Friday, December 28, 2007

What is your gift?

I got one of the best books I've read in years for Christmas this year. It's called, "Become a better you," by Joel Osteen. Now, I can see some of you cringing. This is not a religious post. I have found this book to be truly inspiring. It has opened my eyes to things which were right in front of me, but I failed to see.

Each of us has a gift. Whether it's writing, or architecture, or teaching, whatever. We all have a gift inside of us that God intended to be shared with the world. How amazing is that? According to Joel, and many others I have heard phrase this similarly, when you are working in your destiny you can feel it. You know that this is what you were always meant to do.

That's how I feel when I write. This is what I was always meant to do with my life. I can't imagine a time when I didn't want to write, or I didn't have a story to tell. That is my gift, my treasure, and I long to share it with the world. True, not everyone will accept or understand what I have to say. But many will, and it's for them that I write.

I don't write for the critics who judge so easily and I don't write for the skeptics that say you can't achieve your dreams. I write for the dozens of readers who have emailed me to say how much they enjoyed my work. I write for the aspiring authors who might find some small spark of inspiration in someone else's perseverance. I write for everyone who has ever longed to see their dream come to fruition. I write because it is my dream.

I sincerely believe that we have what we say we'll have and that we get what we expect. I expect good things in this new year and I wish the same for you. Don't let this be the year that you almost wrote that book, or you almost applied for that job you really want. Let this be the year that you took one step closer to sharing your gift with the world and fulfilling your dream.

From the bottom of my heart I wish you more love than your heart can hold, more success than you can manage, and more money than you can shake a stick at. LOL Seriously, I'd like to thank everyone who has both inspired and encouraged me during this past year. Here's to the New Year, may it be more prosperous than the last!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I'm not the Grinch after all

I know it's a few days early, but I wanted to take a minute and wish all of my friends and readers a Merry Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas, please don't be offended. I wish you many blessings and peace on earth, no matter what holiday you celebrate. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you only the best.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

What do you do late at night?

I'm sitting here listening to the rain. I have a book that I meant to finish editing, and a video game that I meant to finish playing. *sigh* I just can't seem to get away from the sound of the rain.

It's shushing sigh against my window pane is such a cleansing sound. It makes me smile. It makes me take a deep breath and wonder why I'm in such a hurry again. Where have I really got to go that can't wait a few hours?

It's been raining here (Florida) since about 2:00 this afternoon. That's not unusual for this time of year. At least, not in Florida. It's a damn good thing that I like rain. LOL I'm not sure how we ever got named the "sunshine state." All we ever get are freaking rainstorms and hurricanes (which is like an extreme badass rainstorm on crack, for those who have never experienced one.)

Ah, I have to stop typing. The clicking sound of my fingers hitting the keys is interfering with my enjoyment of the rain. Good night.

Fashion Macabre

That's the name of my new Cafe Press store. The store, like me, is just a little bit warped. Here you can find Club Red T-shirts as well as Pack Leader shirts for your dog. There are also some fun "gag" items that you're sure to love.

Check it out:

http://www.cafepress.com/fashionmacabre

It's still a work in progress:)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Writing Horny

That's right, this post is about writing horny. See, writing horny is a lot like going to the grocery store hungry. Sometimes, you just shouldn't do it. You always end up with something you didn't need, but it looked good at the time. Maybe you crave something sweet, so you end up with chocolate instead of fruit. Or, maybe you end up writing about a vampire foursome, like in my case. LOL

You know how it is. You're home alone, you're bored. You think, "Hey, maybe I'll write a little while I've got a minute." And the next thing you know, Dracula is naked.

The point is, when you write horny (just like shopping hungry) you always end up taking something home with you that you should have left at the store. There are times when the vamps should keep their clothes on and times when they desperately need to take them off. Then there are other times when I desperately need them to take it off.

Maybe the next time I write about vampires, I'll just get an ice pack instead of a glass of wine.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The New Face of Joker

Yes, my obsession with the Clown Prince of Crime led me to go searching for photographs of his latest impersonator. AND, be still my heart, Heath Ledger is even more grotesque than I had imagined he would be. Of course, considering that we're talking about the Joker, that's a compliment. I like Heath anyway. Something about him makes me want to hurt him and ... well, I like that. I also dig guys who wear makeup. LOL No wonder I find Marilyn Manson so attractive! AH, in my own accidental psychoanalysis I have figured it out. The very first man in makeup that I had a thing for was JOKER.

Personally, I like that whole psychotic, "I don't want it on straight" approach to his makeup. Besides, after having acid in his face has it ever occurred to anyone that he can't SEE well enough to put it on straight. I wouldn't. If you're already screwed up that bad, why not REALLY give people something to look at, eh?

Let me know what you think about the pictures. They're pretty raw compared to what we're used to seeing of Joker. I cringe at the thought of Two Face.

p.s. Did you know that yahoo spell check considers the f-word a proper word? ahahahahahahahaha Hey, you wondered what I did when I wasn't writing, right?

This is my favorite. This is how I always pictured the Joker when I read the comics years ago.

Yikes!


This is definitely the most disturbing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Red is a Romance Junkies Blue Ribbon Favorite!



Red has just received the blue ribbon favorite of the month award from Romance Junkies! I am so excited. I can't tell you how proud I am to display this little graphic. To think that they read so many books, and like mine this much is just thrilling.


You can read the review here:
http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Red.shtml

Happy Reading,

Tracey

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Scrapbook Pictures

When I have a few minutes, I love to scrapbook. So, I thought I would share some of my most recent pages with all of you. I was just messing around with some pictures of my cover art here, and this is what I came up with. Since that's what's going on with me right now, that's what ended up on my pages:)

I've also added last year's leprechaun. LOL

I've got some new watercolors that I'll try to put up sometime soon. Hope you enjoy these, and if you like to scrapbook, feel free to put a link to some of your pictures in the comments.



Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ever feel good for no reason?

Well, have you? I'm having one of those days. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a down kind of person, nor do I suffer from bi-polar syndrome. LOL I just feel great today and I have no idea why. Nothing particularly good has happened. Although nothing bad has happened either. Maybe I'm just glad to be alive:) That's always a good possibility.

Either way, I feel great today and I thought I would share it with you guys. I also wanted to take a minute to thank my readers for their continued support. I recently mailed off the first check to St. Jude from my royalties and that felt wonderful. Hey, maybe that's why I feel so good:) After all, it is the season for giving.

I also wanted to thank everyone for the letters I have been getting telling me how much you are enjoying the werewolf hunter series. I cannot fully express how much that means to me. I do my best to answer every letter personally. I'm just so thrilled that people like it enough to take the time to tell me:)

Well, once I got to writing, I guess I figured out why I feel so good today. LOL I hope you all have a good day too. Guess I should get back to work:)

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Devil trapped in an angel's body



This excerpt is from Object of My Affection, Book II in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series by Tracey H. Kitts., available now from New Concepts Publishing.


“What if I help you?” he asked.

I stopped and turned to face him through the rain.

“Why would you do that?”

“Well, once we hear from the council, it might not be your job to kill me anymore. Might as well be nice,” he said with a shrug.

Bade smiled, but his angelic features didn’t fool me.

“Look, I’m out of time for this. And whatever the council decides is irrelevant. I’ll most likely have to kill you one of these days anyway.”

I tried to walk away and he pulled me back.

“Then why didn’t you kill me back there? Why not kill me now?”

“Because you aren’t trying to hurt me or anyone else at the moment, and I don’t have time to fool with you.”

When I turned to leave again, I heard him take a step to follow me and I rounded on him.

“Bade, come to the point or I swear, I will hurt you in a way that you would not enjoy.”

He threw back his head and laughed. The pale gold of his hair clung to his face and neck. The small place where my sliver blade had nicked him had already begun to heal. With my eyes I traced the water that cascaded over his lovely features and tried to fight what I was feeling. I wanted Bade too, physically at least. Who could blame me?

