Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My new blog/website

This blog is officially closing. For the latest updates on me and my books, check out my new website at www.traceyhkitts.com.

Thanks so much to everyone who has read and commented on this blog. I hope to see you over there. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Looks like this blog is about to die

I'm in the process of upgrading my website to a WordPress site. I hate to do it, but it's really WAY overdue. I simply must have a website that people can actually interact with. LOL That's just all there is to it.

I'm in the process of building the site from scratch now. The software I used to create my site is so old, that I transfer of data wasn't possible. Unfortunately, the transfer won't work for Blogger either. I really hate to lose my blog posts, but if they won't transfer, I'm not going to spend hours trying to make them.

I've tried several times now to use the "easy" transfer tool that WordPress has. But each time I get sent to a Google page that basically tells me this feature (to allow permission to transfer) cannot be found.

Sooooo, my plan is to transfer over a few of my most popular posts, and latest release info. After that, I'm afraid this blog must die.

It's had a good run, but sometimes upgrades must happen. I'll post more details when the new site/blog is up and running.

Thanks to everyone who reads this! I appreciate you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sales and New Releases from some of my fellow authors :)

Since everyone I know enjoys a bargain, I thought I would share some. LOL Here are some sales and brand new stories by my fellow authors. Some sales may be temporary. Enjoy! :)

Shifters Gone Alpha - 99 cents

When it comes to love, it doesn't take long for shifters to go alpha. This boxed set of NEW stories from bestselling authors shows how there's nothing a shifter won't do for their mate's pleasure. ‪#‎shiftersga‬
Including: Michele Bardsley, Renee George, Brandy Walker, Sydney Addae, Lisa Carlisle, Julia Lake Mills, Ellis Leigh, Skye Jones, Author Solease M Barner, Cristina Rayne, Lynn Tyler Author, & TL Clarke

Tempted by the Jaguar - 5.99

The complete first story arc in the Riverford Shiftersparanormal romance series from New York Times & USA TodayBestselling author Cristina Rayne

Kylie Moore has a secret, one she and her adoptive father have carefully guarded for over a decade since the night her parents disappeared. However, when she is randomly attacked one night in her apartment complex's parking lot, that one violent act sets in motion events that reveal not only her long-dormant shifter heritage in the worst possible way, but could also railroad her efforts of finding out what really happened to her parents.

Suddenly finding herself the center of attention among Riverford's shifter clans, Kylie's only hope of navigating such a dangerous minefield of politics and perpetual battles over territory is Hunter, a too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind jaguar shifter that might be her key to gaining insider access to the hidden and secretive shifter society.

Now Kylie must decide whether to integrate more deeply into Hunter's jaguar clan in order to take advantage of this rare opportunity or to run while her secret still remains uncovered. To stay would mean deliberately putting herself in more danger than Kylie may be prepared to handle, especially when Hunter, the person she must rely on, may be hiding something as well.

Set includes Parts 1-4: Transformation, Revelation, Ramification, and Infiltration
Contains strong sexual content and language, intended for readers 18+

Amazon US | UK | CA | AU | DE | FR | IT | NL | ES | BR | JP | IN | MX

The Bucklin Wolves Next Generation: Return - 99 cents

Seth never wanted to be mayor of Bucklin, but he's the only one with the blood and heart of an alpha remaining in the once proud werewolf only town that is now teetering on the edge of becoming a ghost town. 
The brawny alpha has a plan to bring his town back to prominence, but along with that plan came a brown-eyed beauty who's more concerned with numbers and statistics than the alpha's growing lust. 
Can Seth take his eyes off her dangerous curves long enough to see what's going on around him? Will she decide Seth's a good risk or will she put her stamp of disapproval on him? 

This is the first novella in the ongoing "The Bucklin Wolves Next Generation" saga. It is not a standalone book and it is not intended to be read out of order.
For readers 18+ 

I'll try to do more posts like this in the future. :) 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Latest news and stuff. :)

I just realized that I haven't been posting updates on my blog, I've been posting them on Facebook. LOL Soooo, here's the latest on me for anyone who missed it (and wants to know).

For those following the Bound by Blood series, Book Two, Demon's Embrace is now available on Amazon and Book Three, Dragon Slayer Dreams, is now up for pre-order. All titles in this series are part of Kindle Unlimited. Oh, and they're only .99 cents.

BOOK TWO (of four) (This book ends on a cliffhanger.)

SPOILER ALERT: Read Book One: Oriana's Curse before you read this description.

Nicole's time to find true love is running out. The spell performed by her friend Maggie indicated both Max, her werewolf neighbor, and Vlad, the sexy half-demon to be her potential loves. But can she love two men? Love takes time, which is something she may not have enough of.

Warning: This series contains graphic sex, graphic language, and graphic violence. It also has multiple (smoking hot) partners. There will be a happy ending.

