Celebrating a new release with my fellow Kick Ass Chick, Juliette Cross.

Forged in Fire

The Vessel Trilogy

Book One

Juliette Cross


Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd

Date of Publication:  January 27, 2015

Cover Artist: Kanaxa


Warning: Contains a dark and brooding demon hunter who harbors even darker secrets, a snarky heroine who’s being hunted by every demon in the underworld, and a sadistic demon prince with a fancy for violent sexual encounters.


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 She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.


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I’d parked illegally on the street, knowing full well I’d probably have a ticket on the windshield when I returned. Campus cops were like sharks in bloody waters, sniffing out offenders with notorious stealth. You never saw them but sure as hell felt bitten when they got you. Dreading to see that I’d been attacked by one of these predators, I rounded the corner, and my heart stopped.

Propped beautifully against my silver 350ZX was my rescuer, R-and-B from last night. Faded jeans fit snugly on his hips, and a gray T-shirt accentuated a perfect upper body. His black hair fell just right across lovely dark eyes. With casually crossed arms, he watched me approach.

Heart, please stop pounding that way before he notices.

This was no accident. He’d found me somehow. Should I be afraid? He didn’t look dangerous. Well, not in a serial-killer sort of way. Hell, he looked good enough to eat. Totally faking bravado, I stopped in front of him with one hand on my waist.

“Are you stalking me?”

He didn’t answer, eyeing me from bottom to top. His gaze paused at my throat, then finally made its way to my eyes. Still mute. I hated awkward silences.

“Didn’t your mother ever teach you it’s not polite to stare?”

That seemed to jar him a bit. He straightened, his expression grim at best.

“I apologize. I was—”

“Checking me out. Yeah, I got that loud and clear.”

Damn, I was brave. He cleared his throat, hiding a smile now.

“I was going to say, examining you.” He gestured to my neck.

“Examining? Why? Are you a doctor?”

“Of sorts.”

“What sort of sort?”

“I have a doctorate.”

No way. He seemed too young to have a PhD.

“A doctorate in what?” I asked skeptically.


“Your expertise?” I asked, noting the rather sarcastic lilt in my voice. He didn’t bat an eye.

“My thesis was on how weapons reflect the savagery and sophistication of a culture.”

That accent again. Definitely European. But what country?

“Well, a PhD in weaponry may give you some idea how to inflict injuries, but it doesn’t qualify you to examine and diagnose them.”


Ha! One point for me.

“So…” I let the word hang. “How could you possibly have a PhD in anything at your age?”

“I’m older than I appear.”

A slow, slow devastating smile. A fluttering in my stomach felt like a frantic flock of blind birds. Re-lax, Gen. Thank God he spoke, because for the moment, my lips had completely forgotten how to form words.

“I simply wanted to determine whether you’d recovered from last night’s attack,” he said, pushing off my car and coming closer.

Oh no. He was going to touch me. Genevieve Elizabeth Drake, do NOT faint. He reached out and gently folded back my hoodie. He lifted my chin and angled it so that he could see the marks I knew were purpled along the left side. Why was I letting this stranger get so close? Even if he was picture-book gorgeous. I pushed his hand away and stepped around him to my car.

“I’m fine,” I mumbled, pulling the keys from the front pocket of my backpack. “What I want to know is how you knew where to find me. And why are you following me? It’s a bit creepy, even if you did save my life last night.”

We’d now switched places. I leaned back against my car. He stood there, examining me again, thumbs hooked in the front pockets of those yummy jeans.

“Yesterday was your twentieth birthday, wasn’t it?”

Okay. Double creepy.

“How did you know?”

My question confirmed whatever idea he had in his head. I could see it in the nod and drop of his perfect cleft chin.

Two girls flitted by, engrossed in a conversation. One nudged the other when they caught sight of him, ogling shamelessly. They giggled. Couldn’t blame them, but it pissed me off for some reason. R-and-B gave them no real notice, turning back to me.

“I think we should go somewhere private to talk.”

Said the creepy man to the little girl with a lollipop and a white van waiting around the corner.

“Um, I don’t think so.” I crossed my arms. “I don’t know you. And no matter what you did for me last night, at this point, I don’t trust you.”

He shifted weight to his other leg. “As you wish. We’ll talk here.”

“Not that I’m ungrateful, but why were you following me last night? Into the alley?”

“I wasn’t following you. I was following the demon.”

“Fair enough. How did you know it was my birthday?”

“Last night, I wondered but thought it impossible. I had not thought to meet another like you in all my time as a…” He paused, glancing around and lowering his voice. “As a Dominus Daemonum.”

