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Giveaway (US/Int): Bestselling Vampire Queen series author Joey W. Hill on writing ménage and characters that resonate

Giveaway (US/Int): Bestselling Vampire Queen series author Joey W. Hill on writing ménage and characters that resonate

by davincikittieMay 6, 2013

Please help me welcome the lovely and incredibly talented Joey W. Hill!

Never. Again. That’s what I said after writing a ménage a trois story for Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity. Dealing with three different personalities linked together, such that you have to cover six possible relationship dynamics? Talk about masochism. But I should know by now, saying “never” is like holding a red cape in front of my muse. And wearing a hot red sequin dress, while juggling ripe red tomatoes.  Ahem.

There’s always something that kicks off the idea for a book, and opens the floodgate of creative inspiration. It can be something very small, just a passing mention from a reader. Which is exactly what happened to inspire Taken by a Vampire. I hadn’t put Evan, Niall and Alanna together. All I had on Niall before that was that he was Scottish and had dragon tattoos on his chest.  I had less on Evan – he was a vampire, and not a very highly placed one in the vampire pyramid. Niall was his servant. The two men were secondary characters in Beloved Vampire, and not even very significant ones at that.

Then a reader on the fan forum said–innocently enough—“hey, wouldn’t a cool ménage be Evan, Niall and Alanna (from Vampire Trinity)?”. The moment I read that, a big loud sonar ping went off from the muse.

Let me give you the blurb for Taken by a Vampire before telling you more, so I don’t leave you floundering:

Taken By A Vampire (Vampire Queen #9) by Joey W. HillGroomed 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.


Okay, back to the “ping”. Once that reader spoke up, the few magic beans I had on Evan and Niall just started sprouting like crazy.  Soooo… Evan would be an artist…a photographer/painter who travels the world. He has the sponsorship of Lord Uthe, a powerful vampire currently on the Vampire Council. Four hundred years ago, Uthe met a young artist dying of a wasting disease; he was so moved by the potential of his work, he offered the young man (Evan) the chance to be immortal. Because of that patronage, Evan moves more freely than most vampires in the vampire world. However, he’s not as strong physically as most vampires his age, and definitely has no interest in positioning himself politically. Which can be a liability in the “might is right” world of the fanged.

Then there’s Niall. Evan made Niall his servant when Evan was 100 years old. When he met Evan, Niall had a wife and family, but Evan sees something in Niall that suggests he’s meant for more than the hard and poor life of a crofter in 1700s Scotland… Okay, no spoilers, so we fast forward three hundred years, to the contemporary time/setting of the book. Niall is entering the final years of his life (servants typically only live to be around 300), which means the two of them are doing a lot of reflecting on the life they’ve shared…and the things left unsaid. Being men, they’re having a little problem dealing with the emotional debris. Fortunately, Alanna is going to be the catalyst that helps resolve that.

Alanna had the most fleshed-out backstory of the three. She had good reasons for betraying her Master, but Inherited Servants are dedicated since birth to the service of vampires, so her action makes her a despised outcast to other InhServs. It also makes her question her own worth. She won’t have to question it long, however, since the Council is hunting down her Master. When he’s executed, she’ll die, because a fully marked servant dies when her Master dies.  Until then, she’s in Evan and Niall’s keeping, thanks to the Council’s decision that having her with the nomadic vampire is the most advantageous strategy.

As is the norm for three complex people, there were a lot of intriguing things to address in their relationship. Remember me mentioning the desire to beat my head against the wall when it comes to writing ménages? Well, there you go. For one thing, Evan and Niall have a much more informal, egalitarian relationship than Alanna understands. On top of that, they have to keep her out of her former Master’s hands. In the meantime, they’re dealing with issues of life/death, regret and self-worth. Oh, and the strong chemistry between them absolutely demands a lot of sex. Really no way to avoid that, what with a hot vampire, a handsome Scot and a beautiful female in close proximity. The muse knew I couldn’t resist a character/relationship exploration like that – She apparently knows what my red cape is as well (laughter).

