Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why vampires and do they have to be naked?

Welcome to awesome author Tracy Kitts today! Tracy writes the most amazing stories, and she wants to tell you about a new one coming our way!

 A lot of people (relatives in particular) have asked me why I write so much about vampires. I write werewolves too, but vamps seem to draw the most attention. At least, it gets the most questions. The truth is, I write what I like. When I was in school I read every book that had anything to do with vampires. Anything I could get my hands on that had vampires in it, I read it so thoroughly it could be considered studying. I also wrote a few short and semi-erotic stories about werewolves just for fun. Of course, they weren’t up to par with what is considered erotica now, but it was pretty sexy to me and my friends.
I always knew that I wanted to write professionally some day. It wasn’t something that just came to me out of the blue or something I did on a whim. Everything I have ever done in my life I have viewed as “good writing material.” I knew that each experience, whether it was a job or a relationship that went wrong, would somehow end up in my books. In the case of bad relationships, it could be considered therapy. Ha. Ha. Of course, names have been changed to protect the guilty, but there are a few of those along the way.
Since I always knew I wanted to write and I have always been drawn to vampires, it seemed only logical to me that’s what I’d write about. The other question I get even more often than, “Why vampires?” is “Why sex?”
The short answer: Why not?
Now, for something more in depth:  I love science fiction, but find it grossly lacking in sex. Ha. Seriously, I enjoy a good story but what I also enjoy is a good romance. I used to read the really old romances, the ones you could find at garage sales and such. So, they were really outdated and for my tastes, too … sweet. I wanted a heroine who could kick ass and take names. I wanted someone I could identify with. Someone who wasn’t “pure as the driven snow,” and all that crap. I wanted someone real.
Of course, I also wanted a hero who was sexy beyond imagination. I don’t want the guy next door. Let’s face it, unless Hugh Jackman lives next door, none of us are really interested in normal guys, are we?
I also have a deep love of fantasy. So, you take all that, mix it together (shaken, not stirred) and you get paranormal romance. Paranormal romance is really an adventure for women. We just happen to find romance to be part of the adventure.
I write what I like to read. Why would I try to sell something to someone if I didn’t even like it myself? That’s ridiculous. I love vampires and if we get them alone in the story, someone better tell me what they look like naked! I don’t know about you, but I’d feel cheated otherwise. Of course, I’m okay with waiting for such a moment (like in the case of a series, which I enjoy writing). But once we get there, I want details. Ha. Ha.
The last and probably best answer I could give is this: Writing is wish fulfillment and so is reading. Who hasn’t fantasized about living forever with some gorgeous hunk? Tall, dark and immortal sounds pretty darn good to me. To never grow old, never get sick and die. And let us not forget, eternal love. I think these are all pretty strong fantasies that most people can identify with, even if they don’t get into the whole, “Bite me,” thing.
Unfortunately, in the area where I live most people just see it as macabre. For the rest of the fang baitout there (like myself), please check out my latest release. LOL For everyone else, I do hope we can move beyond that some day.

My latest release is Bitten and it’s available at Amazon.


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.

This book was previously published. It has since been revised, re-edited, and expanded.


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Monday, October 08, 2012

October News

A busy month, partly because I had a convention to attend. But a very enjoyable month. In fact, that’s why I’m still writing. I promised myself right at the beginning that if it stopped being the best job I’ve ever had, I’d stop doing it.
And even there people told me they enjoyed what I did, so I felt really privileged. It was the IASPR conference, the International Association of Studies in Popular Romance. Delegates from all over the world attended to discuss our beloved genre, and it was such a joy to know that in some circles, romance is taken seriously.
We convened in the beautiful 15th century King’s Manor in York, part of York University. So sitting in those lovely surroundings, I listened to papers presented on a variety of topics, including “Don’t Panic: Empowerment through Sexual Submission in BDSM Romance Novels” and “Faerie Gang Bangs and Werewolf LTRs Paranormal Romances as Narrative Spaces for Considering Gender and Sexual Roles.” As I said, fascinating stuff. I plan to write up my notes and make them available, maybe on my website or on The Good, The Bad and The Unread.
York was recovering from a flood, and when I crossed the river, the water was up to the top of the windows on the first floor of most buildings. But York carried on regardless.
So I had a great treat. Next month I get to go to London for an RNA meeting, and I can see the Olympics buildings, which I saw going up, but I haven’t seen since the Olympics. And wasn’t that fun?
Now to writing. I still have to polish the historical, but I’ve been really busy, working on a new project and working on the edits for the next Nightstar book, as well as the next Symbiotics book, which is coming out later this month. Unlaced is a story about a man and woman who discover they have a mutual love of tight-lacing and corsets, but don’t think BDSM. Think burlesque. Those kinds of corsets.
Time just slips away, and then, just the day before yesterday, I got an idea. Of course, it was in the bath where so many great ideas happen. I don’t want to say too much about this one, because it’s exciting and very different to anything I’ve done before. I’m still working out the details!
And I have a new book out this month! It’s out from Loose-Id on the 23rd of October, so do pop over and take a look!

Here’s the description:
A shared fetish should be a pleasure, not a battleground, but for Zara and Charlie, it was war.
Charles, Earl of Woodhouse, loves women in corsets, and Zara Myers loves wearing them, but after one night of fierce passion, it all went wrong. Forced into a marriage of convenience, they have to learn to live with each other out of bed as well as in.
Charlie introduces Zara to the joys of tight lacing, and Zara discovers the Big O, but despite that, she won’t give in and give Charlie complete ownership. If they weren’t married, she could take what he’d given her and walk away, but she can’t do that now. She’ll stay and fight.
As she learns to master the new feelings he’s brought to her, Zara learns how she can use it to bring even greater pleasure to herself and her husband.
Charlie’s not ready for the way Zara blows his mind anytime he’s near her. Used to controlling his life, even down to the women he takes to his bed, he’s not sure he likes losing it so completely. It takes a new kind of bravery for him to face this unexpectedly strong woman.
You can find out a bit more about Unlaced here: