Tuesday, September 17, 2019

All of my stories are connected

The book that I've just started writing, Taken by Storm, takes place in the Lilith Mercury world. Telling people that has raised a few questions. Is this a new book in the Lilith series? Nope. Sorry. It is however, a book about Mason Storm.

Fans of the series will probably remember Mason and his Dungeon. lol I've just started work on this book and will try to continue as we progress with mediation on our house (hurricane Michael is still disrupting my life) and hopefully moving out for repairs. Therefore, I have no clue when this story might be finished, but I'll do my best.

This book wasn't even on my schedule until a few days ago. On Friday the 13th I started making notes and by Monday I had 14 pages of notes on nothing but Mason. lol Yes, I always loved him.

For those who are curious about the "world" thing, all of my books take place within the same world. The same rules apply. Everything I have ever written, aside from the books I write as T.K. Hardin, all take place in and around the Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter series. Timeline wise, my books take place before, during, or after the series of events in these novels.

You do NOT have to read the Lilith series to follow my books, not at all. However, if you have read them, a few things in my other books will instantly click. Like, when I mention werewolf rights, or whether or not the public even knows about creatures of the night, that sort of thing. That will let you know immediately where these fit within the timeline of the world I've created.

Someone mentioned to me recently that my books connect in a way that made them think of Stephen King, because he does the same thing with his overarching world. I honestly didn't realize that about King until they told me. lol But if that helps anyone to understand what I'm talking about, I thought I'd give the example.

I've connected all of my books into the same world for one reason, it makes sense to me and helps me keep track of things. Because you know where most of my story notes are, on every single book? In my head. 

This is why you'll see some of the characters from the Lilith series make cameo appearances in other books. They're all part of the same world. For example, Notte Oscura, the theme park from the series of the same name, is right down the street from The Dread Moon, Marco's club in the Lilith series. These people know each other. lol

Marco makes an appearance in book one in my Unseelie of Atlanta series, Shaman's Touch. His club, Red, is very close to where the story takes place.

So, why then have I chosen to specifically label this new book as, "A Lilith Mercury world novel?" Because this takes place literally right next door to Lilith, and involves one of the well-known characters from that series. He doesn't just make a cameo, he's one of the main characters. Therefore, it's a Lilith Mercury world novel. :) 

Chronologically, Taken by Storm will take place after the events of the 7 Lilith Mercury novels. However, I'm not going to put spoilers in this, because I hate spoilers. And you certainly do not have to read the series to follow this new book. But, if you want a better understanding of Mason and maybe the world itself, you might enjoy the Lilith Mercury series.

To tease everyone mercilessly, here's the new cover art I made a few nights ago. lol I'll finish this one as soon as I can, given everything I've got going on with my house.


For those who haven't read the Lilith series and are now curious, the first book, Red, is free on Amazon US. 



Grab Red here.

I hope that explanation makes sense, I'm running low on coffee. lol Now, I need to get back to work. ;) 


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Topics I've researched for books that probably put me on a government list somewhere


Yes, you read that correctly. I thought we'd have some fun around here. I don't know about anyone else, but it's been a hell of a year for me, and not in a good way. BUT, I'm not getting into that now.

My writer friends and I have often joked about the kinds of things we end up researching for our books. The conversation is always hilarious, and normally ends with several of us agreeing that if we ever die suddenly, someone should probably erase our browsing history. 

And for the curious, NO, I have never researched anything about sex for any of my books. I don't look up porn for ideas or anything like that. As soon as someone hears that you write romance, these are the types of questions you will get. Ugh. To be blunt, I use my imagination, and my own life experiences for those parts. For me, writing a sex scene is a natural progression from writing about any kind of emotional response. You just take all that stuff you feel and put it into words. For those who think that's all a romance novel contains, I feel sorry for you, you're missing out on a great genre that's not porn on paper. Ha. Ha. Ha. 