Bade wasn’t handsome in the classical sense of the word. He looked like an angel. Not the fat little cherubs, but the warriors. The tall magnificently crafted cherubim of legend. He was the essence of sin, captured in the embodiment of heaven. What could be more appealing than the devil trapped in an angel’s body? He knew all the wrong things to do, and had all the right equipment to do it with.

“Once things have settled down, I have something I’d like to discuss with you,” he said.

Shit. I’d heard that line before. I didn’t like where the conversation was leading.

“You and I have nothing to discuss,” I replied softly.

“Perhaps, but things change. Marco might not always be in charge.”

My heart beat faster at the implied threat which was exactly what I needed to shut off my libido.

“Do not threaten Marco in my presence.” My voice was calm, which meant I was really pissed.

He ran a hand through his wet golden hair. “Easy love, don’t take it personally. Besides, you haven’t accepted his offer ... have you? I mean, that wouldn’t exactly go over well, would it? The daughter of the commander of The Hunters, cavorting with the head of the local werewolf pack.”

“I take any threat against Marco personally. The rest is none of your business.”

The instant I uttered the words I knew they were true, but it still shocked me to hear it out loud. I had just admitted that I would defend the safety of a man who only months ago, I’d been sworn to kill. Technically, I was still sworn to kill Marco. But like Bade had said, that could all change very soon. Even if it didn’t change, I knew in that instant I would never hurt Marco. I wasn’t capable of it.

Bade was a different story.

Book I is called Red and is available now at:
http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/red.htm

Book II, Object of My Affection can be found here:
http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/objectofmyaffection.htm

You can find out more about me here:
http://www.traceyhkitts.com/

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Need something to do besides eat turkey?

I'm guest blogging over at Romance Excerpts Only. So, while you're sitting back and enjoying some turkey, why not check it out?

http://romanceexcerptsonly.blogspot.com/

At REO all you get is romance excerpts and nothing but. Absolutely no chat, promo, or obligation.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This is so cool!

Not only have I had a chance to reconnect with one of my cousins, but we are into the same things:) Medieval times are my absolute favorite period in history. Guess what? He loves the middle ages and the Renaissance. How cool is that? Especially since we haven't seen each other in years. Oh, and I dig the werepig too. LOL It's really nice to know we have more than a bizzare gene pool in common. :D

If you get a chance, check out his blog.

Kenneth de Kindardesferi

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Warm fire on a cold night

This is what I was looking at last night and I thought I would share. You can't hear it very well on the video, but the fire was crackling nicely:) I recommend watching this while listening to Barry White and/or drinking wine or hot chocolate, whichever spirit moves you.

As I watched the fire last night I was reminded of a description I gave in one of my books, "He had a sexy, hypnotic voice. Smooth as silk and welcoming as a warm fire on a cold night."

Monday, November 12, 2007

My interview with Melissa Alvarez

For those of you who weren't able to listen to the show, now you can hear what you missed:) Just follow the link below to hear my interview with Melissa Alvarez. Not only is she a published author as well, but Melissa is a psychic. I had a lot of fun talking to Melissa, and hope you enjoy listening.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/MelissaAlvarez/blog/2007/10/26/Tracey-Kitts

If you like the show, or have any questions that weren't answered, please leave them as a comment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Very first review for Object of My Affection!

I tell you what, getting a review like this is better than chocolate with midol sprinkles on a bad day. LOL Seriously, I am thrilled::) I sincerely hope that everyone continues to enjoy this series as much as I enjoy writing it. I don't just share these reviews to brag, or strictly for promo. I share them because I want to share my excitement with my fans. (Or more correctly Lilith and Marco's fans. LOL) It always amazes me when people write to say how much they have enjoyed one of my books. If not for you guys, I wouldn't be here. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


From Romance Junkie's, Maria Shaink

5 RIBBONS!!!!

OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION finds our heroine, Lilith Mercury, a werewolf hunter, after the werewolf citizenship legislation has been passed, which makes it hard to know who the enemy is. After spending some time with werewolf Marco, she knows that though her wolf cries out to him, her human heart belongs to another. Alfred is truly the man she has loved since childhood and now the woman she has become is ready to fall for him. But things won’t be easy for the pair. Alfred’s work with the Wizard Council takes him off-planet frequently and she’s got a lot of men, humans and werewolves alike, who want to spend time with her. Again, some enemies are revealed and others become allies, but the action never lets up for our Lilith…


Lilith Mercury is back in this sequel to RED, and if you thought things were getting quiet, you were wrong! The adventure is back and even more intense. Lilith is in the first throes of newly-realized love with Alfred, who had previously taken a backseat to Marco. Marco hasn’t given up though and the interplay between all of these characters is both sexy and edgy. Ms. Kitts continues to surprise and delight me with her dramatic flair and her talent for weaving an intricate storyline. She gives up some secrets whilst keeping the threads of other storylines developing and dangling before the reader, delectably awaiting resolution. Both the new and returning characters in this story are enjoyable, compelling and realistic. The love affair of Alfred and Lilith is heart-melting in its sincerity and her Halloween scene with Marco is just as touching.

Ms. Kitts has once again outdone herself in this book, using her fantastic narrative writing skills to bring the reader into the exciting, visceral world she has created out of fantasy, science fiction and shape—shifter lore. The loves scenes are sexy, sensual and as well-written as they come. The dialogue between the characters is funny, agile and really expressive of their individual personalities. Top it all off with some killer fight scenes and all the elements combine to bring the reader a fantastic story. This is definitely a keeper, and plan on becoming a fan for life after reading!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I'm not a machine, and there's nothing wrong with that

Or, so a friend of mine recently told me. I'm currently working on a new book. I started three days ago, and I've already written 47 pages. Can you believe I think I need to write more tonight? I'm not saying any of that to brag. I'm illustrating a point. I expect too much of myself.

The thing is, this is all I've ever wanted to do with my life, and I want to succeed with all of my heart. But, as someone else told me, that doesn't mean I have to give all of my soul. But it does really. To me at least. Sure, your book (or books) is a product, and I do see it as such. But it is also a part of you.

No artist has ever turned out a masterpiece that didn't have some part of themselves in the finished product. So I guess in a way, I am giving a part of my soul when I write.

I believe that you get what you expect out of life, and I expect great things. But I also believe in hard work and earning your place in life. So, to put it mildly, I'm kicking my ass on a daily basis to be in the right places, make the right connections, and get the job done so that I can move on to the next thing on my list.

However, as my friend's words helped to point out ... I'm nowhere on that list. The point of this somewhat mild rant is to let other writers out there know that it's okay to take a break. It's okay to go to bed early some nights, even though you could use the time to write. Your work will be fresher when your brain has had some down time:) And writing in your pjs doesn't count as rest. LOL I've done that too and still do. It's not exactly the same thing. You CAN let your email go for one day, every now and then. You CAN resist the urge to check all of your messages on every account/blog/myspace page, or whatever else you may have.

My point is this: The world won't stop for you to catch up. However, it won't leave you behind if you get a good night's sleep.

Goodnight:)

Want to see a hot half naked werewolf?

Then check out the new trailer to Object of My Affection!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Another great review for Red!

WOOHOO! *pauses to do a little dance* Oh, crap. I hear thunder. That must have been the wrong dance. Anyway, this post isn't about dancing. It's about the reason I FEEL like dancing! My debut novel RED just got another great review! This one is from ParaNormalRomance, and I couldn't wait to share it:)

"action and electric heat"

Lilith Mercury is one of those women you don't mess with or she will show you first hand what a bad-ass she is. Having the job of hunting werewolves has hardened her into the strong woman she is. She was born into the job through her father being part of the police squad that was in charge of exterminating the outlaw Lycan Species. She loves her job, it makes her feel alive. But then Marco walks into her life and all of her firm ideas take a beating when she realizes that Marco is all that she has been taught to fight, to take out. Marco is "Off Limits" to her because he is a werewolf. But Lilith can't fight the attraction she feels for him. Could all that she has been taught be wrong? Then there is Alfred, her partner and housemate for years. What is going on? She not only finds it impossible to stay away from Marco, but she is finding the man she has known for years very attractive, a man that would help and do anything for her. Add to that the police detective and Lilith wonders what is she doing, feeling here?

