Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Celebrating A New Vampire Queen Novel From Joey W. Hill

Today we're celebrating the release of Book VIII in Joey W Hill's Vampire Queen Series.

Joey W Hill writes about vampires, mermaids, boardroom executives, cops, witches, angels, simple housemaids... If there's an erotic love story to be told, she'll take the plunge. As a result, she's proud and humbled to have four series and over twenty award-winning and highly acclaimed titles under her belt, as well as the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful and widely diverse readership. In 2009, Joey was nominated for a Career Achievement award in Erotica by Romantic Times.



Book VIII of the Vampire Queen series
As servant to vampire mistress Lady Daniela, Elisa’s devotion is unwavering - until Lady D makes it clear that the children entrusted to Elisa’s care may be destroyed, if they cannot be integrated into the vampire world. Elisa's young charges are vampires of such potent desires as to belie their youth, given to a reckless bloodlust that makes their assimilation nearly impossible. But Elisa has one desperate option.

His name is Malachi, a Native American vampire who is a legend for his work with rehabilitating feline predators. With his primal understanding of the rules of survival, he is the fledglings’ last hope. But it is Elisa who is feeling the heat of his irresistible animal instincts. Now, as Malachi struggles to control the children's impulses, he opens himself up to those of Elisa - and the passion they all share for the night could seal their fates forever.


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  1. Happy Release Day Joey!!

    I'm so excited about your new Vampire Queen book and can't wait to read it!

    For those not familiar with your Vampire Queen Series, can you tell us a bit about it and how the books in the series fit together?

    Have a wonderful release day and I hope VAMPIRE INSTINCT is another bestseller for you!

  2. Congratulations on the new release Joey! I'm sure it will be another great vampire story.

    I took a stroll around your website earlier and love your witch avatar! I also can't blame you for your guilty pleasures of the PF and Pure Country. My baby sister loved Pure Country. We watched it at least 3 times per week. I'm pretty sure I know the movie by heart. As for the PF, I'm a child of the 70s so I'm with you on the PF love. :)

    Good luck with the new release!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  3. Congratulations on your release. I just purchased my first Vampire Queen novel and now I'm hooked.
    Thank goodness for ebooks because I am having trouble finding your backlist in print.

    1_trouble at msn dot com

  4. congratulations on the new book.
    it looks wonderful and i can't wait to read it. i am also going to go back and start with the others in the series so i don't miss anything.

    what made you decide to write a book using children as vampires?


  5. Hey Joey! You know I love absolutely everything you write. On my way to get this book ASAP. You are definiktely the queen!

  6. Congratulations on your new release.I love that you have created a character who is a native american vampire .The cover for Vampire Instinct is just gorgeous.


  7. Congrats Joey on the new release.I can't wait to read it.
    I love this cover..well all the Vampire Queen series covers,I'm curious which one in this series is your favorite?


  8. Congratulations on your new release. Of all of the series which is easier to write and which is harder to write? How many books are going to be in this series? Do you have to read them in order and are they stand alone books?

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  9. Congrats on the new release Joey! What was your first reaction to seeing this cover?


  10. Woohoo, Joey! Congrats on book 8! Are there more we can expect? Looking forward to catching up with this wonderful series!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  11. How awesome! Your books are addicting! Congrats on the release! You write paranormal romances, do you like to read the same type of books or do you read other genres? Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi Joey. Congratulations on your new release. Sounds great. I love the cover. I like that you have a Native American vampire hero.

  13. Congrats on your latest release! What on you working on now?

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  14. Hi Joey,

    I love this series, and my copy of Vampire Instinct arrived today, so yippee!!

    Which character is up next for this series?

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  15. Congratulations on the release of Vampire Instinct; I hope you enjoy the release party!!
    I loved the blurb and excerpt - I am so hooked!
    Does each book in the series stand alone or do they need to be read in order so you understand the relationship between the recurring characters?

  16. Congrats on your new release! I absolutely adore the cover (I love Paul Marron)! Do you have a favorite cover among your various series? Many of them were done by Don Sipley, right?

    ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. My deepest apologies everyone - have been dealing with some family issues today that kept me from the computer until now. I was delighted to jump over here and see all these great comments, however! Made my day (beaming).

    AI, thanks so much! The Vampire Queen series has seven books now. It started with my interest in the vampire-servant relationship, specifically the complexity of a situation where the vampire considers herself/himself superior, yet also depends on the human for blood and loyalty. It intersected in a big way with my interest in writing BDSM erotic romance, and so each book has focused on the give and take of Dominance/submission in that paranormal relationship. It's funny that you asked the question, because just tonight I'm working on a guest blog post where I consider how many different ways there are to explore the vampire-servant relationship in a D/s vein.

    The series started with a 1000-yr-old vampire queen who takes an alpha male former vampire hunter as her servant (Vampire Queen's Servant/Mark of the Vampire Queen). I’m a big fan of the “palace guard” form of male submissive, who remains protective and strong even when submitting to a woman sexually, and Jacob was a beautiful, powerful example of that. I enjoyed him so much, I kept on the same thread for the third book but went back in time, to 1950s Australia. Vampire's Claim has a younger more brash female vampire heroine, who takes a WWII veteran bushman for a servant to help her reclaim her station (I'm a sucker for the Australian male.)

