WORTH THE WAIT IS HERE!
I have lots of news about Julie's story this month! Here we go:
WHEN DOES IT RELEASE? Worth the Wait comes out MAY 31!
CAN I PRE-ORDER IT? - Yep! Preorder links -Worth the Wait webpage link, you'll see all available pre-order/buy links underneath the blurb as well. PLUS you get...
A FULL CHAPTER ONE excerpt! Just click on Worth the Wait and scroll down under the blurb and buy links.
WILL IT COME OUT IN PRINT? Absolutely. It should be up on Amazon on the release date. Other vendors will have it a few weeks down the road. Since CreateSpace does the printing, and they are an Amazon company, they tend to give themselves a head start on the other distributors (wink).
I CAN'T WAIT. I WANT MORE NOW. How about the PROLOGUE and CHAPTER TWO? Jump over to the JWH Connection fan forum, where I've posted the Prologue, Chapter One AND Chapter Two under the Excerpts section!
STILL NEED MORE? How about EYE CANDY? Worth the Wait has its own Pinterest page, with celebrity visions of Des, Julie, and some examples of the rope artistry Des explores as a Dom. Hope you enjoy those.
Can Julie's story STANDALONE? Yes, it most certainly can. However, if you'd like to read other books in the Nature of Desire series, they're all available for $4.99 apiece in ebook. You can find buy links, descriptions and free excerpts on that series page.
GIVEAWAY! I'm so excited about the release of this book I want to offer a giveaway. Send me an email at storywitch@PROTECTED with the subject line "I CAN'T WAIT FOR JULIE AND DES!" and you'll be eligible for a giveaway bundle that will include a signed copy of Worth the Wait, two ebooks of your choice from my titles, and some fun premium swag. I'll choose the winner prior to the next newsletter.
Come Join the PARTY! We'll be having a Facebook Release Party on JUNE 1, 7-10pm ET to celebrate the book. There will be an outstanding lineup of authors to check out, multiple giveaways and much fun to be had. Come play with me! Join the party here.
I've been away from the Nature of Desire series for too long, and I'm so happy I'll be returning to it for Julie's story. As a reminder, she was Marcus and Thomas's good friend from Rough Canvas. For those of you still enjoying good vibes from the recent conclusion of Naughty Wishes, you'll notice in the blurb Julie will be traveling to North Carolina to help set up an erotic performance theater for her friend Madison! So Madison and her hot Dom husband Logan will play key roles in Julie's book, as will Marcus and Thomas for certain.
BODY, HEART, MIND AND SOUL...
Last month we concluded the four-novella series Naughty Wishes, and so many of you had wonderful things to say about Geoff, Sam and Chris's story! Jennifer at Under the Cover blog said: "This was a very rewarding serial...Joey Hill continues to be one of my top BDSM authors and I always look forward to what she has coming next." Donna of In My Humble Opinion reviews said: "This is erotic romance at its finest. Yes, there is smoking hot sex, but what really does it for me is the emotional interactions and growth between the characters. Nobody does it better than Joey W. Hill." Avid Reader notes, "'Soul' is a sensational wrap up to a beautiful story as three people traverse their journey into togetherness, stronger by far than they were as individuals." And Roth says, "Amazing, overwhelming, tender-hearted..." Thank you all!
For those of you who were waiting for all four to be available so you could read the complete story in one sit down, remember, you can purchase all of the novellas at your favorite online vendor, and I've posted all available buy links on the web page here. "But I want a full compilation edition of the four novellas," you say. "When is that happening?" Answer: If the sales of the segments do well, the publisher will likely offer a compilation ebook, audio and print version of Naughty Wishes about a year from the serial release.
WHICH OF MY CHARACTERS IS THE MOST LIKE ME?
This was my most recent GoodReads blog topic, suggested by one of my readers. Can you guess which character I chose? Click here to find out. I do a weekly post out there now, and you can bookmark this link and/or follow me on GoodReads to receive the weekly update. You're always welcome to leave suggestions in the comments for future topics!
SO WHAT'S THE NEXT PROJECT?
I've had a standalone percolating in my head for a very long time, and the muse says it's time to make it happen. I know my readers love my ongoing series, but I'm hoping you'll take a little detour with me. I've no idea yet whether this will launch a new series or just be a single title book, but either way, I'm already enjoying the opener. Want the a teaser from the first draft?
Pierce's reasons for coming through time and an alternate dimension had nothing to do with grand purpose. He wasn't intending to win a war that had been lost, or stop a death that had happened so long ago the bones had turned to dust. He wanted to heal a broken heart. Humans might judge progress through battle and power, lines of territory, the prosperity of a people and how many had iPhones to carry around. Gods such as his lady had experienced, whose actions had sent her into seclusion on this island, judged life based on what they took from it. Like a virgin priestess too beautiful for a god to deny himself, no matter her own feelings about it.