How is she going to chose between three great guys that will do anything for her? Alfred is willing to wait as long as needed because his love for her is that strong. Then you have Marco, the alpha werewolf that is so sensual, he knows what he wants and has faith that the wait will end with him winning Lilith.

Tracey H. Kitts blew me away with the world she built in this story. The characters were so real and knew what they wanted; they just needed to get Lilith to see it their way. The action and electric heat between all of the characters made the story flow effortlessly. I look forward to reading the next in this great series by Tracey H Kitts.

Reviewed by Nicole Harvey
Posted November 1, 2007 - ParaNormalRomance

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Blue Notes Exclusive One on One Interview with Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter

New Interview Posted at the Blue Notes.
Read More at http://sapphirebluenotes.blogspot.com/

This week read the exclusive one on one interview with Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter

Title of book: Object of My Affection, book two in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60494-099-3
Price: $5.50

Blurb

Lilith finally admits to herself that she's in love with Alfred,
her partner and fellow Hunter. However, her desire for Marco
is growing stronger. With Alfred still on planet Terra, she's left
vulnerable to the charming wolf. Though he's promised to
behave, you can only expect a wolf to wear sheep's
clothing for so long. Besides, the wool itches.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Friday is going to be a busy day:)


First thing tomorrow, I'll be making my second appearance on the Channel 7 WJHG Morning News. I'll be on at 6:00 a.m. So, for all those in the northwest Florida area, tune in to hear more about my new book, Object of My Affection.


Next, I'll be chatting with Melissa Alvarez on The Reader's Round Table. If you'd like to call in to ask me some questions, the number is 347-215-8473. Or, you can tune in online at http://blogtalkradio.com/MelissaAlvarez. This will be 11:30-11:00 EST.


Then, tommorrow night, if you like your men Tall, Dark, and Furry, then join me along with Jorrie Spencer, Buffi Becraft-Woodall, Stormy Sommers, Sierra Dafoe, and Dani Harper for an evening of excerpts, contests and a HOWLING good time!


We'll be posting on two Yahoo groups simultaneously ---


eBookLove and Fallen Angel Chatters




Don’t forget to join one or both of these groups
in order to participate. You must be 18 or older.

Friday, October 26 from 6 pm to 11 pm Eastern time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Let's talk turkey ... um, I mean werewolves

On October 26 (this Friday), I'll be doing my very first talk radio interview! Join me from 11:00-11:30 (central) while I chat with Melissa Alvarez. You can call in your questions, or just call up and talk if you like. The number to the show is 334-215-8473. Or, you can tune in online at http://blogtalkradio.com/MelissaAlvarez

We'll be talking about everything from my career, to my inspiration. We'll also be discussing the latest edition in my Werewolf Hunter Series, Object of My Affection.

Friday, October 19, 2007

OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION IS OUT!

For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating book two in the Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series, the wait is over! Object of My Affection has been released early! I'm so excited. Once I finally calm down, I'm sure this will still be really cool:)

You can find book two here:


Happy Reading,

Tracey

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm featured today at The Raven!

Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a free download of Red.


See you there,

Tracey


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Drawing Inspiration


As some of you may know, I've recently completed a final read through of Book III before I submitted it to my publisher. In doing this, I came in contact once again with the character who most often haunts my dreams. You see, he is the same man who continues to appear in Lilith's dreams throughout the story. I didn't make him up entirely:) But the parts that I did ... my, my, what a work of ... fiction.

I decided a few days ago to do something I haven't done in a while, draw some inspiration. I saw a picture online, I don't remember where and thought to myself that my character would look good in that pose. So, if you recognize the pose, I'm not trying to seal anyone's idea or anything like that. I just took my character and put them in that situation. This was done purely for fun and my own entertainment. But since it turned out so well, I thought I would share.

I would tell you his name, but that would ruin the surprise:) For now, lets just call him my favorite vampire.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Waiting for the dawn

Don't you hate it when you just can't sleep? I'm not normally one to suffer with insomnia, but when my mind is working overtime, my body never gets any time off. The world isn't coming to an end or anything, but recent events in my life have left me to wonder ... I wonder a lot of things. I won't get into them here, for to do so would be giving satisfaction to the ones responsible.

My personal life is fine. This isn't about my marriage or anything of that nature, thank God. And yes, I will get over it. But until I do ... here I sit, waiting for dawn. You know, I haven't seen a sunrise since I was in Jamaica 5 months ago. Ah, here it comes ... this should make me feel better.

I just stopped to go look, and it is magnificent. You can't actually see the sun where I'm at. It's more like dawn breaks evenly over the landscape, spilling its light into every crook and crevice of the horizon. Birds chirp, and I smile. There is a faint breeze blowing, and its such a welcome presence it feels as if God sighed over the trees. I can actually hear a rooster crowing off in the distance. Yes, I feel much better.

So, here's to all my fellow insomniacs. I tip my coffee cup to you:)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Release Anxiety!

Join me today as I guest blog with Mandy Roth to discuss writing your own press release. Writing your own press release doesn't have to be like visiting your dentist. It can be like visiting your incredibly HOT dentist. LOL

http://www.mandyroth.com/blog/

Hope to see you there.

Tracey H. Kitts
http://www.traceyhkitts.com/

Monday, October 1, 2007

The RAVEN Halloween Hunt!

Raven Halloween Hunt Starts TODAY!

This contest is HUGE! We have over 60 authors and prizes! Visit the RAVEN homepage and click on the graphic for the contest! It runs for the entire month of October!

* Permission to forward contest link and info granted

http://ravenhappyho ur.com/raven. htm

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

5 Ribbon Review for RED!!!

I cannot begin to express how pleased I was when I read the following review from Maria Shaink of Romance Junkies. What can I say? I'm still doing the happy dance:)

From Romance Junkie's Maria Shaink

BLUE RIBBON RATING: 5 ribbons (out of 5)

Lilith Mercury is a badass girl with the best intentions. She’s a werewolf hunter, born to the job by virtue of her father being part of an interplanetary police squad that exterminates the outlawed Lycan species. She’s great at her job and it’s never been a problem, until she meets Marco. He’s off—limits, being a werewolf and all, but their attraction is undeniable and unstoppable. Then there’s Alfred, the man who’s been her partner and roommate for years, and who she suddenly realizes is not just her friend but a very attractive man who’d do anything to warm her soul. Added into the mix is a very sexy police detective who knows how to show a lady a good time. So who’s a girl to choose?

The story of RED is a fast—paced and highly detailed tale of a werewolf hunter in a world much like our own, but in which werewolves are common knowledge on Earth. In an interesting take on the werewolf legend, the author introduces Lycans as a race created by a mad scientist whose virus infected scores of people on another planet. These first werewolves fled to Earth, and now the people of the original planet, Terran, have agents—hunters—placed on Earth to exterminate them. I really enjoyed this departure from the norm, this blending of paranormal and science fiction genres. Ms. Kitts also blends her debut novel with fantastic details of dream analysis, enchanted journals and psychic powers.

The characters of RED are the best part of the story. Marco is a consummate Alpha and deliciously sensual figure, a man who knows exactly what he wants and has faith that his patience will win the girl of his dreams. Alfred is just as striking—a romantic, patient man whose love for Lilith has been waiting for the right moment to give it voice. I can’t wait to read more about him in the next installment of the Lilith Mercury tales. All the characters in this story come together to create a terrific vignette of Lilith’s life, what she is like, who she really is beyond the sarcastic wit and carefully controlled emotions. The reader knows and comprehends Lilith by the end of the story, and this leaves the reader anticipating the next book for resolutions to questions posed, and new developments in the life of the huntress. Ms. Kitt’s skill in writing is something that very few debut writers are capable of. Her mastery in weaving an intricate storyline and keeping the reader enticed and on edge is what sets her apart in such a gripping way. I fully expect to see her quickly snatched up by some New York publishing house.
The loves scenes in this story were exquisitely tasteful and well—placed. This was not just some excuse to write a lot of hot sex with little—to—no story to balance it. The whole book was oozing with sexual tension and I loved every second of it! Ms. Kitts keeps a lot of tension going on the sexual side of certain interpersonal relationships, while adding humor and fun into other aspects of the book. Every secondary character was well placed and added depth to the story, keeping the plot multilayered and vastly compelling. The scenes featuring Lilith’s great—grandfather had me teary—eyed, while scenes in Marco’s nightclub had my blood running hot. Ms. Kitts is an extremely adept writer who knows how to play to her audience’s emotions, and the personal touches she gives to each character, from Lilith’s poetry to her analysis of dreams, lend credence and humanity to the people inhabiting the pages of this work.

