Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hunting Season and Batman

No, I'm not hunting Batman. Although ... that could be interesting:) Actually, I hate hunting season with a passion. It provides me with some time to myself, however, it often wakes me up at the buttcrack of dawn. And I'll be honest, I'm not that fond of buttcracks. Dawn's or anybody else's. LOL

So anyway, I was up obscenely early this morning and ended up watching Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It's an old show (1993) but I'm not going to give anything away if you haven't seen it. I used to watch the old animated series regularly, but I never got around to watching this before today. I loved it. Yes, it's animated but that doesn't stop it from being better than most live-action movies.

Seeing as how I'm such a huge fan, I'm surprised I hadn't watched it before now. Well, not really huge ... I'm only five foot four. hahahahahahahaha Sorry, not enough sleep and NO caffeine. Bear with me. When my brain gets sleep deprived for long enough I turn into a comedian. Or at least, I think I do. Other than that I'm just a jerk. Nice combination:) So now I'm a sleep deprived jackass who finds my own jokes funny. Ah, feels just like junior high school all over again.

I think my favorite part in the whole show was when Joker picked up this huge piece of salami and started beating a woman in the face with it. *snort* Come on, doesn't anyone else see the awful pun besides me? LOL Surely I'm not the only one thinking of numerous meat beating jokes even as I type:) And in the FACE? HA!

If you don't think it's funny, that's alright. (*sniff* But you hurt my feelings.) Trust me, it's best that I get all the bad jokes out of my system now before I start writing. Oh yeah, I started a new book Wednesday night. I'm calling it Wicked City. So far, I'm completely in love with the bad guy. As usual. I'd better hurry up and introduce the hero before this story gets really messed up. It's going great though. This is another urban fantasy along the same lines as Eden (April 09). However, to my knowledge some of the stuff I'm doing in this book has never been done. I'm throwing in whatever fits with the "dark and brooding" feel of this story. It is by far the darkest thing I've ever written and I've only just begun. I mean that literally, the city is suffering from power outages. hahahahahaha

Seriously, it is sort of creepy. But I like it that way. Oh, and did I mention there's lots of hot vampires and a few drool worthy werewolves? Oh, yeah. It's time to get to work ... and to the coffee pot.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I've decided to start a monthly contest here on my blog. I'll be giving away a grab bag full of goodies each month. There are postcards, magnets, pins, and other freebies to enjoy. But it's not just full of my stuff. I have included items from many different authors in a variety of genres. You never know, you might find a new favorite author:)

Goodies will change from month to month and some months I may do a double goodie bag:) So, leave me a comment and you will be automatically entered into the contest. It's that simple:) This will be for the February give-a-way. A winner will be selected near the end of February. Have fun!

Friday, January 23, 2009

And in other more positive news ....

I simply have to focus on something positive. I started out having a perfectly good day until I realized that the people mentioned below had not kept their word and removed my content from their site.

But, enough about those jerks. I just received a new contract! Woohoo! Just as soon as I can I'm putting it in the mail and Diary of an Incubus is officially under contract with New Concepts Publishing.

In light of this much improved news (and my desperate need to focus on something that doesn't raise my blood pressure) here is my happy dance. LOL

Hey, if I don't dance I go off like The Hulk sometimes. Seriously, I have anger issues. Couldn't you tell? LOL I try to keep it on a short leash, but the dog gets loose every now and then.

Rant about Piracy

I found this article while looking for steps to take to get my works off of an illegal site. It explains in detail why it is illegal to share ebook files.

Some of you (who have dealt with this before) have probably already heard of them (the ones who are ripping me off). But I'm not listing the site. I'll be damned if I give the little bastards any free advertisement!

I just found that they are ripping off every single book in my series. Not only that, but it lists how many times the books have been downloaded. As it stands now, I've lost over $400 dollars.
That counts, trust me. I have lost two different day jobs because of budget cuts/bad economy. And some little snot is going to rip me off?!!

I am also not married to someone rich. So I need the money. Hell, that's a car payment they've cheated me out of!

