Author Override: Joey W. Hill



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Every Erotic Scene is Different…

“Oh, writing sex is easy, just basically slapping bodies together, Tab A, Slot B and so forth.” Yeah, right. Erotic romance is written primarily for women, and we don’t really go for the cold call “hey baby, wanna f#&k” approach. Our minds need to be wooed before our bodies can engage. It’s no different when we read an erotic romance. There must be a certain level of intensity that brings in the emotions and relationship developing between the characters outside the bedroom.

Remember Disney’s Little Mermaid, when Sebastian the crab was singing about setting “the mood”? It’s funny that when Hollywood tries to tackle romance and eroticism head-on, they do so badly at it (Exit to Eden, anyone?), but they’ll hit it spot-on as a side issue. For instance, I was just talking to a reader about the erotic scene between Neo and Trinity in Matrix Reloaded. You remember when they had the tribal drumming/dance scene, and kept flipping between that, all those writhing, wet, beautiful bodies, and Neo and Trinity, twined together, moving to the same rhythm in coitus?  That scene reaches inside you, because it’s more than a tease to the libido. It’s building a strong link, an intensity, among the dancing people, and you also feel the emotions between Neo and Trinity building with the sexual pinnacle. That’s what good erotic romance does.

On top of that, each set of characters is different. They come to one another with different backgrounds, moral structures and sexual needs. For instance, in Unrestrained, Dale, my hero, is a retired Navy SEAL. He’s fifty years old, a sexual Dominant known as the “Master Craftsman” at his local BDSM club because of how he handles the needs of the submissives with whom he has sessions. My heroine, Athena, is a Southern steel magnolia widow who wants to explore her submissive cravings. But she’s also in her mid-forties, an accomplished businesswoman and someone who has lost a husband of 25+ years she loved very much. When two people come together, their needs/desires begin a dance of change, growth and melding, influenced by who they each are, and who they want to be together. I have to stay in touch with that to be sure I give them the love story, as well as the love scenes, that best fit them.

I hope you enjoy Dale and Athena’s unique love story.



Note: This book was previously titled Letting Go; updated 6/2013.

Athena is a widow and an accomplished businesswoman. She’s the type of person who exceeds expectations in business, family–life in general. Since the death of her husband, she’s had a desire to explore submissive cravings she’s had for some time. The hitch is, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that’s the role she played to her husband.

Though she knew her submissive nature was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme, because that’s what he needed, it’s when she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of that control is harder than she expected.

Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help her accept the true nature of her submission, rather than how she’s tailored it to meet the expectations of others. But in the course of learning what letting go means, both of them will learn a bit more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all categories.

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About Joey W. Hill

Joey W. Hill writes about vampires, mermaids, boardroom executives, cops, witches, angels, simple housemaids... If there’s an erotic love story to be told, she’ll take the plunge. As a result, she's proud and humbled to have five series and over thirty award-winning and highly acclaimed titles, as well as the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful and widely diverse readership. In 2011, she was awarded a Career Achievement award in Erotica by RTBookReviews.

According to her personal memo book, seen only by her eyes--probably because it would reveal that she loves the Partridge Family and the movie Pure Country--the top three ways to ensure her readers continue to come looking for her books are #1 Write a great story, #2 KEEP writing great stories and #3 “For the love of God, don’t let them get to know the author – that will scare them away.” (Particularly if they find out about the Partridge Family.)

She has become known for writing the type of erotic romance that not only wins her fans of that genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. That’s because first and foremost, she thinks what attracts a reader is strong characters.

“Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are compelling and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. While I strive to make sure my work includes essential elements of the storytelling craft – tight plot, engaging dialogue, etc. – if the character development isn’t there, there isn’t much point in reading. It can be the coolest plot ever, but if the reader could care less whether the hero or heroine survive (in fact, in some cases you may be rooting for their destruction just so you can be done with the darn thing), then it’s not a story worth reading.”

Why is that? She believes that our world is an ironically isolating one. Humans have overrun the planet, armed with a plethora of communication tools. Yet we feel very alone in our own heads, trying to make a connection with someone. The “ah, there you are – where have you been?” person. The person who gives us an anchor, but also the courage to release our tedious baggage to embrace ourselves fully.

That’s what she seeks to accomplish in every story. Bringing characters together who have numerous emotional obstacles standing in their way, watching them reach a soul-deep understanding of one another through the expression of their darkest sexual needs, and then growing from that understanding into love.