RED is a book that really resonated with me, crawling up into my consciousness like silk—covered fingers. The stage has been set for the next in the Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter series, entitled OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, and I cannot wait to read it when it comes out in October! Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake stories will find a lot to love here. Ms. Kitts’ storytelling is some of the best I have read in a long time, and after finishing this novel, I felt that ache of withdrawal that only comes with reading that last page of a truly great story and cursing yourself for reading it too fast! Anita Blake fans— you have just been served!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My Crack

Okay, this post isn't about my butt. I don't know about anybody else, but I periodically give thanks for the blessings in my life. Today, it's Starbucks Frappuccino. I swear, Starbucks is like crack to me. I'm addicted. Of course I have much more to be grateful for, and I am. But most days it's the simple things, like the one I'm sitting here sipping that make the day turn out better. I'm all about simple pleasures. And after I enjoy this one, I'm off to give book three in my series another read through:)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm featured on Pillow Talk today:)

Michelle Pillow has posted an article about Red:)

You can check it out here: http://www.michellepillow.com/blog/

Thanks, Michelle :D

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Man of My Dreams Contest WINNER


And the winner is ... FALLENDOMINO! Please contact me at traceyhkitts @ yahoo.com to receive your free download of Red, book one in my Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series.


Thanks so much to everyone who entered. If I'd had to choose based on what you guys said, I don't think I could have. Talk about some sweet dreams:) So, I put all the names in a hat and had my husband draw one:)


Congratulations Fallendomino.


Tracey H. Kitts

www.traceyhkitts.com

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Man of My Dreams - CONTEST

As some of you may already know, Marco, one of the main characters in my debut novel Red was inspired by a dream. So were many other characters in the series. I keep a dream journal and often refer to it for inspiration.

What this post is about is finding out about the man of your dreams. Is he tall, dark, and handsome? Does he need to have a winning smile? Or do you look more for personality? If you could have your choice, would he be a werewolf? Or do you dream of the more "cold blooded" type?

Let us know what you think. Everyone who replies to this post will be entered to win a copy of Red, book one in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series.

I know you've got dreams (or fantasies if you prefer) so, let's hear them. You can say as much or as little as you like.

I look forward to reading your responses. The winner will be notified on this blog.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Full Lunar Eclipse

The Earth's shadow will pass over the moon's surface early Tuesday, slowly eclipsing it and turning it to shades of orange and red. This is the second lunar eclipse this year, and should be visible in North and South America.

The full eclipse will begin at 5:52 a.m. EDT.

Since I write about werewolves, you know I've read all about this, right? LOL I also happen to find the moon fascinating all by itself, even without any mystical connotations. So, here's what will happen. An eclipse occurs when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's light.

Since the Earth is larger than the moon, the process of the Earth's shadow totally eclipsing it before the shadow recedes, lasts about 3 1/2 hours. The total eclipse phase, in which the moon has a reddish/orange glow, lasts about 1 1/2 hours. (My favorite part.) I'm hoping to get some pictures if I have time.

The next total lunar eclipse will be Feb. 21, 2008.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Sick as a dog?

First of all my television interview went great! However, as soon as I left the set, the cold I had been so valiantly fighting really started to kick my ass. For the past two days, I've been "sick as a dog," which leads me to my question. Where do these expressions come from? Have you ever wondered exactly how sick a dog is?

What unusual expressions have always made you wonder or made you laugh? Share them here, and maybe someone will know the answer.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Latest news on my debut novel, Red

It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been busy:) For those of you in the Northwest Florida area, I'll be on Channel 7, WJHG, Panama City tomorrow morning. I'm being interviewed for their morning show from 6:00-6:30 a.m.

I'll also be showing up in a few local newspapers over the next couple of weeks, so look for me, and wish me luck.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Warm reception

I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has emailed me or sent me a message on myspace. It really means a lot to me to know that people enjoy my work. Probably the best part about being a writer is when you get a note like this one:

"Okay- i'm on 133 and i would have gone further- but i had to put it down and go to bed so i could go to work this am(sign of great writer when u don't want to put it down) LOL will finish it tonite- Marco is yummy!!!!For any that read this comment- buy the book and read it you will not be disappointed-"

I was so excited when I got this message today. Thanks Kim:) This promises to be a stressful day, but the load is much lighter now. Knowing that people enjoy what I do makes every minute of my hectic schedule well worth it. Writing is where I escape from the world and become who I was always meant to be, a writer.

Red, it's not just the big bad wolf's nickname for Red Riding Hood any more. It's a new book from author Tracey H. Kitts.Check it out here and read the first chapter freehttp://www.newconceptspublishing.com/red.htm

Monday, August 13, 2007

Red is out!!!

Red, the first book in the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series was released this Saturday. You can find it here.

http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/red.htm

Happy reading!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

There's No Place


Have you ever just had a craving? You know, for something different? Well, over the last few days, I've had a craving to write something different. For me, you can't get much different than a contemporary romance. I had an idea last Thursday that I wrote on a post-it note and put in my "idea" folder. Over the weekend, I started making notes on another story, but yesterday this one seemed to keep taking precedence.

On my way home from work, I was flooded with ideas. It was like a miracle. Once I got home, I thought I'd write down a few lines. That turned into three full pages of notes. What really got the ball rolling was when I accidentally found a picture of my main character. I did a search on photobucket for sexy cowboys and found this image. Wow. He's exactly what I had in mind. (For a lot of things, but we were talking about a story, remember?)

The only problem is, I'm supposed to be taking a break. I guess I don't know how. I love to write. It's my escape and my passion. So, I guess I'll just try to take notes for the next couple of months:) Once I get enough that the story is very much alive and no longer just notes on a page ... then I'll have to write it. My husband, who is supportive of me, thinks that taking a break means not working at all. Work is a dirty word to me, and writing is definitely not work. He tries, but I just don't think he gets it. I can't stop, not completely. It's who I am. But to his credit, he really liked the idea for this story even though he initially favored the vampire story better (which I'm still going to write I just might have to write this first).

The working title is There's No Place. Here's the tag line: "A woman with a jaded past returns home, only to find that the man she left behind might not be hers anymore."

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Character Flaws

Lilith Mercury is always attracted to the wrong sort of man. Boy, does this sound familiar. Freud believed that every person in our dreams represented some aspect of ourselves. What is a good story, a fantasy, if not a dream of some sort? As I read over my books, proofing and such, I am often amazed at the resemblance. I don't just see myself in Lilith, but all of my characters. Yes, even, or perhaps it is especially, in the villains.

As for Lilith, I've often said she carries my scars in more than one sense of the word. But so does Marco and Alfred. I've been on all sides of the fence, and that comes through in their personalities. It's like getting to write about different sides of myself. Kat is another character I have a lot of fun with. She's based on a very good friend of mine who likes to joke that Kat is her wicked side.

Marco is such a combination. He looks like a man I cannot have, and has a combined personality of myself, the man he resembles, and the one who nicknamed me Red. You see, I was never afraid when I heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood. As Lilith says herself, "If The Big Bad Wolf wanted to eat me, I wasn't about to stop him." Marco is my Big Bad Wolf made flesh, and I agree with her sentiments wholeheartedly.

Alfred is more of the man who was ... what I thought I wanted. He has a past, and that intrigues me. He's older and therefore more experienced, and that just turns me on. He saved Lilith's life, so she echoes my opinion. He's also Italian, and that never hurts. I took the time to learn the language just to make him sexier. To me French is the language of sex, but Italian is the true language of love.

