Sunday, July 27, 2014

I'm doing very well

I haven't blogged as much about myself lately. I've been sharing new release/sales news and such, but hadn't given an update on myself. Thanks to the people who cared enough to send me a message on FB or Twitter and ask. :)

I'm doing very well. My pumpkin garden is bigger than ever this year and so far we are getting enough rain that we don't have to carry 5 gallon buckets of water to it. LOL That's always a good thing. Seeing those little pumpkins grow reminds me of fall and how much I love it.

I'm well on my way to being in better shape than I have been since I was a cheerleader in high school. Yes, I was a cheerleader. A captain. LOL And I was good at it. I was a regular little Buffy the Vampire Slayer in my teens.

Speaking of Buffy, I'm having a great time reading as many of the old books as I can get my hands on. Some of you already know, I'm a big fan of the TV series. (Even though I didn't start watching it until a few years ago.) Now, I'm looking to collect all of the season 8 comics (the TV series ended with season 7) so I can see what happens to Willow and Xander. I love them. Not that I didn't care about Buffy. She was beginning to redeem herself in the end. Between seasons 5 and 6, she was just such a raging bitch that I found it hard to sympathize with her character. I'm a raging bitch sometimes and I haven't been through everything she had though. So, to be fair, I probably would have taken over the world and found a way to resurrect The Master to make porn movies, IF I'd gone through everything she had. Maybe she didn't deal with it as badly as I thought. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm just now getting some coffee today, so I'll blame it on lack of caffeine. I've started back with cross training 4-6 days a week (depending on my energy level) and added in swimming. I've never been a strong swimmer. In fact, I was downright terrified of water for most of my life. But here's the thing about me. I don't like being afraid of anything. Living in fear is unacceptable. Therefore, I swim 2-3 days a week for 1-2 hours at a time and I'm getting pretty damn good at it. The place where I go has an Olympic size pool and I can breast stroke across the middle, then immediately turn and do a hand over hand stroke all the way back without getting tired. No other exercise has ever worked my back so well. I'm very pleased with the results so far. Not to mention, swimming is great at reducing stress, something that I'm still working on.

I've got something special planned to help promote the last 2 books in the Lilith Mercury series, and I happen to need to be in great shape to pull it off. LOL I'm not going to say more now, but it's a big deal to me and will be a huge accomplishment once I get there.

My brain is beginning to feel slightly refreshed. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on (that interests me, of course) and catching up on TV shows. Believe it or not, bombarding my brain with stories that have nothing to do with mine actually HELPS me write. I love reading horror. It's like an energy drink for my brain. Ha. Ha.

I'm planning to take a bit more time off from writing (I'm still promoting, so I'm not just sitting on my butt), read some more Dean Koontz, and jump back into the Lilith series in September.

Okay, that's all for now. I'm off to workout. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Werewolf Hunter Series Is On Sale

Books 1-3 in the Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series are on sale right now for 99 cents each. The details for each book are below.

Books 4 and 5 are also available now. :)

Book 6 in the series, The Bleeding Heart, is coming October 1, 2014. Book 7, the final in the series, is scheduled for January 2015.

Books 1-3 of this collection are also offered in a boxed set. (Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3)

This is Book One in the Lilith Mercury Series. 

Dr. Alfred Moody saved her life, but the werewolf, Marco may hold the key to her heart. She's torn between the man who saved her humanity and the one who makes her want to embrace the beast.

NOTE: This series gets hotter as it goes. However, Book One is NOT erotic. Someday Lilith will have a happy ending, but this is only the beginning.

WARNING: This book contains graphic language and graphic violence.

Purchase your copy HERE.

This is Book Two in the Lilith Mercury Series. 

There was a time when the battle lines were clearly drawn and there would've been no question, no doubts, but that time has passed. Though Lilith is still drawn to the wolfman, Marco, she cannot deny what she feels for her partner, Alfred. She remains torn between a man who was once her enemy and one who is becoming much more than her friend.

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, graphic violence, and graphic sex. No werewolves were harmed in the making of this book.

Purchase your copy HERE.

This is Book Three in the Lilith Mercury Series. 

Lilith's reputation as the best in the business has spread, and not just to the lycanthrope population. She's been hired to find the original vampire. The vamps want what everyone else wants, equality. However, she will soon realize that the original vampire isn't simply out for blood, or the return of rights to his people ... he wants Lilith too.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, graphic language, and sex with BDSM elements including autoerotic asphyxiation.

Purchase your copy HERE.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brand spanking new release

Are you ready for a Beautiful Nightmare? Today my short story, Beautiful Nightmare, has been released along with the rest of the smokin' hot stories in The Naughty Box 2 collection.