Joey is giving away a signed copy of Unrestrained or book of reader’s choice (picked from comments – email is required or entry won’t count)

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Congratulations on the new release! Unrestrained sounds like a very exciting book. Love your Vampire Queen series. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

Joey W Hill

BookLady, thank you! And thrilled to hear you love my vampires. Don’t know if you’ve ever checked out the JWH Connection fan forum, but there are two free download novellas, one free short story and two free Christmas vignettes (2011 and 2012), all revisiting those characters (I love to go and hang out with them, obviously!). You can find fan forum info here – http://www.storywitch.com/community if you want to check those out.


so excited on this new release & very happy to have relatable character – love their maturity! thanks for hte giveaway!

Joey W Hill

Mlyn, it was a pleasure to write characters who were sexy and interesting, but who also creaked a bit and needed reading glasses (lol). The best of both worlds.

Diana Huffer

I would love to add a signed copy of Unrestrained!! Either way, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

Joey W Hill

Diana, good luck in the drawings!


I appreciate the fact the hero and heroine in this book are older. (What happens to people in the scene once they’re out of their 30’s?!? I think I’ve only read 2 books that even mentioned older couples, much less featured them.


Joey W Hill

Anne, when I’ve visited the clubs or fetish cons, and interacted with D/s folks online, there’s always a wealth of people 40 and older. As such, I agree – they need to be represented more in D/s books!


Congrats again Joey on the new release and its success. Thanks for the great tour.

Joey W Hill

Elaine, you’re very welcome. Thanks for coming along!


Love Joey’s books. I wonder where does Joey come up with her stories?

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Joey W Hill

Barrie, it really just depends. I can get a story idea from a snippet of overheard conversation, a quick glimpse of an interesting person, or just from a stray thought passing through my head. For example, the idea for Unrestrained came from a discussion with some readers and authors at a conference I was attending. We were talking about the BDSM romances where the Mistress is hardcore until the right Master just shows up and “suddenly” she’s a full submissive. We agreed that plotline was insulting to real life Dommes and their desires/motivations for being Dominants, as well as a… Read more »

Lori Meehan

Congrats on your new release. The book sounds really good. I’m adding it to my TBR pile.
Lorimeehan 1 at aol dot com

Joey W Hill

Lori, I always love hearing that! Hope you enjoy Dale and Athena when they reach the top of the stack!

Joey W Hill

Wow, you guys have the jump on me. I intended to check back a few more times this morning and instead got involved in an interview crisis (the publicist needed two interviews back asap – lol). My apologies for the delay in appearing. Okay let me put my little freebie down here and then I’ll jump up to reply to the questions and comments directly. :> First, thank you to Under the Covers for letting me be here today. I appreciate it greatly! Now, if Unrestrained intrigues you but you’d like more of a taste before you decide, for a… Read more »

Becki Wyer

I love the Knights of the Boardroom series and I look forward to reading more of Joey’s work.
rmwyer at shaw dot ca

Joey W Hill

Hey, Becki! So glad you’re a fan of my Knights! While Dale’s story is a standalone, non-series title, he did make his first appearance in Book 6 of the KOBR series, Willing Sacrifice! Since my hero in that one, Max, was a former SEAL, Dale was his commander at one point (which I’m sure you know, but I’m sharing with everyone else – wink).

Susan T.

I’m happy to see a book couple in the mid 40’s and 50’s. That is what drew me to this book, adding to my TBR. Thanks for the giveaway.



Same here susan

Joey W Hill

Susan and Elizabeth, you’re very welcome. I think we need more books in the middle-age group, since a lot of great stuff happens at that age. We’re just starting to figure crap out and really enjoy life, love, sex… (laughter).


Congrats Joey on the new release!!! I love your books 🙂 and I’m a bit disappointed with myself that I haven’t read all of your books yet. Thanks for sharing!

Joey W Hill

Erin, I’m disappointed as well. Go out and fix that RIGHT NOW. I have a light bill to pay (grin). Seriously, don’t worry about that a bit. There are so many awesome books out there – you should see my TBR list! Get to them as you have time and inclination, and I hope everyone of them is a great experience for you. Let me know if that’s ever not the case!


Great tour, a little sad that it’s coming to an end! Much love to Joey W. Hill and the new book! mrwhiskas24 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Joey W Hill

Sarah, the 5-day book blog tour may be over, but we’re not done yet, no worries. Tomorrow the Facebook After Launch party starts! Three days, 20 guest authors talking about their tasty book offerings and doing giveaways of swag, books and gift certificates – all in honor of Unrestrained’s Release. If you go to the Event link, https://www.facebook.com/events/256090901208984/?previousaction=join&source=1, there’s a pinned post at the top giving you the schedule of the authors appearing (and of course I’ll be there, but the ladies going to be there are so awesome, I’ll just basically be running around and seeing if Jayne Rylon… Read more »

Robin the Book Nerd

I can’t wait to read this! I totally agree about setting the mood. A “setting” does need to happen to really fully appreciate the act and the emotions.

robin dot nichole79 at gmail dot com

Joey W Hill

Robin, I agree. Setting the mood in an erotic encounter is always vital to drawing the reader into it. Sometimes it’s far too easy to fall back into the mechanics – whip, cuffs, equipment – and forget that none of that means anything more than gym equipment unless the reader, like the lovers themselves, are immersed in the experience. Hope you enjoy that three chapter download and have the chance to check out the full story soon.