Yes, writing ménages is hard…but when I look back at Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity, and the finished result, the journey I took with Daegan, Gideon and Anwyn was well worth it. Being on the “the end” side of Evan, Niall and Alanna’s story, I feel the same way. Every trip with a set of characters is new and different, and takes me places I don’t expect.

So, onto some fun stuff about the book. Though you’re welcome to imagine them as your favorite heroes or heroine…

[quote]in my mind I saw Niall as a Chris Hemsworth type, and Evan similar to the character portrayed by Adrien Brody’s King Kong role (earnest, lanky sexiness and definitely sans cheesy goatee). Alanna has an Olivia Wilde thing happening in my head.[/quote]

Here’s a short glimpse of the dynamic between the two men, followed by a follow up from Alanna’s point of view. Hope it will tempt you to learn more about the three of them!

Evan and Niall’s conversation…

“What the bloody hell are you doing?”

Evan didn’t look up. “I told her to serve you as she serves me.”

“I dinnae want a bloody trained poodle.”

“You think that’s the kind of Master I am?” Evan held the camera lens up to the light, frowned at it. Swore. He’d obviously found a scratch.

“Ye know what I mean. One minute you want her thinking for herself, the next you tell her to treat me like she treats you. As if the whole bloody world revolves around my farts. It’s a total cock-up.”

“It’s a multipronged strategy. Different approaches, same goal. We’re trying to get her to be who she truly is. Serving us both will help.” Evan glanced at him. “Be who you’ve always been, Niall. That’s all that’s needed from your end of things.”

“Oh, well, aye. Your cryptic responses always solve the universe’s problems, for certain.”

Evan didn’t use sarcasm, such that when Niall did, he felt a bit mean-spirited. At least if Evan would respond in kind, Niall could put his head through a wall. Then Evan could break a limb or two to teach him a lesson. It would relieve the frustration that came with conversations like this.

* * * * *

Then, the next morning, when Alanna wakes…

Serve Niall as you serve me.

She’d fallen asleep puzzling over that. When she woke in the early afternoon, once again discomfited by how long she’d slept, it was to the sound of . . . well, she wasn’t sure what the sound was, until she rose and discovered Niall chopping wood on a stump in the narrow front yard. Apparently they needed more logs for the woodstove; she remembered him saying something about that on their plane ride, along with the assurance that it was a chore she wouldn’t be asked to do. She was sure she could learn to wield an axe, but then she remembered the blocker. While a human woman could chop wood, a third-marked servant would make short work of it. The blocker prevented her from having that strength.

Thinking of the treatment reminded her it was time to take it. She grimaced through the burn of the injection, then showered and dressed. In the bathroom, she found Niall’s shaving gear, toothbrush, other toiletry items. Using a comb, she cleaned his hairbrush. The brown strands wound into the bristles looked like they’d been forming a nest there since the brush was bought. She also picked up the cloth he’d carelessly dropped on the floor and dried the water spots on the sink. After she straightened all the towels and cloths, she swept a critical eye over the bathroom and gave it a nod. Not too clean for two men, but tidy enough for a woman.

Returning to her room, she donned one of the long-sleeved shirts. Niall had opened the screened windows, letting in the cool air as well as the fresh smell of the forest. Though she suspected she might need hiking pants or jeans later, she went ahead and slipped on a thick cotton skirt that swirled around her ankles. Unless their vampire instructed them otherwise, female InhServs rarely wore pants. They were supposed to be accessible to the desires of their vampires at all times, and for women, pants were an obstacle to that. So the skirt felt more comfortable.

Serve him as you serve me . . .

As she went to the kitchen window, she saw Niall stripped down to jeans, each swing of the axe capable of making a female heart do an extra trip at the display of male strength and virility. She was accustomed to noticing sexual appeal, using it to stoke desire on command. But she was trained to notice far more details than that, and what she saw told her Niall was not in a good mood. He was chopping the wood as if he was cleaving an enemy, tossing the pieces into a pile with a bit more aggression than needed.

Given his habits, she was sure there’d be dishes in the sink if he’d had breakfast. So he hadn’t eaten. Pinning up her hair, she started on breakfast, planning enough if Evan wanted to sample her cooking later tonight or Niall wanted more later. So she started the coffee, found some eggs, a slab of bacon. A biscuit mix quickly became dough and the rolled pieces were put in the oven. A few raw vegetables still surviving in the crisper were chopped up for the omelets.

The primary job of the chefs at the Council headquarters was preparing delicacies for the vampires. The servants might get the leavings, but for their own nourishment, the InhServs had a small kitchen area to prepare their food. She’d often cooked for the others, as well as visiting servants. Because of that, she’d learned one universal truth about men and well-cooked food.

As the biscuits browned in the oven and the coffee percolated, the axe bit into the wood at a slower cadence. A tiny smile touched her lips when the thudding stopped at last, and she heard the well pump. He’d probably don his shirt, making her regret not snatching one last glimpse out the window. She’d also like a closer look at those tattoos in the daylight, as well as what tattoos he might have on his back.

Was it wrong to indulge her own lust that way? She frowned. Acting on it without a vampire’s order was forbidden. But Evan had said . . . She suppressed a sigh. Since last night, she’d come up with so many interpretations of that one statement that all she’d done was confuse herself.

Art in every form is to be appreciated, Alanna. Ogle him as much as you wish. You might even make him blush.

Startled, she knocked the plate of bacon off the counter, barely saving it from the floor. Yesterday, she’d accepted Evan’s voice in her head. But after the break provided by a few hours’ sleep, her brain had rebooted. The only voice she’d been used to hearing in her head was Stephen’s, and for the past few months, Stephen’s voice brought pain, agony.

It wasn’t Stephen. She settled her heart down to a regular beat. It was Evan. Evan.

Yes. His voice was warm, but she caught something dangerous in his tone, unexpectedly effective. He has no hold on you here, Alanna. We’ll let no harm come to you.

Self-preservation was supposed to be the least of a servant’s concerns, but one didn’t argue with a vampire. Plus, it did make her feel better. Thank you, sir. Would you like me to bring you some breakfast?

Not right now. Still sleeping. Your incessant inner monologue woke me.

She would have blurted out an apology, but she picked up a wry note suggesting he was . . . teasing her?

The minor downside of a female servant, I suppose. Niall’s mind is exceptionally unobtrusive. Like an oak stump.

Niall came through the door then, filling the room and making the floor vibrate with his weight, underscoring Evan’s point so well, she had to bite back a smile.

There you are. I’m going back to sleep. Try to be less chatty in your own head.

She blinked, not sure how she was supposed to accomplish that, but she supposed not thinking about how to accomplish it would be a start. She’d move on to breakfast.

Good girl. You’re getting it.

* * * * *

[quote]If you’d like a bit more, there’s a Chapter One excerpt on my website. [/quote]Both Chapter One and an exclusive Chapter Two excerpt are on the fan forum, access info here. After that, you’ll just have to go get the book! Or at least I hope you will (smile). Note: TBV can be read as a standalone, though you may enjoy it more if you read Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity first to meet Alanna and get more of a sense of my vampire world.

Thanks for letting me be here with you today.

Happy Release Day to Taken By A Vampire!

Read our review of the brand spankin’ (har har) new Vampire Queen novel Taken By A Vampire by clicking on the cover below.  You can also check out our reviews of other Vampire Queen series novels in case you haven’t had a chance to check em out yet!

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About the author

Author Joey W. HillJoey 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 almost thirty award-winning and highly acclaimed titles, as well as the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful and widely diverse readership. In 2009, she was nominated for a Career Achievement award in Erotica by Romantic Times.

According to her personal memo book, seen only by her eyes–probably because it would reveal that she loves the Partridge Family and the movie Pure Country–the top three ways to ensure her readers continue to come looking for her books are #1 Write a great story, #2 KEEP writing great stories and #3 “For the love of God, don’t let them get to know the author – that will scare them away.” (Particularly if they find out about the Partridge Family.)