Actually, given that the subgenre of romance I prefer is paranormal, I end up looking at some strange shit. Really strange shit. As many of you already know, paranormal romance is a very broad category. It can contain ghosts, witches, vampires, werewolves, any variety of werecreature really, and all kinds of magical practices. Oh, and murder, there's usually some murder in there.

Feel free to leave some topics you've wondered about when it comes to writing research in the comments below. Or, if you're also a writer, share some of your crazy research topics. :) 

Right off the top of my head, here's some of the things I've looked up recently, in no particular order.

- Various methods of poisoning (Still looking into this one.)
- Chemicals that dissolve bones
- Photos of gunshot wounds. Okay, I know this one is really grisly, but I needed to be able to accurately describe someone's injuries and how extensive they were. I'm not a ghoul, I swear. lol
- Best ways to hide bodies (Really, not a ghoul.)
- Creative murder methods
- Cult rituals
- Human sacrifice/various methods thereof (Not crazy either, I promise.)
- Sex magic (No, this doesn't count as looking up sex. That is so not the part of the ritual I had questions about. lol)
- What length blade is needed to hit the heart when stabbing upward through the ribs
- The best/easiest ways to poison someone (Still looking into this one.)
- What chemicals break down flesh 
- Illuminati conspiracies (Typing this alone probably put me on some crazy lists. Yes, it really was for a book, though I admit I found it so fascinating I plan to do further research just for fun.)
- Curses to break up a couple (So I could write one that sounded believable and yet WAS made up. If you know me personally and your relationship ends any time soon, SO not my fault.)
- Werewolf mythology (I've read this stuff off and on since I was a kid. Love it.)
- Vampire mythology (Also love this.)
- All varieties of fairy tales
- Various works of classic literature
- Medieval torture devices (Also love this. Yes, really. I've been fascinated with this topic since my early teens, at least.)
- Blood splatter analysis techniques (Because Dexter can't answer all my questions.)
- Layout of different large cities
- Gothic architecture (Ah, a normal topic.)
- Various gun calibers, styles, ammo, basically everything you can think of about guns. I've also fired different guns and a variety of ammo to see how it feels. Hey, I need accurate descriptions. I've used weapons more than once simply for the experience.
- Names, always looking for new names. Speaking of which, if you ever see your name in a book of mine, it was a total accident. I say this because I've been asked before. With the exception of a few first names, all of mine are either selected at random, or are chosen because of their meaning and how it relates to the character.


And those are just the tip. Ha. Ha. Ha.









Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hurricane Michael update

All upcoming books are temporarily on hold due to damages to my home sustained during Hurricane Michael. It will take several months for repairs to be made (once they finally begin). During that time, I won't have an office and all of my notes have to be packed up in order to protect them. Also, packing up the house must be done in advance. My ENTIRE house is being rebuilt due to damages, just to give an idea of the scale of this. WILL I ever finish these books? Absolutely! It's just going to take me a while to get back in the swing of things. But, I'll be back. If you heard that in the voice of The Terminator, you are awesome. lol 

I'll likely be spending Halloween through Christmas, and possibly New Years in a camper. But, at least things are moving forward. I'll still have Roscoe (my dog), Mr. J, and I'll be staying close to watch the progress of the repairs. In the meantime, I've got a hell of a lot to do before construction even starts. Wish me luck, and know that I've got so many new story ideas that I'm constantly making notes and then having to pack them up. lol More books will be written after this, don't worry about that.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Vampire reverse harems anyone?


It's been a while since I first released this collection, so I thought I might share again for those not familiar.

Looking for some Dark Fantasy with magic and sex all in one hot package?

Three vampire ménage novels by Tracey H. Kitts, combined for the very first time into one smoking hot collection. That is what you're getting with the Eternally Yours Vampire Ménage Collection.

The Eternally Yours Vampire Ménage Collection includes:
1. Bitten
2. Necromancer
3. Diary of An Incubus

If you are easily offended, this collection might not be for you.