Even our villain, whom I've not spoken much about, Bade Garren, is a part of me. If I had to call him anything, I'd say he's my wicked side. He does all of the things I could never get away with. In a twisted way, he's wish fulfillment. He also wears a silver stud through his left nipple. You see, even though werewolves have an extreme allergy to silver ... he likes the pain.

Before I started writing, I also found myself drawn to stories with characters I could see a bit of myself in. Does this happen to you? Do you like something completely different, or something that reflects just a little bit of who you are or who you'd like to be? If you're a writer also, do your characters reflect you greatly, or just a bit? Or are they completely different?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Faith Hill/Grabbing Incident

Have you seen this yet? I was listening to the radio on my way to work this morning and heard the story. Apparently a fan grabbed Tim McGraw's crotch. As you may (or may not) know, he and his wife Faith Hill are on tour together right now. How tacky can you be? It's bad enough if he were single. It'd still be tacky. I can understand wanting to touch their hand as they walk by or something, but you don't grab people's balls. LOL (Which is pretty much what Faith tells her.) Someone happened to have a camera and caught her telling off the fan. Personally, I thought she was very nice about it. If someone had done this to my husband I'd have been thrown in jail. I feel it was handled well under the circumstances. Like I said, it was just tacky to me. It's bad enough to do this to someone who is single, but to grab a married man right in front of his wife?! Come on, get a life. Either way, it's kind of funny and here's a link to watch the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA6q1qEfW-k

Friday, July 27, 2007

HP, NOT A SPOILER

I was right. I've just finished the book about an hour ago and I've only managed to stop crying just now. I cannot make up my mind how I feel about everything. Many of the deaths came too quick and unexpected. One in particular, I thought I was prepared for, but when faced with the reality of it .... found I was not. My favorite character died. No, I'm not going to tell you who it was, but they were my favorite and I mourn their loss. Yes, I can see as a writer and also enjoyer of a good tale, how it was necessary that this character should die ... nevertheless, my mind whirls with the possibility of "was there another way?"

I still must applaud Rowling. The entire story was a masterstroke and it probably feels wonderful to have completed it. I think I had held up remarkably well until the last two pages. Yes, I'd cried, but nothing like this. Once you get there, you'll know what I mean. I cried like someone I actually knew had died.

I will say this, the book wasn't all good, and it wasn't all bad. It was ... a necessary conclusion. It was bittersweet. I had figured out most of the main points, which were clarified in book seven, long before now. Not because I'm any great genius, but because I loved the books good enough to take a thorough interest in the development and personalities of the characters. You see, once upon a time, I was going to be a psychologist, and I take great interest in what makes people tick. Even fictitious people. That's why I enjoy being a writer so much.

I was both pleased and heartbroken when my favorite character turned out to be just as I had thought them to be. Just as brave ... and just as broken. Perhaps even suffering more than Harry himself by the time it was all said and done. My poor hero. I had really wanted to be wrong about some of this. But if I was, it would have made this character's suffering and indeed their whole purpose in vain. We couldn't have that, now could we?

I won't tell you who it was, because I think people who do things like that are pricks. I've actually avoided the news and most of the Internet for the past week so no one could ruin it for me before I had a chance to finish the book. I'll probably end up sleeping most of the day tomorrow ... no wait, that's today. Because I can't sleep now. Not after what I've just read.

I've also called and awakened a friend of mine whom I knew would understand. The other friend I called when I couldn't immediately reach him was still awake:) Good morning, Priscilla. As for you, Alan. You're probably walking your dog a bit early this morning. Sorry:) Enjoy your coffee, and stop giving caffeine to the dog. If you're reading this though ... you're right. I just needed to hear your voice. As a matter of fact, I'm about to call you again right now.

As for everyone else out there. Was it worth it? Should you even bother seeing what happens after all? Absolutely. It reminds me of a song I heard years ago in school. And if you've read some of my other posts, you'll know I don't often listen to country music. The reason is, it makes me cry.

But I remember a song by Garth Brooks called The Dance. In this song he says he's glad he didn't know, "The way it all would end, the way it all would go." Because he could have missed the pain, but he might have missed the dance.

Yes, the conclusion was painful. But it was a dance that I enjoyed and would gladly take part in again ... even knowing how it all would go.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Willie Nelson and wine

I shouldn't drink and listen to country music, period. Country normally doesn't do it for me, but "You were always on my mind," makes me think of people who ... were on my mind. The ones I never held like I should have, or told them I loved them as often as I could have. All of the things I should have said and done, and never took the time, but they were always on my mind. Anyway, it's one of my all time favorite songs. How much more sincere can you get? He's saying, "I screwed up and I know that. Now can I have another chance?"

Or, maybe I just sympathize with a fellow redheaded stranger. LOL

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Seeing Red again


I just wanted to let everyone know that Red is now listed on the New Concepts Publishing Coming Soon page. I was excited. The release is still scheduled for late August, but in the meantime you can check out my cover art.

FYI:

10% of my royalties will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital. This goes for every book I will ever write. I believe very strongly in their cause. I encourage anyone interested to take a look at this great organization.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Ever dance with a werewolf in the full moon light?


Do you howl at the full moon? Are you an animal lover? Or does a hairy chest just do it for you? My favorite social animal has recently been interviewed. Just so you know, I fell in love with Marco the moment he touched the paper, so to speak. I hope you'll love him as much as I do.



Interviews with the Heroes of New Concepts Publishing

Good morning! My name is Bo. As a vampiress I've seen lots of men come and go over the past several centuries, but nothing like the group I'm about to speak with today. With help from my friend, Caitlin, a fairy witch, I'm about to travel through time and space to interview heroes from New Concepts Publishing. We've gathered at a magical hotel on the seashore of a land I'm not allowed to mention in order to protect the privacy of Caitlin's tribe.

This is exciting for me because I've only been a secondary character in stories like Caged with the Tiger and Tamed by the Tiger so they usually don't let me near the heroes. However today I'll be in contact with hotties from this world and beyond.

The interviews will be starting soon.

Thank you!
Vampiress Bo


Hero Interview: Marco Barak

Hello! Vampiress Bo again and I'm here in Marco Barak's hotel room, seated across from the handsome werewolf. I have to admit I've recently developed a soft spot for were-creatures and this guy is no exception. He's tall, tan, and tantalizing with his long, lean legs poured into black leather pants and a shirt that clings to every chiseled muscle of his torso. When he speaks, his voice is deep, rough and sexy enough to send a shiver down a woman's spine. I have to admit that even someone as old and experienced as I am can't help being aroused by the sound of it.

Staring into his chocolate brown eyes, it's a little hard to think, but I collect myself and begin the interview.

BO: What do you do for a living?

MARCO: I run club Red. It's where a lot of my pack members come to party. Of course the general public is welcome, though we don't advertise that fact. We also don't advertise the fact that it's a werewolf club.

BO: How did you feel when you first met your lady?

MARCO: My lady? Well, she certainly doesn't consider herself that. (He lays on a smile worthy of the devil and reclines slightly in his chair, causing his leather pants to creak.) I'll have a hard time getting her away from Alfred. He's her partner, a scientist. (sigh) Yeah, he really has it in for me. The problem with Lilith is, she still thinks I'm the bad guy. (another smile) Do I look bad to you, honey? (He laughs, a deep and very masculine sound.)

BO: What's your favorite pastime alone?

MARCO: Believe it or not, I enjoy reading. I love to study law and literature, as well as ancient cultures.

BO: How about your favorite pastime with your lady?

MARCO: Well, I'm at the top of her list, just not the list I'd like to be on. But I can think of several things I'd like to ... Oh, wait, that's not what you asked.

BO: Are you always the aggressor in the bedroom or does she sometimes take the lead?

MARCO: Getting ahead of ourselves aren't we? (He laughs and runs a hand through his dark hair, causing it to shine underneath the light. Next, he leans forward, giving a smell of his werewolf pheromones.) I can be a great many things in the bedroom, let's just leave it at that.

BO: Do you remember to take out the garbage?