She has become known for writing the type of erotic romance that not only wins her fans of that genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. That’s because first and foremost, she thinks what attracts a reader is strong characters.

“Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are compelling and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. While I strive to make sure my work includes essential elements of the storytelling craft – tight plot, engaging dialogue, etc. – if the character development isn’t there, there isn’t much point in reading. It can be the coolest plot ever, but if the reader could care less whether the hero or heroine survive (in fact, in some cases you may be rooting for their destruction just so you can be done with the darn thing), then it’s not a story worth reading.”

Why is that? She believes that our world is an ironically isolating one. Humans have overrun the planet, armed with a plethora of communication tools. Yet we feel very alone in our own heads, trying to make a connection with someone. The “ah, there you are – where have you been?” person. The person who gives us an anchor, but also the courage to release our tedious baggage to embrace ourselves fully.

That’s what she seeks to accomplish in every story. Bringing characters together who have numerous emotional obstacles standing in their way, watching them reach a soul-deep understanding of one another through the expression of their darkest sexual needs, and then growing from that understanding into love.

So why erotic romance? “Writing great erotic romance is all about exploring the true face of who we are – the best and worst – which typically comes out in the most vulnerable moments of sexual intimacy.” Who wouldn’t want to write about that?

How does she accomplish that? She suspects it’s the perfection of a Vulcan mind meld with the characters, which takes an effective mix of manic depression, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive behavior that would make “Monk” look like a light weight. Not to mention the broad streak of romanticism that forms an asphalt four-lane highway through her heart. It’s a tendency that sends her back to her favorite book and movie scenes for toe-curling or tear-inducing inspiration. (Her husband reports this with loving resignation, since he’s often called upon to stoically endure the movie scenes and hold her hand while she weeps through the mushy parts.)

Take the plunge with her, and don’t hesitate to let her know what you think of her work, good or bad. She thrives on feedback!

Giveaway (US/Int)

Are you already a Joey-holic or maybe a new reader looking for your next “must read” author?  Well, either way, this giveaway is for you!  Joey is giving away one physical signed copy (or electronic, if you prefer) of the winners’ choice from her published book list.  To enter to win, leave a comment and let us know what you think about Taken By A Vampire then fill out the Rafflecopter below.  We’ll leave the giveaway open for a few weeks to give you plenty of time to share with all your friends!  They’ll thank you for it!  *wink*

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • May 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you so much to Joey for being our guest today and for allowing us to review her fan-freaking-tastic books. I practically drool over these stories and they always touch my heart.

    Combine that with one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth authors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with, and it’s just all kinds of <3 <3 <3! *grin*

    • May 7, 2013 at 6:12 am

      DVK, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for that. It’s my pleasure – I’m so happy to be invited! Hope everyone enjoys the glimpse of Evan, Alanna and Niall. The book comes out today, so I’m excited to see what everyone thinks of it (nervous and excited – grin – typical author!). I’ll check back in throughout the day in case anyone has questions or comments that they need or want me to answer. Good luck in the giveaway!

  • Maria
    May 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I read the blurb and I think it would be great! 🙂

  • Irene
    May 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I absolutely adore this series and Taken By a Vampire looks like an emotional ride I’ll need a box of tissues on hand for! Such a good excuse , not that I need one, to go back and re read the Trinity books to refresh my memory of Allana before starting it.

    • May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Irene, I like revisiting Daegan, Gideon and Anwyn as well – that was one of the perks of writing Taken by a Vampire, having a chance to refresh my memory of certain aspects of Alanna’s story by checking back in with them. And of course they also make appearances in Taken by a Vampire (there’s a particularly good scene involving Daegan and Gideon working as a hunting team!)

  • Katrina
    May 7, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I’m really looking forward to this next edition, I think this will be another must have for my collection… I looking forward to sinking my teeth into it 😉

  • May 7, 2013 at 6:11 am

    taken by a vampire is the first menage book to catch my interest ^^ it looks like a wonderful and sensitve story

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Miki, oh good! Always like hearing I might be someone’s first menage. I remember reading my first erotic one (think it was Daniel’s Surrender by Violet Summers – wonderful book), though the first I ever read was Knights of Ghosts and Shadows by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon. It wasn’t erotic, but it captured my imagination, the m/f/m dynamic. Great book as well.

