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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Secret Project? Tell me more. . .

Happy ¬†1st ¬†July! And ¬†what ¬†a ¬†great ¬†Friday ¬†it’s ¬†going ¬†to ¬†be ¬†because ¬†I ¬†have ¬†a ¬†treat ¬†for ¬†you. ¬†Since ¬†finishing ¬†the ¬†Nature’s ¬†Destiny ¬†series ¬†I’ve ¬†been ¬†asked ¬†what ¬†I’m ¬†working ¬†on ¬†next ¬†and ¬†when ¬†the ¬†bloody ¬†hell ¬†am ¬†I ¬†going ¬†to ¬†release ¬†said ¬†book?

Well,  how  do  we  feel  about  a  first  chapter  reveal  of  my  secret  project  coming  Autumn  2016?

I ¬†don’t ¬†fancy ¬†giving ¬†too ¬†much ¬†away ¬†just ¬†yet ¬†as ¬†I’m ¬†still ¬†in ¬†first ¬†draft ¬†mode, ¬†but ¬†it’s ¬†the ¬†start ¬†of ¬†a ¬†new ¬† paranormal ¬†romance ¬†trilogy ¬†with ¬†the ¬†added ¬†bonus ¬†of ¬†creatures ¬†I ¬†haven’t ¬†written ¬†about ¬†before, ¬†plus ¬†a ¬†leading ¬†lady ¬†who ¬†is ¬†incredibly ¬†important. ¬†Of ¬†course. ¬†And ¬†although ¬†I ¬†have ¬†a ¬†title ¬†already ¬†decided, ¬†I’m ¬†going ¬†to ¬†save ¬†it ¬†for the ¬†next ¬†coming ¬†weeks, ¬†when ¬†I ¬†have ¬†some ¬†more ¬†to ¬†share.

For  now,  I  hope  this  first  chapter  whets  your  appetite.  Enjoy!

*First draft. Content subject to change. Unedited.*

1 – BROKEN

‚ÄúAre¬† you¬† ready,¬† Tiss?¬† Just¬† like¬† the¬† book¬† says.¬† Straight¬† down¬† the¬† mountain,¬† one¬† full¬† turn,¬† and¬† back¬† up.¬† Sounds¬† simple¬† enough.¬† Just¬† gotta¬† try¬† and¬† see¬† through¬† the¬† thick¬† layer¬† of¬† fog¬† first,‚Ä̬† I¬† add.¬†

He¬† ‚Äėhmphs‚Äô¬† at¬† me,¬† blowing¬† smoke¬† out¬† of¬† his¬† nostrils.¬† I¬† leap¬† onto¬† his¬† back,¬† sitting¬† as¬† comfortably¬† as¬† I¬† can¬† between¬† the¬† large¬† red¬† spikes¬† adorning¬† his¬† spine.

‚ÄúAnd¬† whatever¬† you¬† do,¬† don‚Äôt¬† drop¬† me!‚Ä̬† I¬† wouldn‚Äôt¬† die,¬† but¬† it¬† sure¬† would ¬†hurt¬† like¬† hell.

Fortissimus  jumps  off  of  the  top  of  the  highest  mountain  in  Terra  Regnum,  gliding  through  clouds  of  mist  at  a  fast  pace.  We  fly  as  one  being  as  I  entrust  my  faith  wholeheartedly  in  my  dearest  friend.  

Even  with  my  heightened  vision,  I  struggle  to  see  through  the  dense  precipitation  as  the  wind  pushes  against  my  face,  forcing  me  to  lean  backwards.

Tiss  spreads  his  large  wings,  gaining  speed  as  the  ground  draws  near.  He  flaps  harder,  pushing  the  limits.

‚ÄúTiss. . .‚Ä̬† I¬† warn,¬† seeing¬† the¬† speckles¬† of¬† rubble¬† a¬† short¬† distance¬† ahead.¬†

He  doesn’t  slow  down.

We’re  getting  closer.

Closer.

‚ÄúTISS!‚Ä̬†

He  turns,  changes  direction,  and  heads  back  up  the  mountain  as  I  try  to  swallow  my  heart.  My  fingers  cramp,  realising  I’ve  been  gripping  on  to  him  with  more  force  than  I thought. 

