Monday, April 27, 2015

Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross


Series: The Vessel Trilogy, Book Two
File Size: 605 KB
Print Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: April 21, 2015

 Sometimes sin looks an awful lot like heaven.

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light. 
With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.
Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.
While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.
Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.

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Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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“Hiiii, Juuude.” Mindy actually cooed his name as she crossed into the living room right before the man himself waltzed into my kitchen.

“Hello, Mindy.” As always, he sounded dark and rough, which did strange things to my insides.

Apparently, Dave let him in. Not that a door could or would stop Jude Delacroix from going wherever he damn well pleased. Still, it was nice when he pretended to be human, knocking and stuff, rather than appearing out of nowhere and scaring the bejeezus out of me. He had to put on the whole I’m-normal-and-walk-through-doors routine at my apartment when Mindy was home.

The moment he entered the room, all my senses rose to full alert. The man packed enough heat and power in his aura to melt a girl into jelly. A mere glance from his dark eyes or slight touch from rough hands, and I was lost.

I focused on flipping the pancakes on the stove, still trying to figure out how to tell him about our trip to the House of Hades, the near-miss with Gorham, and the brief and strange meeting with my guardian angel. Kat preferred asking forgiveness rather than permission, or just omitting the admission of any sins altogether. But I had trouble lying, though I seemed to do it often as of late. I especially had trouble lying to Jude.

“Want some brinner?” I asked, plopping another dollop of butter in the pan.

“Brinner? What might that be?” He leaned with his back against the counter next to the stove, splaying one huge hand on the countertop, watching me pour the batter into the pan. How did this man make watching me cook a sexy thing?

“You’ve never heard of brinner?” I glanced at the door to make sure Mindy was out of earshot. “For someone who’s been alive nearly two thousand years, you don’t know a whole lot.”

He slid a finger down my forearm. I nearly dropped the spatula. He leaned closer, his chest brushing my shoulder, voice dropping several decibels. “Educate me.” And just like that, my heart slammed into my rib cage, my thoughts scattering to the wind. I stared at him, knowing my eyes were no longer hungry for pancakes. He pressed warm lips, a feather-soft kiss, to the slope between my neck and shoulder. “Genevieve?” Another press of lips higher up my neck, melting me into goo.

“Hm?” Eyes closed, I welcomed a third kiss just under my jaw.

“Your brinner is burning.”

“Oh, dammit!”

I snapped open my eyes, grabbed the smoking pan and thrust it under the water faucet in the sink. A hissing crackle spit up more smoke.

“There goes brinner.”

“You’ve made more than enough already.”

He motioned to the ten-high stack with a smirk. I couldn’t even think about eating now. Not after that kiss. And not with this guilt weighing me down.

Something registered in his gaze. He reached out his hand.

“Come here.”

From his expression, I wasn’t sure if he planned to give me a hug or a spanking. I wouldn’t mind either. Taking his hand, I let him pull me into his arms.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just two weeks away

On Saturday, April 25, I'm joining a group of local authors at the York Emporium for A Day of Romance. Whether you're a reader or a writer, it promises to be a day you won't want to miss!

Here's the tentative schedule:

11 a.m. - Author Q&A

12:00 noon - Signing books and mingling with readers

1:00 p.m. - A presentation from Demi Stevens, a local writing coach and former library director, geared toward aspiring writers

2:00 p.m. - Games! Book cover bingo and more

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vina Arno spills the beans

Hi Vina! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book.Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
I’m easy. I drink any coffee that’s not decaf.

Fur or feathers, pet-wise?
I’m allergic to animals, so I’ve never had a pet.

Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
In the workplace—slackers.

Ugh, I hear you. Tell us something about yourself that’s not in your bio.
My pen name, Vina Arno, comes from my husband’s first name, Vincent, and our daughter’s name, Nina. Arno comes from the famous river in Florence. We were visiting the city when I decided to write In His Corner, my debut romance book.

Congrats on your debut! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Take long walks, read, and watch films.

If you had to choose another profession besides writer, what would it be and why?
In my next life, I would like to be a scientist. I want to be able to either solve a serious problem or invent something important.

Very cool. Are you a night owl or early bird?
Early bird.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The power to get what I want.

So clever! I love it. How would your muse describe you?

If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
It’s probably the same fantasy for all novelists—quit my day job and earn a living writing fiction.

Ah, yes. Living the dream. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
I’m very much intrigued by Virginia Woolf. I would like to know what story she would write today if given a chance.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m originally from Manila. I left the country at 23 to work for a newspaper in Taipei even though I didn’t speak or understand a word of Chinese.

Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)?
I listen to the latest hits—Fall Out Boy, Macklemore, Ellie Goulding, and Sia.

Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
In His Corner mentions five songs in different chapters. I was listening to those songs while I was writing the book.

While creating your book, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
I’ve written and published nonfiction books before. They required rigorous editing and fact checking. I was surprised that the editing process for fiction is just as rigorous.

Where can readers find out more about you?
They can read this article I wrote for Forbes about my journey to publication: 3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer 

They can catch me here:

Please tell us a bit about your book.
In His Corner is about an Olympic gold-medalist boxer known as the Juggernaut who falls head over heels for the beautiful doctor, Siena Carr, who stitches up his cut. They are opposites, but they can’t resist each other. She’s a well-heeled, well-versed Ivy League graduate. He’s a college dropout who becomes San Francisco’s favorite homeboy after his Olympic victory. She heals people, while he knocks them out. She’s four years older than him. All of these make for a hot, tension-filled romance.

The book, published by Lyrical Press, will be released on April 14. You can order it at:

What inspired you to write it?
It’s a combination of things, but my heroine, Siena, was inspired by the Italian city of the same name. My family and I visited it in 2013.

Thanks for spilling the beans today, Vina! Best of luck with your release.