Well said…I really enjoyed what you wrote about ‘the scene’ …..it’s so much more profound when they take the time to create the mood ….looking forward to reading unrestrained…..thank you

Joey W Hill

Elizabeth, you read my mind (see the comment to Robin I posted just above yours – grin).


Unbelievably, I had no idea that Joey wrote het before now! The story sounds really intriguing, and I liked the interview a lot…


Joey W Hill

Lol – Trix, no worries. When people meet me at conferences, they say I look like I should be writing children’s books or teaching kindergarten. Apparently I really need to work on that slutty vamp look. I just can’t figure out how to make it work with my Natural Balance sneakers and comfortable clothes and baggy sweaters (wink). Glad you enjoyed the interview and sneak peek!

Amy R

Joey W Hill is a new to me author, I do have one of her backlist books in my TBR pile and I have heard good things about her books.

Joey W Hill

Amy, whatever that title is, hope it lives up to expectations!


I absolutely love Joey’s books and this book is amazing. Joey is my go to author whenever I’m suggesting books! Thanks for the giveaway!


Not sure how that happened but I guess you’ll figure out the typo on the name lol. Guess it’s just one of those days!

Joey W Hill

Chuckle – don’t worry, Pyper. I’ve been skipping letters in my keyboard all day. You’re right – must be that kind of day!

jodi marinich

cant wait to read this ..jmarinich33@aol.com

Joey W Hill

Jodi, hope you liked the three chapter excerpt and get the opportunity to read all of it soon! :>

Kimberly Mayberry

I love Joey’s books. She is one of my MUST BUY authors!
kbinmich AT yahoo DOT com

Joey W Hill

Kimberly, thank you! You’re a love!

Pansy Petal

This sounds like a wonderful read and with a more mature couple. It is refreshing to have a look at the more mature side of life for a change. BTW Joey, don’t tell anyone, but I like the Partridge Family and Pure Country too. Thank you for sharing today!

Joey W Hill

Yay!! It will be our secret, Pansy. I could listen to “I Think I Love You” a hundred times (grin). And I don’t care that George Strait can’t act. He’s good people and I love his music. That song Cross My Heart…ah, happy sigh. And of course in the movie he hugged the heroine but I don’t think he ever kissed her because he didn’t feel comfortable doing that, him being married and all. A true romantic cowboy.

Barb Hill-Kidd

I Love This Series. As an older woman, I am thrilled that you are exploring older characters and their sexuality. Not all the good stuff happens to women in the twenties and thirties. Thank you for this book.

Joey W Hill

Thank God/dess for that good stuff! Thanks for coming out to see me Barb! Hope you’re doing well. And Unrestrained is a standalone, not part of the series, even though he made his first appearance in the KOBR. Everyone’s getting confused about that (laughter), thanks to my penchant for my characters to series hop without compunction. Upon reflection, I don’t think it matters. I think all my characters are one big happy, dysfunctional family! So glad you like the book!


i love the series thanks for the giveaway denise226@verizon.net


An interesting premise and one that I can relate to! Thank you so much for the chance.


Joey W Hill

Denise and Kassandra, thank you both so much (and everyone!) for coming and hanging out with me today. Good luck in the giveaways!


Great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and totally agree with what was said…also love the blurb!



I totally recommend Unrestrained and all of Joey’s other books and series if you haven’t had the opportunity to read them yet. They are well written, have amazing relationship building between the characters and are hot! Congrats on another great book, Joey!

Meghan Stith

This looks so hot! Thanks for sharing!
mestith at gmail dot com


Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read! =)
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!

Olivia Tan

congratulation joey on the new release
great tour
thank you for the chance 🙂


Sue G.

Thanks for the great giveaway….Yay for older people!
suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

Stephanie F.

Congrats on the new release.
I love the blurb and that it features an older mature couple. Its such a refreshing change in the genre today. I’m a huge fan of all of Ms. Hill’s work she is on my auto buy. No one does erotica or romance like her.
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.



I can’t wait to read Unrestrained!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Emily W.

I love your books Joey, thanks for the giveaway!



Interesting info

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Debbie Workman

Oh my gosh! This sound so good.

Debbie Workman

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