It is because of crap like this that I question my sanity sometimes. Do these punks even realize how little writers get paid? Not that they would probably care. Most authors, even if they are well known, make less than $10,000 a year. That's below poverty level! And let me tell you I am in that lot. In my first full year of being published I was WELL below $10,000.

Making a name for yourself takes time and you guessed it, MONEY. Something these little pricks are screwing me out of at an alarming rate.

No, this may not be the most professional blog post, but it is honest. This is how I feel and I'm not going to apologize for that. I am FURIOUS that these people are stealing from me. And yes, I have taken steps to make them remove the content. My polite and professional emails have been responded to with a "it will be removed in 24 hours." Bullshit. It's still there days later.


Just in case someone who uploads books for free reads this and doesn't read the link I have given above, let me spell something out for you. Giving away an ebook is ILLEGAL.

It's not like purchasing a paperback. A paper copy is yours. It is a physical product you can pay for and hold in your hand. You can do with it what you like. With the exception of making copies and distributing them to others.

NEWSFLASH ASSHOLE!!!! If you send an ebook to someone else, you are making copies. It's the same as if you Xeroxed a print book and sent it to all of your friends. The author nor the publisher profits from that and most writers are like me, they need the money.

Every time you see a copyright notice (which is in the front of all print and ebooks) that means that the people listed there are the owners of that content. Unless you have their permission to distribute the book, you are breaking the law if you do so.

How would you feel if someone stole your purse and handed out all the contents to strangers? Or if someone stole your iPod and then sold it on ebay? It sucks, I know.

I'm not looking to scare anyone or to get involved in a lawsuit. I just want people to respect the right of myself and other authors to be able to profit from their hard work. No one would want to work for a month (or months) and then have their paycheck snatched out of their hand when they had bills to pay, now would they?

Some day these people will get what they deserve.

Sunrise and Coffee

It's cold this morning, but my thoughts are warm. A lot of good things have happened for me in the past few days, and I'm taking a moment to count my blessings. I'm up for the first time in a while, early enough to watch the sunrise ... and I don't have insomnia. I actually got a good night's rest and felt like getting up early. That in itself is a small miracle.

Sunrise has always been sort of magical to me. The way the light slowly peeks through the clouds, just seconds before it breaks over the landscape like a wave. There are no politics, no worries, no amount of trying that will stop the sun from rising. It is constant and in that I find peace. Pictures could never do justice to what I'm watching out my window. So, I didn't take any.

I'm going to pour myself another cup of coffee and rethink that blessings list. I'm sure I've missed something. You can't feel this good and not be blessed .....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Great News!!

I've just learned that Original Sin (Lilith Mercury Book 4) will be going to print in May 2009. Wow. Thanks so much to everyone who has helped to make this series a success. I can't tell you how much it means to me to know that people enjoy my books:)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Holy Crap

I just read the results for the Predators and Editors poll and I can't believe it. This is the first time I've been nominated. I'm still new to the business (first book Red was out in August, 2007, in print August, 2008).

Anyway, I finished #31 for best author and Red finished #36 for best romance novel! Holy Crap! LOL

That's all I can think to say. Talk about making my day:)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stupid shit people actually put on their resume

Someone just sent this to me and I couldn't resist sharing. I laughed till I started to cough at some of this stupidity. All of my comments are in purple. The rest is the original crapola. LOL

None of this is made up. People really did put this stupid crazy shit on their resumes or job applications.

1. I am very detail-oreinted. (Um ... yeah. I can see that there, Sparky. LOL)

2. My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable. (ILMAO! Unspeakable! HA! Moron just spoke about it. hahahahahaha)

3. Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty! (*snort*)

4. Enclosed is a ruff draft of my resume. (Maybe he was applying for a job as a crime dog?)

5. It’s best for employers that I not work with people. (LOL Yeah, me too.)

6. Here are my qualifications for you to overlook. (Sad but true. This was probably a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

7. I am a quick leaner, dependable, and motivated.

8. If this resume doesn’t blow your hat off, then please return it in the enclosed envelope. (Blow your hat off? Are they serious? Did the Uni bomber write this? Um, if it doesn't blow your hat off then I didn't wire it correctly.)