MARCO: Always. I'm fairly neat for a werewolf. (wink)

BO: What is one of your greatest faults?

MARCO: I can be harsh when necessary. It's not exactly a fault, but something I do not enjoy. I guess you could say I rule with an iron hand when I have to.

BO: What would your lady say is your greatest virtue?

MARCO: I believe she's yet to discover that. Hell, I'm not even sure what it is.

BO: Boxers, briefs or other?

MARCO: Most of the time ... nothing at all.

BO: Do you play any sports?

MARCO: No, but I like to hunt. (smile) Just for the record, we're not talking about using a gun here.

BO: In what book can we read about you?

MARCO: Red, coming in August to NCP, by Tracey H. Kitts. For now you can read an excerpt about me at http://www.traceyhkitts.com/red.htm

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Liadan Brodie! Lia won my gift basket filled with scented candles, accompanied by a letter from Lilith Mercury, werewolf hunter extraordinaire. If you're reading, Lia, I hope you enjoy them. Hopefully, cream will match something in your new house:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Seeing Red yet?

I've decided to post some excerpts of my upcoming novel Red, scheduled for release with New Concepts Publishing this August. (For those who have already read this excerpt on my website, hang in there, there will be more.) Here's the first:

We went to a few places. Mostly, Kat drank a lot and watched me dance. I love to dance; it’s such an incredible stress reliever. There are some times when stress just calls for physical activity. I’d worked out so vigorously over the past few months that I’d lost ten pounds. But, I was sick of making my punching bag suffer defeat, or slicing and dicing my poor steel dummy in the training room. I needed to do something less violent to calm my nerves ... I needed to dance.

It was very late, or very early, depending on how you want to look at it, when we arrived at the last stop of the night. This club was unusual, to say the least. Three bold letters splashed above the door in massive blood colored brushstrokes said, Red. The moment I saw it, I knew this was the place from my dream, and somewhere inside, was the man I’d been dreaming about.

The inside of the place was dark, with occasional flashes of strobe lights illuminating a path through the crowd of sweaty gyrating bodies. When I say the music pumped, I’m not using a figure of speech. You could feel the rhythm in your chest, like a heartbeat. Like really good sex, the pounding music rattled your teeth. The whole room pulsated with an energy I couldn’t describe. It excited me.

In the time we were there, a variety of music was played and a variety of people were on the dance floor. Some who could dance, others so drunk they thought they could. Kat made her way over to what may have been a stage, but it looked more like an elevated part of the dance floor. She sat at a table there to enjoy watching some drunk guys trying to dance.

“Free entertainment,” she yelled, pointing at the staggering group.

I yelled back that I’d be at the bar for a while, and made my way back through the crowd. I sat on one of the tall leather barstools, and ordered a coke and rum. Unfortunately for me, it took a great deal of alcohol to get me drunk and right then, I wanted nothing more than to lose myself in the wonderful haze of intoxication. I metabolize alcohol at such a fast rate that I can get a buzz, sit down to watch a movie, and be completely sober half way through. Kat saw my high metabolism as a gift from God, until I told her how fast I burned off alcohol.

“No one could ever take advantage of you,” she’d teased, looking scandalized.

I tried explaining to her there are ways of intoxicating the senses besides alcohol. She’d smirked and said, “Yeah, but I haven’t had sex that good in a while.” That wasn’t exactly what I’d meant, but I thought explaining would have been a waste of time.

I stayed at the bar for at least twenty minutes, eventually downing straight shots of rum. The whole time I was there, I sensed someone watching me. I put down my tenth empty shot glass and focused for a moment on the eyes that I could feel on my back. Even through the haze I’d managed to accomplish I knew a werewolf when I sensed one. My heart fluttered, my pulse quickened, and I was suddenly short of breath. It was almost like being aroused.

Someone leaned over me just as there was a brief pause in the music and whispered against my right ear, “Would you like to dance?” His scent was thrilling. He smelled clean, like soap mingled with aftershave, and underneath it all, there was the undeniable scent of a man. I turned enough to see Marco Barak.

“Hello, Red,” he smiled.

I wondered if he’d been waiting till I got drunk enough to accept his offer. I hesitated for a moment, just looking at him. I might have to kill this man one day. But that night, I wanted to dance. I took his hand and led him onto the dance floor through the crowd, and onto the raised platform in front of Kat’s table. We danced for what felt like hours. I suppose you could have called our dancing foreplay. I know many women consider dancing a metaphor for sex. If that’s true, then my God, this man danced well.

Time stood still as we moved together. The touch of his body against mine sent fire through my veins, like small jolts of electric sensuality. I was vaguely aware that Kat had taken out her camera and was snapping pictures between the flashing lights. The room seemed to freeze with each flash, giving me unforgettable mental images. Marco wore black leather pants and a matching shirt that felt smooth to the touch. We looked as if we’d dressed to match.

His hair that I remembered as a dusty blond had darkened into a brown over the years. Through the rain a few weeks ago, I couldn’t tell. After all, everything is darker when it’s wet. But, his eyes were the same deep chocolate brown I remembered. I noticed a light stubble on his chin, as if he’d forgotten to shave, and the beginnings of side burns. Have I mentioned how fond I am of men who look like they’ve been roughed up a little?

He pulled me close and asked, “What are you thinking?”

“That you’re a good dancer.” I paused, looking him up and down. “It’s difficult to find a man with such ... rhythm.” I looked into his dark eyes and saw a passion which could only be described as hunger.

“I was seriously considering asking you to leave with me,” he confessed.

“I was considering doing just that.”

He didn’t seem as surprised as I’d expected. “Are you here with someone?”

“A friend.”

“Are you attached to someone in any way?”

“Yes,” I lied. “Are you?”

“Yes, but I’m beginning to regret my choices,” he answered.

He pulled me near, as if to kiss me. Stopping just short of contact, he breathed against my lips, “Let’s get out of here.”

“Let me tell my friend I’m leaving. She’s really drunk and is going to need a cab,” I explained.

“Does she know me?” he asked.

“Yeah, she knows who you are.”

He paused, as if trying to figure out how to word his question. “I mean, does she know--”

“What you are?” I interrupted.

He nodded.

“Yes. She does,” I said simply.

“Will she tell on you?” he asked.

“No.”

Stepping down from the platform, I walked to Kathryn’s table and tried to explain that I was leaving with Marco. She was very drunk, and couldn't seem to grasp what I was saying. I handed her some money. “You go back to the hotel, don’t take anyone with you, and lock the door. Understand?” She nodded, but still had a blank look on her face.

“But ... isn’t he--?”

“Yes,” I interrupted, “He is.”

She looked around me at Marco. It was obvious what she was thinking. She looked him up and down like he was on a buffet and she was starving. “Oh ... alright then.” I gave her a look that said this was not up for discussion. “How long will you be?” she asked.

I glanced back to Marco waiting patiently and let my eyes roam over all of the places I’d like to put my hands. “This might take a while,” I answered.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Postcard for Red


I've got skills! LOL Since I am also an artist in my spare time, (I talk about spare time like I actually have some.) I decided to experiment with designing my own postcard. Let me know what you think. I don't think it's too bad for my first attempt. Actually, I'm very pleased with it.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Having my way with some words

I'm currently adding onto an existing story of mine in order to increase the word count. This is not a problem for me, since I can always say more:) My problem is usually knowing when to shut up. In writing I always try to ask myself, "Does the reader really need to know this?" and "Would they care?" I'll never forget the time I read a very well known fantasy author's book and got a three page description of a dirt road. (Really could have done without that.)

As it turns out, I'm finding things to add in, bits of extra description and conversation that are really bringing the story to life more and more. I was already very pleased with it, and now I love it more.

I'm glad I decided to take someone's advice and make these additions, because they are really improving my story, not just "adding words," which I would never do. The way I see it, if you can tell the same story without including something, then perhaps it doesn't need to be there. I'm probably my worst critic and I'm certainly my harshest editor.

