#AADSAV Author Spotlight and Giveaway with Joey W. Hill

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Today we have Joey W. Hill on the blog She is a featured author at AAD Savannah. I am so excited to meet her and to start her books. Sexy + vampires = Amber is in love..





Vampires versus sexy corporate executives…decisions, decisions…

On the JWH Connection fan forum there’s an amicable rivalry between those who love my Knights of the Board Room and my vampires from the Vampire Queen series, such that the vampire fans are always devising ways to “add fangs” to the KOBR. The best of both worlds, right? (laughter) I had that same conflict for this post, because the next KOBR book is likely coming up in April, and the next vampire book happens the first week of May. So I decided what the heck, I’ll talk about them both and what I like about them, beyond the usual stuff you can find in the blurbs and excerpts (for which I’ll still provide you links if you want to read those as well – wink).

I tend to write complicated emotional relationships with lots of angsty hurdles before everyone can achieve their happily-ever-after. Yeah, I have both the sadist and masochist in me. Sadist because I inflict that on my characters (though I claim innocence – it’s all the muse!) and masochist because writing complicated relationships is a big pain in the ass. With Taken by a Vampire, I made it worse because there are three main protagonists. I wrote Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity a couple years back and swore I’d step out in front of a truck before I wrote another ménage (particularly one that took two books to tell their story!). The muse really likes to bait me about these things, because, sure enough, two books later, here I am again, wrangling with six different relationship directions. At least this time I got it done in one book. I think. (snort)
Seriously, though, what I like best about getting deep into the hearts and souls of my characters is exploring the things we all face to lesser or greater degrees. The desire for connection, belonging and love. Insecurity, fears, trust issues. The noblest struggle we face is finding the best in ourselves to give to others. Alanna was a fascinating character…oops, hold on, let me give you the blurb first so I don’t lose you. Pause for blurb (imagine this being delivered in a sexy male voice, like…hmm. I’m thinking Adrien Brody, because my male vampire in this book reminds me of him (his romantic King Kong role, not the current cheesy goatee look) Yeah, yeah, I know. Get on with the blurb already!

Groomed from birth to be an Inherited Servant and serve only the most powerful vampire masters, Alanna never resented her destiny. Then she did the unthinkable: she betrayed her Master to the Vampire Council. Now death is her future, but until her Master is captured, she must be protected. The Vampire Council assigns her to Evan, a vampire whose wandering lifestyle makes him the perfect guardian…
Alanna’s training was for a vampire of power and ambition, not for someone like Evan who lives in mountainside shacks and caves. Even his servant, Niall, is rough-mannered. But these two men are about to teach Alanna something her rigorous training never did. How to feel, how to desire…perhaps even how to love.
Then the Council captures her Master, and Alanna has no choice but to accept her destiny. But Evan and Niall are no strangers to defying fate—and they will stop at nothing to make Alanna theirs forever…

So anyway, Alanna’s character was a challenge because she’s taken that noble struggle to an extreme. Her whole life since childhood has been about her desire to serve a vampire with everything she is. Which makes the fact she ultimately betrayed her Master an indication of something deeper in her makeup, something that Evan and Niall’s characters uncover. And Evan and Niall themselves were a lot of fun. Most of my vampires have been formal, old guard political types. Evan is a vampire, but he’s also an artist who runs around the world looking for the best picture to take or paint, and Niall is the grumbling, sexy Scot who hauls around his equipment.

To add an intriguing layer, Evan is a made vampire, a Sephardic Jew turned in Italy about four hundred years ago, and that influences his outlook on life to a certain extent. Part of the pleasure of following my muse is finding what new research I’ll need for each book, expanding my horizons. (Or making me a master of the most obscure trivia. I keep waiting for them to make that into a board game. Obscure Trivia Pursuit…) Niall became Evan’s servant about three hundred years ago, which meant I was able to delve into some Scottish history as well.

