cage granted me little freedom. I was the hell beasts’ toy, to scratch, to bite, to chase when dull moments had them bored. Compared to my torment, I was sure death would be a gift as inviting as a freshly picked bouquet of flowers. I no longer wanted to endure such heinous, criminal, apocalyptic affairs. I wished for death, and the devil laughed in my face.


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I’ve always lived a life based on my imagination, from hopeless dreams of romance to concocting alternate realities involving supernaturals. I’m completely fascinated with anything hero-related, and often speculate which superpower I’d possess. I haven’t settled on one yet.
I was born in England, and currently reside in Wales, UK. I love to write, and most days you’ll find me happily tapping away at the computer whilst in my pyjama-clad bubble. I also spend my time reading, and if that isn’t enough I’m often in the kitchen baking up a treat.

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Brain Wanted; Words Needed

How ¬†do ¬†you ¬†operate ¬†when ¬†you’ve ¬†left ¬†your ¬†brain ¬†behind?
Behind  where?  Good  question.

That ¬†is ¬†today’s ¬†conundrum¬† because ¬†somehow ¬†I’ve ¬†managed ¬†to ¬†completely ¬†overlook ¬†that ¬†a ¬†year ¬†ago ¬†to ¬†the ¬†day ¬†I ¬†released ¬†Sapphire’s ¬†Divinity. ¬†I’ve ¬†forgotten ¬†another ¬†important ¬†anniversary ¬†in ¬†my ¬†book-filled ¬†world. ¬†So ¬†it’s ¬†obvious ¬†that ¬†I ¬†have ¬†no ¬†functioning ¬†brain ¬†to ¬†speak ¬†of, ¬†and ¬†therefore ¬†no ¬†fun ¬†and ¬†giveaways ¬†planned. ¬†Boo.

But ¬†I ¬†do ¬†have ¬†something ¬†to ¬†offer ¬†as ¬†a ¬†compromise. ¬†A ¬†teaser ¬†from ¬†book ¬†4 ¬†of ¬†the ¬†Nature’s ¬†Destiny ¬†series. ¬†This ¬†is ¬†probably ¬†the ¬†earliest ¬†in ¬†my ¬†process ¬†I’ve ¬†ever ¬†released ¬†a ¬†teaser – ¬†I’m ¬†literally ¬†only ¬†in ¬†the ¬†beginning ¬†of ¬†writing ¬†this ¬†beauty, ¬†but ¬†still ¬†aiming ¬†to ¬†release ¬†by ¬†the ¬†end ¬†of ¬†the ¬†year. ¬†Hang ¬†tight, ¬†my ¬†werewolf-loving ¬†friends.

Without  further  ado,  I  give  you  the  teaser  and  title  below.

Enjoy!

*First draft. Content subject to change come publication. Unedited. Copyright, Justine Winter.*

The¬† beast¬† taunted¬† me,¬† stalked¬† me¬† like¬† I¬† was¬† its¬† prey.¬† Its¬† coal-like¬† skin,¬† straight¬† from¬† the¬† mouth¬† of¬† hell,¬† sizzled¬† brightly¬† with ¬†streaks¬† of ¬†orange.¬† The¬† lava¬† of¬† its¬† home.¬† I¬† never¬† stood¬† a¬† chance¬† in¬† this¬† war,¬† I¬† was¬† one¬† wolf¬† against¬† an¬† army¬† of¬† demons;¬† they¬† kept¬† me¬† distracted¬† long¬† enough¬† to¬† ensure¬† there¬† was¬† nothing¬† I¬† could¬† do¬† to¬† jeopardise¬† their¬† hostile¬† takeover.¬† I¬† soon¬† learned¬† that¬† distraction¬† was¬† their¬† greatest¬† tactic,¬† their¬† only¬† worthwhile¬† weapon.¬† But¬† still,¬† there¬† were¬† little¬† acts¬† of¬† heroism¬† I¬† could¬† partake¬† in;¬† chained¬† and¬† bound¬† in¬† a¬† cage¬† granted¬† me¬† seldom¬† freedom.¬† I¬† was¬† the¬† hell¬† beasts’ ¬†toy,¬† to¬† scratch,¬† to¬† bite,¬† to¬† chase¬† when¬† dull¬† moments¬† had¬† them¬† bored.¬† Compared¬† to¬† my¬† torment,¬† I¬† was¬† sure¬† death¬† would¬† be¬† a¬† gift¬† as¬† inviting¬† as¬† a¬† freshly¬† picked¬† bouquet¬† of¬† flowers.¬† I¬† no¬† longer¬† wanted¬† to¬† endure¬† such ¬†heinous,¬† criminal,¬† apocalyptic¬† affairs.¬†

I  wished  for  death,  and  the  devil  laughed  in  my  face.

Warrior’s ¬†Duty
Coming  Winter  2015

Guardians Dynasty is LIVE!!

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Happy  Tuesday!
Who’s ready for the third installment in the Nature’s Destiny series?
Guardians Dynasty is available now!

Oh, boy, is it a special day! Below is a list of other blogs participating in today’s release blitz who’ll also be posting their reviews on Guardians Dynasty. AND, as a special treat, Maghon’s blog Happy Tails and Tales will have a lengthy NEW interview with many of the characters within the Nature’s Destiny world revealing secrets and information that isn’t in the books. Exciting? I thought so! Check them out!

Maghon – Happy Tails & Tales

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Cathy – Between The Lines

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Mary – Kit ‘n’ Kabookle

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.

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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.