NOTE: This is Part Two and it ends on a cliffhanger.

This is the second entry in the Bound by Blood serial that tells the story of Nicole Austin and her family's curse. These stories are meant to be read in order.

Get your copy here.

BOOK THREE (of four)

Warning: This series contains graphic sex, graphic language, and graphic violence. It also has multiple (smoking hot) partners. There will be a happy ending. 

NOTE: This is Part Three and it ends on a cliffhanger. 

This is the third entry in the Bound by Blood serial that tells the story of Nicole Austin and her family's curse. These stories are meant to be read in order.

Plus, I've got another exciting group project coming up this October. :) More on that later. (It's the one I posted the cover info about on Facebook.)

As for me personally, I'm taking a break from writing for the next few months. That doesn't mean I've quit. I never really stop. I'm always writing down ideas or making outlines for new books. It simply means that I'm not "actively" working on a new book. 

I've got a new story called Night Touch that re-visits Notte Oscura, the theme park from Frank and The Werewolf Tamer, already outlined. I should start working on that one again in August, and plan for a fall release.

What am I doing if I'm not writing? I'm making time to have a life. LOL My stress levels over the past few years have skyrocketed. It's either do something about it and take control now, or have a stroke later. I really don't want to have a stroke.

So, I've returned to my second love (writing is my first), martial arts. I'm training hard 4 days a week, sometimes for 2 hours at a time. I'm doing kickboxing, which I used to be certified to teach. My kickboxing is a mixture of Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Savate. I'm also picking back up with Shotokan, just to round things out. I'm an orange belt in Shotokan, but I've forgotten so much because I haven't kept up with it. Kickboxing is like breathing to me, Shotokan, not so much. Ha. Ha. But I'm working on it.

In three months when I start back writing Night Touch, I believe I will be in better shape than I've ever been. That's pretty exciting. Plus, all the boxing is strengthening my wrists and that will help me write for longer periods of time without pain. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to report a significant drop in stress levels by that time as well. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Writing, TMJ, and everything else

I've had to temporarily pause working on my next serial thanks to another flare up of TMJ. Even though I've got a new office chair, I simply cannot sit in it for 10 hours a day, repeatedly, like I was doing for the past several weeks.

I've got intense pain in my neck, jaw, and pretty much my whole face. It was to the point that I was having migraines. So, I'm taking a few weeks off in order to fully recover before I sit in this chair for hours at a time again.

While that does mean that my new serial is on pause, I'm still ahead of schedule with all my upcoming releases. That's a very good thing. I write ahead so that I CAN take time off if I need to.

This also gives me a chance to get caught up on some research. Everything I read is research in some form or another. I've already read 7 books in the past week. For every book about writing technique that I read, I pick up maybe one thing that I can use to help me improve. In my mind, that's worth it.

I've also downloaded several horror stories to read just for the hell of it because I love horror. LOL

Since I am ahead of schedule, even after I start back writing, I'm trying to stick with a new exercise routine. Working out helps me have less TMJ flare ups, not to mention look better in my swimsuit. It is that time of year. ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone a quick update. As always, I appreciate you all and I'm still excited to be doing what I love.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why I've started writing serials

I've had a lot of people ask about this recently. The simplest answer is, it was a business decision that I felt I needed to make. I didn't realize until I made this choice how many people didn't like (or downright hate) serials. As a reader, I've never had a problem with them. Sure, you get a cliffhanger for a little while, but it's not permanent. I only have an issue with cliffhangers when a book leaves off like that for good, or if it does continue, you have to wait for a year. That's ridiculous!

But, for those wondering, here is a more detailed answer about why I've started writing serials. And for those who don't know the difference (because at first I didn't either) here's what a serial and a series is.

A serial is a story with multiple chapters. You need to read them in a certain order to get the full picture.

A series is a group of stories with something (or lots of somethings) in common. For example, reoccurring characters that share a different chapter in their lives each time.

My Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter series fits the second definition.

In the past I've done strictly novel-length works and a few short stories. With the exception of the Lilith books, all were stand alone books. Am I ever going to stop writing novel-length books? Of course not. But I don't have any planned in the near future.

The market is changing, and it's changing fast. This is my career. I don't have a day job, or any other job that pays my bills. This is it. I write for a living. Therefore, I have to stay up to date on current trends.

Does that mean I jump on every bandwagon? No. I'm not a big fan of bandwagons in general. LOL However, when a trend becomes so widespread, I can't help but take notice.

Lots of people are not only writing serials, but lots of readers are buying them.

I've heard the argument that writers break stories up just so they can make more money. While I can't speak for everyone, I CAN say that is NOT my reasoning.

Writers are putting out stories left, right, and sideways, and if you want to keep your name out there, you have to publish works at a comparable pace. That's just the way it is.