Anyhow, here’s a link to the full chapter one excerpt to the book. It comes out the first week of May. Though it’s the latest book in the series, there’s a sufficient backstory dump in the first chapter (please hang in there through that, I beg you), such that you can read it as a standalone, no worries. Though if you decide to rush out and buy all the rest of the series before May, I will not object in the slightest. It will help me pay for the new deck cover I need to cover my spoiled dogs when it rains. You DO want to keep my spoiled dogs dry, right?

Okay, on to the next thing. I’m already over 800 words (more if you jumped over to read the excerpt before coming back to this), which I’m assured means I’ve already gone beyond the 100 word attention limit of the average human being these days. So for the one or two of you who are still reading, how do you feel about Navy SEALs? Squeal, pant, yay! Exactly. What woman’s (or gay man’s) blood doesn’t stir at the thought or images of these awesome guys? Well, the next Knights in the Board Room book features a SEAL as the hero!

Ever since my second erotic romance book, the muse delights in giving me challenging pairings when it comes to the world of Domination and submission. Oh, by the way, pretty much all my books have that overriding theme. In my Vampire Queen series, the vampire-servant relationship is always a Dominant/submissive relationship, which is definitely intriguing in Taken by a Vampire, since Niall and Evan are almost equally strong-minded, and yet Niall is the servant. But I digress (constantly). Back to Willing Sacrifice and my challenging pairing. Max is a former NAVY Seal and Janet…sigh. Here’s the blurb (rather than me recreating the wheel). Let’s imagine Kate Beckinsale reading this in her kickass way–

Janet Albright prefers her men submissive, her relationships confined to a club environment. Which is why her attraction to former Navy SEAL Maxwell Ackerman doesn't make a lot of sense. There isn't a submissive bone in his honed, muscular body, suggesting that her interest in Kensington & Associate's head limo driver is best indulged as a private fantasy. The problem is, after a crisis situation reveals a different side of them both, the attraction becomes mutual and undeniable. They take the plunge, willing to see if the give-and-take of their unexpected relationship can satisfy their deepest desires. Unfortunately, ghosts from their past might take the reins from them both, destroying the balance of power before their love can find a way to tip the scales.

I’m waiting on the cover to Willing Sacrifice, but in lieu of that, I’ll share my favorite cover to date from this series, for Book 4, Afterlife. Love the colors in this one.

Soooo, the challenge is partnering a guy who is definitely NOT a submissive with a woman who IS a Mistress and enjoys that orientation thoroughly. Of course, the overriding message in most of my books is that love always figures out a way to prevail, even if it has to hit some bumpy roads along the way. But from the pure fun standpoint, in the past I’ve found very few storylines are as much fun as exploring a sexy romance between a tough guy who doesn’t submit, and a woman who wants to show him how pleasurable it can be for the both of them if he does…and finds herself captured as well before it’s all over. Because love is always a two-way street, if done right. Here’s an example - a little tease on one of the text exchanges they share:
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Friday was still on the books. Janet had forty-eight hours to clear her mind and think about it, about Max coming to Club Progeny as her guest.  Late afternoon Thursday, she received an intriguing text.
Any special instructions for tomorrow?
Yes. Shave off all body hair and paint your nails hot pink. I’ve shipped an I Heart Justin Bieber T-shirt to your home. Wear that with jeans. No underwear of course.
Sorry. Urgent mission. All SEALs being recalled to active duty, Friday night only. Crisis in Tahiti involving a shortage of sunscreen on swimsuit models.
I’d rethink that mission, sailor. Doubt you’ll get out of that one alive. A not-so-friendly fire incident.
Love it when you’re possessive, Mistress.
That had made her smile. It wasn’t a bad feeling, thinking of Max as hers exclusively, especially when he seemed to reciprocate.
No special instructions. Just bring yourself. If you can find time to brush your teeth and put on deodorant, that would be appreciated.
Check. No sweaty man smell or spinach between my teeth.
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These two obviously enjoy exploring the dynamic between them, even while they have to hit some deeper, more painful hurdles, most of which come from their pasts. Janet is a tough heroine from head to toe, unapologetically protective of her emotional wellbeing. One of my favorite scenes is when she takes Max with her to a ballet class she teaches (she used to be a ballerina), and how she interacts with the students, demanding the best from them, because she accepts no less than that from herself. And since SEALs share that trait, it’s another thing that draws them together.

