Readers: What’s Hot & What’s Not?

Happy New Year! 

I know, it feels strange reading that in the middle of January, doesn’t it? This time of year comes with a clean slate and a list of good intentions – honestly, how many of you have deviated already?

I, myself, have big plans for the year ahead. Lots of publishing is on the horizon – I currently have 4 projects on the go. Doesn’t that show how indecisive I’ve been lately? But, I just want to. . .

WRITE ALL THE THINGS!!

For now, I’m interested in hearing your opinions on this big wide world of words. What genre book are you currently addicted to? What or who’s making you 1-click immediately? And what are you absolutely fed up of seeing?

I’ve been on a crime fiction binge for months now, devouring between 1-2 a week – my purse can’t keep up with my voracious hunger for the written text. I’m also slowly getting back into the groove of fantasy/paranormal. Do you have any recommendations for me?

Last year we saw the rise in step-brother romances, pushing the boundaries of taboo subjects. This year I believe we’re going to be seeing more cross-genre fiction – bleeding the lines between categories even more. What do you think is going to be this year’s biggest trend?

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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.

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.

Seven – 11 Blog Hop & Giveaways

Seven 11 blog hopWhoa!  I  can’t  believe  we’re  at  the  11th  August  already.  Where  did  the  last  month  go?  Fear  not  though,  I  have  some  goodies  for  you.  It’s  officially  the  second  post  in  the  Seven-11 blog  hop,  and  there’s  plenty  of  appetisers  for  your  eyes  to  feast  on.

Today’s  seven  lines  come  from  Sapphire’s  Divinity  which  will  release  in  16  days!  I  don’t  know  about  you,  but  I  can’t  wait!  If  you  enjoy  this  little  teaser,  then  be  sure  to  mark  it  as  to-read  on  Goodreads  here.  August  27th  will  soon  come  around! And  if  you  haven’t  read  Nature’s  Destiny  yet  (the  first  in  the  series)  then  you’re  in  luck  because  it’s  currently  on  sale  for  99c/77p  at  Amazon,  Kobo,  Smashwords,  B&N &  iBooks.

Now  for  the  snippet:

The  creatures  grabbed  at  my  arms,  and  stretched   me  as  they  chanted  something  I  didn’t  understand.  Minutes  ago  I’d  been  contemplating  doing  the  exact  same  thing  to  them,  yet  here  they  were  pulling  me  apart.

I  screamed  from  the  tearing  pain,  my  body  searched  for  every  last  drop  of  energy.  The  bubble  inside  me  had  grown  from  all  of  the  fighting,  but  I  couldn’t  concentrate  on  it  long  enough  with  my  arms  ripping  from  my  torso.  I  felt  like  a  doll  with  its  stitches  falling  apart.

“LUNA!”  I  heard  the  sound  of  Riley’s  cry,  and  I  blinked  back  the  tears  as  I  watched  him  running  towards  me.  Everything  turned  into  slow  motion  as  I  realised  he’d  never  get  to  me  in   time.

I  hope  you  enjoyed  that  sneak  peek!  And  if  your  tastebuds  are  tickling  for  some  more,  then  you  should  check  out  the  amazing  list  of  authors  below  who  are  also  sharing  some  teasers  from  their  work  today,  and  you  should  definitely  enter  these  awesome  giveaways  going  on  right  now:

Author  Steph  Nuss  is  giving  away  (US  Only)  a  SIGNED  PAPERBACK  copy  of  her  new  release,  Fantasized  by  You.  Enter  to  win  at  Goodreads  here.

AND!  Author  SM  Boyce  is  giving  away  a  Stacey  Marie  Brown  Swag  Bag.  Enter  to  win  here.

Amanda  Aksel

Steph  Nuss

Heather  Hildenbrand

Bethany  Lopez

Shawn  McGuire

Alicia  Sheehy

Kayla  Smith

SM  Boyce

Heather  Brewer

It’s here! Nature’s Destiny Paperback!

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You guys, let’s take a moment to scream the place down, jump about, throw a party, eat chocolate and crack open a bottle of wine. Oh, yes!

Nature’s Destiny is finally out in paperback and check out the pretty cover above!

When the proof came in the mail, I didn’t sit still for a really long time. My house thoroughly had its foundations shaken, and the speakers, needless to say, got a good workout too. My dancing skills, however, did not improve.

So, who wants to join me in a dance of celebration?

Here’s your chance. In honour of my complete excitement, I’m offering you the chance to win a signed paperback copy from me.  All you have to do is sign in to Goodreads and ‘enter to winhere.

Also, Nature’s Destiny, is listed in the Kindle Matchbook program. So, if you buy the paperback on Amazon, you can get the kindle version at a discounted price of $0.99!

Exciting, right?

And while I remember, if you want to keep up with all my bookish news and be the first to know about everything, then sign up to my newsletter by emailing me at justinewinter@hotmail.co.uk with the words ‘SIGN UP’ in the subject header.

Good Luck!