BITTEN

Sandra Ashton is a witch who suddenly finds herself dating three vampires. So, what do you do when you've got three immortal beings professing their undying or is that undead love for you? You agree to what they like to call, "joint custody."

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, violence, and lots of sex.


NECROMANCER

Jane Masters has no idea she's a necromancer. Luis and Henri are the vampires responsible for the power mingled in her blood. Though her love life improves dramatically after meeting them, Jane faces a more urgent situation than dating a vampire or two. As Luis and Henri reveal the details of her past life and the source of her power, they learn there's a killer on the loose and Jane is next on the list. As for her newly discovered past with the vampires, her heart remembers them. But will she survive to love them this time?

WARNING: This book contains graphic violence, graphic language, and graphic sex, as well as two smoking hot vampires.


DIARY OF AN INCUBUS

Jewel Mathers needed a good story for her next novel. She turned to the ancient journals in desperation. But fame and fortune comes with a price ... and a couple of hot vampires.

WARNING: This story contains violence, lots of sex, and some frightening creatures. No werewolves were harmed in the making of this book.


Get your copy here.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Need a new werewolf?

I've got good news and bad news. Good news, I'v got a brand new paranormal romance for you. 
Bad news, this will probably be my last book until my home is FINALLY repaired from damages sustained during hurricane Michael. Worse news, I'm not sure when that will be. I'm under a tremendous amount of stress. I need things in order around me and a calm environment to write. My house is wrecked. The majority of my files are already packed up, along with my reference books, name books, things that I use regularly when working. 

I'm also having to use a mattress as my chair because I'm sleeping in my office and that's killing my back. Even though I've hired a public adjuster, learning what I need to do next, what's my job, what's their job, and all the other crap that goes with dealing with an insurance claim is a full-time job. It shouldn't be that way, but it is and it's driving me crazy.
Will I be able to meet the deadlines I have on my website? Probably not, but I'm going to try. Just understand that I don't have a laptop, and I don't have WiFi out here in the boonies. So once my computer is packed up, that's absolutely it for being able to write until I'm able to put it back in my house, set my office up again, and get back to work. We're looking right now at a few more months before HOPEFULLY a settlement can be reached. Or, we'll have to sue the insurance company. After that, we may be living in an RV or camper, if we're lucky enough to find one, for the next 6 months until our home can be totally gutted and rebuilt. 
Taking all that into consideration, it may be the end of 2020 before I'm able to work on another book. I'm trying to stay positive, but it's a daily struggle for me right now. Oh, and we have to pack up the entire house in order for work to start (once we get to that stage) and we have nowhere to store anything. 
Why am I telling you all this? So you understand why the next two Unseelie of Atlanta books MIGHT not be out when I said they would be. But they are coming, and I'm definitely not stopping. I've just really got my hands full right now.
Say a prayer, or send positive vibes, or whatever good stuff you've got my way. Please. I would really appreciate it.

Now .... here's that new book I promised. :) 

Supernatural creatures aren't new, but those who are strictly human are still getting used to them living out in the open. Some go so far as to deny that any “creatures of the night” are living in Wolf Cove, but that is certainly not the case.

Between her sociopathic ex-husband and a vampire stalker, Olivia has her hands full. So, when a sexy private investigator says he can help, she decides to take him up on the offer. Only, he might be more than she bargained for. That's not always a bad thing, right?


Warning: Contains one sexy tattooed werewolf. May encourage howling at the moon.

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Everything on sale June 14-16


Mark your calendars, the weekend of June 14-16, every single book I have will be on sale. That's right, EVERYTHING. Books that are already really cheap will be free and everything else will be deeply discounted.This is an Amazon US exclusive. Depending on how this goes, I may later do an Amazon UK exclusive. 😉

If you follow me on Amazon, you can find everything more easily when the sale starts. 😉


Here's my Amazon author page.