Here’s the exclusive Chapter One excerpt for them. If you want to also read the prologue that precedes it, you can visit the JWH Connection fan forum. I always post two chapters out there before the release of each book. You’ll also find a wealth of other stuff there, like free download novellas and short vignettes, revisiting the characters in my series, so you can get a sense of what my stories are like. There are some spoilers in them, but mainly they’re erotic interludes, so if your main interest is the relationship, not plot points, you won’t find they ruin the books themselves. Here’s a page that tells you about forum access so you don’t get confused when you get there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our informal discussion here. On a very important side note, I can’t wait to meet all of you who are attending Authors After Dark in August! This is an awesome conference. I’ve been to all of them but one, and it is one of the most reader-oriented events I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. You’ll go home with lots of books and goodies, and have plenty of time to relax and chat with attending authors while you’re there. And it’s a pretty great lineup.
 
Thanks for hanging out with me today! I welcome any comments or questions. And if you choose to leave one, I’ll do a random drawing of those comments three days from this initial posting and the winner will get a book of their choice from my available titles, in print or ebook format, again winner’s choice. International entries are welcome!
Twitter: @JoeyWHill

55 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining us here today, Joey! Can't wait to see you in August!

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    1. Amber, thanks so much for having me. Ut will be a pleasure to see you in Savannah!

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  2. OH i really love those! so far i only read one part of one of you series ( i have a book from the other but the 8th so i'm getting the other before starting) really i'm just discovering new one i want to add. At first i wasn't really for the idea of menage but from what uou have written i would like to give it a try

    thank you for the int giveaway too
    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Miki (or Isabelle? smile) - no worries, I understand. I've had a Melisa Michaels book on my shelf for some time that's from the middle of one of her series. Since it's one of those that's hard to get the full sense of the story without having read the previous books, I really want to get hold of them first. You can read either of these books without the others in the series, but if you're a series purist (and I admit I myself am, a little bit), you do get more of the world build up and full spectrum of the secondary characters by reading the previous books. As far as the menage idea, hope you find you like them! Let me know if they don't exceed expectations. :>

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  3. Oh wow...Congrats on the upcomings... Lord have Mercy I would LOVE to win a copy of one of your books!!!!

    Thank you for this chance and Loved the Author Spotlight!!!!

    angelalove@uwmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Angela! Thanks for hanging out with us today (beaming).

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  4. I LOVE Joey's Vampire Queen series. I need to catch up. I stopped with Vampire Mistress and need to pick it back up. She was a delight at ADDNOLA. So nice and day to earth. Can't wait to read more and to see her again at AADSAV.

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    1. Forgot to leave my email address. Amber I knows it but here it is.
      thebooknympho AT gmail DOT com

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    2. Lol...I know it too, girl, but good thing to have extra verification. Thank you SO much for those wonderful compliments! Of course you definitely need to catch up and finish Daegan, Anwyn and Gideon's story (Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity), because I'll be starting the free serial vignette about Daegan and Gideon's "Bet" on the fan forum in April (the one about Daegan and Gideon's first "one on one" is already out there as a free novella download - wink). See you in Savannah!

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    3. I love when you recommend me books, because I always love them. So I am really excited to start this series. I can't wait for us all to hang out in AADSAV. It will so awesome and probably really hot.

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  5. HI Joey!! April and May can't come soon enough. Thank You for the another little tease from WS. Just finished a reread of the VQ series and the Knights so I'm ready for some more.
    On a side note to joey's muse: Jon with fangs=sexy, yoga/zen vampire.
    raeannnew@netzero.net

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    1. Moira - grin - you're such a troublemaker. Of course, in her character interview with the other ladies of the KOBR, Rachel (that's Jon's wife, everyone), said she kind of liked the fantasy of Jon as a vampire...hmm. Dream sequence, anyone?! lol...

      You're very welcome, and thanks for coming by!

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  6. Daegan, Anwyn and Gideon needed two books because they are all such incredible characters - and I'm so looking forward to how you managed to keep Alanna, Evan and Niall down to ONE book!!

