Guest Blogger: Joey James Hook ~ Erotic Romance Author

December 12, 2012

Today we have erotic romance writer Joey James Hook. He writes gritty m/m romance novels that are already causing quite a stir. One Two Three, Shatter, which is published with Silver Publishing, has just received a Top Pick award from The Romance Reviews! So read on to find out more from this highly talented author. 

Q. Where did you get the idea for One Two Three, Shatter? 

I got the idea for One Two Three, Shatter… actually, I’m not quite sure where I got the idea for that novel from. Kaleb just came to me as such a complete being, with a solid but tragic backstory, and as a muse, he just kept pressing me to write his story until I finished it.

Q. Tell us a bit about the hero and heroine in One Two Three, Shatter. 

Well, Kaleb’s a tortured guy. He grew up in an abusive home and he’s sort of more like an anti-hero. He does things he doesn’t understand out of a fear he can’t quite comprehend, and to be candid, he screws up royally, but there’s just something about him that you just can’t quite hate. Knowing what he’s been through, you sort of empathize with him. At least, I do. You just want to see him have his happy ending, which I promise you, he does end up getting. 

As far as the heroine, there really isn’t one unless you count his lifetime friend Sid, but there’s another hero in Trent. He’s sort of the unsung hero, especially from Kaleb’s point of view. He’s a sweet guy, eager and dedicated, and he’s exactly what Kaleb needs to find stability. He’s never-wavering and stays by Kaleb’s side through everything even when Kaleb tries to push him away and even when things get rough with his addiction and his trust issues. He’s the epitome of devotion, and that’s something Kaleb needs.

Q. What are you working on right now, and what can we expect from you next? 

Currently I’m working on the fourth and fifth installments in the Xander Series, about Kaleb’s adopted son, Kay and a character you’ll meet in Kaleb’s story, Jer, as well as a M/M zombie apocalypse novella. What should be up next for me publishing-wise is the second in the Xander Series, which my acquisitions editor is looking over right now, as well as a crime noir M/M romance novel featuring an assassin. I’m always working on so much!

Q. Do you prefer stand-alone books or series (As a reader or a writer) ? 

As a writer, I prefer series because there’s always something more to write about in a story. As a reader, I also enjoy series, because with my favorite stories, I always want more!

Q. If you could have dinner with any one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

This is a hard one! I can’t just choose one. I’d have to say it’s a tie between J.K. Rowling, J.R. Ward and Friedrich Nietzsche, the former two because I love their stories and would love to hear their thoughts on everything writing and pick their brains for series-building, and the latter because his work is just so fascinating. I’d love to see how he was as a person. 

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I knew when I was in the eighth grade. Well, I knew before then, but that was the first time someone encouraged me, told me I had talent, and entered me into a competition. I didn’t win it, but it had successfully spurred me on to continue to write.

Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? (Some write with a glass of wine, or others listen to music, what do you do?) 

I can’t write without listening to music. I just can’t do it. I also tend to write through the entire draft without going back and editing, and there are a lot of errors because I rarely go back and fix them, aside from glaring typos and such! It probably drives my editors insane. 🙂

Q. Tell us a little about your writing day? 

A typical writing day– right now, anyway– is just keeping my word processor open and pulling it up five to ten times a day, writing a anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand words each time, until it ends up totaling up to at least four thousand words a day. 

Conversely, I just sit down and write consistently for most of the evening, depending on what else I’m doing that day. When I’m by myself, I write consistently all day, but when my girlfriend’s here, we either write together, or we set aside times to write when we aren’t watching TV together or running errands or working/studying for classes.

Q. How do we find out about you and your books? 

The best place to find anything out about my writing is my Facebook author page ( or my Twitter (handle @JoeyJamesH). I also have a website at and a blog at and the buy links to my books are on the right hand side. Just click on the covers and they’ll take you to their respective buy sites.

Q. How may readers contact you? 

You can either contact me via my Facebook or Twitter above, via email at (at) gmail (dot) com or through my blog 🙂

Excerpt from One Two Three, Shatter:

“Don’t apologize, man. It’s not a bad thing really, not many people do it’s all,” the bouncer explained, and Kaleb just shrugged, pushing up off the bar to straighten his spine.