      Of course, if you’re going to cut your teeth on my vampire menage, I’d actually start with Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity, because Daegan, Anwyn and Gideon seem to be everyone’s favorite threesome in the series, plus you get Alanna’s background in that book. Makes Taken by a Vampire an even more enjoyable read (wink).

  • laurie
    May 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I read the blurb and I think it would be great!

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Laurie, I loved writing interchanges between them. With vampires and servants, there’s a whole different layer, because what doesn’t work as dialogue often works extremely well as “mind speak” (smile). Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Fran Swarts
    May 7, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I have not read this yet. But from the cover and book description I am very interested.

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Fran! I love the cover as well. And who can resist a Navy SEAL, really? Don’t resist any longer, give in to the pull…lol…

  • Joni Stevens
    May 7, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I love all your stories Joey!!! I am in love with your characters and their world .. I always want more more more!!!

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

      And that’s exactly what an author wants to hear! LOL – thank you so much for sharing that, Joni. I’ll try to keep giving you those kinds of stories. Let me know if I ever fall short.

  • J
    May 7, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I read the excerpt and I can not wait to get my hands on it!!!

  • Lori Meehan
    May 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I have not read it but it looks really good.

  • BookLady
    May 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Congratulations on the publication of Taken By a Vampire! I have been a fan of the Vampire Queen series for several years and this book sounds like an exciting addition to the series. Thanks for sharing the great post and excerpt.

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

      BookLady, hope you’ll enjoy this one as much. And that you’ve had a chance to go to the fan forum and also enjoy the free novellas revisiting characters in the series. I’m working on the newest one now – “The Bet”, featuring Daegan and Gideon (and the resolution of their wager in Bound by the Vampire Queen – wink).

  • Jessica Hale(Parsons)
    May 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Sounds like it will be a great and interesting book to read 🙂

  • Emilia
    May 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Sounds awesome! I love vampires, and this sounds like double the fun. Lol thanks for the giveaway!

  • LaGina
    May 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    My girlfriend just told me about this series she herself just found last week. I cant wait to get started!!!! Thanks for doing the interview. 🙂

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Nothing better than reader-to-reader recommendation! It’s how I find my own preferred reading (smile). Please thank your girlfriend for me, and enjoy your journey with my vampires.

  • crystal s
    May 7, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This sounds like another awesome book joey… cant wait to read it

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

      I hope so! I always start each release day with all fingers and toes crossed (makes me walk funny, lol), that you guys all love the newest group of characters. Let me know if that’s not the case – always want to deliver a quality story to you.

  • Delilah
    May 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Happy Release Day Joey! What a fabulous post! The Vampire Queen Series is outstanding and is my favorite as you know. Taken by a Vampire is definitely one of this series must reads and would tie Vampire Instinct for my all-time favorite. Thank goodness for my Joey Hill tissue box. What would I do without it? BTW all good things lead back to Chris Hemsworth as you are well aware. *grin*

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Think Chris would come to Authors After Dark posing as Niall for me? Sure he would. I’ll just call him up (lol). Of course, he’d probably be mobbed, whether he showed up as Niall or Barney the purple dinosaur…

      Thanks for coming by, girl – and thanks for the wonderful congrats. So happy you loved Evan, Niall and Alanna!

  • May 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    One of my fav series. Love love love it!

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Thank you, Liezel! Love hearing that! Hope you enjoy the newest installment just as much. And as I mentioned above, assume you’ve visited the fan forum to get the free novella download vignettes? THere’s one about Mason and Jessica, two about Daegan and Gideon, one about Lyssa and her former servant Thomas, etc etc etc (grin). Also two Christmas vignettes visiting with the vampires! Be sure and check those out if you haven’t! (And anybody else who’d like to do so,, do the short registration process, navigate away, come back, click on Forum link beneath the header and scroll down to vignette section. You’ll find everything there. :>

  • Barrie
    May 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

    It really is sad that I haven’t read any of Joey’s books! I’ve heard so many fantastic reviews too! This book sounds out of this world awesome!