    Unconsciously, I've just re-read the whole KOBR stories (whoot, still get HOT with Ben!!), so Max and Janet will be a very welcome addition! (Sorry, getting a bit fan-girly here.... but you know how I am!!)

    Congrats on the releases! (OK, I've pre-ordered anyway)

    Hugs, as always
    Carole-Ann
    cabibliofile@aol.com

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    1. Carole-Ann, I love your fan-girly side! We authors thrive on that kind of enthusiasm like vampires on blood (seriously - if we don't get it, we go out and threaten people like we're crack addicts - lol). I think I could have easily made Evan, Niall and Alanna two books, but it helped that my editor let it be the longest book yet in the series. :> Thank you so much for the preorder!

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  7. Joey, I would love to win a copy. I love the 3 books I've read so far. I loved the excerpts. Thanks so much for this great giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Carol, I'm so pleased to hear that! Hope you continue to enjoy my work.

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  9. Joey,
    Your books are fantastic and I can't wait for the new releases! I'm especially excited that Taken By a Vampire gives me a reason to reread Beloved Vampire, as Evan and Niall make an appearance in that story.

    I will happily keep your spoiled puppies dry...
    BRF

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    1. BRF, lol - I'm very relieved to hear that. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night to find them staring at me like a Stephen King novel. I think they're sending me the message "You better take proper care of us, or we'll eat you in your sleep..." Seriously, you know I love all my furry babies. They get me up out of my writing chair so I don't get fused there! Enjoy the re-read of Mason and Jess's story (wink).

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  10. I would Love to win a copy of the book! :)

    piggythekitty2010@yahoo.com

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    1. Piggy, good luck in the drawing! I'll announce it here in the comments on Saturday (EST), and contact the winner directly of course! :>

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    2. Piggy, you won the drawing! Congratulations! I'll shoot you a direct email to get your details and get that out to you promptly. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  11. Joey,

    Loved the snippet between Janet and Max. A "not-so-friendly fire incident" had me LMAO! Then Max dropped the "M" word ... wow! Panties melting moment. I am practically frothing at the mouth waiting for "Willing Sacrifice." April cannot get here soon enough for me. Especially since another talented author I love, Ann Mayburn, has a FemDomme story, "Still: Long Slow Tease #1" out that month as well. I can't describe how thrilling it is for me to find beautifully written stories with emotion and tenderness featuring a female Dominant. All too often FemDom stories lack a heroine who is both powerful and tender. For some reason, they just seem to be about having power over men, instead of a beautiful exchange of power. It is so frustrating, especially since BDSM isn't quite as taboo as it once was, that FemDom still languishes behind in attracting talented authors who can tell a great story. Thank you for filling that gap with your books.

    And then of course there's "Taken by a Vampire." What can I say about another story in your incredible Vampire Queen series, other than, "THANK YOU!" This is a series I never want to see end (sorry, Joey, this means you're not allowed to die) and I know many others with the same opinion. Ever since I saw the cover for "Vampire Queen's Servant" I have been entranced, thrilled and left panting in lust and in love. The cover alone was enough to make me gasp and *ahem* tingle. I still say that, bar none, the cover to "VQ'sS" was the hottest book cover I've ever seen. The subsequent covers with Jacob and Alyssa have been smokin' but still not quite as hot. But since their relationship matured over the course of the books, it only makes sense that the covers reflect those subtle shifts. :)

    Please don't ever stop sharing your amazing writing Joey, or I will be lost. If your Muse needs bribing, let me know -- I'll do most anything to keep your stories coming. *wicked grin*

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    1. Aaaand I forgot my email *facepalm* suzanne_voris (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    2. Sue, what a lovely and brilliant comment! I agree. I think this area has been mostly untapped, with the exception of a few authors like Ann (she's wonderful, by the way!). It's changing, though, which is great. I think it took time for us all to learn how to write FemDom for romance readers. The hero has to be alpha or a strong beta, someone who doesn't come off as weak, so the push-pull between them is rife with sexual tension and the reader respects both characters. And you're right - the heroine can't be a bitchy sadist just out to kick a guy's ass to prove she can upset the status quo and control him (lol). That works really great for Milla Jovovitch or Kate Beckinsale in a gun or knife fight, but doesn't translate as well to the bedroom! ;>

      Love the VQS covers as well. The one that speaks to me most is Mark of the Vampire Queen, but I always remember my editor's comment about that first one. She was concerned Vampire Queen's Servant was a little too "edgy", but of course the readers received it well, and since then, she's all on board for the sexier the better (laughter).

