Today Joey W. Hill, author of the Vampire Queen series, is stopping by to chat about how she pictures vamps celebrating the holidays. Don’t miss her newest book, Bound by the Vampire Queen, which released earlier this month on December 6th.
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 four series and almost thirty award-winning and highly acclaimed titles, as well as the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful and widely diverse readership. In 2009, she was nominated for a Career Achievement award in Erotica by Romantic Times.
Christmas is one of those magical holidays that transcends all barriers. For instance, vampires probably get as warm and fuzzy about the holiday season as we mere humans. Yesterday, at Literary Escapism, I posted a vignette about Lyssa and Jacob, the main characters of my new release, Bound by the Vampire Queen. In the vignette, they were Christmas shopping with their son, Kane. Lyssa is a thousand-year-old vampire queen, and Jacob is her servant, a former vampire hunter and Ren Faire knight who finally found his heart’s desire in her service. As you might expect, there are some unusual variations to their shopping trip, but they were as affected as anyone else by the magical atmosphere of a mall decorated to the nth degree for Christmas, and the joy of seeing their son get dazzled by all of it.
I think that miracle is possible because Christmas has evolved into something more than an event attached to a specific religion. It is about faith and pure spirituality. In short, whatever church you attend or don’t attend, there is something about Christmas that makes our hearts and arms open a little wider, our sense of hope to rise, our intolerance to decrease… It’s as Bill Murray said so aptly in one of my favorite Christmas movies, Scrooged (paraphrased): for one day we’re the people we always hoped we could be. Everyone’s kinder, a little bit nicer… Lyssa even slipped some money into the Salvation Army bucket and donated toys to the homeless shelter.
So I can easily see my vampires exchanging Christmas cards, decorating Christmas trees, planning gifts. Since vampires can read their servant’s minds, it’s more difficult for the servants to surprise them, but Jacob has learned how to play distraction games in his head so he doesn’t think too directly about things he doesn’t want Lyssa to know. I expect he’ll do that to hide the fact he’s bought her a lovely fairy pendant, as well as a tiny silver knife she can slip into her bodice to surprise a potential opponent. (He’s equally mindful of her protection and her love of pretty things.)
Of course, holiday dinner gatherings would be a little different, because my vampires consider social occasions a chance to play some pretty risqué games with their servants. But they might put a holiday twist on it, like decorating their servants with the ornaments that clamp onto the tree branches or putting the wire hooks to creative use. Since vampires do have a macabre sense of playful fun, they might have their servants strip, run out into the courtyard and make snow angels, and then devise sensual ways to warm them up when they come back into the house. Maybe tying them up in Christmas lights while dropping a bit of frothy hot chocolate and melted marshmallows on tender body parts to be sampled (by the way, unlike movie action stunts, you are encouraged to try these ideas at home – laughter).
Though vampires don’t eat human food, Jacob would make sure Lyssa had bite-sized samples of all the holiday favorites. The house would smell like pumpkin spice, gingerbread or freshly baked sugar cookies, because she uses her nose the way most of us use taste. He’d probably insist on having the house staff make a gingerbread house so he could sit Kane on his lap to help him decorate it with icing and candies. Knowing Jacob’s sense of humor, he’ll probably try to coax Lyssa to sit on the other knee. He’d probably earn a baring of fangs before she’d perch there in a dignified manner, supervising and enjoying watching her boys.
She’s not often soft hearted, but Jacob is a traditional sort who has missed having Christmas these past few years. No matter how she has to act around the vampire world, she loves her knight to distraction (don’t tell anyone, though). She’ll probably even consent to having him read her and Kane The Night Before Christmas, and be privately enchanted by how enthusiastic her servant is about it, imitating the voices and doing sound effects. Christmas Eve she’d lie in his arms by the fire, their Irish wolfhounds surrounding them, Kane asleep on her breast, and listen to Christmas carols while watching the lights on the Christmas tree.
That type of moment is the true magic of Christmas. When the chaos and stress of cooking, wrapping, shopping and whatnot is done, that quiet blink of time reminds us why it’s all worth it. Christmas is an excuse to pause in time, to embrace those close to us, and be deeply thankful for a night that’s about that special stillness, full of what’s important. Even Lyssa would agree with that, and since she’s been around for a thousand Christmases, she should know.
I wish you all special moments like those this holiday season. And to sweeten the event, fill out this FORM and leave a comment about what you like most about Christmas, or a question/comment for me if you have one, and you’ll be eligible to win a book-of-your-choice from my available titles (international or domestic entries are completely fine!). Also don’t forget to visit the JWH connection fan forum if you enjoy my work. You’ll find free vignettes there, revisiting characters from the full length works, graphics inspired by the books, character interviews, and way more. Click here to learn how to access the forum and more about it, and of course you can find free excerpts, blurbs and cover art for all my work on my website, www.storywitch.com.
If you’re not familiar with my vampires but want to try them, I suggest you read Books 1 & 2 of the Vampire Queen series before reading this latest release, because Books 1 & 2 tell you how Jacob and Lyssa met and he became her servant. Bound by the Vampire Queen is the eighth book in the series but the third where the two of them are the main protagonists. After you read 1 & 2 (Vampire Queen’s Servant and Mark of the Vampire Queen, you can read Bound by the Vampire Queen without reading books 3-7, but I hope you enjoy these enough to want to go back and do that!
Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for letting me be here with you today.
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