Story Witch Newsletter September 2016

 
From: "Story Witch Newsletter" <newsletter@PROTECTED>
Subject: Story Witch Newsletter September 2016
Date: September 5th 2016
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MEDUSA'S HEART IS NOW ON THE FRONT BURNER

Okay, that sounded a little odd, but I think you know what I meant, lol. Medusa's Heart now has an official Countdown Page which, if you click on it, will tell you a little background info about my interest in Medusa, as well as give you a place to enter a fabulous release day giveaway. I'll be adding posts to this page soon, but before I started adding to it, I wanted to make sure it went out to my newsletter list with the introductory post up front and center. While you'll see some pretty pics on the Countdown Page, I've also started playing with Pinterest images that are helping with the inspiration for this book.

EXCERPT - There's also a rough draft Chapter One excerpt available as of now! You can click the book page link in the sidebar of the Countdown Page, or simply click here for that. In early October, I'll do the exclusive Chapter Two for the JWH Connection fan forum as always.

Just a little reminder of the book in a nutshell: The story is about Medusa (duh). Contemporary and paranormal lines will cross as our hero, John 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 this is a book I've thought about writing for a long time. I doubt it will attract the same attention that my Knights of the Board Room, Vampire Queen or Nature of Desire series books have, but every once in awhile, an author gets a wild hair to step off her usual track and do something entirely different. Hope you won't mind taking a side journey with me for this one! We're looking at a planned release date of October 31, with preorder links starting to happen in mid to late September/early October timeframe. I'll keep you posted on those in all the normal places.

And since I know you will ask (one of the many reasons I love you all), the next project after Medusa's Heart will either be Cai/Rand for the Vampire Queen series, or Regina/Marius for the Nature of Desire. Cai/Rand were the vampire/wolf shifter servant pairing from Night's Templar, and Marius is our recurring troublemaker in NOD, the sub who will not be tamed. But Mistress Regina has some ideas on that. She first appeared at the auction in Branded Sanctuary.

I usually alternate my paranormal projects with contemporaries, because flipping back and forth seems to keep the creative perspective fresh in either genre. Which means Regina and Marius are most likely to be next, bbbuuuuutt... Cai and Rand are doing some heavy lobbying for their book, so we'll see what happens when I'm facing the final decision of which book to start around November/December of this year. Whichever one wins will likely come out in the spring, with the runner-up coming out in the fall. And yes, there will be a Christmas vignette freebie (no hints on that yet - muse is still deciding :>).

MORE AUDIOBOOKS COMING

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this announcement. I'm delighted to report that the latest Nature of Desire series book, Worth the Wait, as well as three more of the Knights of the Board Room books -- Afterlife, Hostile Takeover and Soul Rest -- are going to be produced and released as audiobooks by Audible! We just finalized the contract and I'm providing my casting notes (input on narrator choices), so I don't yet have a date when they'll be available, but I'll let you know as soon as I do. Hope you all are as excited about these four books being available on audio as I am!

While we still have no interest from Penguin/Random House on utilizing their audio rights on the Vampire Queen series books, Nightfall is available on audio, and eventually I may approach Audible about whether they'd have any interest in the self-pub Vampire Queen series titles (Elusive Hero, Scientific Method and Night's Templar). However, right now we concentrated on the series for which they already had audio editions available. With this decision above, the complete Nature of Desire series will be available on Audible, and all but Honor Bound/Controlled Response of Knights of the Board Room series (those two titles belong to Penguin/Random House).

LIFE LESSONS THAT STILL MAKE SENSE 28 YEARS LATER

I post a new blog topic on GoodReads every week. Sometimes they're just little quick insights about upcoming books. Sometimes they're whatever pointless topic I decide to inflict upon you all in the desperate quest to blog on a consistent schedule, regardless of whether or not I have anything useful to say (lol). However, readers responded well to this one: "Life Lessons that Still Make Sense - 28 Years Later", so wanted to share it here in case you haven't had a chance to see it and would like to do so. Click here to read it. If you want to keep track of what I babble about from week to week, you can bookmark this link and/or follow me on GoodReads to receive the weekly update. You're always welcome to leave comments, as well as suggestions for future topics. It might save me from being painfully boring (grin).

DO YOU LOVE READING ROMANCE?

Have you always loved it? Or are you just discovering this wonderful genre? Either way, there is an awesome documentary that is a joyful validation of our shared reading choice. Several years ago a group of committed folks began putting together a comprehensive documentary on the romance industry, why we love it and what it's all about, and Love Between the Covers is the result. The trailer alone gives you a dozen happy fuzzies. You can see it here, as well as options to rent or buy the documentary digitally. My understanding is eventually there will also be a DVD for individual sale. Right now copies can be obtained by libraries and organizations for group viewing. You can find more info about that here. Whether or not you decide to watch the full documentary, I highly recommend the trailer as a pick me up for your day!

HAVE YOU WRITTEN A GREAT FEMDOM SHORT STORY?

