Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I'm thankful that 2019 is almost over

Seriously, I can't wait to see the end of 2019. This post is just a brief update on me, my upcoming books, and anything else that I can think of as I type this. lol Sorry, I'm full of cold meds. By the way, these are listed in no particular order.

There seems to be a resounding theme out there among my fellow writers, this year has sucked, big time.

First, my home was hit by a hurricane at the end of last year. October 10th marked a year that we'd been waiting for insurance to finally settle our claim. As of now, we still haven't begun repairs. I'm still living in my office (because there's a hole in my bedroom roof, a big one) and sleeping on the floor. To say that dealing with all of this has been stressful is the understatement of the year. Due to the ongoing stress my immune system is weakened and I'm currently sick, again. I've been sick off and on, mostly on, since September. More than likely this sinus infection is due to mold poisoning. Ugh. I mean, if I got paid for blowing my nose, this would be a record breaking income year for me.

During this time, my maternal grandmother had a sudden massive heart attack and passed away. I've always been closer to my mother's side of the family, and we are all still hurting from her sudden loss. She was a good, sweet woman and I am blessed to have had her in my life for so long.

A week ago, barely three months since her passing, my dad's mother had a massive stroke. She is currently still in the hospital, but she is not expected to recover. Honestly, I'm still not over losing my other grandmother and can't even begin to process this. I feel pain in flashes, but mostly I'm numb.

Other close family has had some major events happen in their lives that have added to the stress and heartbreak, simply because I love them and I want so much to take away their pain.

Why am I sharing all of this? Well, for one thing, talking about it is therapeutic. Also, I'd like you all to know why I haven't finished the books I'd hoped to put out by the end of this year. I had several on my list, but writing with all of this going on is truly impossible for me. I could put words on paper, sure, but I don't think it would be anything you'd want to read. Ha. Ha.

Hopefully, after the first of the year things will begin to get back on track. I WILL have new books out next year. I'm not sure how many. For the moment I'm not even trying to put that kind of pressure on myself because I already have all I can handle. Once my office is put back together and my world isn't literally upside down, writing will happen naturally, and probably quickly. That's the way my brain works. But first I need some peace.

Most likely I'll end up finishing some of the books I have in progress fairly close together and putting out at least 3 next year. :) 






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.