Can I write enough 50-80,000 word novels to put out a book EVERY MONTH in order to compete with that kind of release schedule? Not just no, but HELL no.

(I get that average figure from a lot of sources. It all depends on where you publish and who you learned from, blah, blah, blah. This is just an example.)

I love my job, but there are other things that I need to do. Not to mention other things that I would like to do, like actually see my friends and family.

If I write a 50,000 word novel, and divide it into say 4 installments released one month apart, that gives me 4 months worth of new releases. This helps to keep my name and my brand in front of readers. Plus those who follow along as the story is released will get the whole book at a slight discount if they buy it in 99 cent segments.

By the end of this year, I will have had 7 releases ranging from 30,000-85,000 words each. I am exhausted.

If I write 3 novel-length (50-80,000 words) books for next year and release them in 4 segments each, that means that I have a solid 12 months of releases.

No matter how much advertising you do (and that can be a money pit) you can't get better exposure than a steady stream of new releases.

I'm still writing the kinds of stories that I love and that my readers have come to expect. I'm simply changing the way that they are released. If I don't, I might disappear entirely and as I've said before, this is how I make my living.

My decision to start writing serials isn't to spite anyone, copy anyone, or disappoint readers. I would never want to do any of those. I'm just trying to survive in a changing market so that I can continue to do what I love for a living.

Right now, I'm working on a new serial that I plan to release sometime in 2016. I'm almost finished with the first installment. Oh, and I already have my cover art. Here is the cover for book one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's alive!

Ha. Ha. Ha. Sorry for the bad Frankenstein reference, but I have been working with Notte Oscura again. For those not familiar, that's the theme park from Frank and The Werewolf Tamer.

Anyway, I just realized that I've only blogged ONCE since the New Year started and thought, "Holy crap! People will think I'm dead!" LOL

So, I'm not dead. Try to control your disappointment. (Yes, that's a joke.) I got an early start today and I'm feeling really good. Already finished my workout, cleaned the house, and got at least one cup of coffee in me. Now, I just need to write something.

Oh, and that brings me back to my point. I'm pinging this morning like an old game of Pong. LOL

I have been working so hard that I've forgotten to blog! Here's an update on what I've been doing. Some of it is work/writing related, some isn't.

The Bound by Blood series is complete, and is now being released in serialized installments of 40-20,000 words each. Here is the release schedule and current books available for those interested. Each segment will be 99 cents.

Bound by Blood Release Schedule:

Book One - Oriana's Curse - Available now
Book Two - Demon's Embrace - May 2015
Book Three - Dragon Slayer Dreams - August 2015
Book Four - Enter the She-Dragon - November 2015
All parts will be available on Kindle Unlimited

Book One, Oriana's Curse is out now and Book Two, Demon's Embrace is up for pre-order. Just click the images for more information. 


Other than making sure that this series was fully edited, along with all the other things that happen before a book is released, I've been writing new stuff.

I just finished a novella called Sacrifice that will be out sometime in October. It will first be part of an anthology (more news on that as the date gets closer) and then released as a single title. I still have a lot of work to do on this one, but the majority of the work, and the basic story, is finished. Yay!

I'm about halfway finished with another novella, though this one will be longer, that returns to Notte Oscura. I've gotten a lot of requests to write more in the same world as Frank and the Werewolf Tamer. This story has been a reader favorite ever since its release in 2011. Now, finally, a new story is going to happen.

The title for this one is Night Touch. It is about a woman who has visions based on touch, skin against skin contact. She comes to Notte Oscura to escape her nightmares one night and meets Kurtis. Lots of familiar faces (because I see them all so clearly) are returning in this one.

Night Touch will be released this fall as part of a Carnival series. More details on that later as well. I can say that many other authors are involved in this one, not just myself. And of course, I think it will be amazeballs. Wow. I just said amazeballs. Maybe I've had too much caffeine. LOL

Anyway, once I finish Night Touch and get it off to my editor, I'd like to write another series. No promises on this at the moment as I've barely made any notes at all. But, my muse is going crazy with new ideas. I'd really like to write a series that delves more into fantasy creatures, dark faeries, mythology, and all that good stuff. If anything comes of it, I'll be sure to let you all know. 

In the meantime, just know that I am working my butt off. 

I've also been doing a lot of gardening. Good grief this post is running long. Ha. Ha. I'm doing a lot of projects around the house. Fixing things up, trying to improve the landscape, etc. Sure, I could hire someone, but I really need the exercise and I enjoy the work.

Speaking of exercise, I'm trying to incorporate more into my daily life also. I had gotten so focused on work that over the holidays I completely stopped working out. Ugh! I hate it when that happens. Now it's time to break the bad habits of eating junk food and sitting on my ass. 

Okay, I'm going to stop rambling and get back to writing Night Touch and drinking coffee. Have a good one!