READY FOR HEART? NAUGHTY WISHES PART 2!
Last month, you all had a front row seat in Naughty Wishes Part I : Body as Sam goaded Geoff's Dom side into action. Thank you to Book-a-holics (Not so Anonymous) for their thumbs up review that said: "Body does a fine job leaving you craving for more". And Under the Covers book blog notes: "Joey Hill has a talent for writing real and poignant emotions... This looks to be a sexy and emotional ride for these three."
In this month's installment, "Heart", we meet Chris, their other roommate, and see how his bond with Sam and Geoff figures into their unfolding story. Here's a tiny snippet...
It wasn't a surprise to see Geoff in her doorway. What held her motionless was how his gaze moved over both her and Chris. Thoroughly and possessively. His attention lighted on her thighs and breasts, her expression, the hand she had on Chris's chest. He moved from there to a perusal of Chris's big body, to the relaxed thighs and genitalia between them. Despite the intensity of the climax she'd just experienced, additional sensation pulsed between her legs when she saw no abatement in desire as Geoff's focus shifted between them. She'd always thought Geoff wanted to top them both, but she hadn't been sure. Until now.
"Sam, can you call in a personal day?" he asked.
Chris was stroking her hair. With his fingers combing through the strands, she didn't want to move away from that touch anytime in the next century. When Geoff spoke, Chris didn't stop, telling her he was aware of the other man's presence. But when she looked into Chris's face, she did see a slight tension, an anticipatory awareness. Was he thinking about Geoff standing there, staring at them both, at Chris sprawled out naked and replete? Chris was gazing absently at the ceiling, though, as if he wasn't yet ready to acknowledge what a Dom standing in the doorway looking at them like candy might mean.
"Yes, I think I could take a personal day." She brought herself back to the question with effort. "Do you have the day off?" She realized Geoff had showered and changed into one of her favorite pair of jeans on him, stressed and clinging in the right places. His Nike T-shirt stretched over his shoulders.
"I can shuffle some things. Chris, you're off today, right?"
"Yeah." Chris wound his fingers around Sam's hair, lifting himself up as he spoke. She closed her eyes as he nudged beneath her chin and teased her throat with tongue and lips. Her hand fell to his biceps to grip. She needed the anchor, because when his other hand slid over her hip to curve over her backside, the ground just fell away. Chris was kissing her naked body while Geoff watched. For all she'd fantasized about being with them like this, the reality was overwhelming.
"She's all I want to do today," Chris said. "Come taste her, Geoff. She gets sweeter with every lick."
Naughty Wishes Part II : Heart releases on February 16, two days after Valentine's Day! Remember, this novella serial releases in four consecutive months, the same way Naughty Bits did. YES, Madison and Logan from Naughty Bits are making key appearances in these books (Logan already did in Mind, giving Geoff some needed Dom mentoring). Also, just like with Naughty Bits, if the sales of the novellas do well, the publisher will likely offer a compilation ebook, audio and print version of Naughty Wishes about a year from the serial release.
Pre-Order/Buy links for all four parts are on my website. Come catch up or, if you've already read the first one, I hope you're enjoying their explorations with one another.
Want to see my celebrity vision of the Naughty Wishes characters? Check out my board on Pinterest.
ARE YOU CAUGHT UP ON THE NATURE OF DESIRE AND KNIGHTS OF THE BOARD ROOM?
Just a carry over reminder from last month - my publisher Ellora's Cave has returned the rights to all of the titles I had with them. That would be all of the Nature of Desire series, five of the seven Knights of the Board Room books, one from the Vampire Queen series, and a handful of older non-series titles. These books have been given snazzy new covers, thanks to the talented efforts of my husband. If you haven't read one of these yet, or have friends you've been encouraging to read them, now's an excellent time at the self-published ebook prices, $4.99 for a full length and $2.99 for a novella. I've posted the website page links below for all the affected titles. BUY links are below the book blurbs on each page. For those wanting PRINT formats, these are in production NOW. We'll keep you posted in each newsletter and via the social media outlets, but when you see a print version show up under the Amazon or B&N links with the NEW COVER, that means it's available in the new edition!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
The book is roaring right along, and I anticipate finishing the first draft close to the end of the February. Keep your fingers crossed for a May release date. You know my books are always invaded by guest appearances from other characters, and so far this one has not disappointed. Our setting is Charlotte, North Carolina, where Julie has traveled to help set up an erotic performance theater for Madison, our heroine from Naughty Bits. So yes, Madison and Logan will play key roles in the book, as will Marcus and Thomas for certain. I know a lot of you are curious about Julie's hero, Desmond Hayes, because he's an entirely new character across all my series universes, so let me give you a little glimpse of his mind. In this scene, Julie's just met Des, who's a roofing contractor hired to work on the theater building. He's also part of the BDSM scene, a Dom and serious rigger (rope guy). They're sitting on the edge of the stage, because he's invited her to share his lunch with him. This is a first draft, so ignore any weird stuff...