    The series has also looked at this relationship from the Dominant male vampire side, where Lord Mason has to take a female servant under his wing who is a hunted fugitive for killing her former vampire Master. (Mason is a fan favorite, and I have to admit, I like him a lot, too – lol).

    The next two books focused on a menage relationship (Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity). It involves a hardcore vampire hunter, Gideon (Jacob’s brother!), who gets mixed up with a male and female vampire, and ends up servant to both of them.

    Then there's of course the current book, where Mal is my first "made" vs born vampire, and Elisa is a simple Irish maid, making their story a little more down-to-earth. So there are just so many ways to explore this series. You can of course find more extensive blurbs and free excerpts on all of these over at my website, but I was excited about the release and wanted to talk, so I got a bit too gabby (wink).

    On to the other comments!

  18. Stacie, thanks for exploring my website and the good wishes. I'm very excited to hear there's another person not entirely ashamed to admit the love for Pure Country and the Partridge Family. I melted when David Cassidy sang "I Think I Love You." LOL And that song I Cross My Heart at the end of Pure Country is a staple of my "MiscEmote" playlist for writing commitment scenes. Yep, I'm a big sap (grin). Amano Jyaku did such a great job on that witch avatar - and the gray cat was based on my Morgan, one of my babies who has passed on. I could SO see her knocking that ink over, complete with diabolical look.

    Donna, which stories were you having difficulty finding? You're welcome to email me directly at storywitch@storywitch.com if you need help finding anything, though of course, ebooks are very convenient! (smile) Love my ereader. Thanks for your perseverance.

  19. Tammy, if it helps, on my site, under the Vampire Queen series, it lets you know which ones can be read standalone, and which ones might need one of the previous books to enhance your enjoyment. The main title I'd suggest reading before VI is Vampire's Claim, because events in Vampire's Claim are vital to the direction of Vampire Instinct, but there's enough backstory in VI to cover it if it was your first book in the series. Now that said, if you're OCD about reading series in order like I am, you do pick up a good cumulative sense of the vampire world by reading them in order (smile).

    As far as why I decided to include vampire children in the story, it was one of those things that just evolved. You actually meet these children (and Elisa) in Vampire's Claim, and their circumstances are closely tied to the really evil bad guy in VC. When the book was over, I didn't want to leave their fate just hanging out there, and even at the end of VC, Elisa had stepped forward to help take care of them. So I knew their fate would be resolved in whatever story became hers. In short, it was one of those situations where they came in as a vital contributing factor to the plot in Danny and Dev's story, but then became significant enough for a reappearance in Mal/Elisa's. Hope that answer helps!

  20. Desiree, I'm blowing you kisses. Thanks, girl! And thanks to you as well, Wanda/Elaine - I love that cover as well. It took some getting used to for me, because they seemed "young", but essentially they ARE young; plus I'm getting older and everyone looks young (laughter). Now I'm quite fond of it. My favorite cover from the series continues to be Mark of the Vampire Queen, however - I can imagine those two as Jacob and Lyssa, and I love the jeans/cuff combination for him, with her running her fingernails over him. Yowsa. :>

    Wanda, I have some smidgen of Cherokee blood in me so it was interesting personally as well as professionally to explore Mal's Native American background.

  21. Sherry, the contemporaries are MUCH easier to write. I'm a very character driven writer - love to explore the relationship above and beyond everything, so all the paranormal world building and politics gives me headaches. I keep at it until I'm happy with the end result, and once they're written, I love them, but the contemporaries are definitely my "easier children".

    I never really know how many books will be in a series - I'll keep writing them as long as the muse keeps giving me ideas and the publisher keeps wanting to publish them (grin). Probably the only series I have with a definite end in sight is the Knights of the Board Room series - there are five "Knights" (high level corporate executives/sexual Dominants, each looking for his soulmate), in that series, so on the fifth book, I'll technically be done, though I know some secondary characters will likely spin off into another series or be integrated into the Nature of Desire series, which is more open ended.

    If you go to my website, look under the Vampire Queen series. As you check each book's blurb, it tells you if the book can standalone or which books should be read before that one. Hope that helps!