If you have, the BDSM Writers' Conference wants you to submit it for consideration in their upcoming FemDom anthology! You can find submission guidelines here. They're looking to spread the word that a Dominant woman is someone to respect and appreciate, in erotic fiction as well as in real life. Deadine is Valentine's Day 2017, so there's plenty of time to make your story shine. I can't wait to see all the great stories in the finished anthology.

AUTHORS AFTER DARK IN SAVANNAH - THE FINAL CON

It was a bittersweet pleasure to attend Authors After Dark in Savannah, Georgia this year, since this was the last installment of this conference. However, what was wonderful to see was no skimping on reader appreciation from the attending authors or staff--far from it. There were about 225 attendees, and the schedule was chock full of author-sponsored events, panels and other informal get-togethers to maximize author-reader time together in the beautiful setting of Savannah. I had the deep pleasure of reconnecting with long term reader friends and having the opportunity to meet new ones. Thank you all for spending time with me! The Erotic Trivia game that Julie Morgan, Tilly Greene and I emceed was well attended and hilarious as always. Want to know the winning question/answer for the grand prize winning team? Ancient Egyptians created an effective spermicide made out of a combination of what two ingredients?

1) Sour milk and crocodile dung
2) Processed sugar and mud
3) Human sperm and dog vomit
4) None of the above; they had no effective spermicides

And the answer was... Sour milk and crocodile dung! Ewww...

At one point during the conference, I understand Sherrilyn Kenyon was running around in a pirate costume, and I hate I missed that! One of my favorite quiet moments was slipping into a chair in the corner of a darkened ballroom and looking out over a sea of inflatable furniture inhabited by readers and authors in pajamas. They were clutching movie popcorn and candy and watching the Charlie Hunnam double feature during the Drive-In night event. Oh, and after many, many years of having little to no interest in having a tattoo, I decided to get one. I posted it on my FB page here if you want to see it, and the lovely cat spirit upon which it was based! Voodoo Charlie did the honors, which was cool, since he and his buddy Ferg were the ones that provided me such great input for the tattoo scene with Evan and Niall in Taken by a Vampire.

Where am I going next?: This is it for me for awhile. I've been scaling back to just 1-2 of these a year for the past couple years, and now that I'm turning my focus more squarely on self-publishing and the best ways to promote those projects, my husband and I have agreed that 2017 will be a stay-at-home year. At this time I've only committed to one 2018 conference, the Sexy and Sassy (SASSE) signing July 6-7, 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia. This relatively new event, hosted by Literary Gossip, is becoming very popular, very quickly. If you are familiar with the energy and enthusiasm of the Literary Gossip ladies, that will not be a surprise to hear. There's an SASSE in Baltimore in 2017 if you're interested! Just check out that LG link I provided above for that.

How 2016-2017 go in terms of sales and other promotional opportunities will determine if I do more than that, but I definitely hope to get the chance to see as many of you as possible! But you know even if I'm not at conferences, I'm never further away than the nearest email, FB, Twitter, GoodReads or JWH Connection forum interaction. Staying in contact with you all keeps my creative batteries charged!

Bookplates: No need to be bummed about not seeing me at a book signing. Just shoot me an email at storywitch@PROTECTED with your mailing address and the title(s) of the book(s) for which you want a signature, and I'll send you personalized bookplates anytime, free of charge.

FORGET AWARDS AND ACCOLADES - LET'S ADD TO YOUR TBR LIST!

While I love to acknowledge the readers, reviewers and fellow authors who take the time to read and offer good words about my books, there's an extra boost to winning awards and/or being nominated to a list of favorites: I can add to MY reading list. Win-win! (lol) If you'd like to do the same, I'm delighted to report that Mara White listed me on Huffington Post in her article 15 BDSM Authors You Should Be Reading. And Rachel of Book Tribs listed me as one of 15 Female Romantica Authors Leaving Us Hot and Bothered! Finally, Night's Templar and Worth the Wait won categories in the BDSM Writers' Conference Golden Flogger Award. Here is the complete list of winners. And the finalists, also a great list. Thank you to all the decision makers that let me be part of these very talented lineups of erotica authors.

EXCITING THINGS COMING...

Okay, to close I'm going to be a great big tease. We have some very cool things we're trying to line up for the last part of 2016/early 2017, so keep an eye on this newsletter, or any of my usual social media outlets, for when the announcements will be made. I think (and hope!) you'll like our holiday surprises. And yes, as noted earlier, the usual annual vignette revisiting a select group of my characters will be part of that. But no, I can't tell you who it will feature yet, or what the other surprises will be! I will not be bribed by chocolate. Really. I mean it!

Medusas Heart Cover Image

UPCOMING/CURRENT RELEASE NEWS...

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

10/31/16 - Medusa's Heart - A new standalone with (mostly) all new characters.

05/31/16 - Worth the Wait, Book IX of the Nature of Desire series (book can standalone!)

Jan-Apr 2016 - Naughty Wishes - Another four-part ebook serial, set in the Naughty Bits world.