"I've performed as a rigger once or twice," Des said. "It started out okay, then someone wanted me to do a show under a waterfall. Using blue rope and a bunch of fancy lights. I did it, but it was crap and took away from the main point, so yeah, I decided that was the end of my stage career. I have a couple sandwiches for lunch. Want to share? I assume it's past time for your lunch, too."
Julie was able to roll with most topic changes, but that one was abrupt. "We can talk about scheduling your roof work while we eat," he added.
When she hesitated, he gave her a bland look. "I didn't want to resort to this kind of temptation, but I'll even share my carrot sticks."
"Carrot sticks? Did your Mom make your lunch?"
"I like carrots. Don't mock a man's food choices, woman."
She grinned. "What kind of sandwiches?"
He pulled the tote off his shoulder and sat it on the stage. "I have four PB&Js with no-sugar-added jam, chicken salad, a turkey club and a grilled cheese."
"Just a little light lunch then," she said dryly. "Or do you usually pack to share?" She swept her gaze over his slim form, head to toe. "Because if you tell me that's your normal lunch, I'm going to break you in half like the pretzel stick you are."
"You can try, love." Curling his hand around hers, he drew her over to the stage, the gesture so smooth and relaxed there was none of the discomfort she should have felt at having a stranger touch her with such familiarity. Though she did experience an unsettling flutter in her stomach as he set his hands to her waist and boosted her onto the stage.
Her mouth dropped open at the sensation of being weightless, as if he'd picked up a helium balloon. His deep set brown eyes glinted, registering her reaction, and that little flutter expanded into something else as he lingered between her knees, bracing his hands on the stage on either side of her hips. He was tall, so, despite the height of the stage, his face was still in her line of sight without much of a dip of her chin.
"I'm way stronger than I look," he said. "Now, which of those sandwiches do you want? Or, since they're quartered, you can pick and choose."
He moved to lift himself on the stage next to her. If the closeness had extended another moment, she would have had to decide if it was in the realm of inappropriate, but instead she was left with a nice little surge of adrenaline that came with harmless flirting. Though harmless might be the wrong word, since Des was obviously very accomplished at it and comfortable with making a woman feel womanly.
Not in a sleazy way, which was the pushy male vibe that said "I want to have sex with you right now". That was easy enough to shove away. No, his danger was he elicited that reaction from a woman. She could picture having him right here, right now, on the stage. Or him having her.
Which was intriguing since he was skinny, long-haired and…well, a roofer. She didn't consider herself class conscious in the slightest, but her experience with subcontractors was that most were not like this. The vibes he put off were so familiar…
"So the waterfall thing?" she ventured. "You said it was crap. Why?"
"I don't mind being up on a stage doing what I do, and I love coming up with forms that are new, but they have to be tied in with the main point, which is the connection between me and my sub. I want her to be lost in things, caught up in the power of the restraint, of my having control of her and knowing she's safe and yet subject to my desires in all ways. You put too many props into it, fireworks and BS, you lose that music."
She drew in a breath. When his gaze slid up to hers, he held her glance an extra moment, as if he'd detected her subtle tell of body language. Then he returned to unwrapping his lunch for her.
He was a Dom. That's why he seemed so familiar…and irresistible.
My one conference appearance this year will be at Authors After Dark in Savannah, GA, August 3-9. Registration is now open! This will be the last year for this lovely con, and they're returning to the more informal format that launched its success, so I'm looking forward to having even more facetime with readers and sharing an enjoyable time in lovely Savannah with you all.
Though I can't attend this year, I also highly recommend the 2016 BDSM Writers' Conference (for both READERS and writers). There will be TWO this year--one in Everett, Washington and one in NYC, NY. This is an outstanding con to attend, whether you're a reader merely curious about the BDSM world you've read about, or an author wanting to expand his/her knowledge. You can find out more by visiting here. They have a great lineup of vendors, workshops and hands-on experiences in both venues. Tiffany Reisz will be the keynote in Washington, and Sierra Cartwright in NY!
If a day trip to discover new authors is more your thing, then take a look at the Sexy and Sassy Signing event in Norfolk, Virginia in July 2016. (Look in the sidebar of that link to find their Facebook page and more info for the event.)
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Thank you so much to LaCrimson Femme for giving a great review to Soul Rest, Leland and Celeste's story in the Knights of the Board Room series: "Ms. Hill's writing style always provides a gem of how to live life. I love her perspective. This story is a wonderful testimony to how one can achieve their dreams... I scarfed [this book] down like a famine survivor at an all you can eat buffet."
I mentioned last month that Jessy of Jessy's Book Club is working her way through the Vampire Queen series, and this month she was on Beloved Vampire, Lord Mason and Jessica's story. I loved her review, particularly this quote: "Sigh, an absolutely amazing story. So much pain but so much love. So much dedication. I want to live in Joey W. Hill’s world forever!"
FAN FORUM NEWS...
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