I shook my head. “Okay, hold up. Met one what before? And what the hell is a dominus da-whatever-you-said?”

Dark enchanting eyes kept me still, even with my saucy attitude. A face chiseled in stone regarded me with care. I would never admit it, but I was afraid to move. Something in those almost-black depths warned me what he spoke of now would change my life forever. What’s more, I knew those words. They were Latin. But the translation in my head didn’t make sense.

“The what is a Vessel,” he finally said. “And a Dominus Daemonum is a Master of Demons.”

“Do you mean like a…a demon hunter?”

He nodded. No smile.

“That is what I am,” he said.

“And what’s a Vessel?”

“That is what you are.”

About the Author:

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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 PUB DATE: JUNE 9, 2015 

PUBLISHER: Kensington/Lyrical Press



The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion…
When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.
Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?...







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Juliette Cross 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 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. 











It's my pleasure to host husband and wife writing team C D Hersh today and introduce their new release, but first they're gong to share their top 10 paranormal romance movies with you. What are you favorites, feel free to leave us a comment and let us know.

Sarah, thanks so much for hosting us today.

We thought we’d share our top 10 paranormal romance movies with the readers today. You will note there is no horror in our choices because we like to sleep at night. No vampires, either, because Catherine has had a thing about vampires ever since she dreamt she was bitten by one and woke up with red all over her nightgown. No, it was not blood but the polish from her nails she had not let dry before going to bed. LOL.

So on with our list:

10. The Princess Bride (1987) is a classic fairy tale with all the fairy tale elements you would expect: swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and romance. Got to have the romance. (say no more, The Princess Bride is a firm favorite with me)

9. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) is set in 1900 where a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted by a former owner. The pair forms a unique relationship that lasts beyond life.

8. Brigadoon (1954) is a classic musical that is still playing today in community theaters and high schools. Beautiful music with a classic love story. We love the time slip aspect that puts two Americans, who get lost on a hunting trip in Scotland, in a unique position when they encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon.

(Och, aye!)


7. The Family Man (2000) is a humorous twist on a classic second chance theme. A rich investment broker, who thinks he has everything he needs finds out different when he wakes up to discover his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and a wife.

6. What Women Want (2000) takes a funny look at giving a man what many think they want. The ability to know what women are really thinking. This shows how big a mistake that is, especially when the guy is a chauvinist.

5. Bewitched (2005). We’ve loved “Bewitched” since it was a television show. Watching this movie was like visiting an old friend. Nicole Kidman was a perfect replacement for Elizabeth Montgomery. This took a different spin from the television show in that the story line was about a remake of the classic show “Bewitched.” A real witch gets cast in the role of Samantha and gives an egocentric actor his comeuppance.

4. Splash (1984). Who doesn’t love mermaids? A man falls in love with a mermaid not knowing who/what she is. A fish tale with a romantic twist.

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). This is a bitter sweet romance about a man who starts aging backwards. This one took us by surprise.

2. Ghost (1990) is Catherine’s all time favorite, partly because she loves Patrick Swayze. Love is so strong that the hero is able to reach across the veil and connect with the woman he loves. (had me weeping for days)

1. The Lake House (2006). No question about it. This movie is our favorite time slip movie. The complexity of figuring out the time line for exchanging love letters between the former resident and current resident of the lake house, using a mailbox, captures our imaginations. They must unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.


As you can see from our movie list, we like time travel, ghosts, and unique portrayals of supernatural with a hint of comedy and romance. This fits with what we write about, which are unique shape shifters. Our new book, Blood Brothers, not only has magic and not-the-run-of-the-mill shape shifting, but two interwoven story lines and love stories with suspense and drama. We hope you’ll enjoy this blurb and excerpt:



Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.

When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.

The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.



Outside University Hospital Sylvia waited, watching for a nurse to mimic shift into so she could get into the building undetected. A blonde, about her height, wearing green scrubs-the same color as the ones she wore-crossed in front of her and headed for the parking lot. Sylvia slipped her coat hood over her head, turned toward the building wall, and shifted. As the last tingle of muscles and cells reforming subsided, she stepped sideways, dropped her hood, and moved to the building window. Strands of blond hair lifted off her shoulders in the breeze and a pair of blue eyes stared back at her. Her own mother wouldn’t know her. Satisfied with her disguise, she headed inside.

“Back already?” one of the nurses at the registration desk asked as she came in the door.

Smiling, Sylvia nodded. The phone rang and the nurse answered, her attention diverted. Sylvia slipped behind the desk and flipped through the patient list for Alexi’s name. Room 352. She dropped the list and headed for the elevator.