    Jeanette - grin - I should have dropped down to see your question so I could have included you in my answer to Wanda/Elaine, above - at first I was like "Wow, they look like babies!", but over time I've been able to step back from my penchant for rugged 40-something males and appreciated the sexiness of the male model. And I liked Elisa's portrayal right off, because I could see her looking like that. :>

  22. flchen, Bookwyrm and Cathy, I'll answer you all together, since the answer somewhat overlaps - you're all on the same wavelength for this one (smile). Right now, the books on the front burner are that fifth Knights of the Board Room book (Ben's story/Hostile Takeover) and the next of the Arcane Shot series (Something About Witches, the first in the series, was just completed). While I don't have any more vampire books contracted yet, my agent will revisit that with the publisher toward the end of the year, I think, when the Arcane Shot books are in the later stages of production/release. When the time comes, there are several different possibilities. Alistair and Nina (introduced in Vampire's Claim) is a story I've been wanting to do for awhile, because it will let me explore the "Inherited Servant" idea, where a human female is groomed from birth with the intention that she'll belong to a vampire someday. Also, Evan/Niall, a male/male pairing introduced in Beloved Vampire, may also provide the opportunity to explore this idea if they end up bringing Alanna, a cast-off Inherited Servant, into the mix of their relationship. There's also an idea or two out there (thanks to the JWH fan forum) that might form the basis for a second book about Mason and Jessica. So there's at least three possibilities!

    Bookwyrm, to give you a little more info on the ones I'm working on now, the second book in the Arcane Shot series (first book has blurb/excerpt available on the website if you want to check it out), features a heroine who is half-succubus, and all witch. She's a savvy businesswoman who runs a bordello out of a SOuthern Plantation house, and all her "employees" are full incubi/succubi. She runs afoul of a Dark Guardian of the Underworld (the very hot Mikhael, who everyone will meet in Something About Witches), and their story revolves around that. This series is my first mass market series, so I'll be interested to see what you all think!

    Hostile Takeover is the fifth and final Knights of the Board Room series. These books revolve around the lives of five high-powered executives who happen to be sexual Dominants. Each book focuses on one man's encounter with his soulmate, and how he uses the skills of all five men to win her over (wicked grin). They're a lot of fun to write. I went to New Orleans earlier this year to research this book, and that was an added perk. :>

  23. Hi Joey! I have not read any of these yet but I do love a good vampire story. I think I am definately going to have to start this series by getting the first book. I am not crazy about having to read series in order but if they do have info that is important, I like to do this.

    My question would be do you have any favorite authors that are auto buys for you?

    Congrats on the release!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. Crystal, thank you for that! And Karen, here's the answer I gave Tammy above: On my site, under the Vampire Queen series, it lets you know which ones can be read standalone, and which ones might need one of the previous books to enhance your enjoyment. The main title I'd suggest reading before VI is Vampire's Claim, because events in Vampire's Claim are vital to the direction of Vampire Instinct, but there's enough backstory in VI to cover it if it was your first book in the series. Now that said, if you're OCD about reading series in order like I am, you do pick up a good cumulative sense of the vampire world by reading them in order (smile).

    Sheree, my all time favorite is A Witch's Beauty, and yes, that's a Don Sipley cover. I love his work. As noted above, in the vampire series, my favorite is Mark of the Vampire Queen, and that again is his talents. He's awesome.

  25. Shadow, whoops, I didn't forget you, I promise! I do like to read the same genres I write - paranormal as well as contemporary erotic romance. Anything with a good love story, I'll read - doesn't matter if it's classified mainstream, literary, erotic, etc - the key for me is the characters have to pull me in and wrench my heart out of my chest (smile). Here's a few favorites - Daniel's Surrender by Violet Summers, Denise Rossetti's Phoenix Rising series, Ann Jacobs' Bittersweet Homecoming, Audrey Niffenegger's Time Traveler's Wife, Jennifer Robeson's Tiger/Del series, Diana Gabaldon Outlander series...these pretty much give the tone of what I like (smile). Unfortunately, I don't do much reading anymore because I do more editing of my own work, critiquing, etc, such that when I have down time, I can't seem to turn off the internal editor. But I do enjoy reading on vacation - I seem to be able to turn it off when my whole body/mind is in "down time" mode.

  26. June - no worries - see my earlier responses to Karen/Tammy about visiting the series page on my site - it will tell you which ones need "prequels", and which ones can stand alone. :> Vampire Instinct straddles the line - you'd likely get more out of it if you read Vampire's Claim first, but it's not entirely essential.

    As you'll note from my previous answer to Shadow, I tend to follow my nose to the best love stories. I wouldn't say I have any author who's an auto-buy for me at this point, but if I love someone's book, I love it utterly and unconditionally and crow about it everywhere (grin). I'm just looking for a specific something when I start a book - I'll pick up on it in the first few pages, the way the character is introduced, or how they engage my interest in a certain way, etc. It's a moving target, thanks to the incessant internal editor, but when I find it, I don't anticipate getting that same feeling in every book by the same author, because each book has a new situation and new characters.

    Though I do admit, starting with Lover Awakened, the last several JR Ward books have given me that pleasure each time (smile). And Denise Rossetti's Phoenix Rising series with EC has done the same.

  27. Wow, your new book looks great. Do you wear shoes all the time? I can never think of a question that has not been asked.

  28. Debby - pretty much all the time. And mostly big old clunky cross trainers or walking shoes, because I have very bad feet that have to be held a certain way or they cramp. More info than you needed, right? LOL When you see me in heels, it will usually be sitting down, and I carry them in my hand when I walk!