“I guess it’s just how I am, then,” Kaleb said, licking over his bottom lip before glancing at the time and groaning, letting his hands cover his face for a moment in frustration. “I hate that I can’t close this place down ’til five. It’s three and it is dead, but Jeff would kill me if I closed two hours early.”

“I can stick around if you want,” Trent offered, and Kaleb gave him a tight smile as he lowered his hands with a slight sigh.

“If you’re willing, sure, but it’s gonna be boring as fuck,” he lamented, and Trent chuckled huskily, making Kaleb look at him with a lifted eyebrow.

“Not with you around it’s not,” the bouncer said, and he cocked his head, his tongue passing over his bottom lip again. For some reason, the way he’d said that sent a slight flutter through Kaleb’s stomach that wasn’t foreign to him… he’d just never felt it for anyone but Anna.

“Thanks, but I’m really not that amusing,” Kaleb dismissed both the words and the flutter, shaking his head with an amused little smile playing at the corner of his lips.

“I think you are,” Trent pointed out right when Kaleb was going to turn away to straighten the alcohol again, and he turned on his heel to face the man.

“What are you saying exactly?”

“Just that I like you,” Trent replied, and Kaleb’s eyebrow rose more, somehow feeling like this conversation held a lot more weight than he’d initially thought it would. He shifted as a shiver tried to creep its way up his spine.

“Well, thanks,” he replied, his voice revealing the confusion that he didn’t even bother to keep back. He blinked twice before shaking his head and turning to re-organize the bottles on the wall behind him, putting all the tequila in one area, the vodka in another. One of the other bartenders seemed to like the bottles wherever they could stick them, and it drove him nuts. He liked the order the job offered, and when it was out of whack like that, he couldn’t stand it.

He took a deep breath after he put the Yukon Jack next to the Jack Daniels, turning to face a curious Trent and he lit up a cigarette.

“How exactly do you like me?” he asked through the filter that hung between his lips, looking up through his lashes as his brows rose. He pulled the lighter out and flicked it, the flame coming to life and burning brightly in front of him. For a moment he let his mind idle on the different colors of the flame and how they represented the different temperatures of the fire.

“Just about any way,” Trent’s voice cut through his musings.

Thanks for being my guest today, Joey. I love your writing, it gives a real insight into the emotions of the characters.


  • Jan Bowles December 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi, Joey, and welcome. One Two Three, Shatter, has a fabulous cover.It has so much drama.

    Jan x

  • Joey James Hook December 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Jan. It was a real pleasure. Thank you for the compliments as well, they mean a lot to me 🙂

  • Erin OQuinn December 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hi, Joey! You are one of the writers I most definitely have at the top few of my picks to read. I like your style–the intensity, the candor, the blips of humor wilthin the bleakness.

    I want to wish you tons of success. You sure deserve the very best, and you have my support always.

  • Nya Rawlyns December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Great interview, intriguing excerpt. You have a compelling 'voice'. On my TBRs.

  • Joey James Hook December 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks, Erin! I'm glad you like my style 🙂 you too deserve the very best and thank you for the support– you have it back tenfold

  • Joey James Hook December 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Cynthia Arsuaga December 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Nice interview, Joey and Jan. Hey that sounds like a great title. Sorry, digressed for a moment. Great excerpt. I like doing series too. They keep you in that world you love, both as a reader and writer. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cynthia Arsuaga December 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Nice interview, Joey and Jan. Hey that sounds like a great title. Sorry, digressed for a moment. Great excerpt. I like doing series too. They keep you in that world you love, both as a reader and writer. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mike Arsuaga December 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I agree with Cynthia. The interview was impeccable along with the excerpt.

  • Joey James Hook December 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you, Cynthia! I'm glad you like the title. 🙂 Series are my favorites haha.

  • Joey James Hook December 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, thank you so much Mike 🙂

  • Jan Bowles December 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks for being a great guest, Joey!