Bloody  rascal,  tormenting  me.

‚ÄúLet‚Äôs¬† go¬† home.¬† We‚Äôll¬† talk¬† about¬† your¬† disobedience¬† then,‚Ä̬† I¬† scorn,¬† sitting¬† back¬† a¬† little¬† more¬† relaxed.¬†

We  fly  by  many  snow  covered  mountains,  all  quiet  of  life.  It’s  peaceful,  tranquil  as  the  sun  peeks  through  the  clouds that  are  soon  to  bring  nightfall.

The  temperature  continues  to  drop  though  it  doesn’t  affect  me,  and  frost  covers  the  woodland  near  my  home. 

Tiss  takes  one  large  sweep  around  the  dungeon,  landing  gently  on  the  snow.  I  slide  down,  my  dress  falls  to  my  feet  and  trails  across  the  white  ground  as  I  turn  my  attention  to  my  naughty  dragon.

He  bows  his  head  the  second  we  come  face  to  face,  drooping  his  eyes  as  if  in  apology.  It’s  almost  enough  to  make  me  melt  with  forgiveness.

I¬† sigh.¬† ‚ÄúListen, ¬†you¬† know¬† I¬† like¬† to¬† have¬† fun¬† too,¬† but¬† we¬† need¬† to¬† keep¬† our¬† training¬† on¬† top¬† form.‚Ä̬† I¬† run¬† my¬† hand¬† over¬† his¬† scarred¬† lip,¬† knowing¬† it‚Äôs¬† identical¬† to¬† mine.¬† Over¬† time¬† it‚Äôs¬† faded,¬† but¬† I¬† still¬† remember¬† the¬† slicing¬† of¬† the¬† blade¬† cutting¬† from¬† the¬† right¬† of¬† my¬† top¬† lip¬† to¬† my¬† chin.¬† Fortissimus¬† had¬† been¬† struck¬† by¬† the¬† same¬† blow.¬† ‚ÄúWe¬† can‚Äôt¬† slip¬† up¬† again.‚ÄĚ

Though  he  cannot  talk  I  know  he  understands,  I  can  sense  his  essence  within  me.  He  is,  and  always  has  been,  a  part  of  me.  In  many  ways  we  are  connected.

His¬† large¬† tongue¬† licks¬† my¬† face,¬† catching¬† me¬† unawares.¬† ‚ÄúTiss!¬† That‚Äôs¬† disgusting,‚Ä̬† I¬† groan,¬† using¬† my¬† dress¬† to¬† wipe¬† the¬† slobber¬† dripping¬† off¬† of¬† me.¬† His¬† tail ¬†thumps¬† loudly¬† on¬† the¬† ground,¬† and¬† he¬† snorts¬† almost¬† as¬† if¬† he‚Äôs¬† laughing¬† at¬† me.

‚ÄúOh,¬† so¬† that‚Äôs¬† how¬† it‚Äôs¬† gonna¬† be,¬† huh?‚Ä̬† I¬† tickle¬† his¬† neck,¬† back,¬† legs¬† and¬† tail,¬† moving¬† fast¬† enough¬† until¬† it¬† drives¬† him¬† crazy.¬† ‚ÄúDo¬† you¬† concede?‚Ä̬† I¬† cross¬† my¬† arms.

He  blows  a  puff  of  smoke  in  my  face.

‚ÄúI¬† thought¬† so,‚Ä̬† I¬† smirk,¬† turning¬† towards¬† my¬† home.¬† As¬† the¬† only¬† vampire/werewolf¬† hybrid¬† in¬† all¬† of¬† Imperium¬† I¬† live¬† alone¬† in¬† the¬† dungeon¬† I¬† carved¬† deep¬† into¬† the ¬†mountains¬† with¬† my¬† dragon.¬† Over¬† the¬† eons¬† I‚Äôve¬† embellished¬† on¬† its¬† natural¬† formation,¬† though¬† fire¬† is¬† my¬† only¬† light¬† source.¬† I¬† prefer¬† it¬† that¬† way.¬† Darkness¬† will¬† always¬† be¬† my¬† ally.

