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Book II of the Arcane Shot Series
Paranormal Sensual Romance
May 1, 2012
All witch and part succubus, savvy businesswoman Raina has converted a Southern plantation house into an extremely profitable old-fashioned bordello. Because of her abilities as a witch, the demons under Raina’s protection can feed off the sexual energy of their clients without killing them—definitely a good thing for repeat business.
But when a rogue incubus shows up on Raina’s doorstep begging for asylum, the witch’s well-run business is put in jeopardy. The incubus has stolen an object of great power from Lucifer, and Underworld Dark Guardian Mikhael will do anything to get it back—even if it means incinerating the incubus on Raina’s porch to get the answers he seeks.
Not to be trifled with, Raina enters a dangerous match of wits with Mikhael to achieve their mutual goals—only to discover that the reluctant attraction between them is the most hazardous game of all…
Want to learn more about Joey W. Hill's In The Company of Witches? You can catch and excerpt here
Today for the daily Prize Ms. Joey W. Hill's has offered one of her fabulous books Signed, Winner's Choice! Ms. Hill was kind enough to answer some Simply Ali questions. Check out the interview below.
Joey: I have a lot of authors I respect tremendously, and whose work has greatly inspired me, but I never considered myself the fangirl type until I approached Diana Gabaldon at a DragonCon panel. I consider her first three Outlander books sheer masterpieces, with one of the most memorable heroes ever (Jamie Fraser). So, at the completion of the panel, I headed to her table, intending to tell her - in the calm manner of a professional writer – how impressed I am with her work, and how it influenced my own writing. Instead, the minute she met my gaze, I had the little heart-flutter-in-the-throat reaction, the tremor in the limbs, and I have no idea what I stammered. So I hope it was something coherent (lol). And God/dess help me if I ever have to pronounce her last name in front of her.
Ali: If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
Joey: Honestly, I could never imagine writing a story with another author, because I get so deep in my head when I write, and the development process is so convoluted, I don’t know how I could bend, twist or beat that into a workable partnership scenario. But if I could, I’m thinking my most effective partnership would be with my long-term critique partner, Ann Jacobs. She does great pacing, smoothly flowing prose and crisp plotline development, whereas I’m all about the emotions and description. For years I’ve redlined her work to increase her characters’ emotional depth and flesh out her scenes with more detail, and she’s redlined mine to streamline rambling paragraphs, increase my pacing and keep me from beating a dead horse well…to death. So we’d probably make a very complementary team (laughter).
Ali: What are you looking forward to most about AADNola?
Joey: So many things. I went there last year for a research trip, so I’m going to enjoy visiting some of the places I missed, as well as seeing it through the eyes of the authors/readers being introduced to it for the first time. I didn’t get to the French Market, so I’d like to walk through that, as well as see the big New Orleans museum.
The conference itself is the big draw, however. This is the second or third one I’ve attended (brain meltdown, can’t remember) and each one has been a wonderful informal get-together between readers and authors. The readers really get treated as the treasures they are, so it’s great to see them have a good time – like watching kids at Disney (lol). A chance to spend a few days together, sharing our love of romance and books, cutting loose and having fun, is a terrific energy infuser for everyone. That’s probably what I look forward to most – the spontaneous conversations, as well as the memories we’ll be laughing about throughout the whole year, until the next AAD!
Ali: The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
Joey: If magic can’t be involved, and the book needs to be functional, it would be Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. It’s a comprehensive manual of what wild vegetation is edible, what nutrients it provides, etc. I’m a vegetarian, and when I became one, I got tired of the whole “but if you were on a deserted island and the only thing to eat was rabbit, wouldn’t you eat it?” My response was always – “first off, what’s the rabbit eating?” (grin)
Of course, if I could use magic, I’d want that book that Wesley had in the Joss Whedon series Angel, the tome that could be any book you wanted it to be. That way I could have Back to Eden AND the Outlander novels AND my favorite book of all time, Once in a Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson, etc etc etc. (Even as I’m saying this, I’m envisioning a commercial where Apple posits this question and answers it with an Ipad you can charge by plugging it into a palm tree, using the fronds for signal reception – snort!)
Ali: Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else’s)
Joey: That’s a really tough one to narrow down. As noted above, I adore Jamie Fraser of the Outlander novels, as well as Eve and Roarke of the JD Robb books. Zsadist of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is incredibly memorable. Going back to early readings, Hester of The Scarlet Letter for the incredible strength/freedom she found in solitude, Jean Valjean and Eponine of Les Miserables (don’t get me started on those frivolous twits Marius and Cosette) for being a hero/heroine that had an oblivious and awe-inspiring fortitude in the face of huge challenge and devastating personal tragedy. These are not people who would be whining about their problems on Oprah (grin). Though I wouldn’t mind seeing Eponine do a beat-down on Marius on an episode of Jerry Springer.
Ali: Are there any of your secondary characters you would like to give more life to?
Joey: Oh heavens, yes. My secondary characters are usually my arrow pointing to what the next book will be about. For instance, in the Knights of the Boardroom series, we had four secondary characters introduced who will make up two future books – Janet, Matt Kensington’s formidable admin, has her sight set on Max, the ex-Navy Seal and close-mouthed Kensington & Associates limo driver/security detail. Leland, a detective who helped out one of the K&A women in Afterlife, is going to cross paths with Celeste, a reporter who dubbed the K&A guys “Knights of the Board Room.” In fact, I have a Future Projects page on my website that details out potential storylines for the secondary characters from my series.
On that same note, I just finished a free “prequel” vignette that featured Celeste. It’s on the Fan Forum (register to verify you’re not a spammer, navigate away from the site, come back and login, then go to the vignette section – you’ll find it there under the title “Retribution”) There are five serial parts, but also one thread that’s the complete download. There are a bunch of other free download vignettes there, if you have other favorite characters you’d like to revisit!
Ali: If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
Joey: Is pain-in-the-ass one word? LOL – it’s not easy to be friends to a full-time midlist writer. I pretty much write, sleep and eat, and stuff everything else in the available spaces. But the people who put up with me would probably say “driven”. I think that’s a nice word for “obsessive”. My husband says “anal”. You get the gist. ;>
*Favorite color - purple
*Favorite food – Chocolate – Hershey’s, Dove and Russell Stover
*Boots or heels – Boots with low block heels
*eReader or Print – Both – hard to feel like I’m away from work with any kind of screen, so it’s nice to have the option of print, but I’ll read a good story on either medium.
*Beer, Liquor or Wine – Wine – White zinfandel, light and fruity tastes
*Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom – I’m creaky and as inflexible as a pretzel stick; hard to get it on comfortably anywhere else (lol). I’ll say a hot tub, and we’ll pretend that will work without my husband and I passing out from steam inhalation.
*Favorite TV Show – Right now it’s Cold Case.
*Favorite Book series (besides your own) – JD Robb In Death Series or JR Ward BDB
*Pj’s or Lingerie – Nightshirt/knee length cotton gowns.
*Vampires vs. Shifters – Vampires (though I still think Bella should have tried to talk Jacob and Edward into a threesome!)
Leave a comment or question, as well as your email address, and you’ll have the chance to win the book-of-your-choice from my available and upcoming titles. The winner will be notified next Sunday.
Where to find me:
Website (free excerpts from all my work – including chapter one of Hostile Takeover, mentioned above! PS – all the books in the series can standalone) Fan Forum (lot of free reads, graphics, character interviews, etc. here!) Twitter Facebook
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