Cantrips

Cantrips: Minor magics crafted to amuse and entertain.

Joey started writing novellas and short stories revisiting her characters and posting this material as free content at the JWH Connection fan forum some years ago. These were intended as a thank-you to her readers and also to give her some breathing room to enjoy her characters without the pressure of deadlines and complicated story arcs. Hence, "Cantrips" fits as the series title for the compilation volumes of these stories.

Volumes 1 & 2 of Cantrips are only the first two of what we hope will be more “vignette volumes.” Currently they represent all vignettes written through 2016, and they are arranged in the volumes in the order in which they were written.

NOTE: The individual, digital download versions of these stories have always—and will continue to be—offered for free. Just scroll below the two Cantrips volumes below and you'll see the list of free novella/short downloads available. Click on the one that interests you and it will open the page with all the popular download formats.

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Released November 2016

In this second compilation edition of Joey W. Hill's vignettes, you will find the following novellas/short stories:

  • The Proper Punishment : Peter, Dana and Ben of Honor Bound and Hostile Takeover
  • You're All Invited : Lyssa, Jacob and various other cast members of the Vampire Queen series
  • The Bet : Daegan and Gideon of Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity
  • First Christmas : Marcus and Thomas of Rough Canvas
  • A Season of Giving : Kane, Farida and John, a future glimpse of the adult children of the Vampire Queen series characters
  • A Yule Gift : Grace and Agnes, a prequel story about the mother of Daegan from Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity
  • Doms and Sisters: Lucas, Cassandra, Ben and Marcie of Controlled Response and Hostile Takeover, respectively

Note: This book is part of Kindle Match program - get Kindle ebook free when you buy print book from Amazon!

REMINDER: While these compilations are available for purchase in print or compiled ebook form, all vignettes remain available as FREE standalones. Just scroll down below these two volumes to see the individual downloads.

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Released November 2016

In this first compilation edition of Joey W. Hill's vignettes, you will find the following novellas/short stories:

Note: This book is part of Kindle Match program - get Kindle ebook free when buy print book from Amazon!

REMINDER: While these compilations are available for purchase in print or compiled ebook form, all vignettes remain available as FREE standalones. Just scroll beneath these two volumes to see the individual downloads.

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Originally posted November 2016 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring characters from the Knights of the Board Room Series.

Background: In Hostile Takeover, there was a hint that Lucas had a “sisters” fantasy, enjoying Cass and Marcie in a shared erotic BDSM encounter (with Ben’s participation, of course). Marcie herself had some pretty explicit fantasies in that regard. This vignette explores that fantasy – for real!

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Originally posted December 2015 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring Daegan’s vampire mother, Grace, from the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: This vignette tells the story of how Daegan Rei was conceived. Daegan is one of the main characters in Books V and VI of the series, Vampire Mistress and Vampire Trinity. Grace has never herself appeared in the series, except in reference as Daegan’s mother, so this was her first introduction to my readers.

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Originally posted December 2014 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring Kane, Farida and John, characters from the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: When this vignette was written, Kane, Farida and John were all children in the series. Kane is Lyssa and Jacob’s son, and John is the grandson of Lyssa’s majordomo, Elijah Ingram. Farida is Mason and Jessica’s daughter. When it came time to write the 2014 vignette, I thought it would be fun to jump a couple decades in the future and see what these three would be like as young adults—and provide some speculation about a future book for them.

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Originally posted December 2013 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette about Marcus and Thomas, characters from the Nature of Desire Series.

Background: Marcus first appeared as a key secondary character in Book I of the series, Holding the Cards. His and Thomas’s full story occurred in Rough Canvas, and they have made subsequent appearances in other books in the series. In this story, we revisit Marcus and Thomas during their first Christmas together as a married couple.

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Originally posted July 2013 in serial format on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring Daegan, Anwyn and Gideon of Vampire Mistress and Vampire Trinity of the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: In Bound by the Vampire Queen, it was mentioned that Gideon and Daegan had a friendly bet in play. When Lyssa asked Anwyn to give her the details, Anwyn replied: “Gideon thinks you’ll have to beat Lord Belizar to a bloody pulp to get him to listen to reason. Daegan thinks you’ll have to stake him and start from scratch. If Gideon wins”—she glanced at Daegan, confirming he was fine revealing the nature of the agreement—“he wants Daegan to set aside his Master role for one night. Gideon wants to . . . take Daegan.”

Long and short, Gideon won the bet (small spoiler for those who haven’t read BbtVQ, yes, but nothing big – you know we couldn’t kill off grumpy Lord Belizar), so this vignette is the long-awaited fulfillment of those terms.

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Originally posted December 2012 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring Lyssa and Jacob and friends, characters from the Vampire Queen Series.There is also a special guest appearance by Dante and Alexis, characters from the Daughters of Arianne Series. A Mermaid’s Ransom is their book (Book III of the Daughters of Arianne Series).

Background: In 2011, I did a brief vignette about Jacob and Lyssa going to the mall at Christmastime. It was so well received, I decided to return to Lyssa’s Atlanta home the following year and bring you all with me, to share their very special Christmas party with family and friends…

 

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Originally posted June 2012 in serial format on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #2.

A vignette featuring Peter, Dana and Ben from the Knights of the Board Room Series.

Background: Peter and Ben originally appear in the first book of the series, Board Resolution, and reappear throughout the series. Peter and Dana’s full story is told in Book III of the series, Honor Bound. Ben’s full story is told in Book V of the series, Hostile Takeover. In Afterlife, Book IV, Dana mentioned a night that Peter and Ben shared her. This is the vignette about that night.

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Originally posted April 2011 on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #1.

A vignette featuring Daegan and Gideon of Vampire Mistress and Vampire Trinity from the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: Near the end of Vampire Trinity, Anwyn set three conditions on Gideon’s service to her and Daegan. One of them was that he prove he’d accepted Daegan as his Master, as much as he’d accepted Anwyn as his Mistress. To do this, Gideon had to feed the male vampire and let Daegan take him to his bed, without Anwyn having to be present. This vignette focuses on how Gideon went about meeting that condition.

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