  • Danny
    May 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Hi Joey,

    big congrats to your new release! Can’t wait to read the book. Hugs

  • Eva Millien
    May 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I think the books sounds like it will be great. I’m sure that it was a hard book to write, I can’t imagine keeping up with the different personalities and the plot. But I sure am glad that you did because I love reading them.

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Lol – thanks, Eve. I like to bitch about it, but push-comes-to-shove, the menages are often some of the most rewarding to write, precisely because it does require so much relationship/character exploration. Glad you enjoy the results, too! :>

  • moira
    May 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    HI Joey, I loved this book and as I told you it is going to become one of my go to books to read when life becomes somewhat unsettled!! And I’m so glad the gag has been taken out and I can talk about It!!

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Moira, me too – for those who don’t know, we have a “spoiler group” over in the fan forum that lets people talk about a particular book to their heart’s content without ruining any surprises. And of course, sometime in the near future, we’ll schedule a book club night, where you’ll have me for 2-3 dedicated hours to talk about this book and my other recent release, Willing Sacrifice, to ask any questions, make any WTF comments, etc (lol).

      Thank you, Moira – you know I love hearing that my books help you over some of life’s rougher moments. That’ s very humbling praise.

  • May 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I’ve waited for this ever since you decided to unite Niall, Evan and Allana………….takes a deep breath!
    It’s ordered and should be with me soon (like 2morrow!!) so I will indulge and experience yet another simply wonderful novel (OK, I’m a fangirl and won’t miss anything!!)

    So, congrats on the release; know that I buy everything you write; consider me an afficionado (in EVERY respect); and *hugs* again for a lovely, moving book.


  • Sophia Rose
    May 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This book seems to have a different feel to it from the others in the series probably because of who the characters are and the circumstances. I’m intrigued to read it for that reason alone if I wasn’t already enamored with the series in general.

    Enjoyed the post and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Sophia, you’re correct. Evan isn’t one of the “power players” of the vampire world – his focus is very different, and of course he’s off the beaten track from the Vampire Council’s concerns, so it makes his attitudes, etc more egalitarian, and as such, his relationship with Niall a little different. I always enjoy when a story takes a different direction like that – keeps things fresh! :>

  • Lauren
    May 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What a cool idea for a story! I’m a paranormal romance junkie, but I can’t recall encountering one quite like this, where a human serves a vampire in this way. Since you write about a wide range of genres/characters across your novels, I’m sure you bring a unique flavor to the vampire experience. I really enjoyed your writing style from the excerpt! I think you could pull off just about anything, even if the scene was set on the Family bus 🙂

    • May 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Chuckle – that would be an intriguing scene to write, for certain! Lauren, the vampire-servant relationship has always caught my attention, probably because of my interest in the contemporary Dom/sub relationship. Putting that in a paranormal context gives me a lot more room to explore physical and emotional boundaries, especially when the bond is permanent – there is no retirement plan for servants (grin). At least not one that most people would like! If you get a chance to try one of my vampire books, I’d love your reaction to it. I always welcome reader feedback.

  • erinf1
    May 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    looks fantastic! Congrats to Joey on the newest release! I really want read this series! Loved the Witches 🙂

    • May 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Erin, I love hearing you enjoyed Ruby, Raina and their Guardians (smile). I really hope to write Ramona’s story one day. In the meantime, hope you get the chance to enjoy my vampires. :> Thanks for coming out to see me today.

  • jennifer mathis
    May 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    i havent read this one yet but its definitely on my list . LOVE the series

  • Veronica De Luna
    May 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    From what I read here is sounds very interesting. I’m hooked! It left me wanting more! Looking forward to reading more and seeing how their relationship progresses.