My story is about a witch named Isabel who is about to get a second chance to make things work with The Boogeyman. Yep, you read that right. LOL

Here is the info on all the stories in The Naughty Box 2.

Naughty. Exclusive. Almost too hot to handle. "The Naughty Box 2" is bursting with brand new, never read before content from some of today's hottest, best selling romance and erotic authors. It's guaranteed to excite your senses and satisfy the naughty reader in you. There's something for everyone inside including contemporary romance, erotica, paranormal romance, and even some spicy M/M action. There's never been a better time to get naughty. 

Josephine Ballowe - HELL ON HEELS 
The music was loud, so loud that the bass thumped like a metronome in my chest. The smoky haze of lights shone upon his dark hair and eyelashes. There was no talking, but conversation wasn’t what I wanted anyway. I went with one purpose - to find someone. Someone who wouldn’t text me the next day, making me regret they existed. Lasting relationship? No thank you. Not again. Never again. Want and need? Two halves of the soul, but very different realities. 

Cambria Hebert - BLANK: A paranormal short story 
My name is Vance and I work for the United States government. And that’s all I know about myself. Every other detail about my life, my friends, about me is blank.I have no idea how I ended up stranded and unconscious in a war torn country or how Rachel managed to get me back to her tent. But I’m here, and so is she. All I have are literally the clothes on my back.But when her emerald eyes look at me, I feel like I have more.I feel like being blank might be a gift. I feel like maybe it’s a relief to not know who I am for a while.We get one night together. One night of pleasure I know I will never forget. And then I remember.Sometimes reality bites. 

Isabel's first date with The Boogeyman didn't go according to plan, but she's about to give it another try. 

What is your sanctuary? For Mickey, he never needed one, he was his own, until now. By accident, he ends up at Invicta, the hottest new male go-go dance club in town. Sometimes sanctuary can be found in the strangest of places. 

Seductive Poetry by Pyxi Rose 
Your sweetness like crystalline honey, that is the taste you leave on my lips. I am addicted to you, your sweetness, your savageness. I am not myself without you. That is why I invite you in. I invite you in… 

Rue Volley - SURRENDER 
Fay is trying to finish up her last year of college and the secret erotic book she is writing. All she wants is to graduate and find a good job in her field. Everything is going to plan until Keegan shows up, and with his arrival her hidden desires are exposed. The lines between her book and reality blur, but all she has to do is Surrender. 

Roxie Elms -CHERRY POP 
Cherry is on the prowl again. Finding the right person to ramp up her nights shouldn't be too hard. Cherry's misadventures are steamy, hot and in your face. Nothing will stop her from getting exactly what she wants, when she wants it. Finding the perfect guy to keep her satisfied should nothing short of fun and easy, but who will be ultimately seduced in the end? 

Not wanting to leave her pack, Bailey Whitehill flees from her home – and from the cruel, 
overbearing alpha who she’s been promised to – only to be drawn back into the 
world she thought she left behind. It just so happens that not only is her 
promised mate hunting her down, but another is trying to find her as well. 
Secrets soon become unveiled, and what Bailey once thought was right ends up being 
nothing but lies. Time is of the essence. At the turn of the moon she has a 
choice to make, but in doing so, she will either seal her fate or become a slave to it. 

Click here to purchase your copy for only 99 cents.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I'm giving away goodie bags again!

How about a fun, easy contest? :D :D :D ALL THE DETAILS ARE ON MY AUTHOR PAGE. This drawing is for a goodie bag promoting the upcoming release of the 6th book in the Lilith Mercury series, The Bleeding Heart (OCTOBER 2014). (Four winners will be drawn WEDNESDAY, JUNE, 25TH) Each goodie bag contains a silver bat charm, and a mini cover flat for The Bleeding Heart AND After Dark (the 7th and final book in the series, coming January 2015), PLUS a "GRAB LIFE BY THE FANGS" bracelet. The large charms shown in the pictures here will be for another drawing, closer to the release of book 6. ;) But, the rest of the package is the same. Oh, I almost forgot! EVERYONE WHO SHARES THIS INFO GETS AN EXTRA ENTRY!! :D :D :D :D

Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm still alive!

I've got nothing but good news to report. First, and most importantly, my stress level has decreased dramatically. I'm taking time off from writing still, and from most everything online. I still check social medial a couple of times a day, but mostly, I'm getting away from the computer. :) It's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

My wrists are also much, much better. But I'll still keep this post brief in the interest of not aggravating them since they are not fully healed yet from all the writing I did just a short while back. 

Everything is still on schedule as far as my upcoming releases go. Beautiful Nightmare is still on track for next month as part of The Naughty Box 2. I'll be doing a contest associated with that release, so check back for more details later. 