      Great comments - thank you. And I'll keep that bribe offer in mind!

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  12. I love you and truly believe we should be best friends ;) I found you in January and have read 13 of your books so far (Even Ben and Marcie twice). I'm almost caught up with the Nature of Desire series, then I will move into the vampire series. I have yet to read anything in the correct order because I seem to pick up the one that has whatever wisdom I need to hear in that moment. Thank you for writing things that help me be the truest version of myself. I actually have a note on my iPad just for quotes that resonate from your books.
    abell1940 at gmail dot com

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    1. Amanda, what a delightful note! Thank you, dear. I make a terrible friend, I promise - I could give you a list of references confirming it as long as my arm, mainly because I'm a workaholic and always always always always writing or working on writing or the business of writing (then there's the too-busy-to-take-a-shower-weeks where I'm simply offensive - grin)... but the tradeoff is I get such wonderful messages like yours. You gave me a smile a mile wide. No worries about reading them out of order - if you still enjoy them, then that's not a problem! Most of the books I write, except the ones that were one-long-story-broken-into-two-books can pretty much be read as standalones, since they typically focus on the relationshiip between the main protagonists, and people can always go back to read about the secondary characters who pop up that had previous books devoted to their relationship. And like Taken by a Vampire, publishers are good about helping an author do that "info dump" at the beginning to help bring readers up to speed. We wish that we could do one of those voicemail things like "If you've already read the series, press 2 to jump past this part", but usually its integrated with other things, so the long term readers have to suffer through it a bit - and bless them for doing so. But I digress - I'm deeply flattered my books have spoken to you, and hope they are always a positive experience. Thanks for sharing that! Oh, and if you haven't visited the fan forum, be sure and do that at some point - there's at least 3-4 free novella downloads out there revisiting the characters, along with a handful of shorts. And that includes the NOD characters. :>

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    2. Wow...really could have done a paragraph break in there. My bad!

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  13. You know how patiently we're waiting for April and May, Joey...because we tell you about it almost every day...LOL!

    Just the glimpses in the excerpts have been enough to get me amped (sp?), get my tissues stocked for TBV, and otherwise ready to get my SEAL-on for WS. And BTW, any of the KoBR with fangs figure prominently in my dreams, though the strictly human versions are just as lethal...

    Anyway, back to the point (sorry to get waylaid, my dreams have a way of taking over...) You always, always hit the mark with great characters and compelling worlds and we readers just sit back and slavishly wait the next, great installment. Patiently.

    Did I mention, waiting patiently...?

    Jaycee
    (ever-patient at) jacam_01@hotmail.com

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    1. Why am I reminded of Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride saying "You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means." Laughter. Patient is NOT a word I'd use to describe you guys - and have I mentioned how much I love that about my readers? The day I tell you guys I'm working on another book and you respond with a shrug and "Eh, take your time. We've got plenty of other stuff to read", I'll know it's time to hang up the shingle (wink).

      Thank you for those wonderful words as well. You all are turning my head into a balloon today, and I still have 20 pages of Letting Go to edit - need to find a big ass pin and deflate that thing!

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  14. Hey Joey!!
    I am so loving Max and Janet. I can't wait to see our sexy Not Submissive Navy Seal and his Mistress. I do enjoy the sexy scenes between the characters you give us but I must admit I love the characters stories just as much. I so can't wait to find out more about that memory Janet has when she is looking in the mirror. You turn your characters into real fictional people. *tilts head and thinks.. yea that makes sense to me*

    Now, Taken by a Vampire. I adore the Vampire Queen Series. This is the series that started it all for me. From the snippets we have been given I was hoping we would have another two book read. There is so much happening with Evan, Niall and Alanna. I am very excited we will be getting more of all three of these characters stories and that they have come together as one. Thank you Lady Lyssa for throwing them together. I also have to admit I am very happy to see Stephen (I refuse to give him the acknowledgement of Lord) get his come uppens!