  • Nae
    May 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Taken by a Vampire looks awesome! I read the teaser and I was hooked. I can’t wait to start it. 🙂

  • Natasha
    May 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I think it sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kai W.
    May 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love the blurb and the excerpt from Taken by a Vampire. I want to read the book.

  • Mary Bell-Kerr
    May 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this whole series but haven’t decided where to start. This one looks really good ☺

    • May 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Mary, many of my readers have told me Book 4, Beloved Vampire, is a wonderful introduction to the series, because the vampire is male in that one, with many of those lovely traditional alpha/dom characteristics (grin). You’re introduced to Lyssa, the vampire queen, in that one, so they’ve told me reading her story (Books 1 and 2) is easier after reading BV, because she can be a little overwhelming at first. Now if you like your heroines strong and unapologetic, start with Book 1 and get to know Lyssa first (grin). Excerpts for both books are on my site, so you can see which one appeals to you more.

  • June M.
    May 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I can’t wait to read TAKEN BY A VAMPIRE. I have read the first few books of the series and am looking forward to the rest 🙂

  • flchen1
    May 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Definitely looking forward to Taken By a Vampire! Can’t wait to catch up with this series–Joey’s books are amazing!

  • nurmawati djuhawan
    May 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    congratulation joey…
    i haven’t read ur books so thx u for the chance to win one of them 🙂

  • Linda
    May 8, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Love this, =) the blurb, the excerpts and I can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

    It was lovely to wake up and see so many folks thinking about reading Taken by a Vampire, as well as the rest of the series (grin). For those who’ve read some of them, thanks for leaving good comments about those, and expressing your enthusiasm for reading the rest! Good luck in the giveaway, everyone… Glad you enjoyed this teaser glimpse of Evan, Niall and Alanna. :>

  • Christi
    May 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the new excerpt, Joey! Love Evan’s comment about the ‘chatty female’. Looking forward to reading to finally reading all of Evan, Niall and Alanna’s story 🙂

    • May 9, 2013 at 3:16 am

      Christi – grin. It’s so true, though, isn’t it? We tend to analyze a lot in our heads, whereas guys just kind of…don’t. My husband says “If I say it, that’s what I mean.” I don’t “really” mean this, or am “implying” that. It’s mystifying. Lol…

  • heather
    May 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I have not read this yet but I would love to.

    • May 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Heather (and Joy, below!) – thanks to you both. I forgot to mention – while there are free excerpts to all my books on my websites, I also have a free short story section out there. These are some of my earlier works, but they give you a sense of my writing style, so you can see if it works for you (smile).

  • Lani
    May 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Joey, only you would get me to read a book where I already know one of the heroes is going to die and I’m going to be sucked into the heartbreak! I can see I’m going to need a box of tissues before I sit down with TbaV. This series has me captivated 🙂 Can’t wait to read this one

  • Joy F
    May 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    It sounds great, would love to read it. Thanks.

  • Ashley
    May 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Cannot wait to read. I LOVE all your Vampires!

  • May 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I am THRILLED that Alanna is getting her story! And I just finished “Willing Sacrifice” and it just makes me want to read more Joey W. Hill,
    Congratulations on making it through another menage. LOL!

    • May 9, 2013 at 4:29 am

      Jennifer, that’s what I love to hear! Grin – thanks for the congrats on getting through the menage. I only pulled out about half my hair this time (lol).

  • Angela Love
    May 9, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I loved the Blurb and now I need to start my Joey W. Hill vampire TBR list and get started on the reading!!!

  • Diane Sallans
    May 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    ‘Taken by a Vampire’ looks very different with the menage scene – I’m curious!

  • Texas Book Lover
    May 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

    This series looks fabulous! I will definitely be reading it soon!

  • Sandy Lion
    May 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I think Joey has some of the sexiest scenes in the vampire writing world. I love her books and the except was amazing. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  • May 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations to F. Chen on winning the prize from Joey Hill!

    Thank you so much to Ms. Hill and to all of you for all your enthusiasm in coming out to chat about Taken by a Vampire! <3

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