Book I: Body - January 19, 2016
Book II: Heart - February 16, 2016
Book III: Mind - March 15, 2016
Book IV: Soul - April 19, 2016

ONLINE APPEARANCES

Weekly GoodReads Blog - Be sure and note my article in the main body about this. I appear there weekly with a short blog post, discussing reader-suggested topics or my own random thoughts. Comments and input welcome!

Sep 1 - Interview with Emmanuelle de Maupassant - Still available, if you'd like to see what we discussed!

For my most up-to-date appearances info throughout the month, visit Tyler's Dungeon on the fan forum, the top thread "Joey's Upcoming Appearances  (Online and Conferences)".

You can also follow me on Twitter or "Like" my Author Page on Facebook - I'll keep you in the loop as things happen!

CONFERENCE APPEARANCES

SEXY AND SASSY SIGNING, hosted by Literary Gossip - July 6-7, 2018, Norfolk, VA

I would love to see any and all of you! I'll keep you posted when 2018 signups go live, but visit the link noted for details on the 2017 signing in Baltimore, if you'd like to attend. I understand the 2016 event was fabulous!

GIVEAWAYS...

MEDUSA'S HEART Giveaway! As noted in the first subject of the newsletter, there is a wonderful giveaway happening on the Medusa's Heart Countdown Page. Go check out all the goodies - a lined journal, gorgeous bracelet, and beautiful shirt, among other things.

Visit me at any online appearances I have, which are noted each month in the sidebar above, because I often do giveaways as part of those events.

EXTRA STUFF...

JWH Connection Fan Forum - Standard Reminders

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!


Want a Kindle signature? My books are listed at the Authorgraph site, so if you'd like a "Kindlegraph", send me a request! Just go to Authorgraph.com, put Joey W. Hill in the search line, and it will pull up my books, with a "Request Authorgraph" button beneath each.


CONTACTING ME - Remember, you can find me online through my website email contact link or email me directly at storywitch@PROTECTED. You can also leave specific questions for me under the Got a Question for Joey section of the fan forum to be sure I see any comments you make to me on the forum that require a response. While I'd love to have time to follow all the threads and pick up your questions from them, I'm often under deadline and can only regularly monitor the Got a Question thread.

In short, I love to hear from you! I'm on Facebook under Joey W. Hill, and @JoeyWHill on Twitter. I'm also an app, as noted under Extra Stuff, and have Pinterest boards related to the books - https://www.pinterest.com/jwhill23/.

Thank you all so much for your support of my work, always!


NEWSLETTER NOTES

Because many email filters now bounce the newsletter, I'm going to make this a permanent part of the newsletter for awhile to help as many people as possible gain access to it. Regrettably, there's not a lot we can do on this side if the newsletter is hitting an email filter that is bouncing it without notifying either one of us. However, we do have some things you can try that seem to have worked for folks:

FIRST - make sure the newsletter email is part of your contact list: "newsletter@PROTECTED."

SECOND - Check whatever filters you do have for spam and the like and see what methods are available to you to ensure an email like this gets through. My newsletters have a plethora of links in them to make it easy for you to find the things I'm talking about, but the flip side of that is it can get the newsletter tagged pretty quickly as spam.

THIRD - Contact me at newsletter@PROTECTED and ask to be unsubscribed. Once we confirm with you that has been done, rather than us sending you an invitation (which can bounce for the aforementioned reasons), we have you go in to the website newsletter link and subscribe yourself - here's the link to that. If it works, you'll get an automatic invitation to confirm, and then, fingers crossed, you should be set.

FOURTH - If none of this works or all of it is just too frustrating and you want to say "screw it!" (and I can hardly blame you, lol), then just make sure you've liked my FB page or are following me on Twitter, or are a member of the JWH Connection fan forum. This is because EVERY MONTH I will post the latest newsletter link on all three of those, to make sure it reaches the widest number of people possible! It's the same link monthly, so if you want, just put http://storywitch.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/archive/storywitchnews/newest/ as one of your Favorites.


HAVE YOU CHECKED THE AUTHOR'S WEBSITE?

"I have a question." Answer: "Have you checked the author's website?"

I am ALWAYS delighted to hear from my readers, and I never mind answering your questions. However, about 90% of the general questions I receive on email can be quickly answered on my website, www.storywitch.com. And the cool thing is you get your answer in the time it takes you to do a couple clicks, versus having to type up your question and send it to me, then wait for me to emerge from my writing cave and check my email.

A lot of authors experience this now. Because we have so much more of a presence at FB, Twitter, fan forums and the like, it's easy to forget that most authors still maintain a website where you can quickly get info. On my site, you can not only find BLURBS and FREE EXCERPTS for every book I've published, you can find SERIES ORDER, including recommendations on which ones can stand alone or need specific titles to be read first. Under the In the Works page, you'll find information about UPCOMING RELEASES and what's percolating (the popular "will you ever write a book about so-n-so" question would be answered there).

Just go to my website, www.storywitch.com, and enjoy your visit. It is specifically and deliberately designed not to be flashy or confusing. Just look at the drop down menus at the top for what you're seeking.


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