9. My fortune cookie said, “Your next interview will result in a job.” And I like your company in particular. (So sad.)

10. I saw your ad on the information highway, and I came to a screeching halt. (Dumbass.)

11. Insufficient writing skills, thought processes have slowed down some. If I am not one of the best, I will look for another opportunity. (This is awesome. hahahahahahaha)

12. Please disregard the attached resume-it is terribly out of date. (WTF?)

13. Seek challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable.

14. Graduated in the top 66% of my class. (Ouch.)

15. Reason for leaving last job: The owner gave new meaning to the word paranoia. I prefer to elaborate privately. (OMG! That's terrible. Sure, I've worked for plenty of assholes too, but come on. Elaborate privately? Really? I'd have to interview this nut just to ask them to elaborate.)

16. Previous experience: Self-employed-a fiasco. (hahahahahahahahahahaha)

17. Exposure to German for two years, but many words are inappropriate for business. (Can you teach me?)

18. Experience: Watered, groomed, and fed the family dog for years.

19. I am a rabid typist. (HA! I'm picturing some poor schmuck foaming at the mouth while slaving over a keyboard. LOL)

20. I have a bachelorette degree in computers. (Huh? Did it come with a free stripper?)

21. Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory; effective management skills; and very good at math. (ADHD anyone?)

22. Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.

23. I worked as a Corporate Lesion. (I think I had one of those once ....)

24. Reason for leaving last job: Pushed aside so the vice president’s girlfriend could steal my job. (HOLY CRAP. I feel their pain. Probably a very honest answer, but I can't believe they put this on an application.)

25. Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel. (LOL I'll bet you do!)

26. Objective: To have my skills and ethics challenged on a daily basis. (Brilliant!)

27. Special skills: Thyping. (Hmmmm.)

28. My ruthlessness terrorized the competition and can sometimes offend. (OMG! Are they applying for a position with the mob?)

29. I can play well with others. (This might work on a porn star's resume. *snicker*)

30. Personal Goal: To hand-build a classic cottage from the ground up using my father-in-law. (WTF? Ah, the pain. I've laughed so hard.)

31. Objective: I want a base salary of $50-$60,000 dollars, not including bonus. And some decent benefits. Like a retirement plan, health insurance, personal or sick days. (And I'd like to be crowned the queen of the universe, but that shit ain't happenin.)

32. Experience: Provided correct answers to customers’ questions.

33. Education: Graduated from predatory school with honors. (Makes me think of werewolves. LOL)

34. Never been fired, although it could happen anytime now.

35. I have happily been a “kept man” for the past 10 years. (Well, God bless him. LOL)

36. Have extensive experience in turkey manufactures as well as new product development and implementation. (hahahahahahahahhahaha)

37. I am accustomed to speaking in front of all kinds of audiences. I make points as well as I can.

38. Personal: Five children. Dog: Jasper. Cat: Morris. Gerbil: Binky. (I don't know why exactly, but this cracked me up so bad. *wipes tears* All I can say is what the crap was this guy thinking?)

39. While in military, was instrumental in creation of a treat detection system. (I'm sorry, you did what?)

40. My compensation package at my last job included a base salary of $64,500 with excellent benefits including flextime. I am looking for a position in which I can work a more flexible schedule.

41. Hire me and you won’t regret it - I am funny, cute, smart and creative… really. (Well, hell. That would work for me.)

42. Referees available upon request. (Holy crap.)

43. Previous rank: Senior instigator. (Can't breathe ... must stop laughing at *gasp* stupid people.)

44. I have recently sold my home and I now live in a large RV so I will be able to relocate quickly.

45. Reason for leaving: They stopped paying me. (Well, F*** them! I'd leave too. LOL)

46. Cover letter: Desire the chance to showcase my delightful personality, intelligence and superior judgment, which are so hard to find these days. (Three finger gag.)

47. Personal achievements: Successfully played “Chop Sticks” on a toy piano with my big toes. (Wow. Really? I can do that cherry stem thing with my tongue ... I'm just saying.)

48. Objective: To obtain a position where I can make a difference, infecting others with my professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication. (Infecting? Ugh.)