The Bleeding Heart, Lilith Mercury Book 6 is in the hands of my editor/co-conspirator and will be out October 1, 2014.

After Dark, Lilith Mercury Book 7 (The final book) is on track for release this January 2015.

That about covers it. Oh, and I got my pumpkin garden planted! Almost every seed came up. Now, if they all survive, this is going to be the biggest, most awesome pumpkin harvest in years. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Final Lilith book is finished and I'm taking a break. :)

I finished drafting the 7th and final book in the Lilith Mercury series this past Saturday. So, why am I just now blogging about it? Because my wrists hurt like hell. In fact, I'm going to make this post brief so I don't further aggravate them as they are recovering well.

The 6th book in the series, The Bleeding Heart, is still scheduled for release in October. Amazon can sometimes put things out early or a few hours later than intended, depending on when it is approved after being uploaded. But, I'm shooting for October 1, 2014.

After Dark, the 7th book, is scheduled for release January 2015. I had to write the last 20,000 words of this one with pen and paper because it hurt too much to type.

My plan is to take a few months off, and finish typing the end of the book in September. ;) After that, I'm going to let it sit until December. Why? So that I can look at it with fresh eyes and be sure it is everything it needs to be before it goes out in January. This is the end of the series, and I don't want to leave anything out.

In the meantime, I'm not typing anything except a few brief messages in email or on Facebook. :) If I feel like my wrists are doing REALLY well, I might blog again in a week or so.

This is the first break I've had between books in just over 4 years. I think I more than deserve it. Of course, that doesn't mean I get to sit on my ass. I just won't be writing. LOL

Here is a link to my Amazon Author Page Tracey H. Kitts.

If you click "like" in the upper right corner, you will get an email alert every time I publish a new book. That way, you won't miss anything.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Why I do this, and my current goals

It's no secret, I've been under a lot of stress. For those who just read my blog or occasionally see a Facebook post and detect anger, you're not wrong. LOL But, it's not about stupid reviews, or sales data, or even a heavy workload. Although, some of those things might be the trigger, they are not the root cause.

I'll try to sum it up without over-sharing or looking like a whiner. My stress levels have been extremely high for about 6 straight years. We've had several deaths in the family, along with other issues. About the time I got my first publishing contract, I lost my job to budget cuts. Honestly, it was one of the worst jobs I'd ever had, highly stressful, but it paid the bills. I was able to briefly find other employment, but lost 3 more jobs due to budget cuts. Needless to say, this took a toll on me emotionally and financially. It put a strain on every aspect of my life.

Writing was my dream, but that dream quickly became a must. I had to sink or swim. There was no in-between. So, I wrote like hell. Don't get me wrong, I didn't churn out books just for money. Hell, I only recently started making enough to live on.

I wrote what was in my heart. I poured pieces of my soul onto the paper and I sold it off, bit by bit.

I've put in many long days and nights and more hours of advertising and promo than I could ever add up. It is damn hard to make a living as a writer. I had to do it, as there were no other job options in the rural area where I live. But I had an advantage. This wasn't just for money. This was what I WANTED. It's who I am and what I am meant to be. So, I've worked my ass off.

It wasn't difficult for me to get my first contract. I didn't struggle with a pile of rejection letters. However, I did struggle to get my books in front of readers who would enjoy them. That has been my biggest challenge.

All that work did not begin to pay off until October 2013, when I finally made the Amazon Best Sellers list and began to reach a larger audience.

For the first time, I was connecting with people on a huge scale. My vampire menage collection is still in the top 20 in Dark Fantasy, and spent a whole month at #1. I am thrilled with this. :)

The unfortunate downside is, that creates a lot of pressure to hurry up and put out another book. LOL Yes, it's a downside that I'll gladly live with. I'll take earning a decent living for my hard work ANY DAY over nearly being homeless, working my ass off, and not getting paid.

The biggest challenge I'm facing at the moment is that my wrists are totally worn out from all the writing. I don't have carpal tunnel syndrome or anything serious. This is more of an issue of overuse. Like, consecutively writing about 4,000 words a day for months and months without a break. The most I've rested between books for the past 4 years is probably 2 weeks. I'm exhausted. I'm also typing this very, very slowly so as not to further aggravate my hurting wrists.

Currently, I have 3 things on my "To Do" list. 1. Finish After Dark. (That's the 7th Lilith Mercury book.) 2. Take time off. 3. Read some books. LOL Really, that's it. Simplicity helps me.

Since it hurts so much to type, I'm writing out the end of After Dark by hand. The book will still be out by it's scheduled release in January 2015.

So, if you see a post that seems as though I've flipped my wig, just consider that I'm really, really tired and I'm probably taking things too seriously at the moment.

I appreciate my loyal readers very much, and just wanted to give everyone an update.