Pierce believed in powers deeper and stronger than what men called gods, a connection like the power of oceans and earth. To those powers, healing a broken heart would create a ripple effect in the universe impacting all. Yet in the end, even that wasn't what drove him. As the saying went, "I won't do it to save the world; I'll do it to save you." She was the only reason he was here, the reason he risked all of himself. A woman he'd never met but whom he knew he was meant to serve...and love.
So have you guessed what the story is about? It's about Medusa, and contemporary and paranormal lines will cross as Pierce leaves our world and time and steps into hers. The funny thing is I don't really care for time or interdimensional travel stories, or stories based in Greek mythology, but what caught me personally about this tale was the unfairness of it. Medusa, punished and cursed eternally for being raped. She not only deserves a happily-ever-after -- she deserves a happier life, PERIOD.
I've started the first draft of the book and hope to have it to you in the next 4-5 months. I'll keep you posted and do all the fun stuff as we progress, like teasers, excerpts and cover reveals!
ARE YOU GOING TO AUTHORS AFTER DARK IN SAVANNAH? I AM!
Ready for a good time in Savannah? Authors After Dark is in Savannah, GA, August 3-9, and registration is now open! "AAD's last year is going to be one filled with memories and laughter and one of a kind experiences..." per the coordinator. So far, I've seen plans for a fantasy ball, a "drive-in" ballroom movie watching experience (think Charlie Hunnam double feature, y'all!), tons of giveaways, reader panels, games, yoga, author-sponsored ghost tours, restaurant outings and more in beautiful Savannah. Still not sure? JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP and see what's doing. I'm looking forward to being with you all. Please come, and bring a friend!
Though I can't attend this year, I also highly recommend the 2016 BDSM Writers' Conference (for both READERS and writers) in New York. 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.
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.)
HOW CAN I HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WORTH THE WAIT?
With Worth the Wait about to release, I'd be happy to have any promotional help I can get! However, that said, there's no obligation for you to do any of that. I always want you to first and foremost read the book and hopefully enjoy the experience. However, if it gives you pleasure to spread the word, that is greatly appreciated. YOUR word-to-mouth recommendations to other readers help an author more than any other kind of home-grown marketing. So here are some things you can do:
Share on social media - When I post information on FB or Twitter about new releases or other exciting happenings related to my books, please share wherever you feel is appropriate (don't spam anyone, of course!). And you don't have to wait for me to post. If you love one of my books, share the vendor link, or the book page on my website, because it has everything a reader needs - buy links as well as teaser and blurb about the book.
Post a review and/or rate the book on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, etc. - Did you like the book? Post a review! This doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a couple lines or even a one click to choose your star rating. On Amazon in particular, this is VERY helpful to an author, because the more positive reviews a book has, the greater the likelihood that it will show up on the "Recommended for You" screen when a reader purchases or views similar titles.
Chat about the books with friends - If you regularly visit online groups like blogs and forums, or you meet in person with friends/co-workers who talk books, chat up mine. This isn't a formal marketing pitch - just honestly share what you liked about the title. As noted above, there is no better marketing an author can have than a reader who genuinely loves their books and lets that love show!
Share pretty pictures! - Do you enjoy graphics with very attractive people in them (particularly heroes)? Who doesn't, right? I usually have fun graphics for each of my series and often for specific titles. You'll find these in my Joeys Pics album on the JWH Connection fan forum. Just login, go to Albums, put Joeys Pics in the search and choose the Other category. If you've never logged into the forum before, here's the access info link. You can have these purely for fun and your own enjoyment, or to share with others; it's entirely up to you!
So if ever you're in the mood to share the love about this or any other of my recent releases, just remember the list above or check out what's happening at my Facebook page! And THANK YOU a hundred times over for anything you do to spread the word!
FAN FORUM NEWS...
Exciting Giveaway in May/June - Be sure and hop over to the Running Contests section of the fan forum, because later in May there will be a contest, inspired by the release excitement about Worth the Wait!
Standard Reminders about the JWH fan forum:
Announcement Panel: When you log onto the forum, there's a pinned Announcement post at the top that will tell you the latest things happening, like the Sunday night chat, new giveaways, etc.
To access the forum, or just learn more about all the great free reads, graphics and more that are offered there, visit this page on my website: www.storywitch.com/community.
My great thanks to the ladies who independently run this site and give my fans a lovely place to get together and talk about books, hot heroes and all the things erotic romance lovers enjoy!
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