The point of this rambling message is that I'm really enjoying getting to know these characters again, and embellishing upon their lives a bit more. Once this story makes it to the public, I hope my readers feel the same.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Object of my Affection: Book II in the Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series

Book two in the series is now under contract! I'll be mailing in the paperwork this week. I'm so excited, but not just because I sold another book. I'm excited to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with readers. I love to write. I live for the thrill of putting together a good story and having others enjoy it.

Book one, Red will be out in August. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you'll stick around for book two.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Contest starting this Friday!


I'm participating in a contest! Those taking part in the contest will have a chance to win a variety of prizes from participating authors. I’ll be giving away a gift basket filled with candles to help set the mood when you read my book:)

This basket will also be accompanied by a personalized letter from my main character Lilith Mercury, giving a small insight into the life of a werewolf hunter.

For official rules please stop by T.J. Killian's group:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Excellent Dinner Recipes




Here is a suggestion for you ladies looking for a good desert this evening. Of course I'm suggesting eye candy, not peach cobbler.






Monday, June 11, 2007

A new addition

I adopted a new kitten today. It was left on someone's doorstep who couldn't take it in and I volunteered. It's probably about three weeks old with mostly white fur and big black patches. I'm thinking of calling it patchwork. Whether or not it's male or female is still kind of "iffy."

Either way, it's adorable and will probably sleep on my feet tonight. At least, that's been its favorite spot to rest all day. Ahhh, I love animals, especially little kittens. I much prefer them to most people.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Redheaded Phantom


You ever find an old picture and wish you hadn't? I was just cleaning out some of my files and stumbled upon this "masterpiece" of stupidity. I laughed so hard I figured I might as well share:) After all, who couldn't use a good laugh? The picture was taken by my friend Stacey, and he gave it the title.


What can I say? I normally don't have to shop for a Halloween costume. All I've got to do is look in my closet. Last year I was a pirate and didn't even have to buy accessories. LOL

I have since redecorated this room as well. It no longer looks like a magnolia tree exploded.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I write about the paranormal, not porn

I was reading something recently, and was very offended at the language. (I won't mention names, so as not to offend the author or hurt anyone's feelings.) Now, I'm pretty open minded and I'm certainly no saint, but this language was foul. If there is dialogue in a porn movie, this is the kind you would expect. The book was marketed as a romance.


To me repeated use of the word "cock" is not romantic, nor is it erotic. It's not even creative, it's just plain dirty. I can understand saying something like this once in a while, but at least switch it up.


Sure, I like sex, and I write plenty of it. However, I don't believe there should be graphic language just thrown in for giggles here and there. I write like I speak and even though I do cuss, I'm not going to walk up to someone and use the word "pussy" on a regular basis. LOL


By the time I reached page 37, which is where I stopped reading, the "p" word had been used at least 50 times. There was also a gratuitous masturbation scene (pg. 33) that I really could have done without.


Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not a prude. Anyone who really knows me knows that. This was just way over the top. What about you guys? Do you like graphic language to be prevalent in a book?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Release Date for Red

I've just been informed that Red is tentatively scheduled for release in late August 2007. If you'd like to watch the coming soon trailer, you can check it out here http://www.myspace.com/traceyhkitts.

What could be better than taking less than two minutes to look at pictures of hot guys? LOL After all, there are plenty of hot werewolves in this story, might as well make that obvious.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Favorite Author

One of my all time favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. Her ability to spin a yarn has nothing to do with knitting, yet she weaves a magnificent tapestry all the same. I don't know about anyone else, but I am anxiously awaiting the next movie and the final book.

As I attempt to balance writing, home, and another job, I find she is often very inspiring to me. I look up to her and admire her success. Snape was my favorite character from the beginning, so I can't wait to see what she does with him in the final chapter. I won't say more in case someone hasn't read through book six, don't want to spoil the plot in any way.

Anyone else waiting to see what happens?

Vampires vs Werewolves, which side will you take?

I'd like to know which you prefer. This could be in terms of sex appeal, or just a fair (or unfair) fight. Do you think vampires are sexy? Why? Or do you just love a man with a hairy chest? So what if he has his own time of the month? Let me know what you think. This question goes for men or women, depending on your preference. If you've got time, take a minute to let us know why you feel the way you do.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Gypsies, tramps and thieves?

When I woke up that song was on my mind, just couldn't resist using it as a topic. But, enough about my last family reunion. LOL I can't say enough for just taking a weekend to do absolutely nothing. I feel very much refreshed, and as the coffee brews this morning, so does ... gasp ... another story idea.

I'm still editing Brain Dead, which I personally feel is the best thing I've ever written. I'm not full of myself, so I'm not just saying that. I've looked at my own work and been able to admit before when it needs ... well, work. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it is polished, and there is a drastic difference in this, my sixth book, and my first.

My first book Red has already been contracted with New Concepts Publishing, though a release date has not been established yet. Book two is currently under review, and I am hopeful:) Now, there's a phrase I haven't used in a while. It is amazing what a return to exercise and taking your vitamins can do to a person. I feel like a new woman compared to last week.

So, I'm not going to start my new idea yet, since I do need some rest seeing as how writing is not my only job. However, I am writing it down to put away in my little notebook for later. Actually, I have several notebooks, this one is going in the "new story idea" notebook. I try to be organized, but it's probably just OCD.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A positive outlook

I'm trying really hard to have one. I've just been working too hard. I know I haven't blogged in a while, that's because I didn't have anything particularly wonderful to say. These are just my feelings and opinions. We've all got them.

I have however finished another novel and am currently working on editing. Yeah:)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Things that I look forward to

I try not to look forward to anything. Now you can either relate to that, or it could be the most cynical thing you've ever heard. It seems like everything I look forward to has a way of going to hell in a hand basket. We're talking from 0-60 at the speed of thought. I made the mistake of looking forward to my vacation. Everything in the world has gone wrong over these past two weeks, including I have NOT gotten a chance to finish the novel I was working on, but that's okay.

It looks as if I'm going to get to go on my vacation after all, and between you and me, I need it ... BAD. Who knows, perhaps the ending of my book will be all the more spectacular after I've had some time to collect my thoughts.

How great does that sound? An entire week in Jamaica with nothing to do and nowhere to be. No one wanting anything from me but my drink order. Ahhhh. All my life I've been a very positive person and for the most part I have a good attitude. But lately, I could give Lewis Black and Dennis Leary a run for their money. Oh yes, it's time for a vacation.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Beck and call

If you are expecting something profound from this post, now might be a good time to stop reading. I am sick to death of people thinking I'm at their beck and call. Here's a news flash: I've got other things on my mind and they don't involve you! I have so many demands on my time as most of us who have a life do. Everyone wants something from me. I've been turned every which way but loose, and I am in desperate need of the vacation I've got coming up next week. Writing isn't the problem, that's what I love. The problem is getting everything else to piss off long enough to accomplish anything.

I realize I'm not the only one who feels this way, so don't write me some whinny assed letter about how I'm not the only one under stress. I know that, I'm not a moron. I consider this a form of therapy. At the moment it isn't possible to talk this out with one of my friends, (yes I actually have friends) so I'm getting it out the only way I can so I can get on with my life.

We've all had those moments where we just wanted to scream. I remember the passage from the book of Joshua chapter 10, verses 12-14 12 "Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
14And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel."


There are days that I would truly like to make the sun stand still, or the moon to wait a bit longer before sunrise so that I can get something accomplished. It's true that in the time I took to write this message I could have accomplished something else, but I needed a break. If my phone rings one more time I might pull it out of the wall. So, don't write and bitch at me for having a fit, say a prayer for me, because I need it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Knot Again

I haven't blogged for several days. I've been working on a new book and writing the aforementioned bondage scene. Like I've said before, it's knot for everyone, so don't get tied up in the details. When you have the opportunity to read the story, just relax and take it for what it is, a wicked hot vampire sex scene. LOL

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What writing means to me

Recently I was in a situation where I finally put into words what writing means to me. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is what I was meant to do with my life. I know it like I've never known anything else. This dream that I've put on hold for so long has finally begun to show itself once again. All of my life has been leading to this. Seeing this dream that I've held so dear finally come to fruition is like watching your kids grow up. It's that dear to my heart and that much a part of me.

