Monday, February 19, 2018

#Interview ~ It’s in the Blood by Juanita Aydlette ~ @JuanitaAydlette

It’s in the Blood
By Juanita Aydlette

Interview with Juanita Aydlette:
Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Juanita Aydlette. Welcome, Juanita! I am so excited to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Juanita: I’m from Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m presently residing in Garland, Texas with my husband and two little dogs and I’m a Taurus.

Crystal: What are you currently working on? 

Juanita: I’m currently working on the sequel to my present novel entitled It’s in the Blood. It’s called Blood Ties.

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP? 

Juanita: I like the hero and the heroine concept and I’m also drawn to unusual situations where love may tend to grow.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us? 

Juanita: I used to keep ice cream and cookies beside me while I write but I tend to overindulge, so now I keep it in the other room where I’ll have to get up to get it. If I’m deep in thought, I won’t get up and disturb my concentration.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us? 

Juanita: My most favorite scene is when Gabby witnesses Josh’s transformation for the first time. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?

Juanita: I’m a musician and I love gardening. Other than that, I keep busy entertaining my pets.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)? 

Juanita: Music, mainly jazz or something soothing. 

Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Juanita: Yes. If you haven’t read It’s in the Blood, hurry!! The sequel is coming out in a few months.


Never stare at a green-eyed, shirtless hunk. Gabrielle Madsen is drawn in by such a pair of eyes that captures her soul and leaves her a prisoner of an addictive kind of love--not that she's complaining. But her educational trip turns out to be more than just a fun-filled summer escapade.

She’s faced with a life-changing decision that could affect the world around her. Her discovery of this ancient, legend-come-to-life proves to be deadly, but her heart can’t break away. She and Josh Van Ness fall in love and must battle the forces that want to keep them apart.



Away from the open menagerie was a path surrounded by dense trees. It was across a narrow decorative bridge built into the landscape. The thick greenery provided a shady side to the open garden. A spotlight created by the sun beckoned to me from inside and I walked away from the others. My eyes were fixed on the pink and red groundcover that glimmered with a hypnotic seduction. I ventured toward the fragrant breeze, unaware of how far I had strayed.

After only a few yards inside the cover of the trees, my body was seized again by a rumble and a frightening snarl. A chill blanketed me and I couldn’t move. I didn’t dare look around, for the back of my blouse had already been saturated by the heated moisture from the breath of the beast. My first instinct was to scream, but fear had stolen my voice. So I took a deep breath and held it. The scent of horror filled my lungs. It was familiar. Was I being stalked by the animal that lurked outside my hotel grounds?

Help me please, rang inside my head. My eyes squeezed shut as its sharp fangs pinched my shoulder. Tears filled my eyes and my hands formed a fist. I waited to feel my bones snap when suddenly, it let go. The leaves crunched. The sound grew fainter by the second, then nothing. My eyes remained closed as I trembled and listened.

“Miss?” A woman’s voice severed my nightmare. “I saw you come out here. We’re getting ready to go to another area. You don’t want to be left behind.”

Without hesitation I ran past her, clutching my throat and sobbing. The other tourists were boarding the van and I made my way to the back. The woman I believed saved me from certain death, came and sat beside me.

“Hi. My name is Kara. Are you okay?” She placed her hand on my shoulder.

“Did you see anything?” I searched her eyes for a confirmation. “An animal? It was behind me.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t see anything,” she said and smiled.

“Was it a spider?” the little lady with the blinding yellow blouse asked.

“No. Never mind, Kara. I guess I’m just tired. Thank you for checking on me.”

“You’re welcome, you take care.” She quickly returned to her seat.

My body trembled as the bus came to stop. I ran from the tourist center to the hotel. Once inside the bathroom, I stripped and examined my shoulder. A painful bruise was both in front and in back. I cried out loud, shook convulsively, and then laughed hysterically. Was I going mad?

About the Author:

Juanita Aydlette is from Shreveport, Louisiana, and now lives in Texas.  She’s the only girl in a family of four brothers. She love music, planting flowers and is a dog lover…that’s why she works at an animal clinic.

What started out as a childhood obsession with magical creatures in storybooks, became a passion in her later years. She created such magic in her first novel It’s in the Blood, and challenged her imagination to bring readers into her world of romance, suspense and fear of the unknown. Her upcoming novel Blood Ties continues this epic saga.

It’s in the Blood was voted among the Top Ten Young Adult novels of 2016 by Preditors & Editors Readers Choice awards.

Find out more about Juanita at:

Twitter: @Juanita Aydlette


  1. I read Juanita's novel before I created her video anda I have to say it's a fascinating story.

  2. You're a Taurus. So is my eldest son. The video is very intriguing and I'm sure the novel will live up to the trailer.

  3. I’m always excited to hear personal information about an author. Thanks for sharing. Intense excerpt. Nicely done.

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  5. THIS time I'll check for typos before hitting "Enter" ...... grrrrr!
    Greetings from a UK-based Astrological Year of the Tiger.
    CATS are, as we all know, the most MAGICAL of all creatures, and the feline urge to roam comes out in most of my writing! LOL
    Loved the extract you posted!