    April and May can't get here soon enough!!!

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    1. NSNS - I do like that to describe Max. And I grinned at the "real fictional people" thing. It made sense to me, too! Of course, it also reminded me of that Royal Pains episode where somebody was telling the doctor about something they'd seen on Grey's Anatomy and he responded (very soberly, not even the hint of a smile) - "Yes, but those people had serious fictional medical problems."

      Thanks for the lovely compliments, particularly about the characters. Since my work is 99% character-driven (hate that pesky plot crap), I am always glad to hear that my readers delve into "who" the characters are as much as I like to do. I'm also so pleased you found me through the vampires. Believe me, Evan, Alanna and Niall could have been broken into two with about 40k words more. If nothing else, I expect they'll have their own novella vignette somewhere down the road, because it would be so nice just to spend more time with them.

      And Gideon's right there with you on not calling Stephen "Lord". He has a lot of other adjectives he uses (wink). Thanks for coming by today...

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  15. Excellent interview and Thanks for the excerpt, I can't wait for these books to come out! I wish I we're going to AAD this year but since my DH and I are moving to Illinois the end of this month I can't make any commitments like that just yet!

    Joey being that these books are coming out about the same time what was your biggest challenge from either book? Did you find yourself jumping back and forth or just focusing on one book at a time?

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    1. Well shoot - would have loved to see you again, Pyper! Maybe next year. I hope the move goes smoothly - know that's always a big pain in the backside undertaking, but also hope it's a positive thing for you both. Once you get settled in a new house, then it's kind of fun decorating and making it home - nesting!

      I pretty much stagger first drafts and edits - I wrote the first draft of Taken by a Vampire and then started Willing Sacrifice's first draft while doing the first edit round for Taken by a Vampire. Since paranormals are more challenging for me, I'd work on TBV in the morning, WS in the afternoon, and catch up on whichever book needed more attention on my evening worknights and half weekend day I give to my writing. The biggest challenge to TBV was the intro, which is often the case when you're this far into the series, and the characters are interacting with a lot of "in process" scenarios. Trying to make the intro exciting and interesting for existing and new readers, and coherent for new readers (so they're not going "what the hell...?" lol). For Willing Sacrifice, it was making sure I was being consistent with details from the previous books in the KOBR series. Even though this book stands alone and they're a new couple, there were timeline issues and relationship issues for the secondary couples I had to be sure I didn't screw up. Thank heavens for great beta readers and the sharp eyed fan forum members. They've all helped tremendously. And the secondary challenge was making sure I got all the SEAL stuff right, but fortunately that was made far easier by two excellent resources - both long time readers who had access to great information in that regard. I couldn't have done it without them.

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    2. Gotta love BETA readers, Thanks Joey for your time, I can't wait for the next releases!

      pypercharmed@yahoo.com

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  16. Hi Joey! What a fabulous post!

    Of course you know how much I love Evan, Niall and Alanna. Although you missed telling everyone the best thing about Niall. Kilt anyone? lol Your Justin Bieber comment for Max made me laugh. Evan and Niall have such an unusual relationship. Would it not have been funny for Evan to have snuck the Bieber track "If I Was Your Boyfriend" onto "Niall's Theme Songs" in the Rover? Taken by a Vampire is simply one of the finest in the Vampire Queen Series. It is a good thing that May is only two months away!

    And like everyone else I am sooooo excited to read Janet and Max's story. Even more so after the gripping Prologue and Chapter One we have had the delight of reading on the forum! I'm really looking forward to seeing just what lays beneath that usually very reserved and stoic outer layer of Janet's. These two are going to be very interesting together!!

    And I can honestly say that I have contributed on a regular basis to that new deck cover and I am more than happy to contribute to anything else you would like to buy as long as you keep those books coming!