Title – Blood Brothers, The Turning Stone Chronicles

Author – C.D. Hersh

Genre – Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level - Sensual

Release Date: October 29, 2014

Available right now on AMAZON


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Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.

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The GREAT BEGINNING of A.S. Fenichel


Let me introduce you to Lyrical (Kensington) sister author, editor stablemate (aka Penny Barber Bootcamp) and a fellow member of Romance Weekly #lovechatwrite—A.S. Fenichel.

Andrea is offering a free ebook of her newest release Ascension to whoever is first to correctly guess which classic book begins like this

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.
The delicious Colin Firth once played the male lead in the BBC mini-series of this book,

The delicious Colin Firth once played the male lead in the BBC mini-series of this book,

While you're cogitating, let's get to know Andrea a bit better.

Give us your Great Beginning, where were you born and where are you now? 

Hi Sarah, I’m so happy to be here. My great beginning was in Valley Stream, New York. That is where I flew around the living room as a yellow butterfly and jumped from the landing when I had to beam down to the planet as Spock.

My sister always got to play Captain Kirk. She got all the best parts. That’s what happens when you’re born last.


This was the house where Richie, my imaginary friend lived until he fell out of a hay loft and lost his splat. (Okay, I was only six or seven and my father asked) We moved to New Jersey when I was ten and that’s where I finished school and went to college.

Five years ago, my sexy husband talked me into quitting my NYC job (not very hard to do) and move to the great state of Texas. He lured me in by telling me I could write full time. ;) It worked smashingly!


One word to describe yourself from:

·      You: Tenacious

·      Your Significant Other: Loving

·      Your Best Friend: Loyal

·      Your Mother: Demanding 


How did the idea for your book, Ascension, come about? 

Ascension came to me in one snapshot of a young woman in Regency dress sneaking into a garden in the middle of the night. That’s all I knew, but the image would not let me go. My only choice was to ask the questions: Who is she? Why is she alone? What was she doing out so late? Whose garden is it? And about a dozen more. Once I answered the story tumbled out.


Tell us how your journey in publishing began?

 I had been writing for many years, submitting, getting rejections letters, submit-reject, submit-reject. Literally, hundreds of times. I wrote a little novella (Mayan Afterglow). It was for a publisher’s request for the End of Days stories. I loved the story and I thought it was the best thing I’d ever written up to that point. It was rejected! I went to see an old friend in New Jersey, Shelley Noble. She’s a wonderful author and my kind of gal. She always tells it like she sees it. After I lamented my entire sad story to her, I said I was giving up on submitting my work. I’ll just write for myself since my best work was not good enough. Shelley looked at me and said, “That’s ridiculous, you don’t know what was going on in that editors head that particular day. Don’t be stupid (she may have used stronger language) Just send it somewhere else.

I took her advice, sent it to another publisher who accepted it!!!

Never give up on your dreams no matter how many times you’re knocked to the ground.

 Give us the opening lines of your RITA acceptance speech. (Don’t leave me hanging here, haven’t we all had that fantasy?)

 I have sat in the audience and watched authors I admire accept this award and always hoped that someday it would be me. More like dreamed, really. And now here I am. I couldn’t be more thankful for this honor.

Or something like that.

And now give us that Great Beginning to Ascension

Lady Belinda Clayton grappled with the creaking iron gate, which led to the back garden of her family’s London townhouse. It was not the first time she had used the unconventional route to make her way back home in the predawn hours. Nor was it the first time her dress had been ruined or her hair tousled in her rush to make her way through the streets without becoming a number on the death toll in the city’s records.

Pushing the gate closed, the rough, cold metal scratched her gloved palm. Once the latch was secured she ran her finger along the jagged tear in her left glove. “Too bad,” she said. She shook her head at the ruined garment. “I really did like this pair.”

“What pair is that, Lady Belinda?” Gabriel’s deep, seductive voice cut through the still night.

His blue eyes were the color of the sea just before a storm and their depths burned into her.

Her stomach did a flip before she had time to control herself. She was sure she

looked flustered and she could have kicked herself for not steeling her nerves before facing Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering.

She was pleased with the sound of cold detachment in her voice. “Tullering, what on earth are you doing in my garden in the middle of the night?”

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in erotic paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, A.S. is the author of the Mayan Destiny series, Christmas Bliss and many more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.     

Thanks for playing GREAT BEGINNINGS with us, Andrea. Now if you think you know which classic book belongs to that opening, leave it in the comment section along with a way to get hold of you.