I tried to tell someone what writing feels like and this is what I came up with: It feels like that moment when you first realize that you're in love. Every time I start to write it's like falling in love all over again. Who wouldn't want to do that? Is there really anyone out there who wouldn't like to fall in love each day? I don't know about you, but if I found a job that made me feel that way (and I have) I can't imagine wanting to do anything else.

So, here's to you all. May you find your dream and if you've already found it, may you have the opportunity to live it.

Just Plain Dead

Well, this idea that I've been "playing" with has turned into a full blown novel. As of last night I'm on page seventy something. I spent the last two hours of my evening before bed listening to some smooth, mellow R & B and dreaming up some wicked S & M. LOL Now, it might not all make it into this book ... but some of it is bound to. Now don't laugh too hard, that was knot entirely a joke.

Oh, well duty calls and it always leaves a message if I don't answer. I'm off to finish my coffee and hopefully write some more.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Brain Dead

That's the working title of the book I started "playing with" yesterday. I couldn't seem to help myself. I'm trying to work on it when my husband is not around so he won't remind me that I'm supposed to be taking a break. Of course, he knows about it. I told him it's more of a stress reliever than an actual attempt at a novel length work. But I finished a chapter yesterday after noon in about an hour. Apparently I had more to say about the idea of zombies and jerk bosses than I thought. I may post more about my main character Jane Masters later, or I may take it slow like I promised.

Just this morning I had a vision of a hot male lead I'm calling Luis for now:) This might be more fun than I thought. It started out as a horror, but the more I think about Luis ... well, I'm scared, but in a good way:)

Monday, April 9, 2007

This is who I am

There are some days when you really can't deny who you are. Today has made it abundantly clear to me that I am a writer. (If I had any doubts.) Of course that isn't my only responsibility, or even my only job at this point. I finished a book in my Werewolf Hunter Series two days ago and on my way home earlier I had an idea for two new books, one of which would be a three part series.

Then I tried to go out to dinner and had ideas for two more books. One of which will be the next I write while I take a break from the series. After all, I've planned through book nine so far, it will be there when I come back. And I think it will be even better for me taking a break. I've got several ideas to further the series, but have only outlined through book nine. What can I say, I'm a planner.

Now I'm off to plan something else while I shower. But before I write another book I've promised my husband that I will take a break. We are going to Jamaica for a week next month. If I can wait until after that I'll be doing good. Having a new story idea is almost like being pregnant, you reach a point that it just has to come out. LOL

Friday, April 6, 2007

Coffee's good, m'kay?

I certainly hope that someone has seen south park before, or no one will get the title. Oh, well. I'm sitting here right now enjoying a cup of coffee before I get back to writing. I'm just about always writing something, and if I'm not writing I'm reading.

I just finished a pretty intense scene and am taking a few minutes to collect myself before I go on. I would say more, but I don't want to ruin it. Have you ever written, or read something that just sort of left you shaky? Like a long workout or really good sex? Well, that's what this last scene did for me.

This is one of the times that I really hope my mother doesn't read this. Of course she's probably figured out I'm not innocent by now. AND I'm rambling. Sorry guys, nothing prophetic today, I put it all into my book. Once my brain batteries recharge it'll be all good.

Oh, if you didn't get the title, do a search for Mr. Mackey (one of the teachers from south park) I tried to post the clip here where he's telling them not to do drugs, but the link wouldn't work. But drugs are bad m'kay?

Monday, April 2, 2007

What is love?

And I'm not talking about that stupid song they keep playing in the movie A Night at the Roxberry. I probably shouldn't have admitted to even watching that. But seriously, how many times have we heard this question? How many times have we asked it of ourselves? "How will I know if it's love?" we say to ourselves. Or better yet, "How is love supposed to feel?"

Well, here's my answer: You will know love when you feel it. You will know, because you will no longer have to ask. Love simply is. It's not something that you can track down or make better with eloquent prose. It is, and when it is, you will know it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Moral of the Story

I was just wondering. Has anyone ever watched a movie, or read a book and truly taken something away from it? Possibly even a life long lesson? Maybe something scared you so bad you always think about it. Maybe an epic love story inspired you to find your own passion. For me, there are a few such cases. I remember the first time I read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. It inspired my sense of adventure, and believe it or not, love of dragons. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea made me to this day afraid of what is beneath the waves when I go to the beach. Although Johnny Depp made me want to take my chances:) A Knight in Shinning Armor, by Jude Deveroux made me cry off and on for a week. Interview with a Vampire, made me change my mind on a career in journalism. And Bram Stoker's Dracula taught me what I call "sympathy for the devil."

I love a good story. I love reading or watching a good story almost as much as I enjoy writing one. I still have the books listed above, though I've since given 20,000 Leagues and The Hobbit to my son. He shares my bizarre love of Smaug. LOL I just remembered another, but it's one of my favorites, and one I won't be sharing with my child. It's a romance by Nan Ryan, and I've had it since I was in middle school. It's called Sun God. It's about the story of an indian named Tonatia. (Hope I spelled that right. It's pronounced like it looks.) If you've never read it, and it can still be found, I highly recommend it. You will cry, but you will love it.

So, what's inspired you, or taught you a lesson? I'd love to hear it.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Happily Ever After, or just ... After?

Which do you prefer: A happily ever after ending, or a plot that is resolved, but not necessarily in a happy way?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Savage Beast

After having had my coffee, and lunch, and calming down significantly from last nights rant, I began to read Hamlet. I was struck in particular by this passage, "I am satisfied in nature." - 5.2.240

Indeed, we choose whether or not we will be satisfied with something. It is either in our nature, or it is not. It is not in my nature to take things I don't have to, or to watch others suffer when I could stop it. It is also not in my nature to withhold my thoughts in one form or another. I think that's why I have such a broad range of interests. It helps me to express myself in someway. I'm the kind of person who needs that expression, whatever it may be. Some days, I do so quietly, others I feel the need to be heard. Some times, I just talk to myself. I consider it all therapy. I also have a warped sense of humor, so please do not take all I say literally. I am bent, but I have not yet broken.

As for my nature, my friend Stacey says I have a hero complex, that I'm always trying to "save" people. Some times I think I just have a jerk complex, but the hero bit is much more flattering.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Vanilla goes with coffee like cigar goes with Clinton

Sorry about the title. LOL But there's nothing quite like a good cup of coffee. Vanilla coffee, to be exact, which is what I am enjoying right now. My favorite so far is Millstone French Vanilla, with vanilla cream.

But, it really goes beyond coffee for me. Vanilla is a scent and flavor I have deliberately chosen to associate with one of the main characters of my series. His name is Marco Barak, and I cannot write about him without smiling. That's right boys and girls, wolfmen taste good if you lick them. You can chat with him if you like. Marco bot is up and running, but I'm still ironing out some kinks. Well, once you read my book, you might like the kinks.:) If you're interested, the link is at the bottom of the page. Now if you'll excuse me, coffee calls.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bit of an introduction

I'm new to this, so I suppose I should introduce myself. I guess that sounds stupid. I've kept a journal before, but this is my first blog. Actually, I keep a dream journal. Not only do I find dream interpretation fascinating, but it has given me some great story ideas.

I have had several short stories and poems published, but have only recently signed a contract for my first novel. The name of the book is Red. It is the first in my Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series, of which I have already completed books two through four. I just finished book four last week.

Although I'm not new to writing, Red was my first experience with novel length fiction. I have been writing stories pretty much since I could write. I have wanted to be a writer since I was six years old. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love, and there isn't a day goes by that I don't thank God for that. I can't imagine not writing, even if it was just for myself. I love being able to share my thoughts and ideas with new people, and to have the opportunity to touch someone's life in some way. We've all loved, hated, felt pain and passion. So, even if we cannot, or do not have the desire to put these things into words, we can understand when someone else does. This is my goal: To put feelings into words. To express myself in a way that will resonate with others.

I could write all day. I guess I should shut up now. I try to get by here every day, but that doesn't always happen. Thanks for stopping by.