    All the best! :)

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    1. Ooooh, why didn't I think of that? Lol - of course Niall would have just flat out staked Evan, and that would have really been the end of the book. I'm so glad May's getting close, because I want to talk about these three all the time, and then I'm going to let slip important plot points (yes, I'm the person you never tell a secret - I can't even keep my own very well), and you all will know all about the story, not buy it and my dogs will be sitting in the rain, giving me the death stare. Sigh. Thank you for your past contributions to their wellbeing, however! (grin)

      Janet was a great character, because she's just so self-assured. She's figured out what works for her and she doesn't ask for anyone's approval to be exactly who she is. And I found "who she is" to be a very likable character. I'm hoping you all feel the same way (wink). Thanks, Delilah!

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  17. Thanks for the great post! I'm a big, big fan and I loved the Witches series :) I just picked up the first in the mermaid series and I can't wait to get started! What was the most fun thing you ever did to "research" your books?

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    1. Erin, the trip I took to New Orleans with my mother and brother to research Hostile Takeover's setting was probably my most memorable research trip. I really enjoyed getting to know the city that way. But I think you meant "that" kind of research (laughter). Which I definitely did not pursue in the company of my mother and brother! (wicked grin)

      Probably to date, I've most enjoyed my exposure to different D/s clubs, like GD2 in Chicago, and recently, at the Naughty Sleepover conference, when the ladies brought in a pair of local Doms and slaves to do a session performance and discuss (extremely well) what D/s is and isn't. Their presence was thanks to the incomparable author Samantha Cayto, who also writes BDSM.

      Hmmm...however, the most "fun" thing in terms of my own personal reaction was 1) when my husband explored Japanese rope tying using me as his subject (he did a GREAT job - lol) and 2) on another weekend, when he ordered me to sit on the bed all afternoon and gave me a henna tattoo across my upper body - it was a full day process and was just incredibly erotic. When I did the tattoo scene for Evan and Niall it reminded me of that.

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  18. Thanks for such a great post. I haven't read anything of yours yet but your on my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks, Megblod! WHen you get the chance, I hope you enjoy the experience! There are also a handful of short stories on my website. Even though it's my early work, you can get a sense of my style in these standalone shorts! When you go to the webpage, www.storywitch.com, just check the left side gold bar menu and scroll down to Free Short stories.

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  19. Can't wait Joey!!! haven't gotten into vampires yet, but love love love the knights.

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    1. Thanks, Aza!! Hope you like Max and Janet as much as the rest of the KOBR stories.

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  20. Hi Joey! Congrats on your upcoming releases. I still need to get caught up on all your back list, but I am working on it :)
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Hi Joey. I absolutely love the Knight of the Boardroom series. I believe Ben was my favorite. He was a hard nut to crack! I can't wait to read Willing Sacrifice!

    Deanna
    Dpostell2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Deanna, thanks tremendously! Ben was a tough one. When I wrote the first book, Board Resolution, I didn't anticipate that he would be the one with the most demons to slay, but as the books unfolded and his character came more into focus, it was clear he was really going to be the most dramatic of the five men - and it was a cool twist, given that the other four were scenarios where the guys did the rescuing. In Ben's story, Marcie was the rescuer, even though he was the scariest and most hardcore of all the Doms! Which of course made it a great story to write (beaming). Glad you enjoyed him as well!

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  23. I love vampires. I especially love reading about them. i would love to read your books series. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Victoria, glad to meet another vampire lover! Hope you enjoy the series. :> You're very welcome!

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  24. "Six different relationship directions" - you are a glutton for punishment.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Lol - yep, you know I am! :> Of course, I'm married, so I've had practice at both the two-way relationship direction AND the glutton for punishment thing, as has my poor long-suffering husband (grin).

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  25. Piggy was the winner of our drawing - congratulations! Thank you all for hanging out with me here this week, and a big thank you to Awesome BC for the opportunity. Best wishes to all! :>

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  26. Can't wait for TBV and WS, thanks for posting the excerpts early. Especially looking forward to Savannah!

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! Already bought MS. Can't wait for my Vamps though. ;)

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