Saturday, April 6, 2019

Is Joaquin Phoenix the "real" Joker?



Probably didn't expect this topic on the blog of a paranormal romance writer, huh? What a lot of people don't realize is that Mr. J has inspired a few characters of mine. No, they weren't psychotic clowns, and yes, readers loved them.

I can't help that he comes out in my work sometimes. You see, I've loved The Joker since I was a kid. My first recollection of watching him in old Batman re-runs and starting to read comics, I was probably five years old, maybe six.

As I grew up I also became very strongly attracted to the character. That's right, I've got a Joker fetish. LOL How bad? I'd stand in line to touch it. All right? Happy?

Anyway, back to the subject. I have enjoyed Joker in his many incarnations, from Cesar Romero to Jared Leto. Yes, I was even able to approach the often hated Leto performance with an open mind. I kind of dug it. My reasoning for that being, I didn't compare it to anyone else. He did his own thing. 

I've been following talks about the new Joker movie for a while. Obviously not closely though because I just saw the trailer last night while browsing YouTube for meditation videos.

And .... I hated it.

Why can't I approach this film with the same open mindedness I gave to Leto? I'm not sure. Maybe my hopes were too high? Or maybe I've just got an issue with the concept. For whatever reason, this particular idea felt wrong to me.

He looked like a sad, and very thin, John Wayne Gacy. Ugh. Where was my low-key sexy Mr. J? For that matter, where was Joaquin Phoenix? This didn't even resemble the actor I remembered. When I first heard he'd been cast, I had serious doubts. Not because he isn't capable, because he certainly is. He just isn't Joker to me. But the more I thought about I reasoned, "He's a good actor and he's pretty attractive. How bad can this be?"

Then I saw the trailer and thought, "Oh, pretty bad."

Everything about it was just wrong. Including giving Joker a definite origin story. Part of what makes him an interesting agent of chaos is you don't know who he used to be, and he doesn't seem to give a damn. Whoever Joker once was is both pivotal (to him), and irrelevant in who he has become. That's what makes him interesting. (HAHAHAHAHA! THE CHAOS!)

Having said that, I have to admit that I do enjoy what the Gotham series has done with the character. And they did give him a background.

In my mind I was already going over many of the things that CinemaBlend's Adam Holmes points out in this article. Joker is too old to be Batman's nemesis. As Holmes states, the Joker in this particular version would be at least 30 years older than Batman, making it just plain odd to see them throw down. (But I'd still watch, because that would be hilarious.)

Also, the Waynes are still alive in this film, making me wonder if they're going to follow the route taken by the Jack Nicholson version of Joker and have Arthur Fleck (still cringing at the name) murder the Waynes. Or, will he be the one to inspire Joe Chill? Personally, I hope they go the Joe Chill route. This would begin to show how Joker has influenced the life of Bruce Wayne, and the eventual creation of Batman. In this case it would make Joker, even more so than before, responsible for "making" Batman. But what about that massive age gap? Oh, and giving him a definite story? Will that work?

I am now, with all my heart, hoping that Joaquin Phoenix isn't the "real" Joker. If he isn't, it would actually make perfect sense. What if this new character, Arthur Fleck, is merely the inspiration for the development of the Joker we've all come to know? What if this failed comedian becomes one of the many origin stories he sometimes tells, rather than sharing his own? (This is, for the most part, the origin story told in The Killing Joke.)

In that case, there will be others. Men who wear the smile and come and go from the face of Gotham. Since these men will no doubt be famous, of course he would know their story, just like everyone else in Gotham. But when he finally emerges, no one will know the REAL Joker. He could be anyone. He can spout off an origin story at random based on the criminal clowns who came before him, still maintain his mystery, still maintain continuity with the established Batman lore, and it could STILL work.

If that's what they're going for with this new film, it's freaking brilliant. Fingers crossed. 

Now, I've got a book to write. Lol Feel free to share your thoughts on the new Joker and this theory, or others, in the comments.