Tiss¬† follows¬† in¬† behind¬† me,¬† pushing¬† his¬† ever-growing¬† size¬† through¬† the¬† fire-lit¬† doorway.¬† ‚ÄúIs¬† your¬† bum¬† getting¬† too¬† big,¬† Tiss?‚ÄĚ

He  nudges  me  forward  with  his  nose,  grumbling  to  himself  when  the  mountain  begins  to  shake.  The  ground  vibrates  rapidly  beneath  my  feet.  Dust  falls  from  the  crevices  above.  The  flame  torches  burn  out.

Tiss  pulls  me  into  him  with  his  large  claws,  protecting  me  just  as  I  unsheathe  my  sword  in  preparation.  The  cavernous  walls  tremble  erratically. 

My  body  hums  with  electricity  as  though  the  vibrations  are  passing  through  me.  My  skin  tingles  with  awareness  as  two  white  balls  glow  up  ahead.  What  is that?

They  hover  in  the  darkness,  moving  towards  us.  I  take  my  stance,  sword  forward.  I  feel  Tiss  tense  behind  me.  He’s  ready,  too.

The  circles  of  light  stop,  expanding  into  two  large  doorways  where  the  holograms  of  two  male  faces  appear.

I  relax  my  sword,  realising  this  isn’t  a  threat,  it’s  a  calling.

To  my  left,  a  man  sits  on  his  underwater  throne,  his  long  black  hair  flowing  around  him.  His  head  is  adorned  with  a  gold  crown,  and  his  ironically  sun-kissed  skin  gleams.

To  my  right,  crimson  eyes  glare  at  me.  He  stands  tall  in  his  usual  unnecessary  armour  that  covers  fine,  ebony  skin.  A  crown  of  rubies  adorns  his  black  and  white  dreadlocked  hair  whilst  he  holds  a  staff.  Also  unnecessary. 

They  are  King  Asa,  and  King  Zuriel,  ruler  of  Mare  Regnum  and  Terra  Regnum  respectively.

‚ÄúWhy¬† am¬† I¬† being¬† summonsed?‚Ä̬† I¬† project¬† my¬† voice,¬† enforcing¬† my¬† power.

‚ÄúOur¬† law¬† has¬† been¬† broken.¬† Rebel¬† creatures¬† are¬† fleeing¬† Imperium. . .‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúWe¬† cannot¬† risk¬† the¬† humans¬† on¬† Earth¬† knowing¬† about¬† us.¬† The¬† barrier¬† between¬† our¬† worlds¬† is¬† far¬† too¬† fragile¬† to¬† endure¬† this,‚ÄĚ King¬† Asa,¬† the¬† hologram¬† to¬† my¬† left,¬† finishes¬† King¬† Zuriel‚Äôs¬† sentence.

‚ÄúOur¬† worlds¬† cannot¬† co-exist.¬† You¬† know¬† this¬† more¬† than¬† anyone.¬† The¬† humans¬† are¬† unforgiving¬† to¬† our¬† kind.‚Ä̬† Zuriel¬† continues,¬† ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve¬† tried¬† keeping¬† the¬† peace,¬† but¬† our¬† kingdoms¬† are¬† becoming¬† rowdy.‚ÄĚ

I  listen  to  their  speeches,  plainly  seeing  their  desperation. 

‚ÄúIf¬† we‚Äôre¬† to¬† reign¬† in¬† those¬† who ¬†remain¬† under¬† our¬† authority,¬† then¬† it‚Äôs¬† time¬† for¬† real¬† action.‚ÄĚ

I  nod,  understanding.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôve¬† broken¬† the¬† necessary¬† seals.¬† The¬† veil¬† separating¬† us¬† will¬† release.¬† Do¬† you¬† accept¬† your¬† duty,¬† Oxsana?‚Ä̬† King¬† Asa¬† asks,¬† crossing¬† his¬† large¬† arms¬† across¬† his¬† bare,¬† muscular¬† chest.

Tiss  pounds  his  claws  behind  me,  acknowledging  our  fate.

‚ÄúI¬† do.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúFind¬† the¬† rebel¬† creatures¬† on¬† Earth,‚Ä̬† Zuriel¬† demands.

‚ÄúImperium¬† needs¬† you,¬† Dragonman¬† of¬† War.‚ÄĚ

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.
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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

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. ¬†ūüėČ