49. Strengths: Impersonal skills. (I've worked with people that had plenty of these.)

50. Special interests: I like any projects that are fun. (Duh.)

51. Please explain any breaks in your employment career: 15 minute coffee break while working at a home improvement store. (Yikes.)

52. Vocational plans: Sea World. (WTF?)

Monday, January 12, 2009

First ever excerpt of Eden

The following is an excerpt from Eden by Tracey H. Kitts, coming in April to New Concepts Publishing.

Catrina's world is turned upside down the moment she agrees to Viktor's plan. Who even knew that Abraham Van Helsing had a younger brother? Not only that, but a brother who was turned by the King of Vampires and who held such obvious power. Now she must deal with the consequences of her actions and an attraction she can no longer deny.


"No visitors during the day," he deep voiced guard said firmly.

Catrina looked over her shoulder at the sunset.

"It's dusk," she said softly. "And Viktor is expecting me."

She stepped forward and handed the card Viktor had given her to the guard. The address was printed on the front in an intricate swirling font and on the back was his signature.

"Fine, then," the guard said, stepping aside as he opened the door. "Wait in the lobby."

Her heels clicked loudly on the highly polished floor, echoing in the silence of the large room. A young man was hurrying about, lighting what looked to be hundreds of candles. Tall marble columns reached to the high ceilings and the furniture looked to be Victorian in style. As she got closer she decided that the furniture was Victorian and it wasn't fake.

"Who have you come to see?" another young man asked before she could sit down.

"Viktor Van Helsing."

"I shall inform him," the boy said with bow.
About twenty minutes later, Catrina was still admiring the architecture when Viktor entered the room. She felt him before he came into sight and began to put up her shields. Her heart tried to race, but she slowed it. Her palms began to sweat, but she wiped them on the cushion beside her and tried to think of something that didn't turn her on.

"Let's see," she thought. "Something that doesn't turn me on. Like gardening, jewelry and … pajamas."

Pajamas?! Viktor had come to greet her in his pajamas! They were black and looked to be made of silk. The robe he wore was long enough to drag the floor behind him and it was the darkest shade of red she had ever seen. His hair trailed down his back, hanging in waves which framed his face. She couldn't control her heartbeat any more when she realized he wasn't wearing a shirt … or shoes. She had never had a foot fetish, but looking at Viktor's feet, it didn't seem like such a bad idea.

"My Hellcat," he said softly, and his sultry voice felt like a hand going up her thigh. "To what do I owe the pleasure?"

Catrina placed a hand over her heart in an attempt to slow it down. Though the gesture was subtle, it was not lost on the master vampire. He had always known she deliberately blocked his charms. Who'd have thought that all it took to break past her barrier was a little exposed flesh?
"I've come to discuss the business matter you brought up a few nights ago," she said, her voice surprisingly steady.
"How wonderful," he said.

Viktor leaned forward and extended a hand toward her. He wasn't just offering to help her stand, he was asking for an unspoken answer. He knew that she would not speak of their arrangement in front of the guards and the servants. But if she took his hand it meant that she was in agreement with what he had suggested.

She knew what he was trying to do and gave herself permission to enjoy the feel of his long fingers as they gently squeezed her hand.

"Please, come with me," he said silkily.

Catrina rose to her feet and found that the touch of Viktor's hand made her feel lightheaded. Had it been because she had wanted to touch him for so long? Or was it a part of his vampiric powers?

"A little of both, I imagine," he said softly as he led her down a corridor.

"What?" she stammered.

"You were wondering which had caused you to be lightheaded, my powers or the fact that you have denied yourself my touch for so long."

She gasped. "You can read my mind?"

"Always could, my dear, if you hadn't blocked me for so long." He laughed softly at her shocked expression. "Do not be alarmed. I can see where the full effect of my powers might come as a great shock to someone who has not allowed herself to feel them before. Seeing your reaction is also a pleasure I have long been denied. Indulge me."

They reached the end of the long corridor and the vampire leaned around her to open a door. His hair spilled across her face and Catrina breathed deeply of the sweet scent of his shampoo.

"Viktor," she said, and it came out as more of a moan.

"Yes." He said so much with that one word and it was nearly more than she could take.

"Maybe I shouldn't …"

"Do not fear me," he whispered as he tugged her gently forward and through the door.

The hand which he still held felt so small inside his own. Viktor was overcome with the urge to both protect and devour her.

Catrina's own thoughts were along the same lines. Viktor had never looked better and that was saying a lot because he had always looked damn good. She had come here with every intention of discussing business, yet pleasure was all that she could think of. She reminded herself that it had been a year since she'd had sex and that relationship hadn't lasted long.

"Such a shame," Viktor commented as he led her down a long staircase.

"Stop it," she said and he stopped instantly in his tracks.

"What is it you wish me to stop, leading you to my bedroom or telling you the truth about yourself?"

To find out more about Eden, along with my other books please visit

Friday, January 9, 2009

What I'm working on right now

I'm working on reading through and polishing up a book before sending it to my publisher. It's called Diary of an Incubus and here is the first ever excerpt:) Actually, it's just a tease, but I hope you all enjoy it.

"Listen to me," I said softly. "Tonight you are Vincent because I need you to be. That doesn't mean that I believe what you're telling me." I looked up into his eyes. They were warm and welcoming. "But that doesn't mean I don't believe either."
"You are open to the possibility then?" he asked.
"Good. That is a good place to start."
He stepped inside and closed the door behind him. I reached past him and locked it. My arm brushed against his waist when I moved and I could scarcely control myself. I wanted to tackle him right there. Whoever he was, he was Vincent tonight … my Vincent.
"What else do you need me to be tonight?"
His voice touched me long before his hands ever did as he moved to cup my face in his palms.
The word barely had time to escape my lips before he kissed me. My body responded instantly. I ached for so much more than a kiss. But these lips! How many times had I tried to remember every detail of these lips? He was right. My first taste of love was still here and it was just as sweet as I remembered. I didn't know how it was possible and tonight I wasn't going to try to figure it out anymore. I needed this.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Guess what?

I've got two really cool things to share today. First, Red had been nominated for best romance novel! WOOHOO!

Wow. If someone hadn't just told me I wouldn't have even realized this. LOL Red, book one in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series has been nominated on the Predators and Editors poll for best romance novel.

I am thrilled that someone enjoyed the book enough to nominate it. Your vote is appreciated, no matter who you vote for. But thanks in advance if you vote for me:) LOL

Second, Object of My Affection, Lilith Mercury Book 2 is now available in print.

Lilith was torn between her love for the Hunter she'd known since she was a child and the Werewolf, Marco, whom she found nearly impossible to resist.

You can purchase a print or electronic copy of Object of My Affection here:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trouble leaving comments

Is anyone else having trouble leaving comments with Blogger? Well, I sure am. I've been trying to reply to several here and keep getting "an unknown error has occurred." Blah. Whatever. Anyway, it's not that I don't have anything to say. LOL I just can't get the message to show up. But thanks for the comments everyone:) I'll eventually be able to respond.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Trailer for Original Sin

As some of you might know, I make my own book trailers and I had a lot of fun making this one. I feel like it perfectly captures the mood of the book. Hope you like it:)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Original Sin is out!!!

A werewolf hunter drawn to the one man she should avoid at all costs--Marco Barak, the wolf king--Lilith is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.

Peter was Lilith's first love--and the first person to call her a monster. Despite their past, Lilith would save him if she could, but when Peter is infected with lycanthropy and becomes determined to challenge Marco for the position of lupinus regalis, wolf king, she faces a hard choice.

Rating: Spicy.

To purchase Original Sin, please click the link bellow.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I've been nominated for a best author award!

I've been nominated for Predators and Editors Best Author Award. WOOT! You can check it out here.

Your vote is greatly appreciated and to whomever nominated me, thank you so much:)

Friday, January 2, 2009

December Contest Winner

Sorry I'm a few days late with the announcement. I've got a terrible cold. But, I put all the names into a hat and the winner is ..... Angie!

Congratulations! You've won a free pdf copy of Object of My Affection, book two in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series.

Angie, send me an email at tracey h kitts @ (without the spaces) and